Worthy of the Week

Worthy of the Week

Worthy of the Week

Book of the Week

I finally finished The Fever, which had so much potential and a real opportunity for some girl power, but ultimately had such a cliche and borderline insulting ending that I’m kind of sorry I wasted my time. The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake, on the other hand, is just charming and sad and wonderful. I’m not typically a fan of magic realism, but everything about this book kept me reading all night. Fair warning, there’s lots of dialogue but not a single quotation mark in the entire book. It’s confusing at first, but you get over it after a few pages and settle into the cadence.

What are you reading this week?

P.S. There’s a new Kindle out and I couldn’t resist placing my pre-order. It’s everything I love about the Paperwhite, but you don’t have to tap the screen to turn pages anymore.

Dinner with PlateJoy

I enjoyed a week’s worth of food courtesy of PlateJoy. Affiliate links are used below — sign up for PlateJoy and we each get a $20 credit! All opinions are my own.

I am not one to perpetuate busy (we’re all busy, we just have different priorities), but the past few weeks have been non-stop. To the point where I haven’t been able to make it to the grocery store. And sushi delivery knows I like extra spicy mayo with my tuna rolls. So when PlateJoy offered me a week of healthy, fresh, and ready to prepare meals, I answered with my stomach.

If you’re unfamiliar, PlateJoy is a grocery service that delivers fresh ingredients for healthy, homemade meals made in 30 minutes or less. They have partnered with Whole Foods and will deliver to your home or office. To order, just visit www.platejoy.com, customize your meal preferences, select the meals you want to eat based on that week’s menu, and pick your delivery date.

The delightful Marilyn was my grocery shopper. She called from the grocery to okay a substitution (white instead of whole wheat pitas), wore the most fabulous green octagon sunglasses, and brought me flowers. She’s pretty much the best.

For my meals, I picked three new-to-me dishes that were all quite tasty.

PlateJoy Mediterranean Artichoke and Feta Pita Pizza

The Mediterranean artichoke and feta pita pizza was ready in under 15 minutes, and was easy to pre-prep for lunch the next day. I love that my recipes came with single serving instructions and I ended up getting three meals out of the ingredients.

PlateJoy Fusili with Lemon Pesto and Spinach

The Fusili with lemon pesto and spinach was an unexpected delight. The pesto was made from spinach, sunflower seeds, jalapenos, lemons, and olive oil and was bright and savory at the same time. I have enough of the shelf-stable ingredients on hand to make this recipe several more times.

PlateJoy Vegetarian Pho

I am addicted to phở but have never made it at home before. This vegetarian pho was light and flavorful and and I was especially pleased with how easy it was to whip up on a weeknight.

Other little things I love about PlateJoy:

  • They email and send printed recipe cards, so if you like something, you have all the instructions to make it again in the future.
  • Nutritional information for each meal is available online.
  • They were on time and all ingredients were fresh and perfect.
  • If you need any of the basic ingredients required for a recipe, they’ll pick them up for you at cost. If you need a roll of toilet paper, they’ll pick that up for you, too.
  • Marilyn.

If you’re busy busy busy, need some new recipe ideas, or would rather read a book than go to the grocery, I highly recommend PlateJoy.

Signup now and we’ll both receive a $20 credit!

Nap Time

Two Hour Nap

I am a champion napper. No cat naps or lunchtime siestas over here. If I lay down for a nap, it’s a 2-3 hour time investment. And it’s in your best interest not to wake me up before I hit the two-hour mark. I’m not one of those nappers who can fall asleep anywhere, though. The conditions have to be just right. I need pillows, blankets, air conditioning, and relative darkness.

Given the duration of my perfect nap, you’d think it would hinder my nighttime sleep. Not the case. I can get eight blissful hours of sleep shortly after a nap and I can note a handful of occasions where a late afternoon nap segued into a full night’s sleep. (In fact, on my recent trip to Scottsdale, I laid down at five o’clock thinking I’d go out for a late dinner and ended up ordering room service for breakfast the next morning. Oops.)

The benefits of napping are well documented, and this recent NYT article (which is really about vacations — another passion of mine) has some interesting information in regards to work-rest ratios and productivity. Regardless of the benefits, being a working adult unfortunately prohibits regular napping, but I do take advantage on the weekends and consider a Sunday without a nap to be a wasted opportunity.

Are you a napper? A cat napper or a deep sleeper? What’s your ideal napping environment?

Worthy of the Week

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Worthy of the Week

Book of the Week

You guys. I’ve ditched two more books after giving them 100 pages to get their shit together. This new approach to my reading list is so liberating! Now I See You and I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You were total duds and I don’t feel the least bit guilty returning them to the library the day after picking them up.

What are you reading this week?

Quilted Fashions Under $50

Without realizing it, I have succumb to one of fall’s hottest trends — the quilted look. I bought two jackets and a short sleeve sweater and I can’t wait for the weather to cool off so I can wear them all fall. I love the added texture and weight quilting brings to clothes without all the bulk. Quilting is also synonymous with some pretty upscale brands and the pieces popping up at retailers this fall are doing a darn good job of looking much pricier than they actually are.

Here are a handful of quilted fashions under $50 to add to your fall wardrobe!

Quilted Fashions Under $50{top row}
Asos quilted jacket $47
Mossimo quilted sneakers $25
Tinley Road quilted tee $25

{middle row}
Dorothy Perkins quilted tee $17
Nordstrom quilted bag $25Forever21 quilted sweater $20

{bottom row}
Old Navy quilted dress $37
Athleta quilted baseball cap $25
SimplyBe quilted skirt $48