Friday, June 7, 2013

Favorite Things Friday

Happy Friday! 
I haven't done one of these in a few weeks, sometimes life just gets in the way, but I think that's okay. There's been some really cool stuff floating around the internet the past few weeks and I'm excited to share them with you all! Just click on the links to be taken to the original source.

Favorite Wall Calendar
Cute chalkboard calendar in the kitchen
I've seen many different ways that chalkboard paint is incorporated into kitchens, but I think this might be my favorite. This is much better than a calendar with pictures of puppies or places you'll never visit that you just throw away at the end of the year. It's just so fun and practical!

Favorite Salsa
Grilled Corn Salsa!
Okay, maybe not my absolute favorite salsa. Anyone who knows me knows my heart will always belong to Newman's Own Pineapple Salsa (I may have polished off a whole jar in a day more than once in my life), but this has got to be up there as one of the tastiest salsas I've ever eaten. It's also great with black beans mixed in or throw in some quinoa as well and you've got yourself a tasty meal! 

Favorite Grilled Salad
Yes, I said grilled salad. Everything in this salad is grilled, even the romaine. How creative is that? And you can't tell me this doesn't look delicious, I won't believe you. We'll just add this salad to the long list of reasons why I need to find myself a grill this summer. 

Favorite Recipe I Almost Posting The Same Day She Posted This, But Didn't Post Mine Because I Didn't Want to Be a Cheater
Strawberry coconut shortcakes
Yes, that's totally a category. Remember the other day when I was talking about making the oatmeal cream sandwich cookies? Well, when I had woken up that morning I was planning on making a recipe very similar to this one, but then I logged onto Bloglovin' and saw that Ashlae had beaten me to it and it felt wrong to post a similar recipe like I was breaking some kind of blogger code or something. Anyway, this looks absolutely delicious. How can you go wrong with strawberries and coconut? You can't. 

Favorite Mustard
Sweet Spicy Mango Mustard Ashlee Piper The Little Foxes Vegan Recipe
I love sweet. I love spicy. I love mangoes. So this dipping sauce sounds like I sure winner to me. Plain and simple.

Favorite New Documentary
Not to get all serious on you guys or to be a total downer, but I was so psyched when a friend had posted this trailer on Facebook this morning. If you haven't heard of this movie, it's about the killer whale Tilikum who was responsible for the deaths of three trainers including the one back in 2010 at Seaworld. It exposes the cruel life that these majestic creatures are subject to. We see how they are captured and forced to live in confined spaces sometimes as small as twenty feet! Orcas kill great white sharks out in the wild, it should come as no surprise to us that they kill people when forced to live their lives in tiny pools. I think the idea of being able to see the creatures up close at parks like Seaworld is great, but practically speaking it is horrible for the animals. I've felt strongly about this for a long time and after spending time swimming with dolphins out in the wild and seeing whales in their natural habitat it has only made me more passionate. Starting next month they'll be showing this documentary in select locations around the country, you can find those showings here, it also gives you the sign up to be notified when the movie does come to your area. To find out more about the movie, check out the official website. Okay, rant over.

Favorite Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream
I realize I already posted one of Ashley's recipes today, but what can I say? The girl was on fire this week. I mean just look at that ice cream! The best part? It's vegan! Normally I'm not a fan of chocolate peanut butter ice cream, it's always too rich or just too much somehow, but this. This looks like the perfect use of the two flavors. Chunks of peanut butter and swirls of chocolate set against a backdrop of vanilla bean ice cream. Yep, that's what I'm talking about.

Well, I hoped you guys enjoyed this week's edition. Hopefully you found a new favorite blog or a recipe to try or a movie to see because, well, that's what these posts are all about!

What do you have planned for this weekend?


  1. Love these ideas.. Especially the calendar! I am making your black bean burger recipe tonight, but doubling it because I start my yoga teacher training and I need something quick and easy to make for hubby and me this week. Hope they turn out!xx

    1. Sweet! Let me know how they turn out! My roommate made them the other day and needed to add a little extra flour so feel free to play around with the amount you use.

  2. I'm intrigued by the sweet and spicy mango mustard. I think you should make some when you get here (I'll have ketchup on hand should I decide it's not for me, though, and then the mustard is all you). ;)

    I'm going to my cousin's graduation this weekend. Not looking forward to that part. I AM, however, looking forward to getting together with the family after that.

    Maybe during the graduation bit I could talk to this amazing girl I know [and love]. XD

  3. Wow! Thank you so much for featuring my mustard as one of your favorite things (I wish I could bring you some!). And I'm most grateful because the feature brought me to your beautiful blog. Definitely bookmarking as a new favorite! Much love and many thanks!

    1. Oh thank you! You're so sweet! But seriously, I can't wait to try the mustard! haha