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Vanilla Overnight Oats with Almonds and Cranberries

This past weekend was jammed full of events, wine, food, cocktails and travel. I ventured as far south as Santa Cruz for a Leon Russell concert and way up north to Windsor for a wine country fundraiser. (Were you following along on my Instagram?) Sunday we officially celebrated my dad’s birthday with barbecue, bourbon and cake late into the evening. Needless to say, I was not looking forward to starting the week off feeling tired.

I’ve heard that one way to guarantee an energized morning is to eat breakfast within an hour of waking up. I’ve never been one of those people to eat so early! Instead, I require coffee within moments of waking up, which is why I love setting my coffee machine up the night before. No need to think about anything when I’m not awake in the morning — just wander into the kitchen, fill up a cup, top with milk and drink.

Vanilla Overnight Oats with Almonds and Cranberries | @innatsshoesNow, I’ve found something new and delicious that I love each morning: Vanilla Overnight Oats with Cranberries and Almonds. Read the rest of this entry

Friday Five

Considering I live in Napa, I rarely take part of all of the things this gorgeous valley has to offer. However, the past week (in my world) has been filled to the brim with all things Napa Valley. Coffee dates at Napa Valley Roasting Company, lunch at R+D Kitchen in Yountville (that veggie club, tho!), al fresco dinner at Bistro Don Giovanni’s, and Thomas Keller’s picture perfect macarons from Bouchon Bakery. All quintessential Napa Valley.

It definitely made me realize how I need to take advantage of everything my hometown has to offer more often! This Friday Five, you’ll notice I pay extra attention to news and articles regarding Napa Valley. I really couldn’t help myself!

In Natalie's Shoes | https://innataliesshoes.wordpress.com1.Do you like Stone Brewing beer? Do you like Napa? You’re in luck! Check this recent news out.

2. This list of hidden gems in San Francisco has me in awe! That slide? The mosaic stairs!? I need to get exploring!

3. Have you ever considered taking a “voluntourism” trip? Erin breaks down what to look for and other considerations when traveling to volunteer on this post.

4. Congrats to one of my favorite Napa Valley restaurants on being included on this Top 100 Restaurants list!

5. Are you a plant killer, like me? Need ideas for easy care plants? Check this list out!

Friday Five

It’s Friday the 13th and I am in serious need of a cocktail. What the heck is wrong with the general public? Ugh!

Speaking of tasty cocktails, I am absolutely head over heels for the cocktail below. Cheers to us! Now, let’s get on with Friday Five.

 

 

1.Searching for a summer cocktail? (The correct answer is always.) This one incorporates tea, whiskey, and peaches AND can be made in large batches. Consider me sold.

2. Itching for your next trip? I’m loving these tips on how to bide your time in between travels.

3. Dying to try this rosemary focaccia bread in my cast iron skillet! I’ve never considered making a bread other than cornbread using my skillet.

4. Traveling to France (or just want to feel confident when asking for these brands?!)? Loving this guide to pronouncing famous French brands correctly.

5. OMG. Despite how much effort and time go into this recipe, how awesome would it be to make Tartine’s morning buns whenever you wanted them? Mmm…

 

Spicy Chili-Lime Chicken Tacos

Despite loving to travel and very much enjoying my trip, I’m still recovering from my visit to west Tennessee. And I don’t just mean the exhaustion from two full days of traveling or the aches in my body from sitting in an airplane seat and lugging around my tightly packed carry-on. No, I mean my taste buds.

For the duration of my trip, I survived on tasty Memphis-style barbecue, chicken ‘n dumplings, pulled pork, hamburgers, and casseroles. Plus all of the desserts we made, like my bourbon pecan pie bars and chocolate chip cookies. Basically, I was craving fresh veggies paired with a spicy depth that only Asian and Mexican flavors can provide.

Enter these tacos bursting with Thai-Mexican fusion flavor!

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Friday Five

How are you feeling today? Today, the Friday after Cinco de Mayo, is a bit foggy for me. I enjoyed one too many beverages last night, like the gorgeous ombre margaritas below. Did you celebrate?

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1.I’m all about waffles. Churros, are absolute heaven. Ice cream sandwiches? The bomb. Combining all three in this quick recipe? I’m speechless.

2. Gahhh this succulent DIY is adorable! Plus super easy to care for!

3. This slow cooker bolognese? I’m so in.

4. As I continue to approach the next decade of my life, articles like this give me hope for making my 30s (and travel!) the best yet.

5. Since I’m planning on taking a ton of photos using my iPhone on my trip to the Caribbean, this list of ways to increase storage space is always a nice reminder.

Friday Five

Oh, Friday! Another week, another joyous celebration of the incoming weekend. I’m back in west Tennessee right now, but my wanderlust already has me dreaming of new destinations. Have any fun travel plans coming up?


1.I’ll be heading out to Puerto Rico this summer and I’m already eyeing Erin’s food and drink recommendations! Do you have any to add?

2. Complete with ricotta, prosciutto and a few other tasty bits, this tartine sounds like an amazing appetizer at your next party! However, I’m thinking it sounds like the perfect dinner for one..

3. Remembering that one time the romantic and the hubs were packing for their RTW trip and still feeling envious about their trip. And a little mad I wasn’t invited.

4. A no-bake chocolate torte recipe that’s also vegan!? Okay, I’ll admit I’m very curious!

5. Heading on a long flight? Peak these things to make it a little easier. Number five though!

Playing Tourist: A Napa Valley Picnic

It’s been a while since I’ve played tourist in my hometown of Napa. The weather has been a bit more consistent and warm, so I’ve been itching to get outside. As usually happens with my life, I’m either booked up on the weekends or need a really, really good reason to get outdoors.

Enter UncommonGoods, a Brooklyn-based company specializing in unique items for your home, gifts, or yourself. I was invited to check out their extensive kitchen + bar tools section and pick my top favorites to try out. As someone who works at a nonprofit, I was absolutely swooning when I learned they’re a founding B Corp, which means they use the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. How could I say no?  Read the rest of this entry

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