What’s on My Mind 1.30.21

Erica's bubble bath setup includes a book, a beverage, and candles

Happy Saturday! I’m so glad to have made it to the weekend. The last few weeks have been kind of tough, with a lot of things going on personally. Hopefully I’ll get to share some of them down the line when the stress turns into good news, but I’m not there yet. I keep a running list of things I want to share with you in these “What’s on My Mind” posts. I realized my list this go around has a definite self care theme. Hopefully these things will be as comforting for you as they have been for me!

  • I love taking bubble baths to unwind, especially baths with Epsom salts because my muscles are often tight from running. I recently found a line of Dr. Teal’s bubble bath and Epsom salts with melatonin in them, and they are super calming.
  • Burgers and fries are one of my favorite things to eat out. Since we’ve only been getting takeout from restaurants during the pandemic, I’ve perfected my method for making sure takeout fries aren’t gross and soggy when we eat them at home. I preheat the oven to 350 convection (this would probably work fine if you don’t have a convection oven, just heat it to 375). I put a wire baking/cooling rack (this one is oven safe) on a cookie sheet and spread the fries out on it as soon as we get them home. We heat them up for 5-10 minutes (mostly depending on how long we’re willing to wait). They’re not quite as perfect as they are fresh out of the fryer, but they’re much less soggy than if we reheated them in the microwave.
  • A comfort recipe-these salted caramel pretzel snickerdoodles are fun, comforting, and easy to make.
  • I’m not sure if this is actually true, but at some point I read that singing releases some kind of mood boosting hormones if you’re in a bad mood. I don’t really care if it’s real or a placebo effect, but when I’m feeling down I turn on something I can belt all the words to. It always makes me feel better. My go-to is anything by Taylor Swift.
  • Last year for Valentine’s Day Greg and I made lobster ravioli together. I think pasta is a fun thing to make together for an at-home date night because it’s pretty involved but not mentally challenging, so it’s easy to talk while you’re doing it. I have a pasta roller (this one is similar to mine), which is awesome, but it was really hard to get the ravioli to come out well because they were all different sizes and thicknesses. I’ve been really wanting to try out this recipe for strawberry raviloli with balsamic and basil from A Beautiful Mess, so I’m going to order a ravioli mold to help with the shaping. Bonus points: check out Amanda’s other suggestions for easy date night ideas!
  • At this point in winter every year, I want to make a million soups. I’m pretty much permanently cold for all of January and February, even though we live in Texas. One of my favorite soups to make is a Greek egg and lemon soup called avgolemono. I have all the ingredients on hand, so I’m hoping to find the time to make it this weekend.

What are you loving this week? What are your favorite things when you need a little self care? We’d love to hear from you, either in the comments below or on social media. You can also sign up for our email newsletter to get monthly updates about things going on over here at Paint the House Pink.

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