New Month, New Start

160829_goop_0584-1Continuing with the idea of September being a new start for many (new school year, renewed focus, jumpstart the coming year), I thought it would be fun to share some simple, yet clever ideas to make the most of this month.

  1. Jazz up your morning breakfast with these healthy “breakfast bowl” ideas – get recipes here

enhanced-13864-1463508892-5bn-ps027_journa_j_201609061125362. Have you heard of “bullet journaling”? My husband turned me onto this relatively new method of planning/organizing/journaling after seeing an article in the WSJ. And, I must admit to being intrigued. I have gone back and forth between paper and digital and have a few tools I try to use each day, so this simplified version is something I am considering. You can learn more about it here!le-catch-luncheon-1-1024x6833. Plan a Fall gathering before the crush of the holidays is upon us. Take inspiration from this gorgeous, outdoor fete created by designer,  Jenni Kayne, Le Catch and Jessica De Ruiter. Recipes and addtional photos here!

Just as students are beginning a new year and learning new things….perhaps we can, too!

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images: goop, bullet journal, rip + tan (photography by katrina dickson)

Spice It Up

Sometimes, life needs a little spice. A little kick. Here are some great ways to dial it up a notch this week, whether you celebrate Cinco de Mayo tomorrow or need something tasty for the upcoming weekend!

Above, the 10 minute tostada….a mainstay at our house. Recipe here.

Wash it down with a Fizzy Grapefruit Margarita…recipe here

A healthy version of tacquitos..with black beans and sweet potatoes! Recipe here.
Brighten the day with a Heirloom Tomato Bloody Mary. Recipe here.
And, if you’re feeling a little crafty, you can try your hand at these adorable piñata cookies! Almost too cute to bite into. Recipe here.
Here’s to extra spicy week ahead!

Pretty as Pumpkin Pie

Thanksgiving Week is finally here! And, by the looks of Whole Foods last night….everyone is trying to get an early start. With so much to do and such high expectations around food, friends and family…we can all use a little help.
Enter the perfect pumpkin pie recipe from the ever-elegant Carolyne Roehm.  Think maple syrup, a dash of rum and pumpkin puree. How could your guests not ask for seconds!

And, if you simply run out of time….just garnish a store bought pie with some decorative cookies. I promise, I won’t tell!

Have a blessed and happy Thanksgiving!

images: Carolyne Roehm