Happy Friday friends!
It seems like this is the time of year where there is not way I can get enough tomatoes and mozzarella under my belt. And I don’t even wear a belt. And please, don’t forget that fresh basil from the garden and balsamic drizzle, even if these guys disagree.
This week I’ve been riding high on fresh eats and quality time with friends and family. Although I don’t have my mini me at my side during the day (“Mooooommm, I don’t want summer to be ooooovvver!”) I’ve been enjoying some quality time with her grandma Pat who’s been staying with us this week.
My MIL has seen her fair share of dish duty (score!!) and has taken over Smudge’s chore of watering the outdoor plants among other things. She’s definitely pulling her weight and is an entertaining pal to have around, so I’m rewarding her in all the cheese. And tomatoes, naturally.
This week I sat down to breakfast with my Grandma Frieda’s favorite breakfast (cottage cheese on toast with jam) and looked through her Joy of Cooking cookbook that was passed down to me after she passed away almost 20 years ago. The best part of the cookbook? Her handwritten recipes she added from friends. Have you had a treasured cookbook handed down to you? Maybe it’s on this list of 10 favorite timeless cookbooks. Let’s cook!
I’m hosting a party this weekend and making this. In fact, I might make the whole menu!
and speaking of…
Why is Oktoberfest always held in September?
I have pickling fever. These need to happen.
This rice bowl is drop dead delicious looking.
Scientists say this food is proven to help prevent weight gain. And it ain’t pancakes.
I like this cool idea to make old napkins new again. Would be fun to do with Smudge.
15 things to quit posting on Instagram. Hot dog legs included.
This is my favorite way to cook bacon. Unless it’s the time I forget I’m cooking it and it bakes for 2 hours and I end up with charcoal bacon like I did this week. This is real life. #kitchenfail
I am a little obsessed with this new to me blog and totally want to make everything on her site.
Now that we’re back in school (including us parents!) it’s homework time. Here are 5 smart ways to get homework done. I never would have thought of #3!
If you’re a type geek like me, you’ll totally appreciate how this dad taught his daughter the A, B, C’s—with food!
9 things to stop saying because they make you sound totally 2009. Okay, but, like, what do I say now? I mean, obvi.
Forget her Calvins, if you like pops of color you’ll want her house.
This home improvement idea is so cool. Give and get back. (and it makes for great blog content!)
Looking for new blogs to follow? Here’s how.
This 5-minute yoga routine looks easy enough, and the step-by-step GIFs are genius!
Bloggers, have you ever thought about taking a blogging break? She is and here’s why.
I’m working on making a more ergonomic working area. Has anyone tried one of these desks? Like? Not like?
Makeup maven alert: I bought a new brightening powder a few weeks ago and really like it. These experts agree.
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Recipes I Pinned This Week
There was plenty of goodness right around the corner of the www this week, here are just a few tasties I added to my Pinterest boards.
Salted Caramel Almond Crunch Cookie
Lunch break. Coffee break. I don’t really care when, just give me THIS cookie!
10 Minute Strawberry Jam
Think you don’t have time to make jam? It only takes 10 minutes. Get fresh!
Sheet Pan Balsamic Shrimp and Summer Vegetables
This is a true one pan—make that sheet pan—recipe perfect for nights on the go.
Make it a winner of a weekend friends, and cook something good.
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