Sweet Potato Coconut Curry Soup

The weather has been exceptionally chilly here (for LA ha!), so I decided to whip out my Vitamix and make the Sweet Potato Coconut Curry Soup from Minimalist Baker.

Can I say…YUM.

I used light coconut milk since the sweet potato adds to the creaminess, and added more cayenne because I wanted a little kick. Voila!… deliciousness in less than an hour.

I’ve always enjoyed Minimalist Baker recipes because….well…they’re minimalist. The simplicity of the recipes without sacrificing flavor is a lifesaver for those crazy busy days or, let’s face it, those crazy lazy, stay-in-bed-for-hours kind of days.

Perfect remedy for my “chilly” day.

x-Greta

 

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Society 6 Laptop Sleeves

Hi everyone,

I just bought this laptop case from Society 6 and I am SO in love (see below).

This print is by an artist named Caitlin Workman.

The inside has microfiber lining and the outside is a liquid resistant material. It does the job and protects my laptop.

My only tip for purchasing the laptop covers is to buy 1 size bigger if you have a Mac. Your 13.3″ macbook won’t fit inside the 13″ case. I bought the 15″ for my 13.3″  Mac and the extra 2″ is barely noticeable.

I’ve bought prints from Society 6 and I can honestly say, what you see is what you get. The prints look exactly how they look on the site. I’ve been pretty satisfied with my purchases, and I absolutely adore that I’m finding new artists and supporting them.

They often have deals and free shipping, so that’s a plus too.

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x-Greta

 

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Weekend Links

Hi all,

I hope everyone’s having a relaxing weekend. Here are a few interesting links for your eyes:

It is exceptionally cold and windy in LA this week and it has made my skin very dry, so I wanted to  share this article on ways to keep your skin moisturized: Dry Skin Remedies. Personally, I like to glob on the moisturizer and then, put on a pair of cloth gloves before going to bed. They become exceptionally moisturized and soft by morning.

Every time I see a cornfield maze through the window of an airplane, I wonder how farmers form them with such precision. Here is their secret and also some very cool mazes: A How-To on Cornfield Mazes

‘Tis the season for giving! If you’re confused about who to tip and how much to tip during the holidays, here’s some advice: Holiday Tipping. Also, if you would like to tip your postman (mine is awesome), here is what the USPS says about tipping/gifting them: Postman Gifting (essentially, gift them some fresh baked cookies).

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Happy weekend, everyone.

x-Greta

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Rihanna’s Higher

Hey everyone,

I’m loving that new Rihanna single, Love on the Brain. Have you heard it?

I’m already a sucker for doo-wop, and this song has doo-wop, soulfulness (to the likeness of Amy Winehouse), and Rihanna’s haunting vocals.  Beautiful song and very catchy.

I loved it so much, it made me listen to Rihanna’s entire ANTI album, and that’s when I got hooked on the track, Higher.

Click here for a listen: Higher (That violin in the background = killer).

If you liked Love on the Brain, you’ll love Higher.

 

x-Greta

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Weekend Links

Hey everyone,

I wanted to share a few fun and interesting links to get you through your food coma this holiday weekend…

Gorgeous photographs from this year’s Siena International Photo Awards. One of my favorites is featured below. I love seeing what life is like outside of my bubble – so cool and humbling. Photos of Everyday Life From Around the World

Maria Cornejo and Cleo Wade talk about why getting dressed is so important. Love this uplifting conversation about self-care. Why Getting Dressed Matters Now More Than Ever

I thought this was fitting since we are officially in the holiday season. This article gives a little guidance on how to start those sometimes awkward food allergy/diet conversations with your dinner host or dinner guest. Dinner Party Etiquette

I hope you’re having a beautiful, restful weekend.

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Xiaolong Guo

 

x-Greta

 

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Happy Thanksgiving

Hi everyone,

I woke up early this morning, took a Bar Method class, and went straight to Simple Things to pick up the pumpkin streusel pie I ordered for dinner tonight. Yup, you heard that right.

Pumpkin. Streusel. Pie.

I hope you guys are as excited for dinner as I am about this pie.

Happy Thanksgiving, all!

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Why yes pie, I think I did make a good decision…

 

With gratitude,

x-Greta

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Easy-to-Watch TV for Thanksgiving Day

Hi all,

Is everyone looking forward to the baking, cooking, and family/friend time this week? I love it and cannot wait!

Originally, this post was about the BBC television show, The Great British Bake Off. I thought, if you are like me and don’t enjoy watching football, watching back-to-back episodes of The Great British Bake Off on Netflix would be a great alternative. It’s charming, family-friendly, and easy to watch while doing other things, like cooking. It is also one of my favorite cooking shows. However, I just found out that it is no longer streaming on Netflix, SO here are some of my suggestions in lieu of The Great British Bake Off:

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Liz Climo Tumblr

Happy Monday all,

I love love LOVE finding artists and designers on the web. My most recent find is an artist named Liz Climo. I love her Tumblr.

She creates these sweet, whimsical, humorous comics that make you feel like a kid again.

They’ve given me a giggle and a smile this morning, so I thought I’d share.

Website is here: Liz Climo Tumblr

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x-Greta

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Sparrows Lodge (Palm Springs, CA)

Hi everyone,

On Veteran’s Day Weekend, I watched two of my favorite people get married in Palm Springs. There were laughter, tears, champagne, sparklers, swimming, games, sunbathing, hot tubbing, s’mores-making, sittin’-around-the-firepit-sharing-stories, bicycling, and so much more. Not only did I fall even more in love with my two friends (and hot tubbing- needs a whole post by itself-it is a gift from the gods), but I also fell in love with the venue, Sparrows Lodge.

The thing I loved about Sparrows Lodge was that it felt both luxurious and homey at the same time. Each room comes with a Queen-sized bed, a private patio, and a rain shower (it’ll make you feel like a mermaid, bathing under a waterfall). Mine also came with a horse trough bathtub (two people can easily fit in and since it’s so deep, it’s like being in your own little private hot tub).

If you’re on your way to Palm Springs and would like a romantic, peaceful getaway, Sparrows Lodge is the way to go. Also, they provide breakfast with your stay (quiche, all types of toast, real butter, jam, coffee, teas, granolas, and if that’s not enough, you can order from the delicious menu provided by their amazing in-house chef, Gabriel Woo) .

Website is here: Sparrows Lodge

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x-Greta

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