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January 5, 2019

Welcome to the weekend, my friends! It’s been a whirlwind of a week and I’m thrilled to tell you that the photos for the Everyday Desserts cookbook are done. If you’re hanging out with me on Instagram, you may have caught some of my excitement over that this week.

ON THE BLOG this week: This Balsamic Glazed Meatloaf is one of my children’s favorite meals and I’m not exaggerating. There are cheers at the table when it appears.

Have you tried our Better Than Take-out Fried Rice? I make extra rice for this recipe almost every time I make recipe. We seriously love fried rice. (This Kielbasa and Shrimp Fried Rice is also a favorite with my kids.)

Craving something sweet? Looking for a simple dessert that requires little prep and is so easy a kid can make it? Grandma’s Crazy Cake is just what you need. My youngest and I shot a video for this one the other day and I just shared in on the site.

What I’m CRAVING: This Sweet Corn, Kielbasa, and Potato Soup by Iowa Girl Eats needs to happen soon and this Cheesy Bacon Cauliflower by Fake Ginger looks delicious too.

My FAVORITE THING this week is the Forbidden Island board game (link HERE). What I really like about it is the fact it doesn’t make me crazy to play it with kids. (I’m nothing if not truthful when it comes to game times with kids.) Cooperative board games have rapidly become my favorite kind to play with the kids, as it helps tame their fierce competitiveness when it’s all of us playing together against the game.

What I’m WATCHING: When Calls The Heart (link HERE). Cue all the sappy tears. The new season is out on Netflix now and I can’t resist watching. It’s just such a great feel-good show.

What I’m READING: The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris (link HERE). This book has been on my library hold list for months and I am so excited to finally have it in my hands. The book is based on interviews that were conducted with Holocaust survivor and Auschwitz-Birkenau tattooist Ludwig Sokolov. Many of you have recommended this one, so I’ll be sure to tell you more about it next week.

“The best way to predict the future is to create it.” - Alan Kay

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

Mary

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