Stuff I’ve Gotta Share and You’ve Gotta See

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Here’s another one of my favorite posts of the week:  Stuff I’ve Gotta Share and You’ve Gotta See

Waffled Banana Bread
On Parade Magazine‘s blog this week, I shared a recipe that I will make again and again and again.  It’s this WAFFLED BANANA BREAD!!  It’s banana bread, made in a waffle iron.  My whole family chowed down on these waffled banana bread slices, and they were gone very quickly.  LOVED THEM.  The recipe comes from the cool new cookbook, Will It Waffle? by Daniel Shumski.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Another yummy recipe I shared on Parade this week:  PUMPKIN- CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES.  They are soft and cakey and full of pumpkin-spice.  I don’t usually like cake-like cookies, but I found myself unable to stop eating these.  They were really, really good, and they were easy to make too.  The recipe comes from the book I’ve been talking about endlessly this week:  FutureChefs.


And in case you missed it (I’m not sure how you could have though since I’ve been blabbing about it constantly), I’m hosting a giveaway for the FutureChefs Cookbook by Ramin Ganeshram.  RecipeBoy is hosting a second giveaway for the book, so you have multiple chances to win one!


Someone shared this cute idea on Facebook.  I don’t have any little kiddos anymore, but isn’t this an adorable idea for a kid’s birthday party?  Each kid decorates their own box like a car and then they have a drive in movie in the driveway.  I love it!

Breakfast Cravings

Here’s what I’m totally craving for breakfast these days:  

Dinner Cravings

And here are a couple of recipes that my family would LOVE for dinner:


Formal Dress

It has been YEARS since I’ve attended a truly formal event, but I’m going to one this weekend.  This is the dress that I bought to wear to the event!  It has some rhinestone embellishments on the shoulders and a manageable slit in the front.  I’m very excited!!


Here’s a product I really enjoy from Trader Joe’s:  TOASTED COCONUT COOKIE THINS.  My husband and my son both tell me they hate coconut, but they ended up loving these cookies anyway!  So yummy!

Decorating Cookies Party

My friend Bridget Edwards from the blog- Bake at 350 just released her SECOND book about cookies- Decorating Cookies Party!  This time around, Bridget is showing you how to make over 50 cookie designs for parties, or to make together as a fun group activity.  She shares five classic cookie recipes (and one gluten-free) along with her perfect royal icing.  And then she walks you through all of the techniques with tons of step-by-step photos showing you how to create all of the adorable cookies shared.  Bridget shares 10 themes in the book- things like birthday parties, tailgate parties, weddings and baby showers.  Within each theme, she shares a few cookies that would be super cute to include at that themed party.  It’s such a cute book, and Bridget expertly shows you how to make everything so you can create the cute cookies yourself!


Here’s a book I just ordered based on the recommendation of my friend Gina from the blog- SkinnyTaste:  Write It Down, Make It Happen- Knowing What You Want and Getting It!  As I’m sure you know, her SkinnyTaste Cookbook has been a HUGE hit and is selling like gangbusters.  She is now officially on the New York Times Bestseller list, and I’m SO excited for her.  Guess what?  She wrote this down: “NY Times Bestseller List.”  And then she worked really hard to make that happen!  Anyway, I’m diving into the book to get inspired.

And finally… this is such a fun cover of Madonna’s Material World (I actually enjoyed it more than Madonna’s original!) I love that the singer is hugely pregnant! The cover band is called, Walk Off the Earth.

Lori Lange of Recipe Girl

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  • Katie wrote:

    Do you have a source for the drive-in movie theater for kids? I’m trying to find the original, and I can’t. Thanks! 

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      I don’t… just saw it on Facebook a while back and saved the pic!

  • Kelly – Life Made Sweeter wrote:

    Oh those cookie thins sound divine! I am a coconut lover so I can’t wait to try them! Haha, love that Material Girl flashback – too funny! That dress is stunning!

  • Colleen Smith wrote:

    I LOVE the cookie thins! The lemon ones are awesome, too! 🙂

  • Joanne wrote:

    Thanks so much for featuring my breakfast pizzas! And i LOVE that dress…totally want to see photos of you looking stunning in it!

  • Kristen wrote:

    You’d better share pictures of yourself in that GORGEOUS dress!

  • Liz @ Floating Kitchen wrote:

    So many great links! And that kids drive in….too cute!

  • marcie wrote:

    That book sounds like such an inspirational read, and the dress you picked for your event is gorgeous! As for Material Girl, that song takes me back. WWWAAAYYYY back. 🙂

  • Rachel – A Southern Fairytale wrote:

    That dress is absolutely gorgeous! I saw the drive-in movie thing and totally want to do that with our movies on the house nights! YUM on the waffles! I know what we’re making when I get back from BBR <3 missing you!

  • Sandy @ RE wrote:

    I saw that drive-in movie party on FB – so fun. LOVE the dress, my friend. You are going to look aMAZing in it. Post pictures! Thanks for featuring my Pumpkin Tortelli – yum! Miss you!

  • Joanie @ ZagLeft wrote:

    Lori, I really look forward to your “Stuff I Gotta Share” posts. You always leave me with items or recipes to check out. Although my kids aren’t small anymore, I love the party idea. I’ll have to share it with my younger mom friends and I’m ordering that book today. It sounds like a winner.

  • Amy @Very Culinary wrote:

    Because of your original review, I bought that waffle book the same day! That dress is You’re going to wear the hell out of it.

  • Erin | The Law Student’s Wife wrote:

    These are always some of my favorite posts of yours! Also, dying over the Material Girl flashback. I used to jump around my house dancing and listening to it!

  • Courtney @ Neighborfood wrote:

    I love the back of that dress! So elegant. And now I”m craving waffles. 🙂

  • Amanda wrote:

    Those waffles must be made!! Plus, that drive-in movie kids party is the cutest thing ever!

  • Liz @ The Lemon Bowl wrote:

    Oh my gosh – Material Girl!! What a fun flashback. Thanks for the waffle love!!