Hello friends and Happy Friday Faves!
And even better, happy first week of spring. However, depending on where you live (hello East Coast USA!) you may still be digging with your snow shovels rather than your gardening hoes. But rest assured, soon enough all of that will change, spring will fly by and summer’s sun will be warming our bones.
First I want to thank everyone who emailed me in response to last week’s Friday Faves where I gave away 100 copies of my Nourished Planner. I’m still responding to your emails so if you haven’t received my reply yet, you will! And for those first 100 responders, your planners will be going in the mail next week.
Man you guys are great. I LOVED receiving your responses when I asked how your week was going.
It’s encouraging to know that we truly are all the same, with good days and bad, but realizing there’s always a better day ahead. I’m glad to know we’re all in this literal life boat together, with compassion, thoughtfulness and tools to get us all through.
Last weekend we took a quick weekender getaway to Deer Valley Resort where we skied in a snowy spring dump and the best snow of the whole year, and where for the first time in my life were on first chair (basically the first group of skiers) before anyone else made it on the slopes.
Even though we only live 20 miles away from the resort, we’d never have made that first chair if we hadn’t been generously hosted by The Montage Deer Valley who made our weekend a winter wonderland getaway.
The Montage is a ski-in ski-out luxury hotel that sits smack dab at the base of Empire Canyon at the top of Deer Valley Resort. It’s where I channelled my inner Mariah Carey’s royalness when we stayed at The Montage last year after I won a stay at a charity event. It was for my 50th birthday weekend, one I’ll never forget and will likely never match in it’s celebrity either.
This year’s stay included spa time, dinner at Deer Valley’s epic Fireside Dining (all the melted raceltte cheese please!), an incredible dinner at Montag’es Apex where we feasted on a Tomahawk steak for two, lobster risotto and fresh Wild King Salmon with the sides of truffled Mac and cheese and Boursin creamed potatoes of course, and sharpening my pool game skillz with my forever boyfriend husband.
But the highlight of our Montage stay was the invitation to experience sipping bubbly rosé champagne in the Veuve Cliquot yurt, where you click off your skis and walk straight from the snowy ski hill into a luxe, hipster cabin-vibed tent that is above and beyond any tent I’ve ever been in.
There, it’s all about unbuckling those boots while reclining on comfy couches in front of the fireplace to enjoy sips of Veuve Cliquot bubbles and bites of chili and brats.
I had no idea that it was Veuve Cliquot who 200 years ago were the originators of how to make rosé. And favored bubbly sippers across the world rejoiced!!
I know…I know! it IS a rough life! And I’m totally spoiled and completely lucky and trying to enjoy every single second of it because who knows what tomorrow may bring. Because one day I may have a job as a skiing mascot. But I have a feeling I could get on board with that.
But enough about me, let’s dig into this week’s list of Friday Faves.
What Went Up This Week…
My kitchen creations included:
- Mediterranean Chicken Quinoa Bowl with Broccoli and Tomato because this makes for the easiest and healthiest meal prep, perfect for lunches and dinners.
Peach Panzanella Salad with Burrata and Bacon for all of us craving summer like nobody’s business.
- PLUS! I’m giving away two copies of The Pretty Dish Cookbook over on Instagram, one for you and one for a friend. Go get it!
So you gotta tell me. What are you craving? What do you want to see? Email me at [email protected] and let me know. Because seriously, I’m here to deliver what you want to see and if I don’t hear from you, I’ll never know! So tell me, friends o’ the Friday. What sort of recipes do YOU want to see?
I loved seeing this video feature on The Today Show of the female founder of one of my favorite partners. She’s so totally inspirational!
This brave strong woman and how she lives her life is so inspiring
Meet your new Insta obsession. Snap. Crackle. POP.
This work of art is so meta. Love it.
A daily ritual that can make me smarter. Now THIS I can get behind. Or in front of. Or at least in line with.
How cool is this flower DIY … with pasta?
How to actually win at HQ. I’ve never played, who has and is it worth the time suck?
Just one reason why it’s a little ridiculous how crazy excited I am about this new Amy Poehler’s project, and! we sat right next to Rachel Dratch at The Montage last weekend! Take THAT Mariah Carey!
I want a secret wine cellar in my house! Who do I call to make this happen?
This video of a competitive eater inhaling cotton candy is giving me life right now. You go girl!
But this iced latte???!!! YES!
And how tempting do these bourbon-spiked cookies look?
This baked rigatoni looks to die for but with a little healthy snuck in so you won’t.
A grain bowl totally good for your brain — so many awesome flavors going on.
This chicken dish looks right up my lightly smothered alley.
These would make for a wonderful spring appetizer (hello Easter or Mother’s Day brunch).
Also, this gorgeous spring cheese and crudités board is on point.
And, carrot cake for breakfast? YES, please.
I’m working on a pantry makeover post myself, so I’m totally digging this small space pantry makeover.
Anthropologie has a new home collection at Nordstrom, and it’s so good, and look at those pupper dog measuring spoons!
6 Lemon-y things I want to make because I am lemon obsessed!:
- Meyer Lemon Roasted Chicken
- One Pan Lemon Butter Chicken
- Roasted Cauliflower Skhug and Lemony Yogurt Sauce
- Meyer Lemon Fettucine
- Lemon Rosemary Butter Cookies
- Meyer Lemon Tea Cake
These are the warning signs when you’re hoarding in the name of organizing. Oh lord! THEY’RE TALKING ABOUT ME AGAIN!
How awesome is this paper towel holder? #gogoldorgohome
I need to get my husband this spoon rest so he doesn’t make a mess of the countertops. Who am I kidding? I want it for myself.
Make sure if you have any pets, you keep these 7 common houseplants up high or out of your home (they’re toxic)!
Amazon beauty products with a cult following. That toner is one I need to try.
If you’re one of those who loses their luggage at the baggage claim carousel, these should help.
LOVE this linen dress for spring and summer (and it’s on sale too).
and the flow of this printed dress…so romantic but so not frou frou.
The loveliest off the shoulder top. Those embroidered sleeves…
Really into this one too. Happy, smiley, and so ready for summer just like me!
All right fellow foodies, go forth and enjoy your weekend!
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