Hello, all! For this month’s Friday Photos installment, I’m including a couple of updated recipes – some of my absolute favorites – and a few scenes from our life, including a crazed squirrel that has targeted us!
First up are delicious Chocolate Topped Oatmeal Bars, something I’ve made since high school – except back then I’d use a boxed frosting mix that the recipe called for -yuck. I went a few years without them before I developed this rendition that uses all whole, real food ingredients. The bonus is they are gluten free and could be dairy free with the use of coconut oil. Any way you make them, they will be devoured by all.
Chocolate Chip Walnut Pie deserved a photo update because it is THE dessert that’s requested by my family for Thanksgiving and Christmas every year. It probably could be called ‘candy bar pie’ because most people tell me it reminds them of candy. Rich, rich, rich. You’ll want to pin this for sure! (hint: click the ‘Pin it’ that appears in the photo when you hover!)
Since super easy Grilled Potato Planks are on our summer menu almost weekly, the sad state of the old photos deserved an update with my new camera. Trust me, you’ll want to make these if you grill. All you need is three steps – cut, coat, grill – no precooking the potatoes is necessary!
If you follow me on Instagram, you might have seen the thrift store plates I found during our trip to the coast a few weeks ago. These will be the start of the new plate wall I’m planning for above our bed and I’m aiming for a calm and subtle look against our light green walls.
I’m bringing in pops of coral to our green and white bedroom, so I’m on the look out for a few more with orange/coral/pink on them plus more white plates with interesting shapes. I’m thinking there needs to be a good amount for over a queen bed and I’m wanting to do some of the overlapping I’ve seen others doing now. Have any of you created a plate wall? Any tips?
The other morning Brian told me he saw a squirrel chewing on one of our outdoor curtains and I thought a little hole at the bottom or something…
Um, no – this thing went crazy with our curtain! I don’t know what he was trying to do at this point in the year – stock up for winter with pieces of fabric? The curtain has holes all the way from the bottom to where the squirrel could reach from the rail! Not to mention other animal, uh, leavings. Yuck. I’ve not heard of other people having trouble with wildlife and their outdoor curtains – have you? Sigh.
Do you think it’s worth making a new curtain, or will that one get attacked as well?
On a much happier note, I couldn’t help but snap a picture of Brian playing with Samson in the summertime grass. Samson loves the grass and warm weather and spends much time rolling in it and growling happily all by himself. But when master comes to play? Well, I’m figuring that’s a little bit of doggie heaven right there.
I hope your summer’s been going well – and that no crazed animals are bothering you!
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