Friday, January 20, 2023

Oh Friday- I could kiss you! It’s time for the favorite link up of the week right here!

It’s been a long short week, you know? As much as I love a short week, I always feel off my routine and a bit discombobulated. I love that word. Tom asked me when I ever feel combobulated when I told him this. Is this a word? It should be!

Looking through my camera roll, here is what made me smile this week…

I love this book! This will be the first book of 2023 that I am able to finish. It really should be made into a rom com.

I also love the fact that I have walked Ernie each day after school and had time to spend on my patio reading. The fresh air gives me life. I have to admit that a mild January has also helped. I know we do have true winter coming, but I think I will be better prepared mentally after having this milder weather.

I also love that it’s staying light out longer!

Tom found this show and we’ve been enjoying it together:

Walking with Ernie while I talk on the phone or listen to a podcast:

I rarely think to cook shrimp, but I got some at Fresh Market and put it on top of a salad with a simple dressing this week:

I also got some already cooked cocktail shrimp and I can vouch that this is an amazing cocktail sauce:

I can vouch for all of the Primal products I have tried so far.

Jen reminded me of Dave’s Killer thin sliced bread. This is the perfect avocado toast bread. I have had this for my after school snack this week. I have to keep it in the freezer because I use a loaf up so slowly.

Here is what my avocado toast looks like:

One of my lunches for Erica and I was a roasted Greek bowl with carrots and radishes from the weekend:

Erica made lentil soup with…

Indian Butter Chicken:

Erica loves Indian food and has been making more of it at home. I have not had much and I am enjoying her Indian dishes.

I made my funfetti cake but only used half. You seriously cannot tell this is healthier. So good! If you want to just make half, the cake mix is 3 cups worth so you just measure out 1.5 cups, use half a cup of water, half a cup of non-fat plain Greek yogurt and mix it all together. It bakes at 350 for about 25 minutes.

My friend Heather dropped this pretty candle off for me because I made her meals last week. Wasn’t that sweet? She didn’t need to do that.

Also, I enjoyed my pale pink home gel mani this week. I feel like I’m getting better at it.

What were your faves this week?


19 thoughts on “Friday Favorites

  1. It’s Friday! And I slept until 08:15! (that’s TWO Friday favorites!)
    For reading I’m in a strange hut where I have to return books to the library before I have finished them, and then I have to order them again… But my flexible brain seems to like to be in the middle of a bunch of books… Well, right now I’m reading Carrie Soto is back and Every Summer After, both of them are great reads!
    So, you have abandoned the idea of 23 for 23!? Good for us readers, I like your shopping! 😀 So far I’ve bought two items: one pyjamas and one long puffer vest…
    Happy weekend!


    1. Wow! You must not have to be at work very early. We have to be there by 7:30, but I get there at 6;45. Too early, but my first class is at 7:40. I have Carrie Soto requested and I really liked Every Summer. I just got the Libby app on my phone and can get e-books from the library, but I don’t really want to read on my phone and I don’t have a Kindle anymore.
      I haven’t abandoned it, but I wanted to let you all know I’m not doing well! Well, at this time I have only gotten two tops. That’s kinda the thought of my sis – that shopping is for the blog!
      Ha – you, too!


      1. Oh, I normally leave home at 8, but I don’t have any lessons on Friday, so I can organize my day as I please… I don’t work full time.
        Right, keep on shopping, I think you do it in a controlled way, really. And we love to see your finds!
        No, I cannot read on a phone or a computer… I want the print on real paper! That’s something I want to give to my students too: for them to read real books.


      2. 8 seems so late to me. Apparently they are trying to change our school start times to later for next year to give the high schoolers more sleep.
        I agree – I want to keep on shopping in a good way!
        Same! I love paper books!


  2. I’m going to have to add that book to my list! I just started a cute little rom-com yesterday– Love on the Brain by Ali Hazelwood.


  3. My husband loves Indian food, I have made a few recipes at home but we usually get take out. I LOVE butter chicken!
    You’ll love that candle, how sweet of your friend!
    I returned my gel nail system – the third time I tried it, it peeled off almost immediately. Ugh!
    Have a great weekend!


    1. Thank you! I am really having fun doing my own gel. I am fine if it only lasts a week because I like to change colors often. This candle is just the best. I love how it makes the house smell. You too!


  4. First, I knew you would love that book! It was in my top three or four from 2022. She has written another one, but it’s nowhere near as good. I agree about it needing to be a movie…I’d watch it in a heartbeat. Second, your nails look amazing. You really are getting so good at that! I haven’t tried my kit yet…I may do that tonight while I watch a show. My nails are too long and grown out and are driving me crazy. I hope your day goes quickly and that your weekend is long, my friend! Happy Friday! 🖤


    1. It’s so fun! I am probably going to finish it today and I am sad! Ok – good tip!
      Thank you! I am enjoying my little craft project of my nails – ha!
      Do it! I can’t wait to see if you like it. Tip – do it at a table – like a kitchen or dining room. It makes a big difference. I did a touch up on the couch and it was messy.
      Thank you so much! Happy weekend to you!


  5. Those candles are the best, and that was so sweet! I love that pale, pink polish on you! Your lunches looked yummy, and I always forget about Dave’s bread, I’m going to have to get some. Have a glorious weekend!


    1. Aren’t they? They just smell divine. I think I am loving a pale color, too. I may go dark next, though. I think the pale are more forgiving for an amateur, though. Dave’s bread is so good! I forgot about it, too!


  6. Oooh, I have some Capri Blue Volcano hand cream and it smells heavenly! I have been wanting to get that candle! I also love Dave’s Killer Bread. Have a great weekend!


  7. The Indian butter chicken looks delish! Love the pink mani! Sigh Kroger tells me they are out of Dave’s killer bread this week. What will I do? Haha I now realize I should buy a couple and put in freezer next time it’s in stock. Love the candle. Happy Friday!


    1. It wasn’t super spicy, either! It is from Slender Kitchen and a crockpot dish!
      Oh no – I got my bread at Fresh Market. Do you have one? That is a great idea. It’s so expensive but worth it. I keep all of our bread in the freezer with the boys only being home sometimes on weekends, Tom going through his kind slowly, and me going through mine slowly. Yes, we have to have 3 types of bread.
      The candle is really making me happy in the mornings!

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