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Happy November! It's me, Ilene (aka illy) of Much Love, illy back with another post for you good people! Did you know that November is National Novel Writing Month? Lots of writers make it a goal to write their novels from start to finish. There is even a website that brings all of these writers together. I have some friends that have taken part with it and have said nothing but good things about it - because the challenge makes you just write your heart out without editing or criticism. Just write! As a writer myself and a lover of books of all kinds, I thought it'd be fun to talk about some of my favorite writers (from my childhood and recently) and the novels that they wrote:
John Green and The Fault in Our Stars. A good writer understand people - how they think, how they feel. That is John Green. I read this book in two days, feeling every bit of raw emotion that it exuded. And if you pick this one up, be sure to grab a box of Kleenex, too. You're going to need it.
Can you believe we're only a few days away from Thanksgiving? This year has gone by so fast! I love Thanksgiving, because not only do we get to get together with our closest friends and family to eat copious amounts of delicious food, but it also gives us a chance to reflect on what's going right and what we are thankful for. In our everyday routines it's so easy to focus on the negative, but a whole day to put that aside, come together and reflect on our blessings is so refreshing.
This year I am thankful for so many things, I don't know where to start. I'm giving thanks for a wonderful job that allows me to live in sunny California, amazing coworkers, a strong group of friends, a loving family, a new cousin, and weekends for adventuring.
Celebrate your blessings this week & always!
Thanksgiving is just around the corner, which means it's time to start thinking about holiday shopping. Crazy how it always sneaks up on us so quickly, but I find it's best to take care of business rather than procrastinating. There's nothing I love more than the satisfaction of knowing my holiday shopping is done while all my friends are scrambling.
We know it's not easy, which is why we're helping you out with some great ideas for you, for mom, for your sister & for your friends!
For you, because you're special! The WANDERLUST backpack is one of a kind. Whether you're headed to class or out to the shops, this backpack will fit all of your belongings and keep you looking cool.
For mom, because she's given you the gift of life. The GLO flats are festive in the red cord fabric and they are super duper comfortable. The round toe and cushioned footbed will keep your mom on her feet and looking hip.
For your sister, your second hand, the IDRA wedge is where it's at. Get her a wedge that will make her stand out at holiday parties, out on a date, or out on the town! She'll love you for this, even more than she already does.
For your BFF, the INSPIRE scarf. This scarf is lovely and festive, and fits any budget. Perfect for grab bags & secret santas as well!
We are loving the over the knee trend this season. Our ATTILA style comes in 3 different colors and we can't get enough. We've been rocking this cutie around the office and out on the town. This boot is ridiculously comfortable and totally on trend, making it a serious go-to. It has an almond toe for a feminine look and a side zipper for extra convenience.
There are endless ways to style this one up, but here are a few ideas for you!
Do you rock the over the knee boots? What's your favorite way to style them?
So I have a confession to make... I'm addicted to soup. Like, for real. (see above photo) My freezer is so full of soup and I can't stop making more. I see a squash (keep in mind- they are everywhere) compulsion takes over and I scoop it up and run home to my oven and my immersion blender. Let me tell you, my immersion blender is my number one favorite purchase of 2013, and that is no exaggeration. I highly recommend you purchase one if you plan on trying out this whole make-your-own soup thing. I used to be that person who bough the boxed soups from Trader Joes and then just doctored them up with excessive spices, cheeses & breads for dipping and the results always proved sub par to the homemade soup experience.
Most recently I have made a Potato-Leek Soup with thyme, a pumpkin-persimmon soup with curry, and a sweet-potato pear soup with ginger. All of them delicious. Ok well, to be totally candid, every once in a while you might make a flub of a soup. In my case... I started out making beet/black bean burgers and when it turned out more like a mashed potato consistency, I decided to add vegetable broth and make it a soup... and let's just say it needed goat cheese, a fried egg & some avocado to make it edible. Don't let that horror story discourage you, I have faith in your abilities. If you're nervous, my advice is just keep it simple. There's nothing wrong with butternut squash, veggie broth and a little sage, salt & pepper. Mmmmm.... Now I'm hungry for soup! Per usual...
Here's How to Make Any Veggie Soup:
1. Roast your veggies (1-2 lbs. of anything you fancy)
2. Saute some garlic, shallots, ginger and/or onions in some oil of your choice
3. Add in roasted veggies sans skin if it can't be blended (ie. remove the hard squash skin, potato skins are a ok!)
4. Add in the broth (veggie, chicken, almond milk... the choice is yours)
5. Pull out the immersion blender
6. Add spice & broth until the soup is the right flavor & consistency
7. Pour yourself a bowl and eat up!
8. Let the leftovers cool while you nom down, and then transfer them into mason jars to be enjoyed at a later date. Freeze 'em up if you would like to take your time in consuming the leftovers.
Reasons to Make-Your-Own Soup:
1. It's tastier than canned soups & BPA free.
2. Also, less sodium and more flavor.
3. You'll feel accomplished.
4. Your house will smell amazing.
5. You'll make your mom proud.
6. You can customize it for your taste buds.
7. You can freeze the leftovers.
8. Soup is awesome.