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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.

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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

618hy4mmq7l-_sy498_bo1204203200_EveryDayCook by Alton Brown

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.

Friday Favorites

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It’s peony season // photo by yours truly

Below is a round up of some of my favorite internet finds of the week. Check them out this weekend.

Cook
Cook this delicious looking zoodle recipe from Lake Shore Lady. I’m obsessed with zoodles, but need some new ideas for what to do with them. This one looks so good.

Shop
Off the shoulder tops and dresses are all the rage this season. Check this dress out from ASOS – it’s only $25. It’s a great cover up option for the beach and pool. It comes in black, red, yellow, pink and white.

Read
Subscribe to theSkimm. I recently heard about theSkimm, and have been hooked ever since. It’s a daily email newsletter with quick snapshots and current events that should be on your radar. theSkimm makes it easier to start a conversation and keeps you up-to-date on top news. Sign up here. Not to mention, it’s whitty and funny – and written by women for women. It’s now the first thing I read when I wake up.

Listen
I love listening to movie soundtracks. They provoke the same feelings you get when you watch the actual movie. I listen to the Little Women soundtrack a lot, especially around Christmas. Check out this list of the 20 best movie soundtracks that define cool. The Social Network music is so haunting!

Friday Favorites

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  1. I just learned about this this eight minute song called Weightless. It’s supposedly so effective at inducing sleep it should not be listened to while driving. It contains a sustaining rhythm that starts at 60 beats per minute and gradually slows to around 50 to help calm and slow down your heart beat.
  2. 10 best travel travel apps.
  3. For the last few months, I have been sending myself a Birchbox. You’ve probably heard about the service, but if you haven’t, it allows you to try, learn about and purchase different products (mostly beauty) in sample sizes. Your box is completely customized based on your likes and what you’re interested in. It’s a fun way to try new products you normally wouldn’t consider. And it’s a nice little monthly treat. In my December box I received the Harvey Prince Seat Salt Texturizing mist. It.is.amazing. Total game changer. I use it in lieu of hairspray when I use my flat iron to make my hair wavy. It smells so good and gives your hair the perfect textured, lived-in, beachy look.
  4. This Loft sweater is my favorite sweater of the moment. I have in it in Whisper White, but I’m tempted to order another color. It’s on sale for $29.88 and it’s an additional 60% off today. Total steal.

Have a great weekend!