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Friday Five

 1. After my own weekend getaway to the Oregon coast this past weekend, Christina’s post about escaping locally is giving me serious wanderlust. Take me away!

2. This corn chowder recipe is everything I want right now.

3. Umm.. the absolute fastest way to make Snicker’s bars at home! Why does this have to exist? I’ll be making these all the time…

4. Lola went to the Boston Bacon and Beer Festival and now I’m wishing I could have joined! Everything looks delish.

5. Baby animals are the cutest. I want one of each of these, please.

Easy Candied Bacon

Happy hump day! I’m still trying to get back to reality after a quick jaunt up to the Oregon coast for a bachelorette party. We had an absolute blast. Dune buggy ride on the sand dunes to the beach? Check. Eating a ridiculous amount of freshly caught crab? Check. Drinking way too much champs/ beer/ cider? Check. Taking advantage of a gorgeous day at the beach and getting sunburned? Check.

But enough about me. Let’s talk about something you can make. Something that will change your life. Candied bacon. But not just any candied bacon– no, I’m sharing easy candied bacon.

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Friday Five

1. A dear family friend who made the fruit plate above,  makes something similar every. single. day. depending on what fruit is in season. Isn’t it gorgeous? Don’t you wish you could nosh on that every night? I do..

2. Fresh fruit ice pops?! Perfect for how freaking hot it’s been in Napa.

3. Erin at The World Wanderer had a summer trip reminiscent of Wild. This girl is so awesome!

4. Now this is a DIY I can get behind. Thanks Imperial Sugar!

5. I need this in my life for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner. And brinner.

 

Thai-Inspired Wraps with Ayara Peanut Sauce

Guys, it has been disgustingly hot in Napa lately. One of the worst things about living in a new home that lacks functional insulation is cooking a proper dinner each night. No, I don’t want to make a roast chicken in 90 F weather, thanks. And no, I don’t want another salad/bowl of cereal/ ice cream sandwich for dinner. I swear I’m an adult.

A while back, Ayara Thai sent me two of their sauces to try. I did some reading and learned that founder Vanda Asapahu is a fellow food lover, just like me, and that the sauce brand actually started with a family-owned restaurant in the Los Angeles area. You can learn more about their story here.

As a lover of all things Thai food, I jumped at the chance to create a quick, easy, and tasty dinner that wouldn’t make me break out in a sweat.

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Friday Five

 1. My Thai food obsession just won’t quit. Like, I am literally making excuses to drive to Natomas (a suburb of Sacramento– hours away!) to get my favorite fix: avocado curry with tofu and pineapple fried rice with chicken. Between that and my favorite (and recently relocated) Napa joint, I’ve had Thai food 3 times in a week and a half. Someone stop me. #thaifoodjunkie

2. Joy made the most delicious sounding corn cakes.. And it gives me a perfect way to use up buttermilk leftover from making my favorite chicken.

3. The romantic and hubs of The Lazy Travelers detail their weekend warrior adventures in Istanbul, one of my most favoritest cities in the world and consequently make me want to jet over there now. The end.

4. Karla made an ice cream cake that is absolutely gorgeous but refuses to share the recipe with us! Okay, maybe I’m just being impatient and she’ll share it soon. But, it’s like she read my mind. Because I’m making one tonight! P.S. go follow Karla for drool-worthy foodie pics.

5. Woo hoo, go Amazon Destinations! SF is where it’s at! Anyone want to head to Boston with me!?

Friday Five

1. Last week’s trip to the coast was absolutely everything I needed! I ate amazing food, sipped delicious cocktails, listened to some.. interesting.. karaoke, wandered around a castle, and even spotted elephant seals! Which, by the way, are so big! The males put on quite a show for us by play-fighting. Maybe that was for the ladies, but I’m keen on believing they knew I was watching.

2. Umm.. this Tinder-esque app for recipe hoarders lovers is amazing!

3. I’m fairly certain my love for both avocado and burrata will allow me to overlook the tomatoes on Jessica’s recipe. And just look at how pretty it is!

4. Because, sometimes, I can’t keep the cats out of my mind, check out these adorable kittens attacking sheets. Made. My. Day.

5. Erin at The World Wanderer shared a lovely post which features her thoughts on #TheAfricaTheMediaNeverShowsYou, along with a few other bloggers’. I’ve never wanted to go to Africa more than I do now!

Where are you traveling to in the last weeks of summer?

Let Me Upgrade You: Milky Way Rice Krispies Treats

Hi loves! I’ve missed you. Life has been all over the place– mostly due to fun and amazing things happening– forcing me to write less and put some fun projects on hold. They’re still in the works, but just pushed back a little longer. As promised, I have heaps of things to share with you. Let’s start with tasty things, shall we?

It’s been a while since I’ve posted a recipe. I swear I’m not a recipe hoarder (however, when it comes to purses and shoes, I can’t really comment..), but I’ve got quite the stockpile of delicious food things that I can’t wait to share with you any longer!

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