Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Thanksgiving Stuffing with Sara Lee Delightful Bread

Who doesn't like Sara Lee?  And who doesn't like stuffing on Thanksgiving? To help you with your Turkey (or Tofurky) Day spread, here's a savory stuffing recipe from the fine folks at Food Network Magazine for which you can easily use heart healthy Sara Lee Delightful white, wheat, healthy multi-grain or oatmeal bread. Waistline watchers will be happy with this news--each variety is full of fiber with no trans fat and just 45 calories per slice.


Stuffing…yum/Images from Sara Lee and McCormick


Directions

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Melt 1 stick butter in a large skillet over medium heat.

Add 2 cups each diced onions and celery, 2 chopped apples and 1 tablespoon each minced sage and thyme; season with salt and pepper and cook 5 minutes.

Add 3 cups chicken broth (or vegetarian no-chicken broth) and bring to a simmer.

Whisk 2 eggs with 1/4 cup chopped parsley in a large bowl; add 16 cups cubed stale bread, then pour in the vegetable-broth mixture and toss.

Transfer to a buttered 3-quart baking dish and dot with more butter. Cover and bake 30 minutes, then uncover and bake until golden, 20 more minutes.



Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Holiday Gift Guide, Gifts for $100 or Less

What do you give the girl who has everything?  How about a gift that's suited to her interests and personality type and a gift that you'll be proud to give. From the health and fitness enthusiast to the Zen mama, here are Everything She Wants' feel-good holiday gift guide picks 

For the health and fitness buff



Women's MT Topo shoe for the trail, $100.

Topo Athletic (from $100) footwear was created by and for athletes. Each of the comfy, lightweight shoes with a broad, zero drop platform for stability and multi-directional traction are designed with a tailored function in mind, whether it's walking or running on the trail, the road or at the gym.

For the hip book worm




Bill Duke's acclaimed Dark Girls documentary encourages women of color with a darker hue to be proud of the skin they're in.  The companion coffee table book ($25) celebrates dark and lovely African-American women such as actress Sheryl Lee Ralph, celebrity hair stylist and the stunning cover model, Academy Award winning actress Lupita Nyong'o.

Stocking stuffer for the girl on-the-go 



STANCE "Sweet Vibes" striped invisible boot socks, $12.

STANCE invisible boot socks ($12) come in an assortment of fashionable colors and patterns are made with extra cushioning and cut a little shorter to wear with your fave ankle booties. Longer boot sock styles ($18-$24) are also available.

For the beauty gal





SheaMoisture's Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil (from $9.99) hair and body collection is sold exclusively at select Target stores nationwide. The Community Commerce program was established to fight poverty and better the lives of women globally, and ten percent of sales go to women-led businesses, to support communities that supply ingredients for SheaMoisture's products, or support The Sofi Tucker Foundation, a non-profit established by the brand. Each product in the collection contains certified organic Shea Butter ethically sourced from women's co-ops in Northern Ghana, Manuka Honey, Mafura and Baobab Oils, and African Rock Fig.

For the spa lady




Massage and spa services relieve stress and are good for your overall health, so maintain a healthy habit with a monthly membership to a convenient and affordable Massage Envy Spa (from $75). There are over 1,000 clinics in 49 states, and the chain's first New York City location recently opened in Midtown West. So introduce the spa lover on your list with a your gift certificate for a pampering service.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

4 Holiday Pop-Up Shops in New York City

Why shop at the mall when you can find handcrafted, artisanal and designer deals at a New York City holiday pop-up shop?  With hot cocoa in tow, Everything She Wants loves to peruse the crafty gifts and goods at festive pop-ups and marketplaces--some one-off events and others lasting 'til the end of the holiday season. 

UrbanSpace's Union Square Holiday Market.

Here's a short list:

1. Before or after brunch, spend your Sunday afternoon at a fashionable shopping event hosted at the Gansevoort Hotel on Park Avenue (Nov. 23, 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; free and open to the public). Located in the Ivy Room on the hotel's rooftop, indie brands will come together and create a unique shopping experience. Gift wrapping will be provided and 100 percent of the gift wrapping donations will benefit Leg Up Farm. 

2. Stock up on beauty products from 40 top brands including Smashbox, Mario Badescu and Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics at The Makeup Show Holiday Pop-Up Shop (Dec. 6 & 7, 11 a.m. to  6 p.m and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; $25), an exclusive luxury sample sale. And stay for a seminar to get tips from makeup artists who set the trends we see on the runway and the red carpet. 

3. This year's BUST Holiday Craftacular (Dec. 6 & 7, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; $3, first 300 attendees each day get goodie bags) at the Brooklyn Expo Center in Greenpoint will feature over 200 vendors selling handmade crafts, delectable foods, groovy vintage finds and more at NYC's longest-running indie craft fair. Wrap your gifts in style at the wrapping paper station, handcraft a card, and don't miss the Ugly Sweater Selfie Booth. Best of all, the event features a cat cafe with adorable, adoptable cats from several local animal rescue organizations. Meow!

4. Over 150 vendors will offer their wares this year at the Union Square Holiday Market (Nov. 20 to Dec. 24, weekdays 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sundays 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.), including new vendors like Corkbuds, The Men's Soap Shop, Farm to People and New York Puzzle Company. With an expanded “Little Brooklyn” section, visitors and Manhanannites alike will discover goods from Brooklyn Slate, Pepper Press, Brooklyn Brew Shop, and more. 

UrbanSpace has also designed a new interactive art installation specifically for the 2014 market, called Hope Notes Fountain. Located on the west side of the market, visitors can display positive messages of holiday cheer and make donations to Just Food, an organization that empowers and supports community-led efforts to increase access to locally grown food.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Healthy Treats from Beanitos, Bare Snacks and Aquaphor

Everything She Wants hosted its second clothing swap* and snacks and freebies were provided by Beanitos, Bare Snacks and Aquaphor.  We had a swapping and snacking good time, and proceeds from the swap were donated to the no-kill animal rescue, For Animals, Inc. and the Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals.

Everything She Wants' swappers enjoying Beanitos and Bare Snacks.

It's lip balm season. Get your Aquaphor Healing Ointment.

More about the sponsors:


Beanitos (@Beanitos) are all natural snack chips and puffs made from beans, which means they're high in fiber and protein. Plus, they're free of gluten, trans fat, MSG and GMOs.


Bare Snacks (@BareSnacks) are made with 100% real fruit that's baked never fried.  They're gluten-free, fat free and GMO-free with no preservatives or artificial anything. We love to mix the apple chips with a variety of the coconut chip flavors.

Photos by Tracy E. Hopkins

Aquaphor Healing Ointment (@AquaphorUS) provides immediate relief for dry, chapped and irritated lips. Our swappers loved getting freebies of this doctor-recommended lip balm.


*To receive an invite to Everything She Wants' next Brooklyn swap & shop event, email Tracy at popandshop@gmail.com.

Light Up the Holiday Season with Fragrant Candles

November is National Candle Month, and as the weather gets chillier we love to fill our home with the warm scent of fragrant candles.  Here are a few of Everything She Wants' favorites  for the fall and holiday season.


Agraria’s signature fragrance, Bitter Orange.


1. Agraria’s signature fragrance, Bitter Orange, is the perfect home fragrance for the winter months. A complex and subtle blend of Clove, the zest of Bitter Orange and a touch of Cypress, the Bitter Orange fragrance creates a warm and uplifting background for the holiday season. The candle is available in the larger 7 oz. Woven Crystal Candle and the smaller 3.4 oz. Crystal Cane Candle.

2. Palais des Thes tea-scented candles come in a variety of inviting flowery, fruity and classic scents including Cherry Blossom and Earl Grey.

3. Created by veteran entertainment publicist and world traveler, Yvette Davis Gayle, The Sitota Collection are an exclusive collection of exotic, soy-based candles.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Alexander Wang x H&M Hits Stores November 6

Designer Alexander Wang will capitalize on the popularity of "athleisure" wear with his sporty H&M collaboration. Alexander Wang x H&M hits select stores and the chain's website on November 6.

Rihanna in Alexander Wang x H&M/ photo from H&M

A preview of the collection of fitness-inspired clothing and accessories for women and men landed in our inbox and at first look, we didn't see anything from the predominantly black and gray line that would inspire us to camp outside one of New York City's H&M stores.

Wang, however, is a prodigious talent who launched his brand in 2007 and is currently the creative director at Balenciaga. At 30, the New Yorker is the youngest and only American designer to do a collabo with the fast fashion retailer.

Prices for Alexander Wang x H&M range from $12.95 to $299.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Salted Caramel Apple Crisp Recipe from Crunchmaster

To help satisfy your apple season cravings, here's a sweet and savory recipe* for salted caramel apple crisp with crunchy almond streusel made using yummy, gluten free Crunchmaster crackers. Enjoy.

*Salted caramel apple crisp recipe by Jan V./Crunchmaster


Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup Crunchmaster Original Multi-Grain Crisps crushed
  • 4 large Honeycrisp Apples, peeled, cored and diced
  • 8 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup prepared caramel sauce
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt
  • 2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  •  6 Tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds, roughly chopped
  • vanilla ice cream (optional)

Directions
  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter a 9”x9” baking dish with 2 Tbsp. of butter.
  • In a bowl, toss together the apples, 4 Tbsp. of brown sugar, caramel sauce, salt and cinnamon. Mix well. Transfer the apple mixture to the baking dish.
  • In a bowl, combine the crushed Multi-Grain Crisps, oats, almond flour, almonds and the remaining 4 Tbsp. of brown sugar. Mix well.
  • Cut the remaining 4 Tbsp. of butter into small pieces and add it to the oats mixture. Using your fingers, rub the mixture together until crumbly.
  •  Sprinkle the mixture evenly on top of the apples and bake for 50 - 60 minutes, until the apples are tender and the topping is crisp.Allow to cool for 10 minutes before serving. 
  • Serve with vanilla ice cream, if desired.