Five Things Friday #176 - Erin's Inside Job

Five Things Friday #176

Hello all! Happy Friday!

I don’t know about anyone else, but I’ve felt like I’m dragging this week. I’ve felt tired, worn out, and have my fingers crossed that I’m not coming down with something. I’ve managed to last all winter without getting sick, so let’s not have it start now!

Thankfully this weekend is low key, so I plan to spend it hanging out at home and forcing Donut to love me (and Neil). To kick it off, here’s what I’m loving this week!

1. Tropical plants at Trader Joe’s

I walked into Trader Joe’s the other day and was delighted to see their new assortment of tropical plants.

I already have one of their succulents (which is still alive!) and I’m incrementally getting larger and larger plants, so I knew I needed one of these immediately. This was my favorite of the assortment they had, but there were other ones I would have gotten as well. My only issue is that I don’t know the actual type of plant and it didn’t come with any information aside from “tropical plant,” so I’m going to have to do my best to keep it alive.

If you know what kind of plant this is, let me know!

2. Sesamaise Tahini Dips & Spreads

I was sent some of these tahini spreads earlier in the week and I’m really excited to get into all of them. I had a phone call with the owner who gave me 21345678 different suggestions of what to do with tahini — including using it in baking. My issue with it was not that I didn’t like it, but that I wasn’t sure what to do with it besides make salad dressing. Ha.

One thing I like about the company is that one of the main goals is to help unite Israeli and Palestinian families, who have notoriously had conflicts. The sesame is sourced from both and as the demand grows, they will have to find a way to work together to fulfill the need. They are currently holding a crowdfunding campaign from now until March 21st if you’re interested. You can see more about it and read more about the mission and products here!

I’m diving into these hardcore. If you have any favorite things you’ve made with tahini, let me know in the comments!

3. Sir Kensington’s Mayonnaise

I use some type of Sir Kensington’s product every day. Mostly it’s their spicy mustard on my daily turkey sandwiches (so good), but this week I’ve been using a lot of this avocado-based mayonnaise to whip up tuna for my lunch.

All of their condiments are delicious, but this one has won the award this week. 🙂

4. The Great British Baking Show

GAHHH. Guys, I don’t know what it is about this show, but I can’t stop.

While Neil was out of town I finished the whole first season. He only watched one episode with me and when he got back, he asked if we could watch “our show.” He’s hooked too.

There are several things I like about it and I don’t normally like a lot of baking shows. Here are some of them:

  • the contestants are real people, not overly made up or sensationalized for television
  • they just love to bake and it’s evident in how they talk about it and their backstories
  • I find myself hungry for things I didn’t even know existed
  • the foods are BEAUTIFUL
  • I’ve learned so much more about baking than in American baking shows
  • European baking is WAY cooler and classier than American baking

You must watch it. There are four seasons on Netflix. Start.


5. Book Proposal

As I shared in last week’s Five Things Friday, I blocked off all of that day to finish my book proposal. I had met with an editor who answered a lot of my questions and enlightened me on the publishing process. As you know, I had intended to self-publish through Amazon’s Createspace, but after talking to her, I decided to make it a goal to have it picked up by an actual publishing house.

I finished my proposal over a matter of days and realized that it was much more intensive than I had expected. In the end, it wound up being 22 pages and was enormously helpful in fine-tuning my audience and getting a more solid idea of the form and flow of the book. She is kindly looking over it for me (everyone should have an editor friend) and once it’s perfect I can send it out to agents and publishing houses.

It feels really great to have some forward progress on this and more structure to what I’m doing. Fingers crossed that it’s picked up because then I can operate the way I work best — with a deadline. I’ll keep you guys updated as I go!

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