On my way to work today, the windows were half way down, the sun was shining, and my current favorite song (Greatest Love Story by Lanco) was on the radio. I was overcome by such a feeling of happiness. And on this Thanksgiving, I am so grateful for this life.
I am so thankful for my dysfunctional but perfect in their own way family. I miss my sisters so much, but love that we have a relationship that crosses states and oceans. I love that I can have dinner and lunch with my parents, or stop by for a quick hello.
Matt has made life so full of happiness. I love our little life we've built, from our apartment to our Sunday routine. I can't wait to see how we continue to grow together.
I have been so happy at work this year. I've had the chance to tell some really great stories, stories that make me happy to tell but also that make a difference.
Of course I can complain about how overbooked I am, and that I've taken on too many things but I know I wouldn't have it any other way. I am so thankful for the opportunities I've been given this year, from playing a larger role in different organizations to the exciting events, but more importantly, the people I've met.
I am so very thankful that work brought me back to St. Louis. This community makes me so happy to get up each day and explore what it has to offer. Thank you to all the incredible and supportive people who help us all thrive. I am in such awe of the people working to make this city a better place for everyone.
Thank you all for following along this crazy journey of life and for giving me this platform and space to share a little bit of me with the world.
I love cooking on Thanksgiving. While it stresses me out that I might dry out the turkey, (or serve it a bit raw like this past weekend), cooking for me is one of the best parts about the holiday. But I know not everyone enjoys cooking, or has the time. I also know some people have to work on the holiday! As someone who's spend the last several years working and therefore eating where ever is open (hello Hooters), I thought I'd put together a little list on where to find an easy turkey day meal.
A few weeks ago I was invited to try out Cielo's Thanksgiving feast. They are offering two easy ways to celebrate Thanksgiving. First up, if you want to spend the day at home, they are offering a Thanksgiving to-go offer. For $295 you can feed 10 people some very tasty turkey and sides. And pie. Can't forget the pie. But don't wait, orders need to be in by Nov. 22.
Or if you don't feel like cleaning up the house and want to go out, they are offering a turkey day buffet. Now I'm pretty obsessed with Cielo's brunch buffet and this offers much of the same, plus TURKEY and risotto with pumpkin. The buffet is $89 per person.
But the Four Seasons isn't the only spot open on Thanksgiving. And no, you don't have to resort to Hooters (unless that's your thing!).
Here's a list of places open on the holiday:
Tell me, are you cooking at home or going out for Thanksgiving? And even more important, will there be pie?
When I woke up yesterday, I saw the alerts for a one alarm warehouse fire. At 10:00am that's not something I'm really thinking will affect my evening shift. So I continued making calls and planning on other story ideas. But as the day went on, the alarms went up, and the smoke rising above the city make me realize, this was big, and would probably be my story for the night.
That's probably the number one question I get asked, do I know what I'm going to be reporting on. And the answer is no. Sometimes I have an idea. Sometimes I have something set up, but breaking news can happen at any moment and throw that whole plan out the window. This was one of those days. And this was a story that affected so many people. Not only the businesses who lost everything inside. But also the fire fighters who've battled the fire for more than 24 hours. The people who live anywhere near this fire have been breathing in this smoke and wondering when it will go away. It's a huge story. One that needed multiple reporters to cover multiple angles.
And even within the day, the plan changes. I was covering the angle of the authors who's books went up in flames. The publisher, Reedy Press, stored books in the warehouse. It's a St. Louis based press with mostly local authors. Authors who were planning on selling those books during the busy holiday season. It's a huge loss. But at 8:00 we learned that the toys for the Shriner's Hospital Christmas party were also inside the warehouse. So at 8:00 we had to switch gears again. We shortened my author story, and got in the car to drive out to Creve Coeur to get an interview. We put it together in the car and made it to the warehouse for our 10:00 live shot. During breaking news, you just have to go with the flow, because often times your plan is going to go up in smoke.
The other big question we've had since yesterday, is how can we help?
Right now we are still learning so much about this fire, but here are a few ways you can help.
Happy Friday Eve friends! Usually today is my Friday but I am filling in tomorrow, but that means I have Sunday off, a rare treat! This is going to be a great weekend to witness all the fall colors, we're planning on getting out for a hike on Saturday and then a fun filled weekend of events!
Well it has finally gotten COLD in St. Louis. This week makes me realize just how unprepared for winter I am. I was shivering in my live shot last night so bad! Part of the problem of course is that I'm not dressing warm enough yet. And that is because I have only half way unpacked the winter clothes. But while putting sweaters and scarves and winter things away in closet, I realized some of the clothes from last season aren't exactly fitting... And if I'm being honest, I realized that I have definitely overindulged the last few months. So for the last week I have gotten back onto Weight Watchers. It really worked for me in college and is the best way to eat a more balanced diet. It's not about restrictions but making better choices. And let me tell you this enchilada bowl is making it easy as can be.
The recipe was inspired by this post on Inspiralized (which is for healthy recipes!). I'm obsessed with all things butternut squash lately and as noodles they made a really hearty dish for very few WW points. With black beans, kale and avocado, it all felt very filling. A few days I added some chicken when I wanted a little more protein. But the thing that made the dish was thanks to another favorite food blogger, Gaby of What's Gaby Cooking. I used her smokey chipotle salsa from William Sonoma for the sauce, and it was PERFECT. I didn't love the salsa with chips, but as a sauce it was pretty life changing. You could also make your own enchilada sauce, but this girl does not have the time.
This also reheats really well, so it's perfect to bring for dinner at work. It also taste good at room temp, so on those crazy breaking news filled nights, I can still have a healthy meal and avoid picking up something quick. The biggest part of succeeding for me in getting back to a healthier life style is eating out less. You guys know how much I love to eat out and explore new restaurants so it's a real struggle. But if I can really stick with WW during the week and use the weekends for a few indulgences, I think I will be happier over all. Anyone else working on being a little healthier ahead of the holiday season? I'd love to hear your stories! Thanks for always listening to mine.
Butternut Squash Noodle Enchilada Bowl
Inspired by Inspiralized
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