Great Grub

Here’s some of the great grub that caught my eye this week in bloggieland.

Jenna’s Homemade Chai Lattes


Ari’s Layered Cous Cous Eggplant and Zucchini Casserole



Adriana’s Peanut Butter Popcorn


Helen’s Rosemary Roasted Radishes


Marla’s Avocado Scones – Vegan & GF


Kath’s Grilled Asparagus Frittata


White on Rice’s Rhubard Strawberry Crumb Bars


Jenn’s Chicken Fiesta Tacos


Maria’s Strawberry Mango Salsa


Jessica’s Mango Guacamole


I need to put mango in my “Cheater’s” Guac next time!

Heidi of 101 Cookbooks’ Cucumber Peanut Salad


Great Reads:

Gabriela’s post, You Do You, regarding comparisons in the blogosphere

Tina’s post, Email Chain, explaining how she got her book deal

Janetha’s post, Weigh In Wednesday, discussing food guilt and food choices

From my earlier post about Inspiration and Greener Grass, thanks for the very genuine comments and sharing who inspires you, and why.

Also, it was interesting to read if you’re a person who tends to think the grass is greener, or not.

Lots of wonderful feedback on that post and thank you for being so honest in the comments.


1. Have you made anything this week or seen anything that really caught your eye!

I think my White Chocolate Chip Blondies with Chocolate Peanut Butter Frosting were the best thing I made all week.

But as usual, there are so many great recipes out there!  I could spend days in my kitchen cooking! 

2. Weekend Plans?  Any plans for Mother’s Day?

I don’t know if Scott realizes it’s Mother’s Day weekend.  We shall see.

So far, no plans other than the usual: working, working out, cooking, cleaning, blogging, and being with Skylar.

Mother’s Day plans thus far are nonexistent, but that’s ok.  I’d rather keep things loose, low key, and open-ended.  For me, one way to “ruin” a holiday is to over-plan and over-schedule it, and not factor in downtime and chilltime.

I have so much to do anyway this weekend because we are leaving for our trip soon!

P.S. Last Reminder to enter the Granola GiveawayWinner announced in the morning.


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  2. Thanks for sharing. That couscous casserole looks delish (and so do your blondies). Sometimes I wish we could email food! I really enjoyed my lemony green quinoa dish this week. Simple and tasty is hard to beat ;-)

  3. I love these compilation posts. There was so much Mexican this week out there in blogland! Yum. And thanks for the holler.

  4. I agree — all of that food looks delicious! Oh my.

    Weekend plans — Bachelorette party for Jason’s uncle’s fiancee. It should be a pretty tame night, I’m carpooling with Jason’s Grandma :)

  5. oh I love when bloggers put together a big list of others recipes! MMM i can drool all day long! Ok those salsas and guac’s all look SO good!! i want to try the strawberry one and mango guacamole…and your cheater guac…then come over and make me those chocolate kale chips!

    OMG I got yoru email about aJEWba and yes I know I had so many friends who went there in HS during school breaks with their families…lets just say the 25-30 year old man still living off his parents can stay in Aruba HAHA!! have so much fun!

  6. Mm, thanks for the round-up! Mango guac sounds so delish!

  7. Correct link for the peanut/cucumber salad, please? It looks killer, although I’d make it with cashews instead.

  8. yep, favorite friday finds right here! thank you Averie! and have a wonderful mothers day!

  9. Awe Averie thanks so much for sharing my recipe!
    Everything looks sooo good!! Everyones pictures are so beautiful and are making me drool :)

  10. I love these compilation posts, I already clicked through to 3 recipes. Everything looks so good!

    Happy Mother’s day!

  11. Wow! Everything looks so tasty. Also gives me ideas, as I’ve been playing around with food photography lately.

  12. I love that you don’t discriminate on your features! Vegan, non vegan, gluten free, non GF, etc :)

  13. Aw, more amazing recipes to add to my wish list!

    1. Yes, plenty and it’s a bit frustrating that I’ve been limited on time to make anything.
    2. Taking my mom to brunch Sunday morning, that’s about it.

  14. thanks for highlighting the “great reads,” averie – i thought they were really insightful, too.
    happy mom day! maybe scott (and skylar!) will host a belated celebration in aruba??! (thinking optimistically, here, for ya!)
    working this weekend…and i’ll see mom on sunday!

  15. The strawberry crumb bars looks awesome – I love when people do their favorite food finds of the week – thanks :) Everything looks awesome! Have a great weekend girly!

  16. I would like to wish you a happy Mothers Day. You sound like an absolutely blasty parent. I will be spending time with my boys this weekend but we don’t have anything major planned. I think any day is Mother’s Day when I actually am in the kitchen cooking and baking with my kids (it’s such a wonderful feeling). I just got off the phone with my oldest (he’s 18) and he asked me how to make a recipe since he’s cooking dinner for his girlfriend (what a guy!!!). I will be sending long distance wishes to my mom since she lives in Illinois and I’m here in sunny beautiful southern CA.

    • Thanks Sherri for stopping by and for the great comment! You clearly raised your oldest right…cooking for the gf. An 18 yr old doing that? Wow, job well done!

      Enjoy this sunny so cal weather we’re having, and happy mother’s day to you, too!

  17. Those radishes look surprisingly good!! I need to pick some up at the store this week!!

  18. I’m with Janetha, love the compilation posts. I need to make some avocado scones and mango guacamole! Yum. I have been on a total avocado kick lately. Hope you and Skylar and Scott have a great weekend!

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  20. Well, even if you DON’T do anything for Mother’s Day, Happy Mother’s Day to you! Being a mom is hard work (and rewarding work!), so I hope you enjoy the day!

  21. AW, I’m sure he realizes. I bet he has something up his sleeve! ;) Happy Mothers Day hun!

  22. Everything looks so good, especially that salsa with strawberries! Thanks for the link love <3

    My mom doesn't really want a fuss for Mother's Day, so we're probably not doing anything special. Just dinner, but we do that every day! haha When you live with someone and work from home it's hard to always do something different because we pretty much do the same things on any given day, not just holidays.

    You must be so excited for your trip!!!

  23. Wow! All of those recipes look fantastic ~ some I’ve already seen and some of the pictures alone make my mouth water! Your blondies look delish too!

    So lucky you’re getting away — I’ve only been to Aruba for one day when we stopped there during a cruise. It was gorgeous, the weather was incredible and we packed a lot of sight-seeing in!

    Have a wonderful Mother’s Day; I’m sure it will be remembered and hopefully you have an extra special day :-)

  24. Hey Averie, we should celebrate Mother’s Day together – nothing planned over here either! Great round up – now all I need is time in my days to try all of these fab recipes. Thanks for featuring my scones….been living on them :) See you next week & happy Mother’s Day my friend :) xo

  25. No big plans for the weekend, but I am going to help my sister with her wedding invites, and we have dinner plans with my hubby’s family.

    You must be getting so excited for your trip!!

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  28. Ooh, thanks for the highlights tour of the blogosphere :-). I’m still here, just had a killer week…working all day today as well. Had time to go out with a friend last night but was so busted we only had one glass of wine and went home defore ten, plus something in the food was a bummer and I slept like h…, am paying for it now even though I was careful when I ordered. Well it’s once out of many times I’ve been dining out this month and it was worth the facetime with my homegirl! ;-)
    Hope you have a great w-e!

  29. Thanks for the link love! I recreated Kath’s frittata :) It was delish!

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  35. Looking forward to a weekend of relaxation! Nothing much other than that. Also I’m going to be trying some new recipes tomorrow, although I haven’t fully decided what they will be. But I know they will be based on things I’ve seen in the blogosphere!

    I’m mostly looking forward to next weekend!! My birthday is Thursday and I want to get out of town. Don’t know the destination yet, but it should be fun.

  36. Thanks for the link love, I’m glad you enjoyed the post!! I’d definitely say those bars are the best thing you made all week, too…every single component is amazing by itself, so all together? Amazing.

    This weekend I’ll be finishing up schoolwork and getting ready to go home for a few weeks!! YAY!

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  41. Man, those are some good lookin’ recipes from around the ‘sphere! I love that latte action shot! And I’m also loving your italics on “we shall see” regarding Scott’s awareness of mom’s day! ;)

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