Couple Things…

We have a weekend of fun planned around here.  I’m excited to see Argo this weekend, we’re hitting up the MFA for their Bank of America Museums on Us complimentary entry so we can see the Mario Testino exhibit (we only go on these free weekends because you never know how long the munchkin will last at a museum…), and we won entry to the Christmas at Fenway event this weekend – can’t wait, Santa will be there!

Photo Credit: Mario Testino, Tom Brady, New York, V Man (detail), 2012. Digitally produced Chromogenic C Type print. © Mario Testino.

Have a great weekend, here are some fun links:

I couldn’t help it, I’ve gone gangnam style…have you made yours yet?

If you haven’t had enough, here’s more gangnam style – Christmas lights version.

Onesies for grown-ups?  My cousin was actually just talking/fantasizing about this!

Why is this Target/Neiman Marcus line so expensive?!

We have the McRib, they have Mac n Cheese and Shrimp Burger!

Modern Day Meatloaf


Growing up, I was never a fan of meatloaf.  I don’t know why, because even then meatballs were my favorite food and meatloaf is essentially a meatball in loaf form.

Well, meatloaf came up in conversation on Thanksgiving so we decided to make it this week and I have CHANGED MY MIND!  This recipe was so good – moist and sweet from the glaze, with a little kick from the different kinds of pepper.  We halved the recipe and I noted our other edits below.

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Good Eats Meatloaf
from Alton Brown

6 oz garlic-flavored croutons (we used regular bread crumbs)

1/2 Tsp ground black pepper
1/2 Tsp cayenne pepper
1 Tsp chili powder
1 Tsp dried thyme
1/2 onion, roughly chopped
1 carrot, peeled and broken
3 whole cloves garlic
1/2 red bell pepper
18 oz ground chuck
18 oz ground sirloin (we used ground pork in place of the sirloin)
1 1/2 Tsp kosher salt
1 egg

For the glaze:
1/2 C catsup
1 Tsp ground cumin
Dash Worcestershire sauce
Dash hot pepper sauce
1 Tbs honey

Heat oven to 325 degrees F (we suggest upping to 350 degrees).

In a food processor bowl, combine croutons, black pepper, cayenne pepper, chili powder, and thyme. Pulse until the mixture is of a fine texture. Place this mixture into a large bowl. Combine the onion, carrot, garlic, and red pepper in the food processor bowl. Pulse until the mixture is finely chopped, but not pureed. Combine the vegetable mixture, ground sirloin, and ground chuck with the bread crumb mixture. Season the meat mixture with the kosher salt. Add the egg and combine thoroughly, but avoid squeezing the meat.

Pack this mixture into a 10-inch loaf pan to mold the shape of the meatloaf. Onto a parchment paper-lined baking sheet, turn the meatloaf out of the pan onto the center of the tray. Insert a temperature probe at a 45 degree angle into the top of the meatloaf. Avoid touching the bottom of the tray with the probe. Set the probe for 155 degrees.

Combine the catsup, cumin, Worcestershire sauce, hot pepper sauce and honey. Brush the glaze onto the meatloaf after it has been cooking for about 10 minutes.  (Total cook-time for our little half loaf was about an hour).


Polka Dot Everything

I love polka dots, always have.  They are everywhere right now so I’ve put together a little list of some polka dot pieces in particular that have caught my eye:

1. Chambray top from Old Navy, 2.iPad case from Madewell, 3. Polka Dot Scarf from J.Crew, 4. Polka Dot Sequin top from J.Crew, 5. Sam Edelman Slingbacks, 6. Polka Dot Christmas Tree stamp from Paper Source, 7. Anthropologie Foiled Dot Napkins, I am in LOVE with these, and 8. kate spade Gold Dot Tights.

3 Little Pies

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I had some leftover dough last week after making a pumpkin pie so I decided to throw together 3 little apple pies, so easy.


3 pies 1

Roll out your dough.  Mix cubed apples with a dash of sugar (depending on how sweet you want it), a sprinkle of cinnamon, and a bit of flour. Use egg wash to seal up the sides and then neaten them up with a ravioli cutter for a decorative look. Bake according to your dough instructions and voila – three little pies (or however many you make).


Monday Outfit

I found these shoes at the Anthropologie sale on sale this past weekend, aren’t they great?  They add a nice pop of color to an otherwise simple outfit.  Today, I am wearing them with my skinny leg gray cords, homemade peter pan collar shirt, similar to the one below, black cardy, pink hair accessory and Miss Fancy Pants on my nails.  Have a great week!
Monday Outfit

Monday Outfit by styledbyjess featuring suede shoes

J Crew burnout shirt


Fremont suede shoes

Hair accessory

Couple Things…

Happy Black Friday!  I don’t think we’ll be doing much shopping today, but good luck if that’s what you’re up to!  We have our annual extended family Thanksgiving get-to-together tonight; F.A.T (Foley Alternative Thanksgiving) which is always fun to catch up with the fam, eat MORE, and show off our sweet toddler girl.

Have a great long weekend, here are some links from around the web:

We’re making these for our family party tonight…

Have you seen this website?  It lists all of today’s sales and deals.  It may be too late for some since some stores opened at the wee hours of the morning earlier today…

I’ve always referenced Martha’s list for Thanksgiving leftover recipe ideas.  The turkey banh mi looks awesome.

I can’t wait to go to Boston’s ICA to see this exhibit with some of my favorite artists.

Happy Thanksgiving!

I decided to jazz up the old school out-of-a-can-baked-in-a-store-bought crust pumpkin pie I made for Thanksgiving dessert later today with some cute leaves made from tiny cookie cutters.


I just cut out all the leaves (and a pumpkin for the center of the pie), used egg wash to “glue” them to the perimeter of the pie crust, baked as directed and voila…


pumpkin pie

My center pumpkin never browned, oh well…

pumpkin pie close-up

Fancy-looking pumpkin pie, here’s a close-up of the leaves. Happy Thanksgiving!

Forget the Food, What are you Wearing?!

What are you wearing for Thanksgiving this year?  Something a little loose/yet fashionable? Here is what I have planned:

thanksgiving dress

Dress by Boden from their huge warehouse sale a few months ago. The coordinating mustard handbag is from J. Crew at least 5 years ago.

thanksgiving dress close up

Here’s a close-up pf the beading around the neck, I love it! I’ll wear this with some brown boots and maybe tights depending on how cold it is.


Thanksgiving – Beyond the Meal

We made this delicious apple bread a few weeks ago and I thought I’d share the recipe today, a couple days before Thanksgiving, if you’re looking for something to make for breakfast before your turkey feast.  It has all the flavors of fall and isn’t super sweet, which I like in a breakfast bread.  This recipe makes 2 loaves, so we halved it.

apple bread

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Grandma Barb’s Apple Bread
4 large Granny Smith or Haralson apples (firm & tart), peeled and shredded
2 C sugar
½ C oil (we used mostly apple sauce, with a Tbs or so of oil)
2 large eggs
2 Tsp vanilla
1 C chopped pecans or walnuts, we omitted
1 C raisins, Craisins, or chopped dates, we omitted
3 C flour
1 Tbs baking powder
½ Tsp baking soda
1 Tsp salt
1 Tbs cinnamon
½ Tsp nutmeg
Preheat oven to 350°. Grease and flour two 8.5″ x 4.5″ loaf pans. Set aside. Using large holes of grater, shred the apples. Mix apples and sugar in large bowl and let sit for 15 minutes until sugar dissolves. There will be a lot of liquid. Add next five ingredients (oil through raisins) and stir to mix well.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the remaining six dry ingredients. Stir dry ingredients into the apple mixture, just until mixed. Pour into the loaf pans. Bake 50 to 55 minutes, or until center tests done with a toothpick. Cool 10 minutes in pan and then turn out onto rack to cool completely.




I also thought I’d share a beverage option for your Thanksgiving meal tomorrow.  At the wine tasting we went to recently we tried mead.  We were told that mead is a “honey wine” that is made by fermenting honey and water.  As you can expect, it’s super sweet.  They make different flavors and the brand we tried, brewed up in NH, has a flavor called Kurt’s Apple Pie.


It was yummy, so we bought a bottle and will serve it over ice on Thanksgiving. It pairs well with blue and cheddar cheeses, prosciutto, and dates.  So maybe we’ll have it with appetizers…