friday links

Happy Friday!

Wounded Warrior Project--a cause that is very dear to me.
"The greatest causality is being forgotten".
Please help, and if you can't help, please help raise awareness. Thank you.

These two....Just saying 'hello'!
Lobster boat (Lobster Mobster).
Not that I was trying to score some lobster you know.  No, not me.

New apple cider caramels from Lake Champlain chocolates are GOOD.
Made with real cider! So these pack a nice punch of twang flavor.
Found at Whole Foods or at Lake Champlain for other vendors.

Karina Moreira aka #ChicByKarina (fashion blog) has passed.
She was loved by so many here in Massachusetts and across the world.
Only 16 years old, battling her way through bone cancer at Boston's Children's Hospital.
She and Gisele Bundchen became instant friends, made a video together (it was a bucket list wish for Karina).
Please, if you can, help her family with ongoing medical expenses at their gofundme page.
My heart goes out to her family.

And this was in my fortune cookie.

One of my favorite meals: shrimp with honey walnut sauce.
Who has a good recipe for this?

PicMonkey Collage (3)
David Venable of QVC's famed "In the Kitchen with David" has his second cookbook out!
Back Around the Table
"....with his first cookbook, In the Kitchen with David: QVC’s Resident Foodie Presents Comfort Foods That Take You Home, David Venable gave us the mouthwatering and memorable recipes that were passed down to him from his mother and grandmothers. Now, the beloved television host invites us back to the warmest room in the house to share inventive spins on traditional dishes that are sure crowd-pleasers in his second book: Back Around the Table.
Laid out with ten easy to follow and love chapters; here are some of the highlights inside:

Mix and Mingle: Transform comfort foods into party fare with Mac ’n’ Cheese Bites, French Onion Soup Dumplings, Chicken Cheesesteak Egg Rolls, and Beef and Bean Tostados.
Brunch and Beyond: Make breakfast the most anticipated meal of the day with Blueberry-Lemon Ricotta Pancakes with Blueberry Syrup, Eggs Benedict Bread Pudding, Hash Brown Breakfast Pizza, & Spiced Bacon Skewers.
Quick and Easy: Use that pressure cooker you’ve got stashed away in the cupboard to make Chili con Carne, Osso Buco, Asian Pulled Pork, and Chicken in a Pot.
Light & Bright: Savor Skinny Fried Chicken, Seven-Layer Taco Salads, and Linguine Carbonara—dishes that not only taste good but are guilt-free.
Smoke & Fire: Start up the grill for Smoked Brisket, Surf and Turf Kebabs, Grilled Scallops with Citrus Marinade, and Bacon-Wrapped Asparagus Bundles.
Sweets & Treats: Finish off your meal with a crowning achievement such as Lemon Cheesecake Bars, Cherry Strudel, Peach Melba Icebox Pie, or Apple-Walnut Rustic Tart...."

Looking for a quick & easy pumpkin snack cake?
Try this one with a pumpkin buttercream.
(the pumpkin buttercream is so good you may not even need a cake for it!)
My pumpkin butter crunch bars were the most downloaded last year during the Fall season.

One of my favorites: gingerbread snack cake w/ molasses glaze

Or maybe you fancy a hamburg & cheddar pizza with fig jam?

around the web:

how about a human hamster wheel as your new desk?
siri vs. starbucks--who spelled it better?
the best way to decorate for Halloween!
specialized gear for commuters to protect against germs
15 wonderful quotes to inspire you
salted toffee-chocolate squares
crying does help relieve stress
chocolate-peanut butter swirl cookies
man takes vow of silence & walks across America
famous personalities & their age of success
Greeks captivated by Alexander-era tomb found
7 tricks to improve your memory
best (and healthiest) cup of coffee?
10 things to help fight body inflammation
fan of Outlander? (I am) There is also an OutlanderKitchen
Survivor is casting now for next season! Who's ready?
bulletproof immune system
2-ingredient pumpkin bisque
the cupcake plunger: does it work?
easiest chocolate tart
does a bad diet cause bad behavior? (yes, duh)
6 natural cough remedies
best stretches for tight hips
can someone be too pretty, too handsome?
what is the alkaline diet & should I care?
why people should listen to jazz
right at 6pm offices vanish into the walls in Holland
the "one trip grip" does it work?
6 best apples for pie
(VERY helpful) neck stretches to help relieve neck & shoulder pain
great list of newsletters that you can look forward to
awesome map reads (trust me, click this & enjoy!)
huckleberry's chocolate chocolate teacake
smartphones and their effect on your eyes
instead of tents they sleep in hammocks above the alps
I am in love with this open air glider video
pig steals beer, gets drunk, gets in fight with cow (I know!)
pumpkin-chai waffles
legal to start a food business in my home?
tips for practicing meditation in the office

Have a wonderful weekend.


  1. apple cider caramels?? i would love to find those! i know sometimes whole foods sells things only regionally but here's hoping they're at whole foods in Tennessee!

  2. Happy weekend! So much to comment on but I think I'll do with the caramels. I want some!

  3. Great links! Siri vs Starbucks is hilarious, and I love the maps and charts. (Still making my way through that one.) And seeing that Martha Stewart recipe reminds me I love it, and haven't made it in ages!

  4. I'm a huge QVC fan. Probably a little too much. I need to check out David's new book. Have you ever tried out for Survivor? You're such a big fan it just makes sense.


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