Hello, hello and happy Friday!
I’m hoping you all survived all the turkey leftovers by subbing in noodle dishes like I did with my soba noodles with potstickers above. And I hope you also survived Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday…and now look! It’s FoodieCrush Friday Faves, where every Friday of the year has a theme :).
Last Friday I wrote about my list of 5 things I’m going to do this holiday. Guess what? I’ve already checked one thing off the list, and I’m not stopping there.
- Bake and decorate Christmas cookies with my AliSmudge
- Nighttime walk about downtown SLC at night to see all the lights (it’s seriously the best light show EVA!)
Enjoy a leisurely ladies lunch with my mom, then poke around our favorite stores for our annual new Christmas ornament (and take my dad for his favorite Indian food too).
- Take time off while my sister and her fam are here to do whatever we please
- Hook up my old turntable, play my favorite Christmas albums, sit in front of the fire, and enjoy!
What’s on your holiday bucket list? I REALLY rec you make one. And then next Friday let’s check in and check off.
I’m a big fan of Maria Shriver and subscribe to her Sunday Paper emails. This past Sunday’s words about being present during the holidays particularly resonated, where she wrote, “I want to look at these next few weeks as a joy. I want to view them as a gift, not as a to-do list. I want to be more present this time of year, instead of just buying presents. I want to stop just doing, doing, doing, and try to ‘be’ more.”
I love her words because they coincide so closely with what we’re preaching and prescribing in the Nourished Planner, where our goal for 2020 is letting go of the extra and getting back to the every day. It’s not all about the hustle, or being “extra”. It’s simply about being.
If you haven’t purchased your 2020 planner yet, we’re offering free shipping on domestic orders for the month of December. The planner is my daily, weekly, and monthly road map, and I couldn’t navigate my week without it.
It makes a great gift too, because making more time to enjoy the things you love most is the best gift of all.
But enough about me, let’s dig into this week’s Friday Faves.
Star Wars DIY: This crocheted baby yoda.
Light the candle! 32 Hanukkah recipes ideas for the gelt of it.
This tortellini salad makes lunch easy.
In the food as fun shapes holiday department:
A healthier turkey chorizo spices everything up.
This holiday salsa with avocado really makes me want to dip my chip.
All the dumplings in this easy soup.
I’m adding more beans to my diet because according to this episode, eating just one cup of beans a day can increase your life by 4 years, with recipes like:
- My fave minestrone soup
- This lentil soup with sausage
- Lentil and rice casserole with a southwest spin
- This easy ribollita soup
- Detox Moroccan lentil soup
- This butternut squash and chickpea soup
9 rules of eating out over the holidays because you don’t want to cook.
Here’s the schedule for your 25 days of Christmas movie marathon.
Everyone you should remember to tip over the holidays, and how much.
If your kid is under 13 and on Instagram, they may not be for long.
How to grow your eyebrows back when you’ve overplucked.
These are an easy win stocking stuffer for any cook.
If you’re traveling this holiday, you may need this travel kit.
This cozy nightgown is going to be keeping me warm at night.
The sleeves, the length, the neck…this sweater is just right.
9 of the coziest slippers to slip on.
This terrarium makes a totally unique gift.
Favorite kitchens of the year.
Did you fall victim to the most popular home decor trends from 2000-2019? I know I did (and still am?)
That’s it for this week! Have a great weekend and check off just one thing on your holiday bucket list.
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