1. I never shared this on my blog before (I plan to one day!), but last year I was confirmed in the Catholic Church. I had so much support from friends and family and have enjoyed every minute since beginning RCIA (basically adult church school, ha) through confirmation until now. I was so excited when my bestie Jenna showed me this Lent journal from Blessed Is She. Each day has scripture, essays, and a call-to-action for your journal space.
Did you give up anything for Lent? I gave up mindless eating…or, in other words, I’m focusing on mindful eating. Read about why on my instagram post.
2. Annnd of course just days before Lent I discover these suckers. (Pun intended.) The YumEarth lollipops are so good and luckily not filled with crap. Only 70 calories for 3 and because they’re made with fruit juices, you get your daily dose of Vitamin C.
3. If you’re in the Boston area, check out The WELL Summit Day of Wellness on March 18th. A day of healthy food, juices and learning about ayurveda, meditation, nutrition, fitness, building a wellness business and more. Come with me! If you’re interested in going, save 15% off your ticket with code HMH15. And let me know if you are going!
4. Way late to the television game, as usual, I just binge watched Broad City on Hulu. If you’re in need of some humor, do yourself a favor and turn this on ASAP. I can’t even tell you how many times I laughed out loud at the sheer ridiculousness of this show.
There’s something about spring that makes me fall in love with embroidery all over again. It gives clothing the most delicate, feminine feel. And I love how an embroidered piece really brings an outfit together.
Let me tell you something I’ve told you many, many times. I love beets. Beets on their own, beets with cheese, beets in a salad…you name it, I’m a fan. I realize I’m one of few who actually enjoys this funky root vegetable, and that’s quite alright. I get them any time I see them on a menu so I’m pretty confident about what they pair well with. And this salad has all the right elements to turn anyone into a beet loving fool like me.
It’s sweet, savory, earthy, tart, and creamy. Flavors all over the place.
Roasted Beet and Citrus Salad With Ricotta and Pistachios
2 pounds beets
1/4 cup olive oil
1 grapefruit, cut into wedges
1 orange, cut into wedges
2 sprigs thyme or rosemary
salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup toasted shelled pistachios
2 tbsp. juice from 1 lemon
1 small shallot
1 tablespoon honey
1/2 cup part-skim ricotta
Preheat oven to 375°F. Toss beets with 2 tbsp. of olive oil, salt, and pepper. Wrap in tin foil, crimping edge to seal. Place on a baking sheet and roast for 1 1/2 hours or until completely tender. Remove from oven and let cool. Once beets have cooled, peel skin under running water, then cut into 1/2-inch slices
Roughly chop pistachios and set aside. Remove thyme leaves from stem and finely chop. Peel shallot and mince.
Add 2 tbsp. olive oil, lemon juice, shallot, half of the minced thyme, and honey to a bowl. Whisk to combine. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
To Serve: Toss beets, grapefruit, and orange with vinaigrette in a large bowl. Spread ricotta over a plate, place dressed beets and citrus on top, and sprinkle with pistachios and remaining thyme.
1. Cadbury MiniEggs are my favorite candy of all time. Always have been, always will. I stress the minis because the original eggs creep me out. But have you seeeeeen the flavor that came out this year? Chocolate Crunch and Creme! They’re a Target exclusive, so speed your way over to your local store.
2. Have you guys seen Bravo’s Imposters? My friend Jess introduced me to the show and it is SO good! It’s only 3 episodes in — and they’re all online — so catch up this weekend!
3. I find myself dropping dollars way easier on skincare in my 30s, but that doesn’t mean I always go for the pricy products. These TonyMoly masks are my new jam and they’re only a buck a piece! I buy mine on Amazon where they’re the cheapest there, vs Ulta’s price tag of $3.75 each (rude). I love that the multi-pack has a mask for a variety of issues: hydration, vitailty, elasticity, etc. Maybe I’m a sucker for packaging, but how cute is the avocado mask?
4. Not sure why I’m semi fascinated by this, but plug in your last name and you can find out the distribution of your ancestors in the US. The bulk of my people are/were in IL, AL, PA, NY, and MA. I can just imagine the concentration of Orsos in Italy…
5. I shared this on my instagram last week, but it’s worth sharing here too. In Winchester, a town near my office, someone decorated this tree full of hearts. The happiest tree I’ve ever seen. Keep spreading the love, my friends!