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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.

Easy Candied Bacon | In Natalie's Shoes @innatsshoesBut 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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