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Friday, 08 February 2013 11:04

Weekly Round Up!

Hello everyone! I hope you are all having a snowy morning, in connecticut we are experiencing Nemo (that's the name of the storm) in full force. Also am I the only one getting a kick out of the fact that the storm is named Nemo? Finding Nemo is one of my all time favorite movies. Well the upside for this storm is that is an excuse to hole up with good friends and hot cocoa by a fire! 

So have you guys watched The Taste yet? I started it yesterday and it is great! The whole thing is based on the perfect bite, but it is also a blind tasting which I think is the best part. Also who doesnt have a secret crush on Anthony Bourdain?! 

Anyway I hope you all have a fun, delicious, safe, and snowy weekend!

xo

lucie

 

This week we posted:

Our Favorite Things: Weekend Getaway Bags

Having a great looking and functional weekend/overnight bag is an essiential for any woman. I love the longchamp in the red!

Girls Night In: Chicken & Artichoke Pasta

Well, I made this for dinner last night and let me tell you it is just as delicious as you think it would be.

Winter White

Megan showed us how to keep winter fresh with white and green plants!

TND: Fashion Week & Valentines Day Crafts

Steph showed us a fun and cute Valentines day craft! 

 

This week they posted:

Ruelala The Style Guide: DIY Cap-Toe Pumps

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Wow! This is such a fun idea! Who doesnt have an old pair of flats that could use an DIY upgrade!! 

Birchbox: Three Red Carpet Trends Translated to Nails

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Well if you know me you know that there are few things that I love more than sparkley nails! 

BGSK: Pomegranate Salad for Friendship and Love

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I LOVE pomegranate. So fresh so light, but such a great flavor! This might even make me want to, well kind of, eat a salad. 

 

Tuesday, 05 February 2013 10:00

Winter White

Certain times of the year allow us to embrace different colors. Winter is a great time to embrace the clean, fresh and simplistic look of white. It is cold outside, but still beautiful when the sparkling white snowflakes fall from the sky.

I want to share a few simple tips today on how to incorporate white into your indoor décor without breaking the bank.

A white on white floral combination is elegant and chic. I have combined four parrot tulips, and one white rose in a small white porcelain vase. This is a perfect addition to a cocktail table for entertaining, as a bathroom sink accent, or just to have on the kitchen table.

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It is always great to add a plant to your indoor space during the winter months. It reminds us that there is hope for Spring to arrive. I have combined a white ceramic pot with a perky, green succulent. The white and green compliment each other well and will match any room in your place.

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Add a little bit of fresh flowers or plants into your living space to create a winter white delight!

Saturday, 02 February 2013 12:14

Super Bowl Round Up

Hello everyone! Are you all excited for Super Bowl weekend? I know I am! Although my beloved Patriots did not make it I am super excited to watch these two brothers face off against eachother, I feel bad for their mom though! Nothing like some good old sibling rivalry to make this game more interesting. Also I have been hearing rumors that Destiny's Child is reuniting during Beyonce's half time show? THAT would be epic. So for this weeks round up I am going to give you a bunch of recipe and craft ideas for your super bowl party! 

Have a fun and delicious weekend!

xo

Lucie

PS Check out our pinterest page for more inspiration!!

 

Super Bowl Recipes

How Sweet Eats: Jalapeno Cheddar Chicken Meatball Sandwiches

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These look so delicious and coudl easily feed a huge crowd!

Annies Eats: Kale Pesto White Bean Dip

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Yum! A healthier option for those of us trying not to eat our weight in pizza and wings during the game!

The Food Network: Margarita Shrip Nachos

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I feel like so many super bowl foods are heavy so this is a nice light and refreshing option!

Good Housekeeping: Healthy Seven Layer Dip

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Whats not to love about healthy seven layer dip!

Super Bowl Crafts/Decor

Hostess With the Mostest: Super Bowl Playing Field Center Piece

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Such a cute idea!

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All Scrapbook Steals: Super Bowl Photo Booth

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I love this idea! super fun! 

 

 

Friday, 11 January 2013 09:34

Weekly Round Up!

Hello everyone! Happy Friday! It is my pleasure to round up this week at Thursday's for you all! I have had kind of a crazy week myself, I have been interning at my old high school in order to get teaching experience. At first it was so strange to be back and it made me feel like I was a freshman again but now it feels totally natural to be back on the other side of things. 

How has everyones quests to keep their new years resolutions going? I'm not going to lie I havent been great about getting to the gym this week, so my goal is to turn over a new leaf on monday and really kick things off right! I wish all of you good luck in keeping your new years resolutions!

Have a wonderful and delicious weekend!

xo

lucie

 

This Week We Posted:

A Resolution to ditch the Expired

Wow I had no idea that makeup could expire, after reading this post I had to do some major make up buying after I realized that most of my stuff was expired!

Italian Pot Roast with Soft Polenta

I shared with you all a delicious pot roast recipe that I made for my family. It is so good everyone should try it plus it is perfect for a cold winter night!

If you Need Me, I'll Be with my Potato Soup

Yummm, is about all I have to say when I look at the picture of Colleen's delicious looking potato soup. A must try this weekend!

TND: New Years Resolutions and Thank you Cards

Those cards that Steph created are so cute! I want to do this for my own christmas thank you cards! Thanks for the inspiration!

 

This Week They Posted:

How Sweet Eats: Bannana Bourbon Cupcakes

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Wow, these look amazing. I dont know how great these will be for my waistline but they look delicious!

Spoon Fork Bacon: Kale and Artichoke Dip

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So kale has become one of my favorite veggies, and I have always loved spinach and artichoke dip. I cannot wait to see what kale brings to this delicious party!

Martha Stewart: Hand Knitted Scarves

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I used to knit when I was younger and I think I want to take it back up again! Martha Stewart has great guides to help you knit your best!

 

 

Tuesday, 08 January 2013 16:29

Italian Pot Roast with Soft Polenta

photo_1Hello everyone and happy new year! It seems like it has been forever since I have posted anything, and that is probably because it has. The end of my year got so busy with finals and christmas shopping. I was lucky enough to spend my christmas and new years in beautiful sunny florida. We flew jetblue down to florida and of course once on the plane I immediately flipped to the food network. The episode airing was Giada's Christmas with Raffi. Now I love Aunt Raffi because she is so sassy and I love watching Giada try to keep her cool! Anyway they made this davine looking Italian pot roast and polenta. My mom was seated the row above me and after the episode she turned around and told me that I had to make it for everyone!

So I made this for my family the day before Christmas Eve and let me tell you it was a hit! The beef cooks low and slow and has a beautiful texture that can only come from that type of cooking. The beef does become relatively salty due to the beef stock but the creamy polenta offsets it beautifully. 

I suggest everyone try out this dish because it is not only delicious but also relatively simple! Everyone thought I had been working for hours when actually the oven did most of the work for me! 

Happy New Year! 

xo

Lucie

PS. what is your new years resolution? mine is to make sure I work out everyday and stick to my gluten free diet!!

 

Italian Pot Roast

By Giada De Laurentiis 

Recipe for the Polenta (I recommends halving the recipe, I served 7 hungry people the full amount and we had about half left over)

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What You Need:

  • 1 5 lb. boneless beef chuck roast
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 6 cloves of garlic, crushed
  • 1 cup red wine
  • 1 (15 oz) can of beef broth
  • 1/2 oz dried porcini mushrooms
  • 1 large sprig fresh rosemary
  • 6 sprigs fresh thyme

What You Do:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Then season the beef with salt and pepper. In a duch oven, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium high heat. Add the beef and cook until browned on all sides, you want to get a nice caramelization! Set the beef aside. 

Reduce the heat to medium, add the remaining oil and onions. Stir them frequently until tender, then add the garlic. De-glaze the pan with the wine and scrape all of those delicious brown bits of the bottom with a wooden spoon. Stir in the broth and the mushrooms bringing the liquid to a boil. Return the beef to the pot, cover it and transfer it to the oven. 

Cook until the beef is fork tender, around 3-4 hours depending on your oven. Transfer the beef to a cutting board. Tent with foil and let stand for 15 minutes. Meanwhile, spoon any excess fat off the top of the pan juices. Pour the vegetables and juices into a blender and puree until smooth. Add the rosemary and thyme. Bring to sauce to a simmer and simmer for 5 minutes. Then serve with the beef and enjoy!!

 

 

 

Monday, 03 December 2012 21:06

Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese

Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese

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Macaroni and cheese is, by definition, comfort food.  To everyone.  Always.  While I adore this creamy delicious dish, I harldy ever make it because it's so high in fat and calories.  Why is comfort food always so bad for us?

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Friday, 30 November 2012 11:21

Weekly Round Up!

Hello everyone!

I hope you all had amazing thanksgiving's I know I did! I am still trying to digest all of the amazing food that I ate. The best part of Thanksgiving being over is that it is officially acceptable for me to start playing my Christmas music! I know its pathetic but there is something about it that I just cannot get enough of!! Whats your favorite christmas album? Mine is a tie between the Home Alone soundtrack and Michael Buble's christmas!

Alright well now that I have thoroughly embarrassed myself it is my pleasure to round up this week at Thursdays for you all!

Have a fun and delicious weekend,

xo

lucie

 

This Week We Posted:

DIY Your Old T-Shirt

I cannot wait to try this with some of my old tshirts! Such a fun way to re-invent an old favorite

Quick Cauliflower Curry

I love love love cauliflower, but I usually make it super cheesy. I think Colleens idea of making it into a curry is a great idea!

Falling Leaf Tasseled Necklace Tutorial

This necklace is beautiful! Such a fun idea for a present for the holidays!

 

This Week They Posted:

Sprinkle Bakes: Essentials and Gifts for Bakers

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So... If anyone wants to get me the Kitchenaid stand mixer on this list I'll love them forever! But seriously, this is a awesome list of possible gift ideas for the foodie in your life... or yourself.

A Beautiful Mess: Nesting: Hand Stamped Cloth Napkins

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I love this! A great way to personalize your house and dining experience! Also another great stocking stuffer for the holidays!

Smitten Kitchen: Spinach Salad with Warm Bacon Vinaigrette

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Well she had me at warm bacon vinaigrette! As many of you may or may not know I am absolutely unabashedly in love with bacon. This sounds delicious and a awesome way to eat those greens!

The Novice Chef: Spiced Pork Tenderloin with Sauteed Apples

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My mouth is watering as I am writing this, apples and pork are a classic and delicious combination that has been around forever. I love reinventing it by sauteing the apples instead of making applesauce. Yum!

Hello hello everybody! Happy election day! I hope that everyone is making sure to get out and vote today. Plus once you get home you can reward yourself for doing your civic duty by baking these delicious cupcakes! I made them last night for my roommates because, lets face it I didnt want to write the paper that I have due this week. My problems with procrastonation aside they loved them! Besides tasting delicious they filled our appartment with the best smells of pumpkin, cinnamon, and fall. One of these cupcakes while sitting next to the fire made it the perfect fall night. 

I hope you all have a wonderful day and dont forget to get out and vote! 

xo

lucie

Pumpkin Cupcakes with Maple Cream Cheese Icing

adapted from Sweetopia

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What you need:

For the Cupcakes:

  • 1 cup flour (I used gluten free flour, Cup 4 Cup)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil

For the Icing:

  • 1 8 oz package of cream cheese
  • 2 sticks of butter
  • 2 cups of powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

What you do:

For the cupcakes:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees, then in a large bowl combine the eggs, pumpkin, sugars, and vegetable oil. Wisk until combined. Next sift together the spices and the flour. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet and mix untill well intergrated. Line your cupcake pan with liners and divide the batter equally, it should make about 12 large cupcakes. Bake for 20 minutes.

For the icing:

In a large bowl whip the butter, vanilla extract, maple syrup, and cream cheese together. Once fully combined slowly add the sugar 1/4 cup at a time (so you can avoid a sugar facial). Frost your delicious treat and enjoy!

 

 

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