Hostess Gifts

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After a lot of thought and searching, I decided on these sweet bracelets as gifts to thank my three beautiful friends for hosting a couples Baby Shower for me and my husband.  It was such a wonderful evening and I wanted to give them something personal.  I’ve always loved the cord bracelets from Gas Bijoux and thought the sparkly heart was the perfect charm for three special friends during this special time in our lives.

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Banana Oatmeal Cookies

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Because another loaf of banana bread seemed excessive, this week I made healthy banana oatmeal cookies with my leftover ripe bananas.  I hadn’t made them in over a year and forgot what a great treat these are!  These cookies are packed with nutritious ingredients, taste good, and make the house smell great while they’re baking.  I first found them on Lori Bregman’s blog, and I’ve since seen similar versions with added ingredients like dates and walnuts.  I stuck to the original this time – with a little extra vanilla.

Healthy Banana Oat Cookies

Caribbean Cuisine

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With tropical drinks in hand and reggae music in the background, our hosts created an island escape with a delicious Jamaican-themed menu for our seventh gourmet group dinner.  The menu was carefully planned to recreate the flavors our hostess remembered from her two years living on the Island as a child.  We feasted on flavorful jerk chicken, fragrant coconut rice and Caribbean vegetables, and a rich chocolate rum cake.  My assignment:  Jamaican Carrot Soup with a pear relish and plantain chips.  I suggest making the soup at least a few hours ahead of time to allow the complex flavors to really come together as it’s refrigerating.  And don’t skip the pear relish – it adds texture and freshness to the warm, spicy soup.  This soup would also be amazing on a cold fall day!

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