You always think you’re prepared for cold weather, then bam! It hits suddenly and everything you thought wold look great – for CASUAL wear – looks like you’re trying too hard.
So I did what any creative mom with limited time (and a limited budget) would do….I raided my daughter’s closet. I mean, come on. She’s volunteering and traveling half the world away so she’ll never even know. Shhhhhh! 😉
What do you pack for a weekend get-a-way at a local 5 star resort when you are celebrating your girlfriend’s birthday?
Especially when you are staying at the gorgeous Phoenician Resort. And here’s a little secret….
Within the resort, there is an even more private little paradise called the Canyon Suites. You have your own pool, breakfast, valet parking, and more – all within the intimate group of suites. This is where we stayed.
I arrived in yoga pants and flip flops and brought:
- Vintage dress (from a preveious $10 sidewalk sale)
- White jeans
- Purple cashmere sweater
- Valentino heels
- present for the Birthday Girl
The first day was all about relaxing. Then we enjoyed a dinner with friends at night. And after a beautiful breakfast the next day, we had an incredible champagne brunch with the rest of our girlfriends. Here we laughed, shared updates, spotted a celebrity, and ate and drank too much. And we planned our next out of town trip (so you’ll want to be on the lookout for that!)
It was a perfect weekend with some of my favorite people. And on the heels of Thanksgiving, I’m feeling incredibly thankful and blessed.
Wishing you a beautiful day!
This year’s Thanksgiving was bittersweet and filled with many firsts.
It’s the first year one of our children didn’t have Thanksgiving with us. Celestina was in Ireland with a family she met via volunteering. Our foreign exchange student went back to Denmark this summer….so it was the smallest gathering we’ve ever had. Only 12 family members (and a friend or two).
This year was also the first time I’ve ever prepared more than just the Thanksgiving menu ahead of time. This year I actually SET THE TABLE – early!
24 hours early!
Which means I had time to IRON the tablecloth and the napkins. With a good-old-fashioned iron. (I believe in steaming things – IF I need to “iron” anything at all – because it’s faster and easier than going the ironing board route…so using an iron is a bit of a novelty for me).
And it looked pretty fab. The next morning I added fresh rosemary from our ginormous rosemary bush in the front yard. We planted that tiny little rosemary plant 13 years ago when we moved into our home. So it feels appropriate to use it for the first time as a decor item (because usually we only use it in our food).
The candle votives are from our Roaring 20’s Anniversary party – and when it was time to serve food I totally forgot to light them! Haaa! Other than that, the food, atmosphere, and company was wonderful.
Napkins (with a hint of sparkle) – from Amazon
Gold Chargers (used the same ones from our Roaring 20’s Anniversary party)
Vintage China – found in a great local estate sale boutique
Burlap Table Runner – Amazon
If you are following the Adrenal Reset Diet, make sure you have pulled out eggs for the first 30 days to see if you have an allergy (like I do) or if you have a sensitivity to them. If you are all clear, then these carrot frittatas are an amazing way to use the carrot pulp from your juicer. When you use the egg whites only, you are getting all protein and no fat (versus getting fat when you include the egg yolk). So this is a low-fat, filling, delicious snack – even your kids will love it! Best when served warm, but they taste great cold too for lunch the next day.
Makes 12-15 frittatas (depending on how big you make them)
- Pulp from 10 medium-large carrots (or you can shred 10 carrots with a shredder or grater, then air dry for 15 minutes to help remove moisture)
- 6 egg whites
- finely chopped leek (wash throughly & use only the white part)
- 1/2 onion finely chopped (I like sweet onions)
- 2 garlic cloves
- salt and pepper to taste
- optional – fresh ginger
- Cook onions and leeks in a pan on medium high heat with a teaspoon of oil until the onions “sweat” (become clear) – about 3-5 minutes. Stir constantly so they don’t burn.
- Add garlic and cook for another 2 minutes.
- Let cool for 3-5 minutes.
- Mix all the ingredients together in a mixing bowl.
- Form into a small ball, then flatten into a patty.
- Lightly spray cooking oil on a frying pan and cook for 3-5 minutes (Medium heat) each side – or until it reaches the desired done-ness.
- Enjoy while hot!