Hey, everyone! Thanks for joining me for my very first “Friday Favorites” post!
I thought I’d do something different for this week’s lifestyle post. Previously, I posted about fitness and diet. However, I have decided to discontinue my “Last Week’s Workouts” posts temporarily. Official cross-country training has begun, and I don’t want to share all of our workouts online in a public setting. I will resume my Workouts posts later this year, after the season is over.
In the mean time, I thought I would try a fun new type of post — Friday Favorites! Today, I’m sharing my top three favorite items in five different categories: Blogging, Recipes, Ingredients, Media, and Fitness. This post includes some articles, some web links, and even some blog posts from my own website! I’m excited to share my Friday Favorites, so without further ado — let’s get started!
I’m quite an amateur blogger, so I’m constantly on the hunt for articles with helpful tips to make my life easier. These three are my favorites from this week.
- I loved this article from Simply Delicious Food by Alida, which covered some very helpful food styling tips. My favorites were #1, using small plates (which I applied to a photoshoot on Thursday this week!) and #10, playing with your food (meaning, take a bite or mess the shoot up a bit). I think I’m often somewhat scared to venture outside of my comfort zone when it comes to photography, and “playing with my food” may help a little. Thanks, Alida!
- One of my other favorites was this article from The Endless Meal by Kristen. It talks about 10 of the best food photography props that you probably already have! I love the idea of sprinkling a bit of pepper on top of some savory food shots (#3). I also think that using newspapers (#6) and paper towels (#10) as backgrounds or accents is genius!
- My third (and favorite) article about blogging for this week comes from Dish By Dish by Felicia. This article, Top 30 Tips for Food Bloggers, was one of the most helpful and inspiring things I’ve read all week. If I’m being honest, I’ve been feeling disheartened and tired lately. My blog is barely growing in terms of pageviews, and I really needed a reminder that nothing happens overnight. Felicia’s tips were eye-opening and constructive. I could tell that she spent a lot of time and effort on her post. Kudos to her! I honestly think I need to print out my favorite tips and hang them on my wall, just so I will remember them all the time! That said, there are some things I will definitely start doing, thanks to her. My favorite tips were #13, #16, #21, #25, #26, #28, and #30. I know, that’s a lot of favorites! (It was that good!)
These are some tasty-looking recipes that I’ve seen floating around the web this week. Enjoy these Friday Favorites that may just become Lifelong Favorites!
- These cookie-dough stuffed pancakes from Kelley and Cricket look AHH. MAZE. ING. Seriously!! Cookie dough in a pancake? I think I’m in love! I love her concept of freezing little discs of nut-butter-based cookie dough. Sunday brunch, here we come.
- Hey there, SWEET POTATO SPICED LATTE! This recipe from North Carolina Sweet Potatoes looks delicious! I guess I know what I’ll be drinking along with cookie-dough stuffed pancakes this weekend!
- My last recipe of the week is my own Cubano Plantain Sliders. For whatever reason, they got a bunch of traffic in the middle of the week! (At least, a bunch of traffic for my standards.) I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of this recipe!
I thought I’d share some of the ingredients I’m obsessing over this week!
- Matcha green tea! I love these packets from Trader Joe’s, which I used to create my own Paleo Matcha Frappuccino. I had matcha for the first time a couple weeks ago, but it’s safe to say that I am already utterly obsessed. Matcha has my heart!
- I am loving alllll the garden tomatoes right now! Ours are finally ripening, and they look incredible! Plus, they taste way better than the bland ones from the grocery store. I like to think of a tomato as weeks upon weeks of sunshine bottled up into one tiny orb. <– poetic, much?
- This honey from Heavenly Organics is kindofokayreallyactually the best honey I’ve ever had in my life. It’s organic, free-range, pesticide-free, non-GMO, fair-trade, and YUMMY! I love putting it in my matcha lattes in the morning for an incredible treat. I have the acacia honey and the white honey in my pantry . . . I’m as happy as a bear that found a beehive! (This is not a sponsored post, I just love their products!)
These are some of the best things I’ve been reading and listening to all week! I love reading, so I thought it would be a good thing to include in Friday Favorites.
- The American Plate by Libby H. O’Connell — This book is a very interesting read! It explains the history of America in 100 “bites” about different foods, from squash and beans to Jell-O and TV dinners. The book has so many tidbits of interesting information. I would highly recommend it!
- The Great British Bake-Off — Yep, this show represents the exact opposite of the Paleo Diet. And I love it. It’s hilarious, mouthwatering, and entertaining. What more could you ask for?
- Also, I’m obsessed with the song Galway Girl by Ed Sheeran. I heard it for the first time a week ago, and I’ve been listening to it ever since. I have a thing for Irish music . . . probably because I’m Irish.
This is a Paleo food and lifestyle blog, so I thought the inclusion of “lifestyle” in my Friday Favorites post was kind of necessary!
- This quick 6-minute yoga for better abs sequence looks so fun! I’m all about ab workouts that leave my core burning a little bit . . . or a lot! Plus, yoga is
kind ofactually my favorite. (Besides running, duh.)
- Yep, still obsessed with yoga: This “morning yoga time lapse” by Yoga By Candace is so cool! I would love to do yoga on the beach like that someday! It’s very helpful to see what she does to get into some of the more complicated poses. Candace is extremely talented, and I would highly recommend checking her out.
- Okay, I’m all about the yoga this week: I still love this quick morning yoga sequence that I made up for myself. It first debuted in this post.
How did you like this new type of post? I had fun putting these “Friday Favorites” together, but do you think it was it too long? What sort of categories should I include next week? Let me know in the comments!
Thanks for joining me! I’ll see you on Monday for a brand spankin’ new recipe!