Time for an installment of Weekend Things:

1. Redbook Magazine featured my Homemade White Chocolate and Butterscotch Sunflower Seed Butter (GF).

Thanks for the wonderful feature, Redbook, and I wish I could give you a jar or five. I have more nut and seed butters on hand than I’d like to admit.

Redbook Magazine featured my Homemade White Chocolate and Butterscotch Sunflower Seed Butter (G

2. Bethenny Frankel pinned my Lofthouse Soft Sugar Sprinkles Cookies. This had me more than a little giddy.

She also pinned my Vegan Cookie Dough, one of my most popular recipes every year since 2009.

Pinterest page of Bethenny Frankel pinned my Lofthouse Soft Sugar Sprinkles Cookies

3. What’s Your Superhero Name?

I’m Captain Marshmallow and my daughter is Mega Marshmallow. Pretty fitting for us, actually.

Superhero name game

We love marshmallows

Caramel Corn Marshmallow Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars - 3 Layers of flavor & texture in these fast, easy, no-mixer bars from averiecooks.com

4. Mashable included me (#61) on their list of 75 Tasty Instagram Accounts Every Foodie Should Follow. I’m  delighted to be among such wonderful company, including many fellow foodie friends. Thanks, Mashable!

My instagram account is averiesunshine and if I had more time, I’d be on IG all the time. I love it, it’s such a great way to connect and share real life and real-time stuff, despite being a total timesuck. All of a sudden 20 minutes go by and I’ve been sucked down the rabbit hole of scrolling and clicking, and I love it.

Instagram screenshot of pretzels7. A great post comparing butter, oil, shortening, and margarine in cakes.


For me, butter does not equal a better cake. In baked goods I want to stay soft, springy, and moist, I almost always opt for oil, and tend to use oil rather than butter in cakes, muffins, quickbreads, and breads. I loathe dry cake and will gladly give up buttery flavor (which will likely be masked anyway) for the softness and moistness I get with oil (canola or coconut are my oils of choice).


5. Photodoto included me (#13) in their list of 100 Incredibly Tasty Instragram Accounts for Foodies to Follow. Thanks for the nod, Photodoto!

100 Incredibly Tasty Instragram Accounts for Foodies to Follow.

6. This cake stand is only $16.99 What a deal. Another reason I should go into World Market more. Then again, maybe not. It’s cheap and dangerous.

Have you seen my props? I don’t need more. But I want more.

cake stand

8. These 5 Premium Bourbon Madagascar Vanilla Beans are ridiculously cheap. They’re Beanilla brand beans on Amazon and you get 5 beans for $5.96

If you were to buy beans in the grocery store, they’re usually $5 bucks or more, each. And they’re dried out and hard, wheres Beanilla beans are always soft, squishy, and fresh.  Tip – vanilla beans should be supple, a bit oily and juicy, not dried up like a piece of beef jerky.

5 Premium Bourbon Madagascar Vanilla Beans

9. They’re the beans I use to make Homemade Vanilla Extract

If you start this right away, homemade vanilla will be ready to give as holiday gifts.
Homemade Vanilla Extract - averiecooks.com

10. I recently gave an interview to my friend Heidi at Foodie Crush. I talked about my blog, my book, what inspires me, and other factoids.

Screenshot of Averie Sunshine interview

She also made Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies that make me want to reach through the screen.

Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies 07 FoodieCrush.com

What are your Weekend Things

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

Are you an Instragrammer? Super hero name? Fan of vanilla? Baking with butter vs. oil – what to use, when, why?

Have a great weekend!

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