Sseko Designs GIVEAWAY!

September 30, 2014 by Ali

You see that gorgeous scarf, cute clutch set, and sweet booties up there?

Those weren’t just made by anyone.

As I talked about in yesterday’s post, they were made by an amazing collective of women in Uganda who are behind one of my favorite organizations — Sseko Designs. Theirs is one of the coolest stories I know in fashion. And today, one of you lucky readers will win this gift set with pieces selected from their (new!) fall collection valued at $250. Even cooler?? You can rock these pieces knowing that they were handmade by individual women who are taking brave, bold steps to break the cycle of poverty and make their communities a brighter place.

So click below to enter for a chance to win, and learn more about the amazing story of Sseko and how you can be a part of it. This is something I’m super passionate about, so join me!

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Baked Samosas (2 Ways!)

September 29, 2014 by Ali

Look out, world. I finally learned how to make samosas. Actually, I learned how to make real-deal traditional vegetarian samosas, but then had the idea to also try converting them into a (considerably) quick-and-easier version in mini phyllo cups. So today I’m sharing two samosa recipes below, which happen to be naturally vegan as well. More on those in a minute…

First, I want to tell you a story.

You know I love a good story. And this is one that’s full of bravery, strength, justice, beauty, empowerment, and celebration. And it’s a story with a remarkable cast of strong women playing the leading roles.

It’s the story of Sseko.

I’m guessing that many of you may already be familiar with Sseko Designs, and their lace-up sandals that have been the buzz of the fashion world the past few years. But many people don’t know the amazing story behind them. The story of real women on the ground in Uganda working day in and day out to pursue the dreams and break the cycle of poverty and make the world a seriously brighter place right now. Like, as you read this, lives and communities are being changed for good. And their bravery is inspiring more bravery in Uganda, and around Africa, and even all the way around the world to my little kitchen in Kansas City….where my good friend Maux and I hosted a dinner with friends last week to join in with the #SsekoBrave movement. Because good stories like theirs are meant to be celebrated and discussed and learned from.

And all the better over good samosas, right??

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15 Amazing Autumn Salad Recipes

September 28, 2014 by Ali

I eat a lot of salads during the summer. So many salads, that when fall rolls around, I feel like I can scale back — take a little salad vacation if you will. Those leafy greens can wait, I’ve got pot roast and stews to consume.

But these salads are an exception.

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Fuji Apple Chicken Salad (Panera Bread Copycat)

September 26, 2014 by Ali

I’m bringing this one back up from the archives to share with you today. Because I’m pretty sure we all need more of this salad in our lives.

I only have a handful of restaurant copycat recipes here on the blog. But after having ordered the Fuji apple chicken salad at Panera for nearly a decade, I decided a few years ago that it was high time to learn how to make it for myself. Because clearly, it must be a keeper if I’m still not tired of it after so many years. (The same goes for their French onion soup, which I’m convinced is made with some magical secret ingredient that makes it better than all French onion soups. I digress…)

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Candied Pecans

September 25, 2014 by Ali

I’ve heard it said that most of the enjoyment of a glass of wine comes from the smell.

But I’m pretty sure the same goes for candied nuts.

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Chicken Parmesan Baked Ziti

September 24, 2014 by Ali

Do you ever look at your life and wonder just how you came to be where you are today?

I had one of those moments in the kitchen this past week when I was making this chicken parmesan baked ziti.

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2-Ingredient Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken

September 22, 2014 by Ali

Holy cannoli! For those of you who missed it, I posted a roundup of Slow Cooker Dinner Recipes yesterday on the blog, and it absolutely crazy on Pinterest last night. I guess you all love your slow cookers!

I’m definitely a slow cooker fangirl too. In fact, the weather has cooled down and it’s now perfectly appropriate to cook dinner in the oven. But lately, I’ve still been letting my slow cooker do all of the work. It is just way too easy! And when it comes to 2-ingredients like this BBQ shredded chicken, it is even easier than easy. Yet the result is a big batch of shredded chicken that is still so flavorful, so moist, and so good. And it can be used in sandwiches, salads, soups, tacos, or whatever sounds good.

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15 Slow Cooker Dinner Recipes

September 21, 2014 by hayley

It’s that time of year again. The time when we sadly bid all those lovely summer tomatoes adieu, and turn on the slow cooker. As summer fades into fall and the nights grow cooler, there isn’t much more comforting than coming home after a long day’s work to a house permeated with the smell of dinner simmering away.

These one-pot dishes are perfect week night go-to’s because they practically make themselves. I like to call recipes like these “hibernation food.” They’re warm, filling, and satisfying, and the best part is you can do just about all your prep in the morning or the night before, so you barely have anything to mess with later.

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