The Edwards Dinner Party

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Local Sugar: Ten Ramen Review

Would everyone who loves ramen please stand up? How delicious is that bowl of broth and noodles? It can be the ultimate comfort food and you can get totally creative with it. But, I should confess something: I had never had an authentic bowl of ramen until I wrote a review of a new ramen shop in Dallas called Ten Ramen! I’m happy to say that it was everything I dreamed it would be! I slurped to my heart’s content and there may or my not have been proof of my slurping on my blouse. Whoops!

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Delicious Breakfast Bars + a Book Review

Anyone who has known me for very long knows that I’m not much of a morning person. I wish I was! I always think one day when I’m a “real grown up” mornings will be easier, I will savor them, and pop out of bed with a smile on my face. Until then, I am always looking for a good way to have a nutritious and filling breakfast before work. To be honest, most days I’m eating a granola bar in the car!

When I found a recipe for Fully Loaded Breakfast Bars in My New Roots by cute blogger Sarah Britton, I knew I needed to try them!

Cover Image

The whole book is fun to flip through because of the gorgeous photography, creative recipes, and great tips Sarah weaves throughout. One really helpful section called “Stocking the Pantry” covers everything from different flours, beans v. legumes, and sweeteners. At the top of each recipe, there are little markers denoting if the recipe is vegan, gluten-free, or takes extra planning. The recipes is also divided by season and type of food: mornings, small measures (drinks and appetizers), mains, and sweets. The breakfast bar recipe is in the Early Summer section and I’m already excited to try Roasted Parsnips with Pomegranate Glaze and Za’atar this winter!

Dry Ingredients

These bars are gluten free and vegan! Instead of flour, Sarah substitutes white beans. Did you know that you can substitute beans for flour?! Very cool and it makes me feel extra healthy. They also have coconut oil, honey, pumpkin seeds, raisins  and dried apricots, making them a seriously delicious breakfast.

Breakfast Bars

Baked Breakfast Bars

These bars have definitely made my morning routine better. I can’t wait to try more recipes from My New Roots!

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

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Friday Favorites (on Saturday)

Texas wildflowers. Growing up, my mom always told me about the beautiful wild flowers that cover Texas. I’m loving seeing the beautiful colors during my first summer here!

World Cup Logo
Who else is so excited for the women’s world cup?! My husband and I got really into the men’s world cup last summer and have loved having it back on TV. USA! (photo source)

Breakfast Bars

These delicious breakfast bars from My New Roots. I can’t wait to tell y’all about them next week!

Basil RootsMy baby basil plant. Any other recovering black thumbs out there? A neighbor shared a basil cutting with me and I am so excited that it is growing roots! New life (even in little plants) is amazing! Not to mention, the idea of having a basil plant in my container garden has visions of pesto dancing in my head 🙂

Happy weekend, y’all! I hope you have had a good week and a great weekend ahead. Thanks so much for stopping by!

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Kitchen Helpers: Mini Food Processors

Today I’m going to share one of my favorite kitchen gadgets: a mini chopper or food processor. These little guys probably won’t help with dinner for five or six, but they are perfect for chopping up and handful of nuts, making pesto, or a small batch of homemade hummus! Continue reading

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Local Sugar: Ascension Coffee

I have recently started contributing to Local Sugar Dallas! It has been so fun to explore the great places to eat and drink in Dallas and today I’m sharing a story on one of my favorite Dallas coffee shops: Ascension Coffee.

Ascension has you covered for any meal and any time of day, but my husband and I went for brunch! I have two words for you: avocado toast. YUM. I hope you enjoy reading about Brunching at Ascension Coffee!

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Grilled Pizza Deliciousness

Lately, I have been loving trying recipes from Weeknights Fresh & Fast by Kristine Kidd and beautiful photography by Kate Spears. This cookbook breaks up recipes by the season to encourage using the most fresh and seasonal ingredients as well as seasonal cooking styles (no grilling recipes in winter 😉 )

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Host Gifts: Riley Writes Scout

One topic I hope to talk about here at the Dinner Party is hosting and being hosted. Hosting guests in your home/apartment/studio is a great way to get to know people better and it’s important to be able to be a good guest as well. This post falls into the second category: ideas for being a good guest.

Earlier in the year, my husband and I went to visit friends in DC! We met when we were both living there, went to the same church, and had lots of mutual friends. We were so excited after being away for more than a year to go back to DC and visit. Our friends there were kind to offer to host us! I stayed with a house of girls and my husband stayed with his old roommates. We had so much fun visiting so many close friends and being in our old city!

After we left, I wanted to send the girls a thank you for hosting me. I thought about giving them a single gift that they could all enjoy in the house, but for a few reasons decided to get them each their own gift. I decided on a print from Riley Writes Scout! A talented friend from college started RWS, a lovely shop with hand drawn designs ranging from a series of hymns, to custom invitations, and stationary. These 5×7 prints of “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing”, one of my favorite hymns, made the perfect “thank you”.

RWS Come Thou Fount

RWS Joyful Joyful

This is another favorite hymn of mine! It was the recessional at our wedding, so it has special place in our hearts.

One nice way to make sure you don’t forget to send a thank you note is to take a note with you on your trip and write it before you leave. You write the note before you leave for home and leave it with your host!

Do you have a go-to host or hostess gift? And what do you give a house of guys as a thank you? We sent them Omaha Steaks! Seriously 🙂

Visit Riley Writes Scout’s site to check out more of her fabulous work.

All photos courtesy of Katherine, creator and owner of Riley Writes Scout.