Five on Friday | Dec. 4

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TGIF readers! Hope everyone had a good week. Cooking gives me a lot of joy. Even though I live alone and eat lunch and dinner by myself most times, I still do love whipping up a delicious meal. This week I was on a roll with trying new dishes and they were overwhelmingly successful! I have a lot of leftovers and wish I could share them with you.

| The perfect recipe to bounce back from Thanksgiving | 

After Turkey Day, I was feeling a bit sluggish and was eager to try this recipe with simple, fresh ingredients. Nothing cures the bloated belly better than a plate full of fresh veggies. But this doctored-up version is mixed with fresh pressed garlic, parmesan, basil and Italian parsley. It’s simply divine and roasted beautifully in the oven.

You can find the recipe here from Well Plated.

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Veggie bake | DownHomeDamsel.com

 

| Making my apartment festive for the holidays |

After Thanksgiving weekend, my mom sent me home with a big box of ornaments, a manger scene and a 6-inch lit Christmas tree (Alberta Spruce, to be specific. And very fake! haha)

I decorated my apartment earlier this week and man, does it feel like winter wonderland!

My mom has been buying a few ornaments at a time over the years and gradually adding to the manger scene until I had the complete set. And it was sure worth it because everything looks wonderful! I’m so thankful I had Christmas decorations to fill my apartment with on my first Christmas month alone!

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| Favorite new side dish |

OK, I’ll admit, I get super giddy when I go into specialty grocery stores like Whole Foods and Fresh Market. Everything just smells so good and the produce looks like magical veggie land. Needless to say, I go nuts in there, like a kid in a candy store. And while in Fresh Market, I ooed and ahhed over the WHITE asparagus. I haven’t seen this kind of asparagus where I live in Mississippi, so I was thrilled to take some home for my next side dish.

I steamed the asparagus in a skillet with some yummy lemon herb aioli (from Fresh Market too) and some fresh parsley. White asparagus has a milder flavor than regular asparagus so it’s essential that you doctor it up with some savory sauce. And yes, I felt like a true chef! Haha, imagine that.

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White asparagus with lemon herb aioli | DownHomeDamsel.com

 

 

| What made me laugh this week | 

My vice is late-night snacking and so this is my case for why I crave all things salty and sweet during the wee hours of the night!

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| Lunch power meal |

Some days before work, I need something warm and hearty to get me through the day. So sometimes I eat breakfast a second time for the day. Here I made brown sugar oatmeal with bananas, dried cranberries, chocolate chips and chia seeds and a whole wheat English muffin with almond butter. I have dubbed it one of my “power” meals when I’m feeling tired and need a natural boost.

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“Power” oatmeal with English muffin & almond butter

What were your favorite things this week? Thanks for reading everyone!

XO—Kathryn

 


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