Jordan and I had a busy busy Labor Day/Birthday Weekend. When Tuesday hit, I was not ready for my early mornings again! I'm still trying to write thank you cards, reply to all of the sweet social media comments we received and edit photos from our party.
I had a hard time staying motivated this week mainly because all I really wanted to do was flip through my new cookbook, Bowl + Spoon. Sprouted Kitchen is one of my favorite food blogs and their cookbooks are beautiful to look at. One of my favorite recipes to bring to a gathering is their mango guacamole -- it's always a huge hit!
What are you weekend plans? Besides working, I'm excited for football and celebrating birthdays with friends.
Onto the links!
Roasted Banana Coconut Ice Cream | Speaking of Sprouted Kitchen, this summer Sara shared an ice cream recipe. I purchased an extra can of coconut cream as an ingredient for our birthday cake and I think it's screaming to be made into ice cream. Now to find an ice cream maker. If any of my Nashville friends have one, please let me know!
September Challenge: Week 1 | Beth has challenged herself (for the month of September) to eat on $4.50 a day/$31 a week (the average food assistance allowance). Many people in America (and the world) go to bed hungry without really knowing if they have enough food to feed their family. Many bloggers do a 30/30 wardrobe challenge, but I'm kind of curious if I could eat on less than $5.00 a day.
Life is Not Rainbows and Unicorns. | Even people with "glamorous" jobs and lifestyles have difficult days and seasons. Thank you for being so vulnerable, Esther!
7 Steps to Simplify Your Life This Fall. For many of us, September is a chance to regroup after a busy summer. Fall can also be a great time to set new intentions for how the rest of the year will go. Daisy's practical steps gave me pause on my commitments, goals and priorities.
"You and I are easily distractible creatures with a need for structure and a desire for purpose. So if we don’t stand firmly for what we love most, we’ll be swept away by the waves of obligation and temptation that come rolling in these next several months."
Caponata | Each week 2-3 eggplants appear in my CSA and each week I wonder what to do with them. Through experimenting, I've discovered eggplants are better when paired with tomatoes. This roasted Italian dip has been an interesting way to use eggplants. I added in bell peppers because I had an abundance in my fridge. We've been eating it cold with corn chips as a snack all week!
Five Things: NYC | Gluten-free bakeries, last-minute broadway tickets and make up -- sounds like my kind of weekend in New York City!
Happy Weekend, all!