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Saturday, August 31, 2013

Odds & Ends

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1. After hearing everyone go on and on about Orange is the New Black, I finally plopped myself down on the couch one evening and watched the first episode. I have to say, it hooked me immediately! I’m now 3 episodes in and my brother actually bought me the memoir the series is based on, so now I'm pausing to read the book and then continue the series!

banana bread
2. Since we stayed in one large house together as a family on vacation, we ate most of our meals there, saving restaurants for just a few occasions. For breakfasts, we kept things simple—yogurt & granola, eggs & toast, cereal, or muffins! I made and froze carrot zucchini ginger muffins along with banana chocolate chunk walnut bread and transported it to Kiawah Island. The banana bread lasted maybe twenty-four hours and the muffins disappeared a few days after that! In other words, you can’t go wrong with either!
cookies and cream shake
3.  Speaking of South Carolina, it was there that I had my first ever Chick-Fil-A experience. We have a few Chick-Fil-A’s in the St. Louis area, but they’re much further out in the suburbs where we rarely venture. I’m not a huge fast food fan, but I have to say, their chicken really did look and taste so much better than what you’ll normally find! And the shakes….I am all about those! (Try the mocha cookies and cream!)

4. Remember when I told you about my cousin’s girlfriend’s online jewelry shop? My mom bought me a necklace from there for my birthday and I am in love. Not only is part of it made from a coin purse from the St. Louis Zoo (seriously, how awesome is that?!), but it arrived beautifully packaged and with obviously homemade care. Such a perfect gift!
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Four Years Ago: Toasted Coconut Banana Cream Pie