Hello and welcome to my Five Faves which include our non-traditional but exceptional Thanksgiving menu, a great party and drool-worthy recipe book (with more menus), a source for things to do in San Francisco, and my go-to casual outfit for walking around town.
The table is already set for our small family Thanksgiving dinner and I am looking forward to eating, playing games, and getting the dogs out for some hilly San Francisco walks! This is a great holiday with none of the stress of gift-giving! Just being grateful.
Remember to check out Cindy’s and Annie’s Five Faves at the end of the post!
1. Our Non-traditional But Exceptional Thanksgiving Menu (Which May Surprise You)
Last year, when we were separated from loved ones by the pandemic (and it was just our immediate group of five) someone said “I think turkey is over-rated.” Which lead to my husband, Howard creating a version of this menu that got high-fives all around.
- I wrote about Autumn Arugula Salad with Apple and Crispy Proscuitto. And it’s been requested again.
- Howard makes a great beef tenderloin. He’s not sure which sauce he will make yet for it (I couldn’t pin him down).
- Our son-in-law, Luca makes his mom’s mashed potatoes with mozarella and peas. It’s amazing!
- My sister, Teresa finds the best desserts! She ordered ours (they are frozen until ready to bake) from Chesapeake Bay. I cannot wait to bake them!
2. Spending More Time In the Dining Room?
You may find this post helpful: “How to make your dining room less boring!” in case you missed it!
3. San Francisco Visitor’s Digital Magazine
With the gang all here for Thanksgiving, we have been checking out this free SF Travel Guide for ideas of things to do. Pin it for your next trip here (even if you are local).
4. Julia Reed’s Book “New Orleans- Food, Fun and Field Trips For Letting The Good Times Roll”
My friend, Juliet gave me Julia Reed’s “New Orleans” book and I love it. Julia Reed was a contributing editor for the magazine “Garden and Gun” and our whole Florida group of friends was saddened by her recent death at age 59.
But Julia’s zest for life really comes through in this fun book. There are party ideas, menus, and recipes (Creole, Italian, French, Irish, etc). It will make you want to hop on a flight to New Orleans. Or have a party at home!
5. Casual Outfit Of The Week
This is the fourth time I’ve asked my hairstylist to snap a photo of me before I leave…so this is a series 🙂
Usually, I walk several blocks to her shop so I am in something “city casual.” Some people have asked me to state the sizes I wear (for the record, I’m 5’1″ and around 120 to 126 depending on how motivated I am).
Madewell is having a 30% off sale right now…so some of these things like the boots and bag are a deal.
Note: These make great gifts! Dior hydrating lipstick • soft leather moto jacket by Madewell (this is a size small but I had the sleeves shortened–not cheap, but you could just push them up if you are short like me) • black turtle neck in small (similar) • Apple watch band (real leather and inexpensive) • Banana Republic Sloan pant in check (size 8 petite), These wash nicely in the washing machine • My fave Madewell lug booties that I got for my birthday (normally I wear a 7 but these fit better in a 6.5) • Madewell crossbody bag that fits a laptop.
If you are new here, each Sunday I share my top five favorite things along with my friends, Cindy and Annie. It’s like our weekly “catch-up” phone call. If you would like to receive this series every week, please sign up HERE.
Let’s see what Annie and Cindy’s Five Faves are this week: