Julianna Strickland

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chicken pozole verde

David and I spent Christmas this year in Kansas where we had a delicious white chicken chili at Old Mill Tasty Shop. After coming home to LA, David asked if I’d recreate something similar to eat at home. Because he doesn’t love beans, I went for something more akin to a pozole verde so we could use hominy instead. Pozole verde usually has pork instead of chicken, but I prefer the taste of chicken so I went with that. Because of these swap outs it’s not super traditional, but the end result is still really tangy and hearty and healthy!

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Kitschy Christmas

Somehow, as a millennial, the 1950’s are nostalgic for me. As a kid I loved to wander the aisles of dusty, sprawling antique malls with my mom, digging for treasure. We ferried home vintage Fiesta pitchers and mint green Jadeite bowls and any piece of Pyrex bakeware we could get our hands on. When considering how to celebrate the holiday this year, I kept returning to my fascination with retro holiday decor: shiny silver tinsel made of lead (oh god!), bottlebrush trees, and of course, the ubiquitous holiday spread.

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a very witchy cocktail hour

The fascinating thing about humans is how many layers we have. I am usually the bright, cheery one who likes to use lots of bright colors in her projects. But occasionally I like to embrace my darker, moodier side. Enter…HALLOWEEN. With my blogging partner in crime Ashley & my name doppleganger Juliana Rose (the talent behind the lens), we collaborated to create a eerie tablescape scene in the forest.

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blackberry sage gin & tonic

HELLO HALLOWEEN. I am totally smitten with this cocktail. I am a hippie at heart and love burning palo santo, incense, and...you guessed it…dried sage. Burning sage, or smudging, is an ancient spiritual practice thought to get rid of negative energy. Regardless of your beliefs about this, burning sage smells awesome and adds a whimsical and grounding element to this gin & tonic. Fresh muddled blackberries give it a spooky red hue making it perfect for your next All Hallows Eve get-together.

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ombre napkins + outdoor dinner parties

I’m lucky enough to have two hilarious & wonderful sisters in my life, but GOOD NEWS, David also has a sister and I married David so now I get three sisters instead of two. This new additional sibling is named Jennifer and she’s a delight and she just moved to LA from NYC, so I decided to throw her a dinner to celebrate her birthday and her big move. Jennifer has a ton of friends in her life (a side effect of being the nicest person in the world), so David affectionately refers to her birthday as “The 12 Days of Jennifer” because she essentially needs 12 days of celebrations so everyone can get in on the fun.

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