Food Fridays: Earthly Delights

One of my favorites spots here on the Cape to eat is Osterville’s Earthly Delights – I have been every day and become quite friendly with the owners Tommy and Mary.  Their organic iced coffee (with your choice of a variety of creamers – from coconut milk to organic half and half) along with one of Mary’s organic muffins (selection changes daily) is a great way to start off the day.  For lunch I highly recommend the turkey Reuben or if you are feeling healthy the kale salad wrap is fantastic.

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I also got the inside scoop that anytime there is a celebrity around town (like Blythe Danner or Tory Burch) they tend to frequent Earthly Delights as its one of the few organic places around known for fresh squeezed juices and smoothies.

Mary’s delicious muffins range from gluten free multi berry/peach to flax seed banana chocolate chip (just to name two of my favs)…  I don’t have the exact recipes but found this gluten free choc/banana recipe on Beard & Bonnett which I plan on trying asap:

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Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

3/4 cup dark brown sugar 6 Tbsp. butter softened 6 Tbsp. ground golden flax seed 1 tsp. g-free vanilla extract 2 eggs 2 cups Better Batter g-free all purpose flour or other g-free baking mix 1 tsp. salt 1 tsp. baking soda 3 ripe bananas, mashed 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips 1/2 cup chopped pecans

Preheat the oven to 350° F and line a muffin pan with paper liners.

Beat the sugar, butter, ground flax, vanilla, and eggs together in the bowl of an electric mixer until smooth and creamy.

Combine the flour, salt, and baking soda together in a separate bowl and stir with a whisk to combine. Add the dry ingredients to the creamed sugar mixture, 1/2 cup at a time, mixing after each addition until completely combined. *The batter will be stiff at this point. Beat the bananas into the batter with the mixer on low speed. Fold the chocolate chips and pecans into the batter. Fill the prepared muffin cups 3/4 of the way full with the batter.

Bake in the preheated oven for about 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean. Cool in the tins for 10 minutes before removing to cool completely on a wire rack.

Happy Friday!!

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Kitchen Cabinet Paint and Cape Cod!

So sorry for my absenteeism!  After arriving back to Dallas from Jackson Hole I was a little overwhelmed with cramming in 10 days of kitchen renovation makeup work before leaving to visit my sisters on Cape Cod.

Kitchen update:

With the cabinets and trim now in place painting has officially started.  Biggest issue was the TYPE of paint to use, I always try to implement green and/or eco-friendly décor options when available but paint is tricky.  Low/No-VOC paints are awful options for wood work like trim and cabinets as it can chip and peel after a few years and tends to have a watery runny appearance.  When I suggested it, my contractor was all…

So I reluctantly settled with the traditional version of Ben Moore’s Dove White, but wait!!  I met a painter while looking at paint samples who suggested I try Ben Moore’s Advance paint, which is low VOC but different from your traditional mix because its waterborne NOT water based.  I bought a pint and had the painter whip up a sample and it looked great – even our contractor approved!  Fingers crossed it looks ok – will be home in about 2 weeks to check it out myself, will keep you posted.

Cape Cod:

I was quite happy to leave behind 100+ weather in Dallas to head to the beach.  We are staying in my sisters guest house right on the water in the Town of Centerville.  Her home has gorgeous views of the ocean and the river – I love sleeping with the windows open and falling asleep to sound of the waves.  Her house is a traditional Cape shingle style home with enormous hydrangea bushes in a beautiful Merlot color right out front, neither of which you would see in Dallas.  Here are some gorgeous images of Cape homes that I find to be tranquil and traditional, capturing the essence of the architecture down here:

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One of the areas most sought after architects, Patrick Ahearn, is responsible for the two gorgeous homes below on the Cape and Islands – his work is exquisite!

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A lovely barn by Patrick Ahearn as well….

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Do any of you tune in to PlumTV??  We have close family friends who are part of the production team and I happened to find this clip about Patrick Ahearn on a Plum Homes segment: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tuOLKIeWtHE – if you are interested in his style its worth a look!

Hope everyone is having a great week!

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