September 22, 2021

Friday Faves

Hello hello and happy Friday.

Chinese Chicken Salad

Chinese Chicken Salad

Well, we are back to it. Back to figuring out what’s for dinner and who has to be where at what time as we slip out of that lovely summer ease and enter back into the swing of school, work, and routine.

But! There’s no point in dwelling on summer’s dimming light. I’m going to take the silver lining of lessons I’ve learned from the scramble of the past year where routine was non-existent, and bring them with me to a new stage of hope and optimism.

With each passing season I find myself sitting down to make a list of goals and ambitions. It feels good to take pen to paper and empty my buzzing brain of my to-do list while creating my to-be list alongside it. Funnily enough, except for swapping out my swimsuit for snow boots, my lists don’t change a whole lot from one season to another. But making note of the things I want to do and the person I wish to be and the community I want to provide for you provides a starting point and a jumpstart to start afresh.

When was the last time you sat down with yourself to check in on your habits and look forward? Manifestation is real (even Oprah says so), and you are the key to making your life’s happiness happen.

This summer, after 11 years of working my tail off as the solopreneur of FoodieCrush, I gave myself a summer vacation and took time away from the blog. It was much needed and boy did it feel good. The time away permitted me to think, evaluate, and discover new inspiration. So now, it’s time to get back to work, and because I put myself first, I’m ready. Let’s go!

But first, let’s dig into this week’s Friday Faves. Enjoy!

If you like feel-good tear jerkers, this Sundance winning movie is a such a good one. My husband and I were both wiping our eyes as we smiled our way through it.


This article on how they made it accessible with Deaf actors is so interesting and inspiring.

13 good background shows to watch on Netflix while you’re doing other stuff.

Vegan, gluten-free, in general picky eaters…How to create a menu that accommodates everyones.

This crocheted canopy shows someone had some time on their hands…and made the most of it.

The easiest way to pick out the best, cheap bottles of rosé.

Abs sell! And that’s why these buns are packaged to look like rock hard abs—so clever.

I’ve never grilled beets, but now I want to.

Add a scoop of rice to this shrimp dish and dinner is served.

The kids will LOVE these pepperoni lasagna roll ups.

Gnocchi pot pie? YEEEEESSS all day long!

I’ve been craving these cookies and boom! they show up in my feed.

Imagine tomato jam slathered on warm sourdough? You got it.

Ricotta with pasta is my love language.

You got peaches? Make this quick bread.

The cinnamony, crackly top of this berry dessert is what summer foodie dreams are made for.

A one-pan plant-based meal the whole family will dig into.

Granitas like this have been my thing this summer.

This is 100% a pantry pleaser: Kimchi fried rice.

Simple but bold, these meatballs mean dinner is ready in 30 minutes.

Putting easy salads like this one on repeat (pictured above) are my favorite lunches.

If you’re in to ear piercings, here’s 7 spots on the ear to add one.

This simple fingernail painting trick will save your at-home mani.

If you’re shooting videos or tutorials of yourself, this ring light will light you right.

With over 35,000 4+star reviews, this fly trap is the way to get rid of the annoying buggers.

Deck the walls: 9 places to find budget friendly artwork.

The most popular house styles through the decades.


Now you could own $100 million worth of Picassos from this Las Vegas restaurant. Does it come with the kitchen staff too?

The easy way to turn your plain square hallway into an arched hallway.

5 of the hottest gifting trends of the year.

If you don’t have it all figured out, check this out.

Ok! That’s it for this week. Have a grand weekend!

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