Each peanut M&M equals walking the length of one football field? Tell me it isn’t so!

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My Smudge informed me of this random urban legend (?) after we brought home the remnants of a 5 lb. Costco bag from the cabin last weekend. It’s been sitting on the shelf in the kitchen. And you know what that means, because it’s sitting open. And every time one of us walks by, we dip our hot little hands into the bag to fish one (or half dozen) peanut M&Ms out of the bag. In fact, I had JUST peanut M&Ms for dinner one night. And no, I’m not kidding. 

So this football thing? I had to look it up. And lo and behold, her useless (read: I’d rather ignore than admit) factoid is indeed true. In fact, the truth is even worse. Read about it here.

This weekend we’ll be heading to South Eastern Utah, to the land of prehistoric red rocks and aging punk rock bands for my husband’s reunion show. Rock on crouton!

Happy Friday everyone, and on to this week’s links…

The family above lives near FoodieCrush contributor Hayley, and baby, they got class and they cannot lie.

I LOVE this home’s mix and match style of contemporary / mid century / vintage / modern TOTALLY CHIC! I want to move in immediately. Oh, that kitchen!

From flat to flavorful. These are the best sweeteners for baking.

Who I’m following that you should be too:

This food blog. Oh those s’mores!

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This Pinterest account to try and keep with the times,

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This Instagram because everything about it is delicious.

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I LOVE it when my Smudge leaves me little notes around the house like the one above. #itsgoodtobe10

A super luxe leather handbag (love the simple strap!) that will charge my phone but keep me looking super suave and in style? I need one of these!

Etsy find of the week: Loving these beautiful linen napkins.

Whichever marketing genius came up with the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is going to get a serious promotion. I can’t turn a TV on or boot up a computer screen without seeing it mentioned! This challenge adds some nice liquid courage, these are the best epic fails who would have been better off simply donating money . But if it’s true what Pamela Anderson says about ALS research, I may have to take another look.

9 style rules every working woman should follow. Rule #5 is my nemesis unless my husband does the dirty work.

She’s got ultimate style and says it best that “I approach aging with ice cream and a martini,” but I’m jonesing to buy what’s on her list of beauty products.

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Don’t anyone tell them summer’s over. My Smudge and her gal pals are still having way too much fun in the looming shadow of the countdown to school. Yes, that’s me on the left bringing in the darkness.

School is officially here. I like these pics and tips for creating a great homework station.

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This desk is SO smart! Super stylish and hides cords or favorite place to hoard office supplies so the rest of the fam or team keeps their paws off!

You just can’t take kids anywhere these days. Especially The French Laundry according to this 4 year old.

Another day, another quiz. Which celebrity chef are you?

Look amazing in any photo with these 10 tips.

And now for a few seasonal veg-based recipes that captured my eye this week. Man, they look good. 

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Beet, Goat Cheese and Honey Tarts

This recipe is a riff on a fave salad in her new, gorgeous cookbook  (I just got mine in the mail and you can pre-order it here) with beautiful golds, reds and a big puffy tart. Recipe here

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Raw Spiralized Zucchini Noodles with Tomatoes and Pesto

I’ve yet to succomb to the spiralized craze, but this recipe has all the fixins’ to get me on the mood. I mean, hello! Baby tomatoes, pesto and zucchs. The ultimate #eatseasonal right now. And, another fave blogger who has a cookbook you can pre-order hereRecipe here

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Summer Squash Slaw with Toasted Almonds and Feta

This recipe is yet another reason there’s no reason to cook squash! Looking fine valentine. Recipe here

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Simple Summer Corn Soup

Vegan and gluten-free, chunky or smooth, this summer soup will sit right with any palate. Recipe here

Have a fantastic weekend all and cook something good!

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P.S., thanks to everyone for your emails, tweets and words about my new bionic wrist. I hope this pic doesn’t gross you out, if so, just think if you had to look at it every day! Maybe I’ll finally get that tatoo I’ve never, ever wanted so I can cover up the scar. I do know one thing for sure, a manicure is in order!

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