14 Things We've Ate, As Of Late

Apr 24, 2017

Where do I begin?! There have been so many recipes we've tried recently (specifically September to March) that leap off the page and scream, "cook me NOW" so we did. Below are the latest creations from our kitchen and tested by three very discerning palates :) 

Each recipe based solely on taste (see below star ratings key). 

Also of note: We recently invested in a quality frother (the last one, one of those sticks, broke minutes after I opened it) and espresso maker to elevate our coffee and let me tell you -- GAME CHANGER. During the week we opt to make drip coffee (no muss, no fuss -- bonus points if we remember to set the timer), leaving espresso for weekends when we have ample time to brew without rushing around. The frother even comes with a little chart on how to make lattes/mochas/cappuccinos!

*Apple, Carrot Cheese Bites -- easy to make and held up well in the fridge and were great to have on hand.

**Corn Dog in a Bowl -- because when you have cheesy polenta, everything tastes better.

**Butternut Squash Chili -- hearty spin on a classic culled from McDaniel Nutrition (my nutritionist!) who has a FREE weekly newsletter with meal ideas.  

***Chocolate Pretzel Bars -- a sweet thank you treat for Owen's teachers.

*Butter Roasted Chicken -- need to try this one again; first go came out dry.

****Blackened Fish Tacos with Avocado Cream -- cannot wait to make this one again. Flavor town.

****Everything in the Pantry Cookies -- loved these so much they got a blog post of their own.

**Oven Fajitas -- quick meal idea, in one pan!

****Smoked Brisket/Chicken wings (for Super Bowl) -- we had people over and Mark used the smoker. Man oh man, so good.

***Zuppa Toscana -- made this in the crock pot (brown the sausage first) for a truly effortless meal.

***Sausage +  Kale Pasta -- whipped this up on a whim: brown sausage, set aside. Wilt Kale in sausage pan. Toss with your favorite pasta and a little/lot fresh parmesan.

**Yellow Cake with Chocolate Frosting -- Happy Birthday to my baby daddy!

**Drunken Chorizo Rice -- we demolished this in two days. From the cookbook, Mexican Today.

****Cauliflower Shawarma Tacos -- another winner from Molly On The Range


** very good
*** excellent
**** extraordinary

Monday Musings

Grab button for mm

  1. Mannequin with James Corden/Victoria Beckham. See also, her line at Target.
  2. The fight continues, equal pay.
  3. Sorry (not sorry) for the delayed response...
  4. Makes me want to throw another party. For those counting, it's been almost two weeks since the last one. 
  5. This workout looks like just the ticket.
  6. Crushing hard on blush colored sneakers. ISO: mom shoes. I really think allbirds (in a fun color) would be winners (hello, no socks needed). Thoughts?
  7. The future is, now: 3D printing/transportation/airbus concept
  8. Quintessentially, a Virgo.
  9. I'm always late. Always.
  10. Need these for summer.
also, this: Greenleaf.  Another Netflix find that we swiftly binged through season one. Devastated this sandal is out of stock, the blush color is divine!

In DWTS fandom, week three: Normani! Rashad!; every dance in week four (I sob every Most Memorable Year episode). Week 5: Heather, Normani, Nancy.


Apr 20, 2017

Planning for Owen's first birthday was -- so.much.fun. Then again, I need nary an excuse to host a fiesta. This isn't news to anyone.

We knew we wanted the party at home, mid afternoon, with minimal mid party fuss.  Mark went to task smoking a turkey and I baked the smash cake/cupcakes.  Everything else fell into place, minus the untimely debut of Owen's two top teeth -- teething is the, worst.

Theme: music, inspired by his music class {mood board}

smoked turkey/hawaiian rolls
hummus/pita chips/baby carrots
baked brie/french bread
mini italian cookies
cake/cupcakes: recipe: Molly Yeh
buttercream frosting: Straub's

cake flags, party hats, decorative fans, garlands, chalkboard -- Target dollar aisle
cups: kids/adults

giant #1 finger painted with Jennifer (balloons from $1 store)
musical instruments borrowed/gifted by my friend Kelly and my mom

Grandpa (Piper) and Grandma (Ginger)

Owen's outfit: t-shirt/pants {similar print}

This picture makes me so proud! Mark took the cake away, while I fully intended to watch in bewildered amazement as he went for the gold. 

We celebrated his birth-day with a special midday trip for his favorite treat (the tasting spoons are perfect for toddler hands!), walked a new-to-us park and finished off his special day with mini cupcakes after dinner. Totally carrying this new tradition forward in years to come.

(Sole) Family photo from the fiesta (one year photo shoot) -- I always have such good intentions to snap tons then time zooms by.  Signs of a great party? I think so.

The afternoon was spent surrounded by friends and family, watching all the kids play and eating cupcakes, lots of cupcakes.

I'd say a good time was had by all.
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