Good good links #197

Look, I really meant to find a way around saying this because it’s so gosh darn cliché, been said a million times and doesn’t change a thing but: How in the effing world did time pass this fast? Not only is October almost over but the past two weeks flew by in the blink of an eye, too. Meaning: yes, I was a little late on collecting the links I’d scribbled down on various loose scraps of paper, in Word documents or simply as opened tabs on my laptop and phone. Organisation pro? Me. Not. Ha! Anyway, here we are again with an attempt to fill your browser with open tabs, too, so I can feel less alone in that. You’re welcome ;). Honestly, though, I hope you find some good reads in the links below. As always, leave any recommendation you have in the comments, too.

Good good [food for thought]

The Problems with Yoga Culture via Pretty Little Grub

How our society/the media has turned an amazing ancient practice into a platform for their [false] ideas of health and body imagine.

One Question To Ask Yourself Before All Food and Exercise Decisions via Rachael Hartley Nutrition

It’s funny – or sad? – how we’re technically just one question away from letting our intuition guide our choices.

Thoughts on losing fitness.  via Nutrition On A Mission

Such a good reminder for many of us. Exercise might be a part of our lives but the space it takes up might changes in an ebb and flow.  This way, “losing” fitness means  winning in/making more room for other areas of life.

The “I love my body” message (and why I hate it.) via Yeah … Imma Eat That

Really great points on why ‘loving’ your appearance – interpreting the word this way – probably isn’t the best goal to have.

 

Good good [advice, inspiration and other worthwhile reads]

12 Unconventional (But Easy) Ways to Save Money While Reducing Your Carbon Footprint via The Financial Diet

Killing two birds with one stone?! #6 is one I don’t even know doing any other way [okay, yes, I’ve heard of it] so can assure you 100 % works with ease.

7 Lessons I Learned From Gilmore Girls via The Everygirl

Further proof that it’s more than just any old TV series and always worth rewatching, err, refreshing your knowledge.

10 Free Online Certifications to Boost Your Resumé via The Everygirl

Such a smart idea fir when you’d like to polish your resumé but neither have the money nor time to devote to in-person classes. Bless the internet!

 

7 Foods This Dietitian NEVER Eats via Heather Caplan

Well, I disagree with her on many of these foods – but  that exactly is the point of this post.

Sorry, ‘Negative-Calorie’ Foods Aren’t A Real Thing via Self Magazine

Because apparently that nutrition myth is still making rounds. The rule to live by? Found in the second to last paragraph.

 

Blogging and social media

How I Slowly Grew My Blog My Own Way via Cait Flanders

The honestly best and most helpful post on the topic I’ve read so far.

Social Media False Reality: It’s All A Distraction via Eat Teach Blog

Along the lines of why other peoples’ lives might not be quite as goal-worthy as you think, this post also makes an important point to keep in mind after tragedies like the one in Vegas a few weeks ago.

 

Miscellaneous

12 Picturesque Christmas Markets You Have To Visit In Europe via Hand Luggage Only

Just in [the unlikely] case you’re bitten by the travel bug during Christmas time and want to get to know how we’re “doing” Christmas over here. My favourite city is on the list, too.

How to Become an Adult via The Financial Diet

No real spoiler here because I want everybody to take the time to read this and a trip down memory lane. It’s worth it, promise.

 

Good good [food]

Healthy Double Chocolate Bran Muffins via Amy’s Healthy Baking

Bran muffins are my favourites and you can never go wrong with some chocolate action, right?!

10 Simple No-Bake Chocolate Recipes  via Katalyst Health

Because you need more chocolate in your life,  And because all of these look really good. No more words needed.

Vegan Breakfast Burrito Bowl with Chipotle Sauce via Running On Real Food

Savoury breakfast > sweet ones for me all the way. If somebody was making this one for me – can you tell I’m lazy in the mornings? – I’d be so down with this.

Vegan Pumpkin Lasagna with Cashew Cheese via Elephantastic Vegan

Fusing one of the best seasonal vegetables around with one of the ultimate comfort food classics – winning!

One Pot Creamy Pumpkin Sage Pasta via Yup, It’s Vegan

More pumpkin because a) you can never have enough of it and b) this must be one the creamy-dreamiest pasta dishes I’ve seen to date. Also, you can’t beat one-pot dishes.

 

 

Happiness-inducing today: Friendly cashiers. A rather rare breed so it’s really nice to happen upon them [can’t blame some for being less than cheerful looking at the way some customers treat them, though].

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Week in Review: The spontaneous and happy one.

Let’s do this Monday posting thing again. This week, I’m going the route of sharing only the little things that brightened my days rather than including the mundane or not so amazing ish. Because while yes, that definitely happened, too. But I’d rather not let it take over my mind right now  [which I’m sure you’ll know things do when you write them down]. Given my spontaneity in writing this post, it’ll be on the shorter side. Short and sweet. [edited: I didn’t delete this sentence because we can all laugh at my self-assessment].

So here’s my by no means complete list of recent going-ons, joining Meg’s motivational Monday party.

Week in review

Worked at the front desk several times. You might remember me talking about subbing in for my colleague usually working in this position before. And enjoying it a lot. Which honestly isn’t what anybody knowing me in real life would ever guess. Because I’m not exactly the most extroverted of characters and multitasking probably isn’t my hugest strength, either. Or maybe that’s just a side of me that needs strengthening? I unfortunately won’t be able to test this hypothesis as my colleague will be back from her vacation again today.

Semi-spontaneously met up with a friend to – finally – watch a movie we’d meant to forever. This really made my Friday. Talking to a friend, just chatting about anything and everything is what I absolutely needed. Always need, really. Which lead to neither of us really paying much attention to the movie – priorities. Worth the longer drive through the misty dark [scaredy cat here].

Rolled a lot of balls. TWSS. Okay, truth be told: this doesn’t even sound dirty to me because I’m German and a ball is just a … ball?! The kind children or soccer players kick around. You’re the ones with the dirty minds ;). Anyway: I made a double batch of my healthy Snickers truffles for my colleague’s wedding. I’d forgotten how much fun making them is. Granted, what helped was maybe that I did it while I …

Snickers truffles - healthy and vegan

Listened to several really good podcasts. I don’t know about you but I like when people not only recommend a podcast but point out specific episodes they liked [because at least I don’t find every episode of every podcast I like relatable or interesting]. So that’s what I’ll do on the blog from now on. One I found really interesting was episode 126 of the Food Psych podcast in which Kaila Prins [author of the blog Performing Woman, formerly In My Skinny Genes]. Especially interesting: Min. 36:20 – what she says about marketing? Ick. Marketers’ techniques suck.  Earlier on, Kaila also talks about a blogger she once tried to help in her recovery but failed and who’s negatively influencing her audience which is something I’ve noticed in the blogosphere before, too. Post on that topic coming soon.

Baked an apple cake for my sister. She just started the studies for her master and along with taking care of P. every day, doesn’t get have a lot of freetime on her hands anymore. Meaning less time for baking, too, so when I found out my mum was driving over to babysit Saturday night, I spontaneously baked the cake to send along. Much like the truffle rolling, this was some serious kitchen therapy. The recipe I used unfortunately is in German though I still highly recommend it. It’d be worth translating because it’s made from very simple nutritious ingredients, sweetened by a mere two tablespoons of maple syrup and filled with a LOT of apple goodness as well as – and that really is the most important part delicious. Another note just to clarify: I absolutely don’t think there’s anything wrong with desserts made with refined sugar and flour. At. All. My whole family eats those, too. I just like to sneak some more nutritious treats in there every now and then. This cake was even picky eater approved and we’re not talking about P. enjoying a slice – my mum ate it ;).

Speaking of not shunning sugar, I. ..
Ate a lot of chocolate*. This was … interesting. You might not remember me mentioning a lessened interest in it a few months ago. This is actually still true for the most part. While I do eat it every day and certainly more than just one piece, it’s definitely less than a year ago and not intentionally. I won’t lie in saying that the amount I ate on the weekend made me feel uneasy at first. But then I reminded myself of what I’d call a little intuitive eating lesson. Most of us recovering/having a strained relationship with food might fear overeating/figuring out their right level of fullness. Here’s what helps me: Pausing to notice if I can still taste the food I’m eating. Sounds obvious? What I mean is that when I eat for reasons other than cravings or hunger  [i.e. boredom, stress etc.], I don’t actually notice the individual food’s taste. It’ll taste merely sweet/salty/sour/whatever. If it’s that, I will then put the food aside and ideally brush my teeth. In yesterday afternoon’s case, I was definitely longing for more chocolate and since my intuition knows best, happily followed suit.

Maybe this was super obvious to you but I find it helpful in discerning true hunger and different motives for eating. That said, I’m not perfect and still eat emotionally at times. Practice makes perfect.

*when I say ‘a lot’ this isn’t to say any amount of a certain food was too much but merely that I occasionally ate more than was [physically] comfortable for myself

Listened to this song

… many times. Don’t judge me because while you might be so over it already, it’s only been on the radio for a short time over here. Plus,I don’t have a radio at home so only ever use one while driving [not often].

Looking back, there were quite a few acts of spontaneity in the mix. Unusual for a planner like me but even though some of them threw me off my routine for the day, they all ended up being worth it. In fact, the past week overall – excluding the uncomfortable parts – was a truly good one. Now to figure out ways/opportunities for more pleasureable spontaneity in weeks to come …

Full disclosure again: No, this week wasn’t all happy happy,  joy joy. I’m just choosing to focus on the good parts only today. If you had your rough moments in the past seven days: I can relate. That being said:

Happy Monday!

How spontaneous are you?

What was the last thing you baked? Any Christmas cookies yet [no shame here]?

Happiness-inducing today: Not feeling the usual Sunday sadness  too heavily.

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Returning to sunshine and trust in intuition

Posting on consecutive days? That’s become rare on this blog by now. It’s been a while but I spontaneously decided to join Meg’s marvelous Monday parade again. Because while things overall are still not all sunshine and rainbows, there were many good ones in between. This is a very spontaneous post [meaning: hopeully not too many typos], written late at night after our guests had left. Trying to keep those memories afresh rather than letting the Sunday sadness – can any of you relate or is it just me? – sink in. Let’s get listing as our host herself would say. Here’s some of what I did/what happened in my life recently.our host

Week in review

Voted. Twice in five weeks because we’re fancy like that. Once – as mentioned here – for the Bundestag and yesterday, my county held elections for the so-called Landtag.
Baked the first batch of Christmas cookies of the season. Or, if you’re judging me for starting this early, autumn cookies. Because when is ever not a time for cookies?? I was even daring enough to try a new recipe and it got rave reviews by the family. And yes, I took pictures but knowing my laptop’s non-speed have yet to upload so will be sharing them soon. For now, a  lttle throwback to my Zimtsterne from the past year. Definitely on the baking list again.

vegane Zimtsterne - flourless vegan Christmas cookies

My favourite little munchkin [for those of you new here: my nephew P.], my sister and brother visited us for the weekend and we had a truly amazing time wth the golden October sun paid us a much welcome visit. Living further away, my brother doesn’t get to stay around frequently and seeing my sister and P. obviously is wonderful time and time again, too.

As I’ve mentioned, I haven’t been feeling too cheerful lately and seeing them warmed my heart, really filling those happiness batteries. Remember the surplus of happiness-inducing moments in yesterday’s post?  The whole weekend – minus a few blurbs – was just that.

Made an effort to eat intuitively this weekend. Now some of you might be surprised, wondering if I wasn’t already doing that all the time. The sad answer is: no and I had  yet to truly get back to it even before this. With the decrease in self-confidence mentioned recently, I fell back into old unhealthy eating patterns. If you have or are struggling with an ED, you’ll know how hard they are to escape from. How easily they can lure you back in when life gets unstable and scary. I’m not proud to write this but have started taking steps to get better. Trusting my intuition was uncomfortable but worth it for more enjoyable meal and family times. Saturday was easier than Sunday when – clearly showing me its appreciation for tuning into my intuition [as if] – my stomach had me wake up insanely ravenous. Feeding that metabolism, feeding it. I’m somebody who likes plans and having things under control but that’s no way to eat live.

It’s an example used time and time again but true: P. modeled intuitive eating to a T again this weekend. In between cake after breakfast, cookies, cheese, buttered bread and a surprisingly huge amount of gnocchi at dinner, it was amazing to see him eat. Yet while us adults were surprised by how much he packed away, we also didn’t question any of his choices [why would we?]. It was obvious he knew what he needed. No outside reassurance needed, no comparison, no questions asked. Toddlers truly have a beautiful confidence of their intuition that many of us have sadly lost.

Treated myself to some Crazy Rumors lip balms, the Parlor Collection if you were curious. These had been on my radar for years upon years but I’d never been able to convince myself to make that purchase. The old saying should really be ‘lip balms are a girl’s best friend’ because I’d rather take those – and have a decent collection – than sparkly nothingness.

Rushing to finish this post because, oh hey, Monday and as such work is coming closer. The above is by no means a full recap of the past week, much less life lately in its whole but it’s a little glimpse into the important or happier parts. Because those are what we should focus on when the going gets tough.

Happy Monday!

Happiness-inducing today: Family time. A lame one, I know, but simply the truth.

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Tell me some achievements from your past week!

What was something you treated yourself to recently? Any other chapstick fans out there?

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Good good links #196

Remember how I talked about having a surplus of posts at that leaving some for this week’s round-up? I’d have better knocked on wood back then because it all came back to me this week when I found myself with way too few links ready to share on Friday night. Somehow – late night reading, ahem … – I still managed to come up with a sufficient number of posts and I even have yet to catch up on all my regulars [sorry for the lack of commenting]. Before I send you off to follow whichever links catch your eye, thank you again to everybody who commented on my previous post. While I didn’t post in between then and now, I really appreciated the encouragement and will be back [soon].

Happy Sunday and don’t forget to let me know any good reads you think I shouldn’t miss in the comments!

 

Good good [food for thought]

You might be the only one via Alexandra Franzen

What might be a small thing to do for ourselves could make somebody else’s day or even save lives.

 

Good good [advice, inspiration and other worthwhile reads]

When “thoughts and prayers” just aren’t enough via Thirteen Thoughts

This might seem two weeks late but it’s actually timely any day these days.

What’s Wrong With the Way Wellness Influencers Are Eating on Instagram  via Greatist

Extremes are never a good idea and this trend is definitely just shifting fears from one thing to another. A breeding ground for eating disorders …

Psychologists Explain The Benefits Of Baking For Other People via Huffington Post

Not like you needed another excuse to get your hands covered in flour but here’s one nobody can argue with.

The One Word That Can Instantly Change Your Mood via Greatist

Truth be told, I’m usually skeptical about these kind of posts but the suggestion here actually sounds great.

5 Ways to Sandwich Your Anger via Positive Prescription

A little venting every now and then is perfectly understandable but you [or somebody around you] constantly need to, these might be helpful.

How to Know You’re Succeeding at Intuitive Eating via Zen & Spice

Some spot-on question to help you determine the points you still need to work on but also remind you of how far you’ve already come [necessary to keep in mind].

The Most Simple Self Care Practice We All Need More Of via Lauren Kate

Something that should be obvious but has become tremendously hard for so many people.

 

How to Shop Clean(er) at Target via A Beautiful Mess

Because cleaning ourselves and our homes shouldn’t come at the cost of environmental damage.

 

Blogging

Handling Offensive Comments + Conversation via DesignSponge

Standing up against discrimination, racism or elsewise offensive people takes guts – and the skills to react in a calm yet effective manner. The comment section is worth reading, too.

How To Create Sponsored Posts Readers Love via Coffee with Summer

Because readers notice inauthenticity and in the end, promoting a product/brand you don’t actually stand behind feels fake on the blogger’s side, too.

 

Good good [posts to make you smile]

This Hilarious Instagrammer Proves Just How Ridiculous Wellness Bloggers Can Be via Greatist

One definite Instagram account recommendation. I mean: look at those sexy abs, ladies ;)!?

 

Good good [food]

Homemade English Muffins  via Living vegan

Perfectly fluffy little buns that look like store-bought ones and are ready to slather with whichever toppings you like.

Chickpea Spinach Pie with Berbere via Vegan Richa

Spiced chickpeas and spinach wrapped in flaky pastry – true soul food for those colder days to come.

14 Buddha Bowl Recipes That Will Satisfy Every Craving via Buzz Latest News

What did we do before somebody invented the concept of Buddha bowls? I want all of the [vegan] ones in this article.

12 “Cheesy” Vegan Mac Recipes You’ll Fall in Love With via Brit + Co

Truth: I actually like vegan varieties more than the ‘real’ thing and looking at these, I bet you’ll feel similarly.

Vegan Coconut Bacon Stretchy Melty Grilled Cheese (GF) via Rhian’s Recipes

Super intriguing mix of ingredients you probably haven’t seen in vegan cheese recipes before and the result obviously looks amazing, too.

Vegan Lasagna Recipe For The Holidays via Sunny Side Hanne

With all its layers, this dish is definitely made to impress guests at any gathering you’re hosting – oh, and it sounds really delicious at that.

 

Happiness-inducing today: So so many things that it’s impossble to pick just one.

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Self-doubt, serving sizes and Snickers

With Tuesday being a national holiday – German Unity Day if you’re curious – and my whole office given a bridge day on Monday, I’ve been entirely confused about what day it is this whole week so far.  Tuesday was my Sunday and today feels like Tuesday when – hooray! – it’s Thursday already. Weekend, I can smell you already.

Some thoughts I’ve been having lately that didn’t seem to legitimate their own blog posts for today’s Thinking out loud. I had no plans on posting today but then dared to let my thoughts run free so this is indeed very random. Might also be because I’m running on too little sleep …

Serving sizes. Just a little reminder that they’re not to be taken as set rules. So many people seem to feel bad for eating more than the recommended serving size of certain foods [and; judging from Instagram posts; try to play it cool by stressing how they ate more than the serving size because #badass – well, no, just a normal human being following his intuition]. Truth is, neither food companies nor bloggers, cookbook authors or restaurants know what a serving looks like for you. Case in point: the cooking date turned four-hour chat/cook/eat session I had at a friend’s house on Monday. We tried this recipe for Cauliflower Rice Burrito Bowls because said friend had never tried burrito bowls and the dish sounded intriguing. But: serving four people? Or: four people with our – if you’re asking me pretty normal – appetites? Definitely not and we already used more ‘rice’ and guacamole as well as yoghurt on the side. Between the two of us and my friend’s husband having a small bowl, there was barely anything left [and only because I wanted to be polite leaving her some leftovers plus my stomach signaling no]. Post-lunch snacking needed to happen after I returned home. It was really delicious either way, though my stomach really really hated me for both the bell peppers and the onions in the dish. Major ouch.

Cha cha Hamburg fried noodles

Maybe it’s just my subjective impression or are once popular blogs disappearing/slowly dying by the dozen these days? Browsing some German blogs I used to visit more frequently just a couple of years ago, I found a lot of these bloggers no longer being active and some of the blogs even deleted. The same seems to be true for some formerly very popular international bloggers. Seeing the posts of people who used to receive dozens of comments per post now get a mere handful makes me sad. Genuinely sad. Sad because theirs are/were among the blogs I’ve been following for the longest time. Sad because they deserve more readers valuing their posts. The quality of their content, creativity of their recipes hasn’t decreased so: what is it? Where have the readers gone? I’m figuring Instagram plays a role in people gravitating more to it but … to this extent? really? If you are any wiser than me here, share your thoughts. And while we’re on the topic …

Over the past few months, I know it must have looked like my blog was dying or I intentioa. Posts became more and more rare, infrequent and the whole blog less personal. To say this saddened me a little would be an understatement. It wasn’t intentional, either.  If you’ve been reading for a while, you might know I’ve been working in a field different from my originally chosen one and looking for one in the latter. For a long-ish time now. Anybody who has been in this situation before will know how hard and disappointing the searching game can be. It definitely is for me. What else it brought, though, and increasingly so, has been doubt. Doubt in my abilities as writer. Doubt if I’ll ever find a fulfilling job again. This eventually lead to me doubting my blogging skills, too. If you saw my drafts folder, you’d shake your head at the amount of posts lined up yet not making it to the blog. I’m writing these lines late on Wednesday night. and hope I won’t regret pouring my heart out here tomorrow. And I’m not looking for sympathies. Just trying to explain and at that maybe even understand myself a little more. Sometimes it takes writing things out to truly figure out your life.

Admitting to a problem is said to be the first step to overcoming it. So this is my first step. While I don’t have another post lined up for this week – even the one you’re reading is a very spontaneous one – I’ll make a bigger effort to get back into the game.

Ending this post on a happier note because amongst all the self-doubt in my head, a colleague’s request brightened my day a little. She’s getting married and asked me to make a few batches of my healthy Snickers Truffles to serve after the ceremony in the registry office [the actual marriage isn’t until next year]. The fact alone she still remembered these – it’s been quite a while and she was on maternity leave for a year, only returning in September – made me smile and I’m feeling honoured to contribute to her wedding in even such a small way.  Okay, that feels too much like self-promotion so over to you:

Tell me what’s been on your mind lately – the good, the bad, the in-between!

Happiness-inducing today: The somewhat odd remark/compliment (?) an older client gave me upon leaving the office. It’s those little things …

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No questions today but just any thoughts you have on the topics above.

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Good good links #195

For the first time in a long while, I actually found myself with too many links to share – by Friday night already! Usually, I take the weekend to browse a little more to fill those empty spots but today, I am in fact holding a good number back for the next link lovin’ post.What this also means, though, is that I didn’t spend much time scouring blogs this week so if you happened upon any posts I should absolutely read: let me know in the comments!

Happy Sunday!

 

 

Good good [food for thought]

The Privilege of Wellness via Rachael Hartley Nutrition

This one really matters in a world where magazines, websites and influencers give certain foods a bad rep [think: Food Babe], praise all kinds of expensive products, treatments and wellness get-aways. It’s important to remember that having both the time and financial means to invest in our health and well-being is indeed a privilege.

Acceptance Does Not Mean Giving Up via Delish Knowledge

A great reminder that hating [parts of] ourselves doesn’t change a thing for the better – just like acceptance won’t for the worse.

Eating When You’re Not Hungry is Okay…and Healthy.  Via The Real Life RD

A-men! The whole misconception that being hungry is the only “legitimate” reason to eat has to stop.

 

Good good [advice and inspiration]

The phrase, “you have self control / discipline / willpower around food.” via Yeah … Imma Eat That

Kylie nailed it once again. Not like you needed any more convincing to read this but this!!!: “having self control around food means you are micromanaging an instinct that isn’t meant to be micromanaged. ”

3 Ways We Tell Our Toddlers That Men Are More Important via Sarah Rooftops

While no, I’m not a parent, I still found this thought-provoking and think it’s not just for mums and dads but anybody in any way involved in a child’s life [i.e. aunts, babysitters, grandparents …].

10 Inspiring Illustrated Quotes for the Weekend via Design Sponge

For those moments/times when life feels hard/you feel stuck/things suck in whichever way.

Ladies, enjoy your Sexy Self. Just stop Calling it Yoga. via Elephant Journal

Granted, I’m not a yogi myself but still know a bit about its background and resonate with her words on the ever-popular Instagram pictures.

 

Miscellaneous

Doable Ways to Use Less Water via The Kitchn

If you can’t be bothered to do it for the environment – seriously?! – then how about your bills ;)?

 

Blogging

What I Wish Everyone Knew About Sponsored Posts via The Healthy Maven

Whether you’re a blogger, reader or brand employee: This post is a must-read for a behind the scenes look at how cooperations work. Yes, this is a drill ;). 

I Befriended My Troll via Kath Eats

Such a great post/wonderful news in a world where unwarranted hatred towards strangers has become the [sad] norm.

5 Ways to Find Guest Blogging Opportunities via Bloguettes

Posting on another blog or bigger website can be a great stepping stone in growing your audience. These are some solid tips on how to figure out whom to approach.

Are Your Images Legal? via Jade and Oak

Such a huge and hugely important issue yet one a lot of people let slip [and I totally used to be guilty of it during my first years of blogging, too].

Why I Didn’t Comment on Your Blog Post via Forever Amber

All. of. These. Are true for me, too, so I’m glad Amber found the right words to sum all the reasons up in one post [that I should probably refer to in the future …]

 

Good good [post to make you smile]

My Shameful Blogging Confessions via Forever Amber

Even if mine/yours aren’t the exact same ones, it feels good to know we’re not alone in having some of these ourselves, right?!

 

Good good [food]

13 Drool-Worthy Macaron Recipes via Oh My Veggies

As if macarons didn’t look enticing enough already, flavours like Blueberry Lemon, Chocolate and Salted Caramel or Strawberry Lemonade just increase the wow factor.

Vegan Coconut Polenta with Harissa Mushroom Bolognese via Feed Me Phoebe

Polenta deserves some more appreciation! This dish hightlights it among an equally as tasty sounding veg bolognese.

Crusty Pumpkin and Kale Pasta Bake via The Glowing Fridge

Cheesy pumpkin sauces are a major favourite of mine and this recipe – from the sauce to the vegetables and cashew crumb topping – has my stomach grumbling.

Pizza beans via Smitten Kitchen

What’s not to like about stick-to-your ribs beans and vegetables in tomato sauce, covered in lots of melty cheese? Gee, that gets me hungry just thinking about it.

Caramelized Endives with Creamy Pumpkin Pasta via Full of Plants

This looks like something you’d be served at a fancy restaurant and sounds so very delicious.

Veggie-Loaded Vegan Shakshuka via Happy Skin Kitchen

This vegan version of the classic doesn’t have to hide. It sounds amazing in its own right.

Gruyère Apple Pie Cinnamon Rolls via Food Meanderings

Quite the advanced recipe and unique flavor combination, this one’s for my bread and cheese-lovin’ friends out there.

Chocolate Cinnamon Walnut Chili via Nutrition Stripped

A hearty meatless chili that speaks to me through the inclusion of plenty o’ beans and warming spices.

 

Happiness-inducing today: Getting to help a slightly stressed dad of a toddler carry some groceries to his car since he’d forgotten to bring a bag. He seemed a little perplexed to be offered help – definitely some selfishness on my part ;).

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