Three Thrills by Thursday

Finally! Thursday! I don’t know about you guys but I am SO ready for the weekend. After having a bug for the last ten days- I am finally feeling back like my regular, healthy self.


When I started to get sick, I stopped into my neighborhood Le Pain Quotidien and ordered their hot Honey Lemon Ginger. It was the perfect warm up from the chilly winter air and immediately soothed the tickle in my throat; it’s no secret that the three ingredients are packed full of health benefits. Fully knowing I wouldn’t be able to sustain my obsession, I attempted to make it at home… at it worked! It should be noted that I never really measure anything but just ballpark it, you can always even out the flavor once you try it.

How To:
1 cup water
knob of fresh ginger, about an inch depending on how prominent you want the flavor
1 lemon

1. Peel & slice ginger, about ¼ inch pieces.
2. Add the water, honey and ginger to the pot.
3. Juice ½ the lemon into the pot (reserve the other half in case you like it more lemon-y).
4. Heat over very low heat for 5-10 minutes, covered, so it’s barely simmering.
5. Strain liquid and add fresh lemon slice into cup & enjoy!
After I posted a few of our engagement photos, I got a lot of questions about my this outfit but especially my tulle skirt. Truth is, I love dressing up a tulle skirt and in fact, I couldn’t find a top I loved, so that’s actually a dress. I’ve linked a few tulle skirts below that (some) may or may not be hiding in my closet.
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Two weeks ago we visited some of our best friends in Pittsburgh. We hadn’t been back since Dave moved but it was great to revisit some of our favorite spots and even try a few new (amazing) places. I think we ate our way through the entire city!
Iron Born Pizza at Smallman Galley 
Shopping at No. 14
Dinner at DiAnoia’s – I highly recommend their gnocchi and of course, prosecco on tap
How are the holidays coming along for you guys? Did you wrap up your shopping? I’m still finishing off a few things but tonight we’re seeing The Nutcracker, so I suppose it will just have to wait.
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Three Thrills by Thursday

Has anyone else been thrown off all week? I woke up Tuesday morning, thinking it was Wednesday & my days have been mixed up ever since. But we’re here! Thursday! Finally.


Tuesday night I took a calligraphy class with the very talented Crafted by Anamarie. I have always loved calligraphy & thought it would be a fun girls night. Anamarie is so talented & incredibly helpful throughout the entire class. While I have a lot of practicing ahead of me, the letters are starting to build muscle memory, so here’s to hoping for a lot of lovely lettering in the next year! She also teaches chalkboard lettering classes as well. You can catch her in NYC or Stamford. Sign up here, you won’t regret it.



I think part of my day-of-the-week mix up can be attributed to not getting a great night of sleep. Sleep is such an important factor regarding our health & wellbeing but let’s face it, sometimes eight hours just can’t happen. Here are ways to make it through those long days after a bad night’s sleep.



Truth be told, the saying of “A Sunday Well Spent, Brings A Week of Content” really hits home for me. I love nothing more on Sundays to be in the kitchen, cooking, prepping food for the week or (embarrassingly enough) reorganizing the cabinets. It brings me a sense of solace. While I plan meals for the week, Sunday’s meal is usually a game time decision. Ravaging through odds & ends of what’s leftover married to a few of my kitchen staples. This week, we ended up with quite a delicious pizza. Plum & Prosciutto. I’m sharing the recipe (I use that term loosely as I admittedly never measure anything) below.

Plum & Prosciutto Pizza

What You’ll Need:

Stonefire Naan Bread
Fresh Mozzarella
3 Plums (I used three smaller, European plums)
(teeny bit of) Balsamic Glaze (I made my own, but this one is great to keep in your cupboard)

How To:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Place naan bread onto baking sheet and add sliced mozzarella onto naan. If you don’t have access to fresh mozzarella, shredded would work, too. Grate some gruyere over top of the mozz and place in the oven for the cheese to melt, about 5 minutes.
  2. Remove pizza from oven and add quartered or halved plums (depending on size) as well as a few slices of prosciutto. Place back in oven for 10-12 minutes.
  3. Once the cheese is nice & melted, remove pizza from oven and sprinkle with balsamic glaze. Add arugula to the top of the ‘za and…
  4. Enjoy!


Summer Chickpea Salad


This is one of my very favorite recipes, especially in the summer when almost all the ingredients can be picked up at my local farmer’s market. Full disclosure, this is not my own recipe, but reblogged from one of my very fav food blogs, How Sweet Eats. Jessica recommends the salad be enjoyed on bread but I love it so much, I eat it as a lunch salad by itself. It also maintains extremely well in the fridge as I usually make it on Sunday & enjoy throughout the week.

Summer Chickpea Salad with Honey Garlic Lime Vinaigrette

yields: serves about 4                          total time: 30 minutes

What You’ll Need: 

3 cups chickpeas (or 2 (15-ounce) cans, drained and rinsed)
4 green onions, thinly sliced
2-3 ears grilled corn, cut from the cob
1 pint cherry tomatoes, quartered
3 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
2 tablespoons fresh chives
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 1/2 tablespoons honey
3 garlic cloves, minced or pressed
1 lime, juiced and zested

The How To:

In a large bowl, combine the chickpeas, onions, corn, tomatoes, basil and chives. Toss well with the salt and pepper. Separately, in a small saucepan, add the oil, vinegar, honey, garlic, lime juice and zest. Heat over low heat and whisk until the mixture is warm and garlic cloves are sizzling a bit.Pour the liquid over the chickpeas and and toss well to coat. Cover with a piece of plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before serving.

Check out How Sweet Eats for this recipe & many fantastic others!


Spiced Hanger Steaks with Spring Quinoa Salad

Happy Wednesday!

I know I mentioned on my last post that I was so happy to be back but I spoke a little too soon, came down with a nasty bug and it knocked me off my feet for a few days. Glad to be back and share this incredible recipe with you guys. Let me first mention that I hadn’t even planned on sharing this recipe but as I made it, realized I couldn’t keep it to myself. I actually stumbled upon this recipe when I could not make up my mind what to have for dinner the other night. After some random Google searches, this recipe thankfully popped up from Buzzfeed. I quickly snapped what is probably the worst iPhone photo ever but I was so hungry, I couldn’t wait!

Spiced Hanger Steaks with Spring Quinoa Salad

Serves 4

Total cook time: 20 minutes

What You’ll Need:

¼ small red onion, thinly sliced (2 oz)
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
salt & pepper
1 cup quinoa, rinsed
1 pound hanger steak, cut into 4 pieces
1 ½ teaspoons ground cumin
1 ½ teaspoons ground coriander
2 tablespoons, plus 1 teaspoon olive oil
1 cup sugar snap peas, sliced (I actually added more,I love snap peas!)
2 ounces feta, crumbled

The How To:

  1. Toss the red onion, vinegar, and 1 teaspoon salt in a medium bowl. Let sit, tossing occasionally, until softened, about 15 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, cook the quinoa in a pot of salted boiling water until just tender, 10 to 12 minutes. Fluff with fork. Note: When cooking quinoa, I like to use half water, half stock to add a little flavor. In this recipe, the cup of quinoa calls for 2 cups liquid, so I used 1 cup water & 1 cup beef stock.
  3. As the quinoa cooks, make the steak. Season the steak with the cumin, coriander, and 1 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the thickest part of the steak registers 130° F, 4 minutes per side 
for medium-rare. Let rest for 5 minutes then slice.
  4. While the steak rests, add the peas, feta, cooked quinoa, and the remaining tablespoon of olive oil to the onions and toss. Serve the steak over the quinoa salad.
  5. Enjoy!

via Buzzfeed

I promise you guys will LOVE it!


Italian White Bean Basil Soup

Happy Monday! Today I’ll be sharing this wonderful vegan soup recipe that I whipped up on a whim yesterday and cannot wait to make again.

Italian White Bean Basil Soup

What You’ll Need:

7 cups low sodium vegetable broth
1/2 cup dry long grain brown rice
6 cups low sodium vegetable broth
1 medium yellow onion, finely chopped (about 1 cup)
4 large garlic cloves, minced (a heaping tablespoon)
3 Roma tomatoes, roughly chopped (about 2 cups)
1 tablespoon & 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
salt (1 1/2 teapsoons) and pepper (1/4 teaspoon)
2 15 oz cans white beans, drained and rinsed
1/4 cup finely chopped fresh basil

The How To:

1. In a sauce pan, bring 1 cup of the veg broth to boil. Add rice and reduce heat for 20 minutes (once completed, place off to side for later use.)

2. While your rice is cooking, chop up your vegetables.

3. In a large soup pot, add 6 cups of veg broth, Italian seasoning, salt, pepper, onion and garlic. Bring to a boil then allow to simmer for 10 minutes.

4. Now add tomatoes and allow to cook on medium for about 10 minutes.

5. Finally add basil, beans and cooked rice. Stir and bring back to a roaring boil and allow to cook on high for 5-10 minutes.

6. Enjoy!

This soup made my apartment smell incredible while simmering on my stove and tasted even better. Best when made with fresh ingredients, I promise it will not disappoint.


Divulging on Detox

Whether you’ve been over indulging on the weekends or just looking to be healthier overall, a great way to “restart” is finding ways to detox. Whenever I hear the word I used to immediately assume it meant starving yourself and drinking a witch-like concoction, something with cayenne pepper, lemon and like..dead man’s toe (Hocus Pocus, anyone?) But there are actually many ways to detox your body that aren’t heinous.

1. Oil Pulls. I use organic, unrefined coconut oil. It is best to aim for 20-25 minutes but it’s definitely a different feeling so it may take some getting used to. If you can start by pulling for 15 minutes, your body will start to release the toxins. Make sure to spit the oil (never swallow) into the trash because it can clog a sink once it hardens again.

2. Fermented Foods. Foods such as such as yogurt, kefir, kimchi and kombucha are full of healthy and full of probiotics. that help your gut! Probiotics strengthen your insides so if you should happen to eat something that’s spoiled, it will be able to defend itself.

3. Detox Bath. Add epsom salt and lavender to a bath.  Just make sure to drink lots of water afterward!

4. Dry Skin Brush. I personally have yet to try it but from what I’ve read it has a lot of positive qualities. Brush before a shower in circular motions toward your heart. Click here for more on dry brushing from Mimosa Saturday.

5. Keep Moving. Incorporating at least 30 minutes of activity into your day is essential especially if you sit at a desk for the most of the day.

6. Teas. Okay, there are drinks that are helpful in detoxing. I like this tea because it’s simpler than some of the the others.

7. Fruits and Veggies. Duh!

8. Hydrate. Again…duh! Water has a plethora of benefits. Look what it did for this woman!

9. De- clutter. Keeping your space organized is proven to lessen stress.

10. Purify Your Space Naturally. Adding an air purifying plant to your home is a great way to combat pollutants especially in the winter months when our doors and windows are locked up tight. You can choose from aloe vera, rubber plant, peace lily, bamboo, golden pothos and rubber plant.







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Three Thrills

Whew! What a week! This week has been a whirlwind and it’s only picking up speed into the weekend.

Here are my three thrills for this week:

1. This kid is apparently still my favorite internet sensation. His appearance on Ellen is seriously the best.

2. Sex and the City has been dishing up relationship advice for years- as far as relationships, it’s all you need to know. Yesterday, one of my besties sent me this buzzfeed about 50 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Sex and the City. I mean really, if SJP couldn’t be any more fabulous… 3 million an episode!?

3. I’ll finish with the best news…EVER! Researchers have found that drinking a glass of wine is better than going to the gym. Let that sink in a moment. Drinking wine is better than going to the gym.

And with that… Cheers!





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