Happy Friday, everyone! Did you have a nice first week of December? Make any headway on your holiday decorating?
Ben and I kicked off the week by making a health pact. Not to be dramatic or act like “30-something is SOOO OOOOOLD!” because it’s not, but we’re feeling the effects of not exercising as much as we should, nor eating enough vegetables, in the form of fatigue and the blahs. Not to say we eat poorly, but there was definitely room for actual meal planning vs eating hummus and pretzels for dinner, and, you know, getting more exercise than chasing Lincoln around the mall. So we decided to tackle it head on together…after a minor hiccup involving chicken wings. 2 guesses.
Anyway, I’ll give you more details as to what we’ve been eating next week, but early results – I am feeling like a million. BUCKS. There was a setback when I accidentally got glutened by a new vitamin I was trying (seriously, nothing is safe,) but before that? Energy like I haven’t felt in years thanks in large part to a.) eating breakfast, and b.) eating the rainbow. My refrigerator has never seen more dark leafy greens and my juicer is on fire! Not literally, thank goodness!
All that to say, we’re excited to keep the health train a-rollin’ this weekend and I’ll be sharing a few of our early favorites with you over the next couple of weeks.
Enough about us – what are you up to this weekend?
Wherever you are and whatever you do make it a GREAT one and in the meantime please enjoy my favorite finds from around the web and beyond in this week’s Friday Favorites!
Favorite woah: Very Moist Chocolate Layer Cake. I saw this cake while scrolling through Instagram last week and my eyebrows shot up into my hairline. EVILICIOUS.
Favorite place: Emerald Lake. I’ve been dreaming about spring break already and think it might be time to make that Canadian Rockies trip I’ve been planning for years. This photo of Emerald Lake in British Colombia made my heart start pounding. Have you ever been?
Favorite feast: Spaghetti Squash Enchilada Bowls. I saw Gina make these bowls on Snapchat last week and couldn’t wait to try them with my homemade gluten-free enchilada sauce. They’re on the menu for tonight!
Favorite style. So adorable! Love the mixing of materials and patterns. Perfect for a holiday party.
Favorite craft: Sparkly White Clay Ornaments. This timely project looks really easy and the “clay” is made from gluten-free pantry staples. Lincoln is very into crafting right now – he apparently did a rolling pin project at school so well that his teacher asked me if we used rolling pins often at home. Um, no. #momcraftingfail
Favorite gift: Spin Chill. I still have no idea what I’m going to get Ben for Christmas, but this Spin Chill thingamajig for icing down a can of beer in 1 minute looks pretty cool – bonus that it can chill a bottle of wine in 5 minutes. #priorities
Favorite festive: Vegan Gluten-Free Gingerbread Men. I tried making gluten-free gingerbread men this week – it was a trial run for what was going to be the most connected kitchen moment Lincoln and I have ever had in our entire lives aka rolling and cutting out cookies – but the dough was a total flop! Too puffy and gummy. Think I’ll give Dana’s recipe a whirl to see if we can create that magical Mama/son moment. :)
Favorite print: You Cook, I Will Drink Wine. I swear I shared this fun print on a previous Friday Favorites but couldn’t find it, so, revel, people! This would make such a fun holiday gift for a roommate or spouse!
Favorite skillet: Cajun Shrimp Quinoa Casserole. Quinoa and I have been having a moment lately – I can’t get enough! Pair it with shrimp and my favorite southern flavors, and I can’t wait to get this dish on the table.
Favorite truth. Ben found this on our friend Lift Cycle Wear’s Instagram and we both died. Give me a shirt long enough to generously cover my rear and I totally agree. #leggingsfolife
Favorite comfort: Sicilian Chicken Soup. What first caught my attention about this soup is that I thought it had sliced green olives in it. After reading the recipe I realized it didn’t but still sounded tasty enough to make ASAP. Good story, right?
Favorite cozy. HOW MUCH DO YOU LOVE?! Ben would have to pry this sweater from my cold dead fingers if I owned it – definitely black fleece replacement-worthy. It’s from Stitch Fix so I’m going to ask for it in my next fix. (Psst, I’ve been using Stitch Fix for the past 6 months or so after they got petite sizes (maternity sizes, too) and love it! If you hate clothes shopping as much as I do and want to give it a try, here’s my referral code to use >)
Favorite DIY: Waterless Snow Globes. Somehow I’ve accumulated nearly 2 shelves worth of mason jars in my cupboard over the past two years – whoops! I want to turn a few of ’em into waterless snow globes with Lincoln. This would be a fun ladies craft night project too! PS anyone want to start a ladies craft night with me?
Favorite indulge: Pepperoni Pizza Grilled Cheese. The bad news is gluten-free bread is pretty terrible. The good news is that toasting or pressing it a panini maker can render it fairly delicious. Add cheese, sauce, and pepperonis and you’ve got a home run!
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Have a great weekend!
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I can’t speak highly enough of Emerald Lake Lodge. My husband and I go every winter for a weekend and it is one of my favorite places on earth. The food is divine, the scenery is beautiful, and there are great trails for hiking/cross-country skiing right next to the lodge.
Chelsea @ Chelsea Eats Treats 12.17.2015
The spaghetti squash enchiladas reminded me of this delicious spaghetti squash pie: http://paleomg.com/almost-5-ingredient-pizza-spaghetti-pie/ I made some earlier this week and it’s SO delicious and gluten-free and healthy to boot!
Oh yum!! I will definitely have to try this out!
Breads from Anna Original Bread Mix is the best GF sandwich bread we have found. It’s time consuming to make but if you’re craving a sandwich, toasted or not, it’s totally worth it!
Have you tried the gluten-free bread from Trader Joes? BEST EVER. I’m serious — I can barely tell the difference. Far superior to any other bread I’ve tried. And I believe I have tried them all.
I HAVEN’T!! Need to get ahold of that ASAP!
Okay I’m feeling very cool that I knew/made Sicilian Chicken Soup before you. This is my go to recipe now. So hearty and peppery. Plus it freezes like a dream. YUM!
Please fix the “print recipe” button on your blog. Most people just want the recipe, not 12 pages of blog and pictures.
Hi Abby, I’m sorry to hear you’re having troubles printing! What recipe were you trying to print, and did you use the print recipe button or your browser’s print button?
What a cool surprise, thanks for featuring my grilled cheese! Made my day, thanks!