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March is flying, spring is coming, and I couldn’t be happier to have the warm weather here to stay.  Please stick around, sunshiney days!  The flowers have started to bloom here and even some of the trees are budding with pink and purple flowers.  Spring in Chapel Hill is always so beautiful, floral and colorful.  Maybe this weekend we will have time to see even more of the buds :)  Until then, let’s look at the link love the internet gave us this week.

link love lucky charms cake via

In preparation for St. Patrick’s Day (which is less than 1 week away!), can we take a minute to drool over this gorgeous and over-the-top St. Patrick’s Day party?  Will’s family has lots of Irish in it, and I can only imagine with the abundance of redheads in our family that we must have some Irish heritage too, so I’m taking notes over here. 

If that is too much for you, but you still want a festive way to celebrate the lucky leprechaun day next week, this fun lucky charms cake might be an easier way to go.  You could also fall back on the delicious shortbread stuffed chocolate cupcakes with Irish cream frosting from last year.  You really can’t go wrong.

Speaking of the islands across the pond, have you heard the latest Harry Potter news?!?!  I feel like I’m so behind on this, but the new Harry Potter play is coming out as a book this summer.  Growing up, we always picked up the Harry Potter books right when they came out and read them over summer vacation – that tradition might have to come back again this summer.  

I’m surrounded by college students who are all on spring break or about to be on spring break.  A few of the freshman have come by my office and asked me what I’m doing for spring break, which is sweet but so funny.  When I tell them I don’t get a spring break (welcome to the working world!) they are so shocked.  One student even asked me what I was going to do while all of the students were gone haha.  Even though I don’t have a spring break, I can still fantasize about these great bucket list destinations.  Want to come along?

Has your brunch ever been plagued by a hard pineapple?  Has your guacamole ever been speckled with hard avocados?  Never fear, we don’t have to endure underripe (or overripe) produce any longer!  This guide to picking produce is great to keep around for those times you are in the grocery store smelling fruit and picking leaves, trying to guess which fruits and vegetables are going to taste best.

One more on food, while we’re at it.  Salt is a vague term.  Is it sea salt? Kosher salt? Table salt? Iodized salt? What brand of salt is it? All of the answers to these questions really do impact how your recipes taste.  Different types and brands of salt have different densities, so you could be adding way too much or way too little salt if the type isn’t specified.  Let’s get to know our salt in this great guide to cooking salts, because we want our food to taste it’s best.

That’s all for this week!  Have a lovely weekend, everyone!  See you on the other side :)

 

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