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Thanksgiving, California Style

It's almost turkey time, hooray!  Does everyone have fun and yummy plans for this year?  Since we are in flux between houses (yes, I will hopefully write home reno posts soon...), we are not hosting this year.  But a potluck with dear friends will do the trick!

I thought I could still share some Thanksgiving inspiration with you, since we hosted at our place last year.  I went with a clean + modern twist on traditional Thanksgiving decor.  It didn't hurt that all my decor was free (thanks, Nature), or something I already had.  And the beautiful, crisp Autumn sky was the perfect backdrop for our outdoor meal!


Our everyday white plates looked so fresh on earthy Kraft paper. I created a center runner of lemons from our backyard, candles, and clean foliage from a tree.  The table still felt autumnal with lighter greens and yellow, instead of traditional darker hues like burgundy, red, or hunter green. 

The first Thanksgiving I lived in LA, we had Friendsgiving on a rooftop patio.  I fell in love with outdoor dining.  I take advantage of it that as much as possible.  Sigh, have I mentioned I love LA?

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We had the most delicious plate of food, mostly thanks to my friend Callie, who is basically a chef.  She made some sinful gluten free versions of old Thanksgiving staples, and our pal Zak made his famous loaded deviled eggs--yum.  

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Oy, I think I just gained 5 pounds just reminiscing about that plate of food.  I was pretty proud of my first solo turkey too!


This year, I'm going to make pecan pie, potato casserole (totally healthy. psyche!), and THIS delicious recipe for Sausage + Swiss Chard Stuffing--I made it a couple months ago for the Darling Magazine Friendsgiving spread photo shoot, and so I can tell you it is scrumptious from experience (anyone at that table look familiar?)!

via Michelle Mosqueda Photography

via Michelle Mosqueda Photography

Hopefully next year I can give you a peek inside hosting at our new place! 

There's SO much to be grateful for this year!  I hope you all have a wonderful day with friends, family, food and lots of thankfulness.  Happy Thanksgiving!

Finally, London

London inspiration, Part 1

Borough Market is an open-air food market we explored while in London.  Our guides handed us 20p and let us loose.  As you can see, the market was a feast for the eyes as well as the tummy!  Gorgeous colors...


How could I not get a steamy meat pie?  Steak and gravy, mmm... 


More to come... 

Taco Soup!

I finally had some time to cook again, hooraaaay!!   

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One of my absolute Fall favorites is Taco Soup.  It's a simple recipe, and the longer it all melds together, and the more times you have it as leftovers, the better it gets!  I got this recipe from my mom, but I'm not sure where it originated.  You can let it cook unattended in a crock pot all day, or simmer in a soup pot for just a couple hours.

Taco Soup


  • 1.5 pounds ground beef or turkey
  • 1 large onion (white or yellow) , chopped
  • 2 (10oz) cans tomatoes with green chiles
  • 1 (16oz)  can kidney beans, drained
  • 1 (16oz) can black beans (or pinto, if you prefer), drained
  • 1 (16oz) can hominy, drained
  • 1 envelope taco seasoning (or homemade) 
  • 1 envelope ranch dressing dry mix
  • shredded cheddar cheese
  • sour cream
  • tortilla chips (optional) 


  • Brown ground beef with the chopped onion in skillet or pot, stirring frequently; drain.
  • Add tomatoes, beans, hominy, and seasoning packets.  Mix well. 
  • Simmer for 2 hours or longer (basically until you can't wait!).  
  • Add 1 to 2 cups of water to reach desired consistency.  I like it more like a thick chili instead of a watery soup... 
  • Top with shredded cheddar + serve with tortilla chips.
  • Makes about 6 servings.  

We just had it leftover on yesterday's cloudy Sunday afternoon while watching football (go Broncos!), pumpkin scented candle lit, cookies in the oven--pretty much the perfect Fall afternoon! 

Check back later this week for our London photo recap and some updates on the home decor front! 


Posted on October 28, 2013 and filed under yummy.

Make Sausage Not War


YUM! This past weekend, as we were shopping for countertop slabs, we popped in for a quick lunch at a nearby place we found on Yelp.  And it was delicious!  

Seoul Sausage Co.

One of the owners served us and he was super friendly.  The company was started by brothers who first opened a food truck a year ago with a new way to eat Korean BBQ.  They have a great spot in West LA with a poppy art wall, and a kickin playlist.  

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I love places that have small menus.  You might as well do just a few things really well, you know?   

We got the Galbi beef and Spicy pork sausages, and a Flaming Ball, which was our favorite!  It's a deep fried, spicy rice ball with DMZ sauce.  Mmmmm.  

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Highly recommended all around!  



Posted on October 17, 2013 and filed under restaurant, yummy.