Episode 11- Friday Favs Vol. 8 with co-host Parker Dahlquist

Happy Friday everyone. Hope you have all had a great week. It’s really flown by for our family and to be honest, I love that. I love when I wake up on a Thursday morning and think, “Wow! Tomorrow’s Friday. We did it!”

Anyway, I have some great favorites for you today and also, on the audio recording for this post, I have a very special co-host joining me… my almost 6 year old son, Parker. Last week I mentioned how he thinks it’s so cool that I have a “broadcast” and he was really excited when I offered to have him join me. He’s convinced this will make him “famous.” He’s really into becoming famous lately. So, tune in to hear his thoughts on life, Valentine’s Day, and school. Also, he challenges me in identifying all the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. I am a mom of boys… what can I say?

On to my favorites…

  1. This cornbread. I love cornbread and especially in the winter months when I am making chili and ham and bean soup regularly, this is my go-to recipe. I get lots of compliments on it and even though I love the honey butter that goes along with it, I just love it plain as well. So easy and delish. And as a side note, I make a lot of the recipes from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe and love them all. She’s a great, family recipe idea resource.
  2. I’m on a food kick. This Chicken Tortilla Soup recipe is the bomb. I use shredded rotisserie chicken that I had pre-shredded and had in the freezer (remember that chicken tip I gave you a few weeks ago… boom!). And the rest of the ingredients are simple and I usually have them on hand. Also, because it’s a broth base, it freezes really well. A lot of times, meals coming from the freezer gross me out, but let me tell you that I just pulled out a carton of this soup a few nights ago, and it was just as good as the first night. I also love making the homemade tortilla chips in the oven. Makes it extra special.
  3. Reading… I made it a goal this year to read more. I have a running list of books I want to get to and I have made it a priority to Netflix less and read more. And guess what? it’s working! I think I’m on my 12th book since September, which is huge for me. Also, I’m going to be doing a book club episode every month or so, to give my listeners out there who also struggle with finding time to read a chance to listen in on a discussion about a great book. The first book club episode will be this Tuesday, and the book will be “The Five Love Languages of Children”. The takeaways are really practical and I LOVE the focus on helping our kids to really FEEL our love for them. So important.

So there you go. Those are the things that are making my heart sing this week. Be sure to follow me on Instagram (jessicadahlquist3) because on Monday I will have another Mom Talk Monday, where I post a short video with a discussion question. Last week we talked about favorite podcasts. You are definitely going to want to get in on this conversation. As always, share the podcast with a friend who might enjoy it. You’re the best!

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