Whipping up a WITTY menu!

September 15, 2008

If you’re a WIT that likes to cook than I certainly have a culinary treat for you!

The absolute best cook book around is that of California Fresh Harvest: A Seasonal Journey through Northern California.

Compiled by the Junior League of Oakland, this book embraces what fresh cooking is all about. In-season ingredients make up the recipes in each of the four sections of the book- each attributed to one of the four seasons. Winter brings warm and cozy comfort foods while Summer offers recipes like strawberry shortcake and lemon curd scones.

Every recipe will make your mouth water and are bound to impress your guests. The grilled corn & goat cheese enchiladas are my favorite and the roasted herb potatoes are a staple in my kitchen. My girlfriends and I have had so much fun finding new favorites amidst the mouth-watering and gorgeous recipes in this book.

So if you don’t already have one, go out and buy a darling apron from Anthropologie and begin cooking up a storm. This book is guaranteed to help you put together the perfect, most witty menu!

photos courtesy of Amazon.com & America’s Heartland

SHOP MY FAVORITES

I Heart Brunch

September 14, 2008

Ask me what my favorite things are and “Brunch” will rank right up near the top. I absolutely love brunch. Not just because it includes belgian waffles with gorgeous red strawberries or delicious scrambeled, cheesy eggs, crunch granola with fresh fruit or scrumptious breakfast pastries, but also because of the culture around brunch. It’s just so WITty!

My weekends don’t feel complete unless I’ve woken up on Saturday or Sunday, readied myself and then head out the door to a brunch favorite in various neighborhoods surrounding my apartment. Sometimes I meet up with a friend I haven’t seen in a while, but oftentimes my girlfriends and I sit ourselves down over lattes and relive the evening before’s activities, stories and often ridiculous times had. The sun, the food, the coversation- it’s all such a wonderful and timeless tradition. It’s why I love brunch so much. It’s the perfect opportunity to start your day right and start it early (well, early sometimes when hangovers are not an issue!).

A WITs weekend is not complete without brunch. Pick a favorite, fill that glass with a mimosa, a bloody or a coffee and start loving the fabulousness that is weekend brunch. Mmm!

photo courtesy of Real Simple

Mini Guide to: Beauty Sleep

September 10, 2008

I’ll come right out and say it: A WIT needs her beauty sleep. While some of you may believe this entails little nighties, satin sheets or a plush eye covering, in the end that’s not what will really get you falling asleep and – more importantly – staying asleep.

If you’re a WIT that has trouble getting to sleep like I do, here are some pointers, courtesy of The Today Show and their guests, for getting a good night’s sleep (modified slightly).

Relax, relax, relax. By exercising during the day — but not too close to bedtime — you’ll likely have an easier time relaxing at night. Relaxation tapes and techniques also may help.

Who’s that sleeping in your bed? If you’re spending every night with the bf or have any pets that sleep in bed with you, this could be contributing to your sleep problems in a big way. Decide whether it’s time to reassess the situation.

Monitor your habits. Consumer Reports says these habits could affect your ability to sleep at night: long or late-day naps; watching TV in bed; drinking alcohol or caffeinated beverages close to bedtime; eating large meals at night; and varying your bedtime and wake-up times throughout the week.

photo courtesy of Real Simple