Ever since I was little, Thanksgiving always consisted of the same dishes: Turkey, butternut squash, green beans, stuffing, mashed potatoes, and gravy. I thought it would be fun to go outside of that bubble and try new dishes incorporating some of my favorite fruits and veggies. We’re going over a friends for Thanksgiving day, but I’m planning on making a mini Thanksgiving meal for Aubrey and myself (mostly so we can have leftovers), and these dishes are being highly considered.
Main Meal // Turkey & Vegetarian
Turkey would still be the main dish. You can’t really change that, but there are different ways to cook your turkey. Also, I have quite a few vegetarian/vegan friends, and I think it’s important that they get a tasty meal too! So I’ve included a vegetarian-friendly option!
Sides & Appetizers // Stuffing, Squash (Delicata + Butternut), Sweet Potatoes, Cranberries, & Soup
Sometimes I enjoy the side dishes more than the actual turkey itself. Squash, stuffing, and sweet potatoes are my favorites, so I’ve included recipes including those three foods. Delicata squash is one of my new favorites, you can even eat the rind, and they’re really simple to prepare! I also love zucchini, and I thought it’d be interesting to include a soup for dinner.
Desserts // Tarts, Cookies, Cake, Pie
There’s always room for dessert! Cookies, and mini pies offer easy eating, and gives your guests more options, as well as being able to taste more due to a smaller serving size.
I hope you enjoyed my selections! What are your favorite Thanksgiving dishes?!
(please click on images for links to recipes)
A Serving of Gold [Anthropologie]
For as long as I can remember, I’ve always been more of a silver person. I’m not sure what changed, or if perhaps it’s because I go towards more ‘warmer’ tones these days, but now I find myself selecting gold over silver. Since moving to Los Angeles, I’ve fallen in love with the overall brightness thanks to the sunshine and warm days we receive almost year round. I also associate silver and grays with the dreary cold weather I was used to in New England and NYC. I still own my fair share of silver jewelry (my Tiffany’s charm bracelet is one of my most treasured items), and gray clothing/accessories. I even have gray sheets on my bed currently (which will probably change to navy soon).
As I browsed the beautiful pages of Anthropologies’ Dining & Entertainment section, I was inspired by many of their gold and gold accented items. While Aubrey and I browse countless Pinterest boards and Domino magazines for apartment decor inspiration, we’ve agreed that we want a nautical theme, with navy as the main color and gold, bronze, and brown for the accents (and of course white).
Top - Doma Flatware | Elysees Cocktail Shaker | Gold Confetti Paper Napkins
Middle - Laura Kramer Amber Urchin Bowl | Biere Glass | Sparkle-Trimmed Tumbler in Gold | Measuring Hedgies | Aureate Ice Tongs
Bottom - Herdmar Vika Sky Salad Set | Limited Edition Golden Monogrammed Mugs | Gilda Coasters
Be A Reflektor - An Arcade Fire Secret Show at Capitol Records [Hollywood]
It was so much fun, and as a suggestion, attendees were welcome to dress up for the ‘Be A Reflektor' theme. I decorated a black skirt with some glitter and wore a top with sequins. I also took some cheap black pumps and painted them with Sparkle Mod Podge. Some of the costumes people had on were amazing! Masks, tops covered in mirrors and CDs. Silvery and gold makeup. It was almost like a really fun Halloween party! And many many many thank you's to my friend who works at MTV Iggy for getting us in!
Places to Eat & Drink - Sweet Lady Jane Bakery
One of my favorite bakeries to visit is Sweet Lady Jane. It’s also the perfect atmosphere to spend an afternoon with close friends, sipping coffee or tea and eating a tasty sandwich followed by delectable dessert. Or you can skip the real food and go straight for the cake (I’ve done that multiple times)!
It’s located in Santa Monica on Montana Ave & 17th Street (right on the corner). If you’re going to get a sandwich, I recommend getting the half portion, or sharing (they’re huge). The grilled cheese and tuna are my favorites! The cake, cheesecake, and pie servings are also rather large! So it’s worth every penny! They also serve French press coffee and PG Tips tea.
Outside and inside dining is available, and if your bring your pooch, they’ll bring a bowl of water out for you. You can also order full size cakes!
I haven’t taken any potos of the actual food… Sorry…
Inspiration From A Star
I highly admit that Hollywood is a tourist trap. The first time I visited was when I was a Freshman in College (about 19) with my Nana. We had so much fun, walking up and down every street, being so ridiculously touristy - but with Nana, it was perfection (she was one of the main reasons I fell in love with ‘Old Hollywood’).
Now that I live here, having seen a handful of celebrities, visiting and running errands in all parts of Los Angeles, the Walk of Fame is one of those things that I kind of forget is there. Except for one star. I know exactly where it is (on Vine, between Hollywood & Selma) . I don’t see it very often, but when I do, I’m always overcome with this weird emotion that always seems to pulse through my whole body. She reminds me of my love and adoration for film history. She reminds me of why I’m living in LA. She reminds me that my love for her, is one of the main reasons I chose the field that I did. To spend my life chasing my dreams, and doing something involved with film and its history. My idol then, my idol now, my idol forever.
Audrey Hepburn, you really bring out the tourist in me.
Weekly Adorations - 10.18.13
Happy Friday! I’m excited for the weekend… we’re going to a housewarming of dear friends of ours where we’ll also be decorating sugar skulls. I’ll be sure to share pictures with you!
Eames Rocker, Room & Board // Large & Small Ceramic Jars, Paper Source // Handbag, Mulberry
Whale Bookends, ModCloth // Cardigan, Anthroplogie // Pantone Mug // Celluloid Lamp, Anthropologie
Wearable - Apple Picking
I love apple picking. It’s probably one of my favorite fall time activities (besides the actual eating of a fresh, homemade apple pie). Since I find it important to always dress nice, I’ve picked an outfit meant for apple picking that is comfortable, yet stylish at the same time. Some comfy skinny jeans, a plaid shirt that will keep you warm, boots, and a large tote (to sneak extra apples into) will keep you looking comfy and chic!
Plaid Shirt, Madewell // Glasses, Madewell
Jeans, J Brand // Tote, Madewell // Boots, Sole Society