Rosé Sangria

Rosé Sangria

Another day, another sangria. You guys know I love a good sangria and I was pregnant up until Aprl, it’s been a while since I’ve been able to enjoy one of my most favorite drinks! I’m back on the sangria train and I’m in love! Maybe it’s just me, but I feel like rosé has become kind of trendy over the past few years. I keep seeing it every where now and while I’ve tried a few different ones, it never quite caught on for me. But, I decided to give it another go since rosé really seems like the perfect summer wine. I’m definitely a fan now and decided to mix up a super simple rosé sangria and it is indeed the ultimate summer drink!

Rosé Sangria

I recommend using a fruitier rosé for this recipe as it obviously pairs best with a fruity sangria. I then added some club soda, a good splash of vodka, and of course, a ton of sliced strawberries, peaches, and raspberries! I can never resist eating every last bit of wine-soaked fruit! I love this sangria because it’s really light and fruity without being super sweet. This is a great sangria to make throughout the summer and you can easily double or triple the recipe for a crowd. Your friends will love you forever!

Rosé Sangria

Natalie: Two Months

Natalie Two Months

Two Months! Time is just flying by with this little cutie. I feel like things are finally starting to feel more normal around here. We kind of have a schedule down, but I know from the first time around, it’s best not to get too comfortable with any routine as it constantly changes throughout the first year.

Sleepwise, Natalie is actually pretty good at night. She goes to bed around 9pm and has been sleeping through the night until anywhere from 5-7:30. So no complaints there, but Maddie was also pretty good at this age and then started waking up constantly around 5 months or so until she was sleep trained. Since Natalie sleeps so well at night unswaddled, I haven’t bothered trying to swaddle her. It made a big difference with Madeline, but Natalie doesn’t seem to be as jerky.

Peanut-Sauced Chicken Pitas

Peanut-Sauced Chicken Pitas

When it comes to lunch, I think I’m in a forever rut. I want/need healthy options, but there are only so many salads one can eat before you get totally sick of salads! And since having a second baby, my mornings have gotten seriously hectic. Between getting myself ready, getting the girls dressed, feeding the baby, and making breakfast for Maddie and my husband, I don’t have a lot of time for lunch prep before I realize how late I am running to get to work. Since returning to work, I’ve been buying lunch way too often which of course, is too expensive and not very healthy. I’m a big fan of chicken salads and I like these Peanut-Sauced Chicken Pitas because 1. I’m all about anything covered in peanut sauce and 2. These are really easy to make! If you want to have these pitas a few times in a week, you can also make a larger batch of the peanut sauce and keep extra of the chopped veggies in a container in the fridge.

While I love eating this in a pita, the chicken and peanut mixture would also be fabulous of a bed of greens or heck, just by itself with a fork!

Peanut-Sauced Chicken Pitas

S’mores Milkshakes

S'mores Milkshakes

I know I typically try to post healthier recipes on this blog, but sometimes you just gotta for it and say screw it. It was one of those weekends last week where everything just seemed like a big mess. We were running so far behind on every errand we needed to run and the girls both were acting up everywhere we went. Madeline was running around like a crazy person and Natalie just wants to be held constantly, otherwise she loses it. Ugh. A giant chocolate and marshmallow shake was desperately needed. It’s summer and S’mores milkshakes should be the official milkshake of summer!

S'mores Milkshakes

To make the shake, you just need some good quality chocolate ice cream, vanilla extract, and marshmallow cream. I know, I know, some of you may be thinking marshmallow cream is a no-go, and you totally don’t have to add it if you don’t want to! But, seriously, to get more of that s’mores flavor, you will want to add the marshmallow cream. You can also try adding marshmallow extract, though I haven’t tried that yet. For the topping, I dipped the rims of the glasses in chocolate syrup and graham cracker crumbs. And what would a s’mores shake be without the toasted marshmallows on top?! To toast the marshmallows, I used my handy kitchen torch.

S'mores Milkshakes

Healthy Cake Batter Bites

Healthy Cake Batter Bites

At 8 weeks pospartum, I’ve come to terms with the fact that I can no longer justify indulging in many treats. I’m not able to do a lot of nursing now so I’m not burning those extra calories. It’s time to get back to normal healthier eating, but it totally sucks! One of my biggest cravings with this last pregnancy was cake. I know, so bad, but the craving was strong!

Healthy Cake Batter Bites

I’ve loved these healthy cookie dough bites for a long time now. They are the perfect little bite of sweetness and do actually taste like cookie dough. As I was trying to think of healthy snacks I could store in the fridge, I decided to make a cake batter version of those bites! Cashews and oats are the base of these bites and when you throw them together in a food processor, they produce a nice cake or cookie-like consistency.

To achieve the cake batter taste, you just need some butter extract and a touch of vanilla. You can add more if you want a stronger flavor. And then of course, you have to add a good dose of colorful sprinkles! These are a fun and healthy treat that kids can enjoy too!

Healthy Cake Batter Bites

Tomato Burrata Toasts

Tomato Burrata Toasts

If you asked me to pick my favorite summer meal or appetizer, I’d say it’s this. Toasted bread topped with fresh tomatoes, garlic, and basil. Brushetta is truly one of my greatest loves in life. I know, it’s kind of simple, but that’s what I love about it. I adore warm toasted bread topped with a pile of fresh tomatoes and garlic!

Tomato Burrata Toasts

I’ve added one incredible ingredient to these little toasts and it’s burrata. Oh my gosh, I love burrata so so so much and I want to put it in everything. If you’ve never had it before, burrata is a light cheese made from mozzarella and cream. The outer part is mozzarella and then when you break into it, you’ll find the most amazing creamy cheese. It’s basically a dream come true and perfect for spreading on some toasted bread!

You can really use whatever tomatoes you want for this recipe, but I like to use this constellation mix of little heirloom tomatoes my grocery store carries. I adore the look of the different colored tomatoes, but if you can only find grape or cherry tomatoes, that’s perfectly okay! I love garlic and add a lot of it, but you can add less. I also highly recommend a good drizzling of balsamic vinegar or glaze on top to finish the toasts off before serving!

You can serve these toasts as an appetizer, but I honestly could eat this as a meal! These toasts would be lovely to serve with a crisp glass of white wine while enjoying a summer sunset. You could also serve these as a side dish along with some grilled chicken or fish. It’s entirely possible I ate an entire half of a baguette of the toasts in one sitting. Sorry not sorry!

Tomato Burrata Toasts