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Hi! How was your Thanksgiving and long weekend? After a weekend of moving and an extremely busy week at work, I was more than ready for a few extra days off. Thanksgiving was perfect, I’m starting to feel settled in our new place and yesterday I took my first Khalsa Pregnancy Yoga class, which was a mix of gentle yoga postures, breathing and meditation. It was hippy and lovely.

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I like making tortilla pizzas because it’s easy to satisfy a pizza craving in a healthy way…but I’ve now been introduced to a new method: Use Your Cast Iron Skillet and a Tortilla to Make World Class Bar-Style Pizza in Under 12 Minutes. And it’s delicious. Not as light as my normal version, but delicious.

There is certainly an appetizer for everyone in this list of 75 Holiday Appetizers from Saveur. I would eat any of them.

Cookie-season is here and The secret to perfectly browned cookies will help you get to cookie-perfection this month!

35 things you should do for your career by the time you turn 35 gave some great advice. Some of which, I’m already doing and some of which, I need to start doing.

And because no matter what your career may be, we all can – and should – improve our writing. How To Be A Better Writer: 6 Tips From Harvard’s Steven Pinker shares the rules and science behind writing well.

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We are pretty much moved into the new place! As with any move, it has not been without hiccups. No power in our new apartment for example. That’s fun. But we should be unpacked and semi-settled within the next few days so I can’t complain too much. And it’s a short week! I’m looking forward to Thanksgiving and a few days at home next weekend (with perhaps some black friday online shopping!).

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For the crafty: 10 Thanksgiving Place Cards You Can Buy or DIY. (I knew I shouldn’t have gotten rid of all of my wine corks!)

Last week we had our Thanksgiving work potluck and I made stuffing in the slow cooker – it turned out great! I based my stuffing on this recipe, but if you feel inclined …Yes. It Is Possible to Make Your Entire Thanksgiving Meal in Slow Cookers. 

For the REAL meal, I’m in charge of a kale salad and while I haven’t decided exactly what I’m going to make, umami-rich and creamy dressings always work well with kale. 6 Ways to Dress Your Kale Salad. (There is a good chance that I’ll keep it really simple and light with the version I mentioned last week.)

It’s time to start thinking about Thanksgiving leftovers and Martha has you covered. 36 Recipes for Thanksgiving Leftovers.

How a Few Hard-Boiled Eggs Can Save Your Work Lunches is such a good reminder to add an egg to just about anything. Salads, sandwiches, snack-plates…

lately i’ve been… (november 2014)

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celebrating Richie’s birthday at Commissary. Roy Choi has a way with vegetables (sort of the theme of Commissary) and sauces. Each dish came out with an incredibly complex – and insane – sauce. And Richie had a gin & beet juice drink.

finally getting a cast-iron pan. Now we have an insanely heavy pan that needs to be constantly moved from the stove-top to the counter, back to the oven…oy.

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I already mentioned the Hello Kitty Con Party, but this picture was too funny not to share.

obsessing over squash in general.

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having my parents in town! It was a quick weekend, but it was so nice to see them. I <3 them!

still reading Steve Jobs* (it’s taking me a while) and The Thank You Economy*. I loved Gary Vaynerchuk’s Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook: How to Tell Your Story in a Noisy Social World* and while The Thank You Economy isn’t as focused on social media, it’s full of great ways to humanize brands.

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having dinner at the Church Key, a modern american dim sum restaurant. Imagine a restaurant with an extremely enticing menu, and THEN a dim sum cart visits the table frequently to tempt you with little bites …

watching (and loving) all of the fall shows. We are 65 at heart and like CSI, NCIS, etc. What are you watching?

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visiting Stir Market, a “modern California take on the classic European food hall experience” … so essentially they have a small menu/deli selections, coffee bar and high-quality food and wine to purchase. I was in heaven.

getting ready to move this weekend. Our Repax boxes (Reusable, Green Moving Crates) were delivered last night and now we need to fill them before Saturday!

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What have YOU been up to lately? 

california-inspired thanksgiving menu

I wasn’t going to post today, because…well, my anticipated squash with curried butter recipe was NOT good.

It needs some major work before it’s ready to share (if it’s ever ready) so instead, I thought you might enjoy some Thanksgiving chat with this California-inspired Thanksgiving Menu. (You know there’s a kale salad!)

What’s on your Thanksgiving menu this year?