Happy Friday! Don’t you just love short weeks like this? I’m really not sure why every week can’t be four days. 3 and 4 seems much more even than 2 and 5. We are headed to Avalon this weekend for the first time since September! Let the fishing, sun bathing and ice cream eating ensue
I hope you enjoy my favorite posts from around the web this week. There were a lot of great ones!
- Favorite Dessert Post: These Peanut Butter Cap’n Crunch Bars from Cookies & Cups. It’s no secret that I’m a peanut butter addict but I’m also a cereal junkie. I love a bowl (or 4) of a seriously sugary cereal like cinnamon toast crunch, lucky charms, frosted flakes or cap’n crunch. The kind that make your gums hurt after 2 bowls or so. And I love the no-bake aspect since my kitchen has transformed into a sauna with this recent weather!
(Photo from Cookies and Cups)
- Best Savory Post: This watermelon, feta and basil quinoa salad that Jessica posted. I’ve seen a few iterations of this floating around the web but this one caught my eye because of the obvious favorite ingredient..quinoa! I can’t wait to give this combo a try.
(Photo from How Sweet Eats)
- Best Fitness Post: Gina’s great ideas for how to use a stability ball. I usually just think of them to do basic ab work but she suggests a lot of other moves that work not only your abs, but your legs, arms and back as well.
- Favorite “Good To Know” Post: Brittany’s post about how to sub natural sweeteners in any recipe for regular sugar. I loved seeing her conversion chart because I often wonder how much honey, maple syrup or agave to use in place of granulated sugar. I haven’t worked with stevia much yet, but she also gives a good reference for a conversion chart when subbing stevia in for white sugar.
Sweetener Amount = 1 cup Sugar Use honey 1/2-2/3 cup all-purpose maple syrup 1/2-3/4 cup baking, desserts, sauces maple sugar 1/2-1/3 cup baking, candies sucanat 1 cup baking, sauces brown rice syrup 1-1 1/3 cups baking, cakes, sauces date sugar 2/3 cup breads, baking, candies coconut sugar 1 cup all-purpose blackstrap molasses 1 to 1 1/3 cups all-purpose stevia see manufacturer’s label for quantity and usage. I use this stevia conversion chart often.
- Favorite Wedding Post: This wedding at Brooksby Farm on the Style Me Pretty Blog was so cute. I have to share two of my favorite pics from their gallery. This first one is such a cute way to get a picture together without actually seeing each other before the wedding.
And then I love this creative and hilarious picture of the groom and his groomsmen. This is such a stereotypical bride picture so I love the creative way they turned it around.
Hope you all have a wonderful weekend, see you Monday!