Happy, happy Monday!
Hope you had the best weekend — especially for all the mommas out there!
We’re back with another edition of On a High Note! If you’re new, each Monday, Kendall and I share a snippet of inspiring, lighthearted and/or helpful ideas to try, read, make, cook, drink, do, and so on! (If you missed our previous editions, make sure to catch up!)
Let’s get into this week’s roundup!
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“At this point in quarantine, my husband and I have practically made everything from the Half Baked Harvest Cookbook ???? These chicken gyros were our latest creation and they did not disappoint! The total cook time takes about an hour, but it makes plenty of tasty leftovers for lunches and dinners throughout the week!” – Kendall
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This addictive Chili Oil
“I have been hearing about “chili crunch oil” or “chili crisp oil” everywhere, but I had yet to try it myself. When I was at my local neighborhood grocery store (where I do all my shopping because they have everything but it’s rarely crowded) and I saw it on the shelf, so I snagged one. You should be able to find this in the Asian aisle of most grocery stores, and many different brands make one! Epicurious also has a big roundup of them and where to buy online! However, heads up–it is WAY more expensive online than it is in the store!
O. M. G. is it delicious. My first taste was drizzling it on avocado toast. (The most delicious toast I’ve ever eaten). The second was tossing it with stir-fried noodles. (The most delicious noodles ever consumed). Lately, my meals have been planned based on whether or not I can in some way incorporate this chili oil. Get yourself a jar, you won’t be sorry!
Tip: When using it, don’t JUST use the oil, make sure you get a lot of the chili paste goodness from the bottom of the jar too–that’s where all the flavor is!” –Jess
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“Need a quick pick me up to have on hand? Get an ice roller! (See my whole post on the benefits of ice rolling!) It helps you look and feel more awake (perfect for those early morning Zoom meetings), depuff, reduce inflammation, stimulate blood flow, and helps skincare products absorb more easily. It’s a wonderful spa-like experience that feels much more expensive than its $20 price tag.” – Jess
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“I love following Geneva for DIY inspiration — even though I rarely actually DIY myself!????However, her latest Trash to Terracotta idea seems so easy and turned out so good, I just might be up to the task! How cute are these vases?! She grabbed old vases for a couple dollars each at a thrift store with unflattering patterns and colors and turned them into this bohemian dream! I have a collection of glass vases that I’ve accumulated over the years from flower deliveries that I’m excited to start with!” – Kendall
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“My friend Whitney has been raving about these wine classes for weeks now, and I’ve been dying to do one! How it works: The majority of the class is spent on education-so you don’t even have to be drinking to have fun! (Although the last portion is about tasting!) If you’ve been wanting to learn more about wine, this will be a perfect activity for you!
Each class dives into a different topic–from “How to Read a French Wine Label” to “Wines of Provence” to “Greek Wines” or “Primer on Pinot Noir” and more. The instructor, Adam, is a wine expert and educator based in Pittsburgh. Before each class, he gives you his list of favorite types of wine to grab for the tasting portion of that class–you only need one bottle (not multiple like a normal tasting), and if you can’t find any on the list, he gives you descriptors to look for. Classes are only $10 each!” –Jess
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In both of our Netflix queues, Michelle Obama’s documentary was released last week! We both loved her book, Becoming, and Jess watched the first episode over the weekend and cannot recommend it enough–it does NOT disappoint!
If you’re looking for even more Michelle in your life, she’s doing a series called “Mondays with Me” where she reads children’s books. Check it out here!
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4 Things to Grow at Home (to make your quarantine meals 100x better!)
“Reading this article has me inspired to plant a few easy things (in pots, to keep on our balcony, of course) to have on hand so we’re never without fresh produce! Some veggies are much easier than others to keep alive, and this was a very helpful guide to reference! The best place to start? Herbs! They make everything taste so much better, and they’re relatively easy to keep alive. (So they say…). I also want to give a tomato plant a try!” –Jess