Macadamia Basil Pesto

Macadamia Basil Pesto

 

Confession:  I had never really had pesto before making this Macadamia Basil Pesto. But, I think I get away with it because it’s absolutely delicious and I put it on everything now. Macadamias are one of my favorite nuts, so it only made sense to use them to make a pesto (since I’m too cheap to buy pine nuts at the moment).

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Chocolate Cherry Fudge Brownies

Chocolate Cherry Fudge Bars with Cherry Ganache

Every once in a while you just get this insatiable craving for chocolate that only something like a brownie can satisfy, and then you realize you have cherries in the fridge that need to be used soon – and who the hell doesn’t like chocolate covered cherries? – so you just have to make chocolate cherry brownies to be happy.

At least, I hope there are more people who suffer from this once-every-few-months problem.  It probably speaks volumes about the fact that I need to do a Whole30 or 21DSD.  Oh well.  I made double chocolate cherry fudge bars with a cherry ganache, and they are amazeballs.  That’s the only possible way to describe these brownie/bars.  Oh wait.  “Bomb” is another satisfactory, hip descriptor.  Or we can get old school and call these “decadent”.  “Mind blowing”.  “Bliss”.  I don’t know.  Pick one of those and be happy.

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Spicy Grilled Shrimp Skewers

Spicy Shrimp

I made this shrimp for my first grill-out of the summer.  How weird is it that it’s almost mid-July and I’ve only grilled once?  Well, I don’t have my own grill and I’ve been working an overnight shift, so it’s kind of hard to find people to grill with.  But I finally managed it, and I made some bomb spicy shrimp.  I’m just glad I wrote down this impromptu recipe so I could share it!

First, I’m going to get a little emotional up in here.

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Choose Passion, Not Anger

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Let me preface this by saying that I’m not out to change the world.  I hardly have my own life figured out, and when I’m struggling to pinpoint what I want to focus my energies on, it’s hard to feel qualified enough to give advice.  But a recent discussion-turned-south caused an idea to bubble up inside me, and I think it’s worth sharing.

Choose passion, not anger.

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