Spring Favorites + Giveaway!

Spring Favorites + Giveaway at TheRoastedRoot.net

It’s been a while since we’ve chatted about my favorite things, so I thought we’d take a brief break from from recipes today and do just that! I’m all about products that a.) are healthful and taste good, b.) make my life easy, and c.) make my life pretty AND easy.  Since I’m turning 30 this year, I figured that is the ultimate benchmark for getting my ish together…it is high time I begin organizing my house (especially my kitchen). Making a house a home is not my strong suit, but now that I’m plummeting into adulthood, I decided I had better make my nesting ground cozy rather than living out of boxes. I started with a spice rack. Any suggestions for smart storage/functional decorations? I’m all ears!

Lately, I’ve been trying to supplement my Netflix addition with educational reading, so you’ll get to see my recent reads. In getting ready for photography-related travels this summer, I’ve been acquiring some camera essentials to get a lot out of my trips from a photography standpoint, and to also keep the equipment I pack around safe and sound.

GUESS WHAT?! I have an awesome giveaway for you so that you can try some of my favorite things at home, too! So check up on my favorites, and tell me all about yours.


Justin's nut buttersJustin’s Nut Butter //  I’m a mondo fan of nut butters of all forms, and I just can’t get enough of Justin’s almond butters and peanut butter. My current favorites are their Vanilla Almond Butter and Maple Almond Butter. I spread them on gluten-free toast and add them to oatmeal and smoothies. Also, have you tried their dark chocolate peanut butter cups? The best after-dinner treat ever!

TigerNut FlourTigerNut Flour // Have you heard of tigernuts? They’re actually root vegetables that come from Africa and have been a part of the human diet for thousands of years. Gluten-free baking using various flours is a major hobby of mine. I recently came across Organic Gemini‘s TigerNut Flour at the Natural Products Expo in Anaheim, CA, and was delighted to connect with them. If you bake gluten-free, be sure to check out their TigerNut flour – I’ll be posting a recipe next week using the flour. In addition to flour, Organic Gemini also makes a variety of TigerNut granolas, snacks, and Horchata.  I’m also giving away 3 bags of TigerNut Smoothie Mix, so stay tuned at the end of the post to enter!


Kitchen & Home

Wolf Stainless Steel CookwareWolf Gourmet Stainless Steel Cookware // Gone are the days of peeling teflon skillets and saucepans that have been burnt 15 too many times. After learning how toxic certain cookware can be, I now prepare food solely in stainless steel or cast iron. The amazing folks at Wolf Gourmet sent me their Stainless Steel Cookware set, and I’ve been obsessively using the pieces for the majority of my cooking. They’re super high quality, easy to clean, and they fit together well, making them a cinch to store in my cabinets.

Chicken Wire Spice RackChicken Wire Spice Rack // I’m always looking to optimize storage space in my kitchen, and also love functional design. I recently acquired this spice rack off Amazon and absolutely love the rustic look of it, the quality, and how many spices it holds. I have it hung on the wall right next to my stovetop for easy access. 


Moscow Mule MugsMoscow Mule Mugs // We all know I enjoy whipping up naturally sweetened cocktails, but for the longest time, I’ve been using regular tumbler glasses for sipping. I’ve finally caved and began purchasing the traditional vessles these beverages are served in. I found these Moscow Mule Mugs on Amazon for a great price. They come in a pack of four, are gorgeous, and are great quality! 

Stainless Steel Food ContainersMightyNest Stainless Steel Food Containers // A couple of years ago, I began tossing out old plastic tupperware containers and slowly replacing them with glass and stainless steel. I recently came across these leak-proof food storage containers on Mighty Nest, and fell in love. Order now before May 1 using the coupon code: ROOTCONTAINERSFIX, and you will get $5 off 1 small blue and 1 medium clear container (valued at $15 combined) when you sign up for their fabulous subscription service, the MightyFix.


Delicacies JewelryDelicacies Jewelry // How cool are these leather bracelets? I recently won Crazy for Crust‘s giveaway of one Delicacies bracelet on Instagram and connected with the company. With various ingredient charms and bands to choose from, you can pick a bracelet that fits your style. I selected the brown thick-cut band with the garlic charm, and was also keen on the pineapple, coffee, and basil charms. So difficult to choose! You, too, can win one of these awesome bracelets with your favorite ingredient, so be sure to enter the giveaway for a chance to win.

The Sak Indio Tote BagThe Sak Purses and Tote Bags // My new guilty pleasure right here. When I was in Murphys, CA over the weekend, I visited with one of my friends and her purse instantly caught my eye (this one in Stone Stripe). I asked her where she got it from, then spent an hour on Amazon looking at all the styles and colors. I love all of The Sak’s designs, but the IndioTote Bag in the Teal Tribal color was what I eventually settled on.  Pssst! They also make wallets.

Camera Stuff

35mm f/1.4 wide angle lensCanon 35mm f/1.4 Wide Angle Lens // Did I ever tell you when I was in high school, my dream was to take photos of old barns for a living? By the time I got to college, I figured there was no way I could possibly make a living at it, so that idea was dismissed before I even tried it. Case in point, nature and landscape photography is a big hobby of mine, and it wasn’t until recently that I finally bit the bullet and purchased a wide angle lens. Yup, prior to this recent purchase, I had been taking all of my photos with my 50mm f/1.4. As I’ve mentioned, I’m going to a food and landscape photography workshop in Iceland this summer, lead by Eva and Carey. After conferring with Eva, I decided the 35mm f/1.4 would be great for traveling and would take gorgeous photos.

Peacechaos Messenger BagPeacechaos Camera Messenger Bag // I think I may have a camera bag fetish. I had been using the same (unattractive) jenky camera bag for the last 4 years and finally found one that suited my needs plus is super cool looking. I’m obsessed with these Peacechaos Leather Canvas Shoulderbags I found on Amazon, which are perfect for storing your DSLR camera + lesnses, batteries, etc., and can also be used as a bookbag, laptop bag, purse, etc. I have the Army Green one, but am itching for the blue as well.

Caden Camera BackpackCaden Camera Backpack // And because I’ll be travelling for the workshop I mentioned above, plus going on day/weekend/week-long trips this summer as well as hiking, I figured it was high time to get a backpack geared for my camera and equipment. I spotted these Caden Shoulder Rucksacks on Amazon…they’re super cool looking, waterproof, and hold your DSLR camera and accessories nice and snug, keeping them safe during your travels.

Vintage Camera StrapVintage Camera Strap // Can you tell I’m obsessed with camera equipment and accessories? Ever since I bought a DSLR camera three years ago, I’ve been using my mom’s 20-year-old camera strap. The strap started fraying eeons ago, plus all of the stitching is coming un-stitched, so I began keeping my eyes peeled for a new one a few months back. After looking at tons of camera straps on Amazon, I found these super cool Vintage Retro Camera Straps that come in all sorts of patterns and colors for only $17.00 each. I have Strap 6, but was also torn between Strap 1 and M26.



Station ElevenStation Eleven // Do you derive a ridiculous amount of enjoyment out of reading post-apocalyptic fiction? Me too! You may have read in a previous post that I was reading the book, Station Eleven, by Emily St. John Mandel. The book takes place before, during, and after a super virus overtakes the planet, and is set from the point of view of multiple key characters. It’s super well-written, engaging, and I hear a movie is in the works!







The Good GutThe Good Gut // I’ve been reading a lot about guts lately. For real. Both on the internet and in books. The book, The Good Gut, by Justin and Erin Sonnenberg. The book goes into detail about the microbes that live in your digestive tract, and explains the importance of keeping your gut flora and fauna healthy, as well as changing your habit to ward off bad bacteria for good. I highly, HIGHLY recommend every person on this planet read this book – it’s a super easy read and the authors do an amazing job of getting all of the information to really hit home.

Brain MakerBrain Maker // I actually haven’t started reading this book yet, but I bought it in a fury of I-must-know-everything-about-digestion-right-meow shopping spree. Brain Maker, written by David Perlmutter (same author as Grain Brain), is all about the gut-brain connection. A happy gut = a happy brain, so just like The Good Gut, I recommend this book for people like me, who not only give lots of shits about nutrition, but also are looking to solve any digestive ailments as well as mental health issues associated with poor digestion.



MegaFood MegaFlora ProbioticsMegafood MegaFlora Probiotic // From my recent research on human digestion, I learned that if you take a probiotic supplement (a habit I strongly recommend), it should meet certain criteria, as not all probiotic supplements are created equally. Each pill should contain at least 10 billion live cultures, at least 7 different strains of probiotics, and should be able to withstand your stomach acid. Megafood MegaFlora comes highly recommended from doctors and researchers, and contains 50 billion cultures per pill and 12 different types of bacteria. This is the probiotic I take every day. 

DoTERRA Citrus Bliss Essential OildoTERRA Essential Oils // I’ve been using essential oils ever since I was a teenager, primarily for heating to make my house smell lovely, but I recently began using doTERRA’s oils in raw recipes (yup, you can cook with them) and for internal/external healing. It’s amazing how medicinal natural plant exctrats can be. I love using lavender in my beverages for a calming effect, and am all about rubbing lotion with eucalyptus on my skin to help ease sore muscles after a long run or bike ride. doTERRA is generously giving away two products, so stay tuned for the…


You, too, can try some of my favorite things in the comfort of your own home! One lucky winner will receive all of the following items:

To enter, simply leave a comment below telling me about one of your current favorite things – be it food, a movie, a household good, a new pet, you name it!

The giveaway ends Wednesday, April 27 at midnight PST. The winner will be notified by me through email and will have 24 hours to respond before a new winner is selected. Best of luck!


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  1. Natalie K

    I currently can’t live without Trader Joe’s Black Bean Pasta and Peanut Butter with Chia and Flax Seeds! Both are amazing!

  2. Diana

    I have two favorite things right now – one is your Gut Health Smoothie (no joke, I’m officially obsessed) and Mary’s Gone Crackers Super Seed crackers. They go with just about everything and satisfy my crunchy/salty need. They’re filling and wholesome and I never feel guilty about indulging right out of the box!

  3. Kelsi

    What an amazing giveaway! Thank you! Right now I’m really enjoying Lauren Gleisberg’s workouts. I’m in week 3 of her 4-week ConfidenceKini challenge, and I just love the weightlifting sets she creates. It would be so great to balance my fitness with amazing nourishing foods (I’ve got my eye on that tigernut flour!)

  4. tamra

    I’ve been addicted to Justin’s for awhile now, don’t think I can ever go back to regular peanut butter now though! My new favorite thing right now is playing around with my Kitchen-Aid stand mixer, especially the spiralizer attachment, make prep so much easier 🙂

    1. Courtney Coulter

      Love to try the TigerNut flour!! Sounds like must try for gluten free baking. Currently, I am obsessed with sweet potatoes at this. 🙂

  5. Jenifer

    One of my favorite things is the time in the morning after I’ve exercised and before I have to get the day going. Drinking my coffee, reading the paper, and planning my day gives me a sense of calm and purpose. I’m also really enjoying avocados these days!

  6. Angela Kennedy

    I’m a green smoothie and essential oils geek!!!! I love them and use them daily. Essentials oils have basically cured my severe allergy and sinus problems that I suffered from since I was a child – 30 years ago! Totally love them. Green smoothies have been my go to for overall health and weight management. I lost 25 pounds over the course of several years and I’ve been able to keep it off thanks to green smoothies and a diet change – love avocados and kale! I’m completely amazed at how simple changes can make so much difference in the body. I’d love try some of the give-a-ways to add to my favorite things list! LOVE THE ROASTED ROOT SITE POSTINGS – ALWAYS LOOK FORWARD TO READING THEM!

  7. Cassie

    One of my absolute favorite things is watching Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. It’s a silly show with some pretty poignant jokes, but honestly it just makes me feel light and stress-free. There’s no better way to unwind than with a cup of tea and a truly great show 🙂 Watch it on Netflix, y’all!

  8. FMG

    Great giveaway. Love almond butter. Crazy for Margaret George’s novels: Mary Queen of Scotland and the Isles, The Memoirs of Cleopatra and Helen of Troy.

  9. tina

    Right now, my favorite thing is my Westhof Legende Hollow-Edge Santoku knife. I heard that having a good knife could change your kitchen experience and how true that is! A good knife is an absolute pleasure, and I’m so glad I purchased mine (with a birthday, gift certificate from Williams Sonoma). Best present ever!

  10. Anna

    raw organic COCONUT OIL! I use it as eye makeup remover, body moisturizer, and furniture (wood) polish. I put it in smoothies, coffee, baking, and on toast. My dog even loves it!

  11. Lynn

    My favorite things right now- are getting healthy; a fall at work a few months ago did a number on my back and neck so not being in pain is my #1favorite thing. And I am binge watching ‘Midsomer Murders’. I grew on Nancy Drew and Trixie Belden and have always loved mysteries but also enjoy the subtle humor in this British show.

  12. Krista

    That cookware set is beautiful!!! Fun to snoop on other peoples favorites 🙂 My favorite thing right now is spring and windows open YAY!

  13. Elizabeth Sohns

    I’ve used a juicer periodically for awhile, but I recently started experimenting with what to do with all that leftover juicer pulp. I’ve made breads and muffins, and even mixed it into pasta to make a sort of pulp-ish spaghetti sauce. Besides the flavor of beets, carrots, and oranges, it’s pretty neat to see the spaghetti turn a bunch of cool, bright colors. And now I don’t feel like I’m wasting the pulp or those nutrients anymore!

  14. Shannon

    One of my favorite things currently is Wildwood Baked Tofu. Its so quick and easy to add to salads or wraps, and goes great in stir-fries.

  15. Mayra

    After reading in so many blogs about Justin’s Nut Butter I finally went and bought a travel pack to test it out. I was instantly hooked and hope to learn from you many more recipes I can incorporate my new fave into! Looking forward to wining and trying out all the flavors they carry 🙂

  16. Nicki Luca

    Loving our new little 18′ travel trailer. We had decided on buying one as we both have busy careers and lives and needed to ‘get back to basics’! We leave our cell phones off and in the truck, bring out our favorite books, play cards and board games and actually have a conversation over meals that we cook together, from scratch. Waking up with the sun and the chirping birds. enjoying the simple things in life like a roasted marshmallow or mesmerized by the campfire! Life is good!

  17. Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health

    All of your favorite things are all of my favorite things too! 🙂

    And I was just going to tell you about the 35mm lens! I bought it before we left for our road trip. I looked at some of the pics last night and I am super impressed with how sharp the images are. You are going to love it!! Now I just need to get that backpack. I love that it’s waterproof!

    Can’t wait to see that Tigernut recipe!!

  18. Laura

    Fun! Right now I’m digging my blue Lodge Dutch oven. It performs perfectly every time and the color is fabulous! Also enjoying getting my hands dirty with planting and landscape redesign in the backyard! 🙂

  19. Sharon

    One of my new favorite things is a baby staghorn fern that was given to me by a friend from her mother plant.

  20. Diana

    I am really enjoying your blog – great recipes, good ideas and now a great giveaway! I’s great to find healthy alternatives for food, espcially as I am trying to help a family member overcome cancer. We can do it!

  21. Kelly

    Thanks for the giveaway! I can’t seem to stop obsessing about coconut! Whether it’s oil, milk, creme, shredded; doesn’t matter. Just let me at it:)

  22. Kaitlin Anstett

    My favourite thing right now is making beautifully layered smoothies for breakfast. I used to just chuck everything in a blender but playing with different flavour combinations on in the different layers, and figuring out how to get the best colours naturally has really been a blast! Love your blog and your recipes- I make the paleo banana bread mug cake at least once a week!

  23. Charmaine Huey

    I am into coconut macaroons. I get them from Vermont Country and they are great. Gluten free, wheat free, and lots of other frees.

  24. Emily

    I just read and watched Brooklyn last week. It was a lovely story and definitely one of my current favorite things.

  25. Melissa K.

    My favorite “thing” all the time is my fiancee! So lucky to have found my soulmate (even at age 60!). My second favorite “thing” : the darkest of chocolate!

  26. Shannon

    Some of my FAVORITE things lately?? Well I love my protein bites I’ve been making with Vega Chocolate Sport protein! So addicting! 🙂
    And I love my new Fabletics leggings I ordered online for running; they are so comfortable.
    AND I love my new Trek road bike! I just got it two weeks ago and I’m already dying to get out on it more! 🙂

  27. Joyce Redman

    Great giveaway! I love my Thermapen which takes accurate temperature readings on anything that I cook. America’s Test Kitchen highly recommended it as their favorite kitchen tool and I got one for my birthday. Use it all the time.

  28. Adrienne

    Not to be overly aggreable, but I love all of these things! I actually just bought “The Art of Fermentation” and love everything I’m learning about the process of fermenting!

  29. Michelle Flook

    I loved Station Eleven and recommend it to everyone!! The last great book I read was actually a series: The Neapolitan Series by Elena Ferrante (the first book is called My Brilliant Friend). I have never been so sad for a book or series to end, I felt like I lost great friends. Also recently obsessed with artichokes!

  30. Jennifer Raines

    Here are a few of my favorite things (in no particular order): My Brooks running shoes as I am trying to get my behind a little more into running, cottage cheese, peanut butter, ice cream, being in the kitchen, watching a Big Bang new or rerun and THE SUN! So happy Spring has sprung!

  31. Jenny Brown

    a few of my favorite things… date/coconut balls for a sweet snack, acure organics shampoo & conditioner, and girls (just re-watched seasons 1 + 2!)

  32. Lauren

    The biggest thing in which I am ADORING lately is my new Vegan lifestyle. 🙂
    I cannot stop talking about it, researching and learning about the benefits, and being inspired by this whole, plant-based diet.
    Kris Carr’s book, “Crazy Sexy Diet”, has been one of my favorite things. Reading it is so inspirational and informational, she is just an amazing, glowing person!
    I’ve read this book out lout to my family, which has inspired them to also make changes to their diet in the pursuit of a healthier lifestyle.

  33. Eileen De Souter

    Right now I am loving Kefir in my refrigerator oats instead of Greek Yogurt. I am also in love with my garden soil and can’t wait to see the plants that will grow to be my lunch!

  34. Catherine

    I am loving the warmer weather of spring and being able to go for a walk after dinner in the sunshine!

  35. Emmaline L.

    Right now my favorite food is a chipotle lentil & sweet potato soup recipe I discovered. It’s getting a little late for soups, but this one is so flavorful and great for lunch!

  36. Julia

    I recently began doing QiGong and am enjoying the increased flexibility and balance achieved through this practice not to mention the increased respiratory capacity.

  37. Melissa Calkins

    My new favorite thing is looking forward to our first grand baby in October! Love getting prepared and cannot wait!!

  38. Karen Koval

    My favorite thing right now s getting outside to clean up my gardens and get them ready to be planted with this years crop of vegetables. I love Spring!!!!

  39. CL

    My favourite thing right now is how the late-20s are more fun than my early-20s and I wouldn’t want to be a day younger 🙂

  40. Julie

    What a fun list! I’m hooked on Justin’s almond butter. My favorite thing right now is learning herding with one of my dogs. So happy it’s spring!

  41. Robyn

    It’s Spring and time to read The Secret Lives of Plants by Peter Thompson and Christopher Bird. Talk about universal communication….you will be transformed and look at our world
    from a new perspective!!!

  42. Jill Wester

    One of my favorite things is a healthy alternative to chocolate chip mint ice cream. One container of plain 2% Fage yogurt + 1-2 T Cocoa Nibs (the no added sugar one) + 1/4 tsp pure peppermint extract. It is surprisingly satisfying and has a lot less sugar and calories than eating a pint of ice cream.

  43. Melissa

    Honestly right now our favorite thing is Elmer’s Glue! Old but good! My three year old is obsessed with art projects involving Elmer’s Glue, which keeps us entertained and is quite easy to clean up! We also love making smores with Justin’s nut butter cups instead of chocolate bars!!

  44. Nick Mello

    Such an amazing giveaway! I’m so looking forward to winning this as I really want to read the “The Good Gut”. I’m currently enjoying culturing and creating probiotics is many forms. Healing my body of gut issues has brought me to new awareness of the potential of life around me, how to nurture and build it up. Thanks for the stepping stones.

  45. Jessica

    My current favorites are the view from my new balcony (I can see all of town, the river, the trains, and lots of green.) and freshly made hummus that tastes fantastic on a toasted and buttered slice of Tuscan bread.

  46. Allison Krzastek

    Fabulous giveaway! One of my current favorite things is my Instant Pot. Curries and stews for daaaaaaays!

  47. Noelle

    Current favorite thing: unpacking! We recently moved and have been living out of boxes for the last couple of weeks. Things are FINALLY shaping up and we are able to get settled.

    Thanks for a great giveaway!

  48. LynneMarie

    A current favorite for me is Whoopie Pies. I buy the ones that Trader Joe’s sells, but my favorites are the ones I first tried on a trip to Lancaster, PA.

  49. Suzi Reno

    Right now, I’m enjoying outfitting and organizing my kitchen to start cooking and eating real food. I am also enjoying learning about essential oils and herbal medicines.

  50. Darla Pitman

    I am loving my newest granddaughter, Mia. I just returned home from a trip to meet her and spend time with her big sister (and their parents) (but mostly the littles!). And next month I will be traveling to spend time with my other two grandchildren. Besides that, I love my kitties, the new foods popping up in my garden, and getting creative in the kitchen on a limited budget. This giveaway is amazing!!

  51. Alice Jackson

    What a great giveaway!! I am currently loving my first and new juicer, an Omega slow masticating juicer. I bought it on Amazon after a lot of research. I love that it is simple to use and because the juice is not heated up by the juicing process, I can make enough to last a few days in the fridge. It’s been a fun journey and I am still enjoying it as I learn healthful combinations to juice. It has become one of my favorite things, and I love that it is spring now, and I can soon shop farmers’ markets for my juicing produce!

  52. Judy

    Recently I’ve been enjoying roasted, lightly salted, sunflower seeds in the shell as an evening snack. Having to open each one allows me to eat a smaller amount and savor each morsel since it takes a bit of time to get through even a small amount.

  53. Starla B

    This is awesome and love all of your favorites, too. My new favorite is actually kind of strange.. his name is Tofu, he is my Syrian Hamster that I rescued from a local animal store. I am kind of obsessed with him now, as he is the cutest 10$ purchase yet! 🙂

  54. Becca Z

    I finally got a Kindle and it is most def my current favorite thing, I keep downloading all these free books, including all kinds of healthy cookbooks, I am kinda out of control! But it’s so portable and I am able to read a few pages here and there while waiting, just cuz I can….luvs it!

  55. Charlie Hogue

    Hello. my wife Deb and I have been making a lot of smoothies lately since we got a new blender. We have been freezing bananas and buying dates and ginger and cardamom. It is amazing what you can come up with and sometimes they are very exotic and really good! Thanks for the giveaway entry and the great ‘roasted root’ emails.

  56. Thia

    My new favorite thing is the youtube series called “The Truth About Cancer” – precious info offering hope for people with cancer and phenomenal cancer prevention for people who don’t.

  57. Amanda

    I’ve actually tried plain tigernuts and they are AWESOME!! They’re kind of almondy to me, but with a nice natural sweetness. I’d have to say my “fave” is Dandelion Chocolates. My whole family knows I’m super into chocolate, so I’m lucky to receive it as a gift on most holidays 🙂 They single source their beans, and literally only add cane sugar to the chocolate after basically grinding up the beans to a mush–YUMMO. Its just so pure and tasty and you can actually get the terroir of the chocolate, much like in wine.

  58. Laura CD

    I’m really enjoying Matcha Green Tea & Spirulina Super Dark Chocolate Bars from Vosges Haut-Chocolat. Delicious! Also, when my allergies are acting up in spring (now) and in the fall, I am much happier since I started using my new doTerra Breathe essential oil blend. I put a few drops in my diffuser with water at night when I go to bed and wake up feeling refreshed and able to breathe easier.

  59. Patti Gunderson

    I have become totally addicted to organic coconut oil for everything! I’ve always loved trying new oils– finishing oils, different olive oils, avocado oil, walnut oil, truffled oils, you name it. Coconut oil is so versatile and I use it everyday.

  60. Valerie A Linn

    Wow what a fantastic giveaway! My favorite thing right now is getting into rehab exercise for my new knew and eating healthier. I also love your list.

  61. Pam Kirmeier

    I just fell in love with Suja organic & cold-pressed variety of fruit & vegetable juice smoothies. So many to choose from! My favorite is “Green Delight”, with ingredients like apple, banana, lemon, kale, spinach, spirulina, chlorella, barley grass and alfalfa grass. Wow! And it tastes great!

  62. Elizabeth Salamon

    I’m loving the camera packs! Living in Italy and being a mother of two small children allows for so many beautiful opportunities to capture life’s moments. Snapshots of memories! Love dabling in photography and love your wonderful roasted rootness!

  63. Heather

    As others have mentioned, it is spring and my favorite thing is getting back to ths cottage – food always tastes even better there! Especially once we have fresh produce from the garden.

  64. Marsha A

    This giveaway is a pretty good favorite right now. 🙂 But, I have to say, my 1yr old bulldog, Boba. She is my forever favorite and makes me smile and laugh every day.

  65. KC

    I am a huge bookworm so I got to say your book selection looks great! I’m excited to read your suggestions. Happy Reading!

  66. Doreen Colnaghi

    Love your suggestions, stainless bowls, good gut books, tiger nut flour and on and on. Current favorite thing beside hubby and pup is traveling in our new motorhome with them all over the country, hitting up farmers markets!

  67. Jeannie

    I’ve been blessed to be handed down my grandmothers cast iron skillet…. It is awesome on the stove top and in the oven… everything except tomato sauce is great cooked in it.

  68. Sarah Scanlon

    Great giveaways! Right now I’m loving using my spiralizer for all kinds of veggies, not just zucchini! I’ve made squash noodles, sweet potato noodles and even spiralized some green mango!

  69. Julie

    Pick me! Pick me!! Also, I didn’t know about the Tiger Nut flour. I have lots of comments about that, but I’ll leave that to a discussion with Jerry and Alex. Favorite thing….ummmm…..hmmm…how about least favorite thing, which is living too far away from you and not seeing you very much. Does that work? Also, awesome list. Love you and one of these days, we’ll be knocking at your door visiting you. haha Beagles not included, though.

  70. Anna Trombetta

    Bear Tassen Designs is a Dutch bag/wallet/everything that I absolutely love! They’re insanely durable and ohsocute. I’m not sure if they ship to the States since I bought mine in Holland, but it’d be worth a look!

  71. Rachel A

    I am currently loving that it is finally SPRING and that the farmers markets are in full swing. FRESH VEGGIES FOR EVERYONE!! Can’t wait for my next day off to try some new recipes.

  72. Kayla

    My new favorite thing is my Yonanas maker. You simple add frozen fruit to the machine and it comes out the consistency of soft served ice cream! It’s healthy, delicious, and easy clean up!

  73. Laurie O

    Netflix? Michael Pollan’s “Cooked” – really interesting — I’ve told so many people about it!

  74. Jenny Lorence

    I am in love with Justin’s Chocolate Hazelnut butter. I’ll even eat it plain right out of the jar!

  75. Elena Vo

    My current favorite thing is my new comforter. It is fluffy, warm, and very “comforting” after a long day of being busy and on my feet!

  76. Christina M.

    I love good food–especially that I don’t have to make, but easy is the next best thing. My current favorite go-to meal is shakshuka.

    1. Cecilia McCracken

      Great Giveaway! I love Doterra’s Lavender essential oil, especially when I am working outside in my garden!

  77. Kim Bywater

    I am a big fan of my Instant Pot lately–helps me get healthy meals on the table in less time. 🙂

  78. Becky Dale

    Great list of favourites! I am currently in love with all things tahini – finding some good inspiration from your site, too!

  79. Yoojin

    the weather is warming up and i’ve been loving adding spirulina to my morning smoothies! tastes great with lemon/lime juice added to it 🙂

  80. Megann

    Well, it’s currently the end of the semester, so my favourite thing is probably sleep. But if I am restricting this answer to the world of physical things, I’m particularly obsessed with food truck arepas, cookbooks and products from the fantastic Montreal-based company Épices de Cru (Spice Trekkers, for the anglophiles), and… way more TV shows than is probably good for my eyes or my capacity for time management. But so it goes!

  81. Heather S

    My favorite film lately is Hello My Name is Doris with Sally Field! Hilarious and Sally is brilliant! 🙂

  82. Jessica Clary

    I am loving Happy Camper. It’s an herbal pill that I found at Fred Meyer that helps enhance happiness, gives me more energy without side effects. It’s really helped my productivity lately!

  83. Laura

    I was visiting my daughter in college two weeks ago and her roommate made your sweet potato rounds for an appetizer. I came home and looked up your blog and am hooked.!! Also love that young college women are tuned into healthy eating, very encouraging.
    I can never get enough coconut. I recently have begun popping my popcorn in coconut oil, it’s a very subtle but different flavor. When I was visiting my mom last month I discovered a bag of coconut sugar that my sister had purchased. This was new to me, I baked bran muffins using it and will continue to explore options. Most recently at the suggestion of my friend I ordered Raw Coconut Aminoes, she uses it as a sauce in stir fry and veggie bowls. I’m waiting for it to arrive.

  84. Melissa S

    Right now I am loving the flower seeds and dahlia tubers I picked up to plant. It is still too early to plant them but I left them on a table in plain sight because it makes me happy and hopeful to go through the seed packets again and again.

  85. Katy

    Leading with a Limp by Dan Allender

    The documentary show Inside Man on Netflix with the guy that made SuperSize Me.

  86. Charlotte

    It’s Friday morning and the sun is shinning. I have had to remind myself of the beauty in life recently. I was diagnosed with an auto immune disease a month ago – and although it is manageable I have been grieving and struggling to remember what I love. Today I love the full moon night that is coming. I love being supported my family and friends that listen and sit with me when I cry. I love being 24 and starting out on a new journey. I love grass fed butter, and I love it when the labels on food I want to eat says 5g of sugar or less!! Mostly I love being present. I love hanging out with 2-4 year olds and watching them find beauty. I love paying attention to right now (have you read “The Power of Now”?) And I love a new book called “Women Code”. I’ve lost a love for my body as I struggle with my new health – but I’m working on that, and I’m hopeful for next time.

  87. Ashley White

    Looks like some good stuff, right up my alley!

    Recently got 7 BABY CHICKS at my house, definitely my favorite! I could watch them all day. Now to build that coop….

    Also, loving the local raw milk source I found, and have been making the world’s best yogurt with it, using the Cultures for Health traditional culture…so tart, so good.

  88. Catherine

    Thank you for the great giveaway! One of my favorite things right now is all the spring flowers! I love when things start to bloom and grow again. Everything is so green and beautiful where I am!

  89. Margot C

    My favorite thing this week is a Blueberry/Mango/Oatmeal/Coconut/Chia Seeds/Pumpkin Seeds Smoothie – I tell ya’ – it’s just what it sounds like and it’s great. I’ve had one very single day this week. I use a gross cold glob of leftover cooked oatmeal from the kids – it’s the best – It makes the smoothie very creamy.

  90. Anita

    After suffering from mysterious illnesses and symptoms I have drastically changed my diet from meat, soda and potatoes to cauliflower, bone broth, Brussels sprouts and Tigernut Horchata! I’m obsessed with the Horchata. I can’t wait to try the Tigernut flour.

  91. Kathy

    I ❤️ My dogs. Makes my heart full of ❤️. They provide me so much joy and ask little in return. #adoptDontShop I wish everyone loved dogs as much as my family does.

  92. Suzanne Favreau

    I agree with everyone else; this is a great giveaway! I love chia pudding made with both coconut milk and almond milk with berries, coconut and slivered almonds on top. My new favorite dessert or snack.

  93. Stephanie S.

    One of my current food favorites right now is avocado on sprouted Ezekiel toast. It’s my go to these days for a quick, easy meal.

  94. Dustin Smith

    My favorite food things right now are black beans, brown rice, and red yams in burritos! It makes me smile every time! Larabars will always be in my list of favorites because they are mostly 3 or 4 ingredients and SO good. Lastly is my best friend Natali who I love so much and is probably my favorite thing in general (-:

  95. Anna

    I recently read the novel The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak. I absolutely love his writing style and the language he uses – so unique, every sentence painted such vivid mental pictures! Really challenged my preconceptions of WWII and human interaction, 100% recommend.

  96. Jordan D.

    This is such an incredible giveaway! So many of these products are ones that I love or have been dying to try!

    Right now, my favorite thing is the warm weather and sunshine. I’m finally able to take long morning walks before work and I absolutely LOVE it. Foodwise, I’m really liking Cedar’s greek yogurt spinach dip. Yum!

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  98. Lori Shaw

    Love trader joe’s peanut butter with flax and chia seeds! I ordered Brain Maker, Can not wait to read it!!

  99. Barbara Federlin

    I am totally psyched about trying tiger nuts! They sound so good and versatile! Right now, my favorite foods are fresh squeezed juice from The Juice Kitchen in Milwaukee and scones from Blooming Lotus, a gluten free, non-sugar, vegan, bakery, also in Milwaukee.

  100. Angela Won

    Right now I’m loving avocado toast! I love that I can put any kind of toppings on it and it tastes amazing every time.

  101. Nikki

    My Current favorite thing is dry roasted broad beans. They are so delicious I could eat a whole bag in one sitting!

  102. Lori

    My favorite thing right now is grain free blueberry protein bars. Breakfast is so much easier when I don’t have to cook something from scratch everyday and it is much easier to avoid eating things I shouldn’t. I am interested in trying the tiger nut flower. I will definitely be looking for that on my next trip to the store. Thanks for sharing and keeping me up to date.

  103. Vera K

    One of my very most favorite things is taking exercise classes with this huge group of women. They are all so friendly and we really have a great time.

  104. Vunda V

    my favorite thing right now is reusable stainless steel straws! they get so cold from the ice cubes and dont generate waste like plastic straws!

  105. Brenda Haines

    I have a new favorite shoe, The Family! It has so many twists and turns, you never know what’s going to happen next!

  106. Sarah

    So excited about this giveaway. Crossing my fingers! Favorite thing right now, is my homebrewed mango and strawberry booch (kombucha)! Amazingly refreshing. Thanks.

  107. Taylor

    Since it’s Springtime and gorgeous outside, I’m in love with Organic Cactus Soil for gardening & classic literature (like Jane Austen) for lounging! Also, homemade sauerkraut & kombucha for a healthy probiotic kick 🙂


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