Hello hello and happy Friday!
I was searching for a quote that put what I’m feeling into words, and while I’m not sure this says it the same as my heart feels it, it’s probably close enough: “New beginnings are often disguised as painful endings.” Have you heard it before?
Here’s the gist: We’re all going through a lot of crap these days. Things have been taken away. We’re lonely. We’re feeling trapped.
But I can’t help but look at this whole weird experience without thinking there has to be some good to come of it on the other side. I just know there will be. I mean, there HAS to be.
Gratitude for what we have. Time. People helping people. New ways to do old things. The realization of what matters, and what doesn’t.
Think of how many more companies will allow employees to work from home. Think of how many people will have career changes. ew businesses will emerge. Think of how much we’ll appreciate our teachers and child care workers. Think of how much more we’ll value family time. Think of how we’ll see the importance of saving over spending. Think of how much better we’ll be at meal planning. And will we ever shake hands again?
I keep thinking we will come out of this with an invaluable appreciation for our lives before, and an even greater lust for the life we want for the future. Things simply can’t go back to how they were. And maybe that’s one more good thing we’ll think about, too.
But enough about that. Let’s lift things up and dig into this week’s Friday Faves.
I made a few loaves of my favorite German chocolate chunked-up banana bread and delivered it to a few friends this week. You should too.
Or…make it and then download one of these apps that connect you with those in your hood:
- Neighbors Helping Neighbors app to help with shopping for those in your neighborhood
- Purposity, the app that allows you to purchase an item that goes directly to the person in need within your community
- Olio is the app to share extra food and household items with neighbors to help food waste
This salad is about to become my husband’s new favorite. #cucumberlover
Eat more veg:
- Go meatless this Monday with these yummy looking meatballs.
- This looks like a delish way to use up that broccoli hanging out in the crisper.
- These veggie shwarma tacos are every reason to celebrate Taco Tuesday.
- Here’s a recipe that makes those beans the main dish.
For a deliciously different take on brunch, try this skillet egg dish.
My neighbors have a rhubarb bush so obvi I should ask for some to make these babies.
29 bread recipes to make when you’re stuck at home.
This casserole is comfort food for the masses.
Looking for a different cooking project? Try one of these:
I LOVE a killer chile relleno and this one looks awesome.
Now I can make my favorite-as-a-kid chewy granola bars at home.
This noodle dish is right up my alley.
I think my grandma used to make this: 7-up pound cake.
I’m loving the Mediterranean flavors of this cauliflower salad.
Realtors share the 6 overdone kitchen trends to stop dreaming of now.
Who knows what summer will bring, but one thing I’ll know, I’ll still be lounging in the pool. It’s so dang cute.
This outdoor loveseat is giving me major cravings for sun.
I know I’m guilty of it but this stay at home situation is making me a lot better: 10 easy ways to reduce food waste.
Because you can never have too many: 100 activities to do with kids.
What I’m listening to now:
- I am 100% back to happy days with the release of one of my fave artists new album that has been on repeat. Wait, do you even call them albums anymore?
- If Dolly meets Kasey Musgraves sounds good to you, you’ll love her.
- Some of my favorite music to work or chill out to.
Say it is so! Parks and Rec is coming back for a one-off special!
Everyone’s talking about this Netflix binge-worthy teen dream. Is it worth it?
That’s it for this week. Be safe everybody!
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