Hey hey and happy Friday!
It’s only the start of May but I’ve already snapped into my summer mindset. That means lots of walking the dogs, roaming about the yard and getting my hands dirty in the dirt, and making the freshly layered sandwiches I’m known for. Extra pickles forever, please!
I’m thrilled that this year I’ll be able to safely spend Mother’s Day with my mama. Our pod has been small and continues to be, but being together with the ones I love makes me extremely grateful for modern science and the public health advocates who are getting us back on track to living the life we’ve so sorely missed these past 14 months. Sacrifices have been huge this past year, but seeing the light at the end of the tunnel makes it worth it.
Now that we are past the threat of a freeze, here in Utah Mother’s Day means it’s time to get planting our gardens and flowers. At our house last spring and summer, we were consumed with a major re-landscaping project. This year, I’m glad to have the dust and dirt settled, and I am 100% ready to enjoy the fruits of our labor. I’m in gardening mode overdrive.
Having my own stock of veggies is so rewarding, and this past year has taught us that self sufficiency is keen. What are you planting this year? Do you have any secrets to share for the best tomatoes, cucumbers, or zucchini, etc? Or great gardening tips in general? If so, let me know! I think I might try the egg in the tomato hole trick for a few of my plants and see what happens.
But first, let’s get our hands dirty with this week’s list of Friday Faves.
Talk about a butterfly coming out of her cocoon! What an awesome inspiration and amazing cover.
This cookbook arrived this week and I cannot wait to dive in and get cooking!
Spread ’em around: 10 top kitchen secrets.
Tips for how to spring clean the kitchen.
I’m ready for the return of brunch and this to sip on.
This sushi bowl should totally be making the rounds at your house.
The surprise ingredients in this pasta are what easy weeknight dinners should be all about.
This meatless meal has my craving fingerprints all over it. Looks SO GOOD.
This lemon cake is putting my baking juices into overdrive.
Pour me another cup of coffee to go with this strawberry cake.
Craving shrimp? You’re welcome.
My dad would LOVE these onion rings.
This simple chicken dinner makes rice extra nice.
These baked oats will make you think you’re eating dessert.
These cheese stuffed peppers make me want to antipasti all day.
If you have an air fryer, you should try these wings and invite me over (looking at you Hakes!).
Cinnamon roll recipe alert: Gluten free!
Try these chocolate laced sweet rolls for the ultimate sweet treat.
LOVE the idea of having leftover pasta for breakfast. It’s sort of a regular thing around here.
Cute! This pill box might actually get me to take my vitamins.
It’s not a skirt, it’s not shorts, it’s my favorite skort. And that little slit is just right.
Look to the stars! Don’t miss spring’s biggest meteor shower happening this week.
I’m still on my gardening kick:
- The answer to no more mosquitos are my new little gnome buddies!
- How to ‘gram your garden like a pro.
- I bought these to trap the queen instead of the janky yellow plastic dingers. Much prettier.
- My running shoes in the garden just aren’t cutting it and I think I need a pair of these.
If you spend any time on the beach at the ocean or lake or even at the soccer field, you may want one of these, like I do.
I’ve never played it, but with nearly 18,000 4.5 star reviews, this outdoor game should be added to your play list.
Now that we’re rounding the corner, for introverts there’s no more hiding in your house. Or Is there? How to turn down plans when you’ve run out of excuses.
And with that, we’re done with this week. Be safe, get outside, and have a great Mother’s Day weekend! XO
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