Happy Monday, everyone! Get this—not only was last Friday’s Cavewoman Bars review my 200th post, but last Thursday, August 5th, was the two-year anniversary of my first post! I can hardly believe I’ve been doing this for so long already. My interaction with YOU, my readers, is the #1 reason I keep it up. So here’s to two more years of blogging—at least!
Since this seems to be a week of twos, I suppose it’s only appropriate that I ate so much in July that I have to split it between two posts. Today I’ll show you some random homemade leftovers (mostly sweets), while tomorrow I’ll run through my awesome restaurant meals for the month.
A long time ago, I bookmarked the recipe for maple cupcakes in VCTOTW, and I finally baked them in July. I made maple-candied walnuts, stirred them into the maple-syrup-infused batter, and topped the baked cakes with whipped maple frosting and extra candied nut pieces. I took these to my friends’ 4th of July party, and they were a hit.
I stopped in Lawrence on my way back from Oklahoma City, and found these heirloom cherry tomatoes at The Merc (the locals’ pet name for the Community Mercantile). They were just too precious to resist.
For my birthday (July 10th), my friend Hillary (of The Anti-Chef) made a cupcake version of my best-ever chocolate cake recipe, adding her own flair with a delectable swirl of cashew butter-chocolate icing. Thanks again, Hillary!
When my best friend Rachel and I have our wine nights, one of us brings the wine (a bottle each of white and red) and the other makes the hummus. I had hummus duty this time, and served a simple, lemony garlic hummus with whole grain crackers.
Experiencing the joys of raw tacos in Dallas was momentous, as I discovered from it that
a) it is the first-ever (and so far only) way I’ve found that I can tolerate – even enjoy! – lettuce, and b) it’s a raw meal that Matt will happily gobble down. I’ve already made raw taco wraps for us several times.
This particular meal contained hearts of romaine (as the wraps), Averie’s spicy, cheezy Doritos dip, taco nut meat, and our favorite storebought salsa from Costco. Sorry for the bright flash on this pic, but you can see we made the most of our little self-service taco bar!
Matt’s breakfast of choice is oatmeal, and he’s been begging me for awhile now to make him a batch of overnight steel-cut oats, so I finally did. We topped our bowls with fresh blueberries we picked ourselves—but that’s a story you’ll have to wait till later this week to hear!