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A couple blogs I read do link round-ups on Friday. I love it!

I don’t plan to add more noise, but thought it would be nice to link up to their link ups!

Shutterbean’s I Love List Fridays

Friday Finds on I am a Food Blog

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I am excited for National Readathon Day tomorrow! I’m headed to Lucky’s this afternoon to get treats to get us through…also having people for dinner tonight so have to get some wine. I’m still going strong with that secret resolution! It’s been fun picking out new things each weekend and actually drinking something halfway decent.

If you’re reading tomorrow, be in touch on twitter or instagram!

@graylin_porter

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excuse me while I love this blog

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So, I found Sara Cornelius’ illustrated food blog awhile ago. Then completely forgot about it. Not her though, I’ve keep tabs on instagram, but somehow missed most of her feed?!

Whatever, we all know I’m a mess when it comes to organizing social media. Anywho, when she posted a beautiful illustration yesterday, I was reminded of her great blog. After reading an fantastic post of podcast recommendations, right when I’m needing new podcasts, I knew I had to do a post on her blog, Cake over Steak. 

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It’s unique, beautiful, and aligned directly with my tastes. I feel like a total goober for forgetting about it!

Please forgive me Sara, you are awesome and I’ve added you to my Feedly. I await more posts…eagerly.

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Intentions: 2015

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These are not resolutions, but attempts to get my crap together.

Let me be real, I’m not in trouble on any of these fronts, I just need to REEL IT IN a bit.

Let’s talk about grocery shopping

Ah god. Groceries are expensive is what I’m learning. However, I’m not doing anything to be more organized on this front. I simply decide what I want to make, go out and buy the stuff. NO. NO. NO.

That is never good for budgeting.

Because I love to organize, I love making lists, and grocery shopping, this shouldn’t be hard for me to maintain. I have even made my own meal planning/grocery list printable. I tried to find one online and didn’t like anything I saw. If you want to use mine you’re welcome to it, a free PDF link is available under the photo.

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FREE printable: yepindeedgrocerylist

Do you all out there have any tips and tricks? It seems like this kind of plagues everyone I know…

MAKE USE OF EVERNOTE

I’ve been wanting to get into Evernote for awhile. I think I might actually stick with it this time. I am in desperate need of one central note-taking spot. I think this is it. 

BE THOUGHTFUL

For example: send more snail mail to those I love.

CLEAN THAT CAR AND CLOSET!

Because it’s not New Year’s resolution time without me saying it. Will it happen? Hell no, but I’m going to throw it out there again.

Well. That’s all I can commit to at this point.

My NYE plans consist of supper at home: salmon burgers, roasted potatoes from my new cookbooks, and a bottle of champs. Andrew and plan to stay in and watch movies. My kind of night.

favorite thanksgiving dish

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The traditional Thanksgiving is one of my favorite meals ever. It’s insanely hard for me to pick just one dish as a favorite because, in my opinion, it’s the combination of everything together that makes it so wonderful.

However, dressing is by far at the top of my list. Bread, salt, and fat? Yes…

I about died the other day when I watched The Pioneer Woman make this panini with Thanksgiving leftovers…my dream come true

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Have I ever mentioned that Andrew gives the best gifts ever? Oh, dang, I have…oh well, it’s totally true!

I convinced him to let me open my present early the other night and this was it! YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

I started off simple and made roasted red pepper and tomato soup last night. Insanely good and easy. If you have a Vitamix out there, how do you like to use it? I need ideas asap! Homemade nut butter here I come!

how I’m dealing with the heat this weekend

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It’s haaaaaaaaaawt this weekend.

How I’m beating the heat:

1. I’m making a ton of my homemade skinny girl margaritas…adding fresh herbs and cucumber for extra crispness.

2. Dipping into my stash of ice cold lavender towels for the studio. Nothing feels better.

3. Wearing tank tops that are extremely baggy with my favorite sports bra ever underneath. Can’t believe my luck from last weekend when I found two brand new ones in my size at Sassy Fox. That place makes my life so much better.

4. Making spring rolls in a bowl…probably my favorite thing ever. Hope to post the recipe soon, but until then, this one is pretty dang close to what I do.

5. Having extremely short hair. It’s pretty amazing in temps like these.

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Trader Joe’s: Favorites

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There have been several great “what to buy at Trader Joe’s” blog posts. Some good ones:

Why I Love Trader Joes // Shutterbean

My Favorite Trader Joes Pantry Items // Shutterbean

Trader Joes Survival Guide

So, naturally, I want to do my own. I think that it’s a really fun thing for some reason. So…here you have it, my favorite items (right now) at Trader Joe’s:

Some old standbys-staples…i.e, I buy these every time I go:

Charles Shaw white wine
Chardonnay or Pinot Grigio…Sauvignon Blanc sometimes as well. YEEEEEEE

Wild Arugula or the organic arugula
Crazy price ($1.99) for a big bag of only arugula. Yum. However, one thing: some bags tend to go bad quicker than others. You gotta keep an eye on it and make pesto the second you see it going!

Frozen Wild Boreal Blueberries
These are teeny tiny and so good for smoothies.

Trader Joe’s Organic Fair Trade Wake Up blend coffee 
Big canister of whole beans. Perfect everyday coffee.

Frozen French Green Beans
Throw these frozen into a bowl with olive oil, salt and pepper, and a ton of chopped garlic. Then dump onto cookie sheet and roast according to this recipe. Amazing.

All their canned beans, raw nuts, boxed broths, oils, etc. They are amazing for that kind of thing.

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New favorites. There are some products at TJ’s that I’ll give a whirl, then become obsessed with and burn myself out. Here are some past and present obsessions:

Speculoos Cookie Butter
Of course. It wouldn’t be a TJ’s round up without it. I went hard on this stuff for awhile and now hardly ever buy it. Thank god.

Chile Spiced Mango
I still love this stuff.

Triple Ginger Snaps
Actually, this should be probably just be “entire cookie aisle.” Andrew and I will latch onto one type of cookie and then switch it up.

Dried Flattened Banana
I ate so much for this last year, I can barely look at the package right now.

Currently, I am insane over these Roasted Coconut Chips and these Roasted Plaintain ChipsOMG. Ahhhhhh.

Chocolate Covered Sunflower Seeds.
Whoa. They’re so tiny, but so delectable.

That’s all I got right now…other than a sad collection of TJ’s inspired photos from my instagram archive. Ridiculous. I need help.

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