New Years Resolution: February

Remember that New Years x 12 deal? January was tough. I slipped up once after a difficult day with a glass of wine, and the first week was way tougher than I imagined. I wanted a beer or a glass of wine when I was having dinner or cleaning the house. And the other interesting thing was how cutting out alcohol affected my social life. It was harder to go out with friends and I think people were less inclined to take me into consideration for activities. Alcohol really does fuel so much we do socially…

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On to the next month! February is dedicated to working out at least 4 times a week. Rain or shine. 12 hour work day or not. No excuses.

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Garlicky Four Cheese Spaghetti

If I could marry garlic… I might. My love affair with the bulb is that strong. No pun intended. Oh k… pun intended!

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When I read a pasta that promises a garlic punch, I can’t say anything other than “Go on…”. As I was mindlessly spending way too much time on Instagram this weekend, a particular dish caught my eye. Julia’s Album boasted a Creamy Four Cheese Garlic Spaghetti Sauce that looked divine. I made slight modifications, but ultimately, stayed true to her recipe. I used a cast iron skillet which did wonders for the flavor.

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How To: Clothing Swap Brunch

I forget where I was when I went to my first clothing swap. I believe it was in college, and I couldn’t help but think how genius the idea was. Especially at that time as a student with no money.

For those of you who don’t know what I am talking about, a clothing swap is when you have a group of your friends over for a party, and you all trade clothes. You let your friends take a few weeks to go through their wardrobes, do a total closet purge, and bring any items of clothing, shoes, purses, or accessories they no longer use to your home. My rule of thumb; if it’s not sentimental, not a special occasion piece, and they haven’t worn it in a year, tell them to get rid of it. Items should be clean and free of stains or tears.

Next, you set up an event. Either a brunch, maybe a light appetizer dinner, and have your gals over for about 1 hour before swapping begins. Get everyone talking, get everyone fed, and have a little fun introducing new people to one another. For example, on this Sunday, the brunch started at 11:30 am, but clothing wasn’t swapped until around 12:30 pm. This gave everyone a chance to organize their clothing, have a cocktail or two, and get to know each other.

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Brown Butter Lemon Blueberry Muffins

Say that five times fast.

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I had a Clothing Swap Brunch last Sunday and boy, did things get tasty. If you’ve never been to one of those, start the tradition in your home. It’s a mix of fancy lady time, delicious food, and everyone getting a little giddy.

I was looking for something I could make the day before my brunch to save some time, and would be amazing the next day. Muffins. And then I remember a recipe I saw on Joy The Baker I had wanted to try. Below is my variation of it.

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A Little New Year DIY

It’s funny how simple things can do so much. And this past week proved that with two small kitchen changes that made a difference in a big way.

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When I bought my home this summer I know it needed some love. But the hilariously poor choices the owner made before me keep showing. Like these plastic handles in my kitchen. PLASTIC HANDLES. On all the cabinets and drawers. Yeah… time for an upgrade. Which is exactly what I did.

Home Depot is becoming my new favorite spot. They had a great selection of handles, and I went for the pewter metal handles that match my stove and fridge. Check it out.

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New Years Resolution x 12

I am about to be very vulnerable.

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That was me. On New Years Eve. At 28. If you are asking yourself “how bad was that hangover?” the answer is very bad. My body can’t accomplish what it used to anymore, a sad fact I slowly accept as every year goes by.

That shot was THE shot that did me in. When your body kind of tells you “no…. nope… NOPE… nilch… nada… nooooooooo”. But that shot also got me thinking of a brilliant idea. Well, in 12 months we will find out if it was brilliant, but for now, the 3rd day into the year, I think it’s still brilliant.

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Double Winter Squash Curry

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Ever look at the extra can you have of pumpkin puree after Thanksgiving and wonder, “what the heck am I going to do with this?” I did. Last week as a matter of fact when I was organizing my pantry and seeing what I had in there. There it was…the lone can of puree. Frankly, I was pumpkined out. Which makes this recipe perfect as it really is not a pumpkin dish. The squash only adds a great layer of flavor.

3 cups mixed vegetables*
1 can pumpkin puree
1 butternnut squash
1 lb chicken breast, cut into cubes
2 tbs yellow curry
1 can coconut cream
2 tbs white sugar
olive oil
salt to taste
cream (optional)
basil (optional)

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