A Few of My Favorite Things {in September}

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I am SO bad about starting a new series on my blogs and then letting them wither and die in their little internet corners! But I do love the idea of a My Favorite Things series, mostly because I read them on other blogs and often find new things that I end up loving. So after a few months hiatus, it’s back!

In my last post, I wrote about how much I was loving my pour over coffee method. The key to a good pour over coffee, besides getting your technique down, is starting with really good quality coffee. A few weeks ago I got a delivery from Craft Coffee. After answering a few questions about your coffee preferences, they send you samplings of coffees that match your profile. All the coffees are hand-roasted by independent coffee roasters from a variety of small American businesses. The beans are fresh roasted for your order. It’s the freshest coffee I’ve ever had, and every variety I’ve tried is delicious. This one is my favorite so far:

Craft Coffee

A subscription would make a great gift for that hard-to-buy for person who loves coffee, but has already received every iteration of Starbucks gift card from you for every birthday and holiday (and if you use the code c6z-tyx you’ll get 15% off).

I tend to stay away from natural peanut butters. Other than Sunbutter (which I tolerate and Eli loves more than actual peanut butter), I only eat Jif. It’s what I grew up eating and it’s what tastes good to me. And then I spied this:

B. Happy Peanut Butter

B. Happy “Don’t Worry” peanut butter, made with coconut, almonds, and dark chocolate. I can. not. stop. eating it. Like, it’s going to turn into a problem. A very delicious problem.

Moving away from food you eat to food you read about … Jenny Rosenstrach, the voice behind one of my favorite cooking blogs, has a new book out.

Family dinners at home are so important to me, and over the years I’ve gotten meal planning down to a science. That doesn’t mean I don’t need inspiration to stay on track, though. In Dinner: The Playbook, Jenny gives you the down low on how to master the art of the family meal. Even if you walk through the valley of  small children and picky eaters, you will fear dinner no more. This book and its words will comfort you.

Finally, these shoes, man. I bought them in black for our trip to Spain. I wanted something comfortable but cute. I cringed a little at the price, but I’ve gotten every penny’s worth out of them. They look cute with everything – shorts, dresses, jeans, yoga pants – and feel like slippers (Although I must warn you – I had one awful day in Philly breaking them in. After that they were amazing. I find they run true to size, maybe even on the large size. I typically wear a 7 or 7 1/2 and ordered these in a 7).  I wore them all summer, and now they’re taking me into fall. Plus, it makes me happy looking down at them and knowing these shoes have walked cathedrals, castles … and Target.

What are some of your favorite things right now?

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