December!

Already! I can't believe it!

I'm feeling the spirit! Kicked off December with my dear friend Dawn McCoy's birthday on the rooftop of Louis Vuitton on Rodeo Drive.

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Lady knows how to put together a cheese plate...

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...spent all of Saturday morning decorating veterans' homes with my favorite volunteer organization, Big Sunday...

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...and visited an old favorite - Clementine - where the Hannukah goodies were plentiful.

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I had a vegan roasted veggie salad, and Abe got a bowl with egg salad, couscous, and brussels sprouts. It's been so long since we've visited this place, and we still love it - even though it's not the most convenient to find a seat/parking spot.

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Thankful.

We wrapped production on the second half of "I Will Make You Mine" just a few days ago.

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A lot of what you have seen on this blog over the years is in the movie - from a funeral scene using my dad's photo, to food bloggers at my favorite neighborhood restaurant, Vernetti.

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You can see more behind-the-scenes on the @IWMYMfilm Instagram Stories. It was a lot on me emotionally and physically so I took a day to get off the grid in the desert with Abe...

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...ultimately I decided I would rather be home in my own kitchen, working on my movie. I roasted a Kabocha Squash, threw together a quick corn/zucchini/tomato salad, and roasted some cauliflower with a ready-made curry sauce.

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Hoping your Thanksgiving is full of love and exactly what your heart needs.

Cabbage Night

I know most people call Halloween Eve "Mischief Night" but where I grew up (in Bergen County, NJ) we called it "Cabbage Night." I haven't been eating many vegetables lately though, I'm sad to say. Though my recent dinner with Leslie Durso was a perfect Halloween meal - beet risotto. You could probably whip this up in December too, because the flecks of spinach were very Christmas-y.

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Last year I tried to be the singer Cat Power as my costume - I was going to put on cat ears, have an electric wire as my tail, and wear a homemade shirt identifying myself. But things didn't go so well...

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...so this year, I did a little more careful planning. I still don't love dressing up for Halloween but I did have a costume-required party to attend. Melanie Maras and I went as our favorite Netflix documentary this year. My entire outfit was from Rent the Runway, and I loved rocking the pieces separately the rest of the week.

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Things have been super busy with work - aside from acting in another movie, I've been getting ready to film the second half of "I Will Make You Mine." Here we are location scouting at a funeral home/mortuary, which was pretty appropriate for the season...

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...we are looking for voluntary extras next month - if you're in LA and interested, contact us!

Christmas 2017

Yesterday was my birthday and it was perfect.

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Whenever we're in LA on X-mas Eve, Abe and I like to drive to places that we usually avoid because of traffic and crowds. I've been wanting to visit Malibu Farm Cafe for a while, which is located at the end of the pier. Yesterday we got delicious matching vegan salads and enjoyed the view.

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Abe surprised me with some treats from Rising Hearts Bakery, which is entirely gluten-free, vegan, and kosher. A yummy cookie sandwich (above) and some gingerbread cookie dough that we studded with vegan/gluten-free chocolate chips and baked off this morning for a potluck party tonight.

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We've also been going to the theater a lot with our Movie Pass - Call Me By Your Name and Downsizing were both wonderful.

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Our Hawaii trip was our gift to one another, but Abe still got me something to open up - this old skool (but newly released) Polaroid camera. I plan on documenting 2018 highlights and framing it all at the end of the year.

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Happy Holidays!