A fast week yet again, but I'm welcoming Friday with open and ready arms! There were some not so fun personal things that had to happen this week and I am so glad they're over and I'm starting to feel back to normal again. Even with all that, I feel like I just published last week's Finisher. However, I'm glad to say that this week was my last week of classes! I just have an exam on Thursday (at 7am!) and a precalc final to get through next week and this semester is in the books! Each day is one step closer, one step wiser.
I'm still enjoying every minute of this holiday season though. Bonus points this year that the weather is bearable! But I do think I should move to Australia so I could enjoy the season during summer 😉 That sounds like perfection to me! Alas, I'll live with what I have...for now 😉 As long as their love, joy, and sweet Christmas memories, I'm good!
Happy Friday and enjoy your weekend dear friends! xoxo Enjoy this week's (a bit shorter) Finisher!
Monday: Gingerbread Quinoa Coffee Cake
Tuesday: Gift Guide For The Nut Butter Addict
Wednesday: Chocolate Candy Cane Crunch Cookies
Blog Posts and Links I loved this week:
Life, Mind, Body, Spirit:
Don't doubt yourself!
Wonderful techniques to implement!
We lose micro-communications.
If you're still hesitant to embrace a gratitude practice. (I am.)
Don't be afraid to ask yourself these questions!
Yes! I think we should all be thinking about these!
Make sure you know when it's not worth it anymore 😛
We're losing our voice.
You know it hurts.
I will...since I practice alone 😉
Don't make silly newbie yogi mistakes that could put you at risk!
My beloved yoga of choice 😉
It's a hard one!
Omg...this is one of the best gift guides ever!
She nailed it with this one!
I bet you can guess #1 😛
Now this would make the ultimate cookie party!
Yes! I wish we'd done this more growing up and I wished we could somehow do it now.
Omg! Hahaha! This is kind of weird!
May you never actually need it though :O
How to take care of your body in unfathomable times.
And also my thoughts exactly!
Celiac Disease & Food Allergies:
Here are the final results. But celiacs...beware!
Well now...I knew fermented foods were good, but this good!?
This could be life-saving.
Another perspective from a Celiac.
Blogging, Social Media, Tech & Photography:
Don't make these rookie mistakes!
Wow, yes! These are so true!
Yes! I shake my head when I see newbie bloggers recommend this to other new bloggers. So frustrating!
No one in my family has ever wanted their picture taken in the morning 😛
If you've emailed me, you know I am very terse, blunt, and to the point 😛
And I know one so well! Woohoo, beautiful Cape May, NJ!
You may be surprised, but I wasn't!
Those little Octopi!
I LOVE this idea!
Well if they say no...
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Chicken and Cashews. Used to be one of my favorite Chinese take-out options!
Mango Brulee. Now that's a creative way to eat a mango! (Remember to eat the skin!)
Warm Tahini Kale and Quinoa Bowl + Roasted Chickpeas. Just what we need to fuel ourselves right!
Lentil "Meat" Balls with Easy Marinara + Mashed Cauliflower. Now this is healthy comfort food!
Almond Joy Granola Bars. One of my favorite childhood candies in bar form!
Slow Cooker Gingerbread Oatmeal. If you had this cooking the night before...you'd have gingerbread dreams of joy!
Indian-Inspired Falafel Bowl with Roasted Broccoli. Indian Middle Eastern fusion!
Crispy Roasted Purple Potatoes with Fried Shallots. Since potatoes should be a daily thing 😉
Chicken and Walnut Stew with Petimezi. It's Persian Fesenjan in lovely stew form! Yes!
A few things I loved about my week or am grateful for:
+ I'm grateful this week that my family sticks by each other when we need the most support.
+ I'm also super grateful for all my lovely dear friends who made the cookie party happen!
So tell me:
+ Big question. Real or fake? Real tree! That's what I grew up with until a few years ago and my mom was suddenly allergic. Now we have this sad fake tree, but my mom always buys a small tiny real tree for the other living room 😛
+ Have you ever done a real cookie swap? I wish!
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