The Friday Roundup

Hey friends!

Can you believe it’s already Friday?

Having the Fourth of July on a Wednesday totally threw me off. Thursday morning rolled around and I was stoked to have another day off when I rudely realized it was only Thursday and my weekend doesn’t begin until Saturday after four.


Also, this week I’ve been battling a pesky cold which has been lingering a bit too long for my taste. Runny nose, congestion, and crazy-annoying sensitivities to light which trigger gnarly headaches…. the perfect breeding ground for staying home sick from work today and watching Pretty Little Liars on Netflix!

Just me, on the couch, with a bowl of granola (more on that later), and some seriously crazy rich-girl drama. Hello, Friday, I love you.

When I wasn’t battling it out with germs this week, I made you some yummies. Want to reminisce together?

I made you breakfast.

And more breakfast that are not to be confused with blueberry muffins.

OMG, I made these. These rocked and somehow lasted all the way up until Thursday night, when I had the last few right after lunch. Don’t tell me you don’t eat dessert after lunch, too.

I popped some of this goodie.

And I redeemed awkward situations with THIS.

1. So speaking of granola, I’m obsessing over it. A few days ago, I went to Trader Joe’s which is the grocery store equivalent of Disneyland, and I knew I’d be getting a handful of stuff I didn’t need. Somehow, nestled between cherry tomatoes (best.snack.ever), asparagus spears (I’m craving them broiled with fresh garlic) and teriyaki chicken, there was a box of low-fat vanilla almond granola and I can’! It’s so good. I’ve just been eating bowl after bowl. Whyyyyyyyyy didn’t I eat this sooner?!

2. Do any of you watch Masterchef? If so, doesn’t Tali creep you out? I seriously want to punch him in the face. I’m rooting for Christine, the blind girl. If a blind girl can cook fresh, live crab better than anyone else there can, I’d say those contestants have better luck giving up on their culinary dreams and joining the carnival or something.

3. Also: Real Housewives of Orange County reunion part one is Tuesday! I’m stooooooked. Mostly because I can’t wait to see more Vicki dramarama, that unsuspecting bird flying in on the promos, and drinking margs, midori and mojitos with Dorothy. It’s really the only tolerable way to watch RHOC.

4. I’m excited to announce that tomorrow I’ll be hosting a giveaway–yay! It’s much-needed methinks. Stay tuned for tomorrow!

5. So I’m having a major problem, y’all. I am positively burnt out for recipes for dinner and desserts. Usually, I have to force myself to narrow my baking choices down to only about 5 a week… and this week, I stared at my Pinterest boards thinking “WTF.” In other news, I need a vacation. You know, to recharge and all that jazz. Somewhere beachy, please, with beachy drinks that have umbrellas in them. And magic beaches that make me look good in a swimsuit.

And now, for Breaking News in BlogLand…

Bubblegum Cookie Truffles from Back For Seconds
Mini (No Yeast) Cake Batter Cinnamon Buns from Sally’s Baking Addiction
Monster Cookie Blonde Brownies from Inside BruCrew Life
Mint & Basil Lemonade from Crumbs and Chaos
Cherry Mojitos from Shugary Sweets (for viewing RHOC!!)
Cookie Dough Fondue from Crazy For Crust
Pina Colada Poke Cake from Kalamity Kelli
BoBerry Biscuits from Something Swanky
Pina Colada Pie in a Jar from Plaid and Paisley Kitchen
Blackberry Coffee Cake from Kitchen Meets Girl
Homemade Peanut Butter from Averie Cooks

Yum… you girls know how to keep me on my toes and inspired in the kitchen!

Okay, guys, I’m tired and I need to watch more privileged liars complain about stuff and be tormented by cell phones.

Have a Happy Friday!!

xo, Hayley


  1. Thanks, Hayley, for linking up my peanut butter! I have so much to say…from loving TJs to the coconutty looking popcorn you made to loving the RHW of OC to all the housewives…love this post. Feel better from your summer cold. I had one of those last week, a gift from my 5 yr old.

  2. Thank you so much! So sweet of you for linking up my pina colada poke cake! Those brownie batter bites are calling me name!! 🙂

  3. Feel better Hayley!! All day yesterday I thought that it was Friday and then I realized… I have another work day ahead! Your weekends don’t start til Saturday afternoon? bummer!! I missed your popcorn this week but OMG it looks delightful! coconut is like… my favorite ever. I’ve been on a coconut kick ever since I made my tropical granola two weeks ago. I’m all out! must get more!! Thanks for linking up sweetie!!!

    • Omg, you’ve gotten me on a granola kick, girl! I’m obsessed with it!! So yummy. You know what else I’m obsessed with? My black, grody bananas on my counter that I’m turning into banana bread today! Stoked!!

  4. Those muffins, that ice cream, oh my gosh. I’m running out of words! 😉

  5. Feel better sweetie! You need to be in tip-top shape for our drinking RHOC nights. I bet once your cold is gone you’ll get your mojo back. Those suckers seem to suck the life out of everything!

  6. I am still dreaming about those cinnamon rolls and brownie batter pretzels mmmmmm! And somehow I missed the popcorn! Good thing you do a weekly recap 🙂 Sorry you’ve been sick, you need a few drinks to kick that colds butt!! I will be watching the reunion wishing I was with you and Dorothy. Lucky ladies. Thanks for the BNB mention, you’re awesome!

  7. Thanks for the link! Don’t hate me, but I just noticed your “breaking news in blogland” thing. Been happening for a while? Sorry. I’m an awful blogger friend 🙁 I might copy you though– that’s such a great idea!

    I hate that you’re sick. Nothing makes me more irritated than congestion and headaches. Well.. maybe slow internet, but that’s just inhumane.

    I totally eat dessert after lunch. People don’t?

    Love the ice cream cone in the bottle picture. Also going to be copying that. Photographic genius.

    whew. I think that’s it 🙂


  8. So sorry you’ve been sick, and I hope you’re on the mend. And um, I eat dessert after every meal, including breakfast. That’s normal, right??

  9. I’m so sorry to hear that you are still not feeling good! I hear eating desserts after every meal can help cure that…so you are on the right track;-) Thank you so much for linking up my monster blondies…I love the breaking news section!!!

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