Happy Friday friends!
Here we are, already finishing up our third week of January. To me that means three things:
1) It’s a wonderfully cold and wintery wonderland outside. Finally! After the last few year’s lamest snow seasons in recent history, Utah has loads of snow! I LOVE THE SNOW! I love shoveling it, driving in it and simply watching it. There’s something terribly romantic about it.
2) It’s Sundance Film Festival time here in Utah. That means an influx of LA and NYC’s sleek and chic of the movie industry, film fiends and celebrity stalkers (what? are you looking at me??) geek out hopeful for distribution deals movies in Park City, Utah while the locals take advantage of empty ski runs due to the fact that the movie people have taken up all the lodging usually taken over by vacationing skiers so there are zero lines! I’ll be one of them. Go locals!
3) It’s my birthday week (yea!) and another year has come and gone. My birthday always brings with it reflections of where I was at this same time last year, and projections of where I want to be at this same time next year. I’m happy/vexed/stunned to say next year is a MAJOR milestone birthday (ugh, you don’t EVEN want to know) and this year I’m already feeling ahead of my game in anticipation.
I’m back to working out with a trainer who’s making me strong both inside and out (I’m wearing these shoes in the pic above.) Yoga is reminding my muscles I can actually reach my toes. I’m reading more and computering less. I’m saying no instead of feeling guilty about not saying yes. I’m remembering to take my vitamins more often than not, and my eyebrows are even beginning to grow back in after a shocking waxing that took just a wee-too-much scalping to them. And I am thrilled to have created a job for myself thanks to a whole lot of hard work and the hungry eyes and clicking /scrolling fingers of all of you.
2016 is my preparatory year to make 2017 (ugh, again with that big birthday) a year where I am proud of who, what and where I am.
So this year I’m celebrating my birthday weekend with my man and my Smudge eating Korean food, playing on the ski runs those Sundancers have left alone and eating forkfuls of my German Chocolate Cake. Okay, and the pie, too. SO GOOD!. Come join me! Follow along on Snapchat—I’m @foodiecrush—and let’s virtually celebrate the tail end of a century of my birthdays together.
But enough about me, let’s get dig into this week’s Friday Faves. Hit it maestro!
Okay, this will totally make you go “Awwwwwwwww.”
Smudge is all about decorating cookies, these are next on her list!
I can’t get enough of these noodles with this shrimp!
Oh my cheese biscuit eater! Yes you heard me, cheese!
This popcorn! I love the spice.
Totally craving this smoothie right now!
9 books to help you become a better cook. I need to get shopping!
This cookbook is on my pre-order list now. It’s going to be beautiful.
No one seems to nail meal prep quite like her.
I’m so sad this Instagram account is now defunct. It was genius and I miss the updates!
Hey! Are you listening to me??? This app actually rewards you for getting off your phone. Smart!
10 reasons you should always go for the girl who drinks whiskey and I can speak from experience. Last week my man and I were lucky to be invited to try out High West Whiskey’s intimate new Nelson Cottage. The big draw here is the prix fixe whiskey pairing dinner and let me tell you it’s an experience you will want to behold for yourself.
Or, you could forget the calcium chews and build better bones with this. Cheers!
So, I’m too cheap to buy regular priced shampoo so I buy whatever is on discount at TJMaxx, which means its always a random pick. BUT! I discovered this brand that I am totally in love with (I judge EVERYTHING by its package), so much so that I’ll pay full price if I have to! It smells great and my hair is so soft but it still styles and doesn’t fall limp during the day. Love!
You’ll want your hair in great shop for the hair trends that are going to be huge in 2016.
Sundance Film Festival is taking over my city! These are the films creating all the buzz.
From the WHATthe??? department…If the traffic is just too much for you, you can always Uber by helicopter. WHATthe????
I’m headed to Minnesota next week (what am I thinking in traveling to a state that is -45 degrees??) and I hope I’ll get to see some of these.
I’m totally geeking out over these desk accessories. I want them all! Clearly I have issues.
Bookmarked! The best under the radar online shops. I’m all about Modern Citizen.
It’s not too early to stock up on these to show your love with a serious sense of humor!
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How to Use Hashtags Correctly (I’ve heard 11 hashtags on Instagram is the golden number)
Pinned for the Win
A few of this week’s favorite pins I hope you’ll want to add to your cooking schedule too.
Pressure Cooker Ribs
This recipe might just make you a believer in the pressure cooker.
The Mid-Winter Mule
The theory proves true. Bourbon makes everything warmer from the inside out.
Red Velvet Rose Sandwich Cookies
Because isn’t quinoa season over with yet?
Have a great weekend friends. Get in the kitchen and make something good.
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