Guess what?! This is the 500th post on Strength and Sunshine! Wooooo! Party time! I also went back and counted that this is the 107th Friday Finisher! (I realized it would have been a lot easier to just look at how many were in the Friday Finisher category through my dashboard...after I counted, twice, because I messed up...good times). Throw back to the first ever Friday Finisher on July 12th, 2013! I actually don't have anything planned to celebrate...bummer. But I knew this post was coming up, so still exciting to say I've published 500 posts on this blog! Ready for 500 more? I hope so, because I'm not stopping! I also redid and updated my About Me page, so go check that out!
Sad news, my baby basil plant is dying. The leaves are shriveled up and there's no hope. I think it's my house that kills all the herbs. I also haven't made that final click on the Kindle yet. I'm so close, so close! But these decisions take me forever! I'm about 85% I'll get one though 😉
It's also the last day of July! No, I'm not excited about that, but what can you do? Build a time-machine! Who's with me? Even though it was super hot (90s all week), I really don't care about the heat. You will not find me welcoming Fall! So live up the summer with me and don't complain the heat away (since I know everyone will be complaining about the winter!). If you can't handle the heat, I recommend sitting in an air-conditioned room with a glass of iced tea (or coffee) and settle in with the 117th Friday Finisher!
Monday: Raw Raspberry Fig Chia Jam
Wednesday: Italian Polenta Pizza
Blog Posts and Links I loved this week:
Life, Mind, Body, Spirit:
I have to keep reading this for myself! But it's more like social media for me. Just throw my laptop away!
It's real, but YOU are amazing as YOU.
Interesting way to look at being present.
Responding is intentional and takes thought, not split-second emotion driven.
Yes, yes, yes!
You can make progress and change what you want!
It's a beginning!
That's what it means to be a family.
Need a boost? Read this!
It's time to take a look, slow down, and eliminate!
It's not selfish; it's selfish to NOT exercise!
Everyone! Grab your jump ropes!
Most are gluten and allergy-friendly too!
A "love letter" type post to the one and only Joe 😉
Well I hope this really is promising! 🙂
Exactly why you're nut milk should be carrageenan free! (Buy Silk....or make your own!)
Think berries are only small things? Think again! Go grab that watermelon!
Gotta keep as much "dough" in your wallet as possible!
You know, not by much.
A great breakdown of some of the great GF flours!
That actually stays lovely and green! This is an awesome trick!
Never ever put something like "sweet 'n' low" in your body. Just sayin' 😉
I think these are the definition of the processed foods you should avoid 😛
Solute the greatest sandwich! (Go make some jam!)
Not so clinically proven after all. maybe that's why I don't wear makeup 😉
Scary (maybe), sad (kinda), angering (yes)!
STILL it's being used, but this is a great video on why it's so stupid!
This was a fascinating read!
Really. This needs to change.
Um, yes to all of these (especially the last one!)
This is a great list of awesome resources!
I don't think it will ever change at this point. Which is sad and frustrating.
Blogging, Social Media, Tech & Photography:
You guys don't see this, but black and white architectural photography was my strong suit while I was taking classes and not just doing food photography 😛 I love black and white!
Sophie nails it in this post on such a touchy subject, but she brings the best honest open discussion about it! I agree 100%.
I love #3 the most! It's so true!
Just step away from the technology and blogging. Take some me time.
#1 and #2 people! Fix it!
Haha, I totally agree with her on #3!
I never even read about how it was done (until this post).
You may already have one for you're blog, but what about yourself?
Hahahahahaha! So true! So great!
Every blogger, or website owner, needs to read this!
Would you ever do this?
Wow, I think we're all living in the wrong cities 😉
Ugh. I hate business calls on the phone!
And I've seen almost none of them 😛
Really? I don't think this house is worth it.
This will totally come in handy!
But they really should (if they could). These skills matter more than writing a paper!
Thank god I was in between the two 😉
Another reason why you should always carry hand sanatizer!
I want that little hanging grill!
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Kale Pesto + Rice Stuffed Zucchini Blossoms with a Herbed Cashew Cream. One day I'll find zucchini blossoms!
Zucchini Dill Fritters with Cashew Aioli. I've been seeing a ton of fritter recipes, which means they need to happen!
Vegan Heartache Cake (Chocolate Eggplant Torte). Eggplant in cake...this will heal any heartache!
Sesame, Fig + Banana Drizzle Squares. Everything I love in a perfect square!
Hoisin Lime Glazed Salmon with Mixed Vegetables. That's one fine piece of fish 😉
Homemade Mint Ice Cream with Fudge Swirl. You even make you're own coconut milk for it! Total homemade!
Tequila Lime Chicken with Zucchini Corn Salad And Salsa Verde. That's just mesmerizing!
A few things I loved about my week or am grateful for:
+ That About Me page. Took me so long to get it down (I'm still not totally happy with it), but it's a lot better than it was!
+ The fact that this has been breakfast 3 or 5 days this week (it was almost all 5, but I like variety). Literally, when I opened the box I almost started crying, hahahahaha 😉
+ Bloggers! How many posts have you published on your blog?
+ Tell me one thing you still need to do before summer is over. Go to a farmer's market 😛
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