Happy weekend! I hope you had a fabulous Thanksgiving holiday – I’m raring to go this week after taking last week off and have loads of really great links to share with you that I’ve been gathering (whew, the content is great out there!).
We had lots of good food and got time with lots of family, so it was all good on our end. I made a berry pie with the Triple Crown Thornless Blackberries that was the BEST pie ever. Seriously – and I can’t believe I’m saying that since I’ve been a HUGE Marionberry fan like, forever. But I made the pie with my same crust with the same crumble topping I use on our berry crisps and the only thing different was the berries. And the flavor – whoa, everyone commented on it. SO – one more reason to grow those blackberries if you can!
On to this week’s things I’m loving – and a few links I think you’ll love! (as always, some of the links I provide are affiliate links)
Tagging along with Brian to Seattle. Brian needed to go to Seattle for a few days for a business event and I wouldn’t want a nice, company-paid hotel room in downtown to go to waste, would I? Good call since I think it was the nicest hotel we’ve ever stayed in (The Grand Hyatt, by the way – they were so accommodating and even got us into a room when our airplane and shuttle got us there hours early, which helped to make up for the fact that there was no breakfast included even though it was listed in the amenities on their website – boo.). And of course in Seattle, there better be Starbucks in the room coffee makers, right? (It’s the birthplace of the coffee giant…).
I got a TON of work done, was Brian’s “+1” when needed and we got to wander around a bit after the event. So, fun and relaxing, too. Oh, and I did use that tub and robe!
Homemade bread for the holidays. I hadn’t made bread since moving and there’s something so basic and – I don’t know, life-affirming? like, I’m creating my own food with my own hands kind of life-affirming? – about it that I realized how much I missed it.
Oh, and how good – and easy – these recipes are! I made the soft whole wheat dinner rolls which haven’t failed me yet (though there was that year I forgot the salt…yikes, do.not.do.that.) and two loaves of easy artisan bread (a whole batch- I didn’t refrigerate any). Why the artisan bread? Because it makes the best stuffing ever. Once you use fresh bread in stuffing, you’ll never, ever go back to those hard little cubes in a package, I promise. And if it’s this lick-the-plate stuffing, all the better!
I jumped on the Instant Pot bandwagon. I did it – I bought an Instant Pot during the Cyber Monday sales. I just keep seeing people go on and on about how it’s the best thing they’ve ever bought for their kitchens and I just couldn’t stand it any longer, ha!
Now I have to figure out how to use it – and what to make with it! Luckily, I think that sounds fun. And I (and by “I,” I mean Brian!) plan on shooting some videos to share my first experience cooking with it, too – that oughta be fun, too!
Using Ebates when shopping online. It’s that time of the year when using Ebates really adds up! Plus, you get $10 when you sign up for a new account by clicking on this link AND purchasing something (and I get $ too for referring you, so win-win- thank you!).
I talk about Ebates only occasionally, but it’s basically a way to earn a few cents (or dollars, depending on how much you spend!) on your regular online shopping. So, yeah, LOVE – when I remember to use it! (Tip: there is a Chrome extension you can add that makes it easier to remember – as long as you shop with that browser!)
In the past, some of you have question just how they were able to do this- basically it works just like any affiliate: they are recommending sites and deals to you and if you go through their affiliate-type links they make a percentage that they then splitting that with you, so it’s all on the up-and-up! It doesn’t work with every site, but almost everything (like Old Navy, Overstock, Walmart, even some Amazon categories like clothes!) so I really encourage you to check it out if you’re shopping online (at any time of the year).
Links To Check Out:
Popular on Pinterest: Sweet & Spicy Canned Onion Marmalade
Popular on FB: Curried Turkey & Rice Soup
Popular on IG: Healthier cut-out cookies ready for your frosting
Press-in browned butter pie crust – you CAN make a homemade crust!
Switch up cranberry sauce with a spicy cranberry chutney.
49 stocking stuffer ideas because you can never have too many.
An easy sauerkraut, a quart jar at a time – this I can do!
Exact steps to save money with online shopping (hint: Ebates is part of it!)
Who knew plaid flannel could look so good?
12 DIY gifts everyone will want.
Absolutely in love with Kelly’s farmhouse-glam kitchen!
Fabulous gift guide for the crafter’s on your list.
One pot Chicken, Sausage, and Brussels Sprouts for a healthy, quick dinner.
Calming Winter in the woods Christmas home tour.
Just in time for my new Instant Pot – 15 must-have IP recipes.
2017 free weekly household planner from The Confident Mom!
Like these links? I’m always pinning these and lots more – follow me on Pinterest for more inspiration and ideas!
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