Monthly Archives: November 2011

soup for supper: chili + cornbread

last week
the patriots were playing monday night football
so i couldn’t resist cooking up a chili
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it’s hearty and loaded with flavor
(my husband doesn’t even mind the lack of meat)
not to mention super healthy (excuse the cheddar topping!)
Just throw the following in a slow cooker:
(on heat on stovetop until simmering in french oven, transfer to oven and heat, lid on for 6-8 hrs. at 200 degrees)
1 Tbs. Canola Oil
4 cloves Garlic, peeled and minced
2 cups chopped onion
1 Tbs. Chili Powder
2 tsp. Oregano
1 tsp. Ground Cinnamon
1/2 tsp. Salt
1/4 tsp. Black Pepper
1 Green Pepper + 1 Red Pepper, diced
1 lb Carrots, cut in 1/4″ slices
1/2 lb Sweet Potatoes, diced
1 can (15oz.) Crushed Tomatoes
1 can (15 oz.) Diced Tomatoes
1 can Black Beans
1 can Kidney Beans
1 Tbs. Cocoa Powder
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seriously, insane.
make some.
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ladies who lunch

we have had more than our fair share of temperate fall days here in rhode island
(eeek! my bulbs are coming up!!)
and on one such afternoon
my dear friend meredith and i
popped into duck+bunny
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for a leisurely lunch
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in their garden
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which, of course, ended with a cupcake tasting!
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yum.
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their cozy-glam interior
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leaves you craving a girl’s night out!
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looking forward to more visits this winter!

day trippin': zimmans

a spur of the moment trip to the north shore
left me the opportunity to hit my favorite resource for interior fabrics
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zimmans in lynn, MA

packed with ev-ry-thing under the sun

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the latest designer faves

and inspiration galore

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(excuse the iphone blur)

i left with two perfect picks…
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soon-to-be roman shades
for the guest room

and some thing punchy
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for tay’s room

soup for supper

i love fall
crisp air and cozy nights
the farmers markets brimming with greens and root veggies
not to mention a pantry loaded with organic canned tomatoes
so
i’ve been making a weekly soup
we get at least a dinner, two lunches and two servings to freeze out of each pot
not bad for a hour in the kitchen!
so far…
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topped with crisp bacon
served with homemade whole wheat pumpkin bread
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served fireside
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(the recipe from my high school– this was one of my favorite lunches!)

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over cous cous
and
lentil
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topped with a drizzle of balsamic
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i love this part of our week’s menu
and plan to continue throughout the winter…
next week i think i’m going to give blair’s suggestion of mushroom barley a try!
have any favorite recipes to share?

birthday beanie

yesterday was my husband’s 31st birthday
we celebrated first with my ‘rents on cape
with breakfast at a favorite joint
and then
with his fam
topped off with cake, a cozy fire and presents at home
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his big surprise has yet to arrive
to add to his collection
this was a great
back-at-it-knit
for my first project of the fall
and the yarn
uber-soft-like-cashmere
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yum.
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happy birthday, my love!
xoxo

fall tunic

my list of sewing to-dos these days is loooong
but with the color wheel commission successfully off
and a few halloween gifts sewn and shipped
i needed a day
to dive in my stash
and get creating
for me
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i caved and bought wiksten’s tova tunic pattern
knowing i could draft something myself
but not wanting to get in my own way
i used alexander henry‘s “dasha”
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a few hours and one tunic later!
the pattern was simple to follow
my only change was taking 1″ off the hem
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i love that it looks polished with dark jeans and a blazer
or comfy with black yoga pants
i haven’t taken it off since i finished topstitching
eventually, i’ll have my husband snap a few pictures of it on me and share
now, i’m even more inspired to keep sewing
more tunics to come, for sure!