Five on Friday

I thought I’d share with you five recent blog posts I’ve enjoyed – a couple are food-related (of course) and some are not. All are worth a click-over to see what they are about.

(all of the images are from the blog posts themselves)

Let’s start with some food ones:

1. Homemade Oreo Ice Cream. Uh, yeah, how could this not make it onto my top 5 list? It’s not the same recipe as the one I already have for Oreo Ice Cream, but it looks really, really good. Now that I have an ice cream maker, I’m going to have to give this one a try.

photo from the Mother Huddle

2. Here’s a terrific-looking salad I want to try one day – especially when I have some leftover grilled chicken to put on it. Fiesta Ranch Vinaigrette Spinach Salad. Yum.

3. Here’s an idea I am using to make my own back deck a little more home-y and welcoming – hanging baskets! Now, if you know me, you know that I generally DO NOT have a green thumb. I usually kill green things – not out of neglect, but more out of over-loving, I think. Anyway, I’ve got some ferns and impatiens growing on the deck this year, thanks to this inspirational post and we’ll see how long they live!

I’m trying really hard here to make this Five on Friday not just about food – wonder why all my bookmarked posts seem to be about food? Hmmm…


4. AH! Here’s a great craft idea to do with the kids as a matter of fact, I’d forgotten about it – Maybe I’ll take them to the craft store today and they can get the stuff to make these. So cute. The folks over at Make and Takes always have such cute ideas.

Okay, here’s the final one… and it was difficult finding one that was just right to round out my top 5 today but I think this fits just perfectly. (and of course, it’s another food one)

5. Lemon Coconut Pound Cake. Doesn’t it just make your mouth water to look at the picture? I mean, really?  Yummy!  I think I’m going to whip this up for a little get-together I’m going to this weekend. I’ve got some lemons on the counter and most of the other ingredients in the pantry, so it will be a fun experiment.

Okay, so that’s my top five for the week. I’ve got about a hundred other to share with you, but I’ll stop here…

What about you? Any top pick posts you have read this week? Share with us in the comments!




Five on Friday: Things I’m Loving Right Now

I thought I’d share a few of my favorite things with you – things that just make me happy these days.

  1. My Tervis Tumblers –image

    I’m loving them – loving the fact that they keep hot things hot (like my mocha protein shakes in the mornings) and cold things cold (like my fruit smoothies and “sweet” tea)

    I love the happy patterns I have, the durability, the “sippy cup” tops for when I’m mobile (or the kids have one to drink in)

    They’re not cheap, but I use mine enough that I think I’m getting more than my money’s worth.  I use them

  2. Dry-roasted Edamame image

    Oh, my. Have you tried these?
    Sooo, sooo, good.

    It’s like a cross between popcorn and roasted peanuts in terms of flavor (and addictive qualities)

    They have 13g of protein per 1/4 cup serving – and it is hard to eat only 1/4 cup, trust me!

    It helps satisfy my salty-snack cravings while getting some protein in my day.

  3. Beatrice
    But you already know I love her.  I spend so much time these days with her. I take her everywhere I go.  She’s become my bestest friend.
    But don’t tell her I’m trying to figure out how I can sneak one of these into my budget this summer: image  I wouldn’t want her to find out and get jealous of her cousin’s hold on my heart.
  4. The Daily Digi’s monthly membership

    What a great deal!  You get over $50 worth of digital scrapbooking products for a monthly membership fee of $7.50. That is awesome.  But they don’t usually stop there… almost every month I’ve gotten an email with some type of members-only special. (love that!)

    And all of the products are beautiful, top-quality originals. I am hardly ever disappointed and I use almost every single kit I receive.imageAdditionally, members get this kit, just for signing up. How cool is that?

  5. My calendar

    Well, actually, it’s called “My Book” and is an adaptable planner.
    imageI love it because of two things… the fact that it’s tiny enough to fit in my purse (and not too heavy – I have the small size) but mostly I love it because I can customize it to my tastes.  I decorated the slip-in cover with scrapbook papers that made me happy and then added 4×6 photos in the page protectors (there is a page protector/photo page at the beginning of each month) so I am carrying around all my favorite pictures of my family.

    When I get tired of the photos, or the decorations on the cover, it’s a simple task to swap them out and put new things in. Us short-attention-span girls LOVE that.
    There’s also plenty of room for me to track our family activities and even put a little note about the day if I choose.

What about you?

What things are you loving these days? 

Anything you want to share with us?