Well Read

I love Saturdays.

We knocked out next week’s grocery shopping this morning, grabbed a quick lunch, and I spent a bit of time at Barnes & Noble. Thanks to Groupon I was in possession of a $20 gift certificate, which I purchased yesterday for only $10. I could spend forever in that store. In fact, I did just that today – I perused the aisles of books for just over an hour.

I also may or may not have bought another pair of running shoes today. Hi, my name is Melissa and I am addicted to running shoes. I’ll talk about that tomorrow.

Tonight’s dinner was a one-pot wonder: Jenna’s Creamy White Chicken Chili. I substituted ground turkey & omitted the beans (since I had neither chicken nor cannellini on hand), doubled the cayenne, and tripled the garlic. Ah. Maz. Ing. Seriously if you have not made this EatLiveRun recipe, it’s a must.

I’m about to crawl into bed with a book, but I have to make a decision:


No, I didn’t buy all of these today! I love to read, and adding books to my shelf really makes me happy. These are just the ones I’ve bought since the beginning of the year. I also have “The Help” by Kathyrn Stockett (borrowed from a colleague) and “Be Your Own Best Publicist” by Jessica Kleiman (today’s purchase). Oh, and the new issues of both Runner’s World and Women’s Health. Decisions, decisions.

Goodnight all!

What are you currently reading? Have you read any of the ones I mentioned?

Thanksgiving Menu 2010

We hosted our very first Thanksgiving last year. BF took care of the turkey and peeling the potatoes. I was in charge of all of the appetizers, and all of the side dishes. I can hang with the best of them in the kitchen, however, I had never cooked a meal of this magnitude before all by myself. At 11am, I cracked open a bottle of Sokol Blosser Evolution and got down to work.

The result? Success 🙂

This year it will only be the two of us (plus the dog!), so one would assume the menu could be scaled down significantly and items could be simpler.

Simple & I don’t get along. Thanksgiving = go big or go home. Without further ado, here is this year’s menu:


November 25, 2010


Baked Brie with Blackberry Jam

Fresh Vegetables with French Onion Dip

Spinach Dip with Onion & Herb Focaccia Bread

Smoked Sausage, Butternut Squash & Wild Rice Soup


Oven Roasted Turkey

Mascarpone Mashed Potatoes

Twice-Baked Sweet Potatoes

Bacon & Jalapeno Stuffing

Fresh Green Bean Casserole

Cranberry Sauce


Marbled Pumpkin Cheesecake


Ambitious? I think so. Delicious? I hope so! I’m all about thinking outside the box on Thanksgiving. I love non-traditional dishes.

Have you ever hosted Thanksgiving at your house? If not, what is your signature dish you bring to the holiday gathering?