for your turkey

I believe there is some sort of law that requires people to purchase twice as much bird as their family can eat on Thanksgiving day. This of course is a good thing becasue just like chicken, turkey is incredibly versatile.

Here are some of my favorite PPJ recipes that are ready and waiting for your leftover white or dark meat. If the recipe already contains meat simply replace with turkey (throw in at the end if the recipe calls for cooking the meat – your bird has already been through that). If a vegetarian recipe, add some meat during the last step. Theses dishes will taste nothing like yesterday’s, which is a good thing.

Leftover Turkey

1Tortilla Soup/2Chicken Veggie Soup/3Leek & Potato Pizza/4Creamy Chicken & Wild Rice Soup/5Antipasto Salad/6Tuna Noodle Caserole

Have a wonderful weekend everyone! Enjoy those leftovers!



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happy thanksgiving

Thanksgiving 2015This crew is my world. Grateful does not even come close to what I feel for having these souls intertwined with my own.

Thankful for the silliness. Thankful for the laughter. Thankful for a house full of love.

Happy Thanksgiving to all!



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holiday skirts

Skirts are definitely an all year, everyday if you please, sort of garment. But if there was a season that they shine the most it is this one (literally).

Sequin, sateen, velvet, tulle…they all make for fabulously festive skirts. Topped with denim, gingham or plaid and you have yourself an easy yet very chic look for holiday gatherings. Every girl needs a party skirt that they love in their closet. I have collected a few over the years. One sequin that I am not 100% certain I still fit in (as we speak I am munching on Jettie’s Halloween candy so I’m thinking it’s a no…) and 2 of those H&M textured skirts (one green, one metallic but I want that red!) because I’m obsessed. All 3 are staples in my closet – perfect pieces to pull out when I need something extra special for the season.

Now I have my eye on that sateen number…and thinking I need a party maxi skirt:
Holiday Skirts

1LC Lauren Conrad Runway Collection sequin ombre skirt/2H&M green sequin skirt/3Charlotte Russe tulle full midi skirt/4Forever 21 sateen pleated midi skirt/5H&M red textured skirt/6Lulu’s ’twas a dream navy blue maxi skirt

Which is your favorite?




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maple roasted brussels sprouts with walnuts

Maple Roasted Brussels Sprouts with WalnutsIs she posting yet another brussels sprouts recipe??!! You betcha! And this one just may be my all time favorite…ever.

This was the recipe I used to introduce Sticky’s family to the wonder that are brussels sprouts. A few were apprehensive, I believe they associated this veggie with stench and mush texture. (Um..yeah, I would be hesitant as well.) But lucky for me they tried this version and proclaimed that brussels are the complete opposite of what they have made them out to be. Score for the in-laws…or the out-laws as we are so lovingly referred to.

Maple Roasted Brussels Sprouts with WalnutsThere is not much you can do wrong with this recipe other than over-roast your brussels or burn the crap out of the walnuts. As long as you do not do either one of those things you will be good to go.

As far as taste goes…I mean it’s maple syrup, salt and nuts…that’s yum on almost everything. If you wanted to go even further you could throw in some bacon but in the spirit of keeping this a vegetarian dish I chose not to. (Plus I don’t eat pig.)

Maple Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Walnuts Maple Roasted Brussels Sprouts with WalnutsClearly my favorite thing about Thanksgiving are the sides…specifically the brussels sprouts. I would love to know what your favorites are!

And ps…this can be served room temperature.





maple roasted brussels sprouts with walnuts
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Recipe type: Vegetarian
Serves: 4
  • 1lb fresh brussels sprouts, halved, outer leaves and bottom hard stem removed
  • ¼cup chopped walnuts
  • ¼cup maple syrup
  • 3tbsp olive oil (plus more for greasing pan)
  • ¼tsp garlic powder
  • ¼tsp onion powder
  • salt
  • pepper
  1. Preheat the oven 400ºF and grease a baking sheet with olive oil (can also line with foil to make clean up easier)
  2. In a large bowl, toss the brussels with 3tbsp olive oil, garlic powder, onion powder, ½tsp kosher salt and some fresh cracked black pepper. Place cut side up on prepared baking sheet and roast for 5 to 7 minutes, or until brussels begin to soften ever so slightly. (Any leaves that fall off while tossing should be left in bowl to roast the 2nd time in the oven. They will burn if you place them in oven for both roastings.)
  3. While brussels are roasting place maple syrup, walnuts, ½tsp salt and some pepper in the same bowl that brussels were tossed in. Give it a good stir.
  4. Take brussels out of oven and carefully place back in bowl with syrup/nut mixture. Toss gently.
  5. Place brussels (nuts and all) back on baking sheet, cut side up, and roast for another 5 to 7 minutes or until edges begin to brown. If you want them extra crisping turn on the broiler but be careful not to burn the nuts. Serve warm or at room temperature.

recipe adapted slightly from Honest Fare

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diy oatmeal bath & free printable

DIY Oatmeal BathWinter is creeping her way in.. I can already tell my skin is a little dryer and slightly more sensitive. Add that to the pending holiday stress and I’d say we are all due for some at home pampering. (Or giving the gift of TLC to a deserving friend.)

Good news is it couldn’t be easier to fix yourself a soothing warm bath. If you’ve got  oatmeal, a grinder and a tub with running water you have yourself a way to relax and hush all your troubles.

DIY Oatmeal BathWe all know that oatmeal is a perfect cold weather breakfast. Many of you may already know it’s fabulous for your skin as well. It not only soothes and hydrates the skin, but protects from irritants. Anyone who suffers from conditions like eczema can benefit from a warm oatmeal bath. And just like eating a bowl on a cold morning, the bath will comfort and calm all your senses.

Simply grind a 1/4 cup whole oatmeal in a spice grinder. Have a cup of warm water handy to test that your grind is fine enough to dissolve in water. Once it is you can add to a tub being filled with warm water. Be careful when you get in the tub as the oatmeal can make it slippery. After your soak is complete, you may need to use a cup of water to help entice the oatmeal down the drain.

DIY Oatmeal Bath

If you are looking for an easy and inexpensive you can’t wrong with this oatmeal bath. Simply grind oats, fill an airtight container and tie a scoop and this printable around the container. You could also add sachets of dried lavender or even essential oils. Either way the person receiving their jar of ground oats will be very pleased. Enjoy!



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