Thursday Thoughts V. 5.

Happy Thursday! 

I’ve been on a suedo-spring break this week, although it feels like it’s way to early in the year for anything named ‘spring.’ 

I was able to attend a book signing at Forever Books on Tuesday, for a book from my 2019 Reading List Having never been to a book signing before, I was a bit in the dark as to what was going to take place.  My mom and I made a girls night out of it, starting with a great dinner at Ryebelles and then heading over to the bookstore.  The book signing itself started out with drinks and appetizers and the crowd mingled a bit, then the author introduced herself and read an excerpt from the novel, and then we did a bit of a Q&A session.  Afterwards, we were able to meet her and chat for a bit while she signed our books.  I was majorly ‘fangirling!’

Last weekend, we spent a couple days in South Haven to celebrate my younger brothers 23rd birthday.  I cannot believe he is that old already!  We went to Oddside Ales after dinner, and we discovered that my mom is really good at playing darts.  And that I am not good at all. 

Currently Reading:

  • The Clockmaker’s Daughter
  • Girl, Wash your Face
  • The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls on deck

Thursday Thoughts V. 4.

Photography by Allyson Regan

This winter weather is just not letting up! But I’m almost okay with it. I love snow and I look forward to winter all year long. Even with the bitter cold, power outages, and ice storms, I still stare in awe when that perfect snow fall takes place. Almost like its in slow motion, especially in the early morning hours. Plus, I’m obsessed with this hot chocolate recipe from Robyn Holland. So cozy!

Has anyone else discovered Schitt’s Creek? I just started watching this show a week or two ago and it’s so funny! I’m also embarrassed to admit this, but I’ve been addicted to watching the Masked Singer. I watch it seriously every week. And even though Neil Patrick Harris tweeted that he isn’t the peacock, I don’t believe him. It has to be him! Feel free to share your guesses in the comments! Also, if you’re looking for something to watch on WZZM this Sunday before the Oscars, check out the last episode with Cooking with Angus Here! I’ll be posting a behind the scenes blog post next week!

In other news, Ally and I had a great shoot on Monday and I can’t wait to share three new recipe with you all! I want to be very intentional about the accuracy of the recipes I post on here because I want you to be able to easily make them and enjoy them at home. There’s nothing more irritating than finding a gorgeous picture of a new recipe online, scrolling through a story about someone’s dog, just to find out that their recipe doesn’t even work out. Also, if you ever try my recipe and find an issue, please let me know! I test these recipes multiple times, but details can slip through the cracks.

Do you ever feel like something good is about to happen? I just have this feeling that the future is holding an exciting opportunity for me and I can’t wait! I’ve been feeling stuck for the past couple months and hopefully I can now break out of this rut. So here’s to looking for the good everyday and to new opportunities!

Thursday Thoughts V. 3.

Photography by Allyson Regan

Happy Valentine’s Day lovely readers! I hope that your snowy Thursday is filled with love, laughter, and hopefully not too many sweets. Isn’t it crazy how many treats just pop up on holidays like today? If you find yourself craving some amazing cookies though, try making these beauties today for your Valentine! I don’t usually get really into Valentine’s Day, mostly because I like to love on my husband and family/friends year round, but I’m definitely into the whole Leslie Knope-Galentine’s-making it a holiday-type of thing that happening on social media. Yay women lifting up other women!

So I’ve been started training recently for a 5k run. Last year, my husband, mom and dad, sister and brother in law all ran in the Irish Jig 5k and we had a blast! But after the run, I really struggled to stay motivated to actually get my butt to the gym and run. So I’ve come to the conclusion that I need to just keep signing up for races to keep myself motivated. And this works perfectly for one of my resolutions this year, to run a 10k, which I’ve never done before. Also, one of my life goals is to run a marathon but that feels way too crazy for 2019. Maybe 2020. Anyways, we are all running in the Irish Jig this year and I can’t wait! It’s seriously so fun and there’s so many people that run in it. You should totally sign up too! Yay free shirts!

Our second winter storm has hit good old Grand Rapids. Hopefully we won’t lose power this time! It’s supposed to warm up today to almost 40 and then drop below freezing so we might be seeing some more awesome ice photos from around Michigan. I’m looking forward to staying inside with my fuzzy slippers and playing Sushi-Go with my husband until the storm passes. If you haven’t played this game yet, seriously go get it. It’s so fun!

I’ve been really into podcasts recently (I forget now if I brought this up last week…) but I would love to hear what your favorite podcasts are! Please comment below because I would love to check them out. I also always am on the lookout for new books to read, but my stack is growing taller everyday so those might just get plugged into my amazon wish list. Speaking of books, be on the lookout for a book review for the Bee Keeper’s Lament in the next couple of days! I hope your day is filled with love!

Thursday Thoughts V. 2.

Photography by Allyson Regan

We made it! Made it through January that is. While it’s still cold outside, we did get a little taste of spring in the last week. The temperatures actually almost reached the 50s! The sun was shining, I got to run outside on dry pavement, snow was melting, I considered bathing suit shopping, grass was visible, and I think I even heard birds chirping. And then it dipped below freezing and everything froze, like mid melt frozen. Currently, everything is covered in a thin layer of ice, which, while it’s incredibly gorgeous, it’s a bit of a pain. Also, our power is out and it looks like it won’t be on again until Sunday.

This crazy weather is pushing me inside and I’ve been really trying to avoid getting sick this past week. It seems like everyone at work is coming down with some kind of sickness and I’m not about that life. I absolutely hate being sick. I have some tried and true tricks that help me personally avoid getting sick. I try to drink tea, especially echinacea tea, which helps to naturally boost your immune system. They also make echinacea supplement pills but I hate the flavor of those and its quite a big pill to swallow. I also try to make sure I get as much sleep as I possibly can. Naps on repeat. Adding in nutrient packed juices is something I’ve recently started trying out and it’s worked so far. Every time I got sick growing up, my parents insisted it was due to a lack of regular exercise. My parents are big believers in sweating out a cold or sickness. So sticking to a workout regime is something I want to do in the new year to help out my immune system and to feel healthier all around.

I’m almost done with Michelle Obama’s book, Becomingand I can’t wait to share how much I love it! So so good!

Thursday Thoughts V.1.

Photography by Allyson Regan

Hello! And welcome to the brand new-est page on the Nutmeg Blog! I’m super excited about this part of the site! I’ve been wanting to have a section where I can just ramble and share tidbits without always attaching a recipe. Also, I don’t know about you, but I hate having to scroll through a story about someone’s dog just to get to the actual recipe on a blog. I really prefer to preface a recipe with information about how I came up with the recipe or interesting information about the ingredients or the recipe. So, the thought behind this page is to create a lifestyle/online journal mostly for myself, but also for you if you want to read about it! I plan on sharing things that are happening in my life, as well as health and wellness tips, crafts, life hacks, or really anything that pops into my head! Every Thursday, I’m going to share a little update as well as cool things I’ve seen on the interwebs and things I’m really into right now, called Thursday Thoughts. I’m also going to share articles, posts, or whatever you want to call it about different topics sporadically. If there’s something specific that you’d like me to discuss, feel free to leave a comment below!

My gorgeous sister, Allyson Regan, took a few headshots of me specifically for this new section. I have to admit that I was super nervous to be the focus instead of my food. It’s been a rough year and my confidence has been lacking. But Ally was great at capturing my personality and I’m so excited to share these photos! If you want to get out of your comfort zone, I highly recommend getting some photos of just yourself taken. Check out her website here!

If you live nowhere near the Midwest, congrats, you’ve made an excellent life decision. The last couple days have been brutally cold with sub-zero temperatures. I went to work two out of the past three days and each time I’ve been out on the roads, my 30 minute commute has taken over 90 minutes. They even closed the highways on Tuesday due to two different pile-ups. Even just looking out my window, I could barely see the woods across the street! Yesterday, I was home and got a lot of stuff done around the house and even tested a few recipes. I also listened to Rachel Hollis’ podcast called Rise and if you haven’t heard of her, climb out from under your rock and prepare for your life to be changed. Seriously. I’ve been listening for the past month and I started from the very beginning with the first episode. I like to listen to it on my way into work and it’s just so inspiring and motivational. She usually interviews women in business who have done incredible things with their lives and the advice that comes out of those interviews is so valuable. Her book, Girl Wash Your Face, is coming up in my book list and I can’t wait to read it! Seriously, check her out.

Well that’s it for now! If you’re new to my little corner of the internet, feel free to pop on over to the About page to learn more!