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Happy Turkey week! Wow! Like everyone else I have a million to dos to do. We are having several families over to our house for a traditional American Thanksgiving. Turkey and all the trimmings- gluten free. We'll see how that goes. It looks like it shouldn't be too difficult. On paper. Let's see how it goes in practice. I thought I'd share some of my contacts that have proved helpful during the Thanksgiving season.

  • If you need to add some sparkle to your home for Thanksgiving, visit my post for Live Sigma Kappa last week. I instructed how to make the glittering pots above. 
  • The elf on the shelf will probably be making his first appearance this week in our house. Check out my Elf pinterest page for loads of creative ideas. 
  • I gathered all the Thanksgiving recipes I've cooked on one pinterest page from last year and this year. So they are not all gluten free. The persmisson wrapped with bacon and skewered with a rosemary twig appetizer was a big hit last year. This year I'm going to attempt gluten free Chex mix as well.
  • Leading up to Thanksgiving, I've been trying to eat healthier. Lately, I am completely hooked on lentils on a bed of spinach or rocket for my lunch. If I'm hungrier I'll add a small salmon filet. It's delish!
  • Whenever I have any doubt about cooking anything I use my cookbook bible, The Joy of Cooking. I brought the 1997 edition with me to Hong Kong and I left the 1975 edition in  storage. Yes, I have that many cookbooks that they could not all come to Asia! They even have an app now. And they even have suggested Thanksgiving day menus. Complete with how to carve a turkey. 

Well, I best be off. I'm thirteen hours ahead of the states and so far Monday's been productive. Off to pilates to minimize the upcoming damage on Turkey day!

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Ok, so it's not Monday. Happy Tuesday, but since I waited a day I have more to share. Yesterday I had lunch at Din Dai Fung. They are a Michelin starred restaurant specializing in xiao long bao. There are six branches in the states. All in Seattle and California. It was especially delish.

I have lots to do this week. I know who doesn't? I'm headed to China this week to pick up some clothes and handmade tassels. Yeah, they don't go together. The tassels don't go with the pants! Before I head up north here are some tidbits for you to enjoy this morning....

  • I just convinced my daughter to do her animal report on pygmy seahorses, because seriously they are just too adorable. Check it out. It will make you smile!
  • Jerry Seinfeld interviewed Stella McCartney. What else do you need to know? Oh, and Jerry's new season of Comedians in Cars getting Coffee just kicked off. 
  • Someone could make a killing by opening a Chipolte in Hong Kong. Until them it's my summer vacation treat. While I'm there I may have to experiment with this guy's suggestions.
  • Target may not deliver to Hong Kong, but that didn't stop me from ordering from the Tom's collection on Sunday. My family graciously allows me to ship orders to their houses and I gather my goodies in the summer. Which is why you'll probably never see me writing a blog, 'how to move half way around the world with one suitcase.' Nope
Have a great week! My Tuesday's almost over and I can report it was very productive. So there's hope.


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So yeah,we play soccer on concrete here in Hong Kong. I bet some kids play on grass, but it's pretty limited. Usually when there's grass in Hong Kong, there's an accompanying sign warning you to stay off the grass.

Having pilates and yoga on Monday really kicks off my week. It really starts my week off right and makes Tuesday morning a bit slow moving. So here are my favs from last week while I muster a downward dog...

* Think your groceries are expensive? Well, if you are in Hong kong you are probably right. But when we moved from Ohio to Virginia, I was in sticker shock the first couple times after grocery shopping. Finally, an explanation as to why. Virginia is the most expensive state to feed a family.

* If you are planning a visit to Hong Kong any time soon. One of my most important recommendations is to learn how to use chopsticks asap. In alot of the restaurants you will only be given chopsticks and just try asking for a fork -- in Cantonese! Here's a helpful article on how to use chopsticks and their history.

* Most days I try to forget, but I really miss my American walk in closet. So it's no surprise that seeing this closet brought tears to my eyes. And a renewed energy to reorganize what I do have in The Kong. See more of my favorites on pinterest. Have a peek at my previous closet here in Hong Kong. It's going to be awhile before I could show you my current one.

* I used to be dead set against acupuncture. Now I look forward to it. So I am intrigued to see the WSJ report that there may be some basis to traditional Chinese medicine.

* We need to have some new dinners in our house. I'm kinda sick of chicken. This pasta looks good and I can use gluten free pasta instead. I think it's a go. Looks yummy!

* If you missed it I shared some pictures from our Australia trip last week. I really wish I could take another beach walk again this morning.

Well, since it's Monday I'll leave you with this snippet from Mindy Kaling,

"Sometimes you just have to put on lipgloss and pretend to be psyched." 

xox, c

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