With temperatures hitting the 90's, I couldn't bring myself to use the oven and bake something special for my daughter's first day in kindergarten. And, having just come back from holiday, my creative hat was worn out. Then I kept thinking of sister's constant advice to me "keep it simple!"
This is as simple as it gets, but the reward is great. Mini Nutella hearts. Here, I used sprouted multi-grain toast (I had to add something healthy). I spread some Nutella on while the toast was warm, then rolled it out to further flatten, and finally used little heart shaped cookie cutters to create mini sandwiches. The morsels were packed away. When I picked her up, it was so fun watching the Nutella giddiness get to her as she told me the story about discovering the surprise. That put a big smile on my face.
I used to think rainbows were for children but, after seeing this cookie on Babyccino, my opinion has changed. Yes, I prefer cheese over sweets but, oh my, how can you resist these layers of almond paste sponge with raspberry jam and dipped in chocolate... hmmm, how many could I eat and how many more miles would I have to run to burn it all off?
These cookies can be found at Veniero’s Pastry Shop and Caffé in NYC. And, you can order them online. However, I'd much rather sit in their historical shop, close my eyes, and take a bite.
Real summer camp should be about discovery, whether in an organized group or on a walk with your family. And, what a thrill it is to see or experience something new. We found these little treasures amongst the rocks along Richardson Bay. To the kids, that's an amazing summer camp experience.
While getting a much needed pedi, I saw a very stylish mom (also getting a pedi) and couldn't help but take a picture of her wearing the Signature Dot Disc Necklace. It looks perfect, doesn't it? I have this necklace and love to contrast the soft-toned silver with darker colors that are not necessarily black. Here, she is wearing my favorite shade of blue that I've always called French Blue. We should always appreciate good style. ;)
This week’s Rogue Market box included some oh-so-spicy fino verde basil and tender kale, which together, made a wonderful pesto. Here, I added the pesto to healthy helping of Barilla Multigrain Angel Hair Pasta. Truly yummy for my tummy.
2 bulbs garlic, chopped (I use 1 bulb, for more of the green flavor to stand out.)
1 packed cup Genovese Basil leaves
1 packed cup Fino Verde Basil leaves
1/2 C. olive oil
Salt & Pepper
1 bunch Lacinato Kale (no stems for me!)
1 bunch White Peacock Kale
2 Tbsps. butter
Combine first 5 ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth. Add salt and pepper to taste. Roll kale leaves lengthwise and finely chop across. Heat 2 tablespoons butter over medium-low. Add chopped kales and stir to coat with melted butter. Cover for about 3 minutes, then remove lid and turn up the heat to medium. Cook briefly until kales are bright green and tender. Stir in prepared pesto and cook until heated through. Top with Parmigiano-Reggiano.
This mixture is also delicious on a crostini, which my husband prefers.
I do try to find age-appropriate supplies for school that aren't too cutesy but, while perusing Cool Mom Picks' Back-to-School Guide, I spotted these adorable lunch box containers. Okay, they may be borderline cloying, but they are irresistible. And, I like how they are organized into three separate compartments. Carrots, cashews, and grilled cheese never looked so good.