Honestly I can’t believe I survived living in Alaska for so long. This LA girl is still not a fan of the cold. The only great thing to come out of the cold is a fab coat. This winter I splurged for a great, warm, more fashionable coat than I had owned before and I love it. It’s warm enough for the Columbus cold, but not too warm that I can’t wear it often. I picked grey because it won’t show lint/Carl fur and is different than my other classic black coats.
Coat: J. Crew $365
Bag: Stella McCartney (the best Christmas gift ever from one of my best friends)
Sweater: J. Crew $80
Jeans: Frame Denim (my favorite jeans ever) $184
Shoes: Jessica Simpson “Claudette” $78
Q and I love our Friday night pizza nights. And after months of making our own pizza, I wanted to share some of our tips with you!
1. A great dough. We have been using this same recipe for a little while now and we are never disappointed. We’ve started adding a few teaspoons of dried herbs when we add the flour. This adds a nice taste to the dough.
2. Keep your oven HOT! WE used to make our pizza at 450, but have recently been doing 500 and it makes a world of difference. Let your oven heat up for at least 15 minutes before putting your pizza in. The crust is cooked perfectly.
3. Use a pizza stone. We got ours for a wedding gift and it has totally transformed our pizzas. We leave our stone in the oven at all times (Mama Stanley, the chef, says that is totally ok and actually recommended to keep your oven a steady temp).
4. The little things: Once you spread your dough out before putting any toppings on, poke holes in it with a fork. Q just randomly goes through and hits the fork through the dough a few times. This helps aerate the dough. Also spreading a little olive oil along your crust helps make it crispy.
5. Two layers of cheese. We put a light first layer over whatever pizza sauce we are using, then put all of our toppings on and then another layer of cheese to sort of seal everything together.
Some of our favorite pizza recipes:
Black Bean Pizza
Chicken Parmesan Pizza
Chicken Pesto Pizza
Mushroom and Leek Pizza
In my ongoing quest to try new recipes and find interesting eats, I am bringing you some delicious bites found around the web (through all of my blog reading!).
Soups & Salads:
Lasagna Soup: Skinnytaste is one of my favorite recipe blogs. I love her simple, but delicious healthy weeknight dishes. This looks like a winner.
Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili: I really love and trust TheKitchn’s recipes. They test and retest their recipes and they always turn out well for me.
Kale Pesto Mac N Cheese: A teeny tiny bit of a healthy take on traditional mac n cheese. I’m a little hesitant on the pumpkin seeds, so may just use pine nuts like a traditional pesto.
Thai Chicken Peanut Lettuce Cups: This looks like a great healthy dinner. I’m a huge fan of lettuce cups and this recipe looks fab.
Broken Pasta with Kale, Mushrooms and Sausage: This looks like a great hearty winter meal. I love the presentation and am planning on making this over the weekend.
Biscoff Stuffed Snickerdoodles: Take my favorite cookie with my favorite spread and you get these cookies. I am going to attempt them this week and will keep you posted!
Sugar Cookie Dough Cups: UM, yes. These needs no words.
Poached Pears with Yogurt: After some decadent desserts, I thought this lighter dish was a good idea. I feel like this would be a fabulous weeknight sweet without being sinful.
What are YOU cooking this weekend?
Let’s talk about this fur vest. I was a little skeptical at first, since it’s a little bit wild for me, but I’ve totally fallen in love with this fur vest. I love it in the winter over a sweater and jeans and in the summer over a summer dress. Also these booties have been such a fun addition to my closet this winter!
Vest: Tart (sold out, similar)
Sweater: J. Crew Tilly Sweater $60 (on sale!)
Necklace: Similar Marc by Marc Jacobs $128
Jeans: AG $176 (got them on sale, SUPER comfy)
Booties: DV by Dolce Vita $100 (These J. Crew ones are also fabulous!)