Friday Faves

Hey friends,

It’s that time of the week again! Hope many of you are enjoying a 3-day weekend like we are – our weekend plans include board games with friends, watching Dr. Strange (has anyone seen it?), church small group, and getting a new dining room table! Oh, and studying – apparently my midterm is on Monday, lol. Here’s a few things that I’ve been enjoying lately:

Fall leaves
I just can’t help myself – this is my favorite time of the year! The color peak was in mid October, but the leaves are still going strong.1110161418_hdr

Dr. Jart+ Water Drop Hydrating Moisturizer
Another birchbox find – I was looking for a moisturizer to layer under my CC cream in the morning, and this one absorbs really well and feels very light on my skin (like water). I haven’t had any of the usual flakiness/dryness that comes with the cooler weather yet!1107160656a_hdr

Homemade greek yogurt
I started turning to plain greek yogurt with jam swirled in as my afternoon snack, and after buying a few containers of Fage (my favorite, but $$), I decided to try making my own at home. I tried out this crockpot recipe, and it’s so easy and after an initial failure (I think I didn’t wait long enough for the milk to cool down), it’s been a success each time! I make it each weekend now, and a $2 half gallon of milk turns into 4-5 cups of high quality greek yogurt.

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My straining set-up! There’s a small platform in the pot below a colander, which is lined with a thin kitchen towel

Freakonomics podcast
Lately, I’ve been listening to podcasts on long runs and easy runs on the treadmill as an alternative to music (which I save for speedwork days). After (finally) finishing Serial season 2, I started listening to Freakonomics, which explores “the hidden side to everything”. Some of the podcasts are on interesting topics (e.g., are payday loans bad) and others are motivating/useful (e.g., how to get more grit in your life), and I’ve enjoyed each one! My runs go by much faster when I’m absorbed in a podcast :)

Bokchoy from garden
I planted the first harvest in mid September after I finished the last of the kale! It’s been a hardy fall crop and I’ve been using it up in stir fries and soups.1107160720_hdr

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