Farewell, Birthday Week! Friday Faves :)

Hi everyone and happy Friday! I hope you all had as much fun celebrating my birthday week(s) as I did. I am ready to get back into the zone. Waaaaaaay too many treats this week! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ Sorry I haven’t been posting much this week – I’ve been out and about and not really cooking for myself. I’ll be back at it next week – we’ve still got three (3) half marathons and one tough mudder to train for, so…yeah. Booyah will be in full effect starting on Monday! πŸ˜€

Here is what I’ve been feeling this week:

1. Green Goddess Bowl

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I know I recently included this dish in my Top 5 Booyah Summer Salads post, but I made this on my “July 12 – Observed” day (aka Monday, July 13th when I took a personal day off from work to celebrate my birthday in an excess of chill). I kept it super simple and made the Tahini-Lemon-Ginger-Garlic sauce with 3 huge tablespoons of tahini; the juice of 1 lemon; a 3 inch piece of ginger root, minced; and 3 cloves of garlic. I drizzled enough tamari until it tasted just right, and then tossed it with sprouted lentils, sprouted quinoa, steamed kale and broccoli. It was beyond divine. That sauce can seriously take anything from boring to amazing.

2. The Girl on the Train


This book is seriously compelling – I can’t put it down!! I feel like I’m surrounded by friends who have read it, and I finally treated myself to a copy so I can see what all the fuss is about. You guys should seriously check this out. The story is told solely by women, and the plot line hurtles along at a breakneck pace – it’s impossible to stop reading once you get sucked in. All of the female protagonists are deeply flawed and difficult women, and that way Paula Hawkins writes about each character makes them interesting and hungry for more. I hope you guys enjoy it as much as I am (I’m still in the middle of it, so shhh no spoilers! πŸ˜‰ ).

3. Le Creuset 3 1/2 qt braising pan


My T-FAL non-stick pans are really at the end of their lives, and it is time to move on. I am in desperate need of a new large skillet, and I have my eyes firmly fixed on this braiser. I was lucky enough to inherit my grandmother’s Le Creuset pans that are God-knows how old and still in great condition. She was a marvelous cook, and I feel like a little bit of her cooking magic still lives within these pans. I am currently stalking one on sale at a Le Creuset outlet near Boston and I just might take a deep dive into my wallet and treat myself for my birthday. I’m sure it will last as long as my grandmother’s, and then I can instill a little bit of my own Booyah magic into it. πŸ˜‰

4. Pendleton Wool Blanket


Yes, it’s the middle of July right now, but I saw this Chief Joseph wool blanket back when I was in Santa Fe and I fell in love. Sadly for me, the Pendleton outlet is next door to the Le Creuset and I saw this blanket and revived my obsession with it. Damn it, why do I have such expensive taste?!?!?! Curses.

I hope you guys had a great week – what were you up to?? I’m looking forward to visiting my sister, bro-in-law and nephew down in Southern Connecticut this weekend (which also means I’ll be doing a long run at the crack of dawn on dirt roads). Do you guys have any fun plans this weekend?

Also – thank you all for such warm birthday wishes! I really appreciate it, everyone. ❀ ❀ ❀

With warmth,


5 thoughts on “Farewell, Birthday Week! Friday Faves :)

  1. I forgot it was Friday today and I’m so glad your post reminded me (favorite post of the week!)
    I feel you on the expensive tastes (insert thumbs down emoji), especially with the lulu warehouse sale today..what to dooo, what to dooo?!?

    Anyways, I do like that blanket.

    This is the most random, convoluted comment. I really need to get coffee before I post next time:)


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