Favorite Thanksgiving Recipes

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Good Morning and Happy Monday friends! With Thanksgiving just a mere three days away, it is OFFICIALLY the start of the Holiday Season. I may or may not have begun this Christmas decorating this weekend. Thanksgiving is definitely one of my favorite holiday’s so today I thought I would share with you a couple of my favorite recipes that I have found over the years. Whether you are hosting Thanksgiving Dinner yourself or just contributing with a side dish, these are sure to be a hit.

Baked Brie in Puff Pastry – Kitchn

Bacon and Bourbon Stuffing – A Beautiful Mess

Broccoli, Cheese, and Quinoa Casserole – Fit Foodie Finds

Green Bean Casserole (with bacon!) – The Pioneer Woman

Cranberry Chai Sangria – How Sweet Eats

All the Pie inspo you need – A Cozy Kitchen

Thankful Decor – Target

I hope you all have an incredible week full of friends, family, laughter, good food, and great drinks. I will see you all again next week.

xx Casey

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Hygge, The Coziest Lifestyle

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November 1st rolled around, we put away our costumes, and it felt like immediately winter was upon us. It was time to finally put on the heat, pull out the jackets and comfy sweaters, and succumb to the coziest time of year. But what if you could bring the happy feeling that cozy falls and winters bring into your life full time? Well there is a group of people who’s lifestyle is based all around that, and we need to catch up.

Hygge is the Danish ritual of enjoying life’s simple pleasures. There is no English translation for Hygge. It is a feeling more than a word. It’s a mixture of coziness, charm, comfort, kinship, simpleness, and contentment. To sum it up, Hygge is all about enjoying life’s simple pleasures and making the ordinary more meaningful.

Here in America we are always on the run. With information at our fingertips we tend to lose sight of the beauty in life’s simple pleasures. So let’s take a page out of the Danish way of life (who happen to be some of the happiest people in the world) and add a little Hygge to our everyday lives.

01 Create a Cozy Atmosphere. Lot’s of flickering candles, throw blankets in soft textures, and cozy rugs on bare floors all bring a feeling of warmth and coziness.

02 Warm Drinks. Mugs of hot chocolate (with a little peppermint!), hot coffee, and tea, all make you feel warm from the inside out.

03 Comfy Clothes. Thick socks, over sized sweaters, and fleece pajamas all add to the comfort of being at home.

04 Friends and Family. One of the best things about the holidays is being surrounded by friends and family and being in the moment. Bring that feeling all year long by planning cozy nights with friends full of movie nights, conversations by the fire, and dinner around the table. Hygge is all about togetherness.

05 Switch off. At a certain time of the evening turn off the phone. Relax by reading a book, listening to a podcast, or to music. And when you are with friends put the phone down and live in the moment.

To learn more about the Hygge lifestyle check out The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking.

xx Casey

Fall Favorites

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Good Morning and Happy Monday friends! Can you believe that we are already in November. We are moving right along into the second month of my favorite time of year. The leaves are still changing, the air is getting crisper, and the holidays are fast approaching. So I thought why not do a little fall favorites post to round up the best things about November.

01 Sweater Weather. And I am not just talking about the Bath & Body Works candle (which happens to be one of my favorites!). October is great, but the 50 degree mornings and 75 degree afternoons make it hard to pick what to wear. Especially when you have a closet full of cute sweaters and cozy flannels.

02 Vineyards. There is something about this time of year that makes the sound of walking around a beautifully landscaped vineyard with a glass of crisp wine in your hand so sweet. Diamond Hill Vineyard in Cumberland has a Cranberry Apple wine that I am just dying to try.

03 Starbucks Holiday Spice. Holiday Spice season is back at Starbucks! I make myself wait until after thanksgiving to indulge in a Peppermint Mocha or an Eggnog Latte, but the Holiday Spice is the perfect blend of Cinnamon and Nutmeg and all the flavors of fall.

04 Thanksgiving. A holiday solely revolving around eating a ton of food with your family? What better end to a great month.

xx Casey

Spooky Favorites

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Happy Halloween Everyone! In the spirit of the holiday I thought I would do a fun Halloween themed post. Feel free to take these questions and share your answers- I would love to see them!

Favorite Halloween Themed Movie? I mean do I even have to answer this? It’s all a bunch of Hocus Pocus anyway…

Favorite Scary Movie? Okay this one was a hard pick, so I decided to pick my favorite serial killer instead. Who doesn’t love watching Mike Meyers and the Halloween franchise this time of year? However I do also love the Saw movie franchise as well.

Favorite Halloween Themed-Song? I put a Spell on You – extra points if it is the Hocus Pocus version.

Favorite Candy? It’s a tossup between Reeses and Twix

Favorite Halloween Costume? Last year I was Lt. Dan Taylor from Forrest Gump, and I am not quite sure I can ever top that one.

Favorite Supernatural Creature? I would probably have to say the Loch Ness Monster.

Would you Survive in a Horror Movie? Honestly, probably not.

I hope you all have a fun evening whatever you are doing. Me? I will most likely be spending it with some pizza and cider in hand, and finally start watching Stranger Things.

xx Casey

Creating a Business Plan

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One of my favorite quotes comes from none other than the infamous rapper Jay Z and it plainly states “I’m not a businessman. I’m a business, man.”

No matter what I am doing whether it is blogging or starting a new venture, I like to think of myself as a business. I am the brand and this “thing” is what I am using to represent that. Branding yourself or a business is a whole other post in itself that will be coming up very soon.

In my past two posts I have been teasing the idea of a new project that I am working on in addition to blogging and my day job. I am not ready to reveal this big venture just yet, but I am going to begin sharing little snippets along the way.

Today I am talking about the first steps of any new venture – what to include in a business plan. Now it may be tempting when you are first starting out to just jump into the fun stuff (guilty…), but there are some important logistics that need to be taken care of first. And of course, business plans will vary greatly based on your type of business and intentions with the plan itself. These are just some essential elements to get you started.

01 An Overview 

Before you can get into things like budgets and marketing strategies, you first need to provide the general overview of your business. This includes your business structure, mission and purpose, location, and type of business.

02 Products & Services 

Obviously your business plan needs to include the products or services that you are providing. Start by categorizing your products and services. Then include a brief description for each.

03 Sales & Marketing Plan 

How are you going to reach your customers? The marketing portion of your business plan will detail your strategies for marketing your business to a potential buyer.

The sales portion of the plan includes your pricing structure and how you determined that price.

04 Market Analysis 

Who are your customers? What is their age range, gender, and defining characteristics? You also need to describe the current state of your industry. What is the size of the industry, and what are the current trends? This will help you with the next section.

05 Competitive Analysis 

Who are your competitors? List them out. What are their pro’s and con’s and how will you do things differently? How is your business going to stand out in the crowd?

06 Budget 

A necessary evil of any business, the financial plan. First you need to establish the amount you require in order to start your business. Then factor in any ongoing business expenses including equipment, supplies, professional fees, etc. Next you need to look ahead. What are your projected revenues? How much do you need to bring in to break even?

A business plan can be intimidating. It takes a lot of time, research, and number crunching to put a successful plan in place. Once you finish though, you are one step closer to your goal – success!

xx Casey

The Thing About Inspiration

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I have been feeling extra inspired this past month. Like I talked about in a post a couple weeks back, fall is definitely the season when I begin to feel the most inspired. So incredibly inspired in fact that I have begun the planning stages on a new and exciting venture. I am not going to share too much on it just yet (however I am itching to tell you!) – but definitely expect some exciting posts throughout the next couple months.

But for now let’s talk a little more about inspiration shall we? And more importantly how to stay inspired.

01 Write it Down.

Sit down and write a list of what inspires you. Are there any common themes? Do they all have to do with giving back to the community or about creating a healthy lifestyle?

02 Ask Yourself Why?

Now think about what it is about these things that inspires you. Now what are you going to do about it?

03 Switch it Up.

If you are feeling like you are in a bit of a rut change up your environment. When we change our environment, we change our surrounding energy.

04 Don’t Give Up.

If something turns on a light inside of you don’t give up on it. Some days you won’t be as motivated as others. The inspiration might dim a little. Start this process again. Re-evaluate what it is that made you feel inspired in the first place.

I hope you all have an amazing and incredibly inspired weekend!

xx Casey

Weekend Wrap Up: Cozy Fall Weekend

The last time I posted I updated you guys and let you know I wasn’t feeling well, had been to three doctors, and they had given me some new medicine. Well a week of that medicine passed along with getting some fillings and I am finally, FINALLY, feeling better. I allowed myself to rest, didn’t have coffee for over two weeks, drank as much water as possible, and now I am back at it.

This past weekend was a low-key weekend full of all of the fall activities. On Friday night we picked up some wings from our favorite wing place (the mac and cheese sauce wings at Boneheads is UNBELIEVABLE), poured some hard cider into some home-made cinnamon sugar rimmed glasses, and watched a movie.

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Saturday morning we ran some errands and then I did a deep clean of the kitchen and my spare room. That room (which I call George’s room) has been sitting there giving off some serious blah vibes for a while. Eventually I will do a complete overhaul of that room and re-paint it but this weekend I began rearranging to make it a little more homey. Of course I will share all the room remodeling details with you when the time comes! Usually springtime is when I get inspired to re-decorate but this year the inspo is hitting me in the fall. I’ve been feeling really inspired lately in all aspects of life – but more on that in Friday’s post!

After the cleaning session we picked up some pumpkins, turned on some Halloween tunes, poured some more cider, and began carving. I am OBSESSED with my Harry Potter pumpkin. Then we made some killer grilled cheese and tomato soup, put on Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, and called it a day.

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On Sunday morning we woke up and met some friends in Providence to take part in the Breast Cancer walk. It was amazing to see so many people come together for an incredible cause. After the walk we headed to one of our all time favorite places The Trap in East Greenwich to watch the game. The Trap does $5 apps during the game so we got the fried mozzarella (always a favorite), dirty chips (with garlic and Parmesan!), and the potato and quinoa tots which were amazing! We also split our all time favorite sandwich, the french dip. It is AMAZING. After that I was ready to head home, curl up in bed, and binge watch a show. My show of choice? Riverdale. I am definitely seeing where all the hype is coming from.

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After such a relaxing weekend I am looking forward to a productive week ahead!

xx Casey