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Can you guys believe it's June?!  Where has 2019 gone, seriously!! We're full swing into end-of-the-school-year mode around here, and it's bittersweet as my oldest is finishing a 3-year chapter at her beloved pre-school. We're sad to move on from dedicated teachers and dear friends, but excited for what lies ahead. What are you up to this week?

+ thinking about starting this show while waiting for this debut this weekend

+ just purchased this delightful baking cookbook, excited to dive right in!

+ devouring back-episodes of my favorite podcast

+ just started this new book for my book club

+ intrigued by this Harry Potter news


+ bookmarking this sweet treat for a summer night

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Quote of the Week

"So often, a visit to a bookshop has cheered me, and reminded me that there are good things in the world."
~ Vincent Van Gogh

Weeknight Baking: Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble Pie

It's the height or rhubarb season and I'm determined not to let the short season of my favorite fruit (that's actually a vegetable) pass me by! Last week, I made Smitten Kitchen's almond rhubarb picnic bars, this week was Joy the Baker's strawberry rhubarb crumble pie atop my favorite butter crust, also from Joy the Baker's cookbook, Homemade Decadence. Whoever thought to marry strawberry + rhubarb is a bonafide genius in my mind's eye. Utterly delicious! With our cool temperature these past few days, it's been the perfect weather for pie baking, where the oven makes the kitchen feel cozy instead of stifling. Bon appetite!


Dinner Last Night: Indian Butter Chicken

All this time I've been making chicken tikka masala - but I think Indian butter chicken is officially my new fave. This recipe was delish, and my kids gobbled it up too. Paired with frozen/reheate naan from Whole Foods, and Indian creamed chicken (with coconut milk) from Gwyneth's It's All Easy and we had ourselves a dinner! Makes great leftovers too - cha-ching!

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Quote of the Week

"It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are."
~ E.E. Cummings

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Weeknight Baking: Almond Rhubarb Picnic Bars

Finally got around to making these almond rhubarb picnic bars a la Smitten Kitchen, and oh my, were they spectacular!  My intention of trying the recipe on a random weeknight was to practice for making these for a baby shower I'm co-hosting in a few weeks.  Always a fan of rhubarb, I always lament when the short rhubarb season ends and I haven't taken advantage of the bountiful tartness this unsuspecting red vegetable has to offer. Note to self: next time, better make two batches...since I polished off half this batch by myself in a flash!


Quote of the Week

"We take photos as a return ticket to a moment otherwise gone."
~ Katie Thurmes

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