Kimono: O’Neill Althea Kimono Top. I love how this lightweight navy, white and brown print kimono can be worn over a tank-top to protect my arms from the sun during the day and give a little bit of warmth when it gets cooler at night. It is an instantly stylish outfit maker with very minimal effort. On sale from Everything But Water. Wear it over swimwear too!
Tank-Top: Juniors’ Mudd® Button Front Tank Top from Kohl’s. This white tank top is given an extra stylish touch with the ribbed texture and buttons down the front. Color is “egret,” and the tank comes in more colors. It is on sale with the code DADSDAY for $16.99. Wear it under a jean jacket or a lightweight blazer.
Gingham Wedge Shoes: Michael Michael Kors Pippa Gingham Espadrille Wedge Sandals. You can mix and match navy and white patterns with these shoes!
Hat: Anthropologie’s Cyrus Rancher hat in Cream. “It’s the season for sunshine – find your shade with a breezy topper, such as this playfully trimmed rancher hat.” It also comes in the Navy.
Straw Clutch: Straw Clutch – Universal Thread™ Natural. Get this affordable straw clutch at Target just in time for summer. Wear it with a summer dress or a casual outfit for the possible outdoor gatherings with social distancing.
Jewelry: Uncommon James by Kristin Cavallari. Black Swan Gold Feather Earrings, and 2 layering necklaces. Get $10 off your first purchase by clicking here for the link and code.
Lipstick: Bobbi Brown Crushed Lipstick in Babe – Midtone Pink
Kristin Cavallari Cookbooks + Blondie Recipe
I am always on the lookout for gluten-free, dairy-free, and refined-sugar-free recipes that are quick and easy. Summer is here and it is the perfect time to make, share, and enjoy food that is light, tasty, and nourishing.
True Roots, shares some of Kristin Cavallari’s clean recipes that keep her motivated and inspired. Find your own inspiration to cook more meals at home and live a healthier lifestyle with fresh fruits and vegetables and food made with no white flour, sugar, or salt. “Cavallari shows you that improving the way you eat doesn’t have to be difficult—a clean and toxin-free diet can and should be fun, easy, and enjoyable.”
In True Comfort, Kristin focuses on healthy comfort food recipes “for cozy breakfasts, lunches, and dinners plus desserts (Orange Olive Oil Cake and Dark Chocolate Peppermint Silk Pie) and drinks (Cashew Eggnog and Rosemary Charcoal Latte). With tips and tricks to put together a well-stocked pantry, fridge, and freezer, this book goes beyond the traditional cookbook.”
Celebrate Fathers Day on Sunday, honoring your Dad with a delicious baked treat. The secret ingredient in these blondies, which makes them so moist and healthy, is zucchini! (The zucchini is undetectable when baked in!) Paired with chocolate chips and creamy nut butter, these blondies are delicious and guilt-free! No fancy utensils or mixers are required. This is one of the easiest recipes to put together in one bowl. Bake in a Silpat brownie pan, and you’ll end up with perfect uniform bite-size brownies that are baked to perfection every time!
If your Dad is not close to you, share these with a mentor, friend, or neighbor to brighten there day.
Everyone seems to love the corner or side pieces of a brownie because of the crispy crust texture! Now, everyone can have that with 12 individually baked treats that are the perfect size to easily serve without the needing to grease the pan or cut with a knife. Silpat’s flexible and lightweight silicone pan optimizes heat conduction for consistently awesome results. Easy to remove and clean too!
Zucchini Almond Butter Blondies
(Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, No Refined Sugar)
Special thanks to Kristin Cavallari for the Zucchini Almond Butter Blondie Recipe from her book True Roots on page 197.
1 cup creamy almond butter
1 egg (use a flax egg for vegan option)
1/2 teaspoon pink Himalayan salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup coconut sugar
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
1 large zucchini, grated
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and place Silpat brownie pan on a baking tray
2. In a large bowl, mix the almond butter, egg (use a flax egg for vegan option), salt, baking soda, sugar, and vanilla until well combined. Fold in the chocolate chips and zucchini. Use an ice cream copper to fill out the brownie pan, pressing down to spread evenly.
3. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until golden brown and a toothpick comes out clean. Let cool before serving. Makes about 12-16 depending on what pan you use.
Honor Dad Even If You Can’t Be There Together.
Zoom call with the family. Share a Father’s Day tribute with your favorite photos and a song. Share a dessert with family members on the zoom call and afterward swap recipes over email. Give a Williams Sonoma online eGift card (you can send a group ecard too where people contribute) so that your mom can bake brownies on your behalf for your Dad in their exclusive Silpat brownie pan.
Stylish Copper and White Accessories
The combination of copper and white is a stylish addition to your kitchen. Uncommon James Home features a line of copper accessories that is not only useful but beautiful. Currently, the measuring cups and spoons are on sale. You will also find the whisk, copper tea kettle, mugs, etc. to help complete your serving setup.
Be Kind, Be Safe
Non-Medical-Grade Mask (what I am wearing above): Mother’s The Don’t Spray It Mask. These assorted masks come in a 2 Pack. The Mother’s site updates when the masks will become available next if out of stock.
“Love One Another. Listening and learning in love and acting in faith.
Happy Summer! Happy Father’s Day!”