Brussell Sprouts with Cranberries

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These brussell sprouts are the perfect side dish for Thanksgiving or pretty much any holiday dinner party you have coming up. They are festive and pretty and DELICIOUS. I actually tripled the recipe below, as I was bringing it to a pot luck with 20 people or so. If you’re just making it for your family, I’d stick with the recipe asis. I had to cook it in two batches, and it filled up my rectangular Le Creuset baking dish.

For the record, several people told me that I officially made them like brussell sprouts for the first time. SUCCESS.

Please forgive the very fast iPhone photo taken the day after I actually made these amazing brussell sprouts. I truly regret not taking photos as I was cooking and right after they came off the stovetop. Oh well! Doesn’t change the deliciousness of this recipe.

Okay, here you go!

Pan-Seared Brussell Sprouts with Cranberries
from: Rachel Schultz

Ingredients

1 pound brussels sprouts, de-stemed and halved
2/3 cup fresh cranberries
1/3 cup gorgonzola cheese, crumbled
1/3 cup pecans
1/2 cup barley
1 tablespoon maple syrup
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
Olive oil
Salt & pepper

Directions

1. Prepare barley according to package instructions.
2. Heat brussels sprouts, cranberries, and olive oil in a skillet over medium heat.
3. Season with salt & pepper. Cook for 8-10 minutes.
4. Add balsamic vinegar and maple syrup. Stir to coat and remove from heat.
5. Toss barley, sprouts, cranberries, and pecans in a large bowl. Top with gorgonzola.

Snow time!

I have to admit, it’s really pretty. Come February, it will be black and gross and miserable. And this week has been pretty miserably cold, but of course that comes and goes. So for now, look at the pretty snow on my house and street! 

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Also, I am a strict “no Christmas decorations before Thanksgiving” person, so I refuse to take down my fall decorations until we get our tree the day after Christmas. This scarecrow is just going to have to deal with the cold like the rest of us!

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Vitamix!

Christmas has come early for us this year! Mom went ahead and ordered us an early Christmas present, something I’ve been wanting for a long time…a beautiful, top of the line Vitamix blender.

IT’S AMAZING!

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I’ve only used it a few times so far, but it makes the smoothest smoothies of all time. I can’t wait to use it for soups and other goodies all winter long.

In honor of my new toy, I’m reposting my favorite Pumpkin Pie Protein Shake recipe for you. Enjoy!

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Pumpkin Pie Protein Shake

Ingredients:
1/2 frozen banana (I pre-slice my bananas before freezing for easy blending)
1/2 cup pumpkin puree (NOT pumpkin pie filling – just plain pumpkin)
1 cup milk of your choice (I use plain almond milk to keep calories and sugar down)
1 scoop vanilla protein powder
1-inch piece of ginger, roughly chopped
Very generous dashes of cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice

Blend it all together, and enjoy!

 

#Ingrid

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Not a lot to say, except that I love her. Have always loved her. Will always love her. Ingrid Michaelson is hands down in my top-five favorite artists of all time. She may even be #1 because at this moment, I can’t think of who I would have ahead of her. But maybe that’s because I’m still starstruck from her show on Friday.

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The hubster totally surprised me Friday night with plans to see her at the LC theater here in Columbus. THIRD BEST SURPRISE EVER (I have to keep our engagement at #1 forever, and the Chicago trip at #2). But truly, what a great way to spend the night. And it was our first concert at the LC – it was AWESOME. Obviously, nothing will ever compare to the Ryman, but it was seriously a great, intimate space. We were in the back but hardly noticed!

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We tried! #selfie

 

 

Christmas Wish List

Tis the seeeeeaaaaason!!

Okay so I hope it goes without saying that there is SO MUCH MORE to Christmas than presents. But I really like presents. I like finding the right presents for my loved ones – things they never thought of or that they forgot that they mentioned back in March. I like being creative in choosing something that I believe they will enjoy as much as I would.

Best gift advice I ever got? When in doubt, buy something you love for someone else. They are likely to love it, too!!

And just in case any of my family need a few ideas of fun things I’ve been eyeing, I add a few items to my Amazon Wish List throughout the year, here and there (hint hint, wink wink). Currently, in addition to some makeup, trivets, and a new laptop charger, I have a few fun favorites chilling on my list. Allow me to share…

Puzzles. I’ve always loved them. I recently saw these in a Dr. Oz magazine and just had to add them.

This wallet. I mean, a girl can dream, right?

I have gloves already, yes, including some great fingerless ones my friend Julia made me. But I can’t help but love these sweet little loving ones from BCBG…

And like I said earlier, the practical side of me is lingering, so I have some makeup and fun little knee socks on the list too. What are your must-haves this season? Please share!

A Fun Wedding Weekend

In college, one of my main friend groups formed out of our campus’s Presbyterian Student Fellowship. I found this group early in my Freshman year, and I can’t begin to explain the life-long relationships I formed from it. So naturally, it’s pretty exciting when any of us have exciting life events, especially weddings when we all get to see each other!!

our PSF alumni!

our PSF alumni!

This year has been THE YEAR of weddings. With nine invitations, we have very sadly not been able to afford to go to all of them. Seeing friends and celebrating new marriages are two of my favorite things in the whole world, and it makes me so sad to miss some of them. Because of this, I am also grateful to be present at the ones I’m able to be present at!

Love these ladies!

Love these ladies!

This weekend also had the added bonus of being in Nashville, which is always extra fun for the Hubster and me. Just love getting dressed up with this man! Hope you all had a great weekend too!

Me and my man!

Me and my man!