Three Things Making Me Happy This Week

Creamy Carrot Farrotto topped with an arugula-carrot salad and parmesan. Recipe courtesy of The Skinnytaste Cookbook. Easy to make and delicious!

I don’t know about you, but this week has felt a little off. Perhaps it was the surprise firing of the FBI Director, which I cannot stop reading or listening about. Or maybe it’s that Seattle still cannot figure out whether it’s winter or spring. Or it could be that we were out-of-town last weekend for a friend’s wedding in Cincinnati, which was loads of fun but always throws things out-of-rhythm.

Despite the topsy-turviness of this week, these three little things are making me happy. Nothing revolutionary, but I like to share a good thing when I see/cook/read/watch it!

  1. Creamy Carrot Farrotto from the Skinnytaste Cookbook by Gina Homolka.  I recently got on Skinnytaste bandwagon and, my goodness, I’m sure glad I did. If you’re not familiar, Skinnytaste is a recipe blog turned published cookbook that keeps both your taste buds and waistline happy. A win-win in my book. On the rave review of a friend, I recently bought the Skinnytaste cookbook and have not stopped making recipes since. The Creamy Carrot Farrotto is a twist on classic risotto that substitutes farro and carrots to create an easy and satisfying dish. So far, I’ve also made Gina’s Slow-Cooker Jerk Chicken Tacos with Caribbean Salsa, Turkey Santa Fe Taco Salad with Avocado Crema, Spicy Black Bean Burgers with Chipotle Mayo, and Naked Persian Turkey Burgers. All have been delicious! Even my husband H who tends not to go for healthy foods (he is annoyingly blessed with an amazing metabolism) has given two thumbs for these recipes.
  2. Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance. This book was on my reading list for awhile, and I finally got around to reading it. It’s a personal memoir of a now-successful lawyer’s past life growing up in a poor Rust Belt town. The book gives insight to the challenges poor, white Americans face, which is especially relevant given today’s political climate. The book helped me better understand the perspectives of folks who believe and vote differently from me, and sympathize with their struggles. Since we’ll be living in the heartland soon, I found the author’s insights particularly pertinent. Vance’s narration is honest, perceptive, and often humorous. There is talk that the book may be made into a movie soon too!
  3. Gilmore Guys Podcast. I’ve been living under a rock and I’m now finally watching Gilmore Girls in the series’ entirety for the first time. I know, what was I doing with my life before? I’m completely swept up with Lorelai, Rory, Luke, Emily, Richard, and the whole Stars Hollow gang. (Please don’t spoil anything, currently watching season 5!). Along with watching the series, I recently started listening to the Gilmore Guys podcast. It’s two guys, one a super fan and one a series newbie like me, who record a recap of every single Gilmore Girls episode. Each podcast is over an hour long, so I tend to skip through some parts, but their unwavering enthusiasm for the show always makes me laugh.

So there you have it! Thanks for reading. Would love to hear what you are cooking, reading, watching, and listening to as well!

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