Favorite Purchase The only reason to brave the weekend crowd at Costco? Free samples. I rarely get suckered into a purchase after scooping up those little plastic cups, but this time I couldn’t resist. Each pouch serves two, heats in 90 seconds and a four pack is less than $5 with the coupon this month. The ingredients are real, nothing hard to pronounce, with the right amount of spice and consistency of a really good chili.
Favorite Recipe If you like butterfingers, it’s time to stock up on candy corn, peanut butter and chocolate. I found this three ingredient recipe floating around Pinterest. The similarities in flavor and texture were surprising! I had to give them away immediately, my willpower is not that strong.
Favorite Kitchen Item I stole a large stainless steel mixing bowl from my Grandma’s set years ago. I’m pretty sure the bowls predate my existence since I remember them from my childhood. They’re tough, lightweight, clean up easy – the epitome of a kitchen workhorse. This set from fancy pants Williams Sonoma will only set you back $50 and last 100 years (only a slight exaggeration).
Favorite Music Glitch Mob’s “We Can Make The World Stop” came up on Pandora and I fell pretty hard for the electronic beats. It’s one of those songs that makes me run a little faster on the treadmill. Since then a number of songs and remixes have been in heavy rotation.
Favorite Writer I won’t pretend to be well versed in the essays of Ralph Waldo Emerson. But he’s responsible for many of my favorite quotes and inspiration for living a purposeful life. “Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail.” “Life is a journey, not a destination.” My Mom is a big fan of saying grace before meals, I politely oblige in agnostic silence. This Emerson quote seems like a beautiful way to give thanks and make Mom happy.
Favorite Happy Tear This beautiful letter written by Martha Brockenbrough for her oldest daughter to reveal the truth about Santa. “Santa is bigger than any person, and his work has gone on longer than any of us have lived. What he does is simple, but it is powerful. He teaches children how to believe in something they can’t see or touch.” If you don’t think that’s lovely, you probably steal toys from in Whoville during the holidays.
Favorite Dream Home This big open porch with a fireplace surrounded by trees is perfect for a chilly fall night (when we eventually get one in San Diego).