Happy Saturday! So, some of you may have seen the post on Facebook that our house was back on the market. Sigh. What a story – which I’m sure that those of you who’ve bought and sold homes before know well. It’s a simple – and at the same time complicated – story of other houses not selling, financing falling through, and other properties bought while ours was waiting in contract. So, we now wait again for buyers who will appreciate our cottage-farmhouse – content in God’s timing (though we are still reeling a bit, to be sure!). Thank you all who’ve commented or emailed me about the house – you guys are the BEST.
On to this week’s things I’m loving – and the links I think you’ll love! (Some of the links I provide are affiliate links.)
Peaceful summer kayaking. Finally. With all the house stuff going on, time for things like kayaking got pushed aside. Well, Brian and I had a date night scheduled for Tuesday and the only thing I wanted to do was kayak! So we had a picnic of Caesar chicken wraps and then kayaked for an hour in the beautiful summer evening. Glorious.
And this lake? It’s just a 10 minute drive up the highway and another 5 to where we put the kayaks in the water. Really! This is a reminder to me (and maybe to you, too?) to just DO it already. Stuff will always be there – take time to do the other stuff that fills your soul!
The store-bought dried plum (aka, prunes) hack we’re loving. Okay, I have to start this by reminding you that I love, love, love the Italian plums I dry every fall. They are SO good that we have to dole them out sparingly to make it even through the winter and they are long gone by spring.
But store-bought prunes (that they now call plums, but they aren’t anything like the ones I dry, so I stubbornly still call them prunes) are just gross. The squishy, sticky, blobs just emphasize the flavor I don’t care for as much. But I had an idea: buy a bag of prunes and dry them more.
And it worked! While they don’t have that wonderful sweet-tart flavor of Italian plums, they are chewy and the flavor is much better – Brian likes them, too. So now I regularly buy a big bag of dried plums (prunes to me), bring them home and layer them in my Excalibur food dehydrator at 135 degrees for 6-8 hours, or until they are chewy with no moisture coming from them.
And in case you’re wondering why I’d even care about getting dried plums into my diet regularly – no it doesn’t have to do with, um, regularity. It has to do with studies like these that indicate dried plums should be “considered a valid strategy for prevention and treatment of osteoporosis.” This is something I can get behind, because even if it doesn’t end up showing to help a lot, the plums are still good for you in other ways, too!
Going against the norm for the best hair. So you know how you always think you should buy both the shampoo and conditioner of the same brand or line? Or at least I always did. Since my hair is thin but wavy I would buy a volume shampoo and the volume conditioner to go with it. I really like the Suave Professionals Volume shampoo – I found it works for me better than more expensive volume shampoos I tried.
But the volume conditioner? It always left the middle of my hair with weird waves and the ends fly-away and dried-looking. Then one time I ran out and had to use my daughter’s Suave Sleek conditioner and bam! Perfection. The shampoo gives my roots lift and the conditioner applied only to the ends makes them smooth.
So, is this just me – do you all combine different hair products or use one line?
Links To Check Out:
15 things to do before summer ends (I just did #4!).
3 ingredient, no machine fruit sherbet.
Sweet potato pizza crust…whaaa?
I am definitely making these soon!
10 ways to get audiobooks free.
This looks like it will be a good series on healthy eating.
Cost effective way to add shiplap to your walls.
A real-food pie crust that’s better than butter (and isn’t lard)? I’ll have to try this, too.
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