Weeknight Baking: Banana Bread Granola

Oh my goodness, this stuff is amazing!!  Salty, sweet, crunchy, chewy, and packing a punch of flavor.  Bonus; it's gluten-free and vegan (if you use agave in lieu of honey).  This made my kitchen smell heavenly, and tasted even better! 

Lovely Little Reads: The Bear and the Piano

I'm a bit behind on my children's literature postings, but have been much more active on instagram, so if you're interested in following along with our latest library finds, please follow along!

This book was given to us as a gift, but I'm so delighted to have found it!  The Bear and the Piano boasts beautiful illustrations, from dewy forests illuminated by morning light to the dazzling sparkle of the big city.  This book feels like the perfect balance in a children's read; enough character development and depth to be meaningful, but short enough to keep the interest of a 3-year old.  Cha Ching!  Plus the Bear sporting a day-old tuxedo with undone bow tie is just too darling to miss.

Check out this one, it's worth a snuggle and a read aloud together.


Foodie Roundup

What are you eating today?  Need an idea or two...?

+ how can you say no to watermelon rose margaritas?

+ toasted gnocchi with parmesan, mushrooms, and basil

+ i've never baked with lavender, but these have me curious to try, blackberry lavender white chocolate scones.  talk about a morning pick me up!

+ crockpot corn chowder with roasted poblanos

+ another pavlova to write home about, I really need to try one at home

+ I could devour a slice of cardamom apple gallette right now

August Favorites (a few days late)

+ the documentary twinsters (on netflix).  the real life story of two girls who found each other on the internet, and discovered they're identical twins separated at birth.  talk about whoa!

+ harmless harvest coconut water, and surprise, it's (naturally) often pink!  

+ this cross-country family road trip, have you been reading along?

+ about halfway through Padma Lakhsmi's memoir, I've never craved Indian food as much as after reading this!

+ my big fat greek wedding 2 - not quite the original, but if you enjoyed the first one, this will keep you laughing

+ cowboy bark at trader joe's, eager to try out this copycat recipe

+ loving my new (ridiculously soft) tee from this etsy shop

+ pretty much obsessed with chrissy teigen's new-ish cookbook

+ a new (to me) podcast about kids' health

Foodie Roundup

Since I was noticing that my Friday Fun posts were overwhelmed by the influx of great recipes and foodie links, hence, I've decided to create a separate post solely to feature those good eats.  Meet the latest series; foodie roundup.

+ if you can't find a good local cannoli, how about a cannoli cupcake

fried green tomato BLTs with special sauce...uh, yum!

+ ever made a lazy chile rellano?

+ need a bachelorette brunch idea? how about fresh squeezed mimosa cupcakes!

+ parmesan crusted chicken salad

+ key lime pie ice cream, doesn't that sound refreshing?

+ hoisin grilled eggplant and avocado bahn mi

+ if there ever was a rainbow cake to beat, it's this one

+ thinking ahead to cold fall days ahead and thai coconut curry chicken soup

what are you eating this week?

Friday Fun

+ an amazing story of heroism from two athletes on the refugee team

+ 5 minute romesco sauce, yum!

+ the wimpy camper's guide to visiting national parks

+ in praise of pavlova

+ a birthday party at target

+ another movie on the must-see list 

+ making me want to add switzerland to my travel list (again)

+ top editor's picks from the ikea 2017 catalog

+ eyeing this autumn cobb salad

+ would you take a family honeymoon?

Have a wonderful weekend!

Dinner Last Night: Corn Risotto Stuffed Poblano Peppers

Another dinner success compliments of Smitten Kitchen.  I spotted heaping piles of poblano peppers at the farmer's market last weekend and was instantly inspired.  I've had the recipe for SK's corn risotto stuffed poblano peppers bookmarked for ages, and this was just the sign I needed to dust off my cookbook and try it for myself.

Our recipe was a little varied; I was short a little chicken stock, but ended up using the full beer as part of the cooking liquid instead of the half recommended.  Also, had some Beecher's Flagship cheese in the fridge, so added that to the risotto for a little extra oomph.  Worked like a charm.