A Favorite Winter Sheet Pan Recipe, a Swoon-Worthy Home Tour + Maya’s Quiet Luxury Wardrobe on Netflix ‘Fool Me Once’

Today on Weekend Meanderings a favorite winter sheet pan recipe, a swoon-worthy Southern California home tour, ‘Fool Me Once’ quiet luxury pieces and … I’m on a cruise!

Happy Weekend Friends!

It’s Saturday and I’m joining Kim and Elizabeth for our weekend roundup.

All manner of inspiration and going on.

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Ivy covered bunny and spring flower on front porch stool.

We made it through January!

Hopefully all our New Year’s resolutions and intentions are on track.

Today I woke up in Virgin Gorda.

In the British Virgin Islands.

Jim and I are on a winter vacation.

And for that reason today’s dispatch is a bit more mumble jumble than usual.

Let’s get right into it …


In 2022, Ritz Carlton debuted their first yacht (ahem, small cruise ship) the Evirma. Jim’s been following along and trying to talk me into a ‘yachting experience’ as Ritz Carlton likes to refer to it. Come on … it’s a cruise. Albeit on a smaller boat with fewer passengers than your average cruise. And therein lies my resistance. As a true introvert, with occasional outbursts of extroversion, the idea of being on a small ship with lots of people I don’t know feels intimidating. And I fear the age group on this type of adventure will skew way older (older than me) and will be a snoozefest. I like a traditional cruise on a larger ship where I can get lost in the crowd, all age groups roam the expansive decks and there is lots of activity swirling around me. And I can choose to join in or sit back and observe. Jim abhors this type of scenario. Although while he says that, when we took all the kids and their significant others on a ginormous cruise ship several years ago he appeared to be having the time of his life. In any event, I’m writing this prior to our departure so the jury is still out on what our experience will be. I’m cautiously optimistic. Stay tuned.

Evrima, Ritz Carlton Yacht Collection.

Here’s what I do know, the Evrima accommodates 289 guests … a lot of people if you’re at a wedding, but not so many on a cruise ship. Unlike a traditional cruise, there is no main dining room. There are six restaurants and round the clock in-suite dining. Only one restaurant, S.E.A., requires reservations and offers a European tasting menu. Read small portions of ‘adventurous’ foods paired with ridiculously expensive wines. AKA snooty. Jim, of course, is thrilled.

Evrima itinerary.

Our 5-Night Itinerary

When we’re back I’ll provide a full and detailed report. In the interim, if you’ve been on the Evirma or its ilk, please chime in the comments. I’d love to hear about your experience.

Rolling rack of clothes.

A major advantage to a cruise is that Jim doesn’t bitch about my luggage. I can throw caution to the wind and pack whatever I want into the biggest suitcase I own. Of course, we still have to deal with the airline weight limits … but this is a warm weather vacation so I feel pretty confident it won’t be a problem. If you’re interested in Ritz Carlton’s Yacht Collection check it out here.


A week ago Monday, Jim asked me about my plans for the week. I said, ‘my plans are to lose 10 lbs.’ Really? he responded. No, not really … it’s a little late for that. But maybe with a little increase in exercise and strict adherence to my standard 8-hour eating window, I might drop two. And that brings me to this nutritious and delicious Minty Ginger Green Juice from one of my favorite cookbooks, Lush Life, by Valerie Rice.  Sadly I can’t link to the recipe … but I encourage you to buy the book. Here’s how I make it – 2 servings – 1 cup chopped up pineapple, 1 cup arugula, 1 cup water, 1 oz fresh squeezed lime juice, 1/8 cup fresh, peeled ginger. Throw it all in a blender then pour over ice and garnish with lime wheels.

Two glasses of green juice on kitchen counter.

Recipe from Lush Life: Food & Drinks From the Garden


Last week Jim and I watched Fool Me Once, a wildly popular 8-part Netflix series adapted from a Harlan Coben novel. We didn’t love it but persevered to the end and the final episodes were intense. Maybe you need to read the novel to understand what’s happening. But it’s easy entertainment so no need to overthink.

What I did love was the main character, Maya Stern’s, quiet luxury wardrobe. She wore some fabulous jackets and coats, my favorite being a Dolce & Gabanna single breasted tweed coat. She wore it over a cream knit top (similar), with black trousers (my Alo trousers are very similar), and white sneaks (reportedly Nike Air Max).

Similar coats ~


Other stand outs in her extraordinary coat collection were a Maje quilted leather bomber jacket, Toteme’s shearling aviator jacket, Veronica Beard’s classic navy Miller blazer, and a matte black puffer jacket I can’t identify that she wore in the flying scenes. Alo makes a similar puffer I’ve had my eye on, linked below.

Similar looks for less ~


I wish I had time for a deeper dive, but I’m trying to get packed for our trip and the clock is tick tick ticking and Jim keeps coming in to ask how much longer I’m going to be.


Back to my pre-cruise health spurt, who doesn’t love a sheet pan meal? This chicken, Brussels sprouts, pancetta recipe is so good. I don’t recall where it came from. I think I tore it out of a magazine 10 or more years ago and it’s become a fall and winter staple at our house. And yes, I consider it healthy and it’s ketogenic which is so popular right now.

These are the best sheet pans … for baking and sheet pan meals.

Plate of Sheet Pan Chicken.

Roasted Chicken, Brussels Sprouts & Pancetta

4.67 from 3 votes
Servings 4


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp chopped rosemary
  • 1/2 tsp ground fennel seed
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 4 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs
  • 1/2 lb Brussels sprouts, halved and quartered
  • 1/4 cup diced pancetta
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine
  • 1 lemon thinly sliced into rounds, then halved
  • 1 shallot, sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tbsp sage leaves, julienned


  • Preheat oven to 475°
  • In a large bowl, combine half the olive oil, rosemary, ground fennel, salt and pepper. Add chicken and turn to coat.
  • In another large bowl, add Brussels sprouts, pancetta, wine, lemon, shallots, garlic and sage.
  • Drizzle over remaining olive oil, season with salt and pepper and toss together.
  • Pour Brussels sprout mixture onto sheet pan. If mixture has excess liquid, drain it off first. The spouts can't roast properly if too wet.
  • Place chicken thighs into Brussels sprouts skin side up.
  • Roast until sprouts are tender and juices in chicken run clear. About 30-40 minutes.


Every once in a while I stumble across a house that captures my imagination in such a way I can’t stop thinking – and dreaming – about it. And last week Homeworthy did just that. Get ready to swoon over this La Jolla masterpiece, owned and designed by Leslie Martin of M + M Interior Design.

A Cozy and Chic Beach Cottage in California


Odds & Socks ~

The Sisters Market Valentine Gift Boxes are ready to roll and I think there’s still time. You can also order a box of Cara Cara’s for your sweetheart … my Valentine dream, just in case you’re reading, Jim.

Last week I shared some Valentine gift ideas, a winter outfit, and a little zhushing around the house. If you missed it catch up here.

Current Favorites ~


And that’s what I have for you this week.

Let’s see what’s inspiring Kim and Elizabeth …



Until next time, cheers from the Caribbean!

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  • My husband has been itching to cruise on the Ritz also. Can’t wait for your review! I have the same sentiments about how I like to cruise. The smallest ship we’ve sailed on was Silversea-another ultra luxury line with a small guest capacity. Pretty staid, and my husband hated that there was no outdoor bar to hang at after returning from shore excursions! For a 5 night cruise, I’m sure you’ll have a lovely time in a beautiful part of the Caribbean on a beautiful ship! Bon voyage!

    • Thanks, Theresa. It was a wonderful experience and there were several outdoor bars! I’ll share more about the experience soon … but Jim and I both rate it 10 out of 10 and would definitely consider another trip on one their ‘yachts’ … there are two more going in the next year each a little bigger than the last but none with a passenger load exceeding 500. Perfect size … anyway, more later so stay tuned! xo

  • 5 stars
    I hope that you are having an amazing time on your cruise. From the photos on Instagram it looks relaxing. I hope that your introvert/extrovert self is not too uncomfortable. I feel the same way that you do, I am an introvert too.
    Love all of your outfits, I know it it hard not to over pack and honestly, if you don’t mind carrying your bag I don’t see a problem. It is always nice to have options.
    I have been on 2 cruises, one large one for a week, San Juan, Grenada, etc. And one small one in Europe from Malaga, to the Canary Islands, Morocco, Spain, etc and honestly I loved the smaller one better.
    All of the coats are beautiful! Coats are a weakness of mine.
    The sheet pan dinner looks scrumptious! Cannot wait to make it.
    Travel safe and have a wonderful week.

    • We’re back … and yes, I overpacked. I wore about half of what I brought, same with Jim. If we were to take a Ritz Carlton Yacht adventure again I’d go a lot lighter and more casual. Jim is already looking at itineraries so remind me I said this. Ha! Wow, your European cruise sounds wonderful, I’d love to do that. Jim is looking at the Mediterranean and the Greek Islands. Hope you had a great week and I’ll see you back here on Saturday. xo

  • 4 stars
    My husband and I have enjoyed cruising with Oceania which also has smaller ships and a luxury feel. Yes, the guests tend to be retired (older). Rarely are there children aboard. We have met many lovely people on these cruises. We always join a trivia team and that often has resulted in friendships around the world. I keep in contact through FB. So my advice is join some of the activities and you may meet some people who might be older but still interesting and fun.

    • Hi Cristi … I wish I read this before we left. I heard lots of people talking about the trivia onboard and if I’d been paying attention we would have joined. I’ve been on three cruises prior to this, all on bigger ships and loved each one. Jim is not a fan of the big boats and he’s brought me around to his idea of smaller boats. It was truly an amazing experience. I’d say all the passengers were 30-something into their 70’s but all young at heart, and ready to have a great time. There was a large group of gals on a bachelorette adventure. They had a great time. There were two children on the ship and I can’t imagine they had a very good time. That said, we and all the other ‘mature’ folks had the time of our lives. xo

  • Fun post, Juliet! I’ve cruised 7 times since my family took a French ship to Alaska in ’76 when us kids were 16-18, just before we began to leave the nest. It was great fun to go to the disco (and drink a bit) in international waters, and Alaska was gorgeous.

    That early experience made me a ‘cruise dreamer’ per my husband: perhaps I enjoy the idea of cruising as much/more? than doing it!

    In the last 12 years, we cruised on Crystal ocean from Iceland to Norway for our 25th anniversary and took a 2 week Crystal river on virtually every Northern Europe river for our 30th, before they went bankrupt (and rose separately with new owners). Since then, we tried Viking river in France, which was a bit too crowded for us after Crystal (and we got Covid onboard, which did not improve our impression…).

    That sheet pan recipe looks fantastic and I plan to try it! The recipe, and your comments on losing 2#, and your mention of an 8 hour window remind me that I’ve been curious about yours and Jim’s exercise regimens.

    Both of you look fit and slim, yet your diet (from what bits appear here) are not low fat. If it is within your comfort zone, I would love to hear about how you stay slender in a future post. My hubs and I have a more or less Mediterranean diet and I enjoy having some vegetarian meals, but I know we are not exercising enough days a week to keep our metabolisms high/er!

    I hope the Evrima and destinations are a lot more fun than you thought!

    • Hi Joan! Love hearing about your cruise experiences. Our last one was on a large ship with 8 kids aged 20 – 24. They had a great time and kept us as entertained as all the goings on on the ship. I had to laugh, no I do not follow a low fat diet! In fact, I try not to restrict myself at all … and eat what I want when I want in moderation. I’ve tended to be an intermittent faster long before the term was coined … eating dinner in my office around 4pm and nothing more until breakfast the next day. I eat breakfast, a big lunch and smaller dinner between 8-9 to 4-5. Of course, on weekends and when we go out I eat whenever everyone else is eating. And I’ve always said our dogs have been our personal trainers … even if I do no other exercise the dog walk always happens. Anyway, we’re back, Evrima was amazing and I’ll share more about it soon. xo

  • Hi Juliet,
    We have been on several cruises in our life mainly because it was an easy way for us to travel. Hauling the luggage around is a big advantage especially since I baked the kitchen sink and my blender. We loved Oceania, they treated us like royalty, we did many upgrades when we booked so maybe since we were spending $$$ it made a difference.
    The food was top notch and the service was 5 star. A much smaller ship. Many of the people were older because much younger folks perhaps are not comfortable spending close to $20,000 in a cruise. When you return I will share with you why we most likely when never cruise again. You can meet some very nice people. My husband is not into making small talk so we always dined alone at their upscale restaurants. I was okay with that. Since Jim enjoys his wine I’m sure he will be content and happy with the Ritz Carlton Yacht. It sounds lovely. You can be as social as you want. I don’t think it’s safe to use their pools. You DO NOT want to get sick on a cruise.
    Keep your hands clean and wash them often. I hope you do not mind me giving you suggestions. I’m sharing because I care. Have a wonderful time. Look forward to hearing about your cruise, it sounds so special. I bet the scenery is beautiful.

    • Thanks for your insights, Katherine! And I’m dying to hear about your no-cruise again policy. We had a wonderful time, the ship was beautiful, food excellent and it was a very low key, street free experience. I’m definitely open to doing it again, Jim has his mind on the Greek islands in 2025. xo

  • OMG I loved the fashion in Fool Me Once too! I’ve been focusing all of my new buying choices on the inspiration there! (Loved how she wore a leather jacket with wide-leg black pants and a white t-shirt. And I love her earrings too lol!) Thanks for that and the great meal ideas. Always need those!

    • Yes, the wide-leg black pants were fabulous … everything she wore was fabulous. It distracted me from the bizarre plot. Sheet pan meals are the best, hope you try (and love) it! xo

  • 5 stars
    Juliet I’m so excited to hear more about your trip. I am not a cruise person, but this smaller one looks not so bad. I love the area you went to and what a perfect time to go with this bad weather. Can’t wait to see your outfits. The Insta pics you look so cute.
    Love that long wool coat! A tweed coat is always so good. Have to put this on our list to watch!
    Sheet pan dinner looks delicious too.
    I watched her video of the pretty La Jolla House and want to use so many ideas. I already had asked Max to our up curtain by our door and he thought I was nuts, so I showed him this!
    Hope you’re having a relaxing week of re-entry!

  • Your IG asks for sheet suggestions. Somehow I could not respond there. Last year I bought Quince linen sheets after researching others.Reviews were good and they were more affordable than others. Linen is not as smooth as percale & took awhile for me to get used to but I do love them in summer. I also bought a Piglet in Bed gingham set in percale & very happy with the look & feel.

    • Hi Sue, sorry, I think that after the 24-hour period a story is live you can no longer interact with it. So thanks for persevering and leaving the comment here. I’m not familiar with Piglet in Bed. What a cute name … I’m going to check it out. Have the best weekend! xo

  • Hi Juliet! I hope you enjoyed the cruise! It looked fabulous and I have to admit I was kind of jealous… Just finished watching Fool Me Once too. Can’t say I loved it either, but you are right — the clothes were great! Your juice recipe sounds delicious!

  • Hi, I’m Juliet … welcome to Make Mine a Spritzer where we talk about all things home décor, classic style and more! I’m so happy you’re here!

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