if you don't own a salad spinner, you should drop everything, and go out now to get one::
i'm considering adding another to our inventory, since this one lives in the fridge all week. i'm back to making my super salad lunch and the spinner makes it so easy. first things first, fill it 3/4 of the way with your favorite salad mix. this is a spring mix with arugula (i love arugula). next, chop and add one head of romaine for crunch::
now just have some fun. add whatever you're into. the skies the limit here. lately i've been favoring the following mix::
the last two photos are fennel. i love the flavor it adds to the salad. we grew up eating fennel (or finocchio) after our easter feast, in between the artichokes and dessert. just slice the bulb in half and cut out the hard core and slice away, as seen above. one thing i love about the spinner is that nothing needs to be pre washed. just grab it, slice and dice and toss it in. i normally fill the bowl twice and stir things up and shake things around::
now put the lid on and spin it to win it. engage your power house. the more you spin, the better it will keep. to help fend off moisture for the week, i stick a little paper towel in between the spinning basket and the bowl. sometimes i even stick a wadded up ball of paper towel in the center of the salad as well.
now for the "meat". because, if you stop here with this salad, you may wind up craving a cheeseburger when all is said and done. try the following::
shelled edamame, available frozen at most food stores. i boil up about a half of a bag and then keep them in a container in the fridge for sprinkling. the sunflower seeds are a must for me as well. now put it all together::
and grab the dressing. a filling and delicious lunch that should last you the week. one day of chopping, five days of munching! healthy eats, made easy!!
seriously, i feel like all i do is photograph past tense bananas for this blog. i'm sorry if you feel overwhelmed and i will try to make this the last time, but this banana cake needed to be documented::
half way through the recipe, i started to get excited. i've tried so many recipes for "moist" banana bread and finally settled for the one currently in my repertoire, which is satisfactory, but only when cooked medium well. i've tried multiple recipes for "moist" banana muffins (okay, only one, but it too didn't deliver). however, something was telling me this cake was the real thing::
the weight alone was promising. these cakes were heavy. in a very good way. my hopes were up. now for the fun part::
success! this cake was super moist and dense. unfortunately no one liked the semi sweet frosting. apparently our family lacks the palate required to appreciate such gourmet delights. i will not be defeated though, and next time i bake this up i'll use a cream cheese frosting, such as the kind typically used with carrot cake. i'm betting this would win everyone over and really let the banana flavor shine through!
you can find this recipe, as i did, on the pastry affair blog! a sweet place to visit.
and you may want to pop some corn, there's a lot of content coming. over the weekend, and for the first time in a decade (yes, you read that right) i found some time for myself. jen and i met up and got on the road. we spent the weekend in burlington vermont and also stopped in at "the bunker" (this is what our neighbors up north call it.....quite fitting actually). first the fungi::
now some exploring in the backyard::
i finally got the chance to leap and climb and hike over to the secret spot above the swimming hole. previously unchartered by myself, as it is impossible to navigate with a baby in the back pack and a toddler in the arms. a little slippery, but i made it. in order of appearance; my seat, upstream, and downstream::
a little more progress, which had me all choked up::
and of course, a whole different kind of progress::
the road in (and up) took a direct hit from the hurricane. we were lucky to be high enough up, but some of our neighbors had the river running straight through their homes! a new bridge is in the works, for now its cross at your own risk.
we slowly made our way down (accidentally blocking traffic in our attempts to document road damage) and headed into burlington. our first stop was nido::
i wish i had more photos to share, but i quickly got caught up in choosing fabric and squeezing lots of art yarn and local skeins! rest assured, all remaining corners of this shop are just as cute and cozy (if not, more so). love. and we had a chance to chat with the owner as well. good energy all around!
highway miles, hiking, dining, thrifting, splurging and lots of laughing. good times!
this is, by far, the best sewing pattern i've tried out. and, be warned, i may wind up making one for myself. minus the birds and the hot pink. this is the "an a is just three sticks" skirt. designed by lily giggle. ingenious::
those pockets! i can't get enough of those pockets. for the girls, this is just the most perfect design around. you've got a pocket for snacks, a pocket for crayons, a pocket for rocks (thats a big deal, the rocks)::
there are rocks just about everywhere in our house, everywhere. at least now, collecting will be a bit easier. not that they appeared to be having a problem, but you know.
bella is stylin'. for her, this skirt has been a long time coming. lots of watching and waiting and waist measuring::
but i'd say she's happy with the results, here are the shots from when it finally became hers::
nothing like a little "jumping on the bed" excitement over a finished project. it keeps you going!!
special order complete. an old friend of mine has a gorgeous little baby girl whose nickname is mouse. she messaged me about making a hat to fit the title. together we found a pattern she liked and i got to work::
this is the mouse beanie pattern by the inner hooker. very cute. as soon as the ears hit production mode, bella wanted to know what i was up to. she sees pink and its all over. i knew i would be making at least two of these now (here's hoping that her and little lu can share the larger size)::
not so much. maybe 'breakfast of spectators' would be more fitting. or something to that effect. cinnamon swirl pancakes::
i used my own pancake recipe because it's my favorite. here's where the fun starts, cinnamon swirl mix and cream cheese frosting::
put it all together and::
oh. man. these were pretty amazing. i got the recipe off of the recipe girl blog. serve these bottom side up for effect. and be prepared, because everyone will want seconds, and then thirds. and by everyone, i mean you. pace yourself.