Wednesday, December 30, 2015

2015 Favorites.

2015 was a great year.  I know I didn't blog during much of it, so I missed out on sharing a lot of the goings on.  There was so much good stuff that it's hard for me to narrow down my favorite things/events/discoveries/activities/etc.  But I'm gonna give it my best shot!

Audiobooks.  I discovered the joy of audiobooks this year.  I can almost never stop reading my book!  If I can't hold it with my hands, then someone else can read it to me.  How could that not be wonderful?  My favorite audiobook reader, hands down, was Jenna Lamia.  I adored listening to her read Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald so much that I got the audiobook of The Invention of Wings just to hear her melodic voice.  I'll definitely be reading more from her!
Essential oils.  I also discovered essential oils this year and LOVE them.  I use doTerrra oils and use them every single day for a variety of things.  They diffuse while we sleep, keep my face calm, help us when we're sick, and much, much more!

Cooking and baking.  I've never been afraid of the kitchen and always enjoyed cooking.  But this year, in an effort to save money and eat out less, I've been cooking up a storm.  I've gotten more adventurous in the kitchen, even developing some of my own recipes and ideas!  This year, I roasted my first turkey and gravy, made my first pot roast and mashed potatoes, made pie crust from scratch (leading to a chicken pie and apple cranberry pie), made my own birthday cake, and tons more.  I've loved spending time learning and growing as a chef and baker!
Cookie decorating.  Speaking of growing in the kitchen, I started decorating cookies with royal icing, and it was so fun!  I even sold some of my cookies to some people I know!  It's definitely got me thinking about a possible side business...
MAC makeup. 100% my favorite makeup brand this year was MAC. In almost every category. Their Face and Body foundation, eyeshadow in Slate, dazzleglass in Date Night, and lipstick in Modesty are daily staples.  I also fell in love with NYX's matte finishing spray and butter gloss!
Bible studying. 2015 was also definitely the year of Bible studying for me. I started the year as a participant in Bible study but ended the year leading it with my friend. We did several Beth Moore studies and some from Proverbs 31 Ministries and Lysa TerKeurst, but my absolute favorite was Gideon by Priscilla Shirer. If you're looking for a good study that will challenge and move you, this is it.

What were some of your favorite things of 2015??