What’s inside matters. People, places, things, food. No matter what it looks like on the outside, the inside is where it’s at.
I think we all have a tendency to put on that hard, outer shell. The force field of a bubble that shields us from the crap the world delivers to our doorsteps. The key is to remember that shielding and retreating is perfectly acceptable and enduring life’s trials and tribulations makes us stronger. Until shielding and retreating becomes a habit. Or a crutch. Or a place we go to ignore what’s really going on.
Luckily for many of us, it also doesn’t take much to pull us out of our proverbial rabbit holes. Warms rays of sunshine on a sun-starved face, a warm smile from a stranger or the gentle caress of someone you love that without words says, “Everything is going to be all right.”
Laughter also mends a heavy heart and is one of my favorite ways to kick me out of a funk. So let’s jump start a new outlook with a few of this week’s Friday Faves. Happy weekending everyone!
Oh the things dogs do. Hi-larious. But turn down the volume first, unless you really want to rock out.
Who I’m following that you should be too:
This list making blog because, you know, I like lists…
My favorite podcaster interviews one of my favorite food bloggers here. My worlds just collided in only the best way.
11 tips to take better phone photos from some of my favorite insta-masters (and a few new to follow),
I can potentially display a few of the 8,476 photos I have sitting in my phone (no, I’m not joking) by making one of these great Instagram-friendly, softcover books.
It may be the mid summer funks or maybe I’m just dulled out by pain pills and a little bummed out about my non-usable broken wrist, but I’m in need of some good, old-fashioned pick-me-ups. This list of 5 videos to inspire will hopefully pull me up by my bootstraps.
Maybe I’ll just lose myself by delving into this perfect-for-summer-read. I’ve heard rave reviews,
THIS WILL DO IT!…
The 31 most awkward pregnancy photos in the history of pregnancy photos. Oh. My. Seriously, ew.
I was watching The Today Show the other morning when I saw a segment on this amazing college student who started Headbands of Hope, a non-profit that for every headband purchased, one is given to a girl with cancer and $1 is donated to a childhood cancer organization. I bought this super cute black leather strappy number with gold studs. Which one are you going to get?
Denim on denim. Do you like this look? Yes or no?
The fastest way to cut a watermelon. Seriously? Why did I not know this?
and an even bigger mind blower…
How to shuck corn minus the shuck. SAY WHAT??
We bought and completely remodeled our home nearly six years ago. And haven’t touched it since. There are a few finishing touches that are still in need, but who needs heater vents anyway? Now I have the itch to start revamping, and I’m loving this blog for it’s mix and match, but still clean decorating inspiration.
I think a lot of my decorating angst is coming from the piles of crap I move from one room to another. Time to declutter and this post is why.
Kitchen pantry makeover ideas here.
I’m really picky about my writing utensils aka, pens, and FINALLY discovered a new favorite. So I ordered 2 boxes of these.
So, I have a thing about good smelling laundry. Not that you don’t, but it’s become a bit of an obsession for me. After going through nearly every cleaning combination—from naturally formulated to mass market domineers—I have finally found the best combo of this detergent , this fabric softener and this dryer sheet that not only cleans our dirty togs but leaves the best lingering scent. And this time mass market slid in for the win.
As will happen each and every summer, zucchini is raging in gardens and farmer’s markets. This week the blogosphere responded in a big way with some terrific recipes to share that go beyond the basic bread.
Buckwheat and Tomato Stuffed Zucchini
After asking her readers for suggestions on summer harvest ingredient combinations, this nutty buckwheat recipe shot to the top of the menu. Recipe here.
Spiced Zucchini Potato Stacks
Garam Masala and almond meal add an earthy bite to traditional zucchini pancakes. Recipe here.
Crispy Zucchini Sticks with Spicy Marinara Dipping Sauce
A whole wheat panko breading adds a healthier dose of crunch to these zuch sticks. Recipe here.
Zucchini and Grilled Corn Salad
Fresh ribbons of squash play with radishes, avocado, tomato and charred corn for a full mix of flavors. Recipe here.
These guys spent months testing this recipe, to make it just right. I would have happily been a guinea pig in the kitchen. Recipe here.
Have a fantasticalicious weekend and cook something good!
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