Happy November! This week was a busy one. I really wanted to work on some new recipe ideas, but between several appointments and dealing with some concerning health issues (my eczema has come back with a vengeance, and I’m not happy about it), I didn’t get to spend time very much time in the kitchen. There’s always next week, right? I’m hoping to share some new recipes with you soon. In the meanwhile, here are some things I’m digging this week:
1. I love this idea from A Beautiful Mess about hosting a “Friendsgiving” celebration every November. While Thanksgiving is a wonderful day to spend with family, why not also set aside another day to celebrate with close friends? The team at A Beautiful Mess (one of my favorite blogs) started this tradition several years ago and have made it an annual event, and it’s always fun to see what they put together each year.
2. You can’t judge a book by its cover. I’ve shared my own take on living with an invisible illness, but this story — about a man who “looks fine” on the outside but suffers from debilitating Crohn’s disease (that has led to over 80 surgeries and has left him with “invisible” disabilities) — exemplifies how severe the misconception can be. A must-read for everyone!
3. Did you know that conventional mattresses contain toxic chemicals that can leach out and cause detrimental health effects? Check out this post from Wellness Mama for information about how to how to choose a healthy mattress for you and your family.
4. My dream is to one day be able to raise my own backyard chickens (that is, once we have the room to do so). This article from Mommy with a Garden provides some useful info about how to get started.
5. I finally got to try a recipe using cassava flour, and all I have to say is, “Wow!” I made Paleo pumpkin pancakes (the recipe itself needs some tweaking, so I want to work on it before sharing), but the texture of the flour is the closest to wheat flour I’ve experienced so far in the Paleo world (and it was tasty too). This is so promising! I plan on having some fun experimenting with it moving forward. In the meanwhile, you can find Otto’s Cassava Flour here.