Friday, November 29, 2013

Friday Finds - Thanksgiving Leftovers

I love Thanksgiving food. As in, I start eating mini-Thanksgiving meals starting in early November. I load up on mashed potatoes, roast turkey, green beans and dressing at the Whole Foods bar. At Boston Market. At diners. Etc. Basically, anywhere I can get a Thanksgiving inspired meal, I eat one.

By the time Thanksgiving day rolls around, I'm just about ready to move on. I marked a few recipes that I can incorporate leftovers into with a fresh twist that doesn't resemble a traditional holiday plate at all. If you're not into straight up leftovers like me, you might enjoy these options as well! And if you're thinking about maintaining healthy eating through the holidays, there are a few fresh salad options too :)


Clockwise from Top L:
Country Living - Turkey and Green Apple Salad with Mint Dressing
Southern Living - After Thanksgiving Pizza (corn and sausage? yum!)
Martha Stewart - Turkey Cobb Salad
Giada de Laurentiis - Turkey Bolognese

Friday, November 1, 2013

Friday Finds - NaNoWriMo Necessities

Because I didn't write for myself for nearly 3 months, I've had the itch. My blogging break felt right and good, but the urge to write just didn't lie down and hibernate through the fall. In fact the story has been building and for the first time I joined National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo).

I quickly found a few friends to be my writing buddies and we've already discussed where and when the words will flow - coffee shops and wine bars for the win! It made me think about my favorite writing gear and one big wishlist item. I'm a huge fan of handwriting as there's something about the physical act of scribbling that seems to embolden my thoughts into a cohesive story. I'm sure some people feel that way about typing, but for me there's a romance of pen to paper that can't be replaced. My favorite pens lay on the gel ink thick and consistent and my favorite notebooks are unlined and roomy. Endless cups of coffee and tea are a must (cemented by my semester in Bath, England where sipping hot beverages was practically a job in and of itself).  My new dream machine is the Windows Surface.  All the power of a laptop in a tablet. I only wish they were giving me one for saying so.

TGIF and happy NaNoWriMo-ing!

Clockwise from Top L:
Microsoft - Surface
Pier 1 - Confetti Mug
Office Depot - Uni Ball Vision Elite Gel Pen
Barnes & Noble - Sketchbook