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Recipe: Mesclun Salad with Pear and Gorgonzola (GF)

This salad has become my new “go-to.” I served it at Thanksgiving dinner and it was such a hit that I ended up bringing it to Christmas dinner, as well. And I’ve made it twice since then. Yup, when something works, I stick with it!

The tender leaves of the mesclun are the perfect base for slivers of Bosc pear, sweet onion, Gorgonzola cheese and crunchy pecans. It’s all dressed in a basic balsamic vinaigrette – super easy to put together and a very elegant start to almost any meal.

I prefer Gorgonzola to Bleu cheese because Gorgonzola is a bit less pungent, but you can certainly substitute Bleu, if you’d like. Same for the pear – I like Bosc, but any other variety may be used. It’s the combination of the pear’s sweetness and the sharpness of the cheese that’s just fantastic! And it looks so pretty on the plate that it’s a great one to keep in mind when you’re entertaining. Below is the recipe.

Buon Appetit!

Karen

Mesclun Salad with Pear and Gorgonzola Cheese

The tender leaves of the mesclun are the perfect base for slivers of Bosc pear, sweet onion, Gorgonzola cheese and crunchy pecans. It’s all dressed in a basic balsamic vinaigrette - super easy to put together and a very elegant start to almost any meal.

Ingredients

  • 1 5 ounce box of mesclun lettuce
  • 1 ripe Bosc pear sliced
  • ½ sweet onion thinly sliced
  • ½ cup Gorgonzola cheese crumbled
  • 1 cup pecan halves
  • cup balsamic vinegar
  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. In a large salad bowl, place the first five ingredients and toss to combine and set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the balsamic vinegar and olive oil. Stir well and add desired amount of salt and pepper.
  3. Pour dressing over the salad and give it another toss. Serve immediately.

Recipe Notes

Serves 8-10.

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Weekly Wellegant Find: MAC ‘Velvet Teddy’ Lipstick

I love the idea of a nude lip but, as someone with very fair skin, I often struggle to find a shade that works for me. There’s a wide range of shades under the category of ‘nude’. Some are very light and can make the complexion appear washed out. Others are too dark, too orange, too brown…you get the idea.

In my opinion, what makes a great nude is a shade that offers just a bit more color than one’s natural lips and works well with many other color palettes. I found just such a shade in MAC’s “Velvet Teddy” lipstick.

For one thing the color is spot on – it is neither too brown, too orange nor too pink. It enhances the lips without offering too much color or competing with the eyes (makeup artists advise going for a bold eye and a nude lip OR a bold lip and a neutral eye…one or the other, but not both). Several friends of mine use this color and, although we all have very different skin tones, it seems to look beautiful on every complexion.

The other thing that I love about this lipstick is the texture. It’s creamy, it goes on smoothly and it blends well. At this time of year, when lips tend to be chapped, the last thing we need is a lipstick that feels like it cakes onto the lips and creates more dryness (as so many of the long wearing lipsticks tend to do). My experience has been that this lipstick lasts a good long while. In fact, it lasts most of the day – through meals, etc. – but the creamy texture keeps my lips soft and prevents them from drying out. 

If you like a nude lip, make sure to check this one out.

Pucker up, my lovelies!

xoxo,

Karen

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Weekly Wellegant Find: Day Designer Planner

It seems to me that there are two distinctive groups of people: those who love a planner and wonder whether they can live without one – and – those who find the very thought of a planner to be tedious and boring. I most definitely fall into the former category.

I’m a goal-oriented person and I love the process of looking at my day/week/month/year and planning how I will use my time. On the one hand, I have a lot to do and this process helps me to figure out how it will all get done. On the other hand, I love the sense of anticipation that I feel when I look forward to the things that I’ll be doing.

But, perhaps most importantly, seeing my time mapped out in front of me helps me to be very intentional about how I spend it. After all, our time and energy are our most precious resources. If we’re serious about our commitment to living well, we must make conscious choices about how we’re investing these resources. And my planner gives me a sense of whether my life is balanced and, if it’s not, it provides me the opportunity to bring in whatever is lacking. Too much work and not enough fun? I can plan a lunch date with a friend. Not enough exercise? I’ll pencil in a fitness class or allot time for a walk. Burning the candle at both ends? I can make sure to schedule some time for self-care – a massage or a manicure, for example.

Now, I realize that some people believe that this type of planning takes the spontaneity out of life and that it results in a series of boring routines. I completely respect the fact that we’re all different and how one manages their time is extremely personal; by all means, if you don’t find a planner helpful or life-enhancing, don’t bother with it. But, that hasn’t been my experience. For me, using a planner gives me a sense of security (I know I won’t forget anything important that needs to get done), balance and excitement for the future.

Over the years, I’ve used a bunch of paper planners (and some electronic ones) and this Day Designer has been my favorite one for a couple of years now. They come in lots of fun colors and patterns, they’re a great size and the page layout offers lots of space for daily/weekly appointments, to do lists, notes, and reminders. The company also offers some great planning pages, a blog that’s full of time management tips, and other resources at their website, www.daydesigner.com.

If you’re looking for a system to plan the beautiful new year that’s stretched out in front of us, you may wish to check it out.

However you manage your time, I wish you a new year that’s full of everything that you desire. May 2018 bring much health, joy, peace and love!

Buon Annee!

Karen

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2017 Roundup: Top 5 Wellegant Finds

In the Weekly Wellegant Find post, I try to pass along to you my favorite finds – the things that help me to live ‘wellegantly’.  I find that the best product recommendations I’ve gotten have come from friends who know me well and know what I love.

As a reader of Wellegance, I feel as if we’re kindred spirits, committed to living a healthy lifestyle and bringing simplicity, peace and positivity to each day. I hope to be that trusted friend to you, letting you in on the little ‘finds’ that enhance my life. In some cases, that might be a kitchen tool, a home decor item, an article of clothing, fashion accessory, etc.

Based on feedback from readers, here are the Top 5 Weekly Wellegant Finds during 2017. I’m so glad you’ve enjoyed them and I’ll keep passing them along in 2018!

xoxo,

Karen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Weekly Wellegant Find: AeroLatte Milk Frother

 

Earlier this week, I posted a recipe for a wonderful hot beverage called the “London Fog,” which combines tea and steamed milk (cappuccino-style). Now, while some people may have a cappuccino maker or some other method to froth milk, I (as a tea drinker) don’t have any of those machines. Instead, I purchased this handheld AeroLatte milk frother and it’s been a great, space efficient alternative.

It runs on two AA batteries and works beautifully, especially for a single serving. It’s easy to use (you, literally, just push a button) and easy to clean (just run it under hot water).

I like to froth the milk and then heat it in the microwave for a minute to steam it before adding it to the “London Fog” (or coffee, in the case of a cappuccino).

While I generally try not to accumulate a lot of kitchen gadgets (this is not easy, when you love to cook as much as I do!?), I’ve found this one to be a useful little gadget to have on hand. And I’ve been using it quite frequently to make this very Wellegant drink 😉

Hope you’re having a lovely week,

Karen

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Recipe: The ‘London Fog’

In my mind, there are a few things that just seem to be synonymous with winter – a roaring fire in the fireplace, fuzzy slippers, a pot of soup on the stovetop and a steaming hot beverage. My hot beverage of choice happens to be tea and I love it so much that I actually have an entire shelf in my cupboard devoted to storing all of the teas that I enjoy. So I was thrilled when a friend introduced me to a decadent tea drink – the “London Fog” – that’s a cross between a cup of tea and a cappuccino.

The base of the “London Fog” is a cup of Earl Grey tea (which is, of course, ubiquitous in London…hence, the name). The tea is spiced up with cinnamon, honey and vanilla and then topped with a generous helping of steamed milk and a sprinkle of cinnamon on top. While it looks just like a cappuccino, the flavor is so much more delicate.

It’s super easy to make, especially if you’ve got one of these handheld milk frothers. I like to prepare the tea in one cup and froth the milk in another. Then, once the milk is frothed, I pop it into the microwave for a minute to heat it up. The whole thing takes only minutes to prepare and it’s so comforting and satisfying that it almost feels like a dessert!

I hope that, during this busy time of year, you take some time to relax and indulge yourself.

Cheers!

Karen

London Fog

The base of the “London Fog” is a cup of Earl Grey tea (which is, of course, ubiquitous in London...hence, the name). The tea is spiced up with cinnamon, honey and vanilla and then topped with a generous helping of steamed milk and a sprinkle of cinnamon on top. While it looks just like a cappuccino, the flavor is so much more delicate. Cheers!
Servings 1

Ingredients

  • 1 bag of Earl Grey tea
  • A drop or two of pure vanilla extract
  • 8-10 oz. boiling water
  • 3 Tbsp. milk skim milk gives you the best froth
  • Sweetener of choice Sugar/Honey/Stevia, to taste
  • A sprinkle of ground cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Steep the Earl Grey tea bag in boiling water for 4 minutes. While tea is steeping, froth the milk in another mug (I use the AeroLatte milk frother). Once the milk is frothed to desired consistency, place in the microwave for approximately 30-60 seconds to steam.
  2. Add vanilla extract and sweetener and stir to combine. Place steamed milk on top of the tea (do not stir). Sprinkle cinnamon over top and enjoy.

Recipe Notes

Serves 1.

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Weekly Wellegant Find: Crate and Barrel Large Glass Hurricane

As I shared in a recent newsletter, I’ve been making an effort to simplify during the holiday season in order to allow for more enjoyment and less overwhelm (and if you’re not yet a Newsletter subscriber, you can sign up here). One of the things I’ve done in the last several years is scale back quite a bit on my holiday decorations (both indoor and outdoor). When my kids were younger, i felt compelled to decorate practically every room of the house – I kid you not!

In addition to the Christmas tree, I put out everything from holiday hand towels and candles in the bathroom, to music boxes and little figurines in the living room, to fancy holiday mugs in the kitchen. I mean, it was Christmas Central over here!?! While the kids got a kick out of it, it was a LOT of work to put up and take down. And, if I’m honest, the house felt cluttered and “fussy” throughout the month of December. So much so, that I actually couldn’t wait to get those decorations down and often did so before New Year’s Day.

Now that my kids are older (and I’m wiser about what I want/need in order to fully enjoy the holiday season), I no longer approach holiday decorations in the same way. I continue to put up a fairly large Christmas tree, but all of the other decor items are carefully chosen to add a bit of holiday cheer without crowding the space or making it look gaudy. Simple and classy is what I strive for – in Christmas decorations and everything else 😉

One of the decorations that I love most is a large glass hurricane that I fill with Christmas ball ornaments. I stick to just a few colors – red, gold and silver (if you follow me on Instagram, you can find a photo of it here). My sister-in-law has one and fills it with blue and silver ball ornaments for Hanukkah. It looks so elegant and can be moved from one table to another, as needed.

This one by Crate and Barrel isn’t the exact one that I have, but it’s a very close facsimile. I love the size and the pedestal base. And don’t forget that you can change it up throughout the year – you can fill it with mini pumpkins or gourds in the fall, a beautiful candle during the winter months, I’ve even filled mine with fresh lemons and limes for a colorful, summertime look. It offers lots of creative possibilities.

If you pick one up, I’d love to see how you incorporate it into your decor. Please be sure to post a photo and tag me!

Here’s to a Wellegant holiday season!

xo,

Karen

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