Feb 10

5 Things I Love

Last week was a long one.


Understatement of the year.

This past weekend I made sure to savour every blissful moment.  I took an extra moment to appreciate new product finds, watch my sister’s music video on repeat, and enjoy dinner at a special restaurant for no particular occasion.

In this month of love, I wanted to share a few apples of my eye with you guys! 

1. Jojoba Oil

It is saving my skin from winter.  My skin is dry in this crazy weather, yet it is also oily in spots and prone to breakouts.  Slathering it with oil was a terrifying thought… but I trusted my sister’s advice and gave it a shot.  Lo and behold, it works!  

I now use Jojoba oil as a nightly moisturizer, along with a bit of tea tree oil on any acne spots.  Both can be found at Whole Foods or most natural food stores.

Jojoba oil


2. Good & Fox

My sister is a rockstar. She introduced me to said oil AND she made a music video out for my favorite Goose & Fox (her band) song:


3. Tasting Menu Dinner

I met a fellow food-loving friend and my mom at one of my favorite restaurants in ATL Saturday night.  Woodfire Grill is often seen as a “special occasion” restaurant, but I see no reason to wait for a birthday to enjoy a good meal.  It’s one of the best restaurants in my city, and easily offer the best service (or server, Danny, was fantastic!).

We ordered the tasting menu with pairings.  It was all glorious, but my highlights were the loaded baked potato ravioli (which says a lot since 99% of the time I hate white potatoes) and the dessert.  That dessert was a flourless dark chocolate cake with graham cracker creme anglaise, graham cracker sugar cookie, and toasted marshmallow ice cream.  I would sell my soul for a pint of that ice cream.

Woodfire Grill ATL


4. Sweet Potato Syrup

I only make sweet potatoes one way.

Easy Baked Sweet Potato
  • Wash the ‘tater
  • Stab it a few times with a fork
  • Wrap it in foil
  • Bake at 400 for about 60 mins, or until it’s soft (~60 will vary depending on size)

baked sweet potato

What results is a perfectly moist sweet potato that is oozing with sweet syrup.

How’s that for a description?


5. Calphalon Grill Pan

I am grateful to have a friend who works for Calphalon.  She gifted me with this schwag last week and I got to use it during my meal prep last night.  It is perfection!

Huge upgrade from the crap-tastic one I ruined from Ikea.

Calphalon grill pan


Check out everyone else’s Marvelous Mondays on Katie’s blog!


This week we are supposed to have another bout with ice and snow.  Yesterday I went running in a tank top.  This is one bi-polar vortex.

What was marvelous about your weekend?

What products have you been loving lately?



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  1. Debbie @ Live from La Quinta

    That loaded baked potato ravioli probably contains nothing I could eat but it sounds delicious.

    1. Laura

      Actually… that make me want to make a vegan version. The ravioli piece would be easy, and you could use Daiya wedges and tempeh bacon!

  2. Christine @ Love, Life, Surf

    I love sweet potato syrup and love that song! And man, this winter has been nuts. We just got more snow. I’m ready for spring!

  3. Lucie@FitSwissChick

    Jojoba oil is great! I normally haven’t any issues with my skin, but in winter?? Terrible. So cool your sister made a music video. I need to watch it as soon as I’m out of the train! :-)

  4. Lauren @ Dash of Soul

    LOVE your sister’s music video! That’s amazing! :)

    1. Laura

      Thank you!!! We are really proud of her. :)

  5. Mitchell

    Only recently did I discover the wonders of baking sweet potato this way! I used to think of SP as kabocha’s less flavourful cousin. I’d cover in olive oil and prepare the same way, but it never had that ‘it’ factor.

    Then I followed a recipe where you bag an egg in the centre of the sweet potato (wrapped in foil). It was a revelation :D

    1. Laura

      Whaaaat?! How do you get the egg on the center of a whole potato? Cut it in half and dig out the center?

      1. Mitchell

        Yeah! You microwave it slightly to soften, scrape out a hole, crack the egg into it and bake it like a boss :D

        1. Laura

          Like a boss is right! I’m doing this as soon as I can dig out of the ice and get to a store. Thank you!!!

          1. Mitchell

            Haha, you’re very welcome :)

  6. Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean

    that grill pan looks amazing!!

  7. Angela @ Happy Fit Mama

    Only way to cook a sweet ‘tator!!! My fav too.

  8. Carla

    um WOW?
    Ill say yer ROCKSTAR SIS and my vitamix!!

  9. Kierston

    That oozy sweet stuff that comes out of a bake sweet potato is one of my fave parts! Yum.

    Very cool about your SIS! Love the tune.

  10. Morganne @ NutButterRunner

    It looks like you had a great weekend!! Much deserved after one long week for sure! Thank you for sharing your sister’s music video – so awesome! Congrats to her!

  11. Alex @ therunwithin

    hmmm I will have to check out that music video, always into new music. I have never done a tasting menu but really want to try a restaurant to do that.

    1. Laura

      I’d love to hear what you think – you always post music idea I love. :)

  12. Jennifer F

    I can’t live without a grill pan!

    1. Laura

      I was hurting after burning my old one!

  13. Shashi @ http://runninsrilankan.com

    No kidding about this bi-polar vortex down here in ATL! I am throwing in my gloves and burying my head in the sand – till Spring at least!
    Someone needs to bottle and market sweet potato syrup – it is so good – specially with some cinnamon :)
    Happy Monday lady!

    1. Laura

      Seriously – can you believe this ice castle today?

  14. Dietitian Jess

    Trying your secret to the perfect sweet potato tonight! And I love tasting menus <3 Can't wait for a fancy hour course v-day dinner Friday :)

    1. Laura

      DId you do it? How was it??? And I can’t wait to read about your V-Day dinner. ;)

      1. Dietitian Jess

        It was amazing! I was literally licking the foil. Weird but true.

  15. Jody - Fit at 56

    I always microwave my potatoes to save time & this makes me long for an oven baked one! :)

    Cookies & coffee were my fave things this weekend! ;)

  16. Heather (Where's the Beach)

    Yay for rockstar sister!!!

  17. Paige @ Your Trainer Paige

    I use jojoba oil every night! – mixed in with some castor oil, for both cleansing and moisturizing. I actually used to use it as a daytime moisturizer, too, but found out I like argan oil a little better during the day – a little lighter.

    1. Laura

      Everoyne in IG was saying castor oil too! I hadn’t heard of that… will check it out, along with the argan. Thanks!

  18. Tara @ Sweat like a Pig

    Um, that food sounds amazing. We are jojoba and tea tree oil twins!

  19. Jessica

    jojoba is the shit. I put it on my face, hands, hair! It’s magic!

  20. She Rocks Fitness

    I’ve cooked sweet potatoes in the slow cooker wrapped in foil and it’s pretty darn fabulous too…Same result as baking them, but you can just leave them in for a few hours and not have to worry about burning the kitchen down. ;) They taste like candy!

    1. Laura

      So…. I don’t have a cooker, but I have been know to turn down the oven and head to the gym for a couple of hours. Don’t tell the HOA. ;)

  21. Lisa

    This sweet potato syrup is kind of blowing my mind. I need to try that out.
    I know everyone is hating this coldness, but I just wish I got one good ol’ fashioned snow day. Seriously, how is it I live in Canada but have had no snow! It’s confusing me;)
    I haven’t tried jojoba oil, but I love putting castor oil on my eyelashes (that sounds weird) but it seriously helps them grow, it’s kind of cool.

    1. Laura

      You have gorgeous eyes, so I’m going to trust you on that one and buy castor oil. As soon as I dig my way out of this ice…

  22. Brittany @ Delights and Delectables

    That’s how I make my sweet potatoes!! Best. ever! I need to check out that oil! My skin has been cracking it is so dry!

    1. Laura

      Let me know if you try it – I was amazed by how well it works!

  23. RavieNomNoms

    Sweet potato syrup?! A+++

    Great video too!

  24. Kelly @ Cupcake Kelly's

    I totally have that grill pan <3 it is perfect for the winter months when our grill is buried from snow and the cover that we tie down.

    That dessert looks ah mazing. Flourless Chocolate Cake is far and away my favorite dessert, the graham cracker and marshmallow additions sound amazing!

    1. Laura

      It’s mine too! There’s a place here that serves with with sea salt and drizzle of olive oil. #faceplant

  25. Stacy @ Stacy Eats

    I love your sister’s song and video. She can sing!!

  26. Hannah

    If only it had been mushroom ice cream.

  27. Amanda @runtothefinish

    tasting menus are awesome and awful, I always end up WAY more stuffed than I planned and I can’t stop myself from eating things with dairy…they look so good! :)

  28. lindsay

    LOL! me too. I’m freezing now and yesterday was in shorts. WTF? come make me a sweet potato and warm me up buttercup.

    1. Laura

      Sweet potato french toast?!

  29. Meg @ A Dash of Meg

    UHM i am totally in love with your sisters music OH MY GOD

    1. Laura

      Thank you! <3

  30. Kelsey @ Blonder Side of Life

    Holy Cow you’re sister is uber talented!!! I had to go look up more, I just love their voices!!

    1. Laura

      Thank you so much! I know she loved seeing these comments. :)

  31. Sarah | The Sugar Hit

    Looks like a pretty good week. Love that song!

  32. Nicole @ FruitnFitness

    I have heard a lot of people using oil on their face. My face is really acne prone now, it never was until my junior year of college, and i’m always so frustrated as nothing seems to work to keep acne away without my face turning really dry and peeling. I don’t think i ave ever done a taisting menu meal but it sounds like a great way to try lots of fun foods.

    1. Laura

      Try out the jojoba! Your skin sounds a lot like mine.

  33. lynda Hall

    I am so blessed by three Amazing daughters! They are my love and always inspire me to keep living the life we are meant to have! Our dinner at Woodfire Grill was totally amazing and the company even better! That was the highlight of my week…..great food, service, great fun! Yum!!!

    1. Laura

      Thank Mom… mwah!

      1. lynda Hall

        Muh fuh ugh! Ugg iss!

  34. purelytwins

    love jojoba oil!!

  35. Court Star @ StarSystemzFitness

    YumM! I am a BIG fan of oils for beauty its all about finding the oil that works best for you and I am happy to hear you have found that oil!!! Have an amazing week <3 C

  36. Whitney @ To Live & Diet in L.A.

    OMG your sister is amazing!!!! This song is so awesome and her voice is absolutely beautiful. This is seriously exactly the kind of music I jam to. I think I’ve found a new spotify favorite ;)

    1. Laura

      Thank you so, so much!!! We are really proud of her. :)

  37. Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets

    All my pots and pans, except my beloved cast iron skillet, are Calphalon. They make a great product.

    I heard Atlanta is supposed to get hit with a ridiculous amount of snow. I’ll be thinking of you.

    1. Laura

      It’s more the ice. And it’s more annoying than anything. Boo.

  38. Alli

    Awwww sis! Two shutouts in one blog!?!? Xoxox love you so much. Thank you for all the love and support! Mush mush mush xxooo

    1. Laura

      Moooooshy! Love you, Freak!

      1. lynda Hall

        Awhhhhh! You two are sooooooo funny! Moooooooshy! Love it!

  39. Heather @ Better With Veggies

    Ah – Woodfire Grill. Seriously my favorite Atlanta restaurant, as well!

  40. Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli

    I’ve been using coconut oil and a tea tree oil shampoo/conditioner, but you just reminded me that I have some jojoba oil I need to bust out! LOVE that song! Wow…their voices are amazing!

    And that dessert? 8O You know me…not a huge chocolate fan, but that sounds incredible! I’ve tried a toasted marshmallow ice cream at Jeni’s before, but unfortunately it was a bit of a letdown. Their pistachio and honey though was a thing of beauty!

    1. Laura

      We just got a Jeni’s here!!! I’ve managed to refrain so far… but it’s going to happen soon. The first time I had it was in Nashville – Pear Riesling. *swoon*

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