November 2016 Favorites

I thought it would be fun if I took a moment each month to let you know what things are currently striking my fancy, so here goes the November installment! Current favorites:

Book: I'm ever-so-slowly going through Akin to Anne by L.M. Montgomery, which is filled 6224501with short, sweet stories about characters finding long-lost relatives and encountering charming little challenges they overcome every time. It's adorable and a great filler for short periods of waiting or for a before-bed read to end the day on a positive note.

Verse: "For the Lord your God is living among you. He is a mighty savior. He will take delight in you with gladness. With his love, he will calm all your fears. He will rejoice over you with joyful songs." -Zephaniah 3:17. No matter how I measure up to my own or this world's standards, God loves me just the way I am. Further, He actually rejoices over me -- and over you -- with singing. How crazy and amazing is that?!

Food: I made a really good jasmine coconut rice bowl with roasted veggies, curried avocado spread, pecans, and pomegranate arils a couple weeks ago. Yum! It was one of fullsizerender those meals that made me look forward to eating leftovers. And it made my kitchen smell good every time I heated it up, which is always a plus. I also made some really tasty maple pumpkin muffins that I've been enjoying for breakfast lately.

YouTube Clip: This is why you shouldn't cut your own hair. Let it be a PSA for the rest of us.

Website: She of Noble Character is a new endeavor started by my good friend Cambria. She's using it as a way to share Scripture and encouragement with other women. And there's a fabulous line of jewelry, too! I like seeing her posts on social media, and I've already gotten a couple of her necklaces as gifts.

Memory from this month: I just got back from a mini reunion with some of my college roommates. We drove out to the middle of nowhere in Wisconsin for a weekend together, and it was a blast! We ate until we were completely stuffed, toured the town square, bought some cheese, played hours of card games, FaceTimed the girls who couldn't make it, made homemade pizza, and celebrated a couple birthdays. I'm so blessed to count these wonderful women as my fullsizerender-1friends, and while I certainly miss living with them, it was really good to reconnect, and we can't wait for our big reunion in December!

Looking forward to this month: I volunteered to host Thanksgiving this year with my sister at our new townhouse. I'm a little nervous about it, but I cooked a turkey last December, so it can't be that hard, right? I really am looking forward to getting the family together over some good food! And, of course, our family tradition of Black Friday shopping with our cousins. And Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life comes out on Netflix!

Now it's your turn. What are some of your favorite things? I'd love to hear them!


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