Friday, September 30, 2011

bits & pieces


Wow - I can hardly believe that September is coming to an end, I feel like it flew right by.  Fall is moving into full swing, and the holiday's will be here before we know it!  September has been quite the whirlwind.  It was a busy month full of a lot of celebration, fun, travel, work and play.  On to the next...bring it on October!


::nail polish colors of the week::
{nails :: opi - no room for the blues}

{toes :: essie - need a vacation}

::weekend getaway goodies::
{picnic basket full of treats for our weekend in aspen}

::great minds think alike::
{identical anniversary cards}

::new handbag from my hubby::
{3 year anniversary (leather) gift - seen here}

::daydreaming::
{lovely thoughts}

Have a fabulous weekend!
xoxo

Thursday, September 29, 2011

a stolen moment - j brand


I love, love, love this Shopbop exclusive lookbook for J Brand Collection.  It is a beautiful collection of photos highlighting J Brand's fall collection.  A beautiful model, fantastic styling and gorgeous photographs created this lovely campaign.  Shop the story here.  (Thank you Shopbop!)  Now, enjoy this stolen moment...



| a moment |


| a chance |


| a breath |



| a look |




| a place |




| a view |


Just lovely...

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

thai peanut turkey burgers


After several busy weeks and lots of travel I am trying to get back on track with cooking healthy meals at home.  Last night we made thai peanut turkey burgers and baked sweet potato fries.  A friend from work introduced me to the burger recipe (doubled recipe found here) and I had to share because they are beyond delicious.  This meal will definitely become a regular on the menu at our house.  Yum!

thai peanut turkey burgers:
16oz ground turkey
2 medium carrot, shredded
2 large scallion, minced
1/2 tsp sesame oil
2 tsp chili garlic sauce (Sriracha)
4 tbsp creamy peanut butter
freshly ground salt & pepper
1 tsp ground ginger

cilantro-chili mayo:
4 tbsp light mayonnaise
handful of cilantro, finely minced
3 tsp chili garlic sauce (Sriracha)

hamburger buns of your choice
mixed greens

Combine burger ingredients a mixing bowl and combine thoroughly.  Heat a skillet over medium-high heat. Form the turkey mixture into four patties.  Cook for about 7-10 minutes per side, until cooked through.  Serve on buns with cilantro-chili mayo and greens.









baked sweet potato fries:
sweet potato
olive oil
seasoning (salt, pepper, garlic salt)

Pre-heat oven to 450°.  Wash and slice the potato into desired french fry size.  Coat the fries in olive oil and season with salt, pepper and garlic salt.  Put on pan and bake for 20 minutes or until browned.  The fries are extra tasty when served with the cilantro-chili sauce for dipping.




Hope you love this recipe as much as I do!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

aspen eats

Yesterday you saw the beautiful scenery from my weekend in Aspen.  Today I want to share the delicious food Aspen had to offer.  Friday night we had a wonderful dinner at Brexi Brasserie.  Saturday we rode our bikes to Ink! coffee for some lovely iced latte's.  Then we logged some major miles walking and exploring the time.  We took a lunchtime break for a yummy lunch at Ajax Tavern.  We ended the day enjoying a beautiful dinner at Matsuhisa Aspen.  Every meal we had was divine!  Yummmmm....here are some mealtime photo's...


{ny strip steak and herb parmesan frites}
 
 {creme brulee}

{warm chocolate truffle cake}

{iced latte}

 {bloody mary @ ajax tavern}

{beer steamed clams}
 
 {beet salad}

{truffle fries}


 {saketini}

 {house roll and spicy tuna}

 {salmon and tuna sashimi}

 {chocolate lava cake bento box}

We also visited Jimmy's and J-Bar for some cocktails along the way and La Cantina for lunch on the way out of town.  (Yes, I am still full!)


Monday, September 26, 2011

aspen scenery


Good morning friends!  I hope you all had a wonderful weekend.  We had the best time in Aspen...everything was absolutely beautiful.  The weather was perfect and the surroundings were gorgeous!  I was not ready to come home at the end of the weekend...










Hope you all have a lovely Monday!
xoxo

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