Favorite Thanksgiving Recipes

My Butternut Squash Bisque, which I revisited for lunch the other day.

My family’s Thanksgiving is very traditional – we pretty much eat the same thing every year. For the past few years, I have been doing one “different” side dish to mix things up a little bit. If you’re looking to do the same, here is a list of my favorite recipes that would be a lovely addition to your Thanksgiving Table.

Rustic Herb Stuffing

P.S. If you cook something off Sweet Life Laur on Thanksgiving or any other time, I would LOVE to see photos! You can upload them to my Facebook Page, or email them to sweetlifelaur (at) gmail (dot) com.

Happy Thanksgiving preparation week!

What I Ate: Vermont

My two-week vacation to the East Coast was absolutely wonderful. I started in New Hope, PA/New Jersey and saw almost all of my closest friends from school. It had been two years since I had seen them, so it was just wonderful to be reunited. After a weekend of old friends, I flew up to Vermont to meet my Mom and Grandma. I lived in Vermont in fourth and fifth grades, but as an elementary schooler I really didn’t appreciate all that Vermont has to offer. Mom and I spent several days traveling all over the state and doing lots of tourist things. We sampled tons of cheese, visited Ben & Jerry’s, ate maple “creemees” (aka soft serve), and visited a couple breweries. I hope you enjoy these photos of What I Ate in Vermont!

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Potato-Leek Soup

Living in wine country is pretty amazing, and working in wine country is even better. I get to help brides plan their weddings, coordinate big fancy dinners, and even host fashion shows! On December 11, Central Coast Fashion Week is coming to JUSTIN Vineyards & Winery! It is going to be spectacular. I spent yesterday in the barrel chai (aka cave) with the talent of three models, a producer, a photographer, a videographer, and a hair and makeup artist. Models in tutu’s among the barrels? Yes please! Be sure to watch their website and Facebook page for the photos.

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There is nothing like nine hours with teeny models to remind you that due to consuming an excess of fine wine and cheese more often than not, you maybe have a few pounds to lose. And that maybe you should ditch the croissants for a healthy and delicious soup…like this one.

This is the second time this year that I’ve posted a Potato-Leek Soup recipe (find the first here), but this one is so good I must share. I recently read through many, many pages of David Lebovitz’ blog about living and cooking in Paris, as another thing working at JUSTIN has done for me is make me realize that I am dying to learn French. So that’s that…enjoy!

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Sweet Life Laur on the Your California Show!

Exciting news! Sweet Life Laur is on this week’s Your California Show! Host Randy White calls it a “Must Go-To Blog” in the introduction, and he called me Paso’s Rising Star on his Twitter! Wow!

If you’ve found me because you listened to the show, Welcome! I hope you enjoy my site. Please feel free to post any questions or comments about my recipes, and let me know how they worked for you when you try them. I love to hear success stories (or, un-success stories – I’m happy to help you fix it for next time!). Please “like” me on Facebook and follow me on Twitter, too!

On Your California, Randy interviews people from around the state who are involved with some form of wine, food, or travel. Earlier this week, Randy contacted me and asked if I would be on his show, and of course I said yes. (Listen to the clip for the full story of how he even found me). I was so excited when I heard from him, I couldn’t even believe it! The next day, I did the interview over the phone on my lunch break. Since it was a phone interview, I don’t have a cool picture of me in the studio with headphones and a mic to post…but maybe next time!

I mention Vivant Fine Cheese, Pier 46 SeafoodMeritage Wine Tasting Lounge, and Nature’s Touch in my interview, but I didn’t get the chance to go into how important it is to support the local economy. These are wonderful people who carry wonderful products and they should not go without mention…so a BIG thanks to them and more!

The segment is going to air on The Krush 92.5, our local Central Coast radio station on Sunday, September 4 at 10:00 am and Tuesday, September 7 at 6:00 pm. Although I encourage you to listen to the whole thing, my segment starts at 20:15. You can also download the free Podcast if you want to keep my voice on your iTunes forever…ha!

Just a little disclaimer: my content is not to be used freely. I want you to enjoy my photos and try out my recipes, but if I find them in a book or elsewhere online and you haven’t asked and linked back to me and given me proper credit, you’re in trouble…seriously. That being said, making one of my photos your desktop wallpaper is totally okay…but don’t blame me if your stomach growls every time you look at it!

Merry Christmas!

Hi everyone! I wanted to write a quick post to wish you a happy holiday. I know I have been completely MIA lately — I’ve been working at four jobs, seven days a week! My new year’s resolution will be to post MUCH more often than I have been. Eat lots of food, drink lots of wine, and snug your family today! I’ll be back soon!