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Wellegance 2017 Gift Guide

 

Thanksgiving weekend officially began the holiday season and, as such, many of us have begun holiday shopping (or at least we’ve begun to THINK about holiday shopping!?)

Last year, I posted the first “Wellegance Gift Guide,” which was extremely well-received by readers of the blog. After all, the task of holiday shopping is often daunting; time (and patience) tends to be short and the choices can be absolutely overwhelming. Our intentions are good – we want to find the perfect gift for each and every person on our list – but, at times, that task is wrought with stress, frustration and exhaustion.

I’m always appreciative when a trusted friend tips me off to a great gift idea and shares the things that he/she loves to give and/or receive. Now, I hope to be that trusted friend for you. Here are some of my favorite items this year. I’ve sorted them into categories (gifts for the home, cook, traveler, fashionista, etc.) to make it easy for you to navigate.

Of course, you can always peruse this page (which lists all of my “Wellegant Finds”) and last year’s gift guide for additional ideas.

Happy shopping and have a wonderful, Wellegant holiday season!

Karen

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FOR THE FITNESS ENTHUSIAST

 

 

 

 

 

 

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FOR THE TRAVEL LOVER

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Weekly Wellegant Find: UGG Ansley Slippers

 

 

You all know how I feel about my pajamas! And I recently discussed how I’ve committed to “upping” my pajama game. I mean, why not make sure that my loungewear/sleepwear choices reflect the same sense of quality and style with which I select all of my other clothes?

With that in mind, I decided to replace my well-worn, well-loved, fuzzy slippers with a pair that, while being equally warm and cozy, is a bit more (actually, A LOT more!) stylish and well-made.

These Ansley slippers by UGG are made of the classic UGG suede, lined with sheep’s fur. They have a molded rubber sole for indoor or outdoor use, which makes them ideal to wear when going outside to grab the mail or put out the garbage. I’ve seen some people wear them out in public and, while I wouldn’t wear them as shoes, the durable sole makes it possible to do that, if you’re so inclined.

Perhaps they’ll make a nice gift for yourself or someone else this winter 😉

Have a wonderful, Wellegant week,

Karen

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Weekly Wellegant Find: Healthy Humans Insulated Tumbler

Every morning, I head off to work with a green juice or smoothie in this insulated aluminum tumbler by Healthy Humans. In case you haven’t yet heard of the Healthy Humans brand, they make water bottles and tumblers of high quality, eco friendly materials (aluminum). Their products are functional and very well designed.

This tumbler holds 20 ounces (the perfect size for me!), fits perfectly in automobile cup holders and, conveniently, comes with an aluminum straw (as well as a wire brush to clean the straw). It also comes in a variety of fun colors.

I’ve found that the double walled insulation keeps beverages hot or cold for quite a long time. Oh, and they are “powder coated” so they won’t sweat all over your car, desk, and papers (which is SO nice!)

They’re fairly inexpensive at $19.99 and my experience has been that this is a quality product that works well and lasts. I’m certainly putting mine to good use!

Have a wonderful, Wellegant week!

Karen

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Recipe: Quinoa with Shallots, Fresh Herbs and Pine Nuts (GF)

 

I love side dishes like this one that pair well with a variety of meats and veggies, and I especially love extra on hand for lunches and/or dinners throughout the week. Quinoa is a grain that I make frequently, as it’s gluten free and full of protein (as well as fiber and lots of vitamins/minerals). While it’s quite nice plain, I often add veggies, beans, fresh herbs, etc. to jazz it up a bit.

This variation includes shallots, lots of fresh parsley and pine (or pignoli) nuts. I toast the nuts first, which gives them a wonderful nutty flavor and a nice, golden color. In the summer, this quinoa is a perfect base for all kinds of kebabs and at this time of year, I love to serve it with roasted chicken, pork or beef.

Buon Appetit!

Karen

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Quinoa with Shallots, Fresh Herbs and Pine Nuts (GF)

This variation includes shallots, lots of fresh parsley and pine (or pignoli) nuts. I toast the nuts first, which gives them a wonderful nutty flavor and a nice, golden color. In the summer, this quinoa is a perfect base for all kinds of kebabs and grilled meats and fish. At this time of year, I love to serve it with roasted chicken, pork or beef.

Ingredients

  • 3 Tbsp. Pine pignoli nuts
  • 1-2 shallots finely diced
  • 2 Tbsp. Extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup quinoa rinsed
  • 2 cups water or broth chicken or vegetable
  • ¼ tsp. Salt
  • ¼ cup chopped parsley and more for garnish
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Place the pine nuts in a small frying pan over high heat, tossing them frequently until toasted and lightly golden (be sure not to step away from the pan, as they will burn very quickly!). Remove from pan and set aside.
  2. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, place the chopped shallots and the olive oil. Sauté until translucent (approximately 4-5 minutes). When done, add the quinoa and the cooking liquid (water or broth), along with the salt. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low. And cover the pot. Simmer, covered, for 15 minutes.
  3. Remove from the heat and allow quinoa to sit, covered, for 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork and toss in the parsley and the toasted pine nuts. Add pepper to taste and garnish with some more fresh parsley.

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Weekly Wellegant Find: Aurorae Yoga Mat Bag

If you attend yoga classes, you know how much more convenient it is to tote your yoga mat in a bag, as opposed to simply rolling it up and carrying it under your arm. For sanitary reasons, many of us also prefer to bring our own towel, blocks, and blanket. And then there’s the water bottle. It can be an awful lot of stuff to bring to yoga class and my experience has been that few yoga tote bags are large enough to hold all of it.

That’s why I was thrilled to find this Aurorae Yoga Mat Tote Bag! My mom, who also practices yoga, bought one for herself last year. When I saw it, I immediately fell in love with it, so she surprised me with one as a gift (Mothers really are the best!!).

I’ve used it ever since and have never looked back. It’ s large (without being too cumbersome to carry), very well-made, light and it comes in several stylish colors. It even has an outer pocket which is the perfect size for a wallet, cell phone and car keys.

I can’t tell you how many times a fellow yoga student has asked me where I got my bag and then ended up purchasing one for herself. Right now, there are a number of us enjoying our Aurorae bags! If you’re a yogi, I can’t recommend this bag enough.

Namaste,

Karen

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Recipe: Marinated Artichoke Hearts (GF)

When hosting a gathering (big or small), there’s nothing better than a fabulous charcuterie platter and one of the things I love to include on that platter is marinated artichoke hearts.

For years, I’ve bought them; they’re sold in jars and it’s a bit tricky to find ones that are suited to my taste. I find that they’re usually one of two extremes. Either they can be terribly bland or an assault on the tastebuds – loaded with salt and vinegar. So, I decided to try my hand at making my own. The result was fantastic…they were light, fresh and full of flavor.

Try this (very fast, very simple!) recipe once and, I promise you, you will never purchase marinated artichoke hearts again!

Buon Appetit!

Karen

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Marinated Artichoke Hearts

I decided to try my hand at making my own marinated artichoke hearts and the result was fantastic! They were light, fresh and full of flavor. Try this (very fast, very simple!) recipe once and, I promise you, you will never purchase marinated artichoke hearts again!

Ingredients

  • 1 can of artichoke hearts quartered, drained and rinsed
  • 4 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 small lemon zested and then juiced
  • 1 clove of garlic minced
  • ¼ tsp. Sea salt
  • ¼ tsp. Dried Italian Seasoning
  • Pinch of red pepper flakes optional

Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice (approximately 3 Tbsp.), garlic and sea salt. Add the Italian seasoning and red pepper flakes (if desired).
  2. Add artichoke hearts to a small salad bowl. Pour the dressing over them and gently toss to coat.
  3. Cover and refrigerate for at least two hours or overnight.
  4. About 20 minutes before serving, bring to room temperature and sprinkle the lemon zest over top. Taste and adjust salt and pepper, as needed.

Recipe Notes

Serves 4 as an appetizer.

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Weekly Wellegant Find: Pumpkin Pie Gelato by Talenti

Let me begin by saying that this Talenti brand Pumpkin Pie Gelato is, basically, autumn in a bowl!

I love when Fall rolls around and the markets feature all kinds of seasonal treats and “limited edition” flavors. There seems to be display after display of ‘apple-this’ and ‘pumpkin-that’. This gelato was just such a treat that I happened upon this past weekend.

It’s super creamy (as all good gelato is!), with a rich pumpkin and cinnamon flavor.  As if that isn’t fabulous enough, little bits of brown sugar and cinnamon and buttery chunks of pie crust are sprinkled throughout. My daughter and I practically polished off the entire tub in one shot. It’s THAT good!

If you’re looking for yet another way to celebrate this glorious season, this is a ‘Wellegant Find’ worth finding…

Buon Appetit!

Karen

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