Friday, January 25, 2013

Five for Friday {Jan 25th}

1.  I was lucky enough to win Diana's Chef Earl's Dips giveaway a couple weeks ago and my prize arrived last week.  After reading Diana's review I was excited to try their products!  The company is local to Chicago and use all natural ingredients with no artificial colors or preservatives, which is a big plus in my book.  The dips are also gluten free and vegan.   I received their new Single Serve Pods of the Hot Giardiniera Hummus, Mild Salsa, and Chunky Guacamole.  

I have now tried all three and loved them!  The hummus is pretty spicy, but I have enjoyed it on a turkey sandwich and as a dip with carrots and pita chips.  The salsa tastes really fresh and has a mild spice to it.  The chunky guacamole was probably my favorite though- the perfect guac in my opinion.  I have had the salsa and guac together with chips or as topping to my eggs in the morning.  I need to go to Whole Foods to grab some more and try their other products!  

2. I wish I had taken more pictures of things from school, vacations, and time with friends and family, so I am trying to take more picture now.  Smart phones have definitely made this easier.  My iPhone is pretty much always with me, so there is no excuse of saying I didn't bring my camera.  My goal is take at least one picture a day.  Just another way to record the little moments, plus it's fun!  I'm trying to be good about posting to Instagram.

3. I have recently been listening to and loving Phillip Phillips.  Yes, last years American Idol winner.  I loved him on the show and have been looking forward to what his album would sound like.  My brother Patrick was playing it when I saw him around Thanksgiving, but I just bought the album a few weeks ago.  I usually just buy individual songs, but this album is pretty darn good.  I really like his voice.

4.  This year I want to read more books.  So far, so good.  I am reading MWF Seeking BFF which was the first book from our blogger book club.  I couldn't make the meeting but wanted to read it so started it a few weeks ago.  My current audiobook for my runs is One Thousand White Women which falls in the Historical Fiction genre.   
This past Saturday we had our monthly book club for Heartsick.  I didn't finish the book in time for the meeting, but plan on finishing it this weekend.  This was the second book club I was able to attend and this time it was hosted by Kelsey.  The past two books we've read have both been rather dark.  Heartsick is about a serial killer.  The story has really caught my attention though and kept me engaged.  I never thought I would like such twisty and dark books, but Heartsick is very good.  It is the first in a series, but Kelsey warned us that the story goes downhill, so I'll just finish this one and be done.  
Of course there was a delicious spread of food for all to enjoy!  Lots of tasty salads, an awesome polenta pie, and sweet bars and bites.

I brought Chocolate Peanut Butter Snack Bites which I adapted just a bit from How Sweet It Is recipe.  I didn't have chia or sunflower seeds, but pretty much did everything else.  I think they turned out pretty well and there was only one left after the meet-up!

5.  This post showed up on my Twitter feed yesterday and it resonated with me so I thought I'd share: 11 Important Thoughts and Reminders for Your Everyday Life.

Hope you have a great weekend!

What books are you currently reading?  What's a new food you've tried recently that you can't stop eating?