Sunday Stuff 10/19

Happy Sunday! Come see what I’ve been up to this week, plus some of my current faves and new finds.

#walnutharvest14

I’ve spent the last few days in the Sacramento area with Diamond Nuts experiencing the walnut harvest. We walked around orchards, dodged harvesting equipment, and toured the processing where 1 million walnuts are cracked each day. The scope of the whole operation was pretty mind boggling, and it was so fascinating to see the journey each nut takes from the orchard to the grocery store shelves.

Do you know how nuts are harvested from their trees? It’s really cool.

#walnutharvest14

#walnutharvest14

#walnutharvest14

It was such a quick but wonderful trip, and I’m so glad that I had a chance to meet a few new bloggers. Here were my nutty companions (see what I did there?):

Liz from The Lemon Bowl
Tiffany from Creme de la Crumb
Hayley from The Domestic Rebel
Amy from Amy’s Healthy Baking
Melissa from Fit ‘N’ Well Mommy
Karen from The Food Charlatan
Trish from Mom on Time Out
Sarah from Snixy Kitchen
Lynda from TasteFood
Alex from Delish Knowledge

I’m actually going to be working with Diamond Nuts over the course of the next 10 months as a culinary ambassador. Each month I’ll bring you a new recipe, and I honestly can’t wait to get baking!

When this package showed up at my door, I almost peed my pants from excitement. That’s a lot of nuts!

#walnutharvest14

While I was away, John went ahead and grew up. I actually had a “real” conversation with him on the phone one night. He held the phone to his ear, said “hi” and and “I love you, mommy” and told me all about his dinosaur pajama shirt.

He's now two and a half years old, and it just keeps getting more fun. #dailyjohn

Halloween is getting closer and I think we all need this appetizer in our back pocket for parties and gatherings. Frankenguac!

Speaking of Halloween, how do you feel about candy corn? Yay or nay? I don’t know why but I just can’t resist the stuff.

Are you a blogger trying to turn your hobby into a business? Cookin’ Canuck’s tutorial on How to Write a Blog Business Plan is a must-read.

Yesterday @mtnmamacooks and I got together and baked, and she sent me home with these leftovers: easy chicken and mushroom pot pie with puff pastry crust. Un-freaking-believable! The recipe is on her blog today. Get it! #onepotwednesday

Last week I got together with my friend Kelley of Mountain Mama Cooks, who lives nearby in Park City, to do some baking. She made this easy chicken and mushroom pot pie with puff pastry crust, and even sent me home with some of the leftovers. Cannot recommend this recipe enough, it was so good!

My husband is obsessed with this video. I’ll just go ahead and warn you now, the song is going to get stuck in your head.

After hearing so many great things about this book, I finally bought it for my trip to California. Already half way through and loving it!

All the light we cannot see

And finally, I’m going to end with a link to this cake. Because…wow.

Happy Sunday friends! Hope you’re all enjoying your weekend.

Disclosure: Diamond Nuts paid all of my travel expenses for my trip to California. All opinions are my own, as always. Thank you for supporting partnerships with brands I believe in.