We just got back from a first-ever, possibly annual, trip to the beach with my family (almost in its entirety!). There were 15 of us in a large, gorgeous house right on the beach. We haven’t gotten a chance to do our official Squicciarini Family Debrief, and we might not get to do it at all, but I think the consensus was overall very positive, which is why it might turn into a family tradition.
Amazingly enough, even though Joshua and I have been married for almost 4 years, we have never really taken a beach trip. We went to Beaufort for my birthday one year, and that’s as close as we got. The beach house, beach towel, sand and sun experience hasn’t really happened until now. Even so, we do have one tradition: beach cookies. Apparently, Joshua’s family always brought pecan sandies to the beach (apropos!), and I have a vegan almond version that I make and we eat by the handful. Check it out – it’s already on the blog.
Something I brought this year, which was also a huge hit, was a new recipe from A Cozy Kitchen – banana bread, featuring dates and millet seeds. It was yummy! Not very sweet at all (tempted to replace the cocoa nibs with mini chocolate chips next time, quite frankly…), and the millet seeds add this cool crunch. I also really liked the addition of the dates. Not your normal banana bread (or, rather, not *my* normal banana bread). Definitely a keeper!
P.S. – I used a gluten-free flour mix instead of spelt flour.
It turns out that my husband really loves stuffed peppers. Here, all this time, I could have been making stuffed peppers every other night, and he probably would have been happy as a rainbow trout. Who knew!?
Chocolate + Peanut Butter. I’m such a huge fan. I put spoonfuls of peanut butter in my chocolate avocado pudding sometimes. It’s really yummy.
So let’s talk about DIY. Make-it-yourself. Is it better? Healthier? Cheaper? I have a recipe for making my own laundry detergent, and it’s fantastic, makes a ton, and is way cheaper. Of course, DIY usually means it’s cheaper when you buy the ingredients in bulk and the recipe only uses small amounts. Right now, I don’t have the room, but I will soon! We’re moving to a house in less than a month. (!) (!) Anyway. So how do we feel about making our own deodorant?
I have a list at the bottom of this blog that details my cooking library. These are the cookbooks I own, which I’ve picked up over the years (and by “picked up”, I do mean BUY or WAS GIVEN – I never pick up books in stores and walk out without paying for them…obviously). Last Sunday, my husband took me to the mall, allowed me to go into my favorite over-priced store, where I never, ever buy anything, because it’s way beyond our budget, and helped me discover a cookbook that I had been wanting for days and weeks and months on the clearance table, and let me buy it.