Sunday, May 10, 2009

Polenta, Mother's Day, Cookies, Guac

Lots to cover in this post, so it will be mostly pictures...
First, I made Joy the Baker's Vanilla and Brown Sugar Breakfast Polenta yesterday for Josh- TOTALLY delicious (I subbed skim milk for the whole milk). Since Josh just had the one bowl, we have tons leftover and I plan to make Polenta Sticks later this week.

I wanted to show you guys a few pictures of my mother's day yesterday. I put together a bouquet of hydrangea and Bells of Ireland for my mom. Also included in the picture is the wrapped up carrot bread I made for her.

Josh and I took her, my Dad, and my Aunt out to a restaurant near their houses called Frank's Outback.


My parents:


Josh and I:


When I got back, I made up some cookies for Josh's lunches this week. I made Maria's AMAZING Oatmeal Cookies with Lime, Coconut, and White Chocolate. I made mine using key lime juice. They are seriously incredible:



One last note, the Peta's Vegan College Cookbook is on sale! To celebrate, I will be making a few recipes from the cookbook throughout the week. Last night, I tried their Unholy Guacamole on top of a salad. YUM!


Hope you have a wonderful Monday!

52 comments:

Alison said...

The Breakfast Polenta sounds incredible! I looked at the recipe and it looks very easy too. I definitely want to try.
I love hydrangeas. I'd never seen them until I moved to Minnesota, but now I look forward to them every year.

Megan said...

that polenta sounds so delish!! i must try it, i never know what to do with polenta.

glad your mother's day was a good one! happy mondayyy.

glidingcalm said...

those cookies sound incredible!!!

lime and coconut! so summery!!!

and I love your restaurant review: "mehhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh"

HA! happy Monday Erica!!!

Fitnessista said...

looks like such a wonderful mother's day!
the polenta dish sounds awesome, and i don't even like polenta ;)
the cookies look amazing, too!
have a great day <3

ttfn300 said...

i had bookmarked that polenta recipe, glad to know it's yummy :) those flowers look gorgeous! and fantabulous cookies :) have a great week!

K from ksgoodeats said...

I've never had polenta but that breakfast sounds amazing!! You and Josh look gorgeous as usual :)

Sounds like you guys had a great Mother's Day! Hope Monday treats you well!!

wholefoodswholeme said...

sounds like a perfect sunday! the cookies sound amazing, as does the polenta - very original! if i manage to become a wife who makes such yumminess for my husband, i will be very proud of myself :D

Rose said...

Looks like a wonderful mother's day. That restaurant looks cute.

carolinebee said...

cute momma pic! I love that outside patio, so cute.

Yum Yucky said...

Everything looks delicious (and the people aren't bad looking either. hehehe)!

I'm just discovering Polenta so I'm going to dive into this recipe you posted. Thanks!

Krista said...

Everything you made looks SO yummy! I love that polenta idea...

The flowers you arranged for your Mom are beautiful!

emilydh211 said...

Looks like you had such a great Mother's Day and you look gorgeous in the picture!

greendogwine said...

I'm not sure who's cuter, you and Josh, or your parents!! Such nice family pictures!

Those lime coconut cookies sound like heaven - I think I need to try them out!

Dawn said...

ok that's a good pic of you & Josh. and those cookies! HELLO!

Sharon said...

Awh, I totally love the pictures! And mmmm polenta sounds great!

Balance, Joy and Delicias! said...

love the breakfast polenta!!! I bet it keeps you full for long hours!
And lovely pics of your parents and you! :)

Trish said...

Nice photos! And I am such a fan of polenta. YUM!

redheadedjournal said...

Oh breakfast polenta sounds great!!

Diana said...

Those cookies sound incredible! I've never heard of putting lime in cookies, but I bet they taste fantastic. I may have to do some Joy the Baking...

Glad you had a nice Mother's Day! :)

The Blonde Duck said...

Ya'll are so cute!

just me said...

i'm loving that polenta! i need to make some soon!

and cute pic w/ your mum!

elise said...

love the pics. ive never had polenta, and i think its been on my to-make list for over a year...one of these days...

Esi said...

Hope you had a wonderful weekend and mothers day. That polenta sounds great!

Kerstin said...

Oh wow, what a post, everything looks great! I'm very curious about the polenta sticks you mentioned and would love one of those cookies!!

Heather said...

glad you guys had such a nice mother's day! the polenta sounds yummy!!

Erin of Care to Eat said...

Mmm yummy! Sweet polenta! I love your hair and (natural) tan you gorgeous thing! I love your dad's face. He just looks like such a happy man. :)
Beautiful flowers. Yay mommy!
I'm doing the same thing with the PETA cookbook, excited to see what you end up making!

Brooke (HomegirlCanEat) said...

I LOVE polenta so I'm sure I would love yours!!

Your pictures are beautiful! You and yo man are so cute! ;)

Amanda (Two Boos Who Eat) said...

MMM I love polenta!

curlytop said...

Erica,

I'm a first time reader and I love what I see! I'll be back. :D

Josh is a luck boy to have you packin his lunches. You have super culinary powers! ;P

Have a great Tuesday,

Emily

bhealthier said...

aww cute photos!! so nice you got to see your parents ( and mom esp.!)

Maria said...

Love this post! Lots going on! I want to try that polenta and the flowers are gorgeous! Glad you had a fun day with your family. My Josh loves those cookies too,glad you tried them. I will post lime bars soon, I just made them and Josh is loving them!

I hurt my hip running on Saturday, not good. I walked 3 miles yesterday and that killed it. I am not wanting to take a break. I also had bad tummy issues today. Bummer! Sorry for rambling! Glad you loved the cookies!

Heather McD (Heather Eats Almond Butter) said...

Oh my gosh, Erica, that polenta..those cookies?!? Everything looks so delicious, and I love the combo of flavors! Beautiful flowers and sweet parents. You and Josh looked pretty cute as well. :)

Hope you're having a good week!

Cookie baker Lynn said...

Those cookies look fabulous!

Nutritious is Delicious said...

I have never tried polenta! Looks delish! And I am contemplating making those cookies soon! YUM!

Glad you guys had an enjoyable time!

Julie said...

those cookies look amazing :)

Priscilla said...

Those cookies look fabulous. Looks like a nice time with your parents...you and your husband make one cute couple!

Peggy said...

Thank you so much for the restaurant recommendations!! I looked at Poe's - it looks awesome - we will definitely have to go there! I'm going to look up the menus for the others too. Thanks again!!

Amandaaa said...

your parents are so cute!

as are you and the hubby.

xxx

Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food) said...

Sounds like a great day!

The cookies look amazing!

Darius T. Williams said...

Great pics! I'm loving the cookie combo!

Holly said...

Love, love your hair!!! It looks so purty. So beachy. :-)

And those COOKIES. Nom nom - I could gobble them all up. I am not a huge coconut fan, but LOVE LIME. And White Chocolate. I'm putting these on my list to try!

CaSaundraLeigh said...

I have never tried polenta, but that is a good idea in using it--also those cookies look divine =)

Michelle @ Find Your Balance said...

You look like your mom! :-) What a nice day. I won't see my mom until next weekend. What should I bake??

The Blonde Duck said...

Hope your week is going good!

Diana said...

I have done a chai-spiced polenta for breakfast before and it is SO good! I'm all for alternatives to oats sometimes. :)

Those cookies look aaaaaaaaamazing.

Quinn said...

Your parents are so cute!

I have got to try that cookie recipe - it sounds perfect for summer!

Evelyn Fisher said...

Sounds like a fun weekend. Both the cookies and the guacamole look divine. I am going to have to buy this Peta vegan college cookbook I keep hearing about. Even though I've only made polenta 3 times, I love it.

Jeena said...

Polenta looks lovely and those cookies look really yummy. Looks like you had a great tim eout with your parents. :-)

Bridget said...

Thanks for the hair salon tip!! Love your Mothers Day, super cute! Those cookies sounds freeking awesome...maybe it's better Brian doesn't read these blogs because then he'd probably want some more home baked goods :)

The Blonde Duck said...

Have a good weekend!

eatingbender said...

You are so radiant! I can never get over how pretty your smile is in every picture. And your hair! I'm not trying to be a brown noser - you are just beautiful!

Mother's Day looks lovely and your Breakfast Polenta looks SO amazing! Oh gosh, cookies with lime are v. delicious!

Hope you're having a fun weekend, madam!

Lori said...

Thanks for sharing the polenta. I love warm polenta with syrup and this idea is great! Looks like you had a nice meal. I have to try those cookies!