End of Summer Food Highlights

Happy Thursday folks! Welcome to another food highlight post. We had a few dinners with friends and family this week that I forgot to capture, and it seems like I’m a little on food photos this week in general. Oh well. I’ll share what I’ve got, and as always feel free to join in in the comments sections with what you’re eating this week!

We were in the mood for pizza again last Thursday since it was so good the week before. This time we got the hot honey pepperoni, and an italian sausage pizza. Wood fired thin crust pizzas are my new favorite! I’ll never be able to replicate these at home, I can’t get the dough super thin without breaking it.

Who doesn’t love a classic breakfast of toaster waffles smothered in butter, maple syrup and fresh berries. This was Josiah’s breakfast the other day, while I ate leftover pancakes (what’s new).

Another way we’re loving fresh berries this week is on top of salads. This salad was a base of local mixed greens, berries, goat cheese, avocado and honey roasted almonds drizzled with balsamic dressing. Yum!

Kind of looks like a hot mess, but I made this jalepeno black pepper basil chicken stir fry the other night and subbed cilantro for the basil. I served it on top of our favorite coconut rice. It was good, but once again a reminder that I’m not the biggest fan of stir-fry’s. Hot sauce to the rescue!

Y’all know I can put down a bowl of pasta any day of the week though. And this burst tomato pasta hit the spot. It was literally bursting with summer flavors. An equally light yet satisfying bowl of pasta. I can’t wait to dig into the leftovers later today!

While we’re on a roll with dinners this week, here’s a look at the buffalo cauliflower tacos we enjoyed on Monday night. Taco Monday anyone? Haha. I usually make buffalo cauliflower lettuce wraps but since we had corn tortillas to use up, we opted for the traditional taco route. Topped with shredded lettuce, diced tomato, blue cheese dressing, shredded cheese, and avocado. We’ll call it meatless Monday, how about that?

You might remember this wrap from yesterday’s post, but I’ll give you the full scoop. I’ve totally copied this combo at home, but needed something convenient yesterday after our busy morning. It’s mixed greens, roasted sweet potato, quinoa, gorgonzola, dried cranberries and toasted almonds all tossed in balsamic dressing and wrapped up. This one might have to go on the lunch menu soon. Once you’ve got your roasted sweet potato cubes and quinoa cooked, this wrap comes together in no time.

I’ve been loving the convenience of baked oatmeal this week. Particularly in the form of this salted brown butter banana zucchini baked oatmeal. I’ve been topping it with either cashew butter or peanut butter and berries because I find that any baked oatmeal recipe is best enjoyed with toppings.

Let’s get to the treats already. If you’re anything like me, this is what you came to see-haha! Like these homemade soft pretzels both salty and sweet, a whole lot of doughy goodness right there.

Last but not least, petit chocolate salted caramel thumbprints that my friend Sam made for our get together the other day. I’m sure I got the name wrong, but these bad boys totally stole the show. SOOO SO good. I’ve mentioned Sam’s amazing cookies before on the blog and she swears by The Cookie Book by Rebecca Firth. It’s going on my Christmas list!

I hope you have a great Thursday, friends! Happy eating πŸ™‚

Friday Favorites #9

Happy Friday to YOU! I hope that you’re week has been a good one! How’s the weather for you? It’s been a rainy week for us. Just when we were getting into the swing of lake life the weather decides to take a turn…oh well. We made the most of the rainy week and tried to fill it with some fun. Below you’ll find a list of things I’ve been loving this week, feel free to join in in the comments section!

  • THE MALL

You better believe we made our way to the mall on Wednesday when the weather forecast was 100% chance of rain all day. Fortunately a big mall is just 20 minutes away and provided the perfect “indoor playground” for the morning. By the end of our mall visit James was literally on his hands and knees begging to be put in the stroller so that he didn’t have to walk anymore. He proceeded to pass out on the car ride home and transfer easily to his crib for an afternoon nap. Mission successful!

  • ALL THE MESS

Please tell me that I will miss the messiness of toddlerhood. Or will it just get worse as James gets older? How do you raise children to be clean? Am I asking too much?! This is how I get through the mess, I try to laugh through the pain. It seriously causes me stress to watch James eat because it results in this^^or worse at every meal time. I just hope this is normal? There is so much to learn as a first time parent.

  • MORE ZUCCHINI MADDNESS

Aka hiding shredded zucchini in baked goods and pancakes. YUM! We love zucchini season over here, it’s the best addiction to any meal or baked good. This week featured whole wheat zucchini pancakes and chocolate chip zucchini cookies! The pancakes are hands down amazing, but the cookies were a little bit of a let down. They are very good, just a little soft and oaty for me.

  • AROUND THE WEB

This Peach Puff Pastry. I’ve had my eyes on it all week. I’m just trying to figure out how and where to fit it into the meal plan. We’ve been getting the most amazing Pennsylvania peaches recenty, so I really want to make this before peach season is over.

Coconut Rice forever. I’ve despised rice for as long as I can remember. I’m beginning to think it’s because I haven’t had coconut rice in my life up until recently. It is the MOST AMAZING rice you will ever eat. It takes no extra effort, and I don’t think I’ll ever be able to eat plain rice again. It’s rich and creamy and almost buttery in flavor. I could eat a whole bowl of it straight up.

These S’mores Cookie Bars. Who else is all about the s’mores this summer? I’ve been craving a good campfire s’more and stumbled upon these bars the other day. I think they have to be next on the dessert lineup. I’m hoping they satisfy my s’mores loving tastebuds!

Question of the Day: What’s one thing making you smile this week?

Have a great weekend friends!

Food Highlights from the Weekend

Hey everyone! How was your weekend? I’ll share a few highlights from ours below, but as I edit this post I’m realizing that I didn’t take any photos of the activities we did just the food we ate. I am a work in progress here in the blogging field. But if your interested in some food highlights keep on reading! I linked all of the recipes too in case you’d like to give them a try!

Pancakes topped with Greek yogurt and peaches for James and I to kick off the weekend! We live by the rule, a pancake a day keeps the doctor away.

Naan pizzas for lunch! One was a simple cheese and pepperoni while the other was a roasted buffalo cauliflower. I was originally going to make my own flatbread, but store bought naan came to the rescue instead!

Pizza paired with a side salad of course because #balance. If you’re looking for an italian dressing that tastes homemade but comes together in 2 minutes or less, we love the Good Seasons Italian Dressing mix.

Sally’s chocolate chip cookies to bring over to a neighbor, Josiah’s family, and of course ourselves πŸ™‚

James enjoying a banana muffin as an afternoon snack. When he wakes up from a nap cranky, there’s nothing like a muffin to turn his mood around.

Hello Trader Joe’s mini cone, don’t you look familiar! Seriously guys 10/10.

Moroccan-spiced turkey burgers with lettuce, tomato, avocado and creamy feta sauce. I like to get experimental with burgers, usually in the summer. Turkey burgers tend to be tricky because they dry out easily. I liked the flavor of this burger, but the texture was a little off. I might have overcooked it?

The easiest sheet pan gnocchi with italian bread olive oil, balsamic, and herbs. This is my go-to dinner recipe when I want to make something homemade but also don’t want to put any effort into cooking. 5 minutes of prep and into the oven it goes!

Question of the day: What is your favorite meal or sweet treat from the weekend?

I hope everyone has a great start to the week! We’ll talk soon πŸ™‚