Does this happen to anyone else, or is it just me? My alarm dragged me out of bed at 6:00 this morning, my normal weekday wake up time. Nothing seemed out of the ordinary at first. I never feel excited to see that time on my phone, but can you blame me? With my eyes half-open I fumbled through my routine; shower, turn on coffee maker, hair, make up, etc. I require a little extra time in the morning than most people because I enjoy 20-30 minutes of mindless news watching or internet scrolling while I let the caffeine flow through my veins. When I feel awake enough to safely handle kitchen appliances I whip together breakfast before getting dressed and heading out the door. This morning, however, as I sat down to eat my veggie and egg scramble, I experienced a sudden assault of anger bubble up...for no reason.
Do you ever have one of those nights where you just want to curl up on the couch in front of the TV with a huge plate of comfort food? Me too...almost every day. Comfort food may not always be the healthiest, and often leaves me feeling lethargic, but I think I found the solution thanks to Juli over at PaleOMG. This (dairy free) spinach artichoke dip hits all the right notes and just in time for any Super Bowl parties in your future.
Some people love winter, and I understand why. Fresh falling snow creates picturesque moments, and curling up on the couch with a good book or a nap sounds perfect, but I am just not a winter loving person. Don't get me wrong, I love experiencing all four seasons. I may have my moments in winter, but I also don't have a desire to live in summer year-round. However, the fact still remains that winter brings along its own set of challenges which play directly into my existing anxieties.
Before the holidays become a distant memory, I want to quickly share these cocoa fritters (donut holes) I tested for a family Hannukah meal. Fried foods, especially donuts, are traditional during Hannukah to commemorate the miracle of a small amount of oil lasting eight days, but these fritters would be a crowd pleaser any time of year.
This week's menu planning took a little extra thinking; one dinner out, one night helping at cooking school, and hosting friends for a casual weeknight meal creates a more complex, but exciting puzzle. I am certainly looking forward to trying new things this week, and encourage you to do the same - happy cooking!
Walking enthusiast, and kitchen experimenter currently living out my dream in Mexico City, Mexico.
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