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November’s brisk autumnal chill and beautifully changing leaves mark the perfect time to celebrate your most generous self. Iconic images of perfectly styled, cozy homes and bountiful family gatherings are not always realistic. It’s important to remember that life is not always picture perfect. Try and experience the season without stress while embracing those around you. Be patient with your friends, family, and community this month of political and societal change. Do your best to listen, be kind, generous, civil and have empathy for others.
Invite your loved ones over to show your appreciation, and make an easy meal ahead of time – we recommend Bon Appétit’s one-pot baked pasta with sausage and broccoli rabe. Liven up the ease of the meal with Food 52’s caramelized butternut squash wedges with a sage hazelnut pesto or Barefoot Contessa’s adventurous orange-braised carrots & parsnips. This easy and seasonally-appropriate meal will leave you with enough time to fully cherish moments with friends and family.
Celebrate Veterans day on the 11th and honor those who have put their life on the line for the safety of our country. Consider expanding some of your generosity to causes that honor bravery, whether that be veterans, queer youth, or equality, as we can all make a difference in the lives of others. Channel this same generous spirit on the 24th for Thanksgiving. Give thanks for the beautiful life you have and the opportunities, joy, and love that surround you. Be sure to save on gifts for those you love, and those that deserve them, by shopping on Black Friday (the 25th) and Cyber Monday (the 28th), but don’t forget to spread some of this month’s generosity to yourself!
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October always brings a certain sense of whimsy to fall: chilly evenings with skies tinted purple, peak autumnal walks in winding leaf littered streets, and seasonally-spiced warm drinks shared with friends and loved ones. It is the perfect time to add a little bit of quirky eccentricity to your everyday life before the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. Grab your favorite sweater and lean into your creative side with a new hobby or two: try out a pottery class! Join a book club! Allow the whimsy of the October air to shake up your daily routine.
Carry your newfound playful mindset into the kitchen with dishes that are fun to make and fun to serve, like Bon Appétit’s harissa and maple roasted carrots. Mixing up your normal flavor profile is an easy way to add some of this month’s mischievous whimsy. While you’re at it, add some sweetness to a weeknight staple with Food52’s sugar steak with bourbon, before finishing off the evening with some spice with Barefoot Contessa’s Mexican Hot Chocolate.
With Halloween on the horizon for the end of the month on the 31st, flex your imagination with an out-of-the-box unexpected costume idea, even if you spend the night in with friends and family. Add some whimsy to your snack life by spicing up your favorite nut mix with cinnamon, chocolate chips, or goji berries on the 22nd for national nut day. But while you are celebrating the fun, the quirkiness, and the of-the-moment living that this month brings, also reflect on the strength of women around the world, as October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Go on a walk to support the cause, or speak with those you love about getting regular check-ups. Whatever you do this month, have fun and be whimsical!
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