The Jar of Good Things

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I feel like I have SO much I want to talk about and share with you today that I have to split up my posts between days or you might be reading for the next several hours… πŸ˜‰Β  And since it’s Wednesday I am going to make sure I share some tasty eats with you but first I want to talk about the jar of good things.

delicious african pb my sister brought back for me last year. (an old picture...that stuff is so good and LONG gone)

delicious african pb my sister brought back for me last year. (an old picture…that stuff is so good and LONG gone)

Not that kind of good things, though it IS good…I mean this kind of jar of good things:


The idea?


I’ve seen this idea floating around the internet for a few weeks now and as soon as I saw it, I knew I wanted to join!Β  I saved the image to my computer and kept it open for weeks so that I would remember every time I saw it.


Here’s what my jar looks like:

photo-180And did you notice, it’s already got something in it! πŸ™‚


Anyway, I promised some tasty eats and I have to say with my parents being out of town, I’m loving cooking for myself again.Β  While I appreciate the free groceries and endless home-cooked meals, I’m itching to get my own place again and do all my own grocery shopping and cooking.Β  I’m confident 2013 will help me get there sooner rather than later.

So with that, here’s some of what I’ve been eating:

photo-177After craving sushi for weeks, I picked up some California rolls from Trader Joes.Β  While I know not to expect much, they were a bit of a disappointment to the usual TJ’s sushi quality, but still good.Β  Alongside I had a big greens salad with roasted brussels.

photo-178This was originally supposed to be a salmon burger with roasted brussels and sweet potato on the side but the salmon burger did NOT come out as anticipated.Β  Thankfully I had just finished making hard boiled eggs for snacks this week and smashed a few with some mustard for an egg sandwich.Β  So yummy!

photo-179This meal stole the show! After the New Years / Commitment Day run, we decided to go out for lunch somewhere in the city.Β  My friends were telling me about this place called Karyn’s Cooked, a gourmet vegan restaurant that wasn’t too far from the event.Β  They were raving about it so we HAD to go.Β  I got the falafel which was absolutely amazing; I nearly cleaned my plate!Β  Honestly, I can’t wait to go back!


Hope everyone is having a great start to the New Year!

Any delicious eats this week?

Are you doing any fun ways to remember the good things that happen to you this year?

23 thoughts on “The Jar of Good Things

  1. Cassie

    Love the jar idea. I know its March, but I dont think its too late to start one for the year.

  2. Sarah @ The Smart Kitchen

    I am so jealous you have a vegan restaurant to go to! My town is supposedly very progressive, but it is often quite hard to find vegan-friendly eateries. I think that’s why I love Whole Foods so much, honestly.

    I love this jar idea. I tried something similar when I used to teach in the classroom, and we called it ‘Happy Thoughts.’ I had the kids write down moments they felt happy or when someone had done something kind for them. It was pretty great, but I do like the idea of translating it to my own life.

    Also, I feel you on appreciating free groceries but loving the opportunity to cook for yourself! Even when I just go home for a visit, I often make my own meals. This is partly due to my veganism, and also because I’m a controlling foodie I guess. πŸ™‚

    1. admin Post author

      Blogging is also a great way to look back at the year. I’m not going to stop that… πŸ˜‰

  3. Kim @ Team Howard

    I love the idea of the jar! I may need to start me one! Today, I made egg rolls for the first time. Fried them for the hubby, but baked mine! They turned out really good. I was so surprised the egg roll wrappers were in the produce section of my local grocery store as opposed to the whole isle dedicated to international cuisine. Now I know where to find them since they have to be refrigerated!

  4. Miranda @ Biting Life

    Ooh, I LOVE that jar idea!! I think it’s really important to remember good memories and keep some sort of tangible evidence that it happened. I also think that sometimes people can get bogged down in all of the not-so-good things that have happened to them lately, and forget about all the WONDERFUL things that have also happened!

    P.S. Now I’m craving sushi SO BADLY!!! πŸ˜‰ grrrr

  5. Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli

    Oh my gosh girl, that falafel plate looks BEYOND amazing!! I mean seriously…YUM!

    And I LOVE the jar idea! This is the first I’ve ever heard of it, but I’m totally stealing it! How great will it be to relive all the good times on NYE? Yay, I’m all excited now! πŸ˜‰

    1. admin Post author

      It was SO good! I seriously need some of my foodie friends to come visit or live in Chicago so we can go there and eat the whole menu! πŸ˜‰

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