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  1. Friday Fancies

    Sometimes Houston likes to pretend it’s LA with all the palm trees. 

    I just started participating in this and I love it. A wonderful way to begin your day! 

    Been dreaming about this white pizza since I saw it on Wednesday. 

    YES.

    Can you guess these Disney movies by their emoji summary?!

    Speaking of emojis

    These okra fries have been calling my name this week. 

    I’m all kinds of confused after watching this video.

    Love this family’s industrial home renovation (the location isn’t so bad either!)

    As if I needed another reason to love The Grand Budapest Hotel.

    Lessons from cooking at The French Laundry (on my restaurant bucket list!)

    Fresh tomatoes are my favorite. 

    Have a wonderful weekend!

     

  2. Maps // Maroon 5 

    Maroon 5 holds a special place in my heart. Like John Mayer, Maroon 5 is one of those artists I’ve loved since my preteen days, and though it’s not anything close to the great Songs About Jane (one of the best albums ever, hands down), it’s still a great summer song. 

     

  3. Pantry Granola Bites

    You’ve probably noticed that the amount of recipes I’ve posted lately have been..scarce. 

    I have an excuse, I promise. Jared and I are moving to Athens, Ga., in two weeks and my version of cooking lately has been adding a few sprigs of cilantro to a Chipotle burrito bowl and picking up soup from Central Market. Oops.

    As soon as we get settled, I’ll be back with some stellah recipes for you! 

    But for now: pantry granola bites. These were created in the midst of packing up our kitchen. I had a hankering for something sweet, filling and quick, and just happened to have these ingredients in the pantry.

    Of course, this is Jared’s new favorite granola. Isn’t that how it always is? The things we don’t expect to be that great usually end up being really wonderful. 

    We had this album on repeat as we tossed, wrapped and boxed our way through the kitchen. It’s an album I’ll always associate with Houston: we watched them perform here and I listened to that album over and over again driving to work for a solid six months. 

    Houston’s been too good to us, and we aren’t gone yet: we’ve got too many restaurants to try. 

    Until then, enjoy the easiness of this pantry creation. 

    Pantry Granola Bites (adapted from here)

    For this, you certainly don’t have to follow the directions. If you don’t have walnuts, just use more almonds, If you don’t have dried cherries, cranberries or raisins are a fine substitute. If you don’t have both nut butters, just pick your favorite. It’s a real “wing it” kind of recipe, which are often the best kind.

    you’ll need:
    3 cups rolled oats
    1/4 cup raw pecans, roughly chopped
    1/4 cup raw walnuts, roughly chopped
    1/2 cup raw almonds, roughly chopped
    1 cup dried cherries, chopped
    1/2 cup natural peanut butter
    1/2 cup natural almond butter
    5 tablespoons maple syrup
    1/4 teaspoon sea salt
    1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
    1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
    olive oil

    Preheat your oven to 325 degrees. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients except for olive oil, mixing thoroughly. 

    Lightly coat a 9 x 13 baking dish with olive oil. Press contents of mixing bowl into the pan, spreading evenly and pushing down firmly. 

    Bake for 30 minutes and allow to cool completely before breaking into small pieces. 

     

  4. Friday Fancies

    Lately, I’ve been intrigued with canning. Possible summer project? 

    For when I get into canning. 

    Here’s to hoping someone can do this with all the potholes in Houston. 

    Number one on my summer drink list

    Can you really go wrong with good pimiento cheese?

    The cutest wedding invite

    I want to throw a party just so I can make this garland

    Pretty watercolor textures (for free!)

    How did I not know this existed? 

    Let’s have a World Cup party

    A few bonus ones for you because it’s my all-time favorite duo’s birthday: 

    MK&A’s first tv appearance in a looong time.

    How many Mary-Kate and Ashley movies have you watched? (I have watched them ALL. I even suffered through New York Minute. In theaters. The day it came out.)

    Their best magazine covers

    Now that I’ve proved my insanity…have a great weekend! 

     

  5. For June // A Playlist

    After listening to Camilla’s playlist over and over, I figured it was time I created my own summertime mixtape. 

    Whether you’re in the car, on the beach, at work, baking in the kitchen or cleaning your apartment, this playlist is sure to cheer you up and make you glad that summer is here. 

    Happy Tunesday!

     
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