Friday Favorites

Hey friends! It’s been a good week, yes? We are sailing right into Halloween week- we’ve got a Halloween fall festival to kick start it this weekend!

Did I tell you we got rid of cable? Well we did. It was my hubby’s idea and was costing us (with internet) $175 which is pretty crazy considering we don’t watch much TV anyway! A few nights a week I might curl up on the couch to watch something, but I can’t remember the last time I turned on the TV during the week. Usually the hubs and I catch up with our favorite programs over the weekend, Parenthood and Sherlock (a season behind on both)….but the reason why I am telling you this is now instead of watching anything during the week, I just shop online!

Saving money? Perhaps not so much!

Ok but in my defense, for weeks I entertained the idea of drastically scaling back my wardrobe (more about that another time) and I finally attacked the closet and 1) I got rid of almost 50 items (which I donated to a woman who is battling cancer and is getting reimbursed from a company collecting the bags of clothing) 2) realized I need more neutrals in my life.

I know it doesn’t make sense to go get rid of a bunch of stuff then buy a bunch of stuff, but I was hanging on to surf I had for like EVER. Hence the shopping. Well I have placed about 5 orders from Ann Taylor Loft, currently loving their stuff. Although, getting the sizing right has been challenging so I have been returning and reordering especially when things go on sale, like Wednesday when they had 50% off for the whole day online. Score!

So here we go….

Favorite deal

scored a couple of these knit button downs for $18- I got this chambray color and black and they are wonderful. They are like a t-shirt material and great for layering. So comfy.

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Favorite snack

Let’s talk food shall we? I got an great goodie box from Doctor in the Kitchen to try their trademark product, Flackers, delicious, gluten free, flax seed crackers, developed by holistic medical doctor, Alison Levitt, MD. There were lots of different flavors but I didn’t want to open them all at once for fear they might not stay fresh. I started with the savory and onion and garlic ones and they paired great with hummus. My initial try I wasn’t completely sold on them, but they have totally grown on me! I can’t wait to try the other flavors.

The speedsters are similar but are nuggets and have sunflowers and chia seders in there too.

I love that there are no additives and nothing but simple whole food ingredients. These nut free, raw, organic crackers are high in fiber and protein! They are unique in that they are made using sprouted seeds and dehydrated at low temps to ensure all the nutrients remain stable.

These crackers are perfect for those who have dietary restrictions, food allergies or really anyone looking to eat healthy….which is hopefully all of you!

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Favorite recipes

Well I guess I shouldn’t really say favorite seeing as I haven’t tried any of these recipes but these Halloween appetizers from Cooking Light caught my eye. I am already thinking about what I should have on hand for dinner after we do our downtown trick or treating, but before we go neighborhood trick or treating. It’s a busy night when you’ve got 4 kids high on sugar (well 3 really seeing as the baby hopefully won’t be eating any). I like the idea of some dips and snacks type things, along with sloppy joes or chili.

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Favorite planner

I ordered my 3rd Erin Condren planner! I am so excited. Of course I obsessed over which cover to chose. I usually chose bright fun colors, but this year wanted some cool, relaxing colors and I loved this grey/blue combo! I put our new Christmas card photo on the back and this is the front, except it will have my name of course (p.s. that was a referral link just so ya know).

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 Favorite accessory

Are you following me on Instagram? Please do!

I shared this photo of the gorgeous necklace i got in my Rocksbox subscription (which I explained here on a previous Friday Favorites). I am in my second month of the subscription and enjoying it so far! So far I have swapped out my box 4 times and have kept 1 item. I loved this last vintage-style necklace but it was too expensive for me, but I had fun borrowing it! If you want to try a Rocksbox subscription and receive unlimited jewelry for a whole month (it’s all on loan and if you and if you want to buy anything you just keep it and they charge you), here is the link to one free month (normally $19 a month).

 

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So that’s all I’ve got for today. Have a wonderful weekend!

Questions: What are you loving this week? Any new favorites? Have you tried Flackers yet? Anyone doing Rocksbox subscription? Are you ready for Halloween? 

 

Disclaimer: I received free product from Doctor in the Kitchen, but all opinions expressed are my own. 

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Blackened Seasoning Mix and Blackened Fish Recipe

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Hi friends! I am excited to participate in Recipe Redux for the first time, a recipe challenge group founded by Registered Dietitians. What happens here is a group of bloggers (aka “the recipe redux members”) create a recipe each month using an assigned theme. It’s all about reinventing healthy eating. I always enjoy seeing the creativity that goes into these posts, plus it’s a great way to find new blogs.

Our theme this month is “Spooky Spices”, you know those spices that are lurking in the back of your spice cabinet collecting dust. Well we are putting those spices to good use today!

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I’ve got a cabinet filled with spices and dried herbs. While I don’t have too many that I’d consider “spooky” you might not know what to do with all of your spices and this uses 8 of them!

This recipe came about because my parents make a really tasty blacked salmon and I used to keep blackened seasoning on hand to recreate it, but found myself throwing it out when we moved last. I’ve made this homemade blackened seasoning mix a few times and really liked the way it turned out. I chose to make it salt-free because I like salting my protein by hand. It gives me a better idea of how much I am using.

This goes great on shrimp, chicken or fish. My favorite is salmon, but since I didn’t have any, I decided to use this on some wild hake.

I made a super easy salad of mixed greens with leftover roasted carrots and broccolini. Seasoned it with oil and vinegar and a little lemon juice. Healthy and flavorful!

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I wrote the recipe for 1 portion so you can make as little or much as you want.

Simple pantry spices make up this tasty blackened seasoning mix.

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When cooking this fish, you want to have a nice crust so you’ll be cooking it at a little higher temp (I set my stove a little above medium, like a 6/7), then once I flip it half way and get the second side seared, I bring the temperature down to just below medium to finish cooking it without making it rubbery.

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Blackened Seasoning Mix & Easy Blackened Fish

Serving Size: ~ 1/4 cup seasoning mix

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 Tablespoon paprika
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon basil
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

DIRECTIONS:

  1. 1. Mix all spices in a small bowl, stir to combine. Store in an air-tight container. Season your protein with salt and use 1/2 to 1 teaspoon blackened seasoning per 4 ounce serving of protein (season both sides).
  2. For 1 serving (4 ounce) blackened fish, heat 1/2 teaspoon olive oil in a skillet on medium high heat, sprinkle fish with salt and between 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of blackened seasoning, covering both sides of fish. Place fish in skillet, cook for 5-6 minutes, flipping half way through and reducing heat to medium low for the last couple minutes.
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Chocolate Nut Butter Rice Crispy Treats

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Tofu Scramble #LovingTofu

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A Weekend Away

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Stitch Fix Reviews 6 & 7

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Grilled Cheese with Pesto and Tomato

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Parmesan-Caper Potato Bites

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Pin It Party {Pinterest}

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Food Photography and Beyond {IFBC 2014}

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Please note: the following photos throughout this post are those of the uber-talented Todd Coleman, the presentor of Modern Editorial Food Photography, a photography session at the International Food Blogger Conference (I know you thought they were mine but I can’t take the credit, haha) I always love attending the photography workshops at food blogging conferences, […]

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