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Garlic-Kale Stuffed Portobello Burgers

I am getting married in a week.

I am surprisingly calm.

I hear other brides talk about stress and frustration, and all I am thinking is, I must be missing several huge aspects. That thought is enough to cause stress. Ha! But really, this has been all fun and little stress.

The only thing I am completely totally nervous about is being able to speak. Will I even be able to speak? Jason and I are writing our own vows, and the years we have shared and the trials we have faced do nothing to minimize my emotions of this day – I am still giddy excited to be marrying my best friend. Plus, I cry at everything. Guh.

I am lucky that one of my [click to continue…]

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Kale Salad with Warm Bacon Fig Dressing

We are officially in the high-speed wedding countdown. Nineteen days to go.

Thankfully, I am super calm and have been this whole time. I am detailed, but not stressing the details. It’s all happening as it should and honestly, I am just nervous-cited about the whole thing. I am grateful to be calm.

I am grateful for our very dear friends. Over the weekend we had a party in our honor, a sort of engagement – shower celebration for both Jason and I, and all of our friends and family. My friend (and maid-man of honor) Johnny completely outdid himself, hosting a fun day with so much amazing food. I will have to share those photos in a separate post – everything was so very good.

So many friends and family were there to celebrate with us, which is just my favorite thing. I brought my karaoke machine, which is always a great time.

We are blessed with many good friends, and we cannot wait to celebrate with more in a few weeks. My heart is happy.

Hearty Mushroom Salad with Warm Bacon Dressing

This salad.

I was never really a bacon fan, but one thing I used to love was a crisp cool salad with that warm smoky dressing. The one that uses bacon.

This is my version of that salad, using [click to continue…]

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Passionfruit Cheesecake with Shortbread Pretzel Crust

I woke up this morning and made a cheesecake. Then I had a piece for breakfast.

I haven’t made a cheesecake in a while. This one is a birthday cake.

Happy Birthday, Dad.

Since Dad grew up in Hawaii and loved all things tropical, I made this for him. Today I will [click to continue…]

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Key Lime Cheesecake Bars

 

Today I am kicking off the cookbook tour of one of my favorite bloggers, Cara Reed of Fork and Beans! I was so very honored to review her new book, Decadent Gluten Free Vegan Baking – I have been giddy excited for her as she worked on it.

I am also giving away a copy to one lucky reader – read on for details.

Cara and I have been friends for a while – I am drawn to her incredibly creative interpretations of [click to continue…]

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Perfect Picnic Pasta Salad

I have a Goose Lamp.

Two of them, actually. One is named Mayonnaise.

My friend Michelle named Mayonnaise years ago. An ironic name, as back then I really did not care for mayo in any form. Since going vegan, mayonnaise does not wig me out as it used to. It’s simply an oil-based condiment now – rather than something made with eggs – another thing I didn’t care to eat.

Mayonnaise. Even though the only kind of mayo I use is plant based, I still sometimes have that same feeling about it, that it’s a no-no for picnic in the sunshine foods. So in [click to continue…]

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Ginger Maple Miso Ice Cream

Ginger Maple Miso Ice Cream

One of my favorite foods to get weird creative with is ice cream. Often I have so many flavors at one time, that I find myself getting creative with freezer containers. Also, my freezer drawer becomes a game of tetris.

Dark Chocolate Oat Cream

Dreamy Dark Chocolate Oat Cream

Worth it, though – this lack of space and storage containers. While I love ice cream year round, summertime is ice cream season, really.

Isn’t it?

Chai Spiked Pumpkin Milkshake

Today I have a collection of ice creams and one milkshake! Some of these recipes have extremely unique in flavors or ingredient lists – and should give you inspiration and a freezer full of treats this summer.

 

Enjoy the slideshow below:

 

Check out Summertime Ice Cream Inspirations

by Kristina at Foodie.com

 

or click here to see the whole collection at once!

 

 

SLIDESHOW SPONSORED BY FOODIE VIA GLAM MEDIA. ALL OPINIONS EXPRESSED HEREIN ARE THOSE OF SPABETTIE.

 

 

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Mini Toffee Mallomars

Father’s Day is Sunday.

My first without Dad.

Not a day goes by that I do not think about Dad.

More times than I can count, in the first two months he was gone, I found myself driving to his house, autopilot style (his house is two minutes up the hill from ours).

Every morning I walk through our library and say “morning, Dad” as I walk by his urn.

I still watch Days of Our Lives at least once a week, even if it is just on in the background while I work in the kitchen …but often I will schedule my lunch around that time, and settle down to catch up. Dad, I know you’d be loving the stories right now.

I also watch Barrett-Jackson auction from time to time, looking for your Corvette.

Yep, I talk to Dad sometimes. I used to bring him fresh juice and coffee every day, and since I practice this ritual daily myself, I am often wishing he was here. Giving my green juice the side eye, and drinking it with a smile.

I celebrate his memory, I think of the good times. We had so many good times.

He bought me my first basketball, when I was probably 9? I remember standing there in the store, looking at them all, looking up at Dad, how do we choose? He simply picked one up, you know how they have that half box going all around the ball, and he bounced it. Box and all. Okay, this one is good.

He also [click to continue…]

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perfect cherry pancakes

Cherry season is here! How do I know? Because I have bowls and bowls of cherries picked from our tree in the front yard. I wait and wait for that deep red (which is like 9 hours of sunshine after they start turning pale red), then I race out there and get them before the birds do.

Our tree is tall, so until I rent a cherry picker I am leaving the birds enough anyway – they possess the wonder of flight, so I kindly ask them to dine on the top shelf fruit.

While I sit here pitting and [click to continue…]

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