Outfit: Monoco

Thursday, November 21, 2013

When: October 28th, 2013 (Happy birthday, Maija!)

Where: Studio, Errands, etc.

On the opening day of my Monoco Japan sale, I decided to wear a piece from my capsule collection I created just for them. If you missed out on the sale, this sample may soon become available on the American market. Stay tuned.

I love the color and print of this dress. Finding this orange floral fabric in the fashion district downtown was a real gem! To make the print really shine, I utilized some strategic new neutrals. A relaxed denim jacket and winskey booties fall into the backdrop of this look, while my new fave Kate Spade Saturday burnt orange bag highlights the fall tones in my dress without stealing the show.

Can you recognize my backdrop here? It's IKEA! This yellow wall has been one of my favorite places to snap outfit photos, and since we just so happened to be there buying some wedding goodies... I figured, why not!

| Dress: Expect Maternity |
| Jacket: Max and Cleo, via Goodwill |
| Boots: Anthropologie, via Maija! |
| Necklace: Forever 21 |
| Bag: Kate Spade Saturday, birthday gift from Alex! |

Outfit: On the Waterfront

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

When: Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

Where: Boston's Waterfront

Whoa. I have been MIA from the blogging world for almost a month! What a crazy month it has been. Between my trip to Philadelphia and Boston, my birthday, wedding prepping, a sale on Monoco, a trip to Northern California to visit my parents, preparing for Thanksgiving, and considering a career change... It's just been a little too much to squeeze in a blog post as well!

We took these photos the day before my birthday when my family, fiance and future mother-in-law went out to Boston's ICA to check out the latest in modern art, and take in the view. I wore my own modern after self-made faux-leather skirt. Because wearing a full circle leather skirt with an exposed zipper on the front is statement enough, I kept the rest of my outfit simple.

My black tights, boots, and jacket made my basic white tank and crystal necklace pop. This was a great outfit for a gloomy day by the water, but I don't think it'll fly for my next trip to Boston next week! The forecast calls from snow!

| Jacket: BB Dakota |
| Tank: Forever 21 | 
| Skirt: Self Made |
| Tights: Urban Outfitters |
| Boots: White Mountain via TJ Maxx |
| Bag: HOBO, Gift from Mom |
| Necklace: J Crew |

Expect Maternity on Monoco Japan

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

I am so proud to announce that Expect Maternity is now available online via monoco.jp! This Japanese retailer is similar to fab.com in that it offers discounts to its members on their exclusive sales. They feature anything that is designed and I am so honored to be counted amongst all their other curated artists!

Check out http://monoco.jp/sale/expect-maternity/2889 for all the details!

Closet Need: Red Handbags

Saturday, October 12, 2013
A red handbag is the perfect closet staple. A true red color is as quintessentially autumn as the falling leaves, but works equally in the summer when you need to complete a white and blue outfit.

#35 -- A red handbag

1. Kate Spade, $498. How cute is KS's new beau bag? Designed to fit everything in your life while still looking stylish, this is my new drool-worthy purse!

2. Kate Spade Saturday, $170. Saturday is the best thing to happen to me probably ever. I love this slick and sleek cut out handle and streamlined design. And the price can't be beat!

3. MARC by Marc Jacobs, $598. The leather on this satchel looks so soft and buttery. The magnetic closure will prevent me from leaving my bag open all the time (bad habit!), and the two options of handles makes the bag super versatile. 

4. Vince Camuto, $258. This boxy shape is uber classic. Guaranteed to never go out of style, the bright cherry color and gold hardware will surely stand the test of time.

5. Tory Burch, $385. This wallpaper-esque print adds a little extra detail to an otherwise simple design. The triangle shape gives it that doctor's bag effect, while the red straps brighten up the design.

6. Coach, $298. The texture of this leather is so yummy! The zipper on the outside of the bag ensure easy access to my phone at all times!

Closet Need: Boots

Thursday, October 10, 2013
Can we talk about shoes for just one second?

#31 -- Ankle boots
1. Modcloth, $59.99. Okay, I get it. These aren't ankle boots. But how cuuuuuute are they!? So good for fall! Think of the dresses these would go with! All of them!

2. Marc by Marc Jacobs, $448. These babies are pricy, but also? So dreamy... The stars print are très
très amazing! Imagine how many seasons these would last. Forever!

3. DV by Dolce Vita, $39.99 (on sale!). Mint mint mint. It's all the rage this season and I don't think I'll ever tire of this shade. The desert booties look extra comfy too.

4. Kenneth Cole Reaction, $119. This oxblood color is a great new neutral. I love the semi-wedge heel -- a little lift with a lot of comfort.

5. Sam Edelman, $150. I'm dyyyying for a pair of leopard ankle boots! How perfect are these? The black heel really grounds the look and keeps it chic-not-cheap.

6. Dolce Vita, $71.97 (on sale). If you know me at all, you know I'm a sucker for a lucite heel. The contrast between the ultra light chunky heel, and the solid black suede add a surreal effect.

7. Marais USA, $248. What's better than pony hair? Textured pony hair, of course. These 70s vibe little booties are the ultimate in retro fabulious!

8. DV by Dolce Vita, $129. This one is like a mini cowboy boot. And you know I'm country at heart!

Outfit: Two Neutrals

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

When: Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

Where: Wedding Venue Walkthrough, Lunch with my guy.

Today came the first rain of the season, and along with it, the first inklings of fall. With a chill in the air, and puddles on the ground, it was time to break out the tights for the first time in months!

This bunny printed dress utilizes the perfect mix of neutrals, so I based the rest of my outfit around it. Black boots, tights and socks grounded the look, while my oversized bag and cape added a touch of whimsy. I added touches of gold in my necklace, belt, and the hardware on my handbag. This outfit felt the most "put together" I've been in a long time!

| Dress: H&M |
| Cape: Via Spiga via Marshall's |
| Tights and Socks: Walgreens |
| Boots: White Mountain via TJ Maxx |
| Bag: MARC by Marc Jacobs via eBay |
| Belt: ASOS |
| Necklace: Alexis Bittar |

Closet Need: Sunglasses

Tuesday, October 8, 2013
I have one pair of sunglasses and I love them. They are a pair of raybans that I got for a killer deal on Rue La La when I was a senior in college. There are so many new styles out right now, I'm utterly drooling.

#46 -- A couple great pairs of sunglasses

1. Kate Spade Saturday, $50. It's no secret that I'm a huge fan of KS, but when they launched their diffusion collection of more affordable pieces (right in the middle of my year without shopping!), I totally flipped. I LOVE these square sunglasses and for fifty bucks, you can't lose!

2. Raybans, $155. The wayfarer sunglasses I already own are a very similar shape to these club masters. But these are fabulously updated with a marble effect half-frame and eggplant toned arms. Cute!

3. Coach, $148. Um, hi? How amazing are the crystal clear sunnies? You know these will match anything because they're clear for Pete's sake!!

4. Madewell, $44. The sheer opalescent tone of the roundish cat eyes is to dye for! I can just picture myself sporting these on the ski slopes or lounging poolside.

Closet Need: Blazers

Monday, October 7, 2013
So, true: I already own a blazer. It's an ill-fitting grey thing I got used a years ago. I'm probably just about due for a new one. These are my faves.

#14 -- A Neutral Blazer

1. ASOS,  $101. A sequin blazer is a must for me. It's the perfect way to dress up a pair of boyfriend jeans, or cover up a formal dress.
2. Nordstrom, $79.50. I love the subtle print and new neutral of this oxblood colored blazer! I could wear this a hundred different ways.
3. JCrew, $178. A soft and cozy velvet blazer like this one is perfect for fall and winter. In LA, not coat is required, but I wouldn't mind wearing this around town on those 60 degree nights!
4. Anthropologie,  $128. Ugh, I love this one. A sweater knit blazer? That's a need!

Closet Need: Sweaters

Saturday, October 5, 2013
In this next installation of things I do not have in my closet, behold:

#12 -- Cardigans or crew neck sweaters in every color.

While I already posses most of the brights, I'm severely lacking in the white and red departments when it comes to cardigans. These are my two favorites:

1. Target, $22.99. As you may well know, I'm mad for dots! I love this white cardi because it is far from basic, but will go with so many outfits!

2. Modcloth, $34.99. It may seem like I've been knocking the basics lately, but this super simple cherry red button down sweater is picture perfect to me.

Let's talk cozy knits for just one second:

3. JCrew, $168. This falls somewhere between the crew neck in every color (#12) and the chunky sweater (#11) categories. I don't care how you want to classify this sweater -- it's glorious! I'd kill a puppy do anything to have this hanging in my wardrobe.

Oh man, when fall meets flowers, I'm one happy girl:

4. H&M, $9.95. This baby definitely fills my need for a chunky sweater and the price can't be beat!

5. Forever21, $14.80. Okay, so this floral sweatshirt is for kids. So, sue me. It's absolutely adorable. Go order yourself a XL and thank me later.

6. Topshop, $58. If you absolutely insist on buying adult sizes, this moody athletic-meets-girly pull over comes in at a very close second.

Closet Need: White Button Down

Friday, October 4, 2013
Remember that super long post I wrote about things you need in your closet? Well, as it turns out, I, myself, am missing quite a number of those must-have items. This post is a first in a series of my Closet Needs...

#8 -- The Perfect White Button Down

1. Modcloth, $37.99. I like this take on the classic button down. The sheer neckline and short sleeves make it more playful while still maintaining that easy dressing style.

2. JCrew, $148. I'm obsessed with this button down! It stays so true to the original oxford style, but the jeweled neckline really switches up the style. I'd live in this shirt if I owned it!

3. Gap, $49.95. The tiny dots add a little bit of interest to this otherwise basic top, without overwhelming the design.

4. ASOS,  $67.50. This blouse is a little bit out of the box with this cape sleeve, but the clean palette and neat collar keep it from appearing too trendy.

Outfit: Good Jeans

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

When: Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

Where: Studio

I'll let you in on a little secret: these jeans are new. Whoops. I skirted my year long no shopping challenge by having Alex buy them for me. He's so sweet. (I did have to do a few extra chores for them though.) I really need a pair of jeans in my closet with a bit more of a relaxed fit for fall, and when we wound up in the Gap Factory Store earlier this week, I jumped at the opportunity.

It never seems to be the season I want it to be here in LA. When fashion week rolls past, pumpkin flavored everything hits the shelves, and every other fashion blogger on the earth is cuddling into fur vests, cozy leggings, and knee high boots, I really want to jump on the fall trends too! Unfortunately for me, the temperature is still hovering in the high 80s and it still feels like summer. To get in the spirit of things, I opted for light fabrics in autumnal colors. This striped tee is the ultimate in fall wears. Burnt orange, navy, scrunched sleeves, and a classic cut just ache to be taken to the pumpkin patch! 

I don't often wear this necklace out. I got it when I worked at Alexis Bittar with some employee points I had accumulated, and I love it! It's the end all be all in statement necklaces with its clear lucite, gold chains, crystals and gems! I decided to wear it with a casual outfit to avoid looking like I was heading to a ball. I hope I get to wear it again with an even more fall appropriate outfit!

| Tee and Jeans: Gap | 
| Shoes: Elizabeth and James | 
| Necklace: Alexis Bittar | 
| Watch: MARC by Marc Jacobs |

Outfit: Mad for Plaid

Saturday, September 28, 2013

When: Thursday, September 26th, 2013

Where: Malibu Beaches with Alex

Alex and I have been working our butts off at your respective businesses, working for each other at those businesses, and  planning a wedding. We finally had a morning off and decided to take the half day and head to the beach. 

Fall has come but apparently Los Angeles didn't get the message. Not that I'm complaining -- heading to the beach at the end of September is amazing -- but I could really use a cool breeze, a cup of cider, and a pumpkin muffin right about now. To get me in the fall mood, I tuned in once again to the Coast to Coast Challenge. As one of my fellow instagrammers noted, it's like having your mom pick out your outfit in the morning. The theme of the day was plaid, which I could not be more thrilled about!

This printed plaid dress is one of my closet favorites. I was so thrilled when my look appeared on the Coast to Coast site again! Good to know the world loves this dress as much as I do. I topped off one print with another, as I am want to do. I love this polka dot blazer -- it is light enough for these faux fall days when you want more coverage, but don't want to sweat that comes with it. I finished off the look with yet another print: leopard! Something about that animal print really screams Autumn to me. I'm so looking forward to heading out east next month! Hopefully I'll get to wear some layers and see some fall colors, too!

| Jacket: Soto Sherman Oaks |
| Shoes: Rocketdog via Marshalls |
| Bag: Vintage Coach :: Similar |
| Necklace: Kate Spade |

Closet Staples

Friday, September 27, 2013

1. Two pairs of skinny jeans. One in a dark wash and one in a light.
     These are great go-to pieces for almost anything! Wear them casual on weekends, dress them up for a date, style them professionally for work.

2. A pair of printed pants.
     Printed pants have all the appeal of comfortable sweatpants, with a little something extra. Perfect for those lazy days when you want to wear jeans and a tee, but with a little oomph!

3. A nice pair of trousers.
    Every girl should own a real pair of pants -- something professional and polished. These don't have to be stuffy, but should be in a neutral color like grey or navy, and fit properly.

4. A maxi skirt.
    I can't say enough about maxis! Perfect for those summer days when you forget to shave your legs, or for those crisp fall days when you want to feel cozy. The right maxi will make you feel breezy and free while looking oh so chic.

5. A pencil skirt.
     Seriously. Get a few of them -- they go with everything and always help to pull an outfit together.

6. A circle skirt.
     This fun, flirty style is super classic. Made for swing dancing in, a full circle skirt will put you in the happiest of moods!

7. A romper.
    Not really bottoms, or a top, but both! Just get one and you'll see why I love them so much!

8. A white button down shirt.
     This doesn't have to be plain and boring! Pick one with some interest, but classic enough to stand the test of time.

9. A clean white and black tee.
     Two basic tees in two basic colors are indispensable! You will wear them with everything, all the time.

10. A peplum top.
     This may sound trendy, but a peplum really dresses up what might otherwise be a basic tank. There are so many ways to style a peplum top, you could wear it every day of the week, easily.

11. A chunky sweater.
     A nice, cozy, thick sweater is great in the fall and winter. Pick a neutral color and you'll be able to wear it with many different outfits.

12. Cardigans or crew neck sweaters in every color.
    I love layering a cardigan over a dress for a bit more coverage and warmth, plus they complete and outfit so perfectly! The same goes for crew necks. You'll want one in every color to go with every single one of your outfits.

13. A sheer black button down.
    I actually own two of these -- a sleeveless and a long sleeve version. I layer them under sweaters and dresses with the collar sticking out, over tanks, and tuck them into skirts and jeans. Honestly, one of the most versatile items in my closet, once you have one you won't know what you ever did with out it!

14. A neutral blazer.
    Black or grey are my favorites. You can pick classic suiting fabrics, but I love a jersey one. It feels like a sweater, but looks so polished!

15. A leather jacket.
    Leather doesn't always have to be black. Pick a fun color to stand out, or a different neutral like beige, blush, grey, oxblood, etc. Mine is forest green and I love it!

16. A jean jacket.
    Denim is great for all seasons. If you'd wear it on your legs, why not wear it on your back?

17. A cute winter coat.
    Especially if you live in a cold climate, having a fun winter coat will brighten up your whole look. Choose one in a unique color, or with an oversized collar or fun buttons. You're going to wear this piece a lot, so make sure it's not boring!

18. LBD. LWD.
    The Little Black dress is an obviously closet go-to, but I think a Little White Dress is just as important! Having a dress in a basic color that you can style many different ways can be a life saver on those days when there is "nothing to wear" and your running late.

19. An easy day dress.
    I am the biggest dress proponent. I have almost 200 different day dresses -- I basically live in them! Having at least one that you can throw on and go is great.

21. A maxi dress.
    See above for my maxi skirt recommendation. The same goes here... You can live in a maxi dress! It's a one piece outfit! A slouchy one in heather grey will go for miles!

22. The going out dress.
    Go crazy. This dress should make you feel amazing! Pick prints, cutouts, lace, sequins... anything that makes you feel like a dancing queen.

23. A classic swimsuit.
    I might have a slight swimsuit addiction, but if I could only have one, I would choose a strapless maillot with some ruching and possibly a floral print.
24. Pumps in black and nude.
      Once again, you'll wear these all the time. You just will. 

25. Black ballet flat.
    I live in my black flats. They are comfortable, go with everything, and I can slip into them in a second!

26. Cute sneakers like keds.
    I love the look of casual sneakers with a dress. A canvas shoe looks great with jeans, too.

27. Pop of color shoe.
    These shoes should be fun! A red wedge would be fab!

28. Cute, almost dressy sandal.
    Let me emphasize that flip flops do not count.

29. Comfortable wedges.
     Wedges are a great alternative to a true heel. When you want the height and dressy effect without the pain, a wedge is a great substitute.

30. Over the knee boots.
     Get a flat pair and wear these all winter with tights, leggings, dresses, jeans... everything!

31. Ankle boots.
      Especially hot right now, ankle boots can be born any time of the year. A leopard print boot is always cute!

32. A black one and a nude one that will fit at your hips and at your waist.
     I. love. belts. I could wear one with every single outfit. They define your shape and keep your pants up at the same time!

33. A red belt.
      You'd be amazed how often you'll wear this.

34. A black crossbody.
     Great for traveling, or a night out at the club, it should be big enough to hold your wallet, phone, keys and a tube of lipstick, but small enough to remain light.

35. A red handbag.
     Wear this with an all black outfit and watch heads turn!

36. A nude tote that will fit your laptop, etc.
    Try to find one that is slightly utilitarian, but still stylish. It's always great to have a bag that can carry all your crap without looking crappy.

37. A printed or textured bag.
     Having a unique bag to switch out from your regular one will brighten any look.

38. Tiny going out bag like a clutch.
    For those times you want to carry hardly anything. Get a fun one with sparkle or interesting hardware. A wrist strap is always a plus.

40. A perfect watch.
     I can not function without a watch. Finding a color neutral one makes it possible to wear mine every day.

41. Everyday stud earrings.
     Diamonds or pearls are great, but my favorite are labradorite!

42. Simple charm necklace.
     A great little gold charm adds just enough interest to an outfit without going overboard.

43. Stackable bracelets.
     You'll want a few of these to mix and match.

44. Thin rings.
     Wear them all on one finger, or spread them out across your hand, a simple stack of rings can really make an impact.

45. Statement necklace.
     Big, sparkly necklaces are so the norm now, they should hardly be called a 'statement' necklace! Get one and wear it all the time.

46. A couple great pairs of sunglasses.
    Pick a pair that's right for your face and then get a variation on that just for fun. Protect your eyes!


47. Nude underwear that match your flesh tone.
     I wish I only had nude underwear in my drawer! These should be invisible even under the sheerest white pants.

48. A nude strapless bra.
    See above. No one wants to see your neon green bra at a formal event.

49. A multiway bra.
     NuBra is a stick on bra that make it possible to wear even the lowest backed dresses. Finding a bra with removable straps that can attach in different ways is also a plus.

50. Bombshell lingerie.
    Just a little something to make you feel amazing!

Outfit: Bold Eclectic

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

When: Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

Where: Studio, Errands

As I mentioned in a previous post, the Coast to Coast Challenge has really helped inspire me to dress my best lately. Yesterday's jumping off point was Marc Jacob's bold eclectic style. As a long time MJ fan, I was super pumped about this challenge, and I'm even more excited to announce that I made it on the C2C page today! I am so thrilled to see my photo up there! Skip over there to see the other amazing looks that made the cut!

One thing that I've always loved about Marc Jacobs' designs is the unique mixing of prints and fearless use of color. I don't always dress so boldly, but it felt great to step out in bright summer colors that I layered for fall.

While it still feels like summer here in LA, I am itching to slip into sweaters and tights. Because it was still too hot for that, layering a high-low hemmed dress over a button down shirt at least gave me that fallish feeling. I'm really starting to look forward to my trip to Boston this October! Can't wait to actually dress for the weather!

Shirt and Necklace: Forever 21 | Dress: Urban Outfitters | Shoes: Elizabeth and James via Marshall's Rings: Soto Sherman Oaks | Watch: MARC by Marc Jacobs

Outfit: The Wedding Planner

Thursday, September 12, 2013

When: Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

Where: Our wedding venue!

This week, wedding planning has kicked into high gear. We picked a wedding planner to help us out, blocked off hotel rooms, all the while I've been furiously working on my wedding dress and bridesmaid dresses. Once a month, our wedding venue hosts a little mixer. We stopped by for drinks and appetizers and to see the place lit up at night. It was such a fun opportunity to get dressed up, and even though Alex and I were pretty overdressed for the occasion, we had a great time feeling glammed up and imagining what our wedding day will be like.

I brought out this beautiful Rebecca Taylor and curled my freshly colored hair to celebrate. Wearing these high heels for the two hours we were there, however, made me realize that I'm definitely going to need to change out of my wedding heels into flats at some point on the wedding night.

Dress: Rebecca Taylor | Belt: H&M | Shoes: Pablo Garcia | Bag: MARC by Marc Jacobs

Rosh Hashana for Two

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

I do love a good holiday! I love Alex even more for being Jewish because that means I get double the holidays (or probably even more)! My favorite part of holidays is celebrating with food! Even though we aren't religious at all and I generally don't understand the meaning of most Jewish holidays, I really enjoy embracing the flavors!

I am really guilty of cooking for a crowd even when it's just us two -- so I've put together my favorite Rosh Hashana recipes that will feed two people, and -- let's be honest -- provide some leftovers. I just can't help myself!

Below you'll find recipes for: Brisket, Hamentaschen, Challah Bread, Matzo Ball Soup, and my favorite Jewish holiday self-made tradition, Mangochewitz. Yum yum!

If you're going to be doing all of your Rosh Hashana cooking in one night, I would start with the brisket because that hunk of meat needs to cook for hours!

3 lbs of brisket
salt and pepper
Oil for cooking
1 medium yellow onion, sliced
3 cloves of garlic, minced
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1/3 cup ketchup
3/4 cup water

1. Cover the brisket liberally with salt and pepper.

2. Heat a pan to medium high heat with oil. Brown all sides of brisket, about 2 minutes each side.

3. Remove brisket from pan and place in crockpot. Add onions and garlic to pan and cook until barely browned.

4. Add remaining ingredients to pan and stir to combine.

5. Pour sauce over brisket into crockpot. Set on high and cook for 2 hours, or until meat is soft. Serve with mashed potatoes and broccoli.

Next, I would recommend starting with the Hamentaschen because the dough needs to chill as long as possible.

1/2 cup canola oil
1/2 cup orange juice
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
3 eggs
1 cup sugar
4 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
3 teaspoons baking powder
jams and fillings of your choice (I used seedless strawberry jam, apricot preserves, and nutella)

1. Preheat oven to 350.

2. In a stand mixer, cream together oil, juice, butter, eggs and sugar. Once it has come together, add flour, salt, and baking powder. Mix to combine.

3. Remove dough and wrap in plastic wrap. Place in freezer. Allow to chill for at least an hour. While you're waiting, you can start working on your challah!

4. Once the dough is chilled, remove and divide into 4 equal parts. Roll out on a WELL floured board to about 1/2 inch thickness. Using a small bowl, cut out 3 inch rounds. Place on a parchment paper lined baking sheet and fill with about 2 tablespoons of your favorite filling. Pinch three corners together.
5. Bake for about 15 minutes. Let cool and enjoy!

Yields about 24 cookies. (I know, that's way more than two people can eat!)

 I love this challah recipe because I've modified it to only need kneading once! So easy!

3/4 cups warm water
1 teaspoon active dry yeast
3 tablespoons honey
1 1/2 tablespoon oil
2 eggs
1 teaspoon salt
2 1/3 cup flour

1. Heat the oven to 375.

2. Pour the warm water into the bowl of a stand mixer, and sprinkle the yeast on top. Let sit for about a minute.

3. Beat in honey, oil, 1 egg, and salt.

4. Add the flour in one cup at a time and mix until combined.

5. On a well floured work surface, knead dough until it is no longer sticky, add flour as necessary.

6. Place dough in a greased bowl and let rise for about an hour or until doubled in size.

7. Punch down dough and divide into two equal pieces. Split each piece into three pieces and roll into tubes. Braid the dough and them form it into a ring. Repeat for other half.

8. Place on a greased baking sheet. Beat the second egg and brush a little onto the top of each loaf. Bake for about 30 minutes or until just golden brown.

Yields two 6 inch round loaves.


1/2 cup matzo meal
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon parsley
2 eggs
1 tablespoon oil (or rendered chicken fat!!)

6 cups chicken stock
1 chicken breast, cubed
1 carrot, sliced into half-inch pieces
2 stalks of celery, sliced into half-inch pieces
1 parsnip, sliced into half-inch pieces

1. Combine first six ingredients and put in the refrigerator to chill.

2. Put last five ingredients into a medium sized pot. Boil until chicken is cooked through.

3. Take chill mix out of the fridge and form into 1 inch balls. Drop into boiling soup, and -- very important!! -- cover and keep covered for 20 minutes. This will insure that the matzo balls come out fluffy and light!

4. Ladle into bowls and enjoy!

1 part mango lemonade
1 part gin
3 parts manichewitz kosher wine

1. Put all that stuff in a glass over ice. Garnish with an orange. Drink responsibly.

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