Friday, July 11, 2014

Kale Salad with Roasted Yams and Raspberry Dressing


It's officially summer. I'm sure many of you have been feeling it for weeks, but here in the PNW, summer takes a little longer to kick in. Today was actually the hottest day of the year so far, 85 degrees!

Don't get me wrong, I love the sun. But anything over 75 degrees I start realizing I have no summer clothes, I'm sweating and probably burnt. But I'll stop complaining, because with summer comes BERRY SEASON. YESSS.
 

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Sweet Potato, Bacon, Arugula and Pesto Pizza

The real name of this post should be, "Sweet Potato, Bacon, Chicken, Onion, Walnut, Pesto and Arugula Pizza." But, for some reason it just didn't have the same ring. Instead, I chose to focus on the stars of this pizza: sweet potato, bacon, arugula and pesto.

On Sunday, Tommy and I almost ate the entire thing...it was that good. The sweet potato + bacon + pesto combination is crazy delicious; it's slightly sweet, salty, and creamy. Then throw in some crunchy walnuts, onions, and spicy arugula? Yep, eating the whole pizza. 

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Lemon, Honey and Ricotta Ice Cream



It's ice cream season! Not that ice cream goes out of season. But, there is something incredibly satisfying about eating an ice cream cone on a sunny day.

Speaking of eating ice cream cones, let's get our technique straight. This is important. Do not bite into your ice cream cone, because that's barbaric. Tilt your head slightly, and lick while rotating the cone.

Concentrate on the bottom to catch the drips, but don't let the top get too top-heavy. Keeping the scoop of ice cream even is important. Why? Well, because I'm OCD when it comes to eating ice cream cones...obviously :).

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Honeydew and Coconut Popsicles


There was a time when my dad went through a major Otter-Pops phase. On dreary weekends, I remember him eating them like popcorn during movies. Of course I joined in occasionally, reaching mostly for the purple or red flavors. The best part was when the pop had melted a bit, and you got to suck the sugary-goodness out of the plastic tube. Ah, simple pleasures.


Sunday, June 15, 2014

Lazy Sunday Links


Happy Sunday all! Today I'm going to be spending the day with my mom, grandma and sister to celebrate my (late) birthday. I'm also going to be putting together a post for some popsicles. Oh, and Game of Thrones season finale, but that goes without saying. Hope you have a great Sunday, here are some links to start browsing.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Roasted Red Pepper, Basil & Salami Grilled Cheese


The past few weeks I have been trying to eat a lot healthier. I have also been going to the gym, and it feels great. But every now and then, you gotta indulge. Sometimes, you need to stop counting calories, and just enjoy something really decadent. Treat yo self, ya know?


Speaking of the gym, why is it so dang hard to go? I always enjoy it when I'm there, and I feel great it's over, but I really drag my feet when it comes to getting in that building. What helps motivate you to go to the gym? Wait, back to treating yourself!

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Green Tea & Coconut Donuts


Aren't donuts just the cutest? They are such happy little morsels, and it makes me really happy to bake them. Watching them puff up in the pan, and then decorating them with frosting and toppings...yep, I love donuts.

These green tea donuts are incredibly moist, and full of green tea flavor. The toasted coconut on top gives them a little texture. I have been trying to incorporate more coconut oil in my cooking/baking, and it really gives these donuts some extra coconut taste.




Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Crispy Garlic Eggplant Fries


Burgers just aren't the same without crispy french fries nearby. While making burgers last night, I realized I had no potatoes. Crisis! So, I went for a healthier, lighter, fry-route. Incredibly easy to make (and even easier to eat) these eggplant fries are my new favorite burger companion.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Blueberry Lemon Bars + Spring Picnic Giveaway


I hope you all had a great Easter! Mine was pretty basic; I visited family, ate some ham and relaxed. I also made these monstrous blueberry lemon bars. When I say monstrous, I mean it in the best way! With a incredibly thick, creamy and tart filling, these lemon bars are the ultimate spring dessert.

I'm especially excited about this recipe, because it's part of a picnic menu put together by the awesome Lauren, of Love Lola. Below are four delicious recipes perfect for your next (and maybe first!) spring picnic.

Picnic Menu
  • Appetizer: Avocado and Feta Salsa with Homemade Tortilla Chips  - Emily at Sweet to the Soul
  • Beverage: Sparkling Cherry Limeade - Mary Beth at Annapolis & Co       
  • Side Salad: Super Spring Salad - Meghan at Stir and Scribble
  • Sandwich: Grilled Vegetable Sandwich - Lauren at Love Lola        
This Spring Picnic series not only features awesome recipe, but also includes a fun giveaway! Enter below to win your very own picnic basket, so you can safely transfer these lemon bars and other goodies to your picnic :)

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