Is it just me, or does it feel like it’s been a minute?

Food Blogger Erin Clarke of Well Plated by Erin - Wholesome, healthy recipes

Home in my kitchen, gearing up to shoot seven consecutive recipe videos.

How’s your January? Did you make any resolutions, and if yes, how are they going? I skipped the resolutions in favor of these four intentions, and it’s been a much more successful approach so far. This Bedtime Golden Milk is helping me sleep, and I’ve already hit this month’s goal of making a recipe from one of my cookbooks (tasty details below).

The past few days have been a nonstop, fun mix of time with family and friends. On the fam front, Ben’s sister, who is a chef in Boise, is in town visiting, which means we have all been eating exceptionally well. My gal pals and I have returned to our monthly book (wine?) club antics, and Ben and I hosted dinner for eight on Saturday night.

Now that I’m back in my solo routine at home with the pup, it feels a little quiet, though not unwelcomely so.

I’ve also been saving up my latest, greatest finds to share with you! Read on for a peek at what’s up next on the blog, the purse that might finally be the perfect size, and the BEST EVER dry shampoo (and it costs less than $5!). You know, the essentials.

Most popular recipe on my site right now: Crockpot White Chicken Chili. Cozy vibes only.

Upcoming recipe I’m most excited to share: The most epic homemade BBQ sauce (ready in 15 minutes and coming this week).

I’m an aunt twice over! My sister just had her second daughter, Caroline Grace. Mom and baby are healthy, and Caroline is just the CUTEST. Not that I am biased...

Reading: A Man Called Ove, which is delightful in every way. I also started Lilac Girls for book club. It’s gotten a bit difficult/emotional, but if you love World War II or historical fiction, it’s certainly worth a read.

Cookbook recipes I made this month: The Maple Whiskey Sours from Small Victoriesand Slow Roasted Salmon from Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat. Both were outstanding.One of my goals for this year is to cook at least one new recipe from one of my cookbooks every month. Since I did two this month already, I deserve a second Maple Whiskey Sour, yes?

On-screen inspiration: The best (free!) desktop wallpapers for the new year.

FOUND IT: The best dry shampoo under $5. As a working-from-home lady who despises blow-drying her hair, I have tried dozens of brands, and it’s by far my favorite to date. (This one is probably the absolute best ever but for a much higher price tag.)

This purse might actually be the perfect size: Not too big, not too small, and I love both colors.

127 Actually Amazing Facts: I definitely learned a few things!

Because I really did need another big, comfy t-shirt: Loving this easy striped tee. Plan is to pair it with the cute black vest my sisters got me for Christmas (which is on final sale! This one is similar and in stock and this brand is great if you love serious cold-weather gear.)

One of my biggest inspirations: Loved seeing this article about Deb in the New Yorker.

I want to cuddle: With this fuzzy pullover.

A new way to cut a pomegranate: This nifty method looks much more effective (and less likely to stain my shirt) that my usual “slice in half and whack the back” method.

For my fellow map lovers: These 12 maps are fresh, unexpected ways to view the world.

Dog drama: Teddy, my typically relaxed to the point of lethargy beagle mix, has decided he is terrified of our main floor. He wanders around barking at the air, to the extent that I’m beginning to wonder if he can see something I can’t. I asked about this on my Instagram stories, and a few of you had great suggestions (thanks!). I just ordered this pet stress reliever and am hoping it helps. I hear it’s great for dogs who get nervous during thunderstorms too.

I hope you enjoy these finds as much as I did. Any recent favorites of your own? I always love hearing from you. Leave a note in the comments section below! xo

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  1. You’re right that Lilac Girls is difficult and emotional, but it was so worth it. I didn’t know until I got to the end that the characters were based on real people, which packed an extra punch. I will definitely try the dry shampoo, always on the lookout for an alternative to Living Proof.

  2. My book club also read Lilac Girls and loved it. We gravitate to the WWII stuff – a good follow-up that is light-hearted and PERFECT for book clubs is The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer. It is so lovely and heart-warming. I was skeptical I’d like it, and so wrong. We frequently talk about this book when we meet for book club, and read it over a year ago. It left a lasting impression with all of us.

  3. I love those maps! They’re quite interesting. I love that striped top and vest combo! I found a retro pair of cat eye sunglasses on Amazon that I’m loving!

  4. Happy New Year. The two books you mentioned were great. Make sure you watch the movie ‘A Man called Ove’. It is as good as the book. 

  5. I loved reading the 127 Amazing Facts. I sent the link to my family. I signed up for the website’s email alerts. Thanks for the great find!

    1. Kelli, THANK YOU! I can’t say enough how much I appreciate your sharing with your family and am so happy you signed up. Have a great day!!

  6. Thank you for posting the New Yorker article on Deb. I am a huge fan and had not seen it. We saw her at the 92nd Street Y in NYC,  an amazing night. 

  7. I too make it a point to try recipes from my cookbooks at least once every 2 weeks…and I have alot of them! My husband is the world’s greatest guinea pig and likes trying new things. There have been some duds but how do you know unless you try them? I do have to say that every single one of Ina’s has been really good. I have 5 of her cookbooks and keep track of all the recipes we’ve had…like I said previously, I’m a list maker.
    We’re on a short trip this week so didn’t have time to read the 127 things on that list – will do it when we get home. Enjoy the rest of your week.

  8. Dry shampoo saved my life. Maybe not literally, but I can’t stand washing my hair. I know, that sounds gross, but whatever. Dry shampoo is a lifesaver! LOL!

  9. As a map lover (and music lover) I recommend you check out It’s an interactive map where you can click on locations and choose a time period and it will play popular music from that place during your selected time! Very cool! I just found your blog and loving it so far!