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Thanksgiving Leftovers Egg Rolls
For diet reasons a while ago, I told myself I wouldn’t post two fried Fryday recipes back to back (if you missed last week’s Pumpkin Cheesecake Wontons, you should unmiss them). Today, I’m breaking that rule, but for a few choice reasons: (1) I have an incredible Thanksgiving Leftovers Egg Rolls recipe that I just have to share, (2) Turkey Day is soon upon us and we all know diet rules go out the window this time of year, and (3) this is my blog and I can make and break the rules as I please. 

So with that said, let me introduce what I believe to be the absolute best, most appetizing, crowd-pleasing way to repurpose your Thanksgiving leftovers, and egg roll wrappers are all you need to add to the grocery list. Easy and low maintenance just how I like it. 

If you entertain or go to potlucks the Friday or Saturday after Thanksgiving like we do, this is a great recipe to have in your back pocket, because let’s face it, no matter how aggressively we stuff our faces, we always have turkey, stuffing and mashed potatoes left over. Excessive food preparation is one of America’s many charms. Leftovers are great, but no one wants to show up at their friend’s doorstep with a plate of turkey scraps or a bowl of half-eaten mashed potatoes. That wouldn’t be so classy of us. So what is one to do?

Well, one option would be to whip up something entirely new in your tired, post-Black-Friday state. The second is to take the delicious leftovers you already have, roll them into easy-on-the-eyes appetizer egg rolls, perfect for a party, and fry them up in just a matter of minutes. I’ll take the second option, and hope you will too.

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Recipe Reciprocity - Sweet Potato & Pineapple CasseroleRecipe Reciprocity - Brussel Sprouts with Cranberries & PecansRecipe Reciprocity - Green Beans in Garlic Mushroom SauceRecipe Reciprocity - Cranberry Orange MuffinsRecipe Reciprocity - Pumpkin Cream Cheese Roll
For today’s Recipe Reciprocity, I thought I’d share some great Thanksgiving recipes, but not for the obvious menu items like turkey or stuffing, because everyone already has their favorites there. Instead, I’m highlighting some great sides and desserts that are a little out of the ordinary, but big on awesome. 

1. I didn’t think sweet potato casserole could be improved, but then I stumbled upon Chattavore’s Sweet Potato & Pineapple Casserole and I knew I had to give it a try. 
2. When I’m stuffing my face with turkey, potatoes and stuffing, it’s easy to forget about eating my vegetables. Such an oversight is far less likely with a Rachel Schultz’s Pan-Seared Brussels Sprouts with Cranberries, Pecans and Gorgonzola
3. Green bean casserole made with Campbell’s Cream of Mushroom Soup and French’s Fried Onions is up there with my favorite Thanksgiving sides. Fully aware that it’s not exactly the classiest dish, I have big plans for Dora Daily’s Roasted Green Beans with Garlic Mushroom Sauce
4. I love cranberries with anything, so Thanksgiving is always a treat for me. Sally’s Baking Addiction’s Cranberry Orange Muffins seem like a great way to keep the Turkey-Day feeling going strong. 
5. There are few things better than the combination of pumpkin and cream cheese, but rolling them up as they are in Neighborfood’s Pumpkin Cheesecake Roll and I think we have a winner.

That’ll do it for this week’s hat tip to my fellow food bloggers. Thanks for all the great inspiration, ladies!

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Hot-Chocolate-for-Days

There’s no denying it. It’s going to get a whole lot colder before it gets warmer. So, on this Thirsty Thursday, I thought I’d revisit some of my favorite hot chocolate recipes for warming up to. Plus, the Facebook page recently hit 800 likes – quite a big feat, so please join me in raising a mug full of hot chocolate to our newfound friends. Cheers!

Check out my favorites below:
Nutella Hot Chocolate // Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate // Green Tea Hot Chocolate // Eggnog Hot White Chocolate // Peppermint Hot Chocolate

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Pic Me Up - 11.19
Hello hello! Not much to report around these parts, so I’m just sharing a few pictures from the last week or two. Lots of good, warm food to help ease into the season, with lots more ahead I’m sure. Happy Hump Day!

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Fortune Finds73
I hope this Tuesday finds you well. Here are some of my latest desires and distractions. 

1. Oh Joy! for Target strikes again with a great line of holiday-themed products for darling entertaining. I want one of everything. (Target)
2. Since I haven’t been in my early 20s for a couple of years now, I thought the hostel ship had long sailed. These expertly-designed hot hostels have me rethinking my ruling them out. Too bad, Brian, now in his early 30s, won’t agree no matter how stylish. (Conde Nast Traveller)
3. Angry breakup songsare the best, aren’t they? Here’s a round-up of the best “lady-revenge music videos,” a list inspired by Taylor Swift’s fabulous Blank Space video. (Glamour)
4. Speaking of breakups, this still legally married couple’s story on how they “uncoupled” really irks me out. I blame Gwyneth. (Good Housekeeping)
5. My Target-purchased snow boots have served me well for several years, but it might be time for an upgrade. I love the look of these Sperry Top-Sider for J.Crew Shearwater Buckle Boots
6. The ponytail is something I still struggle with. I’m willing to give these fancier versions a try, but I’m still not convinced I’ll ever look good in one. (Elle)
7. Holiday gift-brainstorming is in full swing around these parts. To help me with my planning, I love consulting store gift guides. They’re always so festive and well-curated and really get me in the gift-giving spirit. C. Wonder’s got a great one, and I particularly love this heart knot earring box. From experience, I know that they have great gift boxes, so no wrapping required. (C. Wonder)
8. For a good laugh at mostly serious anchorman Anderson Cooper, you’ll want to watch this. Major kudos to his coworkers. And not washing expensive jeans is a thing? Really? Suddenly, I’m relieved name-brand jeans isn’t one of my burdens. (YouTube)

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Martha & Me
If you don’t follow me on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook, you missed some pretty big news. I met the one and only Martha Stewart! 

It was on Friday morning at Bloomberg’s The Year Ahead Conference here in Washington, DC. Martha was in attendance and I was there to field produce our television coverage. I don’t usually get starstruck (with the other exception of meeting the Obamas) and prefer to “play it cool,” but as soon as I spotted her, I knew I had to make an introduction. The only thing standing in my way was the sweat that suddenly attacked my usually dry hands, so after waiting a few minutes to calm down, I made my move.  

I said something like, “Hi-I’m-Yang-I-love-you-You’re-my-hero-I-bake-and-have-a-blog-inspired-by-you.” She then did the unthinkable and asked me to write the address down for her. So I did, hand and pen shaking.

Now, I fully realize she was just doing it out of kindness and likely never gave it a look, but the fact that I even got to tell her about it, and to then hear the great Martha Stewart repeat the words ”Fortune Goodies” was a dream come true. 

The days since then have been a lot less eventful and productive (lazy Saturday and up in New York for work on Sunday), so I’ll just leave you with well wishes for the new week and this prized new photo of mine. Happy Monday!

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