Friday Faves

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Hello hello and happy Friday.

Well, I did it. I FINALLY did it! After two years of having this one item on my to-do list every single day, yes literally EVERY SINGLE DAY, I finally sat down and I DID IT. That one thing that has been hanging over my head for two full years and niggling in the back of mind is finally struck from the list!

How did I find the motivation? I’m laying my success to this podcast I mentioned In last week’s Friday Faves. It pushed my buttons to finally get my butt over my move-it-to-tomorrow-AGAIN hump. After walking my Zoee dog, I came home, sat at my desk, and wrote down just the one thing on my to-do list instead of the usual 43. And I just dove in. It’s so dumb because I had it done in under an hour. Probably even less. But now I’m giving myself a pat on the back knowing the momentum will sustain.

After working her buns off slinging lattes and saving up all of her dollars, my baby Smudge leaves today for three months on the Asian leg of her travels before heading to college come fall. It’s surprising how much more at ease her big daddio and I are about her leaving this time around. Sure, there will be new challenges travel through Southeast Asia will present, but after planning and navigating Europe for three months, I have full confidence in her and her street smarts. Man, what a time, what an experience. I’m so happy for her.

Naturally, her last supper was Mexican food from our favorite local spot, with her dad’s homemade matzo ball soup (with shredded chicken instead of meatballs) requested as one of her last homemade meals. Because just like her mom and dad, it’s all about the food.

But enough of all this. Let’s dig into this week’s Friday Faves.

Musician Dave Grohl showed up at an LA homeless shelter and barbecued for over 24 hours, helping feed 450 people. There goes my hero! I just love him.

This new movie (based on a true story) looks good and suspenseful.

And, a new true crime podcast that’s on my radar.

A love letter to libraries.

This useful graphic for how to use up condiments when there’s only a little left is so good.

People are sharing the one piece of cooking advice they say actually made a difference in their cooking.

This lemony pasta is right up my alley.

Can’t wait to make this chicken meatball dinner.

Going bananas for this PB&J swirl banana bread.

These bolognese stuffed peppers are totally on the menu for one night next week.

I’ve been on a big mushroom kick lately and this shroomy lasagna looks killer.

I love artichokes so naturally, I love these.

Who’s ready for a Chicago deep dish?

Trying to eat less meat during the week and this vegetarian skillet dinner is exactly what I’ve been craving.

How to make David Chang’s Momofuku’s ramen at home.

This broccolini couscous dish would be so yummy for lunch one day.

These cheesy scrambles are what breakfast is all about.

And, this sandwich makes me want to jet to Italy, immediately.

An Ina Garten recipe I’ve never made but really want to try.

5 St. Patrick’s Day recipes that have caught my eye:

And for more ideas, don’t miss my 30+ Lucky St. Patrick’s Day Recipes Roundup.

Here are 11 of the very best chef’s knives.

Starbucks wants to put olive oil in your coffee. Umm, this one might be a hard no for me.

Speaking of beverages, here’s the number 1 drink you should have during the day if you want a good night’s sleep.

And speaking of sleep—we all know white noise, but how about green noise? I’m intrigued…

Also, how chic are these pretty satin pj’s?

Obsessed with these dressy sandals (how amazing is that heel though?!).

Loving these jeans.

This Stanley tumbler dupe is HALF the price (and I love this color).

Such a pretty cake stand—love that tinted glass.

Digging this retro lamp.

And finally, the world’s 20 most beautiful places to visit in your lifetime. Hey Smudge, let’s see how many you can knock off your list!

And that is it for this week! Have a fan-frigging-tastic weekend everyone!

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