Good morning and Happy Friday!
First things first… did anyone else watch Scandal last night?
Um… (insert face with open mouth emoji here). The suspense and thrill I loved from the first season that got me hooked is back, baby!
I apologize for getting this week’s Friday Favorites up later than sunrise today. While I usually prep a good portion of this post on Thursday nights, I got completely sucked into last night’s episode of Scandal. I literally couldn’t turn my head away from the television. It happens.
Anyways, before I start rambling, let’s dive right into this week’s edition of #FFavorites! This is the part of the week I take a look back to share new product finds, funny or informative articles, and just some things that made me smile. If you are a blogger, make sure to look for the blue Inlinkz button at the bottom and link up your own #FFavorites posts too!
Since I traveled this week, the entirety of this list happened in Florida. Here we go!
Friday Favorites #83: Week of 4/3
• Utz Natural Gourmet Chips
I absolutely love kettle cooked potato chips. They are one of my biggest weaknesses, so when I see a chance to scoop up a better-for-you version, I take it.
I found this bag of Utz Natural Gourmet Medley Kettle Cooked potato chips at a gas station and saved them to enjoy on my plane ride home. They were so good! I loved the variety of potatoes used, and I can embarrassingly recall myself pouting when the bag ran out. I think that’s a sign that future purchases need to happen.
• cooking tofu at home & fruit on salads
My mom called me the day before I arrived home to ask if I would like some kind of tofu and vegetable scramble for dinner when I got there. Sure! I was there when she cooked it, and it reminded me that I need to get more adventurous with cooking tofu in my own kitchen.
Tofu, mushrooms, radishes, bok choy, carrots, water chestnuts, and won tons
I really like tofu. Scott, however, isn’t a fan. I’m hoping I can eventually get him to not only eat it, but love it too. A scramble like this might be a great place to start. Only time will tell!
We also made a fantastic fruit salad over fresh organic romaine lettuce straight from my grandmother’s garden.
I believe we used a pear, apple, strawberries, avocado, and gorgonzola cheese drizzled in flavored citrus oil and vinegar. It was the perfect salad to welcome me into the Spring Florida sunshine. I definitely need to recreate that too!
Oh my gosh. Chick-fil-A!
Any Southerner turned Northerner without one nearby will feel me on this one.
Chick-fil-A chicken sandwich (split) on a wheat bun with a Grilled Market Salad and waffle fries.
There’s just something about those Chick-fil-A chicken sandwiches that make them incredibly tasty and crave-worthy. Knowing I miss them, my mom suggested we stop in a location on our drive up to Jacksonville on Tuesday, and we split a sandwich with a salad for lunch. I couldn’t argue with that!
While I am not a fan of the majority of fast-food restaurants, Chick-fil-A is just… different. Since we don’t have a restaurant (outside of inside a college campus cafeteria) near us, Scott and I crave their food on a regular basis. Any time we go down South, a trip to this chain is bound to happen!
• an amazing tribute and memorial
While the reason for my quick trip down to Florida wasn’t ideal, I am so very happy I got the opportunity to go. I booked a last minute ticket to attend the funeral for my grandfather, and it was a beautiful service last Tuesday afternoon.
Beyond getting my own personal closure of his passing, it was neat for me to hear stories and conversations about him from the preacher and loved ones who attended. You wouldn’t have known it by talking to him, but my granddaddy was a humbly decorated WWII veteran. He returned to Jacksonville and served as a police officer for the City for eight years, and then transferred to the fire department. After retirement, he worked for the Federal Protective Service until he retired there in 1974!
My granddaddy was always a hero in my eyes, but I had no idea how much he was a true hero to others until I started asking more about his past over the last couple of years.
Members of the marine corps stood at his service, and he took one last ride in a firetruck as he made his way to the gardens. It was all so cool to see.
Sad, of course, but so very cool.
After the service, our family invited guests down the street for an ice cream social in his honor. He loved his ice cream.
Once again, the reason for our gathering wasn’t the best, but we all couldn’t help but to smile while sharing stories we have with or about our dear Rudy. I’m so glad I was able to be there!
• angel bracelet
My aunt found these angels at a bead store back in 2010, shortly after my Nana passed away. She gifted them to my mom, and she had them made into a bracelet. I asked to borrow it to wear on Tuesday. It just felt appropriate.
I have a feeling you can find similar beads at local bead shops too. It may sound silly, but I felt a little more comforted every time I looked down at it that day. <3
• time with family
You all knew this one was coming. It was so great to be able to see and spend even a short amount of time with my family.
I can’t believe how tall my niece, Kayla (now turning 14), is! I swear she was just a newborn yesterday. Time really does fly!
• time on the beach
Speaking of time, I thoroughly enjoyed every moment I spent near the beach this week.
My aunt and her family lives minutes from Jacksonville Beach, so I obviously had to take advantage of that.
I may not be moving back, but I will be visiting again as much as I can in the future.
• The Fresh Market
We stopped by The Fresh Market on our way back into Orlando, and I couldn’t help but to swoon and sigh a little.
This grocery store brings me so much happiness. It’s kind of ridiculous.
Once again, we don’t have a location near us in Michigan, so it’s a treat any time I get to visit a store when I travel. Back in my Orlando days, I used to frequent this market anywhere from once to three times a week! It’s a tad pricey, but it’s the best.
They have a great selection of fresh produce, meats, and sides that would quickly give me inspiration for dinners. If you are lucky enough to live by a Fresh Market, please enjoy it for me.
• favorite LIL posts
• Friday funnies
Ending this post with a humorous tribute to being from the South just seems right…
» The 17 Best Things About Being From the South via Cosmopolitan
» 22 Words That Have A Totally Different Meaning In The South via Buzzfeed
Haha, yes!! To all of it.
And now y’all know why I drop the g from time to time. It’s a Southern Thin’.
Have a great weekend!