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January 2, 2013

Hello, 2013. It’s a Pleasure to Meet You.

My birthday, the holidays and ringing in the new year has officially come and gone in the blink of an eye. What a whirlwind the last month or so has been! Ever since Vegas, I’ve been go, go, go. As you can see, blogging has been low on the priority list between all the celebrating, baking, working, ’tis the season shopping and wrapping. Welp, sue me. Let me get you up to speed. The night before my birthday, my nearest and dearest gathered at my apartment for chili, wine and Christmas cookies with tons of laughs in between, just what I wanted. Mike was out of town on business for my actual birthday and I may have had a mid-20 crisis/breakdown (ahem, when I say mid-20, I of course mean 23…), but luckily Emily came to the rescue for a quick sweat sesh and dinner at the new Tommy Bahama restaurant. Hey, it’s my party and I’ll cry if I want to. Our meal was too good, as was the company (Em, her dad, Bob, and Bob’s girlfriend, Dianne). Live music, a tropical setting–I literally felt like I was on vacation–and birthday cake? Perfection. Thanks again! Mike made up for his absence the following day with a perfect-for-me dinner of salmon and roasted veggies over quinoa and a gorgeous bouquet of flowers. I’m. So. Spoiled.

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Soon enough, it was Christmas. I headed back to Connecticut for good food, family and thoughtful gifts (13.1 was a common theme!) with new traditions and a new stove…FYI the holidays are never a good time for a stove malfunction but luckily, ours went on the fritz the day before Christmas Eve. Plenty of time to scramble and get a new one, right? 2012 had its fair share of ups and downs. I was in and out of New York interning, cruised with some of my bests for spring break, graduated from UConn, mourned the loss of two family members, enjoyed a summer of a whole lot of nothing, moved into Manhattan with my boyfriend of 5 years and started my dream career. I ran [my first] two half marathons, tackled a Tough Mudder and ran up the mountain I’ve skied down since I was a tot. I went dairy and gluten-free after suffering from tummy troubles for years. Fellow recent grads can probably relate when I say that this has been a weird limbo chapter of my life but certainly an exciting one. I’ve embraced city living more than I ever had expected although I still all too often find myself retreating to my comfort zone. This year, I need to start living, as I’ve put it. I have an itch to explore, learn and try new things. I have set an ambitious goal of six half marathon races this year, I want to get my spin on (SoulCycle every other week with my old roomie, Allie, why not!?) and have decided my body needs yoga again. Like desperately. Oh, and I have already signed up for another obstacle mud race in the summer. I never thought I’d say that. If 2012 has taught me anything, it is to be grateful for all that I have, appreciate loved ones and be patient, for hard work always pays off in the end. So cheers to 2012 but boy am I glad to start fresh this year. Let’s do it.
What fit goals/resolutions do you have set for 2013?

Sprinkled with Love,
Lauren

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October 2, 2012

What’s Up, October?

Wow. So it’s October. Where has the time gone? I honestly couldn’t tell you. It’s funny how fast a month blows by when you’re working — and enjoying every second of it. Part of that territory, however, has been a lack of culinary creativity and blog inspiration, as you may have noticed. Sorry but after a long day of editorial work, whipping a post together and/or an interesting meal consisting of anything but a green smoothie and omelet just isn’t high on the priority list. I hate that and I’m really going to work on it. I’ve missed the blogosphere and remember, this whole thing is new so there’s still hope!

Here’s an attempt to reclaim my blogging dignity after weeks of leaving you all in the dark. This past weekend, my mom and I took a road trip to visit my sister for her Family Weekend. I had only ever been to her school, UNH, once way back in my field hockey days so it was great seeing her campus, touring her sorority house and shopping around nearby Portsmouth. Although the weather was less-than-stellar, we had a great time. (Well, besides the fact my mom and I barely slept a wink in the crappy Comfort Inn we stayed in…thanks to a few hot messes of a bridal party who were staying the room next to us. UGH.) Kru is Little Miss Popular on campus, has a new boyf and navigated us around the gorgeous area like a champ. I’m so happy and proud of her. Unlike New York, fall was in full swing, which was fun to dress for and every restaurant we went to had seasonal menu items we took advantage of!

I recently was talking with two friends over lunch about how little I miss college (I know, I’m weird but the real world has been treating me too well!) but being back in that environment made me extremely nostalgic. Piling two bowls to the brim with salad bar fixings in the dining hall, seeing my sister’s sorority sister getting ready for a fraternity party across the street and just the cozy, rainy weather in general (the best days to skip class and watch movies in bed….) made me want to go back. It’s utterly depressing to think that I’m too old for that now, that I’ll never get to do that again. Well, the cozy rainy days, yes, but only on the weekends. 

Anyway, today I’m back to reality and coming to the realization that it’s October, fall and that my years of sorority squats, homework, dining hall eating, etc. are behind me. It took me one weekend after five months of being out of it to really sink in. I’m scared for how I’ll be feeling two weeks from now, when I head back to UConn for my first Homecoming as an alum. Sad face. Instead of ending this post on such a sour note, I want to highlight what I love about this season.

1. Pumpkin-flavored anything. Surprise, surprise. I’m no different than any other food blogger out there! Oh, and anything to do with apples: apple picking, baking, eating…you know the drill.
2. Boots. I’m thinking about pulling the trigger on these babies. Aren’t they gorg? Too bad I’m cutting my first rent check today. Bye, bye money.
3. Running. Nothing out of the ordinary here but isn’t it just glorious to 
trot along in the crisp air with crunching leaves under your feet and the smell of a burning fire?
4. Layering. Fall ensembles I think are my favorite simply because you can make anything look chic, thanks to layering. Flannels, skinny jeans/cords (ahhh hello, corduroy! I’ve missed ya) with a jean jacket or quilted vest. Like.
5. Soup. Mike and I have already been plotting our first batch of chili! Remember last year?
What’s your favorite thing about fall?

Sprinkled with Love,
Lauren

May 7, 2012

Cinco de Graderby

Cinco de Mayo, graduation, the Kentucky Derby…now that’s a lot to celebrate, but boy did we and with a bang might I add. I’m still in a food coma from the amount I consumed Saturday. I wasn’t alone, though, as evident by the fact that there were absolutely no leftovers! I guess the Mexican cuisine was a hit? I do have to pat myself on the back with the shrimp and chicken recipes, with special thanks to my grill master of a father. Here’s a quick recap of the festivities. I’m so glad that the weather cooperated after a week of rain!

I have a stack of thank you notes to tackle, a workout class to catch and oh, you know, a job to hunt for now so the delightful recipes will be sprinkled throughout the rest of the week. Stay tuned! They’re worth it.

Sprinkled with Love,
Lauren

February 13, 2012

Where Have I Been?

I really haven’t had time to experiment with new recipes lately and my “blogging time” has been devoted to reading others, discovering new daily reads (post on that soon!) along the way. Between rebuilding my strength after getting over my weird flu-like illness, work, school, commuting to Manhattan, interning, race training, etc., there has been very little time to be in the kitchen. Forgive me?

          

Meals have been looking a lot like the picture to the left. I know it doesn’t look that appetizing, but it’s quite tasty. Stir-fried veggies and tofu (in a drizzle of olive oil and balsamic vinegar) with a generous dollop of red pepper hummus, a sprinkle of nutritional yeast and a pinch or two of chia seeds. Satisfying and power boosting…just what I needed to get my sluggish self through last week’s workouts. In other news, Mike is done with workie for a bit now that the football season is over. It’s SO nice to have my man back. After interning Thursday, we went out to Market Cafe around the corner from his place. Mike wasn’t too adventurous and got a burger, while I ordered the delicious salmon, which was over a bed of oven roasted potatoes, asparagus and roasted red pepper sauce. Although I swore to give up on most fruit until they come back into season (everything  has been so mealy! bleh…), I’ve been on quite an orange kick lately. Out of pure curiousity, I bought and tried my first tangelo (a cross between an orange and grapefruit) last week, which I adored. Add in a cup of Jo in the lovely (teehee, get it?) February cup from Starbucks and you’ve got yourself the perfect afternoon snack! 

          

Saturday morning I bundled up and hit the frosty pavement with Amanda. How about that Okemo Mountain headband circa 1995? A few flakes fell here and there during our jog but the chilly weather didn’t hold us back from completing our 6-miles in exactly an hour. Slow and steady wins the race! Shortly after, I headed back up to school to go to the UConn women’s basketball game vs. Georgetown with the folks and Mike. Lots of guacamole, dinner and margaritas at Agave Grill, my favorite Mexican restaurant, followed. My new favorite cocktail, the Margarita Fresca (Partida Reposado, Cointreau, fresh squeezed lime juice and orange juice). Strong and refreshing!

How. Good. Does. That. Look. Believe me, the picture doesn’t even BEGIN to do the Pasilla Rubbed Tuna any justice. Ahi tuna rubbed with a Pasilla crust, grilled (I asked for as rare as possible!) and served with roasted corn, black bean and mango salsa. Um, yum. Instead of rice, I asked for the grilled veggies, which were out of this world. Add the drizzle of Chimichurri sauce and a mountain of crispy tortilla strips and you’ve got yourself a winner. Mike and I ended up stopping by to see some friends in the area afterward and did a whole lot of nothing (I even skipped the exercise, gasp!) yesterday except enjoy one another’s company. It was weird literally catching up after a month or so of chaotic work schedules. It’s great to have him back.
What’s been up with you? 

Sprinkled with Love,
Lauren 

November 20, 2011

Build Your Career Toolkit

Yesterday I attended the New York Women in Communications 2011 Student Communications Career Conference (held at the Grand Hyatt Hotel) with a fellow UConn journalism student and friend, Amy. It was such an incredible experience listening and speaking to professionals in the field I hope to soon enter but I’m not going to lie, I am more anxious than ever! The morning started off with a lovely brunch and welcome address by the foundation’s president, Catherine Mathis. Helen Wagner, a 3M public relations manager started with a “Tools for Success: You and the People Around You” presentation which was followed by a scholarship recipient talking about NYWICI. One of the highlights of my day was the keynote address, given by none other than Ann ShoketSeventeen Magazine’s Editor-in-Chief. She. Was. Incredible. Here are 5 takeaway points I was able to decode from my chicken scratch notes:
1. Cover Letters: write a story about you, what you can do for the publication/job and make it personal.
2. Her mantra is “Seventeen everywhere,” meaning think of all platforms. Shoket considers “how can we be everywhere teenage girls are today.”
3. Make it meaningful. Shoket’s goal is to make the magazine have just as great of an impact on the lives of today’s readers as it had on their mothers’ and grandmothers’.
4. Key to success: keep moving forward toward your goal. Be an explorer and never take roadblocks or obstacles personal.
5. How to get a job: a) write a personal letter with a maximum of 3 paragraphs of what makes you awesome and what you can bring to the table. b) SIT ON THE EDGE OF YOUR SEAT AT YOUR INTERVIEW! Be engaged and come with a story that makes the interviewer want to know more about you. c) Write a good thank you note that has substance. Shed light on what you talked about, how the interview brought clarity, etc. Be real.

The brunch ended with a quick Q&A session before Amy and I were off to our first session: Digital, Social and Mobile Media. The panelists, whom shed light on the influence new platforms have on the future of the communications world, represented Alloy Entertainment, Google, Scholastic and Mashable. I learned the importance of keeping my eye for anything “new” (I guess my obsession with Pinterest does come in handy?) and how being a Jack of all trades is critical in this industry.
5 takeaway points:
1. Don’t be afraid to tell people what you’re looking for.
2. Love your audience. Create content people will want to share and interact with.
3. Keep your eyes out in nontraditional ways.
4. Getting a job is a full-time job. Be patient and flexible. (Womp, womp…)
5. Reach out directly and follow up. Use popcorn questions, hashtags and live chats to grow your audience.

 We then headed to Communications Entrepreneurship. The Founder/Senior Vice President of MediabistroLaurel Touby, moderated a panel of powerful women that stressed the importance of networking, you as a brand, passion and intellectual curiosity. I got a lot out of this discussion and simply HAD to introduce myself to Karen Robinovitz, Co-Founder/Chief Creative Officer of Digital Brand Architects, afterwards. Side note: Amy and I couldn’t help but note her resemblence to Carrie Bradshaw…everything from her curly locks to her fabulous style and career reminded us her of her. I cannot WAIT to pick up her book…heading to Barnes and Noble is on my to do list today, but I digress.
5 takeaway points:
1. Be proactive and never take “no” for an answer. “If I want it, I’m going to get it,” said the founder of TheFabNetwork.comJessica Styles.
2. Problem solving and multi-tasking skills are crucial. Be curious, do your homework and prove you have passion.
3. “Believe that you’re worth it,” Robinovitz stressed. Don’t do it for the money and don’t forget the little people once you get to the top. (I think this was one of my favorite quotes/lessons of the day!)
4. “Pitch, pitch, pitch and pitch some more,” Robinovitz.
5. Networking: Keep a contact database, be methodical in your approach (i.e. Met ___. Wore ___. Talked about  ___.) and invest in these relationships because they are the seeds of your career. 

The last panel was one of the main reasons why I attended this conference in the first place: Magazine Writing for Print and Online. The panel included Allison Baker (Associate Nutrition Editor of SELF Magazine), Sharon Clott (Fashion News Editor of Instyle.com), Rachel Mount (Assistant Food Editor of O, The Oprah Magazine) and Anja Winikka (Style Editor for TheKnot.com) and was moderated by the Section Editor of BlogHer, Paula Gregorowicz. If that little introduction doesn’t do this discussion enough justice alone, take a look at what I got out of it.
5 takeaway points:
1. Worry less and exude confidence.
2. Give extra to prove how an editor would think when it comes to an edit test.
3. Internships are a two-way street.
4. Be curious in a sincere and genuine fashion.
5. Have a specific hook and pitch for a certain section.
All in all, this SCCC was a great experience I HIGHLY recommend to any woman looking to get into the field of communications. Although I am proud to have already taken many of the steps for success shared in yesterday’s conference, I have a lot to do and not much time to do it in (eek!). I guess I’m off to tackle my ever-growing to do list, starting with the gym! The conference’s gift bags provided a lovely magazine selection I will be diving into while on the arc trainer!
What professional advice could you lend to students emerging into the real world?  

Sprinkled with Love,
Lauren

May 9, 2011

Weekend Wrap-Up: Grad. Edition

My first weekend of summer was pretty spectacular, if I do say so myself. I moved back home, ran my favorite 5-mile loop along the water, went to a beautiful housewarming party and watched my boyfriend of four years graduate. 

Graduation dinner was pretty fabulous, might I add…a massive, baked scrod dish. Yum! Congratulations to the Class of 2011! It is bizarre to think that a year from now I’ll be in a cap and gown…EEK!
What did you do this weekend?

Sprinkled with Love,
Lauren 

April 20, 2011

Help Me Get an A!

As I’ve mentioned, group project season for Communication Science majors is in full swing. It’s been super chaotic, to say the least. Please help me out by checking out my de-stress campaign, “De-Stress for Success,” for a persuasion course I’m taking.

We have a Facebook page set up, as well as a Twitter account (@huskydestress). ‘Like’ and follow us, pretty please? Also, be sure to click on our YouTube video so we can get a bunch of hits. Leave a comment, if you feel so inclined! Thanks in advance for your support, SWLovers…you guys are the best!

xo, Laur 

April 5, 2011

Oh You Fancy Huh?

I could not have been happier to wake up this morning and throw on UConn running shorts, a UConn t-shirt anddddd sweatshirt to head to the gym. A little overboard? I think NOT. I’ve never been prouder to be a husky! Congrats to our men’s team, the 2011 NCAA National Champions! Instead of celebrating by flipping cars, lighting couches on fire or binge drinking, I decided to make grapefruit, orange and celery juice to go alongside my omelet post-workout. I even put it in a fancy glass. Woahhhhh, Laur…take it down a notch, you wild thannggg. Ha…I know, I’m caa-razy!

Ingredients
1 orange, peeled
1 grapefruit, peeled
2 celery stalks

I put it all in the juicer and faster than Kemba Walker can make a layup, it was ready! It was delightfully refreshing after all my cardio work.

Sprinkled with Love,
Lauren

February 1, 2011

These Boots Are Made For Walkin’

Happy snow day…again! The inclement weather New England has been experiencing this winter is unreal. My fellow UConn Huskies and I have yet to have a full week of class, which of course I’m not complaining about! I would be miserable in this week’s storm if it wasn’t for my newly purchased Sorel ‘Joan of Arctic’ boots. UPS delivered them yesterday (just in the nick of time for today’s storm) and I simply cannot stop admiring them. I wore them last night and was flooded with compliments. They keep your toes dry and toasty, looking cute in the process. Can’t beat that! I thought the sole/stitching was red (which, for those who know me, would be a problem – I despise the color red), but in fact they are hot pink! What a lovely surprise! I’m obsessed with them all the more because of it.

Anywho, they were sold out in my miniature 6 shoe size at the Nordstroms closest to me, but the kind sales rep transferred me over to a store in Michigan and all was good. (Free shipping, too!) Sorels have a great reputation for longevity, quality and durability. My dad STILL wears a pair he has from the 70s! Yes, they’re on the pricier end but this is the perfect example of when quality exceeds quantity. I’ll have these adorable boots for years to come and now will not dread a storm because my Uggs can’t withstand the elements. With the amount of time I spend up in VT and trekking around campus, I will not be regretting this purchase anytime soon. Thanks Mom and Dad!

Sprinkled with Snow,
Lauren

November 9, 2010

Preparing to Give Thanks

To be honest, I am in dire need of a break. This semester has flown by and although it has had its high points, the constant go, go, go has been whipping my behind. I am really looking forward to the lovely week off UConn grants for Thanksgiving…I simply cannot wait to have some downtime to spend with my family and catch up in the kitchen. I have already started compiling a “To-Make” list and figured I would share it for those of you (Type A’s like me) who have already began planning Thanksgiving dinner. I’m not quite sure what the Cardarelli’s are doing this year but regardless I intend on running Madison’s annual Turkey Trot, cooking and partaking in the best part of this holiday: stuffing my face. That’s a given. Here are a few healthy recipes and festive ideas I anticipate taking home with me in two weeks (hopefully I get a chance to test them out before then, using my roommates as my guinea pigs…per usual):

Drinks

To get the party started: Pomegranate Cosmos (Barefoot Contessa’s Ina Garten)


To end the evening on a good note: Espresso Nightcap with Vanilla Whipped Cream (Everday Italian’s Giada De Laurentiis)


Starters

Brie and Chive Biscuits (Real Simple)

Roasted Winter Squash and Apple Soup (Whole Living)

Spinach and Green Apple Salad (Healthy Appetite’s Ellie Krieger)

Side Dishes

Cauliflower with Mustard-Lemon Butter (Epicurious)

Green Beans with Ginger and Cashews (Epicurious)

Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Maple Cinnamon Sage Brown Butter (Everday Italian’s Giada De Laurentiis)


Main

Juniper-Brined Roast Turkey with Chanterelle Mushroom Gravy (Epicurious)

Dessert
(Thanksgiving isn’t complete without a slice of apple pie.)

Deep-Dish Apple Pie (Eating Well)

YUM! I cannot wait to try these out and celebrate giving thanks by gorging myself into a food coma. Trying to not gain weight during the holidays? (Aren’t we all…) Start this year’s season off on the right foot with tips for a healthier Thanksgiving, an article I found on EatingWell.com! Have a great recipe you want to share? Leave a comment below or on Sprinkled with Love’s Facebook!

“I have strong doubts that the first Thanksgiving even remotely resembled the “history” I was told in second grade.  But considering that (when it comes to holidays) mainstream America’s traditions tend to be over-eating, shopping, or getting drunk, I suppose it’s a miracle that the concept of giving thanks even surfaces at all.” Ellen Orleans

Sprinkled with Love,
Lauren