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THANKSGIVING WITH MARTHA STEWART

Cynthia Simpson

With Thanksgiving Day a few days away, my plans are to go back home to Philadelphia where my mom will prepare her traditional candy yams, greens, string beans, mac & cheese and not to mention her mouthwatering turkey! I love to cook and help my mom out in the kitchen, but when it comes to making the entire Thanksgiving meal for my family, even I am a little intimidated. 

Are you interested in cooking for Thanksgiving this year, but haven't a clue on how to get started? Well not to fear, Martha Stewart is here to help you out! Martha has collaborated with meal delivery service, Marley Spoon, that will send you everything you need including step-by- step instructions for a full Thanksgiving spread.

My friend Kate Storey, Senior Features Editor at Hearst Digital, decided to take on the challenge and ordered the Thanksgiving meal box. Kate informed me that she was not that experienced in the kitchen nor has she ever cooked a turkey before, but regardless, my husband and I were happy to be invited as her taste testers. We arrived to dinner at 7pm equipped with good appetites.  The spread was certainly impressive - A full turkey cooked to perfection, creamy mashed potatoes, roasted brussels sprout salad with pomegranates and cider vinaigrette dressing, classic stuffing with herbs and dried cranberries. Then for dessert we had homemade apple pie with vanilla ice cream. Everything was moist, full of flavor and just incredible! 

 Here is a short video of the delicious meal and our wonderful evening.  For more details about Kate's cooking experience, read the full article she wrote for Delish

Thanksgiving Dinner 

WELCOME TO MIAMI

Cynthia Simpson

The count down begins! Before I jump the broom, I wanted to spend some much needed time with my girls. Miami was just the place to get away and soak in the sun. 
 

HOTEL
We stayed at The Jetset Franklin right in the heart of South Beach on Collins Ave. The hotel has loft style apartments that are fully furnished with a kitchen, perfect for large groups or families. They provide fresh bath and beach towels everyday and the people that work there are extremely helpful and accommodating. The hotel is a short walk from the beach and nightlife. 

When you walk into the lobby they have a cool café called The Hub, which serves gourmet coffee, delicious pastries and sandwiches. This was a bonus, especially after a long night out and about. 

Texas toast with honey and latte. 

Texas toast with honey and latte. 

                  Some cool artwork on a building off Collins Ave.

                  Some cool artwork on a building off Collins Ave.

Different shades of skin.

Different shades of skin.

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BEACH FUN
The beaches in Miami are beautiful and the water is so clear! If you are like me and love laying out in the sun, don't slack on the sunscreen even if you have darker skin. The sun can and will burn you regardless of this crazy idea that having more melanin means you are protected from the sun.  I really love CVS Sheer Mist Spray. It's oil free and doesn't leave a white film that some sunscreens leave behind. It's also really easy to put on and has a pleasant scent. 

Beach essentials. 

Beach essentials. 

Right to left. Terry, Pollyanna, Andrea, Erin Day, TiffB, Elina, and Amanda 

Right to left. Terry, Pollyanna, Andrea, Erin Day, TiffB, Elina, and Amanda 

My twin sister and I. 

My twin sister and I. 

Since I have been planning my wedding, I recently discovered the power of meditation. It has opened my mind and has given me a new way to focus on the things that are important in life. I am telling you, meditation is an amazing tool that will change your life and help you see things in a new light. The beach was a perfect place to get centered and in touch with myself. I will write a full blog post about what I have learned and how you can get into meditating. 

GREAT EATS
There are alot of great spots to eat in Miami; Havana 1957 on Española Way is one you have to try out! They have great food and tasty mojitos served in cute mason jars. 

El Pub, in Little Havana, is a Cuban restaurant with a diner type feel. They have large portions and the best Cuban coffee I have ever tasted. The sweet plantains and cuban sandwiches hit the spot after a relaxing afternoon on the beach.  

COOL SPOTS
Wynwood Walls is one of the coolest places in Miami where you can see large scale graffiti art work all in one place. The murals go beyond the walls and into the neighborhood displaying expressive creativity from local artist. This area gave me a Williamsburg feel with the outdoor seating areas and young hipster crowd.        

Wynwood

Wynwood

Wood Tavern

Wood Tavern

We stopped into the Wood Tavern for drinks at a really great price. The outdoor seating area, tasty tacos and life size jenga made this bar a place to remember. They even had portable cell chargers that you could carry around with you!  

Wood Tavern

Wood Tavern

Miami was a great place to have my bachelorette weekend and I really appreciate my ladies for taking the time to make me feel so special. Love you! 

A SNOW DAY

Cynthia Simpson

Since the forecast said there was going to be a horrible snow storm, we were asked to work from home!  That gave me some extra time to get into the office, so I made a full breakfast. Spinach eggs with onions, sharp cheddar cheese and ham, along with turkey sausage and toast. I also had a nice cup of hot chai tea to wash it all down. Yummy!

I hope you are enjoying your snow day as much as I am!  WhooHoo!