Hi there ?
It’s been a week since I posted, and just like that, Christmas done.
I’m excited for 2016! I know, I know.. everyone says that. But, it’s true! I’ve got exciting plans for myself, my family and for the blog.
Lot’s of things have happened over the last year. I officially quit teaching and became a stay-at home-mom, started Simply Sissom, wrote 70+ original recipes, discovered a love for photography, and most impressive… just this morning, I used a power tool ? (more on that in a future post.. get excited).
The end of December is a tricky time for recipe posting. We have been cooking, baking, and eating non-stop for days. Food is not in the forefront of anyone’s mind. Sooo I’m taking a little break from recipes. But no worries.. Friday, January 1st I will be busting out new recipes for 2016, starting with a few that are healthy enough to help you recover from your post-Christmas food hangover. Buuuttt today… favorite things of 2015!
From podcasts, to blogs, to my favorite workout and gifting website, here are some of my favorites from the past year.
I am actually struggling to write words that convey to you the love that I have for podcasts. Anyone who knows me in real life and talks to me on a regular basis knows that not only am I OBSESSED (I don’t use this term lightly) with them, but I
want NEED everyone else to be as well. They. Are. Life. Changing. Here is a list of my favorites. In order.
It’s Baltimore, 1999. Hae Min Lee, a popular high-school senior, disappears after school one day. Six weeks later detectives arrest her classmate and ex-boyfriend, Adnan Syed, for her murder. He says he’s innocent – though he can’t exactly remember what he was doing on that January afternoon. But someone can. A classmate at Woodlawn High School says she knows where Adnan was. The trouble is, she’s nowhere to be found.
A top ranking business podcast that deals specifically with how to create a passive income through an online business. Hosted by Pat Flynn (my idol). Tips are actionable and achievable. I listened to 1 episode and not only was I inspired, I was hooked.
Ok, if you don’t write a food blog then this probably isn’t the podcast for you. Buuttt.. if you have one or are interested in starting one, you must check it out. I love listening to my favorite bloggers answer questions, explain how they got there start, and listening to their recommendations for others trying to follow in their footsteps.
StartUp. A new podcast about what happens when someone who knows nothing about business starts one. With Alex Blumberg from This American Life & Planet Money.
Real life stories about real life people. Each show has a theme (ex: propaganda) and is split into several “acts.” The show addresses current events and human nature and is often told from a “first person” point of view. It is humorous, gloomy, ironic and thought provoking all in one show.
- Pinch of Yum: Every recipe is delicious. Every. Single. One. Additionally, Lindsay’s style of writing is hilarious, self-deprecating, and of course, informative. Recipes are mostly made from real food ingredients with the occasional indulgent recipe thrown in. I never miss a post. SERIOUSLY. ]
- Minimalist Baker: My favorite thing about Dana’s website is that her recipes are simple (we all know I’m a big fan of that). Most use 10 ingredients or less. They are also super healthy and always made from real food. While the site caters to a vegan diet, I have never had a problem eating the recipe as is or adding a bit of meat if Joe and the boys will be partaking. Her baked goods are SO GOOD! Added bonus.. if you are a food blogger, her husband John created some awesome tutorials on how to set up the Foodie Pro theme in WordPress. I literally wouldn’t have had a website if it weren’t for him.
- Oh She Glows: Angela’s cookbook is a go to in our house, and her website is probably one of my most visited. Her recipes are plant-based and mostly meat and dairy free. In addition a lot of the recipes are free from gluten, soy, and processed foods. This is a great site for people who deal with food allergies or cook for someone who does.
- Detoxinista: My newest find in the world of bloggers! If you find a recipe on this site.. it’s good for you. Megan’s recipes are easy and made with only all-natural ingredients. No thinking. No substituting. She is a certified nutritionist.. which I think is really cool. Not only are her recipes delicious, but she explains the science behind why they are good for you. Despite the name of the website “detoxing” as a quick fix is not recommended by Megan. She believes in a balanced approach to health and recommends making gradual changes to your diet so that the changes become part of a lifestyle.
- Ambitious Kitchen: Ambitious Kitchen is a blog devoted to clean eating, healthier baked treats, plus Monique’s passion for fitness and nutrition. Bottom line, it’s inspiring (and her photography is awesome)!
- Peloton Exercise Bike: I’ll be the first to admit that this was a pricey purchase. Annddd.. once you get over the price tag on the bike, there is a monthly subscription. We purchased a Peloton bike in February and I am still riding it 3x/week on average and most importantly I still enjoy it. Prior to owning the bike I had a gym membership w/ childcare. I love group workout classes, but with 2 kids (1 who REFUSES) to go into the children’s area without protesting (loudly).. going to the gym on a daily basis was a pain. From start to finish it took me 2+ hours to get a 45 minute works (drive there, drop off drama, pick up, drive home). And, most days someone from childcare would come and get me from my class because Campbell was inconsolable. It wasn’t working. Not to mention.. the gym in January is RIDICULOUS! To offset the high price of the bike and the monthly subscription fee I quit the gym and haven’t looked back. The Peloton bike has a large screen and is connected via wifi to a spin studio in NYC. I can join live classes or choose an on demand ride (there are 100’s). I never repeat a ride, the playlists are awesome and there are at least 20 instructors to pick from (Cody Rigby is my fav).
- The Book With No Pictures (By: BJ Novak): A children’s book without pictures? Sounds boring huh? It’s not. It’s a family favorite. Just remember.. everything written on the page has to be said by the adult reading the book?.
- Man Crates: Find the perfect gift for the hard to buy for guy in your life. My sis introduced me to the Man Crates Website at Christmas (after she totally stole the show with her man crate filled with 8,985 different types of beef jerky). They have tons of unique gifts aimed at guys with all different interests.. think retro gamer, outdoorsman, grill master, whisky connoisseur, sports buff, golfer, etc! There is definitely something for everyone!
- Erin Condren Life Planner: After forgetting to take Cooper to speech for the third time I knew that I had to get organized. Joe insists that keeping a calendar on your iPhone is simple, but it wasn’t for me. I need it written down. In fact, I think physically writing things helps me remember them. This planner is durable, customizable, and has lots of cute stickers. What more do you need in a planner? I already have my new one for 2016!
- Simply Sissom’s Clean Eating Sloppy Joe Recipe: Ok. I write a recipe blog, so of course I have to include my favorite recipe for the year. With no thought, hands down winner, THESE SLOPPY JOE’S. They are.. Simple. Healthy. Freezer and Make-Ahead friendly. And.. my WHOLE family likes them.
What are some of your favorites from 2015? Comment below. I’d LOVE to hear from you.
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