A few things I’m loving right now…
1. I bought these pants a while ago when they had a few of the colors on sale. I like that I can lay around the house in them all weekend, but if we leave at a moment’s notice for the grocery or to pick up take out, changing into a publicly acceptable outfit is no problem. It’s the little things, isn’t it?
2. Larabars have become my go-to breakfast of choice…that is, when I remember to eat breakfast. I buy lots of them at a time and stick them in a drawer at work and at home. They’re a great snack, and in the morning, are perfect with a cup of tea. I’m especially partial to the apple pie flavor.
3. I ordered these booties in two colors and was stoked to receive them in the mail yesterday! They’re available (in some sizes) on Piperlime, on Zappos (where they’re pricier), and also Amazon, where I got them for the best price of all.
4. It may be too early for a tree, but last weekend, I played the Pandora jazz holiday station for hours. It’s the perfect station for holiday music in my opinion — nothing too church-y, or too pop-y (I’m looking at you, Mariah Carey Christmas songs). One album they play a lot of is Christmas Songs from the Eddie Higgins Trio. It’s great! Be sure to add this station to your Pandora mix. Just type in “jazz holidays,” and trust me, you’ll find it.
5. I’ve long been a proponent of proprietary red blends from reputable California producers. Because the wine isn’t varietal specific, winemakers don’t have to blend it to make it match a certain taste profile, resulting in interesting and often affordable vino. This one, from Raymond Vineyards, is the 2009 R Collection Field Blend, and goes for about $12-15, depending on the store you find it in. We discovered it at one of our fave shops in SF!
6. I’ve had so much going on that lately, staying organized with online tools just wasn’t cutting it. I knew it was probably time to go back to a paper based planner. I haven’t had a paper planner since high school, but it was fun selecting this one from Paper Source. I appreciated that the calendar started in November and runs through January 2013, too!
7. I’m narrowing down my Thanksgiving menu options! This year, instead of our typical dinner of a vat of mac and cheese, we’ll be going a bit more traditional with a brined, roasted turkey breast and sides. Today, I’m over at Breakfast at Toast as part of Danielle’s Week of Thanks series, sharing my recipe for butternut squash gratin. It’s one of Joe’s favorites, and is definitely a contender for our Thanksgiving menu. Check it out!