The Perfect Thanksgiving Side: Turnip Purée

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Turkey definitely steals the spotlight when it comes to Thanksgiving. In my opinion, the sides are really the best part of the entire meal! While I love a good mashed potato, I don’t love feeling weighed down after my meal. A girl’s gotta leave some room for dessert! I whipped up this turnip purée and absolutely loved how it came out- creamy and flavorful yet light. Not to mention, it was ridiculously easy to make.

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Turnips can be found year round but are generally a winter, root vegetable. They essentially look like a giant white radish. I peeled four turnips and chopped them into chunky pieces. Bring a pot of low sodium chicken broth to boil and add the turnip. Ready for the difficult part? Let boil for 20-30 minutes. The turnips should be soft and easy to pierce with a fork or knife.

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Once the turnips have cooked, add them to a blender without any of the leftover broth. Add your butter and 1 cup of broth and mix until well-blended. You can make the consistency to your desire. If you want it less creamy, simply add more broth. Season with pepper and salt and serve!

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Make sure to keep some room at the Thanksgiving table for this side- it won’t disappoint!

Ingredients
  • 4 turnips, peeled and chopped
  • low sodium chicken broth (1, 32 oz container)
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Peel and cut turnips into chunky pieces.
  2. Add chicken broth to pot and bring to boil.
  3. Add turnips and boil for 20-30 minutes, until tender.
  4. When cooked, add turnips, without broth, to blender.
  5. Add butter and 1 cup of broth. Blend.
  6. Add more or less broth to get desired consistency.
  7. Season with salt and pepper
  8. Serve and Enjoy!

2014 Gift Guide: For The Globe Trotter

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A few of my favorite gifts for the globe trotter! Even when you’re off to a new destination, traveling can get exhausting and be stressful at times. Petar always makes fun of me with all the things I pack into my carry-on to make me feel more “comfortable”. Even if it’s silly, these small items make my trip and experience all that much more enjoyable. Planes always seem to be cold and crowded and that dry air! This chic and studded carry- on makes me want to forgo checking-in luggage entirely. That way, I have all my favorite products at my fingertips! Bundle up with a cashmere blanket and slip off those shoes for transatlantic flights. Tune out the noise with rose-gold head phones and slather on an in-flight facial. By the time you land, you’ll feel refreshed and energized and ready to explore!

  J.Crew Metallic Passport Cover   //  Jo Malone Travel Candle Set  //  Frends Rose Gold Head Phones   //   Leather Tassel Keychain  //  Fresh Sugar Lip Balm in Berry //  Byredo Gypsy Water Travel Perfume  //  Bobbi Brown Modern Classics Makeup Set  //  J.Crew Tortoise Sunglasses  //  Gold World Cuff  //  Valentine Goods Python Ipad Case //  Eddie Harrop Studded Weekender  //  AR Cashmere Slippers  // Cashmere Blanket // La Mer Facial // Magenta Leather Cosmetic Case {on sale!}

 

Thanksgiving Entertaining Essentials

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Can you believe Thanksgiving is next week? I love this holiday- it’s wonderful to take time off to gather around the table and indulge in delicious food and be reminded of what we are each grateful for. Petar and I split our time between both sides of the family and this year we will be enjoying in some Greek Thanksgiving dishes. I’ll make sure to share! If you’re the one cooking this year, bravo! Here are some essentials not only for entertaining and getting that tabletop ready, but also prepping and whipping up a delicious meal.

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It’s The Little Things

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There’s something about fresh flowers every week that I look forward to. I mean, what girl doesn’t? They add that final touch to a space and what better way to be welcomed home each day then to the smell of fresh blooms! They have become such a simple luxury that I always find a way to add it to my budget.

So when The Bouqs reached out to me to give their blooms a try, I was giddy at the idea! The whole experience was easy and enjoyable. I ordered the Dawn bouquet from their Volcano Collection and as you can see, the roses are stunning. Did I mention, that their flowers are eco-friendly and grown on the side of a live volcano… in Ecuador? No big deal. I mean whaaat? I love that I’m contributing to responsible farming just by indulging in a weekly bouquet!

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Every bouquet is $40 and that includes shipping! At $40 you can afford to upgrade your bouquet like I did. I ended up ordering two dozen roses and it didn’t break the bank! A week later and my roses are still going strong. I’m even tempted to try out their Concierge Services that offer scheduled deliveries and reminders for special dates. I could get used to hand-delivered weekly flowers.

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I can’t get over the beautiful peachy-orange color of the roses. It’s something so different and unusual of what I generally gravitate towards and I’m so glad I stepped out of my bubble. The Bouqs offers a curated selection of bouquets that make it easier to choose and even try something new. And gentlemen, this couldn’t be any easier for picking out that perfect bouquet for your lady. I’m officially hooked!

Fall Layers With ModCloth

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This time of year is all about layering, and it IS possible to look chic and put together even when you’re walking around in 20 different layers! I saw this black and white, graphic sweater from ModCloth and knew it would be perfect for running errands, going to meetings and even an after-work cocktail. Over-sized pieces, surprisingly, always have a chic appeal to them. I brought in a pop of color with oxblood accessories and a touch of blue lapis with that amazing necklace. And let’s be real… I’m the most productive in flats. These shoes are so ‘in’ right now and I can’t get enough. Cozy and comfortable while still looking chic? Check and check!

You can shop more cozy and chic sweaters, here!

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Sweet and Unexpected Flavors

pumpkin recipesBy this time of year, we’ve had our fair share of pumpkin and sweet potato. From traditional pies to side dishes next to the turkey. But what about some unexpected recipes to make things a bit more interesting? These 7 recipes look absolutely delicious and are on my must try list for Fall. I love being able to use the Fall produce while adding a sweet and unexpected flavor to dishes. All of these recipes include sweet potato or pumpkin and are sure to be delicious all season long!

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Weekend Links

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Once we enter November, I feel like time just speeds up…. and considering we are almost in the middle of the month. My point is proven! There’s been so many exciting things happening over at NoMad Luxuries and yesterday I was finally able to share with you my Home Depot Holiday Style Challenge! I hope you all enjoyed it as much as I did putting it together. This weekend I plan on slowing down a bit. I’ll be adding a few new pieces to the shop and reverting my attention back to fixing up my office! I hope you all have a fabulous weekend!

 Don’t forget to check out the links for some light weekend reading! Xx

WEEKEND LINKS

The One Room Challenge reveals were this week and if that’s not like Christmas morning, I don’t know what is. Must be a part of this at some point!

Domaine Home is sharing their favorite sources for inexpensive home decor. Some names might surprise you!

It already feels like winter in Chicago. These 10 tricks will help you stay healthy and cold-free in the dead of winter!

This roasted, pumpkin bruschetta are what dreams are made of. Creamy ricotta, sweet pumpkin and peppery arugula!

With another trans-atlantic trip coming up for the Holidays, I don’t have time for jet lag. This smoothie is meant to cure your jet lag! Sign me up!

J.Crew is having a 25% sale on cozy pieces with code, GETWARM. I’m eying this grey coat, these Oxford loafers, and this bright cashmere sweater!

Home Depot Challenge | Holiday Edition!

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I’m so excited to share the big Home Depot Holiday Style Challenge with you! The Holidays for me, always meant spending time around the table with the people you love. With that, I found a way to bring my style challenge of decorating the tree and my love for entertaining together. Our dining room got decked out for the Holidays and to celebrate, we even had an {early} Christmas dinner!

To see how I created this entire space and for a kid-friendly tutorial, head over the The Home Depot blog, The Apron, for the full reveal!

A big thank you to The Apron team and to the Home Depot for including my blog in this year’s challenge! And an even bigger thank you to my friend and photographer, Jennifer of Jennifer Coffey Photo for capturing the evening {and for listening to Last Christmas…on repeat…in October}!

Starting off this Holiday Season with some serious cheer! Merry {early} Christmas!

To see how all of the other participating bloggers transformed their spaces, make sure to Also, be sure to follow this link!

Sweet Notes

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I’m keeping it short and sweet today, just like these notes. Nothing beats receiving a hand written note in the mail. And in this age of technology, we are all so quick to shoot an email or text before we would pick up a pen and jot down a hello. With postcards this pretty, you might reconsider. These silk postcards from Hermes will bring back the hand-written card, I tell you! Each postcard is unique, and the print and color you receive are a complete surprise. Did I mention they are silk? Silk! Leave it to Hermes to make you pine over something you never knew you wanted {or needed}! Receiving one of these in the mail? Now that’s, a good mail day!

Spinach and Mushroom Quiche

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Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and I love a hearty breakfast that involves a little bit of everything and let’s me start off my day right. But let’s get real. When you’re running out the door, scrambling to find your keys and not miss the bus, breakfast is probably the last thing on your mind. I wanted to whip something up that I can heat up in the morning that would still give me the energy I need to start my day off right.

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This quiche has spinach, onion, mushroom and cheddar cheese. It only uses two eggs which doesn’t make it too heavy {or unhealthy} but still is a balanced breakfast. While the recipe calls for a homemade crust and it is indeed, that much tastier, I used a frozen pie crust to make my life a bit simpler. Cut up a small onion and cook it in a pan of olive oil on low heat. Once the onion becomes translucent, you can add the mushrooms.

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The mushrooms need to cook to a golden brown and will take approximately 20 minutes. I keep this on medium to low heat so the onions don’t burn. Once the mushrooms have browned, I add the spinach, nutmeg, pepper and a touch of salt and cook the mixture together for a few additional minutes. Once the spinach has wilted and everything has been combined, take off from heat.

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Break two eggs in a different bowl and add your milk- beat completely together. Add a thin layer of shredded cheddar cheese to the bottom of your pie crust. Take your mushroom and spinach filling and add it evenly in the pie crust. Then pour your egg and milk mixture, making sure the ingredients have been completely covered. Sprinkle more cheddar cheese on top to create a bubbly crust and throw it in the oven at 400F for 35-40 minutes.

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This tastes just as good warmed up the next day {or two} and makes for a no-fuss and easy breakfast! Now, there’s no excuse to not start your day off right.

Ingredients
  • 1.5 cups of spinach
  • 1/4 tsp Nutmeg
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 2 eggs
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1 small onion
  • Small package, chopped mushrooms
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • Shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 Frozen pie crust
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400F
  2. Add olive oil to pan and turn on medium heat.
  3. Chop onion and add to pan, cooking for 5-6 minutes or until translucent.
  4. Add mushrooms and turn on medium-low heat. Cook until golden brown- about 15-20 minutes.
  5. Add spinach, nutmeg, salt and pepper to taste and mix together. Allow spinach to wilt, another 2-3 minutes. Take off heat.
  6. In separate bowl, beat two eggs with milk.
  7. Add thin layer of shredded cheddar cheese to bottom of pie crust.
  8. Add mushroom and spinach mixture, creating an even layer on bottom of pie crust.
  9. Pour egg and milk mixture, making sure all ingredients are covered.
  10. Sprinkle with more cheddar cheese
  11. Bake for 35-40 minutes, or until top is golden and bubbly.
  12. Serve and enjoy!