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These muffins are packed full of goodies: sweet apples, a cinnamon sugar swirl, and a buttery brown sugar crumb topping.  All the flavors of coffee cake, in muffin form!

Apple Coffee Cake Muffins- cinnamon-swirled apple muffins with a buttery brown sugar crumble #apple


Guess where I’ve been?  Nowhere.

We are having ourselves a little ‘staycation’.  This was going to be Hawaii…that was until I took a 1.5 hour flight with Kai and decided there was absolutely nothing relaxing about getting on a 10-hour flight with an 11-month old.  Nope, nope, nope.

Instead, Ben took some time off work and we’ve done some fun family things around the city.  We went to the zoo as a family, yesterday we went for a hike.  Kai has had a lot of time with his Daddy, which is really nice.

And I’ve had some culinary therapy!

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These two-bite lemon meringue pies are the best way to celebrate summer! Meringue nests are filled with lemon curd in this lighter and miniature version of the pie.

Lemon Meringue Pie Bites | sweetpeasandsaffron.com

Sigh.  August is almost over.

I’m finally coming to grips with this fact, and am finally starting to look forward to autumn.  I am going back to work near the end of September, and although life is going to get CA-RAY-ZY then, I think it will be good for me to spend some time with other adults.  And it will be good for Kai to be around other kids.

Things I’m looking forward to in autumn: Kai’s 1st birthday party, apples, soups, wearing leggings, butternut squash, changing leaves, warm drinks, not having to water my garden, and anything sage…so much to look forward to!

One thing has been bothering me, though, just this one thing and then I can finally move on from summer: there has been a serious lack of lemon meringue pie in my life this summer.  I played around with key lime…um…LOTS, but no lemon meringue pie.  It’s just not right!

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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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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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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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