Favorites of the Season: What I’m Loving Lately

Hello beautiful souls!  I’ve missed you!  The whole two jobs, no spare time thing has really put a damper on social time.  In case you didn’t know, I got hired for a seasonal job back in October and, not long after, was offered a full time job elsewhere.  I’ve been juggling the two at the sacrifice of social media, my loving blog, and communication with anyone who isn’t a coworker or family living in my house.  As the month soon comes to a close, I foresee some more time for me to get back to all of that! 

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How to Enjoy the Holiday Season When You Feel Lonely

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For a long time, I didn’t celebrate holidays at all.  My family didn’t decorate the house or dress up or play holiday tunes while I was growing up.  I would look to friends in awe off their family’s traditions and celebrations and long for something special.  It wasn’t until I was in high school that my family started to get together with extended family for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day.  As a kid, I had established expectations from movies of what the holidays should look like.  Now, I find myself in a rushed state of activity that I worry the holidays will just blow past me before I get a chance to sit down.  The thing is, there are a handful of qualities that make the holidays special. 

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Broccoli and Carrot Penne Pasta with Parsley Cilantro Pesto

broccoli carrot penne pesto pasta

If you glance into my fridge, you’re almost guaranteed to see a jar of pesto sitting on the top shelf.  I’m constantly making new jars of pesto and/or freezing pesto in an ice cube tray.  I buy lots of fresh herbs and, when my stock runs high, I’ll toss them into the food processor with some olive oil for pesto.   It’s perfect to have on hand for pasta, salads, and more!

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Pumpkin Coconut Treat Bars

pumpkin coconut treat bars

Pumpkin Spice and everything nice is what makes fall feel like FALL for me.  Please, hold the eye roll.  Evidently, the internet is all hyped about fall these days but let me tell you: I’ve been a fan of fall before it was trendy.  Yes, I went there. Fall holds meaning for me even without the glamorized PSL which may actually have a new flavor competitor around—see here.  Basically, winter and spring are almost nonexistent in southern California.  And summer?  No thank you, 120 degree weather.  Read more