The Weekly Mix
This week flew by! I’m not sure if it was the cake baking or everything else, but I can’t believe the weekend is already here. Either way, I’m excited for the weekend because it is officially supposed to be in the 60’s for the next five days in Chicago. I’m not sure if I should celebrate or be concerned for the environment? This isn’t normal.
Thank you so much for your feedback on last week’s Weekly Mix – and on this week’s post on how to line a cake pan with parchment! It’s making me excited to brainstorm more kitchen tricks to share with you.
Speaking of cake…I’ve decided that cake decorating is a wonderful way to unwind. It forces you to concentrate on the task at hand and not on anything else. This revolving cake stand is one of the best wedding presents we received. The cast iron base makes it so sturdy. Another surprising realization this week? A cardboard file box works incredibly well for transporting cakes in a car.
Oh, and this is the prettiest cake I’ve seen in a while. The piping is ridiculous.
I made this chicken tortilla soup for the millionth time this week. I love it so much.
The truth about peanuts (sad face) and a delicious recipe for Balinese gado gado. I always learn so much from her posts.
Last week, Allison recommended trying Sortd for email organization. I had a chance to try it out this week, and it’s amazing! If any of you are looking for solutions to an unruly inbox, be sure to check it out.
One of my Oxo sugar containers broke/literally shattered this week, so I’m on the hunt for new ones. These glass ones immediately caught my eye!
It’s only been five days since the Grammy’s and I’ve already listened to this song approximately 1,738 times. Ridiculously catchy.
We officially booked all of our Japan trip accommodations last weekend. Word of advice: if you ever travel to Japan during cherry blossom season…don’t wait until two months prior to book accommodations. So many places were completely booked.
We went out to brunch with my friend Kristin and her husband last Sunday. I had one of the most interesting dishes that I’ve had for brunch in a while: homemade lamb sausage in a tomato sauce with peppers, raita, and a sous vide egg. Also, speaking of meals in Chicago…I’m putting together a favorite restaurants guide to share with you!
Just ordered The Everlasting Meal and can’t wait to read it. It’s been on my must-read list for months (years?).
I love enchiladas and always forget to add them to our meal rotations. These black bean and sweet potato ones are on next week’s meal plan.
If you’ve ever wanted to know the full details on those animal welfare labels at the grocery store. This was very eye-opening!
I received Laura’s upcoming cookbook in the mail this week and it is stunning. I’ll be sharing a recipe from it on the blog in the next few weeks, but what are in the mood for? A healthy plant-based breakfast, dinner, soup, salad, or dessert?
After downloading the Think Dirty app and literally scanning everything in my bathroom, I’m currently making the effort to switch over all of my cosmetics/skincare (and household – you’d be surprised what is considered toxic!) to more natural or non-toxic options. Connor is coming along for the ride. He had to switch from foaming shaving cream to non-foaming shaving cream this week (he literally asked me how much to put on his face?). If you have any great skincare products that you love, share them with me!
Lusting after this headboard. Sigh.
One last thing! And it’s sort of big. I read It Starts with Food – the book behind Whole30 – a few months ago cover to cover (I highly recommend reading the book, as opposed to simply looking up what you can/can not eat without any real explanation for why).
I generally cast aside these types of programs as fads (remember, I’m a born skeptic), but so much of the book resonated with me. It was really fascinating. Long story short: I’m going on Whole 30 staring on Monday, February 27th. Why am I telling you this? Because sharing it on the internet will hold me accountable. Yes, I’m very sad to say goodbye to pasta and milk in my coffee (among many other things) for 30+ days, but I’m excited for the challenge and to see how my body responds to the change. It will also force me to be more creative in the kitchen, something I’m excited for!
I’ll inevitably be sharing some recipes with you over the next 30 days that happen to work for the program, but I promise that they will deliver. If you’d like me to share more about my experience trying Whole30, let me know! I’m happy to share all the dirty details along the way.
And…I’m out. Dump all of your thoughts below. Hope you have a wonderful weekend!
20 Comments on “The Weekly Mix”
I’ve been switching over to cleaner options using the Think Dirty app as well. I really like Ursa Major products…especially their face wash and shave cream. They are a little pricey, but the quality makes it worth it!
Oh man!!! I’ve been considering doing the Whole30 thing for a while now!!! I’d love to see posts on how it goes for you! Maybe I’ll buy the book and start Monday as well?! Though, can I do Whole30 with wine?? Haha 🙂
No wine or any alcohol (not even vanilla extract)! It will definitely be hard. I think my hardest part will be carbs (pasta) and dairy. We’ll see how it goes! I definitely found the book fascinating though. If you’re interested in starting with me, let me know! We can commiserate over email together, haha!
I bought the book! It should be here tomorrow. Hoping to start next Monday ahhh! 🙂
Oh awesome! Yay! Feel free to reach out if you need any motivation or help!
Ahh! Exciting. I’m glad I won’t be alone in this. Feel free to email/message me if you need any guidance, tips, or support!
AHHH!! thank you for including me in this awesome weekly mix of links!! Also, your lemon vinaigrette post–YESSSSS to that salad shaker. I have it and love it!!!
Beautycounter is my new go to for safe skin care products!
Oh oh! I’ve heard of Beautycounter. I’ve been meaning to look it up! Thank for the reminder Allison 🙂
I’d love to hear about your real-time Whole30 month. I will be joining you that month. Plan to start reading the book this weekend. I’m actually looking forward to this. I’m also going to do 30 Days of Yoga following Yoga With Adriene. She has great (and free) 30 Days of Yoga online classes. Let’s go!
Oh awesome! Yay – we can commiserate (or rejoice?) together! It’s a really fascinating book. I’m not sure if I would be interested in doing it if I hadn’t read the book myself. I haven’t heard of Yoga with Adrienne! I’m going to look it up!
I’m going to ignore all of that info about the peanuts (thanks a lot…)
Sorry! 🙂 Be sure to inform Arthur of all the fungus!
60s in Chicago?? I’m so jealous! And I’m in the same boat as Karlie on the fact that I clicked on basically every link here 🙂 My sister has had huge success with Whole 30 and has cooked so much awesomeness on it. I’m excited to see how it goes for you!
Oh yay! Glad you liked the post. And YES, the weather is AMAZING today. I can’t believe it’s only mid-February. So happy to hear that your sister had a great experience with the program. I feel like it’s going to be really hard the first two weeks as I’m adjusting (I literally love carbs), but I’m really excited to see what it’s like. Thanks Sues!
So glad you are loving Sortd!
I JUST finished my first Whole30 in January. You will love it. I’m doing another in a month or two. I can’t wait to hear your thoughts – let me know if you want any tips!
Oh yay! YES – please send me your tips. I know I need to prep way ahead (especially for that first week), and I’m slightly scared the whole lack of dairy/bread is going to be incredibly difficult for me, but that’s sort of the point, probably? Haha!
Oh I loved this round-up once again, ALL the tabs open haha. This was a lovely compilation of different things 🙂 and I’ve got a few new items in my Amazon cart! Have a nice weekend xx
Oh my gosh – hope you’re not mad at me for all the open links! :/ But glad you enjoyed the post Karlie! Hope you have a great weekend!
haha of course not! i loved them!