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CHILI-RUBBED SALMON WITH AVOCADO SALSA

This delicious salmon recipe is easy peasy: slap on a brown sugar-chili powder rub, grill it up, and serve with a delicious 5-minute avocado and cherry tomato salsa.  On your plate in 20 minutes!

Chili-Rubbed Salmon with Avocado Salsa- on your plate in 20 minutes!

I seem to have my days and my week-ends and my weeks and my months mixed up…

I mean, it’s July right?!  Not late August…that can’t be right…NO…

And it’s Wednesday?!  What the…

OK, I have just returned from holidays, which always leaves me a little dizzy, but returning on a Monday night left me extra confused.  Because Tuesday felt like the WORST MONDAY EVER and now it’s Wednes-Friday because Ben is off work on Thursday/Friday.

Are you confused, too?  Well…whatever day/week/month/year it is, there is salmon and avocado salsa.  And it doesn’t matter what day of the week it is, you’re definitely going to like this one!

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APPLE FENNEL BRUSSELS SPROUTS SLAW

A fresh, crunchy salad that tosses shredded apple, fennel and Brussels sprouts in a tangy vinaigrette.  Ready in under 20 minutes!
Apple, Fennel & Brussels Sprouts Slaw- a fresh, crunchy salad tossed in an apple cider vinaigrette.  Ready in 15 minutes!

I guess you guys know by now: I love salads.  Which is good because I also love cookies.

And this summer I’ve been on a total salad rampage.  No vegetable was safe from my wrath {except for lettuce…no thank-you!}.  There were also some fruit, cheese and nut casualties.

And sadly, summer is coming to a close, however, salad-palooza will continue on into the fall probably with fun things like sweet potato and kale and BACON.  I have plans.

And with summer coming to a close, I am totally in denial…sniff sniff…{ :( }.  So yay for denial!  I have a crunchy, summery salad today!

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KEY LIME & WHITE CHOCOLATE COCONUT MACAROONS

Summery coconut macaroons get a sweet and citrussy twist with the addition of key lime zest and a drizzle of white chocolate.
Key Lime and White Chocolate Coconut Macaroons

Hello.  I would like to introduce you to a lovely recipe.

It’s called “down with fall” and “get lost, pumpkin”.  Because I don’t know how your Pinterest feed looks these days, but mine is full of pumpkin, apple cider, and HALLOWEEN stuff.  Seriously!  It’s still August, and I am hanging onto August by the tips of my fingers.

We still have a tiny bit of summer left and I am going to embrace it!  That means ignoring back-to-school-anything, pretending that the leaves aren’t already slightly yellowish, hiding my sweaters at the back of my closet.  I will wear a sundress if it kills me, and no, those aren’t goosebumps.  I’m tooootally warm, OK?!

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GARDEN VEGETABLE & BLACK BEAN TORTILLA STACKS

Mexican-spiced fresh garden vegetables and black beans are baked between layers of tortillas and cheese for this easy week-night meal.
Garden Vegetable & Black Bean Tortilla Stacks

Tacos.  And it’s Tuesday!  I totally planned that.

Well I guess these aren’t the usual tacos.  Maybe you could call this a Mexican lasagna.  Or a taco pie?  I called it a tortilla stack…because look ^

I’m a huge taco fan.  Mostly because at the end of the day when I’m frazzled/exhausted/throwing cheerios at the baby to keep him quiet, I can still manage to whip up some tacos.  Even with really bad Mom-Brain.  Even with a Raffi-induced migraine.  Even with zoo-induced fatigue.  You get the point: they are easy!

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SALTED CARAMEL CASHEW BARS

Salted Caramel Cashew Bars

I’ve come to the realization that I am one of those people who gets fixated on stuff, and can get a little obsessive at times.

I know I wasn’t the only twelve year old whose room was plastered with Jonathan Taylor Thomas posters from Teen Beat magazine.  Oh, JTT…

I also know I’m not the only person to get fixated on a TV series and power through it on Netflix.  {What on Earth am I going to do when we are finished watching Friday Night Lights?!}

Clearly I am also a little obsessed with food!  I tend to get fixated on certain ingredients in particular: coffee…kalestrawberrieschocolate…and now: salted caramel.

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