Are you gearing up for big Memorial Day festivities this long weekend? I’m not, but that’s okay, I’m still in post-college recovery. You know what I did yesterday? I took a NAP! What a miracle! I never do because I feel like they are such a waste of time. I had a few option though. Either do work/blog, sit and be overwhelmed by my never-ending closet of STUFF which I filled one garbage bag to throw out and it didn’t make dent, read (which I really hope to get back into this summer), or take a nap because I was tired. I chose the latter. I left my phone in my bedroom where all distractions are, went down to the living room, curled up on the couch and fell asleep for an hour. It was one of those sleeps where you’re mind don’t totally turn off (I have so many things going on), but I just needed the nap! It was kinda glorious. After that, I cooked a bangin’ new recipe. So I’d say a lazy Thursday was actually a major relaxing success! Woh!
I should take naps more often. I have the whole summer to do just that. To take real-time for myself to rest and recover with no obligations that need my urgent attention. Maybe you’re feeling a bit stressed about holding a cook-out this weekend? Well Here are some simple recipes you should put on the menu! These easy veggie burgers, these portabello burgers and baked beans, maybe some chicken burgers, grilled plantains, some sweet potato fries, o and you should probably make this homemade mustard and ketchup!
Happy eating, loving, thanking those who served us, and happy weekend my dear friends! Read these links and then go take a nap!
Blog Posts and Links I loved this week:
Life, Mind, Body, Spirit:
You actually benefit more by allowing yourself to feel the pain.
I think #1 is most important!
This is/was so true!
Creative people are unique in their needs!
You know, all that comparison.
These are wonderful and not the typical ones you always read!
We are ALL enough!
Only you hold the power and knowledge you need.
So many! I have become very fond of podcasts recently while I’m working on the computer!
Never let fear hold you back!
It’s so hard, but if you’re just another gym-goer, you really shouldn’t.
Omg! My slow running twin!
Don’t ruin a perfect piece of lovely salmon!
Go “naked” so to speak 😉
Sometimes what we deem as healthy just isn’t “healthy” for us.
I think we all do 😉
Omg yes! Laziness hack!
If I can hack this to be gluten-free….my life will be made!
Loved this! I was never super sure on the differences or my favorite cuisine!
It’s all about the prep!
We all know the leftovers are the best part anyway!
Just some yummy vegan ideas for this holiday weekend!
Because plant-based bacon is the only good kind!
Really great things to know if you suffer from an autoimmune disorder.
Stay away from all that nasty stuff :/
Very interesting break though!
I’m not sure how I feel about this post…discuss!
Did you know May 19th was IBD awareness day?
Such a great informative post!
Yes! Listen to your body!
Sometimes I wish I just didn’t have to tell anyone.
You know you want to check this out 😉
Blogging, Social Media, Tech & Photography:
I really do think all of these are true. I hope the Instagram blow up happens sooner rather than later 😛
Good stuff! Don’t make these mistakes!
Not too ground-breaking, but the usual good tips!
Love this woman!
With #3 for the millionth time, for the love of all things, PLEASE have them set up with your handles!
And the pure talent!
Great tips for making some dough! 😉
You might in the very beginning, but once you’re established, it’s a big no-no!
How to make good pinnable images!
I used to do that 😉 But I actually like the one day break!
Hahaha, this is so true!
2 of them are in wonderful NJ! Cape May is the bomb!
I’d say I’m in the middle of good and bad.
Read book people!
Good to keep bookmarked for those days!
Wow! Some are just amazing! Not sure why the White House is #4…it really isn’t that impressive close up!
I totally agree with this!
Cooking, yes! Number one!
Hahaha #4 and if you’re going to do #17 (which you should), I’d suggest a mirror too.
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Hibiscus, Lemongrass, Basil and Honey Sweet Iced Tea. It’s better than Starbucks 😉
Curried Chicken en Papillote. Just look at this foil pack of love!
Fudgy Cardamom Squares. These sound lovely and such a unique flavor!
Tomato Arugula Stew. My arugula love obsession! I think it’s one of the best greens!
Honey Sweetened Rhubarb Fig Jam. Rhubarb and fig! Can you get any more elegant!
Breakfast Sweet Potato with Hibiscus Tea Yogurt & Granola. Swooning over the purple sweet! Use vegan yogurt and we’re golden!
Roasted Rosemary Dijon Potatoes. Such a perfect side dish!
Salt ‘n’ Pepper Cookies. Don’t these just sound awesome! Sweet with a touch of pepper spice!
A few things I loved about my week or am grateful for:
+ Weird kitchen experiments. I tried making vegan allergy-free marshmallows and it was a total fail…back to the drawing board! I wish I has a stand mixer, but alas, it’s the one kitchen appliance I don’t have. Sadness!
So tell me:
+ Do you take naps? Do you like taking naps?
+ What are your Memorial Day plans? Hopefully, I’ll be making a new veggie burger recipe 😉
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