She’s got a few recommendations.

As I am of humble blogging means, you are probably well aware I don’t have advertisers. And that’s OK, because I AM AN ADVERTISER! Didn’t you know? I’d imagine, and I’m sure that my mother would agree, that as soon as I started stringing words together, I tried to start selling things. But not for monetary gain. For some reason, I innately feel a responsibility to share the things I think are great in this world. Like I’m doing some sort of huge disservice if I keep my fantastic discoveries to myself.

And so, recently I’ve been thinking of a few things I feel compelled to endorse. And I’d like you all to know that as much as I would LOVE THEM TO…no one, and I mean no one, is paying me to say what I’m saying. I just feel like your life could possibly be enriched. I know, it’s hard always wanting to give so much, and receive so little, but that’s just the type of gal I am.

So let’s get this show on the road shall we?

Sadaf Greek Souvalki in Provo Utah
2448 North University Parkway
Provo, UT 84604-3859
(801) 377-1850

I LOVE LOVE LOVE Greek food. And for years, there has been a SERIOUS lack of Greek food, let alone GOOD Greek food in Provo. And I could not be MORE excited about this place. They haven’t been open too long, but oh I just love them. You might be turned off, as my little brother was, by their sign advertising roast chicken and ribs…but I assure you, it’s a Greek place. You ALSO might be turned off by the fact they have a woman in a giant yellow chicken suit occasionally walking around promoting the restaurant in the surrounding parking lots…but they are just trying to get the word out on a small budget! One bite and you’ll forget all about the awkward trappings.

So if you live in the area, or come to visit the area, I highly recommend them. If you aren’t sure what to get, ask for the combination plate, and although the rice is SUPER yummy, the potatoes will knock your socks off. I basically always order a gyro salad. Which consists of tons of gyro meat piled on a Greek salad served with warm pita bread and tzatziki. My main motivation for promoting them is to make sure they stay in business for me. So get out there and support your local Greek!

The Dirty Dash
A 10K Mud Run at Solider Hollow
September 25, 2010

As I am a fat, slow, pregnant lady who can’t run for more than a mile without seriously considering dropping her pants and peeing in a neighbor’s yard…(sorry that was SO GRAPHIC, but you need to know how I feel, it’s horrible) I cannot participate in the race this year.

But it is its first year and it looks SO FUN! A friend of mine is the founder, and honestly, this run looks like a blast. Check out the awesome website. The race boasts:

“You’ll need endurance to trudge up mountains of sludge, courage to overcome uncompromising obstacles, a complete lack of shame to wallow in pits of mud and a smile to show through at the end!”

Plus! They have a Piglet Plunge for little ones! Are you kidding? A Piglet Plunge. That’s the cutest freaking thing I’ve ever heard. Again, I promote this for selfish reasons. I want to participate NEXT year, so you people have to make sure it’s a success this year. Be a Dirty Dasher!

The Glass Castle: A memoir
By Jeannette Walls

This is one of the best books I’ve read in a while. Yes! I do more than watch America’s Next Top Model and eat Greek food! I read! Anyway, I love non-fiction, and this book is incredibly compelling and incredibly well written. I could go on and on about what makes this book so amazing, but really, you should just read it. The author basically tells the unbelievable story of her horribly messed up childhood and family, and does so in a non-sentimental, unemotional way. And that, my friends, is pretty hard to do. You’ll whip through this one, so it’s a great Summer read.

The Snoogle.

Nuff’ said. Worth every penny. And contrary to what a lot of you suggested when I announced its purchase, can Snoogle AND still snuggle with Eric at the same time.

Handmade Beginnings: 24 Sewing Projects to Welcome Baby
By Anna Maria Horner

This is a beautiful book! And even though I’ve only made one project from it so far, it worked out really well. The pictures are fabulous and the directions are clear. If you’re a beginning seamstress, this is a book you can totally handle, and if you’re a pro, well, you’ll love it too. I love Anna Maria Horner, I love what she does with color, even if all of her prints are totally my style.

101 Gourmet Cupcakes in 10 Minutes
by Wendy Paul

I’ll just start out by saying that I am a total snob about baking from scratch. Why? I ask, would anyone use a mix? HOWEVER, this book has totally changed my perspective. All of the recipes are based around cake mixes, but you add so many different ingredients, and make frosting from scratch, so by the time you are done, no one, and I mean no one, would think it’s from a mix. And I can always usually tell. But because Eric’s aunt wrote the book, I thought I should at least give some of the recipes a try. Well she is a genius! I have made probably 10 different cupcakes from this book and all of them are too good to be true. Some of my favorites are:

Pink Lemonade
Lemon Blueberry with Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting
Strawberry Shortcake with Fresh Whipped Cream Frosting
Pumpkin Spice (I can’t remember the exact name but in the Fall this is SO GOOD, it has butterscotch AND chocolate chips)
Rootbeer Float Cupcakes

You can find the book online, at Costco, Wal-Mart, or at Barnes and Noble. It’s so nice to have a book of cupcakes instead of always going online for recipes like I used to do. So know, I’m not just promoting this book because the author is family. I’m not THAT generous. Ha. These are just seriously amazing cupcakes. And I love her motto: “There’s always a reason to bake!” She’s writing a cookie cookbook next and I’m really exciting.

Ok! I could seriously go on and on with more things I’d like to endorse. But these are the ones that have been weighing on my mind! I love you all and want you to have a fabulous summer. I hope this list of awesome things helps!

Love you all.

Xoxo,

Alison

6 Comments

  1. Steph

    How's about this: You, me, some Greek take-out, and baby-crafting 'til we drop?

    Might be fun. I'm just sayin'.

  2. Tim and Sara

    Um, still think about the Greek place sometimes…soooo good. Also, The Glass Castle made me really angry although it was an incredible book, because I got all social work-y about those poor frickin kids being so horribly neglected. Her book Half Broke Horses is really good too, and less traumatic. Ohhhhhh and also, you should call me some time.

  3. Nichelle

    i love that you have to tell people that you're a reader. i mostly think of you as a huge book worm. but i forget that if i only knew you through your blog i would think you strictly were into trashy t.v.

  4. emilyhutchison

    Something else you should endorse are those delicious Mexican wedding cookies you make. I left mine in Kimmy's bag on accident and couldn't stop thinking about them, so I sent her an email around 1 AM begging her to leave them on her porch so I could come pick them up. It was totally worth it, I love them so much.

  5. Shalee

    I have had my eye on that Greek place for a little while, but now I must go;);)

  6. dana and justin

    Can you please post a preggo pic? I feel like I'm missing out!!!

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