Category Archives: Brunch

Today I’m sharing my mom’s fool proof turkey recipe. I’ve watched her make this recipe every year for over 15 years. Roasting a giant turkey can seem intimidating but with the right recipe it’s actually easier than it seems. This is a French take on roasted turkey with Herbs de Provence, citrus, and fresh herbs providing the aromatic flavor. This was actually my very first time making this recipe without my mom. It turned out moist and full of flavor. If any of you decide to try out this recipe I’d love to hear how it goes.  Hope you enjoy your time with your family this coming week and be sure to check back for my best of Black Friday deals.

Ingredients:

1 turkey 13 to 15 pounds

2 oranges quartered

1 onion quartered

1 lemon quartered

6 sprigs Rosemary, divided

6 sprig sage, divided

6 sprigs oregano, divided

8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter at room temperature, divided

2 tablespoons herbs to Provence

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 1/2 teaspoons salt 1 1/2 teaspoons pepper

4 cups low-sodium chicken broth

Directions:

Heat oven to 400°F. Insert the orange, onion, lemon, and two sprigs each rosemary, sage and oregano into the cavity of your turkey.  Tie the legs together with kitchen string. In small bowl combine 1 stick of butter, herbs de Provence, olive oil, salt and pepper. Spread half the mixture under the turkey skin and the remainder over the breast, thighs, and wings. Place in roasting pan and cover with foil. Roast for 20 minutes. Add 3 cups of broth and the remaining herb sprigs and orange quarters.  Roast 40 minutes. Reduce oven to 350°F, remove foil. Add 1 cup of broth and return to oven for another 2 1/2 to 3 hours or until instant-read thermometer reads 175°F.  Baste the turkey with your broth every 30 minutes or so. Remove from pan.  Let’s stand 30 minutes before carving.  Serve and enjoy.

Since Sam and I first met, picnics have always something we’ve always enjoyed doing together. We love finding tucked away spots and setting up to watch the sunset. After spending time with family, Sam and I had a moment to ourselves. We decided to take the opportunity to set up a quick little picnic on the bluff of the family beach house. This time of year is always especially magical in Santa Cruz. The weather starts to get a little cooler and the light turns golden. The sunsets are more breathtaking and it always takes me back to the 4 years I spent living by the beach here. Santa Cruz is a sleepy little  town that never really changes. Every time I visit I get a tinge of nostalgia for simpler days of living in a beach town.

I’m currently loving the idea of draping myself in jewel tone velvet head to toe. I even have the matching velvet pants to this top which I’m definitely planning on pairing together. I’m not sure if this idea is ridicules or genius or a bit of both. Below I’ve curated a selection of my favorite velvet pieces. Enjoy and have a lovely Thursday. xo

Wearing: Top – c/o Ronny Kobo, jeans – Levi’s, shoes – Gucci, sunglasses – Chloé, scarf – COS

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I’ve always loved hosting dinner parties. I love planning out menus and decor. I love spending the day in the kitchen filling the house with the smell of home cooking. There is something very rewarding when everything and everyone comes together for a special evening.

Since Sam and I always have a friend or two popping in for lunch or dinner during the week, I’m always prepared to host people on the fly. Over the years I’ve learned that with a few tried and true recipes and a handful of special accessories you can whip up a dinner party that looks fantastic but is deceptively easy to pull together.  Scroll down and take a look at the set up created for a fall themed wine and cheese party. I decided to mix and match everything from the color of the napkins to the silverware and dinnerware.

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For today’s Sunday Bites post I’m sharing a recipe for a refreshing Cucumber Melon Summer Sangria. I love making sangria year round, but particularly in the summer when we have a rotating door of friends stopping by. Below is a super quick video showing you just how easy it is to make. I hope you enjoy it and happy Sunday!

Ingredients : 

2 bottles white wine

1 small cucumber

1 lime

1 quarter honey dew melon

1 cup vodka

 Handful of fresh mint leaves

Directions :

Cut the cucumber and lime into thin slices and cut the honey dew into cubes. Combine all of the ingredients in a pitcher, stir well. Serve and enjoy.

 

I love starting my mornings with fresh light meals that will energize me without weighing me down. One of my new favorites is a delightful, healthy breakfast bowl. I use homemade yogurt that I pick up form the farmer’s market and combine it with fresh berries and fruits. It takes all of 5 minutes to make, leaving you feeling satisfied and healthy. To make it even healthier add in chia seeds and let sit over night.

Ingredients:

Strawberries

Blueberries

Raspberries

Plain yogurt (sub in coconut yogurt for a vegan version)

Vanilla extract

Honey

Directions :

There is no real formula to this. Blend together the desired amount of yogurt with a large handful of fresh strawberries, a sprinkle of vanilla extract, and a spoon full of honey. Play around with the ingredients until you get it to taste and look the way you want. Personally I like less honey and more strawberries, while Sam enjoys his on the sweeter side. Once you’ve got the right flavor garnish with fresh berries and serve. I like to garnish mine with edible flowers when I can find them or toasted coconut shavings if I have some on hand. Serve and enjoy.

Happy Sunday!