100th post of Thanks.

Well, well, well. Isn’t it fitting that my 100th post of 2013 falls on Thanksgiving 😉

I feel like this week in particular has tested me. I’ve been on an emotional roller coaster where my only ticket off was this four day weekend. From a $50 parking ticket to not being able to pick up the notorious free pie that Harvard gives all their staff, it’s easy to see why I was in the dumps.

But wait, I thought this was going to be a thankful post?
It is. It is!

All these Debbie Downers lead me to think of how much I am thankful for. How much this year has given me.

From California dreamin’ trips to conferences galore, I am thankful for the ability to travel and discover this beautiful country.

With a warm cup ‘o Joe in my hands, breakfast in my belly and this comfy couch, I am thankful.

For Skype, cell phones, emails and snail mail, I am thankful I can connect with my friends.

So I can follow my passions, pursue my dreams and all the while feel safe. I am thankful for our military men and women.

From breakdowns to breakthroughs, I am thankful for my ever inspiring clients.

And last, but certainly not least (cause y’all know I love to talk…)

For late night calls, early morning texts, unexpected cards and goofy snapchats… I am thankful for my unbelievably supportive friends and family.

Hope you have a happy and safe thanksgiving!!


The Bird: It’s all about timing.

This past weekend I hosted my second annual Friendsgiving.

But, unlike last year, I took on the task of cooking the turkey.

My first one, like ever, and I decided on a 20 pounder.

Say, what?

Yup. My Mom was so graciously standing by her phone all day for me to call frantically. Butterball Hot line? But I was able to get by with only 3 calls; how to make gravy, where the heck cranberry sauce is in the grocery store and an end of night party recap.

Whatcha cookin’?

One huge thing I learned was that Thanksgiving is ALL about timing. If you’ve only got one oven, you must plan and prep side dishes that don’t require it. You must plan out your menu and set reminders and timers.
Because, let’s face it, when the guests start arriving you’ll completely forget about that brie puff pastry appetizer that you popped under the broiler. 

In all reality, the bird is the easiest of the whole day! My big Bertha took about 4hrs and change and was perfect. Also on my menu…

And wait just a second… my amazing friends pitched in too! Making incredible stuffing, roasted vegetables, chili dip, brussel sprouts with bacon, and don’t even get me started on the desserts. 

Such a fun afternoon and evening spent with friends, good food and one ginormous turkey.

Needless to say I sent everyone home with a LOT of leftovers. 
What are you thankful for today?

Single Serving Goodness. {Recipe}

You guys.

I’ve kinda had this weakness lately. 
For single serving desserts in cute mugs. 
Emphasis on the cute. It makes the treat taste better. 
But really, let’s be honest. If I made the whole recipe it’d be gone in 2.5 seconds. 
These are perfect for a little chocolate fix without derailing your whole week!
Unless of course you have them nightly. 
Who would do that? 😉 

 No guilt. No leftovers. No problem. 
What is your favorite sweet treat lately?