Thanksgiving Menu, GF Edition

Planning a holiday menu while taking into consideration the special diet concerns of each guest along with remembering everyone’s favorites can make a girl dizzy! Dizzy dizzy. Maybe even cranky. We simply can’t have it.

Maybe you are hosting the big day this year? Maybe you’re a guest and want to contribute. You’re gluten free but your host isn’t? Your guests are gluten free but you aren’t?  Fear not. I’ve been pinning Thanksgiving options like mad. Here are a few that look especially marvelous, for those eating gluten-free or not. We’ll start with my 1 of my 2 favorite Thanksgiving categories: Side dishes. I could skip the turkey altogether and just feast on side dishes. Happily. And every one of these possibilities has plenty of wow factor.

 Udi’s Stuffing

 Baked Butternut Squash with Parmesan & Sage

   Roasted Parmesan Green Beans

 

Here’s a tip: just don’t tell any skeptical kinfolk it’s “special” or “vegan” or “gluten-free” and they won’t notice anything but the delicious.

I’m a leader in the Udi’s Gluten Free community, a great place to learn more about life without gluten. Live chats, recipes,

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Kimberly

...by day, making a home where the buffalo roam. By night, pretty much the same thing, punctuated by the occasional fantasies of sunny beaches, italian movies and sparkling lemonade.

Trip to Paris France for my birthday

Paris, France yo.  That’s what my friend Heather is here to tell us all about today, because Heather (lucky girl!) took a trip to Paris, France for her 24th birthday.  Heather has traveled a lot and is here to share a little bit about the travel bug.  (note from Allison)

In 2007 my aunt and I took a long weekend trip to Paris, France for my 24th birthday. It was lovely as ever and Paris, being Paris. It was exactly as advertised: The women were chic the clothes made me drool and I had no qualms about purchasing ridiculously expensive Parisian tights because then I could go home and be all, “Oh, you like these tights? Yeah, they’re from PARIS. FRANCE.” and then flounce away. That was my last trip to Europe. Up until a month ago I was OK with that. I mean, I travel regularly around the continental US though I never leave the “lower 48″. Even though I reside in Upstate New York, I can give you a tour of the District of Columbia with my eyes closed and I recently returned from a 48 hour jaunt through San Francisco. Heck, I once went to Salt … >> find out more...

Allison

Well, hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. We do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, crazy home remodel projects, and cool (yes, cool) DIY crafts you'll totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!

Easy how to tote from a towel

tea towel totebag

// Today we have another easy how to post from Steph, this one is how-to sew a tote out of a towel.  Prepare to be amazed because this is an amazing DIY you can totally do in an hour! //

Steph: I bought these tea towels from Target weeks ago and thought they were just too cute not to be transformed into something. This easy tutorial will teach you how to tote bag was a perfect, versatile solution to make into an easy DIY.

Here are the supplies you need to make your own:

Supplies:

  • 1 Tea towel (or a piece of fabric 28”x18”)
  • 48” Cotton Webbing (1” wide)
  • Thread

Equipment:

  • Sewing Machine (the sewing is simple, so you could do it by hand if you want)
  • Scissors
  • Pen
  • Safety Pin

I used the cotton webbing from the packaging as the drawstring, so the only other supplies I needed for the project was some thread for the very simple sewing.

easy how-to tote bag

Turn down a long edge 1 ¾” and sew along the bottom. This will be the casing for the drawstring, so make sure you have enough space inside for your webbing to fit through!

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Well, hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. We do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, crazy home remodel projects, and cool (yes, cool) DIY crafts you'll totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!

3 ways to wear booties this fall

skinnies

Booties 3 ways

Surely by now there’s a hot pair of booties you’re coveting; I can’t tell you how many booties are on my wish list this Fall, it’s a little embarrassing.  And the everlasting question with trends of any kind, like ankle booties, is how on earth to wear them without looking ridiculous, so I present to you 3 ways to wear booties.

 

1 // skinnies

 

Wear a pair of stunning black bootie heels with some gorgeous leather pants, a slightly oversize long blouse and a tank, a gorgeous pendant or statement necklace, a big watch, and a stack of bangle bracelets.  Perfect for the chilly days to come this Fall.

 

pencil skirt

 

 2 // pencil skirt

 

Dress up a little for the office in some equestrian themed awesome, unless your office is actually boots on the ground with horses, in which case maybe not so much.  Otherwise grab a fun patterned pencil skirt, a patterned blouse (but it MUST be in the same color scheme), some platform booties, a horse ring (a horse is a horse, of course!), a black leather envelope clutch, and another classic bold statement ring.  Boom.

 

mini dress

 

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Allison

Well, hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. We do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, crazy home remodel projects, and cool (yes, cool) DIY crafts you'll totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!

Roasted fennel and Roma tomatoes

Roasted Fennel and Roma Tomatoes

I’m always looking for quick, simple recipes to go with grilled chicken, fish, or meat.  I like roasting vegetables because they taste so gosh darn good.  That’s why I love these roasted fennel and Roma tomatoes so much.  It’s great as a side or fantastic on its own.

roasted fennel and tomatoes

I’ve grown to love fennel over the years.  It looks and behaves a little like celery, except that the stalks aren’t edible.  The fronds are, so if you find fennel at the store with them attached, keep them to use as an herb.  Fennel is good for the digestion and full of vitamins and minerals.  It’s typically used in Italian cooking.  The flavor is fresh and anise-y.  You can eat it raw, thinly shaved into salads and slaws.  Cooking it is a different story all together.  The flavor is mellow and can melt into submission with a long, slow cook.  Think:  caramelized onions.  But it’s also good quick roasted like this.  And fennel with Roma tomatoes from the garden….Oh, mama.  I’m getting hungry all over again.

roma tomatoes

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Allison

Well, hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. We do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, crazy home remodel projects, and cool (yes, cool) DIY crafts you'll totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!

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Teaching my children to conquer fear

There’s something all of us fear deep down, even if we don’t verbalize it or give into the terror.  Children are no different, but they don’t usually have much say in avoiding the things that make them nervous, whether it’s the barking dog on the walk to school or the terrifying spotlight of Show & Tell every Tuesday (that would have been me).

teaching children to conquer fear

Since I’m big on moving onward and upward, creating life lists, and overcoming fear big or small, I’ve been thinking lately about my approach to teaching my children to conquer fear.

We achieved a major milestone in the last few months with Precocious starting junior high, leaving Charming to fend for himself in elementary school.  Last year was officially the last time both my children attended the same school together, and we’ve squared ourselves into the wind to face the barrage of changes rolling into us all at once.  I won’t pretend for a second I’m not completely terrified by the turmoil of the elementary school playground bullying and the horrors of the junior high boys who don’t stop talking about sex long enough to take a breath (When do we talk about sex at … >> find out more...

Allison

Well, hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. We do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, crazy home remodel projects, and cool (yes, cool) DIY crafts you'll totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!

How to magnetic cork numbers and letters

Raise your hand if you had those primary-colored plastic numbers and letters magnets on your fridge growing up (or if you still have them).   Yup, thought so. They’re so fun to play with, right?  Today’s DIY is an updated version of those fun magnetic letters that look a bit cooler and are customizable to whatever color(s) you want.

How to magnetic cork numbers and letters:

 

how to cork magnets

 

Here’s a list of the supplies needed for this DIY how to for your very own magnetic letters:

  • roll of cork
  • stickers: numbers and letters
  • magnet tape
  • spray paint
how to magnetic cork numbers and letters


I used 3/32” cork on a roll. I wouldn’t go any thinner than that, but thicker cork would work fine just as long as you can cut it cleanly.

 

how to magnetic cork numbers and letters


Cut the cork into 2” long strips.

 

magnetic letters

Stick on the letters. I used the cutting board as a guide to center the letters every 2 inches.

 

diy painted magnets
Paint the strips.
magnetic cork numbers
Once the paint is dry, cut into 2” squares and peel off the stickers. Stick pieces of magnet to the back.

 

how to make magnetic cork numbers and letters
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Allison

Well, hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. We do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, crazy home remodel projects, and cool (yes, cool) DIY crafts you'll totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!

Introducing the Lee skinny jean

Editor’s note from Allison:  Last month I sent one of my new editors, Kalli Verbecki to a Lee jean mom summit in Kansas.  I can ensure you Kalli encountered a hot skinny jean or two on her trip, these are not the mom jeans of yesteryear.  Lee is on board with all the new denim trends, so prepare your mind to be blown with hotness: introducing the Lee skinny jean.

jeans and heels

When Allison asked if I’d like to go to a blogger summit hosted by Lee Jeans I thought “why would I want to go to a mom jean blog party?”.  But then I thought that was a little harsh. Ever the equal opportunist, I checked out their website which is when my mouth sort of flopped open. Yo, when did Lee start making skinnies? They look good too!  Doubly attracted to the promise of a night in an upscale hotel with a room to myself I said I’d do it – and a few weeks later hopped on a plane headed to glamorous Kansas City, MO.

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Allison

Well, hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. We do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, crazy home remodel projects, and cool (yes, cool) DIY crafts you'll totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!

Halloween craft ideas and treats

halloween crafts and treats

 

Even though I’ve been a little AWOL with the headache of the century (I still love you, promise) I thought I’d round up some of my favorite Halloween links from the last few years of fun ideas to craft now that we’re so close to the big day.  What?  Halloween is totally a big day (around here).  Halloween candy is the most dangerous delicious ambrosia of the year, so I’ve got a handful of cool craft ideas to keep my your hands busy enough to stay out of the candy corn jar.

Good luck with that.

how to make halloween treat bags pumpkin decor halloween costume painted pumpkins easy ghost sucker craft how to make caramel apples

– What do you think?  Any craft ideas or treats in the mix you’re up to creating?  I’ll be honest, the treats are my downfall.  Especially those caramel apples, they get me in trouble every year! –

Allison

Well, hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. We do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, crazy home remodel projects, and cool (yes, cool) DIY crafts you'll totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!

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