Thursday, December 18, 2014

Haute Eats: Scallops + Parm Risotto

I love a good scallop dish and when this one was as easy as it actually was, I figured why not share? Besides, many inquiring minds what to know.  Apparently you share my love of scallops just as much as I do. Fair warning - there is a healthy amount of butter in this dish.  If you are going to make it - go big or go home.  So without further ado...

Parmesan Risotto: adopted from Ina Garten's recipe 
1 1/2 c Arborio rice
5 c simmering chicken stock
1 c freshly grated parmesan
1/2 c dry white wine
3 tbsp salted butter
2 tsp kosher salt
1 tsp freshly ground black pepper

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Place the rice and 4 cups of chicken stock in a dutch oven.  Cover and back for 45 minutes, until most of the liquid is absorbed.  Remove from the oven and add remaining cup of chicken stock, the Parmesan cheese, wine, butter, salt, & pepper, & stir vigorously for 2-3 minutes.  Rice will become creamy & thick.  Serve hot.

1 lb sea scallops
4 tbsp salted butter
2 cloves garlic

Melt butter in pan over medium heat.  Add crushed garlic clove and saute for a few minutes.  Add scallops and cook on each side for approximately 3-4 minutes depending upon thickness and preference for doneness.

I served it with sauteed green beans with (you guessed it) butter and garlic.  Hope you enjoy this as much as we did.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014


One - as in, one week until Christmas Eve.  I'm shamefully behind on my Christmas gift shopping and so I thought that I'd share some fantastic last minute gifts for your loved ones on your list this year.

Happy Shopping!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Uptown Funk

 [coat: anthropologie // shirt: jcrew // denim: 7 for mankind // scarf: express (similar)// hat: versona accessories (similar) // purse: tory burch // kicks: jcrew // baubles: michael kors, stella & dot // sunnies: prada]

I've been on the hunt for a winter hat for awhile and so when I actually won a giveaway over on Becky's blog, I was thrilled.   If you are looking for good layering pieces, JCrew's tissue turtlenecks can't be beat.  So between the fab hat which is reminiscent of the 70s and the ability to layer, I call this an outfit Yahtzee.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Happy Friday + Link Love


Happy Friday folks! I don't know about you, but for me, the holidays are in full effect.  Christmas parties, gatherings, and cocktails are quickly filling up our calendars.  All fantastic things...except, I still have not starting with that level of anxiety, I'll leave you with some distractions of things that I'm loving around the interwebs this week.

- Good to know even royals are fan girls.

- As if my love of 1989 could not get any greater, this.

- I could not be more excited for this movie or this movie

- I likely love this commercial because, well, salt n peppa 

- Who knew that putting your clothes on could be so electric

On Glass Ceilings....and another reason to love Shonda Rhimes

Hope you & yours have a lovely weekend!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Micro Reads: Liam Loves

Reading has always been an important aspect of my life and by nature, we've worked hard to set aside time to read a lot with Liam.  Subsequently books are always my go-to for gifts for other kids.  Toys are often discarded or grown out of, but the love of reading - that's a gift that keeps on giving. Similar to many books that I love, Liam loves books for different aspects of them from age to age.  Of that vein and in advance of the upcoming holidays, I wanted to share some of our favorite go-tos for reading and book gifting.

Board Books

Board books are great options for on-the-go.  I always keep a couple in my purse to busy little hands while we are out and about.  These have beautiful illustrations, as well as great lessons within the content.

Hardcovers to Love

We are tough on books so hardcovers are the way to go.  These are our go-tos and books which we can read over and over again without getting (too) sick of them.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Play the Wild Card

Today I'm off for a long weekend with a girlfriend in Vegas!  I can't wait to spend some much needed down time in such a fun city.  In the meantime, enjoy some of my faves around the interwebs right now.

- 12 fun facts about a Christmas time favorite

Health benefits of meditation and why you should consider it

- In defense of form over function (a constant debate in our household)

- Really amazing video from a place abandoned over 30 years ago.

- If you haven't check out Ivanka Trumps new initiative (#womenwhowork), I suggest you do & then after you do, check out this story with a fave ballerina of mine.

Hope you & yours have a lovely weekend!

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Holiday Wear: Jacquard

[dress: anthropologie (similar options below) // tights: jcrew // kicks: via spiga (similar) // baubles: michael kors, jcrew, stella & dot // clutch: tory burch (similar) // sunnies: prada]

If you look in my closet, next to sequins, I have quite a large collection of pieces in jacquard fabrics.  There is something about the fabric that I just love - maybe it is the intricate woven patterns, or the fact that usually they are metallic and shiny, bur whatever the reason, it is an easy go-to for Holiday events.

This dress is a favorite of mine (and is unfortunately no longer available as it is from last season), but I have found some really fantastic alternative (below) for you.

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