Strawberry Banana Peanut Butter Quesadillas

Crispy tortilla filled with sweet strawberries and banana over melted peanut butter. Warm, gooey, and delicious, this four ingredient quesadilla tastes amazing as a quick breakfast or an afternoon snack.

Strawberry Banana Peanut Butter Quesadillas | Cooking with a Wallflower

I hope you had a wonderful Labor Weekend! What did you guys do to celebrate? My family didn’t really do anything for Labor Day weekend, mostly because it always coincides with my youngest sister’s birthday. And this year, she’s finally turning 21! So we took her out to dinner to celebrate a little early, not that we wouldn’t have if she wasn’t turning 21, but it still felt a little more special. Her birthday isn’t until September 3rd, but it’s easier to celebrate over the weekend when we’re all mostly free. =)

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Life of a Wallflower, 16 – Filoli

The other day my friend, Shirley, and I went to the Filoli estate in Woodside, about 30 miles south of San Francisco.

Filoli | Cooking with a Wallflower

Before I share photos from my visit, I have to confess that I absolutely love history. Some people might find it boring, but I love learning about how people lived in the past. Seeing historical artifacts, or objects that belong to people in the past, allow my imagination to run wild. I can picture the people going through their everyday lives, getting ready for parties or debut balls. I love hearing the stories that come with the house or the silverware, or the painting. Does anyone else feel the same way?

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Cheesecake Filled Raspberries

Fresh sweet raspberries filled with soft vanilla cream cheese and topped with graham cracker crumbles. Sweet and tasty, these no bake mini treats are perfect as a dessert. 

Cheesecake Filled Raspberries | Cooking with a Wallflower

I can’t decide what my favorite dessert is. Sometimes it’s macaron and other times it’s cheesecake. For sure, it’s one or the other. I just can’t decide between them because they’re both so good!

Today I’ll be focusing on the cheesecake aspect. If you haven’t tried my Mini Vanilla Cheesecake with Sprinkles on Graham Cracker Crust, you’ll have to go see the recipe. So simple and so delicious. And you can have one in about a half hour. Okay, maybe a little longer since you have to wait for it to cool… But if you really want something even quicker and easier, you’ll have to try these cheesecake stuffed raspberries. No baking necessary.

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Avocado Acai Parfait

A parfait with alternating layers of acai blended with berries and avocado blended with frozen bananas to create a delicious and nutritious breakfast or snack. Topped with granola and fresh fruits, this parfait has so many flavors and texture.

Avocado Acai Parfait | Cooking with a Wallflower

Another breakfast recipe to share with you today!

I’m really loving all these parfaits, bowls, and smoothies. They’re so amazingly delicious, addictive, and nutritious. What more can I ask for?

This particular parfait is special. It’s filled with tons of antioxidants from the acai and vitamin C from all the berries and fruits. The creaminess and richness of the avocado keeps us full and satisfied. And if you’re like me, then you must be as addicted to granola as I am. I love the slight sweetness of granola and the additional crunch for texture. I can’t resist them! I keep adding more and more to my parfait.

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Basil Garlic Noodle

Garlicky, buttery, slightly spicy noodles tossed with sliced mushrooms and refreshing basil for a tasty Asian inspired dish. Each bite will be bursting with flavors, keeping you hooked until there’s nothing left on that plate.

Basil Garlic Noodle | Cooking with a Wallflower

For those of you who have followed me these several months, you know that I love my noodles. Serve me noodles, and I’ll be happy. I also love love love my garlic. I like to add garlic to all my dishes. Well, within reason, of course. I don’t think you’d appreciate it if I added garlic to my desserts. I wouldn’t either. But oh my gosh, two of my favorite ingredients together in one dish? Drool worthy.

While this dish is somewhat similar to my Spicy Garlic Noodle, it has an Asian twist. This Asian inspired pasta dish tastes absolutely amazing. You have the aromatic flavor of garlic, the refreshing fragrance of basil, sliced mushrooms, and just a little bit spicy from the chili pepper. It’s soo good, especially with the addition of tamari. I could sit there and eat this all day long without sharing, that’s how much I like this dish.

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Featured Blogger and Co-host on SoMe2 #48

I’m so excited! This week I’m the featured blogger and co-host for Social Media 2 for Tuesday hosted by Kim from Enjoy the View and DeDe from Designed Decor. It’s a great way to introduce yourself and meet other bloggers. If you’re interested in joining the fun, scroll down and link up your Google + and Twitter accounts. You can also enter for a chance to be a future featured blogger. =)

It’s Tuesday, and that means it’s ~SoMe2~ time again!Let’s party and grow our blogs!We love seeing our “regulars” link up each week – you guys are awesome! We also love seeing new bloggers – and we need new bloggers each week so that we all can keep growing our following. Everyone try to tell at least one new person about the party, and let’s see how much we can grow!! 

Welcome to ~SoMe2~ #48!! 

This week, we’re linking up our Google+ and Twitter accounts,

and we hope that you and your friends will join us! Let’s make it over 100 again!!For those who are returning – we’re so glad you’re back!

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Frozen Coconut Banana Treats

Mashed bananas mixed with creamy coconut milk and a little bit of crushed peanuts then topped with a chocolate drizzle for a delicious frozen treat. Easy to prepare, this coconut banana frozen treat will be perfect as a healthy snack on a hot day.

Frozen Coconut Banana Treats | Cooking with a Wallflower

So my chocolate drizzle isn’t the best… But it’s so difficult to drop melted chocolate on frozen treats! They freeze instantly, and sometimes even before they land on top. And this is the result.

While the chocolate is a mess, I can guarantee that these healthy frozen coconut banana treats are delicious and easy to prepare. The hard part is waiting for them to freeze and of course, the chocolate drizzle.

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Shrimp Mango Salad

Shredded mango, sliced shrimp, grated carrot, basil, mint, and perilla combined together in a sweet and savory Asian inspired salad. In about 20 minutes, you can have a delicious salad ready to be served.

Shrimp Mango Salad | Cooking with a Wallflower

I hope you’re in the mood for something a little different this weekend! Have you ever tried a mango salad at a Thai or Vietnamese restaurant? Or even a papaya salad? They’re pretty similar.

Most of the time, we eat mangoes without any enhancements (although it’s really good with Tajin seasoning too, just saying). Mangoes are so sweet and juicy they don’t need anything else to make them wonderful. You can find mango in salsa or even as an add on for salads. But have you ever had mango as the main ingredient in a salad? Or have you ever used green mango? They’re the ones that are firm and aren’t quite ripe yet? No? Then you are missing out! Continue reading →

Pitaya Bowl

Pink dragon fruit blended with almond butter then topped with sliced fresh bananas and honey granola. Easy to make and delicious, this fruity bowl is perfect for breakfast or as an afternoon snack.

Pitaya Bowl | Cooking with a Wallflower

Can you tell that I’m on a breakfast bowl kick? They’re so tasty, and they’re such a great pick me up that I just can’t resist!

If you had no idea what pitaya is or have never heard of it before, don’t worry, you’re not alone. I didn’t know what it was either when I first saw it on the menu at Nekter Juice Bar. I had to ask the guy at the register. And I’m so glad that I decided to try it! It’s one of the most amazing blended fruit bowls I’ve ever had. And I’m so happy that I can share my simplified version of the pitaya bowl with you and my friends at Fiesta  Friday.

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10 Refreshing Summer Drinks

As summer is coming to a close and kids are going back to school, let’s celebrate the end of summer with a few tasty fruity drinks before these fruits are no longer in season.

10 Refreshing Summer Drinks

One of my favorite drinks this summer, and inspired by Starbuck’s Blackberry Mojito Tea Lemonade, is the Blackberry Mint Iced Tea Lemonade.

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