Time for an installment of Friday Things:

1. Nearly a year ago, the National Peanut Board approached me and wanted to know if I could submit some peanut butter recipes for an upcoming cookbook they were publishing.

24 Hours of Peanuts averiecooks.com

I’m the peanut butter queen and this was no problem for me.

35+ National Peanut Day Recipes

75+ Peanut Butter Recipes

Peanut Butter and Jelly Recipes

Independently, I was writing my own cookbookPeanut Butter Comfort, which is being released in 6 weeks and is available now on Amazon for preorder.

Peanut Butter Comfort: Recipes for Breakfasts, Brownies, Cakes, Cookies, Candies, and Frozen Treats Featuring America's Favorite Spread

For the 24 Hours of Peanuts cookbook, I submitted Peanut Noodles with Mixed Vegetables and Peanut Sauce (vegan, GF)

24 Hours of Peanuts averiecooks.com

And Peanut Butter and Jelly Blondies

24 Hours of Peanuts averiecooks.com

Stay tuned this weekend. I have a giveaway coming up that may interest you.

2. Set of 4 Slate Placecard Holders with Soapstone Chalk, $12.95 Crate and Barrel. How fun would these be for a party or for labeling different items on a big buffet spread.Set of 4 Slate Placecard Holders with Soapstone Chalk3. Seven Recipe-Saving Sites to make your recipe-saving life easier. I’ve blogged many times about how I have recipes on paper note cards, scratched on napkins, and my online recipes were a hodgepodge of emails I sent to myself, bookmarks, Pins, and nothing was well-organized until I started using ZipList.

It only works if the blog I visit has signed up to use it, but if they have it’s wonderful and more and more bloggers seem to be getting on board.

I can save any recipe I see online in a handy virtual recipe box that I can access and then scroll through for rainy day inspiration. Sign up for free if you haven’t already.


4. The weather is getting nicer here and it puts me in the mood for something lighter like easy, no-mixer, whisk together Banana Yogurt Muffins

Banana Yogurt Muffins with sprinkles

5. Secrets to the perfect cheese danish using puff pastry as a handy shortcut from America’s Test Kitchen.

“…Important to score a 1/2-inch border in the individual pastry rectangles and prick the centers with a fork. Doing so prevented the pastry from rising too much in the center—making room for the cream cheese filling—and helped to form a pretty edge.” source

Fork poking puff pastry

This recipe for Avocado Cream Cheese and Salsa-Stuffed Puff Pastry (vegan) is one of the most popular on my site. From sweet to savory, puff pastry is such a versatile workhorse.

Avocado Cream Cheese and Salsa-Stuffed Puff Pastry with one split in half

6. Dream hotel minibar inventory from New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd. I concur that Pringles, Kit Kats, White Cheddar Pirate’s Booty, and gummy bears taste pretty dandy at 2am after a night out. Don’t forget the peanut butter or cheese mini Ritz sandwich crackers, maybe a few Tootsie Pops, and a Little Debbie Oatmeal Cream Pie wouldn’t hurt.

And eating Pringles in hotel beds is totally okay because even if crumbs get in the bed, it doesn’t matter because the maids are changing the sheets in the morning.

Dream hotel minibar inventory

7. I want this look from Anthro, especially the blouse. Love the color and the print. And the purse. And the shoes. And the white capris. Yeah, the whole look.

Woman in white pants and yellow and red shirt

8. Wall-Mounted Cabinet Bar that exists to put your home bar to shame. Stunning.

Wall-Mounted Cabinet Bar

9. Jars Cantine 16-piece Dinnerware Set, $366.95 at Williams-Sonoma. Crafted in the south of France at the award-winning Jars pottery, I love the look. Simple yet vibrant, fun, unfussy enough to be practical.

Overhead of Jars Cantine 16-piece Dinnerware Set

10. It’s been quite a week and my heart goes out to everyone effected by the Boston tragedy. I plan to eat chocolate with a spoon as I continue to reflect.

10-Minute Homemade Hot Fudge

10-Minute Homemade Hot Fudge in jar with spoon

And I wish I was eating one of these Peanut Butter Cup Cookie Dough Crumble Bars. I’ve been thinking about them ever since I made them.

Two stacked Peanut Butter Cup Cookie Dough Crumble Bars

What are your Friday Things?

If you’ve made anything, done, seen, or bought anything fabulous recently, feel free to link it up in the comments.

Cookbooks you’re loving lately? Weekend plans?

Dream mini-bar list? Dream outfits or cute dishes you’ve seen?

Have a great weekend and check back for two giveaways!

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