{may in review}

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In case you missed it, let’s review what went down in May…..

23 blog posts.

Some of my highest viewing stats, thanks to the Patron sale at Nugget + my Mother’s Day Gift Guide!

Something else that caught my attention, I had views from 44 other countries.  Forty four!  Crazy, right?  I’m really not even sure how that happens.

 

 

Here’s a little re-cap on what we chatted about in May:

 

{currently craving // may} should I do this again for June?

Bay requests this {crunchy iceberg salad bowls} weekly

According to stats this was my highest viewed post for May {gift guide: mother’s day}

{friday 5} this post came in second…all because that Patron sale at Nugget lol.

{weekend notes} a weekend full of Spring Show

The prettiest summer salad I ever did meet {strawberry + beet salad}

{kaia BRIK goals} meeting my goals, but missed two classes in the last 6 weeks (not bad, not bad)

{april in review} and 2 cute Target dresses

{friday 5} homemade pickled onions + a madewell top I love

Another good one {weekend notes}  Mother’s Day + Lucky In Kentucky + my strawberry + baby daisy naked cake

Taco Tuesday {sheet pan shrimp fajitas} with a side of guac…yummm

This {floral top + random thoughts} is another one that’s been on maj repeat + it’s currently marked down to $17!!

Getting a little hippie-dippie with these {floral + herb smudge stick diy}

Now I want to go home and clean my fridge again after looking at this {friday 5} And I’m happy to report….Bay + I are still doing our Friday morning Starbucks dates too ♥

{weekend notes} celebrating GG + pool dates + hiking…that was a damn good weekend

So, {do you kimono} now?

Bay Bakes {oatmeal peanut butter cookies}

Only 2 1/2 days of school left, do you have your {teacher gift} ready?  Loved getting tagged in everyone’s pics that duplicated this fun gift idea.

Still obsessed with this crop top from {friday 5}

Anyone made these {mexican burgers} yet?

Spending the weekend checking out Cory’s old stomping grounds on {weekend notes}

Currently want to tie dye everything after making these {tie dye napkin diy}

Have you added any of these {food finds} to your TJ’s list

 

What a month!

Once again, BIG thank you to you for clicking on this website and reading.  Thank you for sending me pictures of the cute tops you order from the blog.  Tagging me in your pictures on insta stories.  Texting me for that recipe.  Tips on how to make the naked cake.  You guys really do make my day ♥

 

And in other news, the dress of my dreams arrived last night.  Remember the one I told you about yesterday on {weekend notes}?

 

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I bought this dress for an event.  Otherwise, I would have no place to wear it.  Ha!  I’m not a big get super dressed up type.

It’s like a gown.  Never, I have ever owned a dress like this.  The quality is top-notch.  It’s elegant.  Classic.  The color is so vibrant.  Super faltering silhouette…almost like it was tailored.  The ruffle details are perfectly placed.  And it has pockets!  Basically the ultimate summer statement dress.  Exactly what I was looking for.

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{friday 5}

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Alas, June rolls in!  #holycowhowdidthathappen Ha!

This weather just screams summertime.  I cant even express my excitement.  With only 5 more days of school left, we are ready to say the least!  We’re currently planning out our summer.  Weekend trips.  Tahoe stays.  Pool days.  Bucket List.  Love the idea of these giant summer calendars to keep all your plans in motion.

What’s on your family’s Summer to-do’s?  Do you have a fun vacation planned?

It’s Friday, so let’s chat about 5 things on my mind……..

 

ONE – Before I die…… //  Has anyone stopped by and written on the wall?  We’re driven by it time and time again, but never stopped.  This week I added it to our intentions for the week and we make it happen.   I love seeing our little town participate in such a cool art exhibit.  Put it on your weekend to-do’s.  Let your kids write what comes to mind.  It’s cute to see what they’re thinking.  Take your own chalk and find a space!

Originally created by artist Candy Chang on an abandoned wall in New Orleans, Before I Die is a global art project that invites community participation. This public wall has been produced more than 2,000 times in 70 countries, and presented in 35 languages. The participatory art exhibit invites passers-by to complete the sentence, “Before I die, I want to…” by writing on the wall with chalk to contribute a heartfelt wish, a goal, or an intention.

 

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TWO – I did it Sign //  Hey Mama’s, I got yo ass covered for those last day of school pics next week.  Can you believe that one week from today….school’s out for the summer.  (now the song is stuck in my head)  Click on the link below and print!

I Did It! (free printable) 

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THREE – Target + Museum Of Ice Cream Colab // Coming to Target’s kids department + freezer section!   Mark your calendar for this Sunday, June 3rd!  The collection will highlight Museum of Ice Cream’s playful, pastel-hued fun!  Think gummy bear graphic tees.  Then July 8th, seven ice cream flavors launch.  Nana Banana + Cherrylicious + Chocolate Crush + Churro Churro (OMG) + Vanillionaire  AND Museum of Ice Cream’s signature flavors: Pinata + Sprinkle Pool!  Just one more reason to love good ol Target!!!

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{weekend notes}

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Welcome back from the long weekend.  Hope yours was sunny + fun-filled + relaxing!

And apparently today is Tuesday, not Monday.  Which I didn’t realize most of this morning.  I’m all thrown off.  Here’s to probably getting it wrong everyday this week 🙂

 

 

Intentions for the week:

  • Wash all the sliders (like really good) (clean windows are everything)
  • Go through Bay’s closet #fuckinggrowthspurt (got rid of more than we kept)
  • List all her clothes on online yardsale (we made over $90..thanks FB friends) 
  • Buy clothes that actually fit her, again! (thank you target clearance section)
  • Set a pretty outdoor table (did you see {tie dye napkin diy})
  • Log all food in My Fitness Pal (totally failed last week)  (Pre-logging is a game changer)
  • Mani + pedi’s for the BIG 6th grade dance  (She picked the prettiest pale pink)
  • Throw together a quinoa salad with shit I already have in the fridge + pantry (bomb.com) 
  • Make more almond butter…yummm (so good on apples + rice cakes + spoonfuls) 
  • Checkout the Before I die wall on Main Street (really cool, check it out)
  • Play at the new park in town
  • Work on our Summer Bucket List (we’re going to have a fun/busy summer) 

 

Highlights from the weekend:

 

Festive ice cubes

Picked up a large ice-cube mold from World Market.  Added some strawberries + raspberries + blueberries.

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Kayaking Blue Lakes

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Crazy peaceful

 

Check out that set-up.  Yeti + Tackle Box + Fishing pole!  His heaven!

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Beautiful day on the lake

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Fishing pit-stops

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Lots of Bud Light Limes

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Lots of “little fish” – Everett

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Picnic lunch.  A turkey sandwich is always so damn good!

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Finding hiking trails

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Rope swings

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Checking out the local Ukiah watering holes

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Dinner at Cory’s favorite – The Broiler

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Bathroom selfies.  The only time I wore sleeves all weekend.

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When you ask for the smallest cut of prime rib and they bring you a piece the size of your head.

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Views from our room at the Redwood House

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View of Lake Mendocino from the porch!  It really doesn’t get more beautiful.

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We spent a lot of time sitting right here!

Coffee in the morning.  Cocktails in the afternoon 🙂

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Took Everett fishing

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His first fish.  If only you could have seen how excited he was.  He caught 3 more right after this.

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Cory showing Everett all the cool spots he used to fish as a kid

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That reflection though……

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Wine tasting at Barra

Their Rosé + chard were my faves, as always.

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Built to resemble an upside down champagne glass.  So cool inside.

Can’t wait to try out Testa next month when we go back.

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Potter Valley Rodeo, the main attraction of the weekend

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Keg beer + sunshine + cowboy boots ♥

I can’t remember the last time I went to a rodeo.

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Small town signs are the best….

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{friday 5}

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Memorial Day Weekend always gets me so excited.  The unofficial start of Summer!  Just reminds me of everything that’s right around the corner.  Longer evening.  Sunny days.  Pool days.  Barbecuing.  Cut-off + flip flops.  Lots of cold rosé.  Happy hours.  Family vacations.  Celebrations.  Long weekends.  There is no better way to welcome summer, than to celebrate Memorial Day Weekend.

Weekend plans: Potter Valley Rodeo!  I haven’t been to a rodeo in yearrrsss.  Pretty pumped to dust off my shit kickers.  Some kayaking is on the agenda.  Lots of beer drinking.  And sunshine.  Whatever you do, make it a good one!

 

ONE – Saved By The Max // Did anyone else DIE over the Vanderpump Rules cast at The Max?  Raise your hand if you grew up on Saved By The Bell?  Zack ♥ You guys, I googled that shit.  There is a legit pop-up in West Hollywood.  It’s called Saved By The Max.  ANYONE can go.  It looks just like the Max too!  Kinda like the Museum Of Ice Cream + The Color Factory, but all about Saved By The Bell.  Basically it’s a place to go and get all the cool pictures that are wayyy insta worthy!

$40 a person and you can choose Brunch or Dinner in either The Max or Mr. Belding’s Office.

Check it out here: Saved By The Max

I really aged myself when I tried to have a convo with Bay about it…Ha!  “What’s Saved By The Bell?”

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Check out Vanderpump Rules visit here: Photos Of The ‘Vanderpump Rules’ Cast Channeling ‘Saved By The Bell’ Will Make ‘90s Kids So Nostalgic

 

TWO – Cilantro Vinaigrette //  You will want to put this shit on EVERYTHING!  Swear.  Sandwiches.  Salads.  Over cheese…yum.  Put a dollop over hummus.  Toss with your veggies and roast.  I even added some to ranch dressing.  WOW!  I’m going to marinade chicken in the little bit that I have left.  It’s got a little kick, but Bay didn’t seem to notice.

I’m tell you this stuff is gold.

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Here’s what you’ll need:

  • big ass bunch of cilantro (or 2 small ones)
  • 1/2 cup olive oil (still in love with Seka Hills evoo)
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes

Toss everything in the food processor.  Blend for about 1 minutes, until everything is nice and smooth.

Pour into a mason jar and pop in the fridge.

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THREE – Crop Top //  Boxy + cropped + structured = perfect.  Just gimme all the crop tops!  I’m hooked on this look.  Front tucked.  Totally tucked.  Loving it!  And it’s pink.  Not only am I a sucker for a good striped tee, you make it pink and sold!  If you’re down with crop tops, grab this before it’s gone!

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Setlist Boxy Top

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FOUR – Memorial Day Sales  //  Whether you’re staying home for the long weekend or hitting the road, you MUST take a moment to check out all the crazy sales going on this weekend.  NOW is the time to scoop up some Summery stuff at a discounted price.

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Nordstrom Half Yearly sale.  Up to 40% off some good shit!  You need this, this + this for starters!  Marc Fisher’s Espadrille for under $100!  Free People fringe sweater.   Lush Knit Maxi for under $40!

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{weekend notes}

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It’s Monday friends!  Did anyone else notice that there are ONLY 12 days of school left?  You guys, summer is almost here!  This weekend felt like summer.  The sun was shinning.  We spent as much time as possible outdoors.  Family time.  Spent time with friends.  Good rosé.  Delicious dinners.

 

Intentions for the Week:

Last weeks intentions: {weekend notes}

 

Highlights from the weekend…….

Celebrating GG’s 93rd Birthday //

She told me that with 3 new grand-grand babies on the way, come December she will have 21 great-grands.  That’s pretty damn impressive.  This photo below is just a handful of them ♥

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GG + baby Daniel

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GG + her homegirl Dot.  GG’s mean-muggin.

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Kid table

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Cousins.  Missing two.  Can you believe that between us, there are 21 kids?  Crazy!

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The Royal Wedding //

Anyone else get up at the butt-crack of dawn to watch the royal wedding?  I had to.  Then when right back to sleep.  Woke up with Bay and watched it all over again.

So gorgeous.  I do think her dress was a little understated and was kind of swallowing her.  But dress #2 made up for it.

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Bay Bakes //

Bay made the best oatmeal peanut butter cookies.  Recipe coming this week!

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Skinny, Skinny Margs //

While I made margs…Ha!

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Babysitter Bay //

We had a special visitor for a couple of hours.  Bay is officially babysitting.

 

Pool platter //

Snacks for a pool date with my Mom + her homegirl.

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I can get used to days like this!

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Ended up hanging out with these chicks, not once, but twice this weekend.  We laughed a lot.

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Skinny, Skinny Margs round 2

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Pool date #2 //

Bay’s turn to have friends over for a pool date

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Charcuterie (kiddie) platter #2

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{weekend notes}

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Happy Monday!  Did you know we are on week 18 of 2018?  I read it somewhere and thought, WOW!  That happened quick.  This week is a busy week.  Like real busy.  I was updating my iPhone notes “shit to do” and it basically said: Spring Show shit.  Monday – Sunday.

But, more importantly….how was your weekend?  Did you get to enjoy some sunshine.  Sleep in.  Hang with your faves.  And sneak in some relaxation + self-care.

I gotta say, we had a good one.

 

Intentions for the week:

  • Survive Spring Showbarely 
  • Try to cook/eat healthy during the busy ass week1 minor pizza slip-up otherwise pretty damn good!  
  • Send back all the ugly shit I ordered/boughtthank god for free-returns 
  • Blog: Currently Craving for MayWhat did you guys think? {currently craving // may}
  • Kill it at Kaia.  BRIK has officially begun. – Didn’t miss a class…whoop whoop
  • Chill on the chard….just a little.didn’t have a glass…WTF?
  • Celebrate my oldest nephew’s b-day – Missed it due to Spring Show weigh-in 😦
  • GATE Art Show – 
  • At home pedi’s with Bay
  • Move around patio furnitureAll the details coming soon!
  • Make pickled red onionsOMG yumm!

 

Last weeks Intentions: {weekend notes}

 

Highlights from the weekend……

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Casini Ranch 2018 camping trip was a blast!

You know it’s been a good weekend when your abs hurt from laughing so much.  Never a dull moment with the family ♥

I never got around to blogging about our 2017 Casini Trip.  It was equally as good!  That’s what brought us back.  The perfect campground for families.  Daily activities for the kids.  Ice cream social.  Bonfires.  Feeding the Casini horses.  Panning for rocks.  Bike rides.  And of course the river.  If you’re looking for a new place to camp, I suggest you try out Casini.

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The Ukiah Brown fire-pit made its second appearance.

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Messy camp

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Burgers around the fire

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Morning cuddle with my sweet nephew

He digs insta-filters

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Queen of the castle

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When Mom’s in-charge of breakfast….she doesn’t mess around.

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Guernville has pretty walls

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And so many fun spots

Guerneville Bank Club is the cutest.  This place even has a photo booth.

Inside you find:  Chile Pie Baking Co // Nimble and Finns Ice Cream // Jar Jam (local gems) // Tasting Room // Museum

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Chile Pies Baking Co…..yummmm

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I found my heaven!  See ya later!

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Ice cold $6 cans of chard can also be found here.

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Home of the best town sign.  I stop and snap a picture here every.single.time.

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Ocean Trails

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Necessities

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Dead or alive?  I have no clue.

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Those succulents though

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Our State Flower is breathtaking (excuse Callie ass for the photo bomb) 

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Scaling cliffs…in flip flops with a beer in hand!  #skills

The fishing spots

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Cory fishes

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Callie + I collect coffee table treasures.

I came up with the best way to display these one-of-a-kind ocean finds.  I’ll be sharing soon!

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Fri-Day!  Planning on taking full advantage of the weekend and get some relaxing in.  Next week is Spring Show….aka shit show.  Only kidding.  It’s just a very busy week.  And a good week.  Bay entered a baked good.  Table setting.  And has a pig.  If you’re looking for us, we’ll be at the fairgrounds.

Weekend plans?  We’re hitting the road.  Camping on the Russian River.  I love camping.  It’s a lot of work and all, but being outdoors, roughin it a little bit.  Drinking from sun up till sun down (the best part in my book)  S’mores.  Sitting around the campfire laughing till your belly hurts.  That’s what we’ll be up too.

 

Ok, let the weekend begin!

 

One – Fruit Bowl // Found it.  Actually my Mom found it, within minutes.  I legit scoured Target.com for this wooden pedestal bowl I used in {orange table setting} for about 30 minutes.  I search pedestal.  Wooden bowl.  You name it.  But, fruit bowl?  That’s just dumb Target.  It looks very Pottery Barn-ish with a Target price tag.  Anyway, I got lots of messages about it.  So here ya go….

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Turned Wood Fruit Bowl – Threshold

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TWO – Polenta Croutons // Same idea as polenta fries.  These crispy little things are the perfect addition to any salad.  I still swear by Robin Nelson’s famous salad.  Mixed greens.  Brianna’s Creamy Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing.  Blue cheese crumbles.  Sliced cherry tomatoes.  Croutons.  The only thing I’ve changed: thinly sliced red onion.  And of course, polenta croutons.  Shake it up in a big trash bag and pour into a salad bowl.  It’s  a crowd pleaser.  When you make this salad, remember to give Robin a shout out!

Polenta Croutons:

  • 18oz tube pre-cooked polenta
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons parmesan
  • Salt + pepper

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.  Line a baking sheet with foil or a silpat.

Chop polenta into cubes.  Don’t bother making them perfect….just try to keep them about the same size so the cook evenly.

Toss chopped polenta + the rest of the ingredients into a bowl.

Place polenta croutons on prepared baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes.

Flip and bake an additional 15 minutes.  Or until golden brown and crisp.

How many polenta croutons should one eat in a sitting?  Asking for a friend.

These little fuckers are dangerous…just FYI!

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Robin Nelson’s Famous Salad with polenta croutons.

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THREE – Mascara Primer // New Product alert.  I know I say this all the time, but you guys…I found an amazing product.  Mascara Primer.  I’d honestly never even heard of it till last week.  Used this product everyday this week and the only thing I can say: So pissed I didn’t know about this sooner.  It’s life changing!  I coat my eyelashes with primer.  The primer is white, just fyi.  Let it dry for a sec, then top with my STILL fave mascara (L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise)  You’ll never guess how much this primer costs?

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