Happy day before Valentine’s Day! I have to admit, today is a little bittersweet for me this year. In non-pandemic times, I really love hosting parties. Cooking for my friends and family is one of my favorite things in the whole wide world. I usually host a Galentine’s Day brunch the Saturday before Valentine’s Day, but that’s not happening this year. Next year! I still have some things that I’ve been excited about recently, though, so here’s what’s on my mind:
- I fell for all the Internet hype and influencer reviews and bought the Always Pan from Our Place. Greg and I have been looking for non-toxic replacements to our nonstick pans, and I’d heard good things about this one. Let me tell you, it’s worth the hype. It’s nice and non-sticky, and a good shape for cooking lots of things.
- I’ve been reading the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas, starting with The Assassin’s Blade, and I just finished the title book, Throne of Glass. When I want to read something I’ll get completely lost in, Sarah J. Maas is my go-to. I can never decide which of hers is my favorite series because I’ve also read the A Court of Thorns and Roses series, and the first book of her new Crescent City series. Don’t be fooled: her books get labeled as YA, but the only good reason for that is the main characters are in their late teens or early twenties. Her books are fantasy with a good bit of mystery and romance thrown in. Her characters are always badass heroines, and she has great feminist themes woven throughout her stories.
- Related: Greg deserves a shoutout for being an awesome husband. He never complains when I disappear into a Sarah J. Maas book for days on end. Being left alone when I want to read makes me feel so loved it’s not even funny.
- In case you missed it, we posted a recipe for chocolate mint cheesecake that I’m completely obsessed with. I feel solid about a recipe when Greg and I have been eating it for a week straight after testing/photographing it and I’m still craving it.
- PSA: If you use disposable masks, please cut the strings on the mask before you throw it away. I saw a bunch of pictures this week of wild animals tangled in masks, and it broke my heart. Cutting mask strings is the 2021 version of cutting your plastic soda can rings.
- Greg and I have been watching the TV adaptation of A Discovery of Witches. I’ve read the book series multiple times and love it. We even covered it on season 1 of Lit Sh*t, the podcast I cohost. The TV show is in its second season on Sundance. They’ve changed the timelines a bit, but so far I’m enjoying it. Greg also likes it, and he hasn’t read the books.
- I bought this repair balm from one of my go-to sustainable toiletry companies, Meow Meow Tweet. I was just looking for a lotion that comes in sustainable packaging, and this one comes in a compostable cardboard tube. I’ve been using it for about a week, and now I’m convinced it’s magic. My hands get super dry and chapped in the winter. After three days of using this balm, my hands went from dry, cracked, and stinging to mostly healed. I would have settled for a lot less, so I’m incredibly pleased. The stick form also means I can apply it to the backs of my hands without rubbing it in with my fingers so my fingertips don’t get greasy. It’s a little greasy and shiny when it first goes on, but I put it on at night and so far it hasn’t made my face break out like some lotions do since I sleep with my hands near my face.
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