4. SWEET LAUREL: The recipes are grain-free, gluten-free and dairy-free. The recipes focus on using a few ingredients to create wholesome and delicious desserts. If you are looking for a simpler way to bake or dealing with food restrictions, this book is for you. The cake recipes are my favorite.
6. MOTHER JEANS: My new go-to denim brand. The high-rise waist is my favorite style.
7. STASHER REUSABLE FOOD STORAGE BAGS: I pack a lot of food to eat when I travel. The Stasher bags do not take up a lot of space and allow me to heat food on the road. Stasher bags are safe for use in the microwave, a standard oven, or a pot of boiling water up to 400F. Stasher can take the heat, the cold, and anything else your kitchen dishes out. Thanks to the patented airtight seal, all of your food’s nutrients, flavors and juices stay locked in.
8. LOVE STAMP: The Love postage stamp for USPS “Love Flourishes” is designed by Anna Rifle Bond. She is the founder of Rifle Paper Company in Orlando, Florida.
9. BISCUIT BEDDING: I love the beautiful floral patterns. The sheets are also very high quality.
10. RESTORE SINUS SPRAY: Since the neti-pot did not work for me, I was happy to find a solution for occasional allergies. Restore Sinus Spray is designed to help you cleanse, soothe, and hydrate the delicate membranes lining your nasal passages.
Start your daily beauty and hygiene regimen by gently flushing your sinuses with Restore’s proprietary blend of trace minerals suspended in purified water. It’s the perfect rinse for the dust, pollen, and other airborne particulates and irritants we are exposed to in our daily environment.
12. QUIP ELECTRIC TOOTHBRUSH: I like to travel with an electric tooth brush. The Quip design is light weight and battery operated.
What are some of your favorite things? Tell me in the comments.
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1.ENNEAGRAM TEST: The Enneagram is a profound and powerful guide to understanding your personality and inner workings. The Enneagram is an ancient personality typing system that identifies Nine Personality Types that are expressed individually and in relationship to others. Unlike Marston’s DiSC Assessment or the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, the Enneagram acts as a unique tool for understanding and explaining human behavior, and the underlying motivations that drive behavior and the gifts we all have for the transformation of non-productive encounters with others.
Want to know your enneagram type? Just take this simple 5-minute enneagram test.
THE ROAD BACK TO YOU AN ENNEAGRAM JOURNEY TO SELF-DISCOVERY | Ian Morgan Cron and Suzanne Stabile: This book allows you to understand more about each of the Enneagram types. Beginning with changes you can start making today, the wisdom of the Enneagram can help you get on the road that will take you further along into who you really are leading you into places of spiritual discovery you would never have found on your own, and paving the way to the wiser, more compassionate person you want to become.
THE PATH BETWEEN US | Suzanne Stabile: Suzanne Stabile’s new book on the nine Enneagram types and how they behave and experience relationships will guide readers into deeper insight about themselves, their types, and others’ personalities so that they can have healthier, more life-giving relationships.
2.PASSPORT D.C. EUROPEAN EMBASSY TOUR: The Delegation of the European Union to the United States and the Embassies of 28 EU Member States to the United States will open their doors to the public during the EU Embassies’ Open House Day in Washington, D.C. The day will offer a unique opportunity to experience the country’s cultural heritage and national traditions.
1. TRUE ROOTS | Kristen Cavallari shares her collection of clean recipes. Pick this one up if you are looking for easy gluten-free and dairy-free recipes. If you liked Gwyneth Paltrow’s cookbooks, this one is similar.
2.MAGNOLIA TABLE | Joanna Gaines shares the Gaines family’s favorite recipes as well as ones from their two eateries, Magnolia Table and Silos Baking Co. Recipes include chicken pot pie, white cheddar bisque, fried chicken with sticky poppy seed jam, and chocolate chip cookies. Jo also shares stories and photos about her life.
1. THE RATIONAL BIBLE | Dennis Prager: Why do so many people think the Bible, the most influential book in world history, is outdated? Why do our friends and neighbors dismiss the Bible as irrelevant, irrational, immoral, or all of these things? This explanation of the Book of Exodus, the second book of the Bible, will demonstrate that the Bible is not only powerfully relevant to today’s issues, but completely consistent with rational thought.
The Rational Bible is the fruit of Dennis Prager’s forty years of teaching the Bible to people of every faith, and no faith. On virtually every page, you will discover how the text relates to the contemporary world and to your life.
2. MARLON BRUNDO’S DAY IN THE LIFE OF THE VICE PRESIDENT | Charlotte Spence and Karen Pence: This children’s book is written byVice President Mike Pence‘s daughter, Charlotte, and illustrated by his wife, Karen, and tells the tale of how one cute little BOTUS (Bunny of the United States) experiences White House life. It is well written and beautifully illustrated. Proceeds from the book will go to an art therapy program called Tracy’s Kids and a nonprofit, A21, that’s working to end slavery and human trafficking.
3. 12 RULES FOR LIFE: Jordan Peterson: Jordan Peterson is a psychologist whose writing combines science and common sense. The book covers his twelve rules for life. Peterson believes that the cure for society starts with curing the individual. Peterson’s well-known advice to clean your room is a reflection of the truth that if you can’t even manage the most basic and mundane responsibilities of life, then you have no business dictating to others how to fix society.
1. MY FAIR LADY: My Fair Lady returns to Broadway’s Lincoln Center Theatre. Henry Higgins, an English professor of phonetics, makes a bet that he can transform Eliza Doolittle, a Cockney flower girl, into a lady. The musical is nominated for 10 Tony Awards.
2. WILD WILD COUNTRY: Wild Wild Country is a new six-episode Netflix docu-series about a religious cult from the early 80’s. Led by Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh and his personal assistant, Ma Anand Sheela, the movement successfully convinced many thousands of well-educated people to move to the tiny town of Antelope, Oregon, where they attempted to establish a utopian city called Rajneeshpuram. The cult followers clashed with local residents and the government in the process.
3. TERMINAL: Terminal stars Margo Robbie and Mike Myers so that’s reason enough to go see this one. The story follows two assassins with a sinister mission, a fatally ill teacher, an enigmatic janitor and a waitress with a double life. Murderous consequences unravel as their lives meet at the hands of a criminal mastermind wanting revenge.
My favorite movies so far this year include the following:
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CHARLESTON FOOD AND WINE FESTIVAL FEBRUARY 28 – MARCH 4, 2018: The Charleston Food and Wine Festival is an annual celebration of the Lowcountry’s best food and wine. The four-day culinary event began in 2006. The festival is considered one of the top food and wine celebrations in the United States and attracts chefs, food professionals and winemakers from across the country.
Here are a few of my recommendations if you visit Charleston.
SPERO: My favorite restaurant in Charleston is Spero. The chef is always accommodating and prepares a gluten-free meal for me. If you don’t have celiac disease, you’ll want to try the chicken fat biscuits. The dessert menu includes homemade ice cream. I usually order the lamb minus the bread with European slaw and sweet potatoes.
Jennifer’s Way Kitchen: Easy Allergen-Free, Anti-Inflammatory Recipes for a Delicious Life: Jennifer Esposito is an actress that owned a gluten-free bakery in New York City until just recently. She has celiac disease. This cookbook includes most of her recipes from the bakery. If you have celiac disease or food intolerances or feel better on a gluten-free or paleo diet, I recommend this book. The recipes have been relatively easy to follow and only need a few minor adjustments for baking time. Some of my favorites include the butternut squash lasagna, grain free bread, banana bread, and grain free carrot cake.
THE 15:17 TO PARIS: On Aug. 21, 2015, the three young American friends were on a backpacking trip through Europe when they thwarted a terror attack on a high-speed Thalys train from Amsterdam to Paris, tackling and subduing Moroccan-born Ayoub El Khazzani. He was armed with an AK-47 assault rifle, a 9mm pistol and other weapons. Their bravery made headlines around the world and earned France’s Legion of Honour, various military awards and a visit to the White House. Now, in the latest improbable twist, the three are playing themselves in a Clint Eastwood-directed film about the event opening Feb. 9.
BLACK PANTHER: There is a whole lot to like about Marvel’s $200 million Black Panther.
Black Panther is set in the fictional Wakanda, an idyllic country hidden in the heart Africa thanks to an alien metal called vibranium. This resource not only gives Wakanda the ability to disguise itself as a third-world country but to enjoy an extraordinary standard of living through the miracles of technology and science.
The story follows T’Challa who, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king. But when a powerful old enemy reappears, T’Chilla is tested when he is drawn into a formidable conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people and their way of life.
WINTER OLYMPICS: The Winter Olympics opening ceremony is Friday, February 9, 2018. The closing ceremony is Sunday, February 25, 2018.
THE PORCH PODCAST VICE AND VIRTUE SERIES: Are you struggling to let go of hurts? If you think you aren’t, are you sure? Bitterness weighs us down and anger is unproductive. When the offense seems too big to forgive, when anger seems justified, we can remember this story of undeserved forgiveness. The entire series is worth a listen.
If you have some recommendations, I’d love to hear about it in the comments below!
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MUSEUM OF THE BIBLE: The Museum of the Bible recently opened in Washington, DC. It was named one of the top 10 attractions in the U.S. for 2017. I’m not exaggerating when I say it’s incredible. Tickets are free and can be reserved online. The museum also features a restaurant called Manna and a coffee shop named Milk & Honey.
The museum is close to the National Mall and within walking distance to the Smithsonian museums and the U.S. Capitol.
DOWNTON ABBEY: THE EXHIBITION: If you are a fan of the hit television show Downton Abbey, you may want to plan a trip to NYC soon. Some of the most memorable moments from the show’s six-season run are on display. Visit the exhibit in New York City now through April 2, 2018.
BETH BIUNDO SWEETS: I could not recommend a good bakery in New Orleans until now. Beth sells a variety of sweets and baked goods, including cakes, cupcakes, cookies, tarts, and ice cream at her beautifully designed store. The shop is located on Baronne St. and is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.
LITTLE PEARL DC: The cute café is a coffee shop during the day and a wine bar at night. My favorite drink is the coconut nutmeg latte. The menu also includes breakfast pastries, salads, and a Japanese chicken sandwich. The evening menu includes an organic orange wine from Italy. There’s even a gluten-free menu. The new hot spot is the latest opening for James Beard Foundation Award-winning chef Aaron Silverman. Aaron’s other restaurants are Rose’s Luxury and Pineapple and Pearls.
HOME TOWN HGTV: I am so excited about the premier of season 2 of Home Town on Monday, January 8 at 9 p.m.|8c. This is my favorite show on HGTV. The show focuses on Ben and Erin Napier, a woodworker and artist living in Laurel, Mississippi, who are passionate about restoring local homes and restoring their charming small town back to its heyday. During each episode, Ben and Erin help newcomers to town find and renovate their historic turn-of-the-century dream home.
I recently visited Laurel with my mom. We stopped at The Laurel Mercantile co-owned by Erin and Ben. Everything sold in the shop is made in America. If you live in the South, I recommend a road trip to Laurel.
I also fell in love with Erin’s blog, where she documents the good things that happen every single day of her life.
I, TONYA: Based on the unbelievable but true events, I, TONYA is a darkly comedic tale of American figure skater, Tonya Harding, and one of the most sensational scandals in sports history. Though Harding was the first American woman to complete a triple axel in competition, her legacy was forever defined by her association with an infamous, ill-conceived, and even more poorly executed attack on fellow Olympic competitor Nancy Kerrigan.
THE GREATEST SHOWMAN SOUNDTRACK: The soundtrack from the original motion picture movie is a celebration of imagination. “This Is Me” is one of my favorite songs on the album. The soundtrack is currently no. 1 on the billboard charts.
In her book, Taking My Life Back, Rebekah vividly recounts her horrifying experience on the day of the bombing, her desperate desire to locate her son, and her extensive injuries, recovery and eventual amputation.
In this podcast episode, Rebekah talks about her faith and how it has sustained her through various challenges in her life, her experience during the bombing and the details of her injuries and recovery, surviving the aftermath and her eventual marriage to her college sweetheart and miracle baby, and what it’s like to live with a prosthetic leg.
If you have some recommendations, I’d love to hear about it in the comments below!
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My new gift guide for the baker includes sugar and spice and everything nice for the baker in your life. I hope you find some inspiration for your gift giving or maybe something lovely for your kitchen.
I put together a fall to-do list with some ideas for the upcoming season. I’m also sharing some of the fun things I’d love to do this fall. I hope it inspires you to put together a list of your own to celebrate this time of year.
If you are a list maker like me, try the 52 Lists Project Journal. It’s divided into seasons and then weeks. Each week you are asked to list something. At the bottom of the page, there is a “take action” suggestion. There’s also space to make your own lists. You can print out a sample collection of the lists here to help you get started.
It’s time for summer vacations and beach days which means more time to read. Here are a few suggestions that I’m sure you’ll want to add to your summer reading list.
1. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid | In this epic novel full of old Hollywood glamour, a legendary film actress reflects on her relentless rise to the top and the risks she took, the loves she lost, and the long-held secrets the public could never imagine. From making her way to Los Angeles in the 1950s to her decision to leave show business in the ‘80s, and, of course, the seven husbands along the way, Evelyn unspools a tale of ruthless ambition, unexpected friendship, and a great forbidden love.
2. Rich People Problems by Kevin Kwan | From the bestselling author of “Crazy Rich Asians” and “China Rich Girlfriend” comes this fun, frothy take on the lives of the Singapore super-elites. The stakes are high, as the entire Shang-Young clan rushes to the deathbed of their matriarch, Su Yi. A battle ensues over the family fortune and who stands to inherit it all.
3. My Glory Was I Had So Friends by Amy Silverstein | If you want inspiration, this is a book that won’t fail you. This memoir is about what friendship and living life as a transplant recipient meant to one woman. Amy Silverstein lived with a donor’s heart for 26 years that she was told would last only ten. When her heart started to fail, her only chance for survival including uprooting her life in New York and moving to California to await a transplant. Nine of her friends help her by flying to California and helping take care of Amy while she awaits news on a transplant and a new heart.
4. Fly Me by Daniel Riley | It’s 1972, and Suzy Whitman has no use for her degree from Vassar. Instead, she’s joined the hedonism of the Los Angeles beach scene and become a stewardess for Grand Pacific Airlines. Amid all the debauchery and fun, though, Suzy becomes involved in a drug-trafficking scheme.
5. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman | Eleanor Elephant is about the importance of friendship and human connection. Eleanor is an eccentric and regimented loner whose life beautifully unfolds after a chance encounter with a stranger.
6. Map of the Heart by Susan Wiggs | An accomplished photographer, widow, and mother, Camille Palmer is content with the blessings she’s enjoyed. When her ageing father asks her to go with him to his native France, she has no idea that she’s embarking on an adventure that will utterly transform her. Returning to the place of his youth sparks unexpected memories that will lead Camilla’s family back to the dark, terrifying days of the Second World War, where they uncover their family’s surprising history. While Provence answers questions about her family’s past, Camille meets a handsome American historian who stirs a passion with her, and who may hold the key to her future. Sometimes the best journey of your life is the one that takes you home.
7. Out of Line: A Life of Playing With Fire by Barbara Lynch | In this funny, fierce, and poignant memoir, world-renowned chef and restaurateur Barbara Lynch recounts her rise from a hard-knocks South Boston childhood to culinary stardom. Barbara appeared as a guest judge on season 12 of Top Chef, which took place in Boston in 2014. She oversees seven critically acclaimed restaurants in Boston including No. 9 Park, Menton, and B&G Oysters.
8. The Alice Network by Kate Quinn | An exciting faced paced novel about a pregnant American socialite who teams up with a female ex-spy and a hot-tempered young soldier in the aftermath of World War II. A story of courage and redemption.
9. Sugar by Kimberly Stuart | Sugar is a contemporary romance, set in the high-pressure commercial kitchens of New York and Seattle. A funny and clever story of how a female chef learns to thrive in the ruthless world of premier restaurants.
10. One Summer Day in Rome by Mark Lamprey | One Summer Day in Rome is an enchanting novel about three couples drawn irresistibly to Rome, narrated by the city itself.
Join a small group on a 4-day trip to northern Baja California. Baja California from Tijuana to the Valle de Guadalupe wine region is having a major moment. The New York Times recently featured an article about this up-and-coming wine region. The itinerary includes expert-led tours, art gallery visits, pop-up parties, seaside meals, a hands-on cooking class with Aida Mollenkamp, market visits, wine tastings, boutique accommodations, a concierge, a group photographer, morning yoga, and delicious food. Several dates are available in 2017.
Move For Minds is an event that will be held in eight cities on June 4, 2017. The event focuses on engaging you in the areas proven to help keep your mind working at its best: exercise, nutrition, stress-reduction, social activity and more. All of the money raised goes directly to women-based Alzheimer’s research.
The first annual Los Angeles Times Night Market May 10-14 is a bustling outdoor street-food market in Downtown L.A. Featuring over 50 of L.A.’s favorite restaurants and food trucks, plus DJs, themed bars and experiences. Admission is free.
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If you are in D.C. this weekend, go see the cherry blossoms. The National Park Service said that 70 percent of the remaining Yoshino cherry blossoms had reached the puffy white stage, the last of the tracked stages before full bloom. So even if it’s probably not going to be a banner year for the cherry blossoms this year and they’re more dinged up than usual, they’re still going to be put on a beautiful spectacle. More details on the Cherry Blossom Festival here.
The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermitby Michael Finkel: In 1986, Christopher Knight stepped into the Maine woods and stayed there for 27 years, eking out an existence by burgling local cabins for food, batteries, and clothes, leaving no trace as he moved through the wilderness. The “North Pond Hermit” grew into a local legend, reasonably feared by some; others saw him as a harmless eccentric and sometimes left supplies on their porches for the taking, just to save everyone the trouble. After he was finally caught breaking into a camp, Knight became a minor sensation, drawing the interest of journalist Michael Finkel, who turned his interviews with the sometimes combative recluse into a book.
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I put together a winter to-do list with some ideas for the upcoming season. I’m also sharing some of the fun things I’d love to do this winter. I hope it inspires you to put together a list of your own to celebrate this time of year.
If you are a list maker like me, try the 52 Lists Project Journal. It’s divided into seasons and then weeks. Each week you are asked to list something. At the bottom of the page, there is a “take action” suggestion. There’s also space to make your own lists. You can print out a sample collection of the lists here to help you get started. I also love this collection of 26 lists everyone should make.
I also love using a Bullet Journal. The Bullet Journal is a customizable and forgiving organization system. It can be your to-do list, sketchbook, notebook, and diary, but most likely, it will be all the above. Here’s how to get started using a Bullet Journal. Watch this great video for more details too. Find out why it’s such a great journal here.
Looking for a good book to read? I’m sharing 10 must-read books to add to your fall reading list. Books to inspire, encourage, and keep you up way past your bedtime.
1. UNINVITED: LIVING LOVED WHEN YOU FEEL LESS THAN, LEFT OUT, AND LONELY| BY LYSA TERKERUST: In Uninvited, Lysa shares her own deeply personal experiences of rejection including the painful childhood abandonment by her father. She examines the roots of rejection, as well as rejection’s ability to poison relationships from the inside out, including our relationship with God. I have read several of Lysa’s books before and they never disappoint.
2. THE CHEMIST | BY STEPHANIE MEYER: Stephanie Meyer is the author of the best-selling Twilight Series. She will publish her first thriller, “The Chemist” on Nov. 15. “The Chemist” introduces a former secret agent forced to go on the run, hiding from members of the government who fear she knows too much.
3. UNSHAKEN | BY TIM TEBOW: In Unshaken, Tebow talks about his Christian faith within the context of a football career that hasn’t gone the way he hoped. The entire first chapter is about being cut from the New England Patriots and what it’s like to be told you’re not enough. He explains why neither the highs nor the lows of his life can define him, and he reveals how you, too, can find confidence in your identity and know who you are.
4. THE MAGNOLIA STORY | BY CHIP AND JOANNA GAINES: HGTV reality stars Chip and Joanna Gaines, who have created their own real estate, home renovation and media empire in Waco, Texas, are releasing a new book about their successes, failures and most importantly their faith.
5. DEEP RUN ROOTS: STORIES AND RECIPES FROM MY CORNER OF THE SOUTH | BY VIVIAN HOWARD: Chef Vivian Howard is the star of the PBS hit series, “A Chef’s Life.” She also operates “Chef and the Farmer” and “The Boiler Room” in tiny Kinston, North Carolina. Her new cookbook includes over 200 recipes paying homage to her North Carolina roots.
To celebrate the release of her new book, Vivian is embarking on a Food Truck Tour. You can meet Vivian and get a signed copy of her cookbook plus enjoy a fabulous meal prepared by Vivian and her team.
6. UNKNOWN CALLER| BY DEBRA SPARKS: Beginning with an aggravating phone call, a strange request, and the sudden disappearance of a mother and her daughter, Unknown Caller is filled with page-turning suspense. The novel moves backward in time and across several continents to tell a funny, moving, and surprising story about families, misunderstandings, secrets, falls from grace, and chances for redemption.
7. THE POWER OF WHEN | BY MICHAEL BREUS: Dr. Michael Breus’s new book, The Power of When, explains the four distinct sleep types.
Dolphins are light-sleeping insomniacs who sometimes wake up unsure whether they actually slept or not. They tend to be highly intelligent Type As and can’t seem to turn off their brains at bedtime.
Lions are optimistic morning people, early to rise but early to crash. They tend to be the high-achieving type, getting more stuff done by 9am than most people get done all day.
Bears prefer a solar-based sleep schedule. They like to take naps and tend to be fun-loving and outgoing. Current sleep recommendations are based on this type.
Wolves are the creative introverts who get in bed at midnight and lie there for hours. They don’t hit their stride until late afternoon when everyone else is running on fumes.
Take this quiz to find out your chronotype HERE. After you’ve taken Dr. Breus’s comprehensive Bio-Time Quiz to figure out your chronotype, the book explains the best time to do over 50 different activities.
8. THE BROKEN WAY | BY ANN VOSCAMP: Ann is the author the best-selling book One Thousand Gifts. Her new release is about dealing with brokenness. Ann Voskamp writes about her own unspoken brokenness and asks: What if you really want to live abundantly before it’s too late? What do you do if you really want to know abundant wholeness? A study guide is also available.
9.THE SPRINKLES BAKING BOOK | BY CANDACE NELSON: Candace Nelson is the founder and pastry chef of Sprinkles Cupcakes. Sprinkles is the original cupcake bakery that started the cupcake craze. Candace is also a judge on the popular Food Network show, Cupcake Wars. The Sprinkles Baking Book includes over fifty of the famous bakeries best-kept secret cupcake recipes as well as Candace’s all-time favorite dessert recipes for cakes, pies, quick breads, cookies and bars plus recipes from Sprinkles friends Reese Witherspoon, Julia Roberts, Michael Strahan and Jessica Alba.