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Friday Favorites

Is it just me or did this week fly by?  I guess that’s what happens when you’re busy. Speaking of, can you believe I still have to sort through the results from the reader survey? I feel like such a slacker. Eeesh.

I’m hoping to have that done by next week so that I can share them with you but for now, let’s focus on today. It’s Friday which means it time to par-taaaaaaay! For me that means kicking back with a warm blanket and several glasses of red wine. I’m just crazy like that.

Whatever the weekend has in store for you, I hope you get to stop and enjoy every last minute! Until then, sit back, relax and enjoy some of my recent favorite finds!

 

Favorite Destination: Oneonta Gorge, Oregon. Brandon and I are planning on taking a road trip to Oregon in the summer and I can hardly wait! From what I’ve seen in pictures, it looks like a breathtakingly beautiful state. If you have any recommendations on things to see or do (or eat!), please share them with me!

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Favorite Winter Meal: Portobello Chili with Shiitakes and Fennel. I’m always hesitant to try recipes that use fennel because I’ve never been a fan of the flavor of fennel seeds. But then again I’ve never tried cooking with fresh fennel so I feel like I might be missing out on something really great.

If there’s any meal that makes me want to give it a try, it’s this chili. Come.to.mama.

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Favorite Cookbook: At Home in the Whole Foods Kitchen by Amy Chaplin.

I gifted myself this for Christmas and it is one of the best cookbooks I’ve ever seen. The author does a ridiculously thorough job explaining everything that you should have in your pantry, the nutritional benefits of each one, and how to store and cook them. Plus the recipes are simply gorgeous! I felt a huge wave of inspiration come over me after paging through it.

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Favorite Fashion: Gap Knit Sweater. First of all, I’m not pregnant. I just love how cozy and warm this sweater looks. Wouldn’t the whole look be cute with a pair of ankle booties too?

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Friday Favorites

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