The Thursday Thirteen – 07/27/2017

Here in Virginia, this week has been absolutely lovely in the weather department; cooler than the previous few weeks with a lovely light breeze. The milder weather has seriously put me in a Halloween planning mood. That may seem crazy to most of you. but for us here folks at The Historic Herndon Halloween House, it’s a pretty special time of year that requires a lot of planning, thought, and crafting. Last year, the theme was Whispering Tombstone Cove, which I think turned out to be absolutely fantastic, however, this year, the theme is going to be even better. Unfortunately, it requires me making a lot more tombstones for the graveyard, which involves me and a lot of paint. Things are bound to go hilariously wrong so stay tuned. Until then, here are a few things that I’ve been fixated on recently.


Crispy Beer Battered Avocado Tacos - How Sweet It Is

These Crispy Beer Battered Avocado Tacos from How Sweet It Is are killing me in the best way possible. I mean, come on, we’re talking about tempura battered avocados here.


How many times have you found yourself wondering, “Self, I really wish I had a unique gadget to wipe the frosting off of my whisk?” You too? I thought I was the only one. Well, now it’s not a problem anymore with this Whisk Wiper. What will they think of next?


Puff Pastry Cronuts with Buttermilk Glaze - Food, Folks and Fun

I’m not usually the type of gal who goes crazy over a donut, however, if you were to put one of these Puff Pastry Cronuts with Buttermilk Glaze from Food, Folks and Fun in front of me, that could all change rather quickly.


Palm Trees Bow Tie Cat Collar - Made by Cleo - Etsy

Should I order Brenna a new kitty collar? I think she’d look pretty gosh darn cute in this Palm Trees one from Made by Cleo. Don’t forget that Brenna and Cleo have gotten their furry little heads together and come up with a 15% offer if you use the code BRENNA15 during checkout.


Chobani Flips S'more S'mores

Lately, I’ve been seriously addicted to Chobani Flips S’more S’mores. If you haven’t tried this yogurt yet, you simply must; it’s just so freaking unbelievably good.


Chobani Simply 100 Blueberry Dinner Muffins - Faith, Hope, Love, and Luck Survive Despite a Whiskered Accomplice

Speaking of Chobani, why not make these Chobani Simply 100 Blueberry Dinner Muffins this weekend, after all, it’s a great time of year to bake with fresh blueberries.


I feel like I need a new Bundt pan and I’m kind of obsessed with this Crown one from Nordic Ware. What do y’all think?


Orange Peppermint Lemonade - Sugar Bananas

Check out this recipe for Sugar Bananas Orange Peppermint Lemonade. Don’t you just want a big ol’ glass of it in your pretty little hand right now?


Happy Socks is having their Summer Sale which means that this is the last week that you can save up to 50% off and get free shipping. Winter will be here before you know it and you’re gonna need socks.


What’s your favorite summer movie? One of my all-time faves has always been Shag. If you haven’t seen it, you should really check it out. I’ve been watching this movie over and over again for years and I never grow tired of it. Fair warning though, this movie will make you totally dance around your house like a complete fool.


Milk Street Magazine

Have y’all heard of Milk Street Magazine? If not, you should really check it out. It truly is a unique food magazine. I loved it so much that I ordered a subscription for my mom. You can get your own subscription right here.


Tropical Kiwi Crumble - The Unlikely Baker

While on our recent beach trip, the subject came up of which dessert we preferred, a cobbler, crisp, or crumble. I’ve never been a huge cobbler fan, which is probably why I love the idea of this Tropical Kiwi Crumble from The Unlikely Baker.


White Balsamic Blueberry, Corn, and Feta Salad - Faith, Hope, Love, and Luck Survive Despite a Whiskered Accomplice

I have a block party to attend this weekend and I can’t decide what I should bring. I usually bring deviled eggs but this year I’m considering making this White Balsamic Blueberry, Corn, and Feta Salad. Which would you prefer?

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  • Jenny Rojas

    Hi Colleen,
    That’s quite a consortment you pulled together here. As I am a big animal lover, I would definitely get Brenna that kitty collar.
    Jenny from

    • Thanks Jenny! Cleo just announced a 20% off sale today on top of reduced prices! Brenna is definitely going to be getting that collar!!!

  • Liz O’Hara

    You had me at the beer battered avocado, I need go no further. What a great idea! Thank you for bringing them to FF, they are sure to be a hit.

    • I can’t wait to try them Liz…they sound like a dream come true!

  • Lisa Carey

    I vote YES on the new kitty collar! And those blueberry muffins I’m going to have to give a try. WOnder if I could adapt them into a pancake recipe!

    • Go for it…they would taste super yummy on a weekend morning!

  • JTwisdom

    Yes to the bow tie for Brenna. Those blueberry muffins look delicious. So refreshing orange peppermint lemonade.

    • I didn’t get a chance to make the lemonade this weekend but it will happen…eventually!!!

    • The muffins are a recipe that needs to happen…I’ve been craving them something fierce!

  • Heather Petrey

    OMG to those avocado tacos…and glazed cronuts… And YES to the kitty collar (and that kitty in the photo)… And what is this Orange Peppermint Lemonade?! Sounds so refreshing. Those muffins made from yogurt sound amazing too…Ughh Colleen…. you post so many yummy recipes and food photos!

    • It seems we have a lot in common and yes I would gladly take that kitty! I did buy two collars but not the ones shown…I decided on a bright pink and red floral and a Halloween one instead!

  • Chimee Ahaiwe

    This looks so delicious !!