Fall Vegetable Chowder

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Guys, we are inundated with fall vegetables from our CSA right now. So, when we got this recipe as part of the email blast telling us what was in our farm share last week, we were psyched with how many veggies would be used! This soup is really a curry chowder – which might sound weird, but trust me! This chowder is light, flavorful, and so healthy with all the veg. It’s a must try this fall!

Jenny’s Autumn Farm Chowder
from Piccadilly Farm

One bunch of leeks, washed and chopped
1C cooked chicken, chopped or shredded (original recipe called for ground pork or lamb)
1 Tsp curry powder
2lb gold potatoes, chopped into cubes
2 sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped into cubes
2 carrots, peeled and chopped into cubes
1 quart chicken stock
2C milk
(recipe called for 1C grated cheddar, I omitted this)
2 bunches kale
s&p to taste

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Saute leeks in butter. About halfway through stir the curry powder into the leeks.When the leeks are cooked and softened add the chicken stock, potatoes, sweet potatoes, and carrots. Add more stock until the veggies are just covered. Simmer until veggies are just tender. Add chicken.

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Add the kale and milk. Cook until kale wilts, a few minutes. Salt and pepper to taste. This makes a thick chowder.

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Enjoy!

Happy Birthday Z!

Two years ago, I was awoken in the middle of the night with contractions. By 9am we were at the hospital. By 12n things were really happening. And by just after 4pm our Z was here! She came out loud and full of life – exactly how she is today.

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We love you more than words can say sweet Z – Happy 2nd Birthday!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

ps. taken in our French-inspired bathroom. She loves the Eiffel Tower.

What to Wear – Now

It has gotten colllllld around here! It’s officially fall with bone-chilling winter right around the corner. So how do you stay cute and fashionable? Well here is literally what I am wearing right now to do just that.

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1. I love sweaters like this Pleated Jacquard Jacket from Zara that you can layer under and wrap yourself in to feel extra cozy. 2. A cozy waffle knit to layer under your sweater is a must. I like this Waffle Knit Henley T from the GAP. 3. J. Crew Pixie Pant these are the comfiest pants and look great with boots, honestly they’re basically like fancy leggings. 4. You need a scarf in this weather, right? I love this Washed Wool Scarf from Madewell – plus I needed a pop of color in this outfit! 5. This Cut Out Handle Duffel from kate spade Saturday is a great fall bag – you can wear it on your arm or as a cross-body! and 6. While there’s still no snow on the ground (and boots are a must) I like to wear more delicate shoes. These Jeffrey Campbell D’Orsay flats from Urban Outfitters have such a great shape, I love them in this metallic silver.

Couple Things…

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We had a date night with some friends at the new Beat Hotel in Harvard Sq. Have you been? The food is fantastic!

Someone has a new chore and LOVES it – she gets to feed ki-tee dinner every night at 5pm.

Fresh rosemary from our CSA this week, I love the smell!

I had a huge event for my day job this week…naturally it required buying a bouquet of balloons! Aren’t all events better with balloons?

Pinkies up!

Z likes to organize our shoes like this every time we walk in the house and take our shoes off.

 

After a very long and busy week in our house I am ready for the weekend – have a good one!

Purse Party – Party Favors

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Today I am showing you the first DIY project for my Z’s upcoming 2nd birthday party that’s going to be PURSE-tacular! You recall she’s turning 2, loves purses, so therefore it’s only natural to throw her a purse themed birthday party, right? Right. First things first – the most fun thing at a birthday party? The party favor! I found these adorable wooden purses on Amazon and went to town, here’s how I made them….
purse-party-favor-2You will need: Glue gun, paint, mini wooden purse, string for the handle (I used this raffia), and a paint brush.

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First, paint your purse. I mixed my paint to make green to match the colors of the purse party (purple, green, orange). Let your purse dry.

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Then, glue down one end of your string.

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Start wrapping the purse handle.

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Once you’re at the other side cut and glue down. Wrap the other handle the same way.

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Cute! I decided to add a little monogram (a la Louis Vuitton) to add a little something extra to them.

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Stuff with a tiny treat and give out at your purse party.

Quiche Lorraine

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I’ve made quiche and shared it with you before, but this quiche we made over the weekend was just YUM. We decided on breakfast for dinner one night (what’s better than that?) and went the savory route (quiche) over something sweet (like waffles). We had spinach up the wa-zoo from our CSA that week so a quiche Lorraine was quickly decided on. So easy to put together, we used this recipe from allrecipes.com as a guide, here’s how:

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First, saute your onions and garlic in butter. Once cooked down add your fresh spinach that’s been chopped. We also added ham.

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While that’s cooking, whisk your eggs and milk and season with salt & pepper.

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Spoon your veggie mixture into your crust (I used store bought). Sprinkle with cheddar cheese.

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Pour the egg mixture on top letting it mix into the veggies.

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Cook for about 15 minutes, then sprinkle the top with more cheese. Cook for additional 35 to 40 minutes.

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Serve warm and enjoy! Also good as leftovers.