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Make Your Own: Lotion Bars {lavender + peppermint}

I like Cetaphil and coconut oil as much as the next lady, but I don’t dig chemicals in my hand cream, I dislike buying non-recyclable plastic tubes, and toting coconut oil around town when it goes from solid to liquid with a warm breeze is flirting with disaster. So, lotion bars seemed like a no-brainer to add to my ever growing inventory of homemade beauty products.

lavender and peppermint lotion

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Crunchy Spicy Kale Chips

My crunchy snack standbys are almonds and sriracha smattered popcorn. They are permanent fixtures on my snack time menu. But, every so often you have to shake things up, so I’ve decided to give kale chips a slot in the rotation.

Psst: I don’t know if you guys have heard, but I think this kale stuff is going to be pretty popular, call it a hunch.

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The platter that matters

There was talk of a cheese plate in last Wednesday’s A non-Thanksgiving Post. And, when you talk about cheese, you follow through. Whetting your appetite with crudités and well-paired cheeses is as much a requirement as the turkey (in my opinion, anyway) in a traditional Thanksgiving dinner. Because I prepared this at the mountain house and forgot a platter, I had the added fun of improvising my serving piece from an well-worn pizza pan and a vintage cake decorating stand.

cheese platter

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Perfect Gifts for Her {psst…”her” is me}

You know how flight attendants remind you that before helping others, it’s important to put your own oxygen mask on first? That’s my philosophy on gift giving. With that in mind, here’s my “Black Friday/Small Business Saturday/Cyber Monday/Totally made up Tuesday” gifts for me guide.

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KitchenAid Food Processor

The amount of hummus and banana ice cream I make is reason enough to upgrade to a larger food processor; this eight cup KitchenAid should do the trick. And, here’s a 20% off code for any small appliance from Best Buy.

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A non-Thanksgiving Post

Spending time with people you love, participating in traditions, eating tons of food. Pretty perfect, right? I, like many of you, love Thanksgiving. My husband and I are lucky enough to have two Thanksgivings each year. The first is celebrated on Thursday with his side of the family and our second feast is with my crew on Sunday. And, while there are so many gorgeous decorating ideas and presumptuously sumptuous recipes out there to try, I am just not feeling it this year. Don’t get me wrong, I’m so thankful for the chance to spend time with those I care about. But to be honest, the holidays are stressing me out. So, you may see posts in the near future about a fantastic cheese board I’m putting together or my continual journey to make the perfect pecan pie. But today, the day before thanksgiving, I’m simply sharing some photographs I’ve taken of street art. Because, a little distraction can be pretty nice during the holidays, and is certainly something for which I’m very thankful.

Alleyway in Istanbul

{independent alley gallery, Istanbul}

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Tea Time {ginger + lime + nutmeg}

From the start of September to the end of April, I’m continuously searching for ways to stay warm. Maybe it’s my low blood pressure, my slightly below average body temperature, or maybe I’m part reptile. Regardless of the reason, I require teas, soups, blankets, and wool socks to be administered on a regular basis. My current go-to tea is a spicy and soothing ginger, lime and nutmeg blend. In addition to warming you up, this tea is also great for digestion – something that will surely come in handy with Thanksgiving only a few days away.

ginger lime nutmeg tea

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Thirty books {to be read before 30}

I haven’t read nearly enough books considered to be either classic literature or socially revolutionary. There are so many. A few months ago, I enacted a plan to address this issue. Naturally, the plan involves a list, a few rules (as well as loop-holes), and a self-imposed deadline. Today, I’m sharing the 30 books I want to read before I’m 30.

30 under 30 books to read

 

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