in my cupboard: holiday tea

The Holiday decorations are up and I’m ready to celebrate! (My decorations are pretty sad – no tree, nothing over-the-top but enough to get me in the spirit!)

Celestial Seasonings Holiday Teas are the perfect way to celebrate the season without endless candy, cookies and treats! I love Candy Cane Lane – I bought so many boxes last year that I still have a few left and may be a tad burnt out on it. As of mid-November however I’ve gotten back on the Candy Cane train and am ready for the new season!

This year though, Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride is at the top of my list and just may be my new favorite. I’ve learned my lesson though, I’m going to try the Gingerbread and Nutcracker Sweet and rotate wisely so that I don’t get burnt out on the Holiday Spirit…

Do you have any tips for indulging during the Holidays without going over the top?

I try to choose wisely and indulge in the things that I can’t have the rest of the year – home-made cookies, etc. Candy is around year-round and is just not worth it!

guest post: mary beth of live. work. design.

I was thrilled that Emily asked me to do a guest post for her while she’s traveling. Being one of Emily’s friends I am fortunate to sample some of the delicious food she prepares and features on A Nutritionist Eats. She’s got great ideas for making any meal healthier and more indulgent! She is keeps me tuned into what’s going on in her food world and that keeps me from ignoring my own!!

Being that I usually blog about design/decor/fashion over on my blog Live.Work.Design (this week’s all about Christmas!). I was really excited to do a “food” post and feature this dinner I made with the help of my fiancé, Andy. And what a help he was! – He shot the deer that provided us the venison for this meal! I have a serious love/hate relationship with hunting; I understand the sport of it, but I do not understand why anyone would want to put a bullet in Bambi’s Mother or Father (tear). None-the-less I am marrying a “hunter” and what better way to show him my approval than honoring his kill with a Grilled Venison Steak, served with Bok Choy Salad and Baked Potato.

1.5 cups olive oil

2 tbsp Mesquite seasoning

1 packet Fajita seasoning

1/4 tsp white pepper

1/2 cup minced garlic

1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce

Combine ingredients for marinade. Tenderize two venison back straps with Jaccard. Marinate meat over night. Grill 2-3 minutes per side and serve!

The meat was really tender and had great flavor. Next time I will look up some kind of sauce to serve with it to keep the meat moist. Call me old-fashioned but it was really cool knowing Andy had hunted this meal for us (maybe it’s the Gather coming out of me). :) And, the deer meat was 100% organic – the deer eat a diet of soybeans, apples and corn (pesticide free!).
Have you ever tried Venison? Any recipe suggestions?

prosciutto-wrapped cod filets

Everything really is better wrapped in prosciutto, right? I have a love-hate relationship with cod. At times it seems so plain that I wonder why anyone would want to eat it and other times I crave its simplistic flavor. A favorite way to prepare is simply wrapped in a piece or two of prosciutto – it protects the fish from drying out and also imparts a nice flavor.


Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees. Spritz 2 filets with olive oil and sprinkle with pepper. (there is enough salt in the prosciutto) Wrap each piece with 2 slices of prosciutto and bake for about 15 – 20 minutes, until fish is cooked through. Serve with tartar sauce if desired.

the day has arrived

In case you missed it, I’m on my way to Haiti right now and will be arriving this afternoon. This trip is a different one for me on many levels. First being that I have to pack for a week in a carry-on…the last time I packed just a carry-on I flew to Milwaukee for 1 night. My parents are expert packers (in fact, they’ve probably never even checked a bag) but I seem to have missed out on that gene. Second being that I have really not experienced poverty first-hand. I’ve seen some heart-breaking sights in Mexico, but nothing like what I’m sure I will see this week. Thirdly, I’m a little nervous that I’m going to come home with a baby. Not really, I know it’s not that easy, but I will probably want to bring lots of babies and kids home with me. :(

I have some posts lined up for you guys this next week, including one from my very good friend, Mary Beth- the lady behind Live. Work. Design. Her blog has the best decorating ideas, gift ideas, fashion info and is one of my favorite blogs to read. (I can use a lot of help in those areas)

I’ll see you next week!

xoxo, Emily