Happy Friday! I hope you are warm & cozy, winding down from your work week and gearing up for an exciting and/or relaxing and/or nourishing weekend ahead of you.
What am I up to? How sweet of you to ask! Well, let me just get a cup of tea and we’ll catch up, shall we?
I’m sitting here with a pre-dinner snack, which is a small plate filled with cheese. (Color me happy!) Goat cheese, Colby, German Brick and a few slices of parm. Nom.
This stunning Sausage Pepper Fettuccini Skillet Dinner is on the menu for a bit later tonight—Jon and I ate it a couple weeks ago for the first time, and I’ve been hankering to have it again ever since. We made it with spicy Andoullie chicken sausage from Trader Joe’s…and we’re talking restaurant quality pasta here, people. And the leftovers! Just as divine. If Marina’s photo isn’t enough to push you over the edge to go make this right now, I just don’t know what else to say. Except that it’s crazy easy, and you won’t regret it.
I recently re-read The Game of Life and How to Play It by Florence Scovel Shinn. It’s a quick read, and packed with wisdom on the power of intention, faith and positivity in manifesting exactly what you want out of life. A little cheesy at times…but I love it. And best of all? You can get a PDF copy on the interwebs for free.
Getting ready for my upcoming classes (SHAMELESS PLUG!) You. Me. Four opportunities to jam right here in Winona, Minnesota.
I’ve been following the series of Humans of New York posts over the last week that started with a boy named Vince answering the question of who has influenced him most:
Humans of the New York (and the rest of the country) responded by recognizing Ms. Lopez for her efforts in improving the lives of her scholars at Mott Hall Bridges Academy, and donating over a million dollars to date, which will fund field trips for the kids to visit Harvard, years of summer programs and scholarships. And when I read this, I cried. Because it makes me happy that someone who so badly deserves recognition and support, got exactly that…and then some.
Visit the HONY Facebook page to see quotes from other educators, more from Vince and to read the whole story if your heart needs a little warming on this chilly winter evening.
I haven’t done one of these snapshots in a while…so brace yourself for a lotta links.
- My friend Molly of Hey Eleanor interviewed me about my journey from day job to self-employment. Click here to read all the fascinating details.
- I love this advice on How to Pack for Travel from Dean Street Society. Start with one piece, and make sure everything matches it. So simple!
- Do you apologize too much? I know I do. Here’s 23 things women apologize for all the time (and don’t need to). And also, I adore this quote (pictured above).
- On MindBodyGreen, Tara Stiles shares her 10 rules for food. They look pretty sensible to me. What are your food rules?
- This post discusses a much ignored aspect of mindfullness..viz a viz, maybe we don’t have to be mindful every moment of every day. Sometimes we need to just zone out. Refreshing, no? And it’s backed by science.
- Loved this article by Nisha Moodley about defining your worth as a woman…particularly, not judging yourself so harshly when you catch yourself not living up to your own ideals.
- None of it was a mistake is simply beautiful. The essence of loving what you have is appreciating what you’re gaining, even when things don’t pan out as expected.
- 6 tips professional organizers want you to know. TELL ME EVERYTHING.
- “‘Low-fat,’ ‘no-fat,’ and ‘reduced-fat’ are all dirty words, in my opinion.” AGREED, and please pass the butter. More on this and other tips in 6 things you learn about food, after cooking on a farm. (Thanks, cousin Katelyn, for the link!)
- I haven’t made any trash in 2 years. Here’s what my life is like. It’s so fascinating to see someone going to the extreme to to live their values…and to learn the little ways you can incorporate these things into your lifestyle, too.
- You’ve heard of staging your home for selling, but what about staging your home for living?
- Free time really is a lost art. I wanna bring it back.
- This is a great “become a better cook” post from White Apron Chef—on the ins and outs of using your stove right.
That’s it for now, loves! Happy weekend to you.