Are you hungry? Well you might be after you read this post! Check out these amazing artsy pancakes created by Nathan Shields:
Marine animals (I think these might be my favorite!)
Organs (not as appetizing but still cool!)
Check out many more pancake designs here.
I would love to see Nathan incorporate some chocolate chips into his designs, chocolate chip pancakes are my favorite!
How often do two such spectacular events collide on the same WEEKEND day? Not often is the answer, so huge celebrations are in order! Instead of choosing one, why not celebrate both Derby Day and Cinco de Mayo?
Cinco de Mayo
Kick off your Saturday with a Mexican inspired brunch.
Make the perfect margarita. You can’t taste the beer but it adds a nice kick!
Snack on some darling pinata cookies
And of course, play some Mexican tunes!
Pick your pony. For the last 3 years I’ve somehow blindly picked the winner (seriously!) but of course didn’t wager anything. This year I have a friendly bet going and will be rooting for Creative Cause.
Meet all the horses here. Who do you like?
Make a mint julep. Such a civilized drink. And the mint makes it so refreshing!
And don’t forget to grab a huge Derby appropriate hat.
Have a fun weekend!
Check out these gorgeous BluePrint Juice bottles designed by Doubleday & Cartwright. Each bottle features the name of the juice (aka the color) and all the ingredients it contains- simple but beautiful!
For more information on these juices, visit BluePrint. Has anyone tried this juice? It looks delicious!
Montonsoup sent me an interesting article last night about 25 (mostly awesome) foods we’ll never get to eat again because they were discontinued. Some of these items I understand- I mean Crystal Pepsi? No thanks. But some deserve a little bit more attention for all the goods times they brought us:
If you’re a child of the late 80′s/early 90′s you remember Surge. Delicious, electric green, full of caffeine. Basically the most delicious drink ever invented. If Coca Cola started making these again, I think I could die happy!
Fun faces, fruity flavors. These were the best thing to find in your lunchbox!
Heinz Colored Ketchup
I remember this ketchup, and it was disgusting. I guess the fun factor of using different colors didn’t outweigh how gross it looked to most people. It’s funny how important color can be. Heinz discontinued this product in 2006.
Oreo O’s Cereal
This cereal was delicious. Was it healthy? Obviously not. But I still don’t understand why it was discontinued. I mean Cookie Crisp is still around right? So people clearly don’t mind eating cookies for breakfast!
If you want to see the full list of delicious food items you’ll never eat again, click here. What’s your favorite discontinued food item?
If you’re like me, you have some overripe bananas lying around the kitchen. What can I say? Those things ripen faster than I can eat them! The good news is, you can use them to make banana bread. In less than 15 minutes you can have a loaf in the oven….
Easy Banana Bread
2-3 very ripe bananas
1/2 stick of butter (softened)
2/3 cup sugar
1 1/3 cup flour
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
In a medium sized bowl, mash the bananas. You want to mash them as much as possible so there are no big chunks in your bread. Add the butter, sugar, and eggs and mix everything together.
In another bowl, combine the flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder, and cinnamon. Add this mixture to the wet ingredients and stir until everything is combined.
Pour the dough into a greased pan and bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 30-50 minutes.
This bread is so delicious…I especially like to eat it for breakfast with a little butter. It’s pretty much heaven!
What’s more fun than chocolate dipped strawberries? White chocolate dipped strawberries with blue sugar! It’s an irresistible combination.
Strawberries (about one pint)
2/3 cup of white chocolate chips
Blue sparkling sugar
Melt the chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave them in 20 second increments, stirring between each one so you don’t burn the chocolate.
Dip the strawberries in the chocolate, making sure to leave part of the strawberry uncovered.
Dip the bottom of each strawberry in blue sugar, making sure to not cover all the white. You want all three colors- red, white, and blue, to show!
Place the strawberries on a wax paper covered baking sheet, and put them in the fridge until the chocolate sets.
And that’s all there is to it! In no time you’ll have patriotic strawberries that taste amazing. You can even pretend it’s a healthy dessert since strawberries are good for you, right?
As promised, here is another 4th of July dessert recipe. These sparkler pretzels are simple but fun and would make a perfect addition to any summer BBQ!
Pretzel Rod Sparklers
22 pretzel rods
6 .24 oz packets of Pop Rocks
2/3 cup of chocolate chips
Place your chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl, then microwave until melted. Heat in 20 second increments, stirring between each one. Be careful not to burn the chocolate!
Dip your pretzel rods into the chocolate, coating the top of the pretzel. Then, sprinkle pop rocks on the coated end, pressing them into the chocolate gently if need be.
Stand your sparkler rods upright in a cup or mug, then place them in the fridge until the chocolate has set.
When you eat them, the pop rocks sparkle and pop- it’s like fireworks in your mouth! And the saltiness of the pretzel is perfect with the chocolate. For such a simple dessert, these really deliver!
Did you have a good Fourth of July weekend? I had a blast, but I honestly think it will take me all week to recover from all the parties, food, and sparkling cocktails!
One of the best things about living in Boston is the ocean. I don’t get to go out on the water as often as I’d like to, but I was lucky enough to go on a (free!) boat cruise this weekend. The Spirit of Boston is one seriously nice boat-
We cruised around the harbor for two hours and the weather was perfect. There were lots of other boats out on the water.
I love the view of Boston from the harbor.
After the cruise, my boyfriend and I wandered over to Fan Pier where the Extreme Sailing Series was taking place. They had a whole village set up with food and drink tents, music, giveaways, and more. It was cool to see all the boats- they travel all over the world but Boston was their only U.S. stop.
At the sailing village, we saw Mayor Thomas Menino AND got to meet A.J. Burnett. I’ve watched him on the news pretty much every day since I moved to Boston so it was a little surreal to meet him in person! He was very gracious and let us take some pictures. Note how patriotic we are in our red, white, and blue.
After the sailing series, my boyfriend and I finished off the evening with dinner and drinks at Jerry Remy’s by the water. The food was a little pricey ($14 for a salad) but tasty. The burger came on fried dough. ’nuff said!