Things that I discovered this week…

Well hello, everyone! Happy Sunday! Normally I would tell you all about the things I was loving this week in my Friday Faves, but I was pretty over life by the end of the week and was due for a serious hermit day and as well as a night of solo Netflix & chill (and wine). So, instead of hearing about all the things I’ve been feeling at the end of the week on Friday, you get to start your week off with them instead! Here we go:

Black Box Cabernet Sauvignon

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You all know that I’ve officially retired my Boston Snob status and have been loving my boxed wine since I’ve started at grad school (great for the wallet and when you’ve had a bad day, there is always an open “bottle” of wine at the end of it). If you missed my last Friday Faves when I was touting the amazing/mystical flavors of Naked Grape boxed wine, you can check that out here. I can’t take credit for this choice, as my sister and brother-in-law were the ones that directed me to this selection but it’s too good to keep to myself. Now, let’s review. One box = four bottles of wine. It costs $24.99. It lasts for four weeks. Hi, why would you not partake in this situation? It is on the lighter side of things as far as Cabs go, incorporating Syrah and Zinfandel to keep things interesting, and has hints of blackberries and chocolate. This guy is my favorite side kick for my solo Netflix and Chill.

The Squat Rack

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I finally built up some courage this week to wade through the bros at my university and hit up the rack to get my squats, deads, rows and all of the fun barbell exercises in. I’ve missed this! There is nothing like the feeling of good, solid, “I walk up the stairs funny because I just did deadlifts” kind of soreness. If you’re looking for inspiration/wanna get REALLY bro-y with me, you can check out this Bodybuilding.com article on how to get a full body workout using only a barbell here. Also, I am just starting out and I can already squat and deadlift my own body weight! HOLLA!

Sweet Earth Foods Benevolent Bacon

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I just tried Benevolent Bacon for the first time this morning and it was SO GOOD. I love a good faux breakfast meat for brunch on the weekends, as it’s a great way to get a whole bunch of protein right out of the gate. One of my favorite standbys is Lightlife Tempeh Bacon, but this week I decided to mix it up and try something new. This “bacon” is seitan-based, crisps up nicely when you fry it and holds its shape (no floppy faux bacon here!). The hickory and sage flavor is delicious and only two slices have 10 grams of protein and 90 calories, so you can totally crush it and eat a bunch! YAS!

The Homemade Vegan Pantry: The Art of Making Your Own Staples by Miyoko Schninner 

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Um, Miyoko is officially my vegan heroine. I’ve been looking for a good vegan baking cookbook to get some ideas for a birthday cake (two of my friend’s birthdays are coming up on the same day in March and I’d love to bake them a delicious cake from scratch, but haven’t had much luck in the past) and I stumbled across this gem of a cookbook. It got outstanding reviews (and you all know how discerning the Amazon crowd is – a pack of haters, really) and so I ordered it on a whim. When it finally arrived (the longest two days of my life), I sat down on the couch to flip through it and basically read the entire thing from cover to cover. Miyoko tells you how to make just about everything – tofu, soy milk, the best vegan burgers ever, condiments, baking mixes, literally ANYTHING you can think of – from scratch. She. Is. Amazing. She has her own vegan cooking show on PBS, and used to own a vegan restaurant in California for several years, so you know she is legit. I cannot wait to go full hippie mode and start making everything from scratch – so stoked. Not only do I think everyone needs this cookbook, vegan or not, but they should hand this out to you once you decided to go fully vegan – it’s that good.

I hope you all had an amazing week this week! I’m going to fully enjoy this beautiful day today by going on my first hike in my new home base! So stoked. I hope you all enjoy your Sunday.

With warmth,

L

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