Pin Ups and Link Love: My Favourite Things This week

My Favourite Articles and Links This Week

I loved this round up of the best TED talks of 2017, particularly #2 and #5.

The #1 thing to keep in your freezer– heck yes.

How not to get caught up in the materialism of the holidays.

How to restart a bad, annoying, or unproductive day.

How to accept a compliment.

My Favourite Pins This Week

A wonderful weekend brunch idea – a delicious bacon and spinach quiche with a sweet potato crust! Tons of veg and very high in protein, I’ve also made this as a weeknight dinner, but only when I have time to start it an hour early- because this definitely takes a full hour to make. Pinterest link is here, and the full recipe post can be found here.

My mom makes these and they are my absolute favourite – salted milk chocolate and peanut butter blondies. I manage to eat most of a pan all by myself every time! Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe post can be found here.

This beautiful braided planter is made by using clay to to make the braid, and applying it to a pot while it’s still malleable. Doesn’t it look fantastic? With a pretty plant tucked inside, this would be a great DIY gift idea, or just a pretty project for any time. Pinterest link is here, and the original DIY is here.

These fabric holiday napkins are made festive by the adorable iron-on design! The DIY post includes the download. You can make it at home with a printer, or bring it to a printing shop to print onto iron-on transfer paper. Pinterest link is here, and the original DIY can be found here.

For lovers of natural holiday decor, this evergreen start idea is so elegant and perfect for outdoor decor- you glue down greenery springs (boxwood, rosemary, etc.) onto stripes of wood glued into a star shape. While the post calls for balsam wood being cut, I recommend using popsicle sticks for small starts and chopsticks for bigger starts- so much easier and no wood cutting required. Pinterest link is here, and the original post can be found here.

Have a wodnerful weekend everyone! I need to finish my holiday shopping, and I think we are going to do some ice skating.Β What sort of activities are you getting up to?


  1. Jennifer   β€’  

    You and your delicious recipes! πŸ˜€ I just printed out that blondie recipe; it looks amazing. I might make it over the Holidays, swapping out my GF flour. Hope you have a wonderful Christmas and New Year!

    • Julie   β€’     Author

      You will not be sorry about that blondie recipe- every time I go home, my mom has made it and I basically eat most of tray over the course of a weekend. Often as breakfast, while hiding from my kids. πŸ˜‰

    • Julie   β€’     Author

      I made it this past week, and I thought it was fantastic- sadly the kids did not agree. πŸ™

  2. miss agnes   β€’  

    Food for thought, and food for the body! Thank you, I needed this Restart your day post, as I’ve been feeling pretty unproductive these last couple of days, as always after a large project ends. The shower trick does work when you feel like you’re going to be spending most of your day in PJs.
    Have a great week-end!

    • Julie   β€’     Author

      Isn’t it so hard to have productive days in December? everything feels like a never-ending to do list and so many things need to happen, and all the real work ha to be front loaded to before the christmas break…. sigh.

  3. Stefanie   β€’  

    That quiche looks good. Me and the crew are getting well. This virus has kicked out butts and it sucked because 3/4 of us were sick back in late September/early October. I still have some Christmas shopping to do but more gift cards and simple stuff.

    • Julie   β€’     Author

      Oh man, I am starting to get a little panicky about all the Christmas shopping I need to do! This weekend, I’ll make a solid go of it.

  4. Brenda   β€’  

    Once upon a time, when I was somewhere in the vicinity of 10, I was at a social hour after singing at a concert or church service or something like that. Someone came up to me and said something nice about my performance, to which I said “thank you.” My dad observed that I took the compliment well, and that struck me as weird, because how else would you respond? And he explained that people often do respond in all kinds of other strange ways, and somehow that stuck with me. As I got older, there was almost this pressure to essentially refuse to accept a compliment, so there was a while, I think, when saying thank you for one felt like not quite the right thing to do. But I pushed through it, and you can too! The other tips in that article are good too, especially about sharing (not redirecting) the credit and complimenting others. But seriously. Just start with thank you.

    Also, I do rather love the idea of frozen cookie dough as gifts.

  5. Lisa   β€’  

    Wow. What great links this week. I am drooling over the food now, as those blondies sound like heaven (or hell? lol). And how have I NOT thought of making cookie dough a head of time? That is so genius!

    Have a great weekend πŸ™‚

  6. DWJ   β€’  

    Now I want those blondies!!

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