hi there! Happy mid- summer. I have been on a cooking high lately. Here are some of my favorites:
No-Bake Energy Bites – so easy- my 4 year old and I made these and they were so good, I may have eaten half. My sister makes these and freezes them for a quick breakfast for her girls.
Garlic Expressions-this stuff is AMAZING. It smells so good. My friend Heather had this on a Broccoli slaw salad when we were camping and it was love at first smell for me.
Ina’s Blueberry Muffins– Ina always has to be included in my mix of recipes. She just deserves the spot!
Basil Butter Chicken– I remembered this chicken for the archives and it’s coming back! Wonderful with fresh basil.
Sauteed Corn– It’s almost time for CORN! This recipe is so easy and fast- it’s our favorite way to eat it.
Creamy Avocado Dip– for a change up from the usual guacamole!
Books I’ve been reading:
Circling the Sun– I loved this book. The whole imagery of Kenya in the early 1900’s and Beryl’s amazing independent spirit- it was definitely an interesting read.
In a Dark, Dark Wood– I can see why this book is being made into a movie. You know something is coming but not sure how it will play out.
The Luckiest Girl Alive– currently reading. I can see she has a real dark side- which is always interesting!
The Guest Room– this is certainly not a must-read but my mom and I both read it this summer and it was entertaining.
Would love your book and recipe suggestions! Here’s to August!
Here are a few of my favorite summer things!
Mermaid goggles– oh my! Brooke is LOVING these.
any doormat from Lulu and Georgia. Can’t tell you how many people laugh as I’m opening our front door.
cutest clutch! I stare at it every time I’m in Solemates in Old Town. Plus, that store has the best scarves- I use them as a bathing suit skirt wrap, and always when I’m on an airplane!
Cooking Light Seared Tofu with Sweet Chili Zauce and Broccoli– YUM! I made it this week. Omitted the bok choy. 3 of 5 liked it (2 would not even try it!- that’s what hot dogs are for)
Anything Cucina! I love their dish soaps.
S’more Ice Cream Sandwiches– call me to come over when you make these!!
My sisters were just at a friend’s home and she made these Lemon Blueberry Cupcakes and they both RAVED about them. On my list! They said their friend doubles the frosting. I think I need to meet this friend…
Soy Delicious Island Mango candle. You know when you smell a candle at the store and then you bring it home and it smells like…nothing? This is the opposite. A sweet friend of mine gave this to me and I just love it! I fear it will be gone soon!!
This may be TMI, but I stayed at a friend’s house for a girls weekend and she had the Voluspa Saijo Persimmon Spray in her bathroom- of course we all had to try it and see what it was about since she has great taste! My roommate and I then sprayed it every time we used the bathroom just because we liked it so much! I ordered one and my boys love the smell and now I enjoy using my downstairs bathroom. Enough said.
Excited for the 4th of July! It’s one of my favorite holidays. I will be excited to roll out the red white and blue!
A couple of you reminded me of some other things I like but haven’t blogged about- so here goes:
My friend Heather B knows how to do beachy waves. Thankfully, she offered to show me how! After one side being better than the other, I mastered it and regularly add some quick waves to my straight hair. The best part is the wand is $20 at Target. Conair You Curling Wand – I cannot find the right link here- this one is bigger than the one I use and mine was $19.99. I guess the takeaway would be look for a wand similar to this in the aisle and you are good. Use the thumb protector those first couple times! You may burn yourself getting used to it.
My sister Wendy sent me this O key ring last year and I LOVE it. I can just plunge my hands into the depths of my purse and always find my mail key when I need it! Plus, it fits around my kids handlebars if I send them to the corner to grab the mail.
One year later and I am still crazy for my Lettermate. I appreciate a well addressed envelope.
Think I am too old for these tennis racquet clips? I love everything from hello shisho. My daughter may be sporting these at her next tot tennis lesson.
One last recipe suggestion- yummy marinade- Sue Jackson’s steak marinade– a go to.
Have a great week!