Today I’m sharing some of my favorite things from the past week.

2021 planner

Although I use Google Calendar for appointments, I also like to use a paper planner. There’s something about being able to write things down and flip through the weeks that helps to give me a better idea of what I have coming up. I bought this Blue Sky (affiliate link) one just after Christmas and I’ve been really happy with it so far. At first I wasn’t sure if I would like the bigger size (it’s 8.5″ x 11″), but so far I haven’t found it too big or bulky.

I have enough room to write things down for each day without feeling like I’m crunched for space. Blue Sky is a new planner brand for me. I’m pretty happy with it so far. All the hype that I saw online about them was well earned!

In Plane View

I found some Essie nail polish on sale last week so I made sure to take advantage of it. I bought In Plane View (affiliate link) and a few other colors. I’m still waiting for one of them to arrive. They were 40% off so I figured that I should take advantage of the sale. I’ve slowly been growing my collection of nail polish colors since I started doing my nails every week over the summer. I tend to gravitate more to the darker colors – blues, greens, and purples. My closet is full of blue, green, and purple clothes, so it makes sense that I would like those colors on my nails as well.

In Plane View is really pretty blue/green color. I haven’t tried it on my nails yet, but I think it’ll be the nail polish that I put on next. It’s a really pretty dark and saturated color that’s perfect for winter. What colors are you typically drawn to for nail polish? Let me know in the comments below.

Home Before Dark

I’m still taking full advantage of the library to borrow physical books. I recently finished Home Before Dark (affiliate link). It reminded me a bit of The Haunting of Hill House, in that it’s also a book about a haunted house. The ending was definitely different than Shirley Jackson’s book though, so it was fun to see how it ended. The cast of characters in Home Before Dark was great. I wasn’t able to figure out the “guilty” character ahead of time. I kept changing my mind about how it was that was behind everything.

If you’re looking for some mystery/thriller books to read I highly suggest Riley Sager’s books if you haven’t read any of them yet. She’s a new to me author (I discovered her less than a year ago) and I’ve enjoyed every book I’ve head of hers so far, including Final Girls (affiliate link) Lock Every Door (affiliate link), and The Last Time I Lied (affiliate link). My favorite out of all the ones I’ve read so far was probably The Last Time I Lied. It’s set at a summer camp. I went to camps as a teen so it was fun to re-visit those experiences through the book.

Cheese and beer bread

I wish I could take credit for this delicious bread, but my dad found the recipe and baked it up. It was a cheese and beer bread and had the perfect balance of a hint of beer along with the savory cheese. Needless to say, it went pretty quickly. Within a couple days it was gone. I liked it with some butter on it while my dad thought it was really good toasted with some jam. There’s a ton of cheese and beer bread recipes online to pick from. My dad used this one. It doesn’t require using any yeast so if baking bread is intimidating, this one is a bit easier.

I don’t have anything much planned for this weekend. We’re still under increased restrictions here in Alberta (though a few of them are changing on Monday), so I’m going to be staying close to home. Let me know if you’re doing anything fun this weekend in the comments.

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Friday Favorites: New Planner + Bread
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