is it me or does it kinda feel like it's still october? i'm still trying to wrap my head around the fact that thanksgiving has come and gone, hanukkah is right around the corner, and christmas is only weeks away, oy! it's been super warm for a new york fall, so perhaps that has something to do with it not exactly feeling like the holiday season yet. do i dare say that i'm hoping for cooler weather? that i'm excited about wearing a heavy winter coat and cozying up to my man under a pile of thick blankets? i know come february i will be cursing this wish, but a girl can dream for now .
our thanksgiving was quiet in all the right places. of course we missed our family that we weren't able to see, but me, frank, and my in-laws sat around this lovely table and shared a number of yummy meals and tons of conversation . frank's parents are still living in the house that he grew up in so we get to stay in his old room. and although there have been a few changes since he's moved out, there's still an old tube tv, a vhs, and a home entertainment structure he built in his teens. as i was eyeing through some of his old soccer trophies and books, i happened to see the star wars trilogy of our youth - we're talking 4,5, and 6 here, folks (which we haven't seen in far too long because our blu-ray of them disappeared during our move!). we watched them excitedly each night before we passed out, which felt super sentimental especially when i felt that nostalgic static on my fingertips when i brushed the tv screen and rewound (!!!) a video! it was such a lovely visit, truly a home away from home :) hope you all had a good one as well!
as we're all gearing up for the holidays i'm sharing this recipe for these really simple and fun little bundt cakes over on the urban outfitters blog! don't even get me started about how excited i am to have a recipe over there! when i was in middle school and all i wanted was to be a grungy pre-teen, my parents (usually my trooper mom) would take me down to the broadway location of UO in nyc just so i could spend my allowance on waffle henleys, flannels, and painter jeans - but that's another story! in any event, these cakes were developed with the idea in mind of throwing something together that's super festive, easy on the prep, and a crowd pleaser for any and all guests. and just in case you're in the mood, or have the need for something more savory, i have my go-to massaged kale, asian pear,and quinoa salad w/ crunchy granola bits + a super creamy shallot dressing over on food52 (video here and recipe here)!
wishing you all good things for a wonderful start to the holiday season! xo