Hello, hello, and happy Friday!
It’s been a funk of a week. The brew ha ha of the holidays came to an end, then the new year was full of promise, and then I spent my birthday on a fabulous vacation with my favorite guy, which meant I came home with new inspiration and enthusiasm, and…then…the brakes hit the skids, and, whaaa whaaaa whaaaaaaaaaaa.
I hit a major funk. It happens, and it happens to all of us and believe me, I know I’m not the only one.
I love my job, and I’m always looking for inspiration so I can inspire you too. There’s lots of ways I find inspiration for FoodieCrush. Cookbooks, other bloggers, magazines, podcasts, nature, friends and family and so much more.
But one of my favorite ways to become inspired is to get into the kitchen and cook for the fun of it. Because just like the painter whose home needs a paint job, or the mechanic whose car has squeaky brakes, when you work in food, cooking can become a chore and the job that it is. But I love cooking, so making food that isn’t for the blog is where I’m zeroing in on digging out of my funk.
And guys, if these salted chocolate chip cookies don’t do the trick, I don’t know what will. So here’s what I think is a great idea for the weekend ahead: You should make them for yourself, grab a glass of milk, and start dunking away.
I’ll be in and out of the kitchen this weekend, and I hope you will too. And to get us both inspired, let’s dig into this week’s Friday Faves.
Here’s something to get out of that funk: 5 tips to starting a daily creative practice.
Here’s why having a hobby is good for your health.
How to make long term nutrition changes.
My kind of lunch that fits right into my Mediterranean diet eats.
If you have an Instant Pot, you’ll want to read this.
- Talk about a classic comfort food dish!
- OMG, this upgrade on mac and cheese has.it.all!
- And, sneaking the healthy into this pasta dinner.
- Date night lemon pasta is pure love.
Another banana bread you HAVE to try.
The way to Jeffrey’s heart might not be her chicken, it might be Ina’s Valentine’s Day playlist.
But then, Jeffrey does love a good chicken dinner recipe... (totally digging the step by step instructions)
Another reason to celebrate: Happy Chinese New Year with this delish fried rice.
Behind the scenes of the HGTV dream home. Do you think it’s dreamy?
Cleaning supplies that smell like my favorite candle? I’M IN!
My daughter made a candle like this with a crystal at a little candle shop, now we can make one at home.
How to hire the right people for your team.
It’s cold out there! Some ideas for what to wear on your way to the gym.
There’s about to be an emoji for that time of the month and ladies are happy. Period.
20 Valentine gifts that go beyond candy and roses.
30 V-day cards that are sure to spark joy.
These leggings are spring time ready (and comfy).
The perfect Parisian packing list. We’re going in March and I need ALL your suggestions.
Okay, that is it for this week. I hope this week’s list helps you find inspiration in the kitchen too.
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