Friday, August 21, 2015

Friday Fun

+ check out this crazy cliff house on the Aegean Sea

+ loving this motherhood series, back for its third year

+ the cutest cats pajamas

+ pretty abode in San Francisco

+ healthy and easy eggplant parmesan

+ what you didn't already know about laundry

Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Weekday Baking: Jacked Up Banana Bread

Riley and I did another baking project today - Smitten Kitchen's Jacked Up Banana Bread, except in muffin form.  Part of what makes it "jacked up" is the addition of bourbon, which I was lacking, but I added all the other spices which I haven't often include in other banana bread/muffin recipes - such as cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves.  Just for good measure we added a heaping handful of chocolate chips - because who doesn't love a little extra chocolate in their life? 


Monday, August 10, 2015

Weekday Baking: Blackberry Scones

Tis the season for blackberries - at least in the Pacific Northwest, as the blackberries are plentiful this August due to our dry, hot summer.  We live within walking distance of a huge crop of blackberries, so our late night evening stroller walks have also become blackberry picking opportunities.

Since Riley has shown the slightest interest in baking, I've been trying to incorporate baking into our mornings once a week.  She enjoys mixing the best, but tends to lose interest after all the ingredients are combined.  Luckily, the product is almost always enjoyable. :)  I made these blackberry scones (without lavender as the recipe calls for - because who has dried lavender lying around?).  They were delicious, pretty sure I ate most of the batch... Oh well!


Friday, August 7, 2015

Friday Fun

+ shiny wine pearls (in lieu of ice) for your white wine spritzer

+ nutella smores puff pastry pop tarts - wow!

+ how to curl your hair with a curling wand (I always need help in this department)

+ printable kiwi coasters

+ soft, cozy shirt for fall

+ absolutely LOVE this dress


Monday, August 3, 2015

Quote of the Week

"Live, travel, adventure, bless, and don't be sorry."
~ Jack Kerouac


Monday, July 27, 2015

Cookbook Crush: Date Night In

This episode of Cookbook Crush is especially special, as not only have I purchased this cookbook after my usual pre-reading via the local library, but I made three recipes from it within my first week of purchase.  Cha-Ching!  As such, it is definitely crush-worthy, and worth a look!

Date Night In is the brainchild of Seattle chef/baker Ashley Rodriguez, author of the popular food blog, Not Without Salt.  This cookbook reads as a smattering of heartfelt anecdotes, describing how amidst their hectic lives, both working full-time, and raising three kids, she and her husband Gabe felt the need to reconnect weekly in order to sustain their relationship.  However, not being able to afford pricy date nights out every week, they were forced to improvise. Hence, "date night in" was born.  They began having date nights every Thursday - meaning dinner for just the two of them - no kids allowed, enjoyed after their children were tucked away in bed.  

The cookbook is organized in a series of complete meals portioned for two people, in addition to timelines for prep in the days ahead, handy lists of ingredients needed to complete the meal, and notations relaying the significance of the recipes chosen.  Now often, I skip the little blurbs in cookbooks, after all I'm here for the recipes, right?  But no, not with this one.  Ashley's cookbook reads like a love letter to both her craft and her family, and it's emotion is palpable and inspiring.  

So far, I've made maple-coriander carrots, apple radicchio slaw, and strawberry shortcake trifle, with about a dozen other recipes bookmarked for future endeavors.  All were superb and I find myself actually excited to read and reread this cookbook again and again, it's truly that good!

Happy cooking!


Quote of the Week

"What a comfort it is, this way of love!  You may stumble on it, you may fail to correspond with grace given, but love knows how to make the best of everything."
 St. Thérèse of Lisieux



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