Thursday, June 30, 2016

Mediterranean Quinoa Salad

Mediterranean Quinoa Salad - Bring those delicious Mediterranean flavors together in this beautiful quinoa salad. Perfect as a side, or a main for your Meatless Monday.

Mediterranean Quinoa Salad - Bring all of those delicious Mediterranean flavors together in this beautiful quinoa salad. Perfect as a side, or a main for your Meatless Monday. From

Please tell me that you are a fan of quinoa because I am seriously in love with it  

and Kevin? 

Ya, not so much.

He has eaten it in the past, but finally admitted to me that he would just rather pass.

And now that Miss Picky Pants is living with us again, I have yet another palate to please, and trust  me, she did not get the nickname Miss Picky Pants for nothing. I swear, sometimes it seems she is more Kevin's kid than mine. 

But I guess it is partially my fault because I didn't raise her with a large selection of different foods. It was mostly crap, crap, and ummmm ya more crap 

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Old Fashioned Sun Tea

Cool that summertime heat with some good Old Fashioned Sun Tea  with lemon from

Well, summer has finally hit us here in Western Washington. 80+ degrees  Which for us is hot, hot, HOT! Nobody has air conditioning here, since we only get this kind of weather for a few weeks (if that) a year. So when the 80's and 90's his....OhhhEmmmmGeeee we melt 

We even left all of the windows open last night to cool the place down. It was 85 inside when we went to bed, and 65 when we got up. A bit on the chilly side, but hopefully it will keep the house from feeling like a sauna when we try to sleep tonight!

Luckily the temp is supposed to drop by Thursday because I have the G-baby that day, and HOT + BABY = unhappy baby and a verrrrrry stressed out Nana 

I think I may take a little trip to Target to pick up a little wading pool for her anyway. 

It couldn't hurt right?

Plus it might make for some totes adorbs pictures #PhotoOp 

Thursday, June 23, 2016

15 Deliciously Healthy Hummus Recipes

15 Deliciously Healthy Hummus Recipes from

If you’re anything like me, hummus can be sort of an addiction. I can eat a family size portion and feel no guilt. The only thing that stinks are the prices. The best solution? Make your own! Below I’ve found a few favorite homemade hummus recipes that I think you will enjoy.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Easy Creamy Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas

Easy Creamy Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas are extra creamy, extra cheesy, and just a bit spicy, these easy green chile enchiladas are sure to become a family favorite! From

Life has been super busy, and a bit crazy, for me lately. 

The biggest thing was the G-baby's 1st birthday. Yes! She is already 1 year old!! Where does the time go people? It seems like it was just yesterday that I was holding a little newborn bundle in my arms! 

Thursday, June 16, 2016

16 Refreshing Summertime Cocktails

16 Refreshing Summertime Cocktails from

Summer is a time to relax yet have tons of fun! The best sidekick to a relaxing summer is a refreshing cocktail. There are so many amazing cocktails that it was difficult to choose our favorites for summer. Check them out!

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Grilled Steak Salad with Balsamic Cabernet Dressing

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The Marzetti® Brand
All opinions are 100% mine.

Friends, can we talk here?

It is JUNE! And you know that that means right?

SUMMERTIME which of course means grilling!! 

Have you started your grilling season yet? In the Pacific Northwest grilling season is just about a religious experience, and ours is in high gear, with no plans of slowing any time soon. I am enjoying it so much I just might move onto my deck and abandon my kitchen all together!

We have been knee deep in burgers and BBQ, but (for me) there is always that yearning for fresh produce. Which is why I got uber excited when Marzetti® approached me to give some of their Marzetti® Vineyard Dressing a try.

Oh, don't get me wrong, I will grill just about any veggie you throw at me, and these dressing would be amazing on them, but a nice fresh salad with peppery arugula, the bite of some red onion, and the sweet juiciness of grape tomatoes? You really can't top that.

Unless of course it it with some perfectly grilled steak, tangy goat cheese, and a mouthwatering salad dressing made with balsamic vinegar and Cabernet right?

Oh yes, I am right!

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Sheet Pan Pork "Saltimbocca"

Simple, and delicious, this Sheet Pan Pork "Saltimbocca" is the perfect easy weeknight meal! From

Friends, this Sheet Pan Pork "Saltimbocca"  just makes me smile 

#1 - I love the fact that saltimbocca actually means "leap into the mouth" in Italian. Which, is very fitting since I pretty much shoveled it into may face as fast as humanly possible.

#2 - It is so easy to make, comes out perfect every single time. So I feel like I am doing something right.

Number 2 is important because I am currently failing, epically, at gardening 

Well I guess epically is a bit dramatic since I do have 4 tomato plants, and 3 zucchini plants. But I have managed to murder 4 spaghetti squash plants, 3 zucchini, and several pole beans #blackthumb

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Blueberry Mojito

Blueberry Mojito - A little twist to the classic mojito, this blueberry version might just become your new favorite! From
Thanks to Cascadian Farm for providing me with free product to create this recipe.

Happy Tuesday y'all! 

I realized that I haven't posted a cocktail recipe in, well in forever really. 

I used to have a weekly post called "Tipsy Tuesday", but I have to admit that I cheated a bit with that. You see, my son lived with us, and he was a bartender, a bombtastic bartender at that, so recipe development pretty  much consisted of him creating, me tasting, and WALA a new cocktail was born, and posted.

Now, well I am pretty boring. Coming up with new cocktails always sounds like a great idea, but when it comes down to it I just tend to grab a bottle of wine and go with that. 

Simple and easy? 

Ya sign me up for that!