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February 8, 2020


Welcome to the weekend, my friends! I’m in Phoenix this weekend, enjoying the unusually cool Arizona weather and plenty of sunshine - while my family is enjoying SNOW in Ohio. (I’m not even going to pretend that I’m not sad to be missing a real snowfall at last!) Here’s hoping Sean comes through with plenty of pictures for me. I love the excitement of snow after living in the desert for so long. I hope I never take it for granted.


ON THE BLOG this week: Sausage Stuffed Zucchini Boats are one of my favorite things I’ve made recently. I absolutely love them chopped up and tossed with angel hair pasta. Seriously, if you haven’t tried this yet, put it on your list!


Cheesy Scrambled Eggs with Spinach is a simple dish that’s so packed with good-for-you ingredients that my kids call them “Power Eggs.” We’ve been making this recipe for almost 9 years and it still amazes me how much my boys enjoy them. Spinach isn’t typically a favorite in our house but in these eggs? The boys love it and frequently request this breakfast.


Sweet coconut, chewy pecans, and moist banana bread are combined in this delicious Coconut Pecan Banana Bread. I like to double the recipe, so that I can stash a loaf in the freezer too.


What I’m CRAVING: The video for this Homemade Gnocchi caught my eye the other day and I was reminded that I STILL haven’t tried my hand at making gnocchi. I’m officially putting it on my 2020 to-do list and telling all of you now. I need homemade gnocchi in my life!


My FAVORITE THING this week is our Bananagrams game (link HERE) If you haven’t played it yet, Bananagrams is a word game with Scrabble tiles. However, you build your own board in a race to use all the tiles before your opponents. Even my youngest can play a decent game and I like that it’s fun for me at the same time. (Because let’s be honest here, the majority of games my children love? They are less than fun for this parent.)


What I’m READING: The Dearly Beloved by Cara Wall (link HERE) Oh, my friends, read this one. It’s just lovely. I was so tightly connected with the characters, I found myself thinking about them and pondering the rest of the lives long after closing the book.


This book reminds me very much of the books I read growing up, books found on my grandparents’ or my mother’s bookshelves, older novels and stories of the church without being “churchy” or honestly very religious at all. This book is set in the 60s and the struggles are very much in keeping with those times. I don’t know when I’ve read a book that pulled me in so completely. I inhaled it.


“Keep your face always toward the sun and the shadows will fall behind you.” - Walt Whitman


Wishing you a beautiful week full of little things that make you smile!


Mary


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