It is hard to believe that Thanksgiving is just a few days away, and Christmas is right around the bend. This is my favorite time of year and I am looking forward to time with family and friends as we celebrate the greatest Gift that has ever been given! It is also such a fun time of year to dress for. Plaid, sparkles, party skirts, and patent all come to mind. Today's look is a holiday inspired casual look, perfect for nights and weekends. I am in love with these sparkly Kate Spade x Keds tennies and I am excited to style them throughout winter. Blessings to you all as we anticipate Thanksgiving.
Happy Monday! It indeed feels very happy especially since its a short week!
Since the holiday season officially starts on Thursday- happy early Thanksgiving. I thought it would be fun to start showcasing some festive looks. I love breaking out my fall/winter skirts and playing around with new styling. I'm especially fond of this neutral floral print, its a J.Crew piece that I've had forever and can't seem to part with it. I love the A-line silhouette and the neutral print makes it easy to pair pieces with. This would be perfect for Thanksgiving with the family, equal parts dressy and casual! I hope you have a wonderful holiday!
I am excited to share one of my favorite local businesses with you, Guarded Goods. Our dear friend Jesse is the owner and founder, along with being a leather craftsman extraordinaire. He makes beautiful wallets, lanyards, passport carriers, iPad cases, and leather wrap bracelets (see the one I am eyeing above). P absolutely loves his Triptych wallet! Jesse will also custom make other leather goods for you also, like a large tote or a clutch. They would be the perfect stocking stuffers! Happy Friday everyone!
Some of my favorite cookbooks of all time are from Nordstrom (see here). The recipes are delicious and gourmet with just the right amount of complexity. This gnocchi is a must-make dish during the cold winter months; P and I just can't get enough of it. And it is even more flavorful the next day as leftovers. This yummy gnocchi is also a great option to serve for entertaining as the holidays approach, as the price per serving is reasonable. Snuggle up with a good glass of red wine and this tasty dish!
:: Ingredients ::
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 pound hot Italian sausage (casings removed)
1 yellow onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
3 cups heaving cream (we use 2 cups heavy cream, 1 cup milk)
1 can tomato paste
Freshly ground black pepper
3 pounds vacuum-packed imported gnocchi (we get ours at Lunds)
4 ounces baby spinach
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese (plus more for serving)
:: Recipe ::
Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the sausage and cook, breaking up the meet using the side of a spoon, for about 10 minutes. Increase the heat to high and cook, stirring occasionally, until the meat browns, about 2 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the sausage to paper towels to drain. Discard the fat and wipe out the saucepan.
Add the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil to the saucepan and return to medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion is golden and the garlic is fragrant, about 5 minutes. Sprinkle with the flour and stir well. Reduce the heat to low. Cook, stirring often without browning the flour, for 2 minutes. Stir in the cream and tomato paste and whisk well to dissolve the tomato paste. Increase the heat to medium-high and bring to a simmer. Cook, stirring often, until lightly thickened, about 3 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Set the sauce aside.
Meanwhile, bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the gnocchi and cook according to the package directions until tender. Scoop out and reserve 1 cup of pasta cooking water. Drain the gnocchi well. Return the gnocchi to their cooking pot.
Stir the spinach and sausage into the sauce. Add to the gnocchi, along with the 1/2 cup Parmigiano. Stir well. If the sauce seems too thick, stir in some of the reserved pasta cooking water. Taste and adjust the seasoning.
Divide the gnocchi evenly among warmed bowls. Serve hot, with additional Parmigiano cheese passed on the side.
The most wonderful time of the year is in full swing! I've started the process of thinking of gifts for loved ones and thought it would be fun to share more finds based on specific categories. Today, I pulled together a few fun and affordable hostess gifts for all those wonderful people in your life that are throwing those beloved holiday parties.
Winter is officially here in Minneapolis and I am not quite ready for it. I love the snow, but the extreme cold temperatures are hard to get excited about. But I am looking forward to relaxing nights studying and watching movies by the fire. Creating fun and warm outfits is more challenging at this time of year, but I am excited for comfy knits, wool skirts, and boots. Here's to the next four months of cold and snow!