Happy Friday!!!

Happy Friday! I hope you all have had a good week. My girls are back at school, Christmas is all packed up AND it’s snowing outside…that pretty much sounds like a good week to me! I have random Friday Favorites this week, but I think you’ll like what I’m sharing. Okay, let go…

Downy Infusions Amber/Bliss Fabric Softner If you love the scent of amber and rose this is for you. It smells wonderful and leaves a light scent on your clothes. I love it on my blankets and towels!

Lesser Evil Popcorn Popcorn made with Himalayan Pink Salt and Coconut Oil…need I say more! This popcorn taste wonderful.

Olive and June Nail Polish Remover This acetone free nail polish remover is so easy. You just stick your finger into the center of the pot and twist until your polish comes off! It’s quick and mess free.

Beautycounter The Clean Deo This is Beautycounter’s newest product that was just released. It’s all all-natural, clean deodorant that actually works! It comes in 3 scents (my favorite is the Clean Rose!)

Emmolo Sauvignon Blanc If you are a Sauvignon Blanc fan I highly recommend you give this a try. It’s from CA and has a clean, crisp flavor with hints of apple and citrus.

Rainer Reflective Printed Tight I got these from Athleta for Christmas and I’m absolutely in love with them! These are perfect for colder mornings and they have zip pockets also. The are comfortable and I love the pattern.

Okay, those are my favorites for the week. I hope you all have a good weekend!

Until next time,

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Welcome 2021

Happy New Year! I (like so many) are very happy to see 2021. I know 2020 was a very difficult year for so many and the beginning of a new year brings hope and positivity that I think everyone can use!

I wanted to share what I hope to improve on in the new year. I don’t like to call them “resolutions”…let’s call them goals instead! Do you make goals for the new year? I always worry about actually typing out my goals and then not following thru on them and being disappointed in myself….but here go’s nothing!!

  1. I want to start eating healthier. These past few months of curbside dinners and desserts have really caught up with me. I recently turned 43 (eeek!!) and my metabolism is definitely not what it use to be. I need to start making healthier choices and listening to my body. This past week I’ve really tried to be more aware of my food choices and its amazing how I’ve noticed a difference in the way I feel (physically and mentally). Eating healthier for me needs to be a lifestyle change, not a diet. I’m trying to be more mindful about my choices and I think this will be something that everyone in my family will benefit from too.
  2. I want to start being more active. I admit when the weather turns cold my desire to get out and walk in the morning fades, but I need to either find an alternative or learn to deal with it! I prefer to walk outside rather than go to the gym, but I need to get over it. We pay for a family gym membership and I have no excuses to not use it. I’m mad at myself as I even typed out that sentence…I pay for a gym membership and don’t go!!!! Ok, that has to change. I’ve always felt uncomfortable going to the gym to work out (what if I don’t know how to work a machine is always what I thought), but I’m going to move past it and just do it. (Having my husband or daughters with me should help too!)
  3. I want to take better care of my nails. Yes, I know it seems like a easy thing to do, but my nails and I have a love/hate relationship. I go through periods were I take great care of them; they are long and painted all the time, but as soon as one breaks I pick on them until they all break and my nails are nonexistent!!! I need to stop doing that!
  4. I want to read more. I really enjoy reading and I wish I did it more. I have so many books that I’ve taking pictures of and wanted to read, but then I just watch tv at night instead. I’m going to work on turning off the tv at night while I’m laying in bed and reading instead…this will be a hard on for me, but I’m really going to try to make it a priority.

Ok, those are my goals for 2021. I’m going to really make an effort to achieve all of my goals, not just for myself, but for my family. I’ve learned a lot about myself in 2020, but one of the main things I learning is that life is short and we need to surround ourselves with people who make us feel good about ourselves. My family makes me happy, they make me laugh, they make me cry, they make me want to be the best version of myself and my goals will only make me better-both physically and mentally.

What are your goals for 2021? I’d love to have you share them in the comments!

Until next time,

Gift Guide for Bakers and Cooks!

Gingerbread Mini Waffle Maker

KitchenAid Ultra Power Hand Mixer

2 Tier Wood & Metal Cake Stand

Wilton Mega Cookie Sheet w/ Cooling Grids

Nordic Ware ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas Loaf Pan

Flex Core Spatula Set

Ember Mug

Plaid Apron

Grill Prep Marinade Tray w/ Wooden Lid

Le Creuset Cast Iron Round Dutch Oven

Round Wood Serving Platter

Ruffled Pie Dish

Stainless Steel Measuring Cups and Spoons

Kitchen Towel Set

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Banana Bread

This time of year I feel like all I want to do is bake and watch Hallmark movies!!! There is something about the smell of something sweet baking in the oven that I just love soooo much. Okay, so speaking of baking, today I wanted to share a really yummy banana bread recipe that I’ve been playing with for the last few months. It has such great flavor and is perfect in the morning with a cup of coffee or even as a late night snack:). It’s a quick recipe to put together and your house will smell amazing while it’s in the oven.

Banana Bread

4 medium over-ripe bananas

2 eggs, beaten

8 Tbsp. butter, softened

3/4 c. brown sugar

1 tsp. baking soda

1/8 tsp. salt

2 c. flour

sugar to sprinkle on top, optional

Preheat oven to 350 and grease a loaf pan. In large bowl mash bananas with a fork and add butter, eggs and brown sugar. Mix together. In another bowl mix flour, salt and baking soda together. Slowly add flour mixture to banana mixture and mix. Spoon into loaf pan and sprinkle with sugar (optional, but it adds a great level of texture to the bread!). Bake for 45-55 min. or until toothpick comes out clean when placed in center of bread. Let cool in pan for 10 min then place on a wire rack to finish cooling. Serve alone or with butter (my favorite way to eat it). Enjoy!

Happy December!

I can’t believe it’s December! This year has definitely been an interesting one (I think we can all agree on that)!!! I know this month can get crazy for a lot of us with so many things to do so I’m going to try to share things through the month to help you out. Recipes, gift ideas, positive thoughts…those type of things! Also, do you follow me on Instagram? If you don’t I’d love for you to start because I share things there too.

For those who don’t follow me on Instagram you missed some exciting news I shared yesterday. I became a Beautycounter consultant! For those who aren’t familiar with Beautycounter, it is a clean beauty and skincare company that prides itself on producing clean, safe makeup and skincare that is good for our skin! I first tried a few of their products last year and was really happy with the results the products gave. I thought about joining their company for a few months and finally decided to take the plunge. I love learning about makeup and skincare and so I’m looking forward to learning more about the products. I’m excited to share this journey with you. So far the products I’ve tried I really have liked. I wanted to share with you the first product I tried from Beautycounter (and the reason I decided to try more!)

Overnight Resurfacing Peel-this is an award winning treatment peel that you apply at night and it helps with skin texture and skin clarity while you sleep! It’s not drying and the next morning my skin feels soooo soft! I use it every other night and have been really happy with the way it makes my skin look and feel. I’ll share more soon, but I wanted to first share what peaked my interest. Have you tried Beautycounter? If so please tell me what your favorite product is so I can give it a try if I haven’t already. If you’re interested in making a purchase or learning more, click on the Beautycounter link to head to my website to learn more.

I’ve been going through my pins on Pinterest on trying to update and add to my Christmas Recipe pins so I can find everything I want in one place. I’ve realized the more organized I am the less stress I become! Do you follow me on Pinterest? If not you should:) I add my recipes that I share here there too so you can easily find them. I’m putting the finishing touches on a recipe now and plan to share it later this week so don’t forget to check back.

My holiday shopping is staring off good, what about yours? I usually don’t start shopping until after Thanksgiving and this year was no different. I’m going to be putting together a few gift guides to share with you soon. Is there anything you need help finding? If so let me know in the comments and I’d be glad to help!

Have a great rest of your day!

Fireball Apple Pie Drink

With Thanksgiving just a few days a way I wanted to share one final recipe with you and I saved the best one for last! This drink is such a festive drink that not only taste wonderful, but is pretty to look at too! I hope you’ve enjoyed my weekly recipes I have shared these past few weeks…I’ve enjoyed sharing the recipes my family enjoys at Thanksgiving with you all.

Fireball Apple Pie Drink

1 shot Fireball Whiskey

1 c. Apple Cider

1 splash Ginger Ale

1 Tbsp. Cinnamon Sugar

1 Cinnamon Stick (optional, to garnish)

1 apple slice (optional)

Dip the rim of cocktail glass in water on plate then put cinnamon sugar on plate and roll rim of glass in it to cover. Put ice in glass (I prefer single ice balls). Pour Fireball over ice then add apple cider. Finish with a splash of ginger ale and stir. Serve with cinnamon stick or apple slice on top (or if your feeling extra fancy, both 😉).

Enjoy responsibly!

Make Ahead Mashed Potatoes

Another week closer to Thanksgiving and I wanted to share a recipe that I starting making a few years ago. I love that I can make this the night before Thanksgiving and just heat it up when it gets close to dinner. One less thing to worry about on Thanksgiving and a few less dishes to clean after dinner (that’s a win, win for me)! This recipe calls for cream cheese and sour cream that helps give the mashed potatoes a wonderful rich and creamy texture and taste.

Make Ahead Mashed Potatoes

5 lbs potatoes (I prefer Russets or Yukon Gold)

2-3 oz. packages cream cheese

1-8 oz. cream cheese, softened

1/2 c. milk

8 Tbsp. butter, softened and sliced

2 tsp. onion salt

Garnish with parsley if desired

Peel potatoes, cut into 1-inch cubes. Cook in boiling water 20-30 minutes or until tender; drain and put into large mixing bowl. Add softened cream cheese, sour cream, 4 Tbsp. butter and milk and beat at medium speed until smooth (do not overbeat). Spoon into a greased 9×13 baking dish and top with remaining 4 Tbsp. butter. Cover and refrigerated until ready to bake. Let stand at room temperature 30 minutes and then bake at 325 or 50 min. or until thoroughly heated. Garnish with chopped parsley if desired.