Sales Roundup for this Week!

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I know you’re going to spend tomorrow at the nearest beach or possibly lounging by the pool, but in case you stay in doors and want to snag a few items on sale. I roundup the best deal out there, so you can get a little something for yourself! Here are this week’s sales!

Dessert Love for MacarOn Café

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MacarOn Café was established to pay homage to the delicate French confectionery, the macaron. Their shops have been recognized as the connoisseurs of this delicious French pastry, because of the wonderful variety of flavors from their master chef, Cecile Cannone.
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I received a cute little box from MacarOn Café over the weekend. I was skeptical they were going to make it in one piece all the way from New York to extremely hot San Diego, but they arrived perfectly.

I’ve had tons of macarons all over the globe and these one are the best I’ve ever had. They were sparkly, moist and super delicious. I shared them with my husband and he loved them, too. I’m still numming on them with my coffee as I type this post.

If you’re thinking of ordering some, they are packed in a girly box with a bow and then carefully stored with several ice packs, and all of that was inside a larger box with a big FRAGILE label on the top. They arrived fresh and safely to my door. I had such a great experience that I’m definitely thinking of sending some to my friends and fam on special occasions.

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*Macaron Cafe provided me with these macarons, but all opinions are my own.*

My Summer Checklist

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Summer has officially started! I’ve put together a list of fun summer activities you can enjoy this season of long days and short nights. Check out my list below and see how many items you can cross out before Labor Day hits.

  1. Do yoga at the beach.
  2. Go to an outdoor concert.
  3. Pick berries and peaches at a farm.
  4. Try something new.
  5. Stargaze while lying in the grass.
  6. Go for a hike.
  7. See a movie at a drive-in.
  8. Take a last-minute road trip.
  9. Purchase a kiddie pool.
  10. Go to a baseball game.
  11. Make a summer playlist.
  12. Take long naps.
  13. See a summer blockbuster.
  14. Have a picnic in the park.
  15. Collect seashells at the beach.
  16. Walk barefoot in the grass
  17. Learn how to make ice cream.
  18. Run through the sprinklers.
  19. Go on a bike ride.

Happy Summer! What’s on your summer checklist?

5 Summer Looks That I’m Loving Right Now

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It’s time for warm-weather style! For inspiration, I love collecting my favorite looks on my spring/summer pinterest board. I’m a big fan of maxi dresses and skirts, shirtdresses and rompers. Shorts and I don’t get along. I see a cute pair in a store or a style blogger, I give them a try and they fit me weird. I always end up uncomfortable. I’ll still feature them here, because not everyone has the same problems (maybe you hate maxi dresses, but love shorts) and I like gathering inspiration for all tastes. Below, I share the summer looks that I’m loving right now.

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For more summer style inspiration, follow my spring/summer 2015 pinterest board.

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Recipes: Peanut Butter Perfection

Peanut Butter Noodle Nests with Spicy Orange Shrimp
I’m a big fan of peanut butter. You can’t imagine my delight when I found this site dedicate to cooking with peanut butter. From classic recipes passed down through generations to new creations you wouldn’t expect, there’s no shortage of ways to pack peanut butter into deliciously diverse dishes. Here are a few of my favorite dishes.

Nutty Monkey Granola by Christine Yang

Nutty Monkey Granola

Ingredients
  • 2 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 cup coconut flakes
  • 1/3 cup chopped peanuts
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 3 tablespoons ground flax
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1 banana
  • 1 egg white
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips

Preparation
  1. Heat oven to 375°F and line large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Combine first 8 ingredients in large mixing bowl.
  3. Use blender to combine banana, egg white and peanut butter until smooth. Pour peanut butter mixture over oat mixture and stir until incorporated. Pour mixture in even layer on baking pan.
  4. Bake until crisp (about 20–30 minutes), removing from oven and stirring every 10 minutes to allow granola to brown evenly and break up into smaller pieces. When granola is golden and crisp, remove from oven and stir in cranberries and chocolate chips (chocolate chips should melt a little).
  5. Allow to cool completely before storing in air-tight container.

Peanut Butter Saltine Brittle by Helen Fields

Peanut Butter Saltine Brittle

Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 sleeve (4 ounces) regular saltine crackers
  • 2 cups milk chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter chips
  • 1/2 cup roughly chopped, dry-roasted, salted peanuts

Preparation
  1. Heat oven to 400°F. Line 10-by-15-by-1-inch pan with aluminum foil. Spray foil with butter-flavored nonstick cooking spray; set aside.
  2. Put butter, peanut butter and sugar in heavy-duty, 1-quart saucepan over medium heat. Stir constantly until butter and sugar are melted; bring ingredients just to a boil. Boil mixture 3 minutes, stirring frequently.
  3. While mixture cooks, lay saltines in single layer on prepared pan.
  4. Pour cooked mixture evenly over saltines. Place in oven and cook 5 minutes. Remove from oven and sprinkle chocolate chips over top. Let cool for 3 minutes, then spread chocolate completely over top of saltines.
  5. Sprinkle peanut butter chips evenly over top of chocolate. Return pan to oven for 1 minute to soften chips. Pulling tines of a fork through softened chips, partially cover chocolate. Sprinkle peanuts over top and gently press peanuts down.
  6. Let cool on rack for about 15 minutes, then place in freezer for 3 minutes. Remove from freezer and break into pieces. Store in airtight container.

Orange-Kissed Peanut Butter Bundt by Sally Sibthrope

Orange-Kissed Peanut Butter Bundt

Ingredients
  • 6 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • 2 cups brown sugar, packed
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk

Frosting
  • 1/3 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 3 tablespoons orange juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup whipped cream
  • Chopped peanuts, for garnish

Preparation
  1. Heat oven to 350°F. Generously grease and flour Bundt pan. Set aside.
  2. In large bowl mix together butter, peanut butter, orange juice and orange zest until well combined and creamy. Beat in sugar, eggs and vanilla.
  3. Combine flour, baking soda and salt, then stir half into peanut butter mixture. Stir in half of buttermilk. Add remaining flour and buttermilk, mixing until just blended. (Don’t overmix or cake will be tough.) Pour batter into prepared pan.
  4. Bake 45–50 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Let cool in pan for about 5–10 minutes, then remove cake from pan and let cool completely.
  5. For frosting, beat all ingredients together to pourable consistency. Pour over cake, and sprinkle with chopped peanuts.

Spicy Peanut Butter Glazed Salmon Skewers with Warm Rice Slaw by Janice Elder

Spicy Peanut Butter Glazed Salmon Skewers with Warm Rice Slaw

Ingredients
  • 1 (20-ounce) can pineapple chunks in juice, divided
  • 1 1/2 pound salmon fillet, skin removed
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 cups packaged broccoli slaw mix
  • 2 cups hot cooked rice
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons Asian chili sauce (such as Sriracha)
  • Juice and grated zest of 1 fresh lime
  • 1/4 cup chopped salted peanuts
  • Fresh lime slices, cilantro leaves and chopped peanuts, for garnish

Preparation
  1. Drain pineapple chunks, reserving juice.
  2. Cut salmon into 1-inch cubes.
  3. Place 1/4 cup pineapple juice into bowl with soy sauce; add salmon, tossing to coat. Let stand about 15 minutes.
  4. Gently stir 1/4 cup pineapple juice and broccoli slaw into hot rice, blending well. Season to taste with salt and black pepper, then cover and keep warm.
  5. Whisk peanut butter with remaining pineapple juice, chili sauce and lime juice, and zest, blending well. Set aside.
  6. Heat oven broiler; place oven rack 6 inches from broiler element. Line broiler pan with foil and spray with nonstick spray. Thread salmon cubes and pineapple chunks onto 8 metal (or soaked bamboo) skewers, dividing equally. Place on broiler pan. Cook 2 minutes, then brush with peanut butter mixture. Repeat brushing and broiling until salmon is flaky, turning as needed to brown evenly, about 8 minutes total.
  7. Divide warm rice mixture evenly among four serving plates; top with skewers. Sprinkle skewers lightly with chopped peanuts and serve while warm. May be garnished with additional lime slices and cilantro leaves, if desired.

Peanut Butter Noodle Nests with Spicy Orange Shrimp by Darlene Buerger

Peanut Butter Noodle Nests with Spicy Orange Shrimp

Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon Sriracha sauce
  • 1/4 cup orange marmalade
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon grated ginger
  • 8 ounces shrimp, peeled, de-veined
  • 1/4 cup onion, diced
  • 1/4 cup red pepper, diced
  • 2 tablespoons peanut oil
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk, plus extra
  • 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup island teriyaki sauce
  • 2 teaspoons crystalized ginger
  • 1 teaspoon hot pepper flakes (or to taste)
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 (12-ounce) packages ramen noodles, cooked according to package directions
  • 1 cup coleslaw mix
  • Peanuts and scallions, for garnish

Preparation
  1. In medium bowl, combine Sriracha, marmalade, soy sauce, vinegar and grated ginger. Stir to combine and add shrimp. Refrigerate 20 minutes.
  2. In large skillet over medium heat, saute onion and pepper in peanut oil until tender. Add garlic and cook an additional minute. Reduce heat and add coconut milk, peanut butter, teriyaki sauce, crystalized ginger, hot pepper flakes and brown sugar. Simmer sauce 2 to 3 minutes, adding additional coconut milk as needed. Pour off 1/4 cup of sauce and add ramen noodles to remaining sauce.
  3. In large skillet over medium heat, cook shrimp 2 to 3 minutes on each side until tender. Move shrimp to outer edge of pan and cook coleslaw mix in center just until it starts to wilt. Add wilted slaw mix to ramen sauce mixture.
  4. Divide ramen among four plates and top with 4 or 5 shrimp. Garnish with reserved sauce, peanuts and scallions, if desired.

Find more peanut butter recipes at http://www.peanutbutterlovers.com.

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