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Wednesday, 22 May 2013 19:04

TND: Sentimental Style

So, it was about three years ago this month that I made the decision to move from NYC to come back to my hometown, Louisville. I have had no regrets whatsoever about this decision-- I love, love Louisville and I feel so at home in the midwest-- but there are times when I go through really strong NYC withdrawals. I mean, what's not to love about this? Ahhh, Central Park on an amazing, spring day something like 5 or 6 years ago (crazy!!)


central park

This week I've been missing New York a lot, in particular, our adorable pink house in Fort Greene, Brooklyn and the sweet little neighborhood it is housed in. There was nothing I loved more than stepping out that front door and taking a stroll through the park and up and down the towhouse-lined streets for hours at a time.

fort greene house

Not to mention the fact that I kind of miss these girls, too.

My roomies Stephania,


and Caitlin. (This was our Derby party-- leave it to the Kentucky girl to make her northern friends partake in hourse racing).


So maybe I'll get to the city sometime soon for a nice visit, but until then, I'm revelling in memories and photos and oh, so many songs that remind me of my time there. Here's one of our ultimate go-to recipes that we made very often at New York Thursday Night Dinners. This one is great for those Lazy Thursdays (which seem to happen more and more often these days :)






Personal Pita Pizzas
by Stephania Stanley and Colleen Reilly

What you need: 

  • 4 flat, whole grain pitas
  • 8 oz package mozzarella cheese
  • 1 jar of your favorite tomato sauce
  • 8 oz spinach
  • ½ large red onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, diced
  • ½ green pepper, diced
  • ½ red pepper, diced
  • ½ yellow pepper, diced
  • ½ zucchini, sliced and quartered
  • ½ head of broccoli
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Olive oil spray
  • 1 Tablespoon dried basil
  • 1 Tablespoon dried oregano
  • Pepper
  • Cayenne pepper

What to do:

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. 

Heat olive oil in a non-stick skillet. Dice the onion and garlic while the oil is heating. Sautee onion and garlic and begin dicing peppers. Add the peppers after the onion and garlic have sautéed about three minutes. While the peppers are sautéing, begin dicing the zucchini and chopping the broccoli into small florets. After about two minutes add the zucchini, broccoli and spinach. The spinach will cook down quickly, so don’t be intimidated by how much there is. Add basil, oregano, pepper and cayenne. If you use fresh herbs, remember that a little goes a long way! While the veggies are working in the skillet, place the pitas on olive oil-sprayed cookie sheets. Spoon out tomato sauce onto each pita and spread it around until the pita is covered with saucy goodness. After the veggies have sautéed about five more minutes, turn off the burner and scoop an even amount of veggie mixture onto each pita. Sprinkle each with the desired amount of cheese, and place in the oven. After fifteen minutes or when the cheese has begun to brown, take the pizzas out of the oven, slice each into four pieces with a large knife or a pizza cutter and devour!

Wednesday, 08 May 2013 18:19

TND: Decoupage Frames

Happy Thursday! If it's been a little quiet around here, one of the reasons is I just started a new job. I think that I am really going to like it, but the process of starting a new routine and learning a new gig is seriously wiping me out! I am sooo tired. But it's a good kind of tired.

Here's a craft that I am really liking right now. I made these frames for my girlfriends as 30th birthday presents and gave them to them when we were all together on vacation in Miami. I tried to pick colors that would go with their houses and personalities. The only problem is, I forgot to make one for me, so I still have to do that.



Decoupage Frames
by colleen reilly

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What you need: 

  • plain 4x6 frame (choose one that is flat and doesn't have ridges or decorations on it)
  • craft paper
  • scissors
  • x-acto knife
  • craft glue
  • mod podge
  • paint brush

What to do:

Choose a color of paper for the front of your frame. Choose a coordinating color of paper for the back of your frame. Lie the frame face down on the paper you choose for the front (place both on a piece of cardboard so you don't ruin your surface. Cut the piece of paper with the x-acto knife to the size of the frame by tracing along the outside of the frame with the knife and cutting out the inside. Do the same for the back and sides. Glue paper on to frame with craft glue. When dry, brush over entire surface with mod podge to make it shiny.


Tuesday, 23 April 2013 16:03

Spring Fever: Wardrobe Remedy

I don't know about you all, but Spring always makes me want to remove everything from my closets and start all over. I would never know how to go about starting all over, but I think these ladies that Jana will introduce us to could help with that. Oh, and you're going to want to read all the way to the end because they have an AMAZING giveway for you!




Remedy Your Wardrobe for Spring

My closet is in major need of a deep Spring cleaning.  I have articles of clothing that have not seen the light of day since the 90's.  Why they even remain in my possession is beyond me; but Michelle Sackson and Missy Renkosik from Wardrobe Remedy, a Los Angeles-based personal styling and consulting business are here to help with that. (Check out their website to learn more about their services). Below, Michelle, reveals the ONE clothing item she will never, ever ever get rid of, and her absolute FAVORITE new Spring trend.

GIVEAWAY ALERT!  Hello gorgeous!  Wardrobe Remedy is giving a free spring tank dress out to one lucky Thursdays reader! Details follow the interview below.


wardrobe remedy girls

 photo by Amy Tierney
Q: Tell me about your company, Wardrobe Remedy?
Wardrobe Remedy is a personal styling service. Our goal in creating the company is to help people feel empowered by helping to reveal and uncover their best assets in the easiest way possible. Often, people have an idea of how they would like to dress, but either don't have the time, hate to shop, are overwhelmed by the idea of shopping, or are just at a loss as to how to change their wardrobes, so they default to what is comfortable - old stand-by's. We like to come along and shake things up a bit, push boundaries and help our clients discover how updating their wardrobe can help them to feel empowered, confident and attractive. Our service is about our clients, it's not about creating duplicate copies of how we believe people should dress.  When first meeting with a client, we are very intuitive about what we do, making sure to match our clients' hair color, skin tone, body shape as well as personality and interests to create a very individualized and very specific look tailored to that person.

Q: How did you get started in the fashion industry?
I first got started in the fashion industry as a wardrobe stylist.  I loved styling and I loved how I could create a character and tell a story using clothing.  I loved watching people's faces light up when I fit them with something so uniquely tailored to them. I saw how great people felt when something as small as finding the perfect pair of denim jeans could make such an impact on mood and self confidence. I wanted to bring that feeling to the everyday consumer. I also had a good friend who kept coming to me asking where she could find this skirt, or that pair of shoes, or a specific colored dress.  I found myself thinking, now this would be a great service!  This is stuff that I know and love to hunt for, and it brings me great joy to provide this service for friends and for professional shoots. My partner Melissa, started out as a clothing designer and has an impeccable eye for fit, color, trends and designer knowledge. Together we are able to offer our clients the best possible service.  We work incredibly fast together, bouncing ideas off of each other to find the most perfect, complementary pieces. We bridge our very different ideas and visions together to blend seamlessly.
Q: What fashion item will you never spring clean from your closet?
I can say that the one item i'll never go without is the basic heather grey tri-blend tank from American Apparel. It's the single item I use more than anything. It works great under sheer blouses to toughen up a girly top, and it's great on its own as a stylish, easy piece that never goes out of style. It can be dressed up by pairing with a pencil skirt or worn with denim shorts, sandals and a hat for the perfect, easy, weekend-running-errands cuteness.

Q:  What is your favorite new trend for Spring?
My favorite new trend for spring is the strappy mid-heel wedge sandal. I love these sandals and can't get enough of them. For years we have been subjected to really only two summer sandal choices - flat, with no support, that kind of makes us walk as if we have flippers on, or incredibly high 4" wedges that are a bit ridiculous, not to mention uncomfortable, for errand running. This new mid-heel wedge sandal is so perfect at about two inches high. It's also easy enough to go with everything from shorts to sundresses, comfortable enough to run around in, and they have just enough of a heel to make you feel feminine and sexy while still being completely practical. Here are a few super cute examples from Loeffler Randall, Rebecca Minkoff, Anthropologie, and Matt Bernson.

And here's the Giveaway!!wardrobe remedy dress 

Wardrobe Remedy is giving away a FREE red, mid-length, Spring tank dress by Luv4Anouka.  The dress features a shelf-bra, adjustable straps and a braided belt.  Enter for a chance to win!  Here are the details:
Visit Wardrobe Remedy's Facebook Page "like" it, and add a comment telling them why your wardrobe could use some remedy-ing with this new tank dress.  The winner will be chosen based on the most thoughtful and insightful comment. Wardrobe Remedy will announce the winner on their FB page and ship the dress out the next day!


Wednesday, 10 April 2013 16:01

TND: Spring Fever Crafting

I hate sounding like a spoiled brat, but ever since I've gotten back from our girlfriends vacation that we took to Miami a couple of weeks ago, I've been struggling to get back into the swing of things (the weather has finally started to warm up, so that's helping). But I so miss lying on the beach, hanging out with my girlfriends all day, and having no schedule for an entire week. Since I've been feeling a little blue about being back to reality, what a nice treat to come home today to a card from Emily and a few snapshots from our mimi-vacay.
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I found these adorable Bauble necklaces on A Beautiful Mess, and I've been having so much fun making them. They make great spring accessories, and I'm going to give some to some girls for little spring gifts. We made them at our Glue Gun Mafia class last night, and the ladies loved it! I encourage to make some of your own. I've also been making them into bracelets.

Bauble Necklace and Bracelet

photo from a beautiful mess


bauble necklace


photo by colleen

bracelet sm

What you need: 

  • craft paint
  • wood beads (in whatever size you choose)
  • gloss (triple thick or gloss spray)
  • paintbrushes
  • leather cord or ribbon

What to do:

Choose the beads you want to use and a color scheme. To paint and gloss mine, I cut off the bottom of a Q-tip and placed the bead on the cotton end of the Q-tip and then painted the beads. I then stuck the Q-tips into a scrap piece of styrofoam to let the beads dry. Paint beads with a second coat of paint. When the beads are dry, spray or paint with gloss to make the beads shiny. When the gloss is dry, string beads on leather cord or ribbon and you're ready to wear!


Wednesday, 13 March 2013 15:34

TND: Friend Inspiration

It's Inspiration Week at Thursdays, so we're reflecting on those things in our lives that keep us creative and focused, even when we're tired and at risk of losing motivation. In thinking about it, it sounds a little cheesy, but, honestly, my girlfriends are my biggest source of inspiration. I am so lucky to be surrounded by the most lively, creative, loving, honest, and hard-working girlfriends (pretty, too!) If I feel motivation fading, I know I can reach out to anyone of these ladies for a pick-me-up.
They've gotten me out of the hardest times, and celebrated along with me during the best times. From teachers to librarians to social workers to artists to aspiring nurses, these are some of the hardest working people I know. But no matter how busy they are, I know I can always count on them to drop what they're doing if I need something, or if I just want to hang out and cook and craft-- because they can always be persuaded to do something fun. So, here's some fun photos that I surround myself with to keep me happy and inspired. I've recently taken to printing out and framing photos that inspire me to smile, so I can have them around my house and easy to access.
I hope I can inspire you to think about who or what inspires you and to dig through your favorite photos of your friends and place them somewhere you can see them every day.
Colleen and Stephania
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Caitlin modeling for Thursdays
 caitlin hairclip
Emily and Colleen and summer fun
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Kate, my oldest and dearest
colleen and kate bday
My pretty, red-head Erin
erin getting ready


At first I was hesitating about posting one of winter's all-time comfort foods because it is March, after all. But, since it's dreary and kind of snowy here today, this is actually the perfect meal for today! I can't wait to get home to make this for myself tonight. There is nothing more comforting than the ultimate kid food-- grilled cheese and tomato soup-- just tailored a little to suit our grown up tastes.

Enjoy! xoxo.


 Grownup Grilled Cheesegrilled_cheeseIMG_1219
by Colleen Reilly and Stephania Stanley

What you need: 

  • Fresh sour dough bread, cut into eight slices
  • 4 thin slices of cheddar cheese
  • 4 thin slices of Pawlett cheese (or another raw cow’s milk cheese)
  • ½ cup goat cheese
  • 4 tbsp butter

What to do:

Spread ½ tablespoon of butter onto one side of each slice of bread.  Divvy up each type of cheese onto the unbuttered sides of four different slices of bread.  Complete each sandwich with the top slice of bread making sure the buttered side is on the outside.  In a large skillet cook each sandwich over medium low heat.  Flip after five minutes, or until golden brown.  If the bread is browning before the cheese has begun to melt, lower the heat some more so that the outsides cook a bit slower.  Remove from heat when both sides of the sandwich are golden brown and the cheese is melted.  Repeat for all four sandwiches.


Soothing Tomato and Basil Soup
by Colleen Reilly


What you need:

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2-3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 cups low-sodium veggie broth
  • dash of salt
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes (more or less to taste)
  • 3 14.5 oz cans diced tomatoes, undrained (or a combo of canned tomatoes and fresh ones, chopped)
  • 2 cups fresh basil leaves, sliced thin

What to do:

Heat oil in a large sacepan over medium heat. Add garlic and cook for about 45 seconds, stirring continuously. Add broth, salt, red pepper flakes and tomatoes. Stir and bring to a boil.  Simmer over low heat about 20 minutes. Stir in half the basil. 

Using a measuring cup or a ladle, place half the soup in a blender and process until smooth. Pour blended soup into a large bowl and repeat blending with the other half of the soup, and add to the bowl.  Serve soup into individual bowls and garnish with remaining basil leaves.  Serves 4.


Jeanette's Healthy Living: Grilled Cheese With Kale Artichoke Pumpkin Seed Pesto
Cooking With Elise: Inside-Out Grilled Cheese With Bacon
Red or Green?: Grilled Cheese Sandwiches Red or Green-Style
Napa Farmhouse 1885: Grilled Ham and Cheese Sandwiches
Weelicious: Kentucky Hot Brown Panini
Virtually Homemade: Grilled Cheddar, Apple and Arugula Sandwich
The Sensitive Epicure: Individual Goat Cheese Mac & Cheese (Gluten-Free, Lactose-Free)
Devour: Caramelized Onion Grilled Cheese
Thursday Night Dinner: Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup
The Heritage Cook: Open Faced Grilled Halloumi Sandwiches
Big Girls, Small Kitchen: Muhammara Grilled Cheese
Daily*Dishin: Grilled Jarlsberg and Black Forest Ham With a Surprise
FN Dish: Grilled Cheese Goes Beyond Cheese

Wednesday, 27 February 2013 20:14

TND: Favorite Things

Happy Thursday, friends! This week has actually flown by for me, and I am so excited for TND (Thursday Night Dinner) with the girls tonight. Since it's "Favorite Things" here at Thursdays this week, we're making one of our favorites: Quiche. Below we have a recipe for one of our favorite versions of quiche, but feel free to use whatever veggies you have on hand. And, if you are of the meat-eating persuasion, by all means, add some bacon or ham or whatever floats your boat. Also, I've been really into making simple little jewelry sets lately and there's a photo of an example below.

Enjoy. xoxo.


 favorite thing: quiche
by Colleen Reilly, Emily Ross, and Stephania Stanley

What you need:QuicheIMG_6100-Edit

  • 3 large eggs
  • 6 large egg whites
  • 3 tbsp skim milk
  • 3-4 oz brie cheese, sliced into 1/8” pieces
  • 2 cups spinach
  • 1 cup baby bella mushrooms, chopped
  • ½ cup medium sized onion, diced
  • 1 ½ tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1/8 tsp tarragon
  • 1 frozen piecrust

What to do:

Preheat your oven to 350˚ F and remove the piecrust from the freezer.  In a medium sized frying pan, heat ½ tbsp of olive oil over medium high heat.  Add the onions to the pan and sauté for three minutes.  Next add the mushrooms and sauté for another five minutes.  Remove from heat.  Now take out a large frying pan and heat the remaining olive oil over medium high heat.  Toss the spinach into the pan and sprinkle water with your fingers a couple of times over the spinach.  Mix the spinach around with a wooden spoon and cover with lid.  Mix the spinach every couple minutes.  It should be good to go in about ten minutes.

Now take out a large mixing bowl and lightly beat the eggs and egg whites together.  Add the milk and stir together.  Next toss the spinach and mushroom/onion mixture into the mixing bowl and stir.  Now its time for the spices! Add the Italian seasoning and tarragon and whisk all the ingredients together.  Pour the egg mixture into the piecrust.  Next lay the slices of Brie over the egg mixture.  You want to form an asterisk shape with the cheese.

Place the quiche into the oven and bake for 30 minutes.  Cover with foil and then bake the quiche for another 20 minutes or until the egg is cooked.

Serves 4-6 depending on hunger level and side dishes.


 favorite thing: simple drop jewelry


pink set

      I've been making lots of very simple little drop earring and necklace sets like this one. I don't really know much about making jewelry at all, and I learned by poking around the internet-- there are tons of tutorials on youtube and blogs, etc. Just google "jewelry making" and you'll be set! Get makin'.
      Wednesday, 13 February 2013 17:57

      TND: Valentine's Day Style

      Happy Valentine's Day everyone! I hope that wherever you are, you're spreading some love today. Vday doesn't have to just be a day for "romantic" love. Some of my favorite Vday memories are those that I've spent with my girlfriends. Like the Valentine's Day when Caitlin and I took each other out for Indian food at the neighborhood spot.  They seated us at the one table where the centerpiece roses were wilted and we were sure they were mocking us. We ordered one of everything and drank a bottle of wine. We crawled home afterward and laid on the couch, moaning and rolling our tights off of our stomachs. It was a great night!
      So, anway, because Valentine's Day also makes me think of my favorite desserts, here are some of my favorite sweets recipes. Maybe it will inspire you to make a sweet treat for someone special in your world. And don't forget to check out this year's batch of Valentine's that I made for my friends. Yay for hearts!

      Enjoy. xoxo.


      Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cakepeanut butter cup cake
      by stephanie stanley

      What you need:

      For the cake:

      • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
      • ! cup buttermilk
      • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
      • 1 1/4 cups sugar
      • 1/2 tsp salt
      • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
      • 1/2 cups vegetable oil
      • 1 tsp vanilla
      • 2 eggs(at room temperature)
      • Butter for greasing cake pans
      • 2 tsp all-purpose flour for cake pans

      For the icing:

      • 16 tbsp (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
      • 4 oz unsweetened chocolate
      • 4 tbsp milk
      • 3 tbsp sour cream
      • 2 tsp vanilla
      • 3 cups peanut butter cups, chopped

      What to do:

      For the cake:

      Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.  Take out your medium sized mixing bowl and sift in the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt.  Set flour mixture aside.  In a large mixing bowl, combine sugar, vegetable oil, and buttermilk.  Whisk or use an electric mixer until ingredients are well blended.  Add eggs and mix.  Next add flour mixture at about ½ cup at a time.  Mix until well blended.

      Grease two 8” round cake pans with butter and then sprinkle each pan with 1 tsp of all-purpose flour.  Divide evenly into cake pans and bake for 40 to 45 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

      For the icing:

      While the cakes are baking, start the icing.  Combine all ingredients except for peanut butter cups into a large mixing bowl.  Mix all ingredients together at medium speed until ingredients are well blended.  Let cakes sit for approximately 15-20 minutes after baking.  Place the first layer on a cake dish or large plate.  Using a small spatula, cover the top and sides of the first layer with icing.  Next, sprinkle a layer of chocolate peanut butter cups on the top of the iced cake and then carefully place the second layer of cake on top.  Cover the second layer of cake with icing.  Finish by covering the remainder of the cake with chocolate peanut butter cups and enjoy!

      Kate's Strawberry Cake strawberry cake

      What you need:

      For the cake:

      • 1 box cake mix (yellow or white)
      • 1 box strawberry Jello
      • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
      • 1/2 cup water
      • 1/2 cup crushed strawberries
      • 4 eggs

      For the icing:

      • 1 box powdered sugar
      • 1/2 cup crushed strawberries
      • 1/4 cup margarine

      What to do:

      For the cake:
      Mix dry cake mix and Jello powder together.  Add oil, water, and strawberries.  Beat eggs in one at a time with a whisk. Mix until incorporated. Bake in 2 cake pans or round loaf pan for 30-35 minutes at 350° F.

      For the icing:
      Mix ingredients together until incorporated. Ice cake with a soft spatula after cake has cooled (about 15 minutes).


       Valentine's Day Cards!!

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          vtines cards
          valentines 1 2013
          Happy Thursday! Ok, yes I am officially obsessed with beets. I can't stop eating them and adding them to pretty much everything. So this week I've got another yummy beet recipe for you. I'm so glad it's Thursday and I'm definitely excited about my Thursday night dinner and craft choices-- a yummy beet pasta that uses the beets and the greens and some warm and cozy scarf and hat sets.




          Beet-liscious Pastabeet_pasta
          by colleen

          What you need:           

          • 1 lb spaghetti or angel hair pasta, cooked according to box directions
          • 2 beets roasted and cubed
          • Beet greens, cut into ribbon-like strands
          • Herb goat cheese
          • Toasted pine nuts
          • Olive oil
          • 1/2 medium red onion, diced
          • Lemon juice
          • Pepper
          • Salt
          • Cumin
          • Red pepper flakes

            What you do:

              Roast beets following these directions. This will take about an hour, so plan accordingly. In the warm oven from cooking the beets, toast pine nuts for 2-3 minutes. Watch them carefully so they don't burn. Cook pasta according to package directions.

              In a large skillet, heat 2 tbsp olive oil. Add onions and sautee for 3-5 minutes, until they begin to turn clear. Add beet greens to the oil and sautee. They will shrink down quite a bit, so use all that you have. After about 5 minutes, sprinkle with pepper and salt to taste and add a couple of dashes of cumin. Mix to incorporate and add a squirt of lemon juice.

              Divide pasta into four bowls and add a scoop of beet green and onion mixture to each. Top with beets, pine nuts and goat cheese. Sprinkle with red pepper flakes and dig in!

              Serves 4.

              Fleece Hats and Scarves scarf_and_hat

              My sister-in-law, Freda, was in town over winter break and she taught me how to make these fleece hats and scarves. They are so, so easy to make and they really can be made with as little or as much sewing as you want. You can even use fabric glue if you don't want to sew at all. I've been having so much fun making these guys. We decided to kick off our Glue Gun Mafia Louisville get-togethers for the new year with this cozy winter craft. Freda is the Art Designer at Sophie's Stress Free Soirees, a premier event planning company in San Francisco, and they have some excellent tutorials up at their website, so, in the interest of not reinventing the wheel, I'm going to send you there. Here is the hat tutorial. And here is the scarf tutorial. Have fun!

                  Tuesday, 01 January 2013 20:29

                  Happy New Year!

                  I had the incredible luxury of having all last week off to savor all of the holiday-ness. I spent a lot of time with family, the husband and I got to meet up with friends we rarely get to see, and, to my great pleasure, I spent a lot of time reading. Oh, and sleeping. Lots of time sleeping. I feel so lucky when I am able to take a week or so off at the end of the year to re-energize myself for the new year. I'm feeling like 2013 is going to be a good one for a lot of the people I care about. I'm looking forward to seeing what everyone accomplishes. So, all that said. I've been kind of lazy, so I'm going to show you some of my favorite photos of the last week. I personally love seeing photos of people's holidays because they always look so cozy and nice.

                  What are you most looking forward to in the new year? Any grand plans or events on the horizon?

                  Happy new year to each of you!








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