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Tuesday Things & Sorry for Being MIA

Tuesday ThingsMegan WhitsonComment

Hello! Whew…I took an unintentional week off from blogging when I decided to battle some weird bug for almost all of last week and then spiked a crazy fever on Friday - so I decided to just lay low and recover for the rest of the weekend. I was feeling a lot better by Sunday but still didn’t want to over do it so I mostly stayed inside and did some reading, meal prepping and general relaxing. I’m finally feeling almost back to 100%. THANK GOD. Being sick is the worst…especially when you’re far away from your mama ;) and it’s cold outside!

Anyway, how goes it? Are you guys on the East Coast surviving the winter storm that came through this weekend? It’s so crazy how different parts of the country react to snow…we got 4-5” in SLC last weekend and it didn’t phase anyone a damn bit - that would SHUT DOWN Charleston for a week haha.

I’ll keep plugging away at gift guides and finishing up the Colorado recap but for now…Tuesday Things - super random version…

1. One of the “pros” of being cooped up in the house for most of the weekend is that I got to try several awesome new-to-me recipes :) I made these skinny banana bread muffins (I also added in some ripe avocado that I had!) and they are DELICIOUS…you get just the right amount of sweetness. I’m enjoying them with my morning coffee all week <3

GLORIOUS…highly recommend this recipe AND adding in a bit of avocado - which practically makes it a salad :)

GLORIOUS…highly recommend this recipe AND adding in a bit of avocado - which practically makes it a salad :)

2. Brace yourselves…this chili definitely lived up to the blog world hype! :) Crafted by the lovely Taralynn (who writes one of my favorite lifestyle blogs - check her out) - I mostly stuck to the recipe but added in some jalapeños, roasted the sweet potatoes in chili lime seasoning from TJ’s and added in black beans as well. I also sautéed all the veggies and turkey on the stove top and transferred everything to the crockpot to meld into chili-goodness together. If you’re looking for a new chili recipe, please give this one a try — and let me know what you think!

3. Okay…last recipe y’all. Sorry but I found some amazing ones this weekend and I just have to share :) Sara (my PT school friend and current roomie) and I whipped up some super yummy, SUPER easy pumpkin baked oatmeal from Kath at Kerf (another favorite food and lifestyle blog). I’ve been following her blog for 8ish years and I’ve never tried one of her recipes that I didn’t like :) She also recently shared a variation of this baked oatmeal with eggnog spices…I might have to try that one next!

4. I promise no more recipes…but I am going to share one more food find with you. If you are ever in SLC, you must must must try The Pie Pizzeria (they have several SLC locations). I consider myself a bit of a pizza connoisseur/snob ;) … and this pizza blew my mind. It was SO good. It had a medium thickness crust (which I’m not usually a fan of) but they crushed it. Sara and I ordered takeout pizza from here on Sunday night and we will most definitely be back! The service was also great and the employees were really friendly and joked around with us while we were picking up our order.

We split the Holy Shiitake Pie (Basil Pesto Sauce, Oven Roasted Chicken Breast, Fresh Shiitake and Champignon Mushrooms, Sicilian Spiced Tomatoes, Whole Roasted Garlic Cloves, Mozzarella Cheese and finished with a light drizzle of Truffle Oil), the Wise Guy Pie (hand tossed dough layered with a creamy mixture of whipped Cream Cheese, Fresh Spinach leaves, Artichoke Hearts, Chicken Breast, Mozzarella Cheese and a touch of tangy Marinara - Baked and topped with diced Tomatoes, fresh-cut Basil and a drizzle of sweet Balsamic reduction) and a chicken caesar salad. Um this was mouth orgasm worthy y’all. In fact maybe you should visit SLC just for this pizza ;)

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5. And to finish off my recipes and food talk, it’s only appropriate to throw out a beer recommendation (I mean duh. Are you surprised? No? Exactly.) I’ve had a few of Deschutes beers now and they’ve all been homeruns so far. Not sure why I’ve never had them until SLC…maybe they don’t distribute in the Carolina’s. Anyway, their Jubelale is my new favorite winter ale. I only bought one but I will definitely be grabbing a 6-pack the next time I’m at the liquor store … don’t get me started on Utah’s weird beer laws/only selling wine and beer over 4% in liquor stores/etc. *insert eye roll* ^^^See pic above for da cool bottle^^^

6. Let’s talk NYE plans…what are you doing?? I’m headed to Denver for a 3 night show run with my lover (Will) and my best lady (Dana) and I cannot wait! I’ve always wanted to be at a show on NYE and I’ll finally have my chance to be with 2 of my favorite people in one of my favorite cities <3 I’ll be seeing String Cheese Incident on 12/29 and 12/31 and STS9 on 12/30…it is going to be an epic 3 days of music y'all :)

7. I’m thinking of purchasing this cool neck “pillow” for my upcoming travels. The reviews are awesome and I like that it is so much more compact than a regular neck pillow. I’ll let you know if I pull the trigger and purchase it :)

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8. If you haven’t heard about it - please check out the Humane Society’s 13 Days of Giving <— this is the link for Utah but I think they are doing it nationwide. SUCH a cool way to give back this holiday season <3 I’m going to make a Costco run this weekend and then take supplies to our local Humane Society here in SLC…and of course, I’ll spend another hour ogling over all the sweet dogs and cats. I miss having a dog SOOO much. Evidence of cute (but pure hellion) dog below: Daisy is my sister’s pup but I feel like she’s halfway mine too since Kels and I lived together for so long. I miss her so much!

PS - Daisy has excellent taste in both music and brews ;)

9. And my MOST FAVORITE Tuesday Thing is…Daisy’s mama (aka my “baby” sister!) will be here in less than 48 hours!!! I cannot wait for a sister reunion and I can’t wait to show Kels all the reasons that I am already in love with Utah. My sister is truly one of my best friends and living in opposite parts of the country from one another has been a huge adjustment (we lived together for 2.5 years in Charleston). She has had my back through literally everything in life - she is my ride or die, my constant … … … can.not.wait. PS - she is literally the cutest, most gorgeous human being on the planet.

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That’s it friends…super random. Sorry again for ghosting - but I am on the mend and working on content all this week!

QUESTIONS…

What are YOU doing for New Years??

What are your travel must-haves?

What recipe have you tried and loved recently?

Happy Tuesday dears. Big Love & Pura Vida <3

Happy Friday & Fave Podcasts/Driving Tunes

Happy FridayMegan WhitsonComment

FRIYAY!!! Happy Friday friends! This week flew by for me and I’m so excited to be one step closer to Salt Lake City and my inpatient neuro rehab rotation *insert nerdy glasses smiley emoji*

Since I am forever and always on the road for 3-5 hours at a time (especially on Friday afternoons), I thought I would share some of my recent favorite podcasts and road tunes. I would LOVE any of your recommendations of podcasts, music or books-on-tape to check out! Will and I are going to be spending quite a lot of time in the car when we head for SLC.

Bay Street, Beaufort, South Carolina

Bay Street, Beaufort, South Carolina

Joe Rogan Podcast: It took awhile for Joe Rogan to grow on me and I still tend to “cherry pick” through his podcasts but I can officially say that I am now a BIG Rogan fan. He is a great interviewer and I love the variety of guests and topics he covers. A few of my recent faves are Dr. Rhonda Patrick and Alex Honnold <—Alex’s just came out yesterday and it is AWESOME. Alex has always been one of my favorite climbers (I’ve been following him for over 10 years) and he recently free soloed El Cap in Yosemite; he has a new movie out about it called Free Solo. I’m hoping to see it soon! Alex is a chill, down to earth guy and his passion for climbing is infectious :)

Forever 35: This has been a fave for awhile now; Kate & Doree describe themselves as “two friends who love to talk about serums,” but they are MUCH more than that. They are funny, relatable and incredibly endearing. You feel like you’re sitting with 2 of your favorite girlfriends sharing a bottle of wine and enjoying real conversation. I’ve also loved every one of their guests. My recent favorite is their episode with Jessica Hopper. This chick is BADASS you guys. She is a music critic and writer. Her interview is real and raw but also filled with light and power. All my lady friends - check this out. ALSO, please check out her new book: Night Moves … I’ve already ordered it :)

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Dr. Death: O.M.G. you guys, this series was SO good and also terrifying. This is a 6-part series covering what happens when our healthcare system fails at “do no harm.” Dr. Death, aka Dr. Christopher Duntch, was a neurosurgeon in Texas who operated on and seriously maimed more than 30 patients. He left several severely paralyzed and two patients died as a direct result of him. This is true crime meets medical thriller and will grip you from episode one.

I could go on all day about podcasts but I’ll just start with those three :) Recently, I’ve been listening to my Sunny Summer Jams playlist on Spotify…I know, it’s not summer anymore but they are feel good tunes and I needed some of that this week. Give it a listen if you’re looking for some good driving music!

Questions…

Please share any music, podcast or books-on-tape recommendations :)

What are your weekend plans?

We are going on a “surprise” date night, packing for SLC and hopefully fitting in some apple picking!

Do you prefer wine, beer or a cocktail for Friday happy hour?

I rarely have liquor but I will never turn down a glass of wine or craft beer. I’m thinking tonight will be a red wine night though <3

Wren Bistro &amp; Bar, Beaufort, SC

Wren Bistro & Bar, Beaufort, SC

As always, thank you for reading. I’m hoping to get more consistent with my posting as I get used to this platform and develop more content. I’ve got a Fall Fashion Favorites post coming up early next week - featuring some of my favorite bloggers :)

Have a wonderful weekend loves <3