Reading Lately

Ever since I read The Girl on the Train, I’ve been obsessed with mystery and psychological thrillers. Here’s what I’m reading now and what’s next in my que:

41utkxcbsolWhile You Were Sleeping by Kathryn Croft

I’m in the middle of reading this one. So far, I love it. It reminds me a little of The Girl on the Train because the story involves neighbors – including slowly learning more and more about the past and how the characters are intertwined.

51ytbg5le-l-_sx329_bo1204203200_All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda

From Amazon: Twenty-eight-year-old Nicolette Farrell returns to Cooley Ridge, North Carolina, ten years after her best friend Corinne disappeared without a trace. Nic plans to tie up loose ends and care for her ailing father, but she is soon plunged into a new drama that reawakens Corinne’s case and breaks open old wounds that have not healed.

The decade-old investigation focused on Nic, her brother Daniel, boyfriend Tyler, and Corinne’s boyfriend Jackson. Since, only Nic has left Cooley Ridge. Daniel and his wife, Laura, are expecting a baby; Jackson works at the town bar; and Tyler is dating Annaleise Carter, Nic’s younger neighbor. Then, within days of Nic’s return, Annaleise goes missing.

I’m really excited to start this one. The story unravels backwards – when Annaleise goes missing, Nic starts to unravel the truth about what really happened to Corinne ten years ago.

51hiyzaxdal-_sx331_bo1204203200_Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

I bought this book a while back, but haven’t read it yet. Now that the HBO limited series based on the book is coming out this month, I’m eager to start reading it. The book follows three women who are brought together because of their same-aged children. You’ll find secrets, lies, wives, husbands, children, exes, abuse, deception…all wrapped around a mysterious murder.

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I’m all about comfort. On the weekends I’m usually in jeans, flats and a cozy top. Lately my cozy tops have been sweatshirts. A lot of fun and embellished sweatshirts (think florals, lace, ruffles) have been popping up in stores. Throw on a structured jacket for a more sophisticated look. This is perfect for transitioning into spring.

The exact sweatshirt from the image above can be found here.

This is how I’d recreate the look:

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1 | Gap Embellished Star Pullover
2 | Gap Water-Resistant Short Hooded Trench
3 | 1822 Denim Ankle Skinny Jeans
4 | Rebecca Minkoff Small Love Leather Crossbody Bag
5 | ASOS DEA Star Lace Up Sneakers

More fun sweatshirts:
ASOS Sweatshirt In Polka Dot
Old Navy Relaxed French-Terry Sweatshirt
Fire Ruffle Front Sweatshirt
Gap Eyelet Logo Pullover Sweatshirt

Simple Week Night Dinners // 05

Chicken & Sweet Potato Mex Bowls

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This recipe comes together fast and is fulfilling with two proteins (chicken and black beans). I love creating “bowls” for dinner. You can use whatever you have in your fridge and pantry. I usually end up with a lot of different layers and texture. The key is to include some sort of fresh herb to keep it balanced. Here we use cilantro.

1 Tbs olive oil
1 medium sweet potato, peeled and cubed
1 skinless boneless chicken breast, sliced thin
2 Tbs chili powder
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
16 oz can black beans, rinsed
1 lime, halved
Green Giant® Riced Cauliflower, prepared
Fresh cilantro
Lime
Hot sauce

Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add the sweet potatoes. Sautée until soft and golden brown (this will take about 10 minutes). Meanwhile, season all sides of the sliced chicken breast with the chili powder, cumin, salt and pepper. Once the sweet potatoes are soft, add the seasoned chicken to the skillet. Sautée chicken for about 5 minutes, flipping frequently. Once the chicken is cooked through, add the black beans and juice from half of the lime. Cook for a couple of more minutes, just until the black beans are heated through. If the mixture seems dry, add a couple of tablespoons of water.

To serve: In a bowl, add 1 cup of the prepared Green Giant® Riced Cauliflower and a scoop of the sweet potato and chicken mixture. Top with fresh cilantro, lime juice and hot sauce, as desired.

This recipe makes two generous servings. Note, the Green Giant® Riced Cauliflower has four servings and each serving is a cup.

WOMEN WOMEN WOMEN

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I cannot stop looking at photos and watching videos of the amazing women, men and children marching around the world yesterday. These photos give me chills! I am so happy to hear the marches were peaceful and everyone stayed safe. I believe (no matter your political party or feelings about the new president) it’s important to stand up and fight for human equality. I’m proud to be an American and a women.

Check out the simple, but powerful, posters from by For All Womankind. All the proceeds go to the Center for Reproductive Rights and Emily’s List, two not-for-profit organizations. I love the one I shared above.

Simple Week Night Dinners // 04

Garlic Tomato Sauce and Turkey Meatballs Over Zoodles

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2 Tbs olive oil
4 cloves garlic, minced
28 oz can crushed tomatoes
2 Tbs tomato paste
1 Tbs dried basil
1 tsp sugar
1/2 cup water
12 frozen turkey meatballs* (this is my secret to making this an easy week night meal)
2 large zucchini (or 4 small zucchini), spiralized**
Parm for serving

In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Once hot, add the garlic. Sautée until fragrant (30 seconds to one minute). Add the crusted tomatoes, tomato paste, dried basil, sugar and water. If you think the sauce is too thick, add more water (1/4 cup at a time) until you get a better consistency. Stir to combine. Add the frozen meatballs and cover with sauce. Bring sauce up to a boil and turn heat down to low. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes.

Serve sauce and meatballs over zoodles. Top with parmesan cheese, if desired.

*My frozen meatball serving size was 3. I gauged this recipe to have about 4 servings.
**If you don’t have a spiralizer, you can use a vegetable peeler to create ribbons. I have a little hand held sprializer. It’s nothing fancy, but it gets the job done – you can buy it here.

Friday Favorites: Romantic Comedies

I love all types of movies. Drama, action, thrillers…but romantic comedies are my favorite. I re-watch the same ones over and over again. They never get old. And I watch them even more around Christmastime – a few of my favorites are Christmas themed (Love Actually, White You Were Sleeping, Serendipity). There’s just something about a good love story this time of year. So, do you agree with any of my favorites? What romantic comedy do you watch over and over again?

  1. Two Weeks Notice
  2. A Lot Like Love
  3. You’ve Got Mail
  4. It’s Complicated
  5. Sleepless in Seattle
  6. Love Actually
  7. Never Been Kissed
  8. Notting Hill
  9. Clueless
  10. Crazy Stupid Love
  11. Groundhog Day
  12. He’s Just Not That Into You
  13. While You Were Sleeping
  14. Serendipity
  15. My Big Fat Greek Wedding

Gift Guide for the Cook Book Lover in Your Life

Here’s a round up of some of the most talked about cookbooks of 2016. I think cookbooks are a great gift for anyone – for the ladies or the gents, the novice cooker or the expert, or anyone who loves food.

51jwlfml2ol-_sx401_bo1204203200_Small Victories by Julie Turshen

51ryzkgxrzl-_sx405_bo1204203200_How to Celebrate Everything by Jenny Rosenstrach

51qnsberpnl-_sx400_bo1204203200_Skinnytaste Fast and Slow by Gina Homolka

51ocnhfbgbl-_sx373_bo1204203200_Cooking for Jeffrey by Ina Garten

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It’s Been a Long Time

 

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Hello, blog-o-sphere. I’m so sorry I have abandoned you. Well maybe we’ll call it a break. You could even call it a sabbatical. Because…I moved to Chicago! I’m dedicated to posting regularly. I have so much content brewing in my head. Stay tuned! I’m going to start with some fun gift guides.

It’s good to be back.