Welcome back to Five Things Friday! We had a little hiatus while in Italy, but you should probably be grateful of that because it would have been the same things every Friday: gelato, pasta, and pizza.
Today marks the end of my first full week back after vacation and I’m back in the swing of things. The weather is finally starting to warm up and the sun is out more and more these days, so it looks like the cold and snow may actually be over (fingers crossed).
To kick off the weekend, here are some of my favorite things from the week. Let me know some of yours in the comments!
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1. Nourishing Superfood Bowls
I’ve been a fan of Lindsay’s for several years now. We have interacted through social media, emails, and I was able to finally meet her in person at last year’s Everything Food Conference. She recently released her first cookbook and OMG. It is BEAUTIFUL. If you like healthy, colorful, magical food like I do, then this book is definitely for you.
All the meals are gluten-free and there are options to make things dairy-free, paleo, etc. Even if you just love looking at pictures of food, you should buy this book for that alone. Her recipes though are always phenomenal and I’d highly recommend it.
2. Rice Bran Oil
I found myself with a large quantity of rice bran oil from NOW Foods (their Ellyndale line) and wasn’t quite sure what to do with it. When I ran out of cooking spray for my scrambled eggs, I decided to start using this in place of it.
It works great when I make eggs on a daily basis and it’s also a good choice for salad dressings if you’re looking to mix things up a little bit.
3. Sir Kensington’s Squeeze Bottles
You guys already know I love Sir Kensington’s. What I love even more is that they have more squeeze-bottle options. Glass containers look cute, but aren’t my favorite to use because honestly I just want to squeeze and go. I’m also always afraid I’m going to break one because I’m clumsy. 🙂 As you might be able to tell, spicy mustard is my fave.
4. Cooking Club
Last Friday Neil and I attended a cooking club at one of the Reside Living properties. The premise is simple — there are different recipes for each part of the meal and you simply choose where you want to work prepping and cooking while meeting new people and having conversations.
This may sound terrifying to other introverts like me, but it was actually a really nice time. You can move to a different station if you want and it’s all a collaborative process. For the entire dinner we had veggie stuffed shells, kale salad, garlic monkey bread, and inside out chocolate strawberries. When it was all done, we sat down and enjoyed everyone’s work. It was definitely a really cute idea and I’d be happy to go again.
5. What Made Maddy Run by Kate Fagan
Guys, this book is great. When I saw Davida post about it on her stories, I ordered it immediately and then drove to an Amazon pickup location because I didn’t want to wait for it to come in the mail. I started AND finished it that night in about 6 hours.
From noted ESPN commentator and journalist Kate Fagan, the heartbreaking and vital story of college athlete Madison Holleran, whose death by suicide rocked the University of Pennsylvania campus and whose life reveals with haunting detail and uncommon understanding the struggle of young people suffering from mental illness today.
I related before I even opened the book; as someone who is athletic, a type-A perfectionist for far too long, and someone who didn’t understand what was happening when depression knocked me on my back. Sadly, Maddy’s story had a much more tragic ending, but I bought the book 1) because I identified and 2) because it’s so important for more people to talk about these things. Fagan, the book’s author, also does a great job analyzing the failings of the college sports systems in terms of dealing with mental health issues.
It’s a really quick and great read if any of these things appeal to you. You can read more yourself here.
That’s all I’ve got for this week guys — make sure to check back on Monday for a new post!