Friday Favorites

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Even when you do enjoy writing there are other obstacles that keep you from your writing (insert writer’s block).

In an attempt to combat both stress, busy-ness (is that a word?) and writer’s block, I have decided to start writing a Friday Favorites post each week.

In my Friday Favorites posts, I’ll use it as a space to share some things that I’m currently loving, thinking about  or feeling thankful about! It will provide a space to just write about simple things without having to work my brain so hard!

crock pot1) Crockpots – they are a miracle of an appliance. If you don’t use a crock pot, I highly suggest putting one in your kitchen appliance rotation. In our family, we use the crock pot about once a week. Typically we use it on Sundays or Mondays when we want an easy meal with leftovers for the next day. Since we have been moving for awhile (imagine, pre-packing, actual move, un-packing), the crock pot has become my go-to. In just the last 3 weeks I’ve made white bean chicken chilli, 16 bean soup and Brunswick stew. Next week I plan on making a crock pot version of Chicken Tikka Masala!

2) Farm fresh eggs – Yesterday, my co-worker brought me a dozen of eggs that her chickens & ducks had laid! Have you ever had farm fresh eggs?! Ugh. The yolks have so much more flavor then store-bought eggs! The yolks are typically much brighter and orange in color than store-bought. From what I’ve read, it is because the yolks are much more nutrient dense then store-bought. Regardless of any health factors, we enjoy simply because they taste so much better.

butternut squash3) Butternut squash – I made a bunch of butternut squash this past weekend for my prep meals. I’ve making a big effort to branch out in my veggie selection since I stopped counting my macros a few weeks ago. Eating the same thing over and over not only gets boring but when you eat the same thing all the time, you aren’t providing your body with a wide variety of nutrients. While I’ve had butternut squash in the past, it has probably been a few good years since I last ate it because I actually couldn’t remember what it tasted like! So I got a little one, diced it up with some chopped turkey bacon & coconut oil, roasted it in the oven and it is probably my new favorite comfort vegetable. Seriously, it is nutty, slightly sweet, and goes well with bacon (a no-brainer)!

4) The Holidays – Thanksgiving is FAST approaching and I am SO excited about hosting. We normally host Thanksgiving, or at least we have 3 times out of the last 4 years. Cooking & baking for those I love is a favorite past time. I love feeding people and making them feel good. As of right now, I just finished planning my menu and writing out my grocery list.

What little things are you currently enjoying? What are you excited about? Leave a comment below to tell me about it. I would love to hear from you!

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