I Love Your Style

I recently read an interview in Vogue with Amanda Brooks that inspired me to pick up her new book, I Love Your Style. As I get a bit older I've been somewhat lost about how to dress. The realization has set in that what looked cute 10 years ago (do jeans, gray New Balance sneakers, and layered t-shirts count as a "style?") may look sloppy, cliched, or even frumpy right now. I can't emphasize how great this book is. It doesn't bore you with a list of items everyone should own, and it acknowledges the work it takes to develop personal style. I think I am leaning towards a blend of Classic and Minimal...

Back to reading : )

lululemon pants

Has anyone tried lululemon workout pants?

After having them recommended by a few very fit friends and reading about them in various media outlets, I decided to give in and make the purchase. The Groove Pant did not disappoint - even with its hefty price tag, as far as yoga pants go. As promised, they lifted in all the right places and just feel good to wear. Each pair is reversible and there are so many cute colored band options! They seem to have customer service down pat - offering free hemming of pants purchased in their stores.

After buying into the hype and spending more than I would like to admit, I would still recommend these to anyone! Order soon and enjoy free shipping until November 15!

Anyone else have one of these?

A place where you never get it together, no matter how clean the rest of your home is. This is mine. It sits right next to me. In case I ever need a sailing trophy, three brass candlesticks, and a necklace at my disposal.

Cleaning Question

I have recently tried to switch to wooden spoons and it hasn't been an entirely successful attempt. First of all, I have to say that I don't love the way they feel. Maybe the ones I have need a little more mineral oil. The other problem I've had is getting them clean. I know you aren't supposed to soak them, but I have a real battle going with the remains of a thick potato soup that doesn't want to leave my spoons. Am I completely nuts or does anyone else have these problems? Do most of you use wooden cooking utensils or other?

Where is Fall?

Here on the East Coast, we have been having especially cold and rainy weather these past few days, and it looks like it will be staying for a few more.

I am about one raindrop away from ordering myself a pair of these to help make the wet weather a little more fun!

Tailgate Dessert

Someone brought these yummy Sopapilla Cheesecake Bars to our tailgate this weekend, and they were a hit! I would highly recommend trying them....even if cheesecake is not your favorite, the honey and cinnamon flavors are amazing!

2- 8oz packages of cream cheese (softened)
2- packages of crescent rolls
1.5 cups sugar (divided 1 cup & 1/2 cup)
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 stick melted butter (8 tablespoons)
Mix (with beater) cream cheese w/ vanilla and 1 cup sugar. Spread 1 package crescent rolls in 13x9 pan, pinch free edges together (should blend together once in the oven). Spread cream cheese mixture over crescent rolls in pan & cover w/ remaining package of crescent rolls. Mix 1 stick melted butter w/ 1/2 cup sugar and cinnamon. Pour on top. Bake 30 minutes at 350 degrees. Drizzle all over with honey. Cut into bars. Enjoy!

Quick and Easy Dinners

I recently read a blog where the writer talked about her favorite redneck dinner. All her readers chimed in with comments about their favorite version of this (Kraft mac n cheese, Coke, etc.). I can't remember where I saw it, but it reminded me that for many of us, a quick and easy dinner is a few steps below Easy Sole Meuniere. For me, casseroles are generally the best recipes to throw together (especially ahead of time), but I'm only feeding two and we really don't want to eat anything three nights in a row. Below is a play on a casserole that involves virtually no fresh ingredients (so bad) and is perfect for two people. If you want to share a recipe like this, please email us at theplan03@yahoo.com.

Shredded Chicken Casserole
  • Poach two chicken breasts until done (10-15 minutes). I add 1 tbsp butter, a crushed garlic clove, and a chicken bouillon cube to the boiling water.
  • Grate about 6-8 oz cheese of your choice while chicken cooks.
  • Shred chicken.
  • Mix chicken, 3/4 of the cheese, and 1/2 jar of salsa together.
  • Layer in a loaf pan alternating mixture with Tostito chips and jalapeno slices (as desired), with remaining cheese on top.
  • Bake until hot.

Goodbye, Gourmet

How sad is this news? It is a sad, sad day for the publishing industry when Gourmet and two prominent bridal magazines are shutting their covers once and for all! First, the loss of Domino last year, and now this!


We are thoroughly enjoying the onset of Fall here in Charlottesville. We just hung up our Halloween wreath (black feather wreath from last year's sale at Pottery Barn and initial from Anthropologie, front door circa 1971) and pumpkins are on this week's shopping list!


Tonight I am craving this, maybe with blue (bleu?) cheese dressing instead of ranch. And maybe I would leave off the shredded cheese, because that would be healthier.