Hello and happy Friday!
Last Friday I returned home from Cincinnati where I attended Kroger’s Zero Hunger Zero Waste event with Master Chef Graham Elliott. It was my third year attending the event and I was a whole lot more relaxed this time around. Unlike the first year where my husband and I were in a sweating-it-out-in-the-kitchen-stride competition with local chefs to create an on-the-fly dish made with rescued ingredients that had been delivered to Cincinnati’s local food pantry, and then make enough to serve 250 at the evening’s big Zero Hunger Zero Waste event hosted by Kroger, this year I was in an attendee-only mode.
Whew. That’s just one reason I was honored to attend, meet Chef Graham Elliott, and learn more about how we can each make small changes that add up to big differences.
Did you know that:
- 40% of food produced in the U.S. never makes it to our mouths
- 50% of all fresh produce goes to waste
- Every one of America’s 42 million food-insecure residents could be fed 3X over with the country’s food waste
Kroger and the employees dedicated to making big changes become a reality, have committed resources, time, and initiative to become a zero waste company by 2020 and a zero food waste company by 2025, plus accelerating more balanced meal donations to 3 billion meals by 2025.
Earlier this week I shared more about how you too can help reduce waste in my 10 ways to waste less and save more money at the grocery store, with tips you may not have thought of before, plus the link to my FREE grocery shopping list printable waiting for you to download.
Who’s with me on this savings journey??!!! Raise your hand, and let’s make change together.
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Okay! Enough about me, let’s dig into this week’s Friday Faves.
If you are a mother, you will totally relate to this.
Are you kidding me right now? If you don’t immediately fall in love with this Instagram hedgehog you have no heart.
You’ve probably already heard Instagram may be doing away with Likes—here’s why. I, for one, am totally okay with that. How about you?
Let’s get into the kitchen. I sometimes forget to share some of my favorite, every day kitchen essentials here in the FFaves. So, if you don’t own one yet, may I recommend the kitchen appliance I use every single day, and is the best one we’ve ever owned.
FINALLY! Chrissy Tiegen is getting her own cooking show!
The Obamas are too? OMG, yes.
Twitter is a flutter with everyone chiming in and coming up with funny fake cookbook names.
Our daughter had late-evening basketball games all this week so this fave dinner was totally on the menu. Fast, easy, heathified.
Even though this post is six years old (!) it’s going crazy on Google right now: 70 Cinco de Mayo recipes to make now. Olé!
These crispy chicken tacos with pimiento cheese don’t claim to be easy, but they ARE worth it!
Spring salads you need now:
- This take on lobster Niçoise salad
- Going nuts for this crunchy chopped broccoli salad
- Avocado, citrus, kale. It doesn’t get fresher than this salad.
- Mediterranean chickpea egg salad. I’m totally on board.
- This spring BLT cobb gets all up in there and is simply gorgeous.
This sheet pan sausage and veg dinner would be so good over rice or noodles.
OMG, this is 100% my favorite flavor of pizza.
I liked these noodles over on the Instas and immediately slobbered all over myself.
A pasta sauce that’s ready in 25 minutes, plant-based, and grandma-originated. Yes please.
Listening to your inner microphone: the skill we need to be teaching our kids (and ourselves too.)
More solo dates to take yourself on this weekend – because you need to take the time to check in with yourself, too.
On that note, this new Netflix anti-rom com has reminded us of the importance of nurturing female relationships. Girl power.
Happiness factor: Here’s why koeslig is the new hygge.
She’s traveled to over 30 countries and these are the 10 items she always packs.
My post-Paris style obsession continues.
I was watching RHOBH when Teddi Mellencamp (yes! John Mellancamp’s daughter) was wearing this t-shirt so after some internets sleuthing I had to have it! Totally melds my 8th grade love of lips and rainbows and I should have it any day. I.can’t.wait. (and since the rest of my wardrobe is pretty much from Target, I’m okay with the splurge.)
Have you made Mother’s Day plans yet? Here’s a few ideas to get you going.
So as usual I can easily be swayed by well-designed packaging which made me buy and try this razor. I really like the grippy handle and it’s arched neck seems to get into all those delicate spots.
Dark circles be gone! Re-ordered my favorite under-eye concealer.
And I’ve tried a bunch of different brands of foundations, but this is the one I come back to invest in every time.
This Spotify playlist may be intended for throw back Thursday, but it’s too good not to listen to every day.
Okay! That’s going to be it for this week. Get outside and enjoy yourselves then get into the kitchen and cook something good!
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