Mind. Blown. It’s already September. How can we already be this close to Christmas? I swear I was just sitting on my couch New Year’s Eve, eating Ben and Jerry’s ice cream, and writing down all of my goals for starting this website. It only took 8 months to get it done! I wish I could say it’s because I created this magnificent blog but really it took time because I was scared. Scared if I’ll have enough time to produce consistent blog posts on top of a full-time job, scared I’ll say something stupid or people won’t agree with me, scared I won’t know how all of this online blog business stuff works. I’m here to tell ya, all of those things will likely happen and that’s okay, because if you can’t stop thinking about it, then you need to go for it. So, here we are!
Some of my favorite videos and blog posts to read include a list of other people’s favorite things; whether they be beauty, food, fitness or style related. I love getting ideas of things to try without going through the trial and error process and ending up with something I don’t like or doesn’t work for me. Lucky for you guys, I love trying out foods and kitchen gadgets, so I’ll do the work of trial and error for ya.
So, let’s jump into my…
#1 I have been dying to talk about one of my favorite small kitchen appliances! This stainless steel Cuisinart Food Processor DLC-8S series. I got this for Christmas over 1 year ago but didn’t use it for the longest time. Call me crazy but the thing was just too shiny and pretty! Like a Mercedes. You wouldn’t want to drive your new Mercedes anywhere. Someone could door ding it, rear end you, or it will get all dirty! The horror. That’s how I felt about this food processor.
About 6 months ago I started using it a lot more regularly to make pesto, “nice cream” (ice cream made with frozen bananas), shredded vegetables (hello, time saver!), pureed potatoes, you name it! That’s one thing I love about this beauty, it can “process” pretty much everything. It’s also compact and easy to store. So it’s purrrty, saves time shredding and pureeing foods, has so many different uses, and stores easily. You can bet that if my apartment catches on fire, I’ll be running to save this and my Vitamix. Okay, that might be an exaggeration.
#2 Trader Joe’s Wake Up Blend Coffee. Okay, okay. Coffee in general is a favorite. But THIS coffee is my favorite. I like my coffee black so that means the beans have to be smooth and delicious all on their own, and I promise that this coffee delivers. Not to bold but not weak either. Not too bitter or sweet. I’m telling you, this coffee is the Goldilocks winner. My hubby and I keep our coffee intake down to 1-2 cups per day, so this giant container lasts us quite a while. But you really do get a lot of bang for your buck, especially for quality beans like this.
#3 I mentioned coffee from Trader Joe’s but let’s talk about the real winner here, Trader Joe’s itself. I don’t do all of my grocery shopping at Trader Joe’s, but I love getting “special” items, whether it be things I can’t find anywhere else or fun items (chocolates, fancy cheeses, wine, the BEST coffee, etc). The prices are very reasonable, too, especially considering so many of the items are things you can’t get anywhere else. Plus, the staff is always fun and friendly.
#4 This glass water bottle. If you know me, then you know I go everywhere with my water bottle. EVERYWHERE. It’s like a safety blanket. So I need my water bottles to be durable. I like this glass one because I don’t have to worry so much about if it gets hot sitting in my car like I would with a plastic bottle. It has a rubber-like grip around the outside making it easy to hold without dropping, plus it holds about 3 cups of water, which is pretty good. I got this from Target for $13.49. So much cheaper and environmentally friendly than using plastic water bottles.
#5 Canned coconut milk. My husband would be cracking up laughing if he saw this. I couldn’t tell you how many times he has looked over at me eating a spoonful of coconut cream straight from the can. I’m addicted! Besides eating it by the spoonful, I love adding coconut milk to curry, soup, smoothies and homemade ice cream. It is so delicious! Coconut milk is mostly saturated fat which I try to keep in balance with the rest of the fats I’m eating, but it can be enjoyed in moderate amounts. What is a moderate amount? Probably not eating it by the spoonful every day, but maybe spread it out to having 1 serving a day if I want it. You can buy coconut milk at any grocery store, usually in the Asian foods section, but I get mine at Trader Joe’s.
#6 Gluten-free Ramen Noodles from LOTUS FOODS. I first came across these noodles at Costco. They’re made from whole grains, brown rice and millet. If you’ve ever tried gluten-free products, you know they can be hit and miss, but these noodles. are. awesome. They cook fast so you don’t want to forget about them on the stove or they’ll turn to mush, but it is so easy to make a delicious AND nutritious top ramen. “Nutritious” isn’t usually a word I would associate with traditional Top Ramen. Ha! To make it nutritious I like to add veggies, chicken and fresh herbs.
#7 Coconut Aminos. Coconut a-what-a? If you’ve ever heard of the salty condiment, Liquid Aminos, this is just the soy-free version. Okay, can we just take a second to recognize how weird it sounds saying, “salty condiment,” out loud? I feel like it has tainted this blog post with some perverted energy. Salty. Condiment. Okay, moving on. I like to add Coconut Aminos to my homemade sauces and cooked veggies. It adds the perfect amount of saltiness and really enhances the flavor of whatever I’m cooking. Bland kale? Add Coconut Aminos. Boring salad dressing? Add Coconut Aminos. Plus, it only takes a couple dashes to get ALL the flavor.
There you have it! My favorites over the last month. Let me know in the comments if you like posts like these, or what you’d like to see more of. And let me know if you try any of the items listed above! I’d love to know your thoughts and if they are favorites of yours, too. 🙂