A Few of my Favorite Things

Some of my favorite bloggers have written about their favorite things and it’s inspired me.  Plus, it’s a fun way to find out new fun things to do and get! So here we go. 

 

 

The BeBrand headbands. They get kind of sweaty during a workout, but they’re so comfy and super duper cute

 

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My CSA!!! Cannot shout it from the rooftop enough. It definitely matters which farm you get yours from, but in general you’re supporting agriculture and local farms and that I L O V E!! CSA stands for community supported agriculture. Basically you “buy into” a farm to support its growth and whatever they grow they split between the “shareholders.” Obviously the bounty depends on the prosperity of the farm and the weather that season. But I’ve never been disappointed.

 

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Overnight oatmeal. I always love overnight oatmeal, but lately I have adjusted my recipe and just can’t get enough of it. I’ve been mixing ½ cup oatmeal, ¾ cup milk, 1 tbsp peanut butter, 1 banana, and 1-2 tsp of maple syrup. The banana sits overnight and makes the oatmeal a bit sweeter and we all know how delicious maple syrup and peanut butter is! Excuse me while I salivate...and I apologize for no picture of it but here’s some oatmeal!

 

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Comfy bathing suits! Out are the days of skimpy bathing suits and in are the days of sporty yet cute bathing suits. I’m all about keeping those girls in place and being comfy. After all, I’m usually in my bathing suit in Maine with my parents and I just want to enjoy myself, not worry about being “too revealing.” I also love how it makes me feel so strong, but maybe that’s just my chiseled arms 😂

 

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Jumpsuits! I mean, duh. Look at how cute they are despite my body type (short and top heavy) being a bit challenging given the style. This one is a bit long in the legs but I still rock it. I’m so modest...

 

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Dogs!!! I miss them terribly. 

 

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 Spontaneous nights out. Friday after work I planned to workout (if I could muster the energy) and crash HARD. Instead I said yes to a meeting some coworkers at Brewers Fork for a drink to celebrate one coworker’s next adventure. I almost didn’t go because I was so tired but I knew I’d just be alone at my apartment. And so I went and I have ZERO regrets. We drank (a lot) and ate delicious pizza and never stopped laughing. Of course the headache the next day and pizza eaten at 11 wasn’t my finest moment, but I still don’t regret it. 

 

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CSA Meal Planning

I LOVE getting a CSA. Mostly because it reminds me of when I lived in Vermont and some days I miss it fiercely. Jeanne sent me a picture of the mountains and surrounding green the other day and I longed to be back. Counting down the days to the best wedding weekend with my favorite Vermont family in my favorite place...whoops talk about side tracked. Vermont will do that to me.

So I am SO impressed with the CSA from Stone Soup Farm. The quantity and quality is really great. This week I got zucchini, pickling cucumbers, bok choy, kale, mixed greens, turnips and garlic scapes.  

Now when I first get the share I usually feel overjoyed and then immediately stressed out. Like how do I eat all of this?!  But no need to worry, it just takes some planning. 

 

First and foremost you want to eat the leafy greens. It’s honestly best if you can wash and dry them before storing them. I’ve been waiting to wash them lately and the refrigerator wilts them. That’s what I get for forgetting my salad spinner. Just think salad at every meal...and try to switch it up so you don’t get bored like I did this week. I had a strawberry almond salad with a slice of toast (gotta have carbs with my meals) and was so not satisfied so I ended up making a brownie. It happens. Sounds balanced, right? But try mixing grains into your salads or switching up the protein. I find a grain and legume salad to be very satisfying or a salad with pulled chicken. Or sometimes I just had a side salad that’s plain leafy greens on the side of something more indulgent like pizza!

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The next step is to plan what you’re going to make with the other items. I used to just roast everything (for the most part) but I’m trying to be more creative. Last week I made Swiss chard pesto! This week I made kale basil pesto!

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Meals this week include bok choy fried rice and tortilla pizzas with roasted turnip and garlic scapes. The turnip and garlic flavor mixed with my pesto is unbelievable! I made this on a tortilla and it was the perfect amount of crispy.

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I simply sautéed the zucchini to include with leftovers or put in pasta with my pesto. The cucumbers are pickling in the fridge. 

 

How do you meal prep?!?