Penny's Passion: Five on Friday - December 31, 2021

Thursday, December 30, 2021

Five on Friday - December 31, 2021

This will be the last post for 2021!   What a year!  We have high hopes for 2022 and here's hoping the year lives up to our expectations.  To close out 2021 here's Five on Friday ~

1.  The Bachelor
On January 3 we'll get the meet the new Bachelor - Clayton!  I'll be honest, we've set out the last couple of seasons, but we're excited to see how Clayton handles his chore of finding a wife this season.  I've enlisted a group of friends to watch this season and we're hosting a viewing party to kick off the fun!  Can't wait to see what's sure to do the most dramatic season yet!

2. The Comfortable Kitchen
Looking for a new cookbook to kick off the new year? Here's one that promises 105 laid-back, healthy, and wholesome recipes. Amazon summarizes it like this ~
What does comfort mean in The Comfortable Kitchen? For Alex Snodgrass, New York Times bestselling author of The Defined Dish, bringing her family around the table to share a home-cooked meal is a favorite way to show love. Her recipes are designed to bring joy into that display of affection, from your own comfort cooking to your loved ones’ delight at the delicious flavors, to knowing that you’re caring for your family’s nutrition with each bite.

Though many of her meals are fully paleo compliant, or at the very least paleo-ish, there are plenty of other recipes with simple, flexible ingredient swaps for a cleaner meal when desired—perfect for people who are enjoying their “food freedom” stage of their health journey. And for those who have dietary restrictions, Alex clearly marks each recipe as gluten-free, dairy-free, grain-free, and paleo, as appropriate.

Alex brings back the joy of being in the kitchen for those at all levels of cooking skill and provides food for every occasion, with soups, salads, pasta, vegetarian and non-vegetarian mains, apps, and sides ranging from one-pot meals to not-so-junky junk food--and even cocktails and desserts--with recipes including:
Cajun Chicken and Wild Rice Soup
Green Curry Poached Halibut with Herbs
Texas Style Brisket Tacos
Herby Green Olive Pasta with Feta
Sheet Pan Honey-Sesame Cauliflower
Clayton’s Margarita
7-Ingredient Almond Butter Cookies

With 105 approachable and nutritious recipes for real, busy life, The Comfortable Kitchen is a must-have cookbook for everyone who cares about what they eat and what they make.
We have seen any snow accumulation this year, but we know it's just a matter of time.  A few years ago, my mom got me a windshield protector and it's the best thing ever!  I have to park outside at work and it's such a pain when it snows or sleets during the day when I'm inside working.  This cover makes it so easy to clean your windows!  You literally have to just pull it off and the window underneath is perfectly clear.  Plan ahead and get yours now!

Looking for a new game to play? Try Roll for It!  It's super easy to learn.  Roll the dice, match them to cards on the table, and win points.  It's a game of chance and quick decisions.  Two to four players ages 8 plus can play.  Great for playing during the long winter nights we have ahead.

5.  I'm on the wrong planet...

Have a safe and fun-filled New Year's Eve!  We are spending the evening with friends playing games and eating fabulous food.  See you in 2022!


  1. One of my close friends was Clayton's principal. I'm excited to watch, I didn't watch any Bachelorette.

  2. I would be curious to know if ratings and number of viewers of the Bachelor/ette have dropped. I haven't watched in over a year and used to watch it faithfully. I really got frustrated when they fired or failed to renew Chris Harrison's contract. Watched one episode with the girls cohosting and that was enough for me.