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Friday Finds


The Gilded Age


The Gilded Age is a gorgeous series that takes place during the Victorian age in New York. A time when Old money and new money were vying for social power. Created by Julian Fellows who also created Downton Abbey.


Butternut Squash Soup with Coconut Milk

We know you probably already have a recipe for butternut squash soup, but trust us, THIS ONE is better!!

1 tablespoon coconut oil 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 medium onion, chopped 1 tablespoon curry powder pinch cayenne (to taste) salt & pepper to taste 6 cups cubed butternut squash (from about 1 medium squash) 3 1/2 cups broth (vegetable or chicken) 1/2 cup coconut milk lime wedges for serving optional toppings: slivered almonds, cilantro, yogurt, croutons or baguette slices


Add coconut oil and olive oil to a medium soup pot set over medium-low heat. When coconut oil liquefies, turn heat to medium, and saute onions, curry powder, cayenne, salt and pepper. Cook five minutes until onions are soft and spices are toasty.

Add squash and broth and bring to a boil. (The squash should just barely be submerged.) Reduce heat and simmer for 15-20 minutes, until squash is very well cooked, almost mushy. Remove from heat and, using an immersion blender, whirl the soup until it is pureed. (If you don’t have an immersion blender, you can do this in a regular blender, but just make sure the soup has cooled significantly.) It’s ok if the soup is a little thicker than you prefer. Remove from heat and stir in coconut milk. If it’s still too thick, stir in water a tablespoon at a time until it reaches desired consistency.

Serve hot with a squeeze of lime and suggested toppings.

Recipe by Jenny Rosenstrach, from the book The Weekday Vegetarians.


Promenade of Desire: A Barcelona Memoir

By Isidro Mencos

We were given this book by a dear friend who is friends with the author and we can't wait to read it and be transported back to Spain. "Promenade of Desire is a coming of age story set against Spain's sexual and political awakening in a unique and intriguing pairing"- Julia Scheeres, New York Times best selling author of Jesus Land


Updated cool, cowboy boots.

WE love the look of boots with dresses and just about anything else and this season we are seeing a lot of really wearable and cute cowboy boots with a cool, edge to them. Check out Camper (yes, that camper from Spain) for these black knee high boots in the picture.

We also love this shorter, ankle boot style from HEYGANG!

These boots are made to last forever and are a classic that will only get better with age.

These cute Black knee high, pull on boots by Dolce Vita have the perfect stacked heel to walk on during the day (if you're traveling with Lois and Claire) and nice enough to take out to dinner. We think the weight in the sole and the soft black leather give off a strong, sexy vibe...and that works for us!


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