Spiralizer success – Five Friday Favorites

It occurs to me that January is half over. I’m not sure where about ten of those days went, so if you see them please send them my direction. I wouldn’t mind spending some time with them. Ah, well. On to the weekend! Starting it off right, I’m checking in with my favorite Friday link-ups – Oh, Hey Friday and High Five for Friday (add’l links below).


Favorite Quote

Eleanor Roosevelt Plain Beautiful Quote


Favorite Funny

Turtle BurgerCredit

Favorite Mail Delivery

My fourth round of Stitch Fix! I’ve had the same stylist for each of my Fixes and she is killing it. Although my first impression upon opening the box was disappointment, my initial concerns were totally unfounded.

Stitch Fix January 2016

Along with the wardrobe expansion, there were some other seriously cool side effects to this successful Stitch Fix:

  1. It reminded me that I still need to do a serious closet purge (and clean-up), and got me more excited about actually doing it. Motivation!
  2. Thinking about tackling the closet made me get serious about the kitchen reorganization (and purge). The overhaul started yesterday and has already seen real progress. Action!
  3. Comparing photos between these last two Stitch Fix posts gave visual confirmation that working with a health coach is paying off. Confidence boost!


Favorite New Gadget

Spiralizer! It had been on the to-buy list for a while and was purchased just before Christmas. I’m excited about the healthy options it will provide to pasta. (That does not mean I’m never eating pasta again. Don’t be ridiculous. But expanding the type of dishes I can make is fun on both the creating and eating ends.) The inaugural spiralizer meal was Pad Thai with zoodles (spiralized zucchini) and doodles (that’s what I’m assuming one would call spiralized daikon radish, based solely on the origins of the term “zoodles”). Despite some confusion about how the little machine actually worked (the single page of information included with the appliance provided no useful direction), it ended up working beautifully and the meal was a hit.

Lean and Green Pad Thai with zucchini and daikon radish

In an act of Universal serendipity, a friend posted a Pad Thai recipe they’d tried (and loved) onto Facebook just one day later. They also skipped the pasta and used a spiralizer… but for sweet potato noodles! (Spoodles?) I’ve already saved it to Pinterest and can’t wait to try it out!


Favorite Song

Knock You Down by Keri Hilson featuring Ne-Yo and Kanye West. Yes, the song is about 7 years old. However, one of my radio stations has started playing it on the regular and I’m enjoying listening just as much as I did seven years ago.

Disclaimer: I do not support Kanye. His original work (circa albums The College Dropout and Graduation) had bursts of genius. But that was a long time ago and I’m no longer a fan in any way. There’s some active loathing. In light of this, I recommend not actually watching this video. Just hit play, listen to the song and enjoy Keri and Ne-Yo.


Have a wonderful weekend, e’rybody!


  • Evelina
    January 16, 2016

    The first green outfit is perfect, I love it!! Have a great weekend 🙂

    • Jeans and a Tank Top
      January 18, 2016

      Thanks, Evelina – isn’t that color great?

  • LIndsay
    January 16, 2016

    LOVE the green top and jacket! And the color of that purse is great! It will be such a great spring piece. I received the BEST purse from one of my Fixes and I carry it every day. I got a scarf last Fix that I love as well! I bought a spiralizer last year and love it! I need to make Pad Thai, though! Never thought of that!

    • Jeans and a Tank Top
      January 18, 2016

      Stitch Fix 4-Eva. Have you done sweet potatoes in the spiralizer before?

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