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My 2019 Winter Reading List. 

My 2019 winter reading list is perfect for cozying up by the fire with a new book! I love getting lost in the story and escaping for a few minutes or a few hours. Let me know what's on your winter reading list! I howsweeteats.com #winter #readinglist

While this list isn’t as extensive as my summer reading list tends to be, there are still so many good ones on here. Over the last few weeks I’ve sprinkled some of these books that I’m reading into my Tuesday Things posts, but wanted to compile a huge list! I am so glad that you guys wanted to see this list because it really inspired me to add some extras to my must-read pile. And I also realized in doing my research that most of the books I read have been picks in Reese Witherspoon’s book club! I guess I should join that? Ha!

In an effort to stay off of social media and stuff before bed, I’ve been reading so much more and getting through some of these great stories. Let me know what you have read lately below. Or what books are on your current list!

My 2019 Winter Reading List

This Is How It Always Is. Next on my list! I can’t wait to get into this one.

Becoming. Read it. Adored it! I love love love books written by our first ladies.

Every Breath. I haven’t felt drawn to a Nicholas Sparks novel in years, but this one is calling my name.

Bring Me Back. I’ve been intrigued by the write up of this on amazon for weeks!

You Think It, I’ll Say It. I’ve wanted to read this one for a few months too.

Nine Perfect Strangers. Hoping this is as great as some of her other books.

Verity. I adore everything that Colleen Hoover writes!

The Library Book. Super interested in this one. I’m already sucked in.

Winter in Paradise. Loved it, as usual.

One Day in December. Just finished this, it was so, so good.

All I want to do is live under a blanket on the couch, cozied up and getting lost in a story! xo

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20 Weeks of Healthier Meal Ideas! 140 of my Favorite Weeknight Meals. 

Hiiii! Hello! Happy New Year! I have all of the weeknight meal ideas you need.

These are 140 of my favorite weeknight meal ideas - enough for 20 weeks of meal planning, seven days a week! Meals for everyone, things that can be made in 30 minutes or less, all delicious and great for busy days so you don't have to think about dinner! I howsweeteats.com #weeknight #meals

This is one of my favorite posts to share every year… and it’s for selfish reasons. This post helps me out with meal planning SO MUCH throughout the year! One of my goals every week is to plan our meals as much as I can. I want weeknight meal ideas to be easy. This wasn’t quite a priority before I had kids, but now, it makes life so much easier and assures that we are getting some great meals in. I also want to set examples for these little mouths I’m feeding now. I want the kids to enjoy vegetables, I want them to expect all sorts of different foods at our table and I want them to get used to us eating dinner as a family. It doesn’t always happen right now, but we try as much as we can!

Weeknight meal ideas will be different for everyone, but I’ve included all sorts of suggestions below, from vegetarian meals, to ones that even include a little bacon! Take these ideas and put your own spin on them. Make them your own.

I’ve mentioned before that in my perfect week, planning and shopping for about three meals works best for us. This way, we don’t get sick of our menu, we always end up with leftovers (but not too many leftovers), it allows for a night or two of eating out on the fly, whether it’s both of us or one of us for work. And it may even allow one night of breakfast for dinner, which we all adore.

I want to hear all of your meal planning and prep tips below! xo

My Favorite Weeknight Meal Ideas

These are 140 of my favorite weeknight meal ideas - enough for 20 weeks of meal planning, seven days a week! Meals for everyone, things that can be made in 30 minutes or less, all delicious and great for busy days so you don't have to think about dinner! I howsweeteats.com #weeknight #meals

1. the best lemon roasted chicken

2. fish taco bowls

3. sheet pan sausage and peppers

4. bruschetta chicken skillet

5. honey garlic sheet pan salmon and brussels

6. chicken tortellini soup

7. cheeseburger chopped salad

 

1. salmon rice bowls

2. sausage and kale skillet lasagna

3. chipotle chicken cobb salad

4. buffalo cauliflower flatbread

5. chicken salad stuffed avocados

6. cilantro lime flank steak

7. bacon broccoli pasta

 

1. banh mi tacos

2. roasted chicken ramen

3. toasted sesame ginger salmon

4. sweet potato cream pasta with crispy kale

5. salmon citrus avocado salad

6. braised short rib beef stew

7. BBQ chicken chopped salad

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1. butternut squash chili

2. creamy cauliflower soup

3. roasted chipotle chicken taco stacks

4. crab cake sliders with pineapple kiwi salsa

5. lemon chicken risotto

6. pulled pork stuffed peppers

7. thai curry pomegranate chicken

 

1. 20 minute cajun salmon with salted lime butter

2. springtime cobb salad

3. spicy lime chicken enchiladas

4. butternut squash lettuce wraps

5. white chicken quinoa chili 

6. jerk shrimp tacos

7. black bean stuffed sweet potatoes with arugula + poached eggs

 

1. slow cooker barbacoa tacos

2. chicken avocado salad with peanut dressing

3. harvest butternut squash pasta sauce

4. grain bowls with maple chipotle sweet potatoes

5. brussels sprouts tacos with caramelized shallot salsa

6. chipotle lime chicken skewers with avocado ranch

7. butternut squash skillet lasagna

These are 140 of my favorite weeknight meal ideas - enough for 20 weeks of meal planning, seven days a week! Meals for everyone, things that can be made in 30 minutes or less, all delicious and great for busy days so you don't have to think about dinner! I howsweeteats.com #weeknight #meals

1. open face steak sandwich with avocado horseradish

2. 30 minute asian chicken soup

3. butternut squash galette

4. chipotle lime whole roast chicken

5. pan crisp salmon with light dijon cream

6. homemade spaghettios

7. BBQ quinoa salad

 

1. marinated chickpea panzanella

2. thai coconut curry shrimp noodle bowls

3. grilled chicken artichoke skewers

4. farfalle with marinated feta and arugula

5. chipotle kale and mushroom tacos

6. pulled chicken guacamole sliders

7. zoodles with chicken feta meatballs

 

1. toasted sesame quinoa with chicken

2. spicy parmesan shrimp skillet

3. chicken pot pie soup

4. crispy kale grilled cheese

5. marinated flank steak with caprese salsa

6. pineapple cashew fried rice

7. asian turkey burgers with spicy lime mayo

These are 140 of my favorite weeknight meal ideas - enough for 20 weeks of meal planning, seven days a week! Meals for everyone, things that can be made in 30 minutes or less, all delicious and great for busy days so you don't have to think about dinner! I howsweeteats.com #weeknight #meals

1. mushroom melts with mustard aioli 

2. winter citrus butter salmon

3. slow cooker buffalo chicken chili 

4. beer glazed citrus chicken

5. spinach artichoke linguine

6. warm brussels caesar salad

7. pulled pork tacos with chili slaw

 

1. smoky white bean chicken chili 

2. chili garlic beef stir fry with coconut rice

3. crunchy chicken spring rolls with blood orange sauce

4. cashew chicken chopped salad

5. shrimp zoodle bowls

6. shrimp burgers with chipotle cream

7. stuffed peppers with tomato basil cream sauce

 

1. salmon with thai curry peanut sauce

2. rosemary chicken, bacon and avocado salad

3. quinoa burrito bowls

4. BBQ shrimp and lime avocado toast

5. late summer corn tortilla soup

6. burrata pesto whole wheat pasta

7. september kale salad

These are 140 of my favorite weeknight meal ideas - enough for 20 weeks of meal planning, seven days a week! Meals for everyone, things that can be made in 30 minutes or less, all delicious and great for busy days so you don't have to think about dinner! I howsweeteats.com #weeknight #meals

1. grilled avocado kale salad 

2. spinach red pepper bacon wrapped eggs

3. crockpot mini turkey meatballs

4. asiago portobello burgers

5. adobo shrimp fajitas

6. 20 minute turkey taco nachos

7. thai chicken enchiladas

 

1. BBQ salmon burgers

2. chili cheese polenta bowls

3. oven crisped cheddar chicken fingers

4. lemon chicken soup

5. 30 minute greek chicken lettuce wraps

6. broiled fontina toasts with poached eggs

7. thai crunch chicken salad

 

1. crunchy taco kale salad

2. smoky gruyere butternut squash soup with chickpeas

3. 30 minute portobello fried brown rice

4. chipotle lime shrimp tacos

5. honey chipotle chicken bowls

6. 30 minute shallot, spinach and goat cheese pasta

7. thai beef bowls

These are 140 of my favorite weeknight meal ideas - enough for 20 weeks of meal planning, seven days a week! Meals for everyone, things that can be made in 30 minutes or less, all delicious and great for busy days so you don't have to think about dinner! I howsweeteats.com #weeknight #meals

1. smoky sweet potato burgers

2. cauliflower crust pizza

3. sesame crusted shrimp with mango quinoa

4. baked falafel with spicy feta dip

5. lightened up beef enchiladas

6. zoodles with cherry tomato sauce

7. slow roasted sweet potatoes with spicy garlic chickpeas

 

1. garlic brown sugar flank steak with chimichurri 

2. 30 minute thai chili salmon skewers

3. goat cheese whole roasted chicken

4. bang bang shrimp with napa cabbage slaw

5. 30 minute buffalo chicken soup

6. sheet pan sweet potato breakfast hash

7. potato wedges with squash and lentils

 

1. roasted jalapeño cheddar turkey burgers

2. sweet potato quinoa cakes

3. tequila shrimp taco salad

4. one pan sesame chicken

5. thai butternut squash soup

6. skillet chicken with peppers + peanuts

7. chickpea wedge salads with avocado ranch

These are 140 of my favorite weeknight meal ideas - enough for 20 weeks of meal planning, seven days a week! Meals for everyone, things that can be made in 30 minutes or less, all delicious and great for busy days so you don't have to think about dinner! I howsweeteats.com #weeknight #meals

1. honey mustard chicken chopped salad

2. BBQ salmon crispy chickpea salad

3. easy double bean burgers

4. pizza supreme on cauliflower crust

5. white bean + chicken enchilada stuffed peppers

6. balsamic brussels sprouts grilled cheese

7. crockpot smoky brisket tacos

 

1. brussels sprouts breakfast hash

2. green goddess salmon sliders

3. thai chicken quinoa bowls

4. roasted corn caesar salads with yogurt dressing

5. mediterranean turkey burgers

6. simple summer chickpea salad

7. mini chicken meatball soup

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45 Lunch Ideas for 2019. 

I’m here with lunch ideas for your 2019! I mean, what the heck should we eat for lunch?

These are my top 45 favorite lunch ideas that make eating at work so much more delicious! These easy, mostly make-ahead and healthy lunch ideas are perfect to prep and plan for your week and a great way to stay on track for the new year. I howsweeteats.com #lunch #ideas

These are all lunch ideas that you can make and prep ahead of time. Woohoo!

While I’m all about having a fried egg for lunch or topping my avocado toast with a fried egg or grilling and roasting some vegetables for lunch, when you work out of the home that just isn’t feasible. These are all dishes that you can make or prep ahead of time and ones that will taste great come lunch time.

That’s the biggest thing for me. No matter how fantastic the salad was that I would make for lunch when I sat behind a desk, whether it had croutons or last night’s chicken on top, it still tasted like a sad desk lunch and I just wanted something more delicious. Now I am sharing a bunch of my favorite substantial salads below, but there are a ton of other lunch ideas here that range from soups to bowls to full blown meals!

45 Lunch Ideas for 2019

There are lunch ideas below that may take a few minutes to throw together once lunchtime comes (i.e. slicing a tomato or a hard-boiled egg, assembling a lettuce wrap, etc), but the idea is that you can actually prep the ingredients ahead of time to make your lunch WORTH IT. There are lunch ideas that can be made completely ahead of time and reheated. I’ve found that for me, the secret is having a lunch made that I really love, even if it takes some prep time the Sunday before.

These are my top 45 favorite lunch ideas that make eating at work so much more delicious! These easy, mostly make-ahead and healthy lunch ideas are perfect to prep and plan for your week and a great way to stay on track for the new year. I howsweeteats.com #lunch #ideas

Classics

These recipes are some of my most-lunched recipes on the blog. They are my favorites, the ones I eat frequently or that you guys tell me you’re loving.

The Best Ever Egg Salad

Tomato and Avocado Bagelwiches

Green Goddess Tuna Melts

Crunchy Roasted Chickpea Pitas (pack the chickpeas separately, along with some hummus and tomatoes!)

Thai Turkey Burgers (these are amazing made ahead of time and served on salads or in wraps!)

Asian Turkey Burgers (same as above!)

Southwest Chicken Salad Slider Melts

Chicken Salad Stuffed Avocados. (Be sure to peel and stuff the avocado right before eating.)

Shaved Egg Avocado Toast. (If you don’t want to actually shave an egg at work, just slice it!)

Smoked Salmon Bagels

Breakfast Quinoa (this is so satisfying that I don’t mind having it for lunch)

Marinated White Beans with Toast (this is equally good with some whole grain crackers!)

Lemon Almond Roast Chicken Salad

Greek Chicken Lettuce Wraps

These are my top 45 favorite lunch ideas that make eating at work so much more delicious! These easy, mostly make-ahead and healthy lunch ideas are perfect to prep and plan for your week and a great way to stay on track for the new year. I howsweeteats.com #lunch #ideas

These are my top 45 favorite lunch ideas that make eating at work so much more delicious! These easy, mostly make-ahead and healthy lunch ideas are perfect to prep and plan for your week and a great way to stay on track for the new year. I howsweeteats.com #lunch #ideas

Salads & Bowls

Most of these salads can be prepped the night before, and if they don’t have a protein, add one of your choice if desired. A few of them, like the greek salads and chickpea salad, get more delicious as they sit.

Grilled Chicken Strawberry Poppyseed Salad

Honey Mustard Chicken Chopped Salad

Rosemary Chicken, Bacon Avocado Salad

Cheeseburger Chopped Salad

My Favorite Greek Salad

Black Pepper Balsamic Strawberry Pasta Salad

Goat Cheese and Arugula Pasta Salad

BBQ Quinoa Salad

Honey Chipotle Chicken Bowls

Thai Chicken Quinoa Bowl

BLT Chopped Salad

Greek Orzo Salad in a Jar

The Best Simple Chickpea Salad

These are my top 45 favorite lunch ideas that make eating at work so much more delicious! These easy, mostly make-ahead and healthy lunch ideas are perfect to prep and plan for your week and a great way to stay on track for the new year. I howsweeteats.com #lunch #ideas

These are my top 45 favorite lunch ideas that make eating at work so much more delicious! These easy, mostly make-ahead and healthy lunch ideas are perfect to prep and plan for your week and a great way to stay on track for the new year. I howsweeteats.com #lunch #ideas

Soups

All of these soups are delicious if you make them a day or so ahead of time. For the soups with pasta, you can always cook it separately and add it the morning of or right before eating so it doesn’t soak up too much liquid. I like preparing a soup for lunches, and freezing half of it. That way lunch will already be prepared in a few weeks/months or you can even have it for dinner at some point.

Lemon Chicken Soup

30 Minute Asian Chicken Soup

Game Day Chili

White Chicken Quinoa Chili

Mini Chicken Meatball Soup

Butternut Squash Quinoa Chili

Ginger Sweet Potato Soup

Chickpea Pasta Soup

Spicy Sausage, Kale & Whole Wheat Pasta Soup

These are my top 45 favorite lunch ideas that make eating at work so much more delicious! These easy, mostly make-ahead and healthy lunch ideas are perfect to prep and plan for your week and a great way to stay on track for the new year. I howsweeteats.com #lunch #ideas

These are my top 45 favorite lunch ideas that make eating at work so much more delicious! These easy, mostly make-ahead and healthy lunch ideas are perfect to prep and plan for your week and a great way to stay on track for the new year. I howsweeteats.com #lunch #ideas

Meals

Of course, I use the term “meals” loosely here, because everyone’s idea of a meal is subjective! These meals have a little more substance. They feel more like actual MEALS than lunches, if that makes sense. They are served hot, they aren’t a cold bowl of salad. And if you’re anything like Eddie, that is what he loves – lunch that tastes and satisfies like dinner. These are some of my favorites that can be made a day or two ahead of time! If you prefer leftovers for lunch, these are for you.

Chicken Feta Meatballs with Zucchini Noodles

Broccoli Bacon Pasta

Pasta with Chickpeas, Spinach and Garlic

15 Minute Sesame Ramen Noodles

Farfalle with Arugula, Pine Nuts and Marinated Feta

Chicken Enchilada Stuffed Peppers

One Pan Sesame Chicken

Sesame Chicken and Green Bean Skillet

Slow Cooker Mini Turkey Meatballs

Sheet Pan Sausage and Peppers

Korean Beef Bowls

Thai Drunken Zucchini Noodles with Honey Chicken

These are my top 45 favorite lunch ideas that make eating at work so much more delicious! These easy, mostly make-ahead and healthy lunch ideas are perfect to prep and plan for your week and a great way to stay on track for the new year. I howsweeteats.com #lunch #ideas

I’d love to hear some of your favorite lunch ideas below! Even though I work from home, work in my kitchen and cook most days of the week, I still struggle with lunch ideas myself. Tell me your favorites!

And tomorrow I’ll be sharing my favorite dinner ideas as I do every year, but you can also find 100 ideas on my instagram highlights!

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Christmas Break 2018: a Photo Diary. 

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Sharing some magic moments from our Christmas break!

It’s so tricky getting photos of both kids these days, not to mention a good one of the four of us.

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Max loves riding the train at the mall like it’s 1988!

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A few days before Christmas I used this method for decorating our sugar cookies. What a hit!

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How gorgeous is the decor at the Fairmont this year? I was a little partial to last year’s neon colors, but this is so pretty!

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And speaking of gorgeous, my mom’s tree is amazing. Always.

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Little babes that need some bribery for smiles!

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Lacy + my brother Will, our annual Max + his godparents pic!

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My aunt also has a gorgeous tree and village. So pretty!

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The hit of the toys this year was the Melissa and Doug One Stop Shop… except Max just wanted to play with all of Emilia’s toys too.

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My little golden girl! I love that she looks like an 87 years old baby.

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Everyone had to have yogi’s before dinner on Christmas day. Survival mode.

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More of my mom’s decor! So pretty.

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Emilia finally has teeth and loves showing them off.

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And I can’t seen to get the room back to normal since Christmas…

Halp me.

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Cutie cousins!

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We had the most fun! It has been a long break but felt quick at the same time. I get the blues big time once Christmas is over. I love the twinkly lights and how everything feels so warm and charming.

I hope you guys had a fantastic holiday break filled with cookies and love! xo

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2018. 

See ya later 2018! You were…

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1. sparkly.

2. amazing.

3. so fun!

4. traveled well.

5. full of favorites.

6. colorful.

7. exhausting!

8. a learning experience.

9. full of traditions.

10. spicy.

11. interesting.

12. so good!

13. relaxing.

14. delicious.

15. quick.

16. adventurous.

17. easy.

18. and the actual best!

19. full of flavor.

20. inspiring.

21. creative.

22. the year of simple dinners.

23. decadent.

24. honest.

25. fantastic.

Thank you so much for supporting my passion and making 2018 the best year yet! I love you guys so much! xo

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December Favorites: Lifestyle. 

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How is it already the end of December?! I’m sharing the top ten things I loved this month below. Tell me in the comments what you’re loving!

Raincoast Cheese Crisps. I don’t know if the cheese crisps are a new thing, but this version with cheddar and harissa is what we snacked on multiple times over Christmas break. They are so good!

One Day in December by Josie Silver. This is the book I’ve read over the holidays and oh my gosh, it was SO good. I couldn’t put it down, and found myself in one of those it’s-3am-and-I-can’t-stop-reading spirals. Loved this book!

American Spoon Holiday Jam. Apparently I’ve been living a rock because when I discovered that American Spoon has holiday limited releases, I just about died. I bought six jars of the holiday jam for gifts and it has been such a hit. On Christmas Day, my mom served it over brie and it was delicious with the perfect amount of holiday spice. I definitely like it more for dishes like that (brie, cheeseboard, etc) than eating it on toast or on a PB & J. Super good.

Sorel Joan or Arctic Wedge Boot. If you follow my favorites then you know that for the last two years I’ve been obsessed with these boots. I had them in the black + taupe color and wanted the full black but every year, they sold out quickly. This year, I got them on black Friday and am so excited I found them. The tread on the boots is great for rain, ice and snow, but the wedge still gives you height. Also bought these for two people as Christmas gifts this year. They are the best!

Sam Edelman Yal Sandal. I’m a huge fan of Sam Edelman shoes because of the comfort. They are by far some of the most comfortable pumps/sandals (if not the most!) that I own. I wore these shoes on Christmas Eve with a red dress and not only are they comfortable, but they are so fun. They would be perfect for NYE too (not in my case, since I’ll be at my house, haha) and any other fun occasion!

Pottery Barn Santa Figure Mugs. This four set of mugs is one of my favorite things to bring out each season. They are such a nice size – meaning they are actually rather small. I don’t think they would fit an 8-ounce cup of coffee, or maybe they *just* would. They are super cute when they are displayed and everyone asks about them! I love the retro feel; they remind me of something my grandma would have.

Covermates Ornament Storage Bags. This might be a ridiculous “okay-I’m-an-adult” favorite, but I  have to mention it. Three years ago, I bought one of these bags to store ornaments after years of just storing them in bulky boxes that started falling apart. These bags are amazing. Not only do they keep glass ornaments save, they cut down on storage and hold a TON of ornaments. I bought one more this year because I still had a few stragglers in boxes. They make decorating and undecorating the tree so much easier.

Fire Brew Apple Cider Immune Booster. I mentioned this last month but oh man, it’s come into play all month long. Eddie is super sick right now, as are both kids and I’ve managed to avoid it – I swear it has something to do with me throwing back shots of this daily. It is a tough swallow (literally, I’d probably rather do a shot of tequila) but I’m convinced it works.

Nordstrom Moonlight Pajamas. So I’ve raved about these PJs for years, but usually talk about the ones with the button front. I loathe button front pajamas (they are SO uncomfortable to me!) but the Nordstrom ones are so soft that I’ve always made an exception, and they are what I lived in after having both kids. I was super excited to see this year they came out with a version without buttons!! They are the exact same pajamas but even MORE comfortable, if that’s possible.

The Peloton Bike!! Okay, so I’ve only had this since the 22nd, so it might be a little iffy that I’m putting it in my favorites. But I can assure you that it IS a favorite! We got it (for ourselves…) for Christmas and it was the best purchase ever. I’ve already done five rides and love it so much! I’ve been doing random rides since we’ve had a busy two weeks, but I’d love to hear if you have any favorite instructors below!

[none of this is sponsored, just like to talk about things that I discover and love over the month. i purchased everything myself. tell me your faves! there may be a few affiliate links above. xoxoxo.]

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Fire Roasted Pulled Pork Stuffed Peppers. 

Pulled pork stuffed peppers might be our new favorite dinner!!

These pulled pork stuffed peppers are a delicious dinner idea for any weeknight! They work great with leftover pulled pork and the filling is totally customizable. They are flavorful, come together quickly and always a crowd pleaser! I howsweeteats.com #pulledpork #stuffedpeppers

You guys. These are SO flavorful. Super easy, if you have leftover pulled pork. Perfect to make for a crowd or just dinner for a few. Great to prep ahead of time, very customizable, super satisfying and delicious.

What else do we even need?!

These pulled pork stuffed peppers are a delicious dinner idea for any weeknight! They work great with leftover pulled pork and the filling is totally customizable. They are flavorful, come together quickly and always a crowd pleaser! I howsweeteats.com #pulledpork #stuffedpeppers

They are definitely going in our dinner rotation. I am not sure why I never thought to stuff peppers with pulled pork before and I’m kicking myself for waiting so long.

Are you someone who believes in the magic and good luck of pulled pork for the new year?

I’m not really a believer… but I’m a huge believer in pork so that counts. It’s my favorite cut of meat by far. Obviously.

These pulled pork stuffed peppers are a delicious dinner idea for any weeknight! They work great with leftover pulled pork and the filling is totally customizable. They are flavorful, come together quickly and always a crowd pleaser! I howsweeteats.com #pulledpork #stuffedpeppers

I find that this recipe works best with leftover pulled pork. Not because of the flavor or anything, but because pulled pork takes such a long time to cook and I wouldn’t make it JUST for this recipe. If you have leftover pulled pork, you’re more than half way there.

These pulled pork stuffed peppers are a delicious dinner idea for any weeknight! They work great with leftover pulled pork and the filling is totally customizable. They are flavorful, come together quickly and always a crowd pleaser! I howsweeteats.com #pulledpork #stuffedpeppers

And I wanted some sort of sauce to make these more flavorful – and they were calling for something other than plain pork placed in a sliced pepper. So into the blender went my favorite fire roasted tomatoes and I created a sauce from that. It was freaking fantastic. Not only did I want to eat the sauce with a spoon, it added SO much to the pepper.

If you end up with a bit of leftover sauce, you could also spread it in a baking dish and bake the peppers IN the sauce. Um yes.

How good does that sound!?

These pulled pork stuffed peppers are a delicious dinner idea for any weeknight! They work great with leftover pulled pork and the filling is totally customizable. They are flavorful, come together quickly and always a crowd pleaser! I howsweeteats.com #pulledpork #stuffedpeppers

Now the best part about these is that you can use the mini peppers and stuff them for an appetizer, or you can use regular bell peppers and stuff those for dinner!

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Cutest and most festive too!

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Pulled Pork Stuffed Peppers

Pulled Pork Stuffed Peppers

These pulled pork stuffed peppers are a delicious dinner idea for any weeknight! They work great with leftover pulled pork and the filling is totally customizable. They are flavorful, come together quickly and always a crowd pleaser! 

  • 4 bell peppers, (sliced in half, seeds removed)
  • 3 cups pulled pork
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, (chopped)
  • 2 tablespoons diced red onion
  • 1 15 ounce can fire roasted diced tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 garlic cloves, (minced)
  • ½ teaspoon dried basil
  • pinch salt and pepper
  • 1 cup freshly grated mozzarella cheese
  • chopped fresh parsley for garnish
  1. As a note, I almost always make pulled pork in my slow cooker! I season the pork with salt and pepper, sear it on all sides until brown, then cook it on low with ½ cup of beer or so for about 8 to 12 hours. You can see my exact recipe here.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with foil.
  3. Remove the seeds and inside stems of the peppers. Fill the peppers with 1/3 to ½ cup pulled pork (or as much as you wish!). Sprinkle on some of the tomatoes and diced onion.
  4. Place the tomatoes in a blender and puree until smooth. Blend in the cream, sugar, garlic, basil, salt and pepper until combined. Spoon the mixture over top of the pork in the pepper. Sprinkle on the cheese.

  5. Bake the peppers for 20 to 25 minutes, or until the cheese is golden and bubbly. Sprinkle of fresh parsley (or your favorite herb!) and serve immediately.
  6. You can do this with the mini snacking peppers too! I do the exact same thing, the portions you add into the pepper are just smaller. You can bake for less time too – more like 15ish minutes.

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Melty cheese and caramelized peppers are all I want in life right now.

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December Favorites: My Top Ten Beauty Finds of 2018. 

As we reach the end of 2018, I’m sharing the best beauty finds I’ve made this year!

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I haven’t used anything particularly new this month (aside from this Jouer palette which I absolutely LOVE!) so I figured I’d switch it up here and tell you about my top ten beauty finds this year. Things I discovered and love and can’t imagine my beauty routine without.

It was tricky narrowing things down to ten, but these are all from 2018. Of course I talk about so many other things I adore in my favorites posts, but these are new to 2018 for me and things that really changed the game! I’d love to hear some of your favorite finds below! xo

My Top 10 Beauty Finds of 2018

Dr. Dennis Gross Daily Peel Pads. While these are in no particular order, this is by far my most used, loved and can’t-live-without product of 2018. I am so glad I discovered these! They have improved brightness and texture in my skin so much. I can’t even explain how much I love them.

Milk Makeup Eye Pigment. Since grabbing one of these in Chicago on my book tour, I have practically used nothing else on my eyes. I always use this during the week as my minimal makeup and I often use it under more dramatic eye looks. I love that the color can be built up or sheered out. These are so amazing.

Le Volume de Chanel Mascara. Bought on a whim during Nordstrom’s mascara madness sale early this year, I never expected (or wanted to) fall in love with this mascara. But I’ve used nothing else since and it remains my current favorite!

RMS Magic Luminizer. Coming in at a very close second to my absolute favorite product of the year, this is GOLD. I use this every single day. Technically, I bought it at the end of last year but it has been such a staple in my routine that I couldn’t not mention it. It gives such a natural glow.

Dr Jart Cicapair Color Correcting Treatment. If you have any redness or uneven tone on your face, you will be shocked at what a difference this makes. I don’t use it every single day, but occasionally I use this on its own and I use it as a primer on days when I want/need more makeup. It makes your skin tone SO even – you will actually be shocked at the result.

Too Faced Born This Way Concealer. This is a fairly new find but a fantastic one, nonetheless. It has completely replaced Tarte Shape Tape for me. It’s more moisturizing, is a better color fit and goes on more smoothly under the eyes.

Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter. Another product I use almost daily – for the glow and gorgeous effect it gives the skin. I either mix this in with tinted moisturizer or I put it all over my face first before applying a slightly heavier BB cream. It’s so gorgeous.

Fresh Rice Sake Bath. I’m super nervous that this might be discontinued since it’s sold out everywhere, but in the case that it’s not, I had to mention it! This made baths life-changing for me. I have never used a bath product so intensely relaxing. It’s like the moment I sit in a bath using this, I feel any anxiety or tension melt away.

Redken Hot Sets 22 Thermal Setting Mist. I’ve been using this since early 2018 – it’s a heat protectant, but also adds MAJOR hold to your hair without giving it that hairspray-crisp vibe. You know? I only use it when curling my hair with a wand, iron or hot rollers, but it works great.

Tom Ford Soleil Blanc. I love so many perfumes, but this was my most worn in 2018 and one I can’t stop thinking about! I set it aside come fall to wear some of my warmer, heavier scents and I can’t wait to start using it again. It’s such a lovely scent!

[as usual, none of this is sponsored and all of these products were purchased by me. i am not affiliated with any of the companies above, nor do i accept free products. just love to talk about what i like, makeup junkie to makeup junkie. there are some amazon and general reward style affiliate links above. thank you for being here!]

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All the Snacks and Cocktails You Need For New Year’s Eve! 

Can you BELIEVE it is almost 2019?

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This is insanity. I cannot believe it!

Today I’m sharing alllll the snacks and cocktails that you need for the rest of the holiday season. And they are my absolute faves!

So first! A little bit of cocktail news. After yearssss of sharing a cocktail every single Thursday, my brain is officially fried from ideas. I mean, I still have a lot of ideas that sound great, but not enough to share one every single week. You know? At least not at the moment!

In 2019 I won’t be sharing a weekly cocktail, but I will still share the occasional fun and seasonal drink if I have a delish one to share. Otherwise, you can rest easy knowing that I have over 120 cocktails here for every reason and every season! No need to worry.

Now let’s chat NYE parties, okay? Mine will consist of my family at my house. On the couch with blankets and cuddled up. I CAN’T WAIT. But if you have bigger plans, here are some fantastic ideas!

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Most importantly, we should all go make rosé gummy bears right this instant.

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The ricotta jam jar has been the HIT of 2018 in my family. You can use all homemade ingredients or buy the majority and either way, it turns out DELISH.

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My to-die-for hummus trio is perfectly customizable. SO good.

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Salted honey lavender nuts, anyone?

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This year, I updated my mom’s old-school veggie pizza. Very into this.

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And who can say no to crispy carnitas guac?!

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Toasted sesame sriracha deviled eggs and surprisingly addictive.

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This greek marinated flank steak platter is an amazing app – or dinner!

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Champagne caramel popcorn makes me so happy.

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Obviously, a cheese board is a must.

A few of my favorite cocktails for the New Year? I’ve gotcha covered!

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This winter aperol spritz has been on repeat this year. REPEAT.

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I’m ridiculously excited to make orange crushes now that prime citrus season is here!

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Kombucha sangria is fantastic too.

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And I loooove these pomegranate cider mimosas. Great idea for the end of apple cider season!

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Sorbet prosecco floats are always a party fave!

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And 3 ingredient espresso martinis? Um, hello. We’re staying up late! We need this!

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Pear sangria is pretty.

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And blood orange margaritas!? Be still my heart! The best of the best of citrus season is here.

So what is on your menu for the rest of 2018?! How will you be ringing in the new year?

Tomorrow I’ll be sharing my an incredible pulled pork recipe for New Year’s Eve/Day – it might be one of my favorite recipes of the YEAR! It is so, so good.

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2018 Recipe Disasters. 

Oh hiiii.

I’m still here, creating disasters in my kitchen every single week! Let’s chat about them.

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It’s one of my favorite posts to write every year! My annual RECIPE DISASTERS. Ommmph.

There have been quite a few. Admittedly, not as many as 2017, because I wasn’t working on an extra cookbook.

But these fails are just the tip of the iceberg. You know, the ones I managed to capture when I wasn’t losing my mind. Burnt bacon, anyone?

This is the NINTH year that I’m sharing my recipes disasters. If you’d like to see previous, click down below!

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

I love sharing some of my recipe fails with you guys because while many delicious, pretty things come out of my kitchen throughout the year, there are also many things that don’t. I am a completely self-taught, mom-taught, grandma-taught cook, and I learn most things by trial and error. Even when I have NO idea how to make something, I tend to start from scratch if I can, in order to create my OWN recipe. And while that can be great, it also results in TONS of fails throughout the year.

Fails have never been as frustrating now that I have kids. I am super selective and scheduled with my time, so when a planned recipe doesn’t work out, I’m ready to toss myself out the window. I’m a ball of FUN to work with.

So!

Let’s start at the beginning! Right off the bat in January, the fails started rolling.

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Say hello to the driest beef ever known to man. This furthered my hatred for the instant pot, and I made this mocha crusted beef for a french dip recipe three different times. It was dry and disgusting every.single.time. If it’s any consolation, I think I figured it out and will share later in the new year. Spoiler alert: I don’t use the IP.

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Oh yum! Doesn’t that look… AWFUL.

I made mezcal margaritas around Cinco de Mayo last year and tried to rim the glass with black salt from Trader Joe’s. It turned the cocktail a lovely shade of gray. And left black specks all throughout the drink.

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I tried to make honey mustard chicken drumsticks and they tasted like you scooped a spoonful of mustard out of the jar and put it in your mouth.

I mean, yes, I love mustard, but these were pretty atrocious.

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Remember back on the book tour, I posted a photo of carbonara pizza that we ate in NYC? I tried to recreate it and the result was not good. Too much fluffy crust, undercooked pancetta, a piss poor sauce (if any) and to top it all off, the cheese burnt (like actually burnt) all over the crust.

DELISH.

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In early summer, I wanted to create a farmer’s market-like garlic bread. So… I put tomatoes on garlic bread.

Life changing, right?

So sad. And weak.

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Come August, I thought it would be an amazing idea to make a fig, blue cheese and bacon pizza!

Oh, except I already made that in 2013. And to test the recipe above, my figs were starting to rot. All I had was microgreens. The sauce was off.

It was wrong wrong wrong.

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My pumpkin protein pancakes took about 32 tests before perfecting the recipe. THAT WAS FUN.

Not.

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In what is perhaps my most favorite fail of 2018, I had this moment when I thought a sheet pan salmon and butternut squash would work (um it doesn’t at all – totally different cook times – obvs!) and then decided to top it with pomegranate and olives.

Like how much do you hate me right now. Gross.

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The first couple times I made scalloped potatoes, the cheese was super gritty and… ick.

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In testing my salted chocolate stout cake, I forgot the sugar in the cake. Twice.

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Oh! And in real-life dinners, version one-Sunday-night-in-September, I made Eddie the ribs from our Butcher Box. I wasn’t thinking when I mixed up my spice rub and I added like 3 TABLESPOONS of salt. What? Why? It was one of those weird moments when I knew what I did was wrong, but I continued on thinking it would be and totally forgot about it until we took a bite. OMG. Then I was like, how did I think this would turn out?

Not good. Really awful experience. Such a weird brain moment.

That’s just a tiny sliver of how 2018 looked behind the scenes. Tell me about your biggest recipe fail this year! I’d love to know I’m not alone.

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