Five Things Friday #105 - Erin's Inside Job

Five Things Friday #105

Yay — Friday is here!

It’s been a busy week and I’m definitely looking forward to the weekend. I’m going to a workout tomorrow morning, but then probably collapsing on the couch for most of the day. Sunday I have a couple things to get done, but mostly errands and making sure that everything is in order for our trip to Yosemite next week! I only work Monday and then we are off on adventures Tuesday-Sunday, so follow along!

To wrap up the week, I’m sharing some of my favorite things. Gasp — they’re all food except one. ๐Ÿ™‚

1. New Perfect Bar Flavors

There’s actually three new flavors, but I opted for only getting these two because I’m not a huge coconut fan. I finally found them in one of our Whole Foods stores here in Chicago and they’re great! Surprisingly, I think I like the blueberry cashew flavor over maple almond, but both are delicious. Have you tried the new flavors yet?

Perfect Bar

2. Squash Season

Since it’s now officially fall, I’m starting to see more squash variety in the stores and my beloved delicata is back in season. My ultimate favorite is kabocha, and one that I will happily take the time to cut and roast, but delicata comes in a close second. Also, you will note that my two favorites are ones where you can eat the peel because although I’ll take the time to roast them, peeling them is a whole other story. This is why you’ll rarely see me with some butternut.

Delicata Squash

3. CLIF Oatmeal

When I first received these for an upcoming campaign, I thought the boxes would have packets of dry oatmeal to prepare. Then I got excited because it was the perfect thing for my laziness AND early mornings. There are two flavors — apple cinnamon and banana maple — which come in squeezable packs that you can just take and go.

I’ve been having one before my workouts and they’reย super convenient. I also think I’m going to pack some for our upcoming trip!

CLIF Oatmeal

4. Ghee

A friend on Instagram reminded me that I have a whole container of ghee just sitting in my pantry. I whipped it out to make my scrambled eggs and OMG. It’s magical. If you’re not familiar, ghee isย a clarified butter typically used in Indian cuisines (and other Middle Eastern countries). I have it because I went through an Indian food phase and because it makes me feel more like a real Indian.

Since Neil grew up with it, he actually hates the smell, so I terrorize him in the morning by making eggs as often as I can. Obviously, since it is a form of butter there is a high amount of fat, but I only use a small amount like I would with oil to prevent sticking from the pan. So good.


5. Crossfit

I bit the bullet this week and bought a package of Crossfit classes. I’ve been supplementing my workouts with one class a week and I really enjoy the challenge of it. It’s not something I intend on doing as my primary workout, but I definitely like the feeling of accomplishment when I’m done.

In my normal HIIT classes, I’m used to going nonstop and as hard as I can so that I’m dead in a puddle of sweat at the end. Crossfit has been a little different because there are much longer rests and way more emphasis on stretching and mobility — both things that I need to focus on. At first the rests made me uncomfortable and I was like COME ON LET’S GO WOOOOOO, but I’m learning to appreciate the need for them and get more comfortable with the structure.


That’s all I’ve got this week guys — let me know about what’s coming up for you this weekend!


  • What’s one of your favorite things this week?
  • What are your weekend plans?

22 comments on “Five Things Friday #105

    1. I wouldn’t have ever had it unless I was married to an Indian haha. I had never even heard of it til I met his family!

  1. Yosemite sounds amazing! It is high up there on my travel bucket list. Love this round-up of products – that oatmeal looks interesting and convenient! I’ve taken strength classes similar to crossfit before and the big breaks in between exercises definitely took some getting used to – it sure forced me to work harder when I was actually lifting!
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  2. Cow ghee, I just don’t know. I have a hard enough time eating my eggs. I can get turned off by smells so I can feel Neil’s pain. I’ve seen it in recipes, so may try it…some day.

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