Hi friend! I have five things I want to share with you today. These are things that have made my life better in some way or just made me smile when I needed it. I hope you find some joy or inspiration here today and I hope your weekend is full of fun and rest!
(PS. the cover photo for this post really doesn’t have anything to do with the particular favorites listed here, but hugs from my people are always a favorite. 😊 )
Jicama is root vegetable native to Mexico. It is usually eaten raw and has a texture that is sort of a cross between a potato and an apple and in my opinion, the flavor is like that as well. It has a pretty neutral flavor, but provides a great crunch.
This unusual root veggie is full of lots of nutrients including vitamin C, folate, potassium and magnesium (which many of us are deficient in). You’ve probably been hearing a lot about probiotics and prebiotics because all of a sudden, the microbiome is cool. Well, you need prebiotics to feed the good bugs in your gut and veggies with lots of fiber like jicama, provide tons of prebiotics.
My favorite way to eat jicama is either chopped very small and added to salads or sliced into discs and used as a dipper for guacamole. Add it to your next veggie tray!
So when we first “went paleo” I baked a ton because I wanted my family on board. This was a great strategy if I do say so myself and I don’t regret it one bit. But as the years have gone by and I’ve realized I need to limit my sugar intake, natural or not, I have all but quit baking. Well, lately, I’ve been bringing the baking back. It makes my family happy and it makes me happy to know they are eating a healthy-er treat. I would much rather feed them one of these cookies full of nuts and seeds and maple syrup, which are providing lots of micronutrients, than have them eat some gluten free cookies from the store. Of course, I don’t have to feed them any cookies, but baking is one of my love languages, so I just can’t help it.
These particular cookies are quick and easy to put together. If you are a lover of all things pumpkin spice, you can add some cloves, ginger, cardamom, allspice, etc. to the cinnamon in the recipe and turn them into pumpkin spice n’oatmeal cookies. I think everyone will love you!
I even made a video of the prep to show you how simple they are. Check it out on my YouTube channel here.
3. This song: “I’m No Longer A Slave to Fear”
I discovered this song through one of Ann Voskamp’s Mulitvitamins for your Weekend posts a long time ago. It moves me every time I hear it. If you are feeling overwhelmed or burdened, not just by fear, but by anything, I hope you’ll listen to this song and find some reassurance.
Those Multivitamin for your Weekend posts are actually a bonus favorite. I have a regular Bible study time every morning, but on Sundays, I read this post from Ann. They’re full of funny and inspirational stories, songs, and lessons. I always learn something and I always smile. Check it out if you haven’t already.
We came back from the beach this year with five pounds of fresh shrimp. I started this “tradition” just last year, but I hope to continue it forever. The shrimp are so cheap down there and they couldn’t be any more fresh. So when we got home, I set out to plan a bunch of meals using those yummy shrimp. Wanting something new, I checked with my dear friend, Google, who bought me this recipe from 40aprons.com.
The only major tweak I made to the recipe was to use Frank’s Red Hot Sauce instead of her homemade siracha.
My son, the sauce hater, would not eat the sauce, but he loved the shrimp as is. The rest of us loved it all. I served the shrimp with cauliflower rice and a bunch of sautéed mixed veggies.
I try real hard to not make these favorites posts a sales ad. I’m not really trying to sell you anything, but I am trying to share what has worked for me and my family and I just could not keep from sharing about this peel. It’s one of Beautycounter’s newest products and has very quickly become a best seller. And for good reason.
My skin is the perfect example of what this product does. At the end of the summer, after I’ve been outside for months, we go to the beach for a week, where I’m outside constantly. I wear a hat and sunscreen religiously, but my skin is prone to melasma, splotchy hyper pigmentation, and no matter how hard I try to prevent it, when we get home from that trip, my skin looks awful. I used to use a prescription cream that was very harsh, but would basically bleach my face back to mostly normal. This year, I had the peel, which is made up of 15 botanically-derived acids, not some harsh chemicals. We are three weeks past that trip and my skin looks better than it did before we left.
I couldn’t find a good “before” picture, but this close-up shows (I hope) how my skin isn’t super splotchy anymore. I have tons of freckles and they are particularly highlighted in the photograph, but before the peel, my cheeks, around my eyes and along my jawline were very dark. Huge patches of brown. That has totally evened out now. One of the best things about this peel is that you can use it everyday if you need to. I have used it almost everyday since returning from the beach. Now that my skin tone has improved, I’ll go back to using it just 2-3 times/week.
I really think everyone needs this peel in their arsenal. I will even ship you a sample if you want to give it a try. I think you’ll love it.
I’m linking up to some of my other Friday Favorites bloggers here.
And that’s it! I’m determined to have a great weekend and I sincerely hope you do too! ❤️