Friday Favorites #25 Farmers Market Finds, Boho Dresses, & A Recipe

Most Friday posts start off with a bunch of word salad because I’m so over-the-top excited that it’s Friday that I don’t take the time to formulate proper thoughts.

I think that was a case in point.

Per usual, I am thrilled that the weekend is finally upon us. We’re far enough along into Spring that no one really remembers that it’s not actually Summer yet, and every weekend feels completely beach-able. At least that’s the case here in LA… Boston – have you defrosted yet?

If I may continue to brag for one more paragraph, I’ll note that my current work schedule does not have me working Fridays, so I’ll be spending the rest of the day just living the dream: sitting in the sun on our patio. You can hate me for now, but this won’t be my schedule for much longer, so I’m milking it while I can. I promise.

Friday Favorites #25

This week’s favorites are pretty predictable. There’s fruit, there’s fitness, there’s a Kevin or two… But there are also chocolate chip banana pancakes, just to keep you guys on your toes. Let’s get started, and as always please feel free to share your favorites in the comments below.

 

Artichokes

Artichokes from the farmers' market

Notoriously difficult to prepare, I think I’m starting to get the hang of these pointy green vegetables, thanks in large part to this article.

 

Artisanal Semolina Pasta

Artisanal Semolina Pasta from Wheel House

It’s so artisanal! Andrew and I tasted this pasta fresh at a happy hour that our local cheese shop, Wheel House, held a week or so ago. Strozzapreti is one of Andrew’s favorite pasta shapes (very hard to find) and we liked the taste of the semolina pasta enough to buy a whole bag. We had some for dinner last night along with broccoli, zucchini, onion and bacon. It was delicious and had a good amount of al dente ‘bite’.

 

Summer Fruit Rainbow

farmers market rainbow of fruit

You can expect to see fruit on my Friday Favorites lists for the duration of the summer. And I know that it’s not even officially summer yet, but the peaches are already summer quality. Hopefully that doesn’t mean that the summer season is going to be a short one. Cherries are already on their way out, sadly. Thanks a lot, drought.

 

GF Chocolate Chip Banana Pancakes

GF Chocolate Chip, Banana Pancakes

A tupperware container of these delicious pancakes appeared in this week’s What I Ate Wednesday post, and I’ve since received several requests for the recipe. Ask and you shall receive, my friends.

(GF) Chocolate Chip Banana Pancakes
(Serves 2)

INGREDIENTS

1 very ripe banana
1 t baking powder
1 egg
1/2 t salt
1/2 t vanilla extract
1 T sunflower seed butter (or almond butter)
1 T coconut oil
3 T almond milk
3/4 cup gluten free rolled oats
1/4 cup chocolate chips

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Mash the banana well, and stir in the baking powder (it will fizz a little).
2. Add the egg, oil, salt, vanilla, sunbutter, and milk. Stir well.
3. Add the oats and stir until just combined. No need to go crazy with it. Fold in the chocolate chips.
4. Heat a pan or skillet over medium heat and spray or lightly coat with coconut oil or butter.
5. Pour about 1/4 cup of batter into the skillet for each pancake and allow to cook on each side for 4-5 minutes (or until golden brown).

 

These Free People boho dresses

[Free People Tyler DressFree People My Girl Dress, Free People Bateau Dress]

How is it that I can get caught up browsing boho dresses for practically 30 minutes, even when I have zero intention of buying any? Although, to be fair, by the end of those 30 minutes, I had some minor intentions of buying one or more boho dresses.

 

Kickboxing

One of the reasons this post is coming to you so late in the day is that I took a kickboxing class at LA Fitness this morning. I’ve done some kickboxing here and there in the past, but this morning’s class had a great teacher and really good, really loud music. The combination of all of those things led to an amazing class and an even better workout. I’ll certainly be incorporating more of it into my workout routine. Any avid kickboxers out there?

 

Patio Cats

 patio cats

We’ve slowly been introducing the Kevins to the great outdoors, by way of our tiny enclosed patio. It’s funny to see how ‘at home’ Al feels, whereas Sam is like a pretty little princess who doesn’t want to get dirty and would rather stay inside if given the choice.

Al…

Al on the patio

Sam…

Princess Sam on the patio

 

Links from around the web:

Want Great Longevity and Health? It Takes a Village [WSJ] I love reading about what makes the healthiest people on earth healthy. It’s always more than just nutrition and exercise.

Need some baby goats in your life? [Mashable] The answer is ‘always’.

Hanging Squid Planters [This is Why I’m Broke] Made me realize I need more plants inside.

This DIY Leather Jewelry Dish [Le Fashion] Seems like a doable, yet chic craft project.

 

Enjoy the rest of your Friday and have a wonderful weekend. See you back here next week!

Amy

 

Check out what others are loving over on Heather’s blog.

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Weekend Highlights & A Strawberry Spring Salad

Good morning!

I hope you had a nice Memorial Day weekend. I didn’t have yesterday off from work, but Andrew and I still managed to pack a lot into the weekend.

 

Saturday

Saturday morning, we got massages and test drove some cars. Not a bad way to start a holiday weekend!

That night, we met up with some friends to see one of our favorite classic rock tribute bands, Dazed and Confused, play at a local dive bar. The last time we saw them was about a year ago, and they were just as ridiculous as we remembered. (Dani – we were thinking of you and wish you could have been there!)

Dazed and Confused at Brennan's

 

Sunday

Sunday morning, after some gluten-free, chocolate chip, banana pancakes…

GF Chocolate Chip, Banana Pancakes

…we hit the farmers’ market and again went a little crazy with the fruit, but we did get some green stuff in there this time, too.

Fruit and veggies from the farmers' market

 

Sunday afternoon was nice and sunny, so I sat out on our patio for a bit and let the Kevins have their first taste of the great outdoors!

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Sam was not feeling very adventurous, but Al loved it. He especially loved getting all up in the extremely dirty BBQ because of course.

Outdoor cat

 

Sunday night, Andrew and I shared an epic meal at Enterprise Fish Co. in Santa Monica. Oysters, tuna tartare, and crab cakes to start (you’d never guess that all the other women in my family are completely allergic to shellfish), followed by a really good miso-glazed sea bass with a side (hah!) of lobster tail.

lobster tail at Enterprise Fish Co

After extensive research, Andrew and I determined that lobster tail is somewhat similar to, but not entirely the same as, shrimp scampi, a Montreal-specific dish that Andrew’s Nana was famous for. Regardless of what we were eating, we were thinking of her as we enjoyed a delicious meal complete with molten chocolate lava cake for dessert. Go big or go home.

chocolate lava cake at Enterprise Fish Co

 

Memorial Day

I had to work yesterday, but the gym was so quiet that I managed to get a workout in during my shift. After work, I put together a somewhat hilarious dinner of sautéed artichokes and bacon deviled eggs. Random, but good.

Artichokes and deviled eggs

 

My Favorite BBQ Side Salad

Andrew and I didn’t do any BBQing this weekend, but I bet many of you did. Our whole block smelled like a giant BBQ on Sunday, so I felt like I was part of the party.

big strawberry

I love bringing salads to BBQs and potlucks, and this Strawberry Spring Salad is one of my favorites. It’s super simple, and always ends up getting demolished. What’s also nice is that you don’t need to stress over finding the most perfectly ripe berries. Even sub-par berries will work perfectly well, thanks to the slightly sweet balsamic dressing that goes on top.

 

 

Strawberry Spring Salad

 

Strawberry salad

This salad delivers a LOT of flavor from just four ingredients. Let me know if you give it a try!

 

INGREDIENTS
5-6 cups arugula
1 container strawberries, washed, dried, and sliced
1/4 cup sliced almonds, toasted
2-3 oz goat cheese, crumbled

Dressing
1/4 cup olive oil
1 t balsamic vinegar
1 T red wine vinegar
2 T honey

 

washed berries

 

INSTRUCTIONS
1. Wash and de-stem the strawberries. Allow to drip dry on a paper towel before slicing.
2. Add sliced almonds to a dry skillet over medium low heat. Toss to flip occasionally until the nuts become fragrant and golden brown, about 3-5 minutes. Allow to cool.
3. Combine all of the dressing ingredients in a mason jar, tightly screw on lid, and shake well.
4. Add arugula and strawberries to a large salad bowl. Toss with half of the dressing. Once the almonds have cooled, add them and mix to combine.
5. When ready to serve, add the crumbled goat cheese and gently toss. Enjoy!

 

Tip: Make this a meal by topping with slices of roasted chicken.

 

Even though I worked yesterday, it still already feels like a short week. And tonight is the premier of Extreme Weight Loss with Chris and Heidi Powell, so I’m pretty excited about that! Have a great rest of your Tuesday, I’ll see you back here tomorrow.

Amy

 

Question: What was the best thing you ate this weekend? 

Bonus question: What’s your favorite BBQ side dish?