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Roasted Red Pepper Spread

Roasted Red Pepper Spread

I’ve been seriously trying to up my lunch game lately. I feel like I always complain about my seemingly constant lunch rut of predictability.

I’ve been doing a lot of rotating between salads and wraps, but sometimes even those can get a little boring. I wanted to mix up a quick and easy spread to make things more exciting!

Roasted Red Pepper Spread

For this spread, I used the new Piquillo Peppers from Cara Mia. They are perfect for this spread! A little smokey, some sweet, and a little heat!

This red pepper spread is creamy and flavorful and so much more exciting than plain mayo. It really elevates any sandwich or wrap to a new level and with only a few ingredients! While it’s perfect for sandwiches and wraps, you can also use it to spread onto your morning bagel! Or, you could also just eat it with a spoon. Just sayin’.

Roasted Red Pepper Spread

Madeline: Six Months

Madeline: 6 Months

And here we are at 6 months old! This has been a big month of firsts for us! Maddie has been sitting up really well on her own for about 3 weeks now and it has made a huuuuuuggeee difference for her. She can now sit and happily play with her toys without whining at us (…for at least 15 minutes, anyway…). She has been working hard on reaching and grabbing items so sometimes she ends up falling over in the process and whines until we help her back up.

Now that it’s getting to be quite warm here, we blew up her baby pool on the patio and she went “swimming” for the first time! And by swimming, I mean just sitting and leaning back on the side of her pool, but whatever! I think she probably just thought she was getting a weird bath at first, but as long as she is not tired and the water is warm enough, she seems to like it!

The most exciting first this month though has been the start of solid foods! Our ped recommended we wait until she was six months so we made her wait though I think she was probably ready at 5 months. So far she has had oatmeal cereal, green beans, and carrots! It cracked us up when we gave her the green beans for the first time because we expected her to make a “yucky” face, but she just chowed down! She makes this “mmmmmm” sound the entire time she eats and its the cutest thing ever. I’m so excited about this new phase. As of right now, I plan to make as much of her baby food as possible myself. I will plan to share any yummy recipes with you guys! The only bad thing about this change has been her sensitive tummy. The cereal and carrots both led to some long and restless nights for all of us.

Blueberry Lemon Ricotta Pancakes

Blueberry Lemon Ricotta Pancakes

Pancakes. Can one ever get enough? Not me. There is no such thing as too many pancakes and I love experimenting with new flavors. What screams summer more than blueberries and lemon?! And these pancakes are more sophisticated because they also include ricotta cheese.

Blueberry Lemon Ricotta Pancakes

If you have never tried baking with ricotta, I recommend trying it like right this second. It’s a mild cheese that works really well in both savory and sweet dishes. When using ricotta for baking, it makes them nice and fluffy without adding a lot of fat. It also gives these pancakes a creamier texture. Paired with big bursting blueberries and lemon juice and zest, these pancakes just make me so happy. I couldn’t wait to finish taking the photos so I could start gobbling them right up!

Blueberry Lemon Ricotta Pancakes

Summer Party Recipe Ideas

This weekend marks the unofficial start to summer which means it’s officially BBQ and summer party season! Today I am sharing some of my top picks for dishes: Sides, dips, appetizers, salads, desserts, and drinks! No matter which dish you’ve been put in charge of, these recipes are all ideal for bringing to parties! Happy summer!

Summer BBQ Collage 1

Dunkin’ Donuts K-Cups

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Dunkin’ Donuts® Coffee K-Cup® Pods and I have been compensated for my work in this post as a part of the Mom It Forward Blogger Network. As always, all opinions of the product mentioned in this post are my own.

Dunkin Donuts K-Cups

When I was pregnant, I pretty much avoided all coffee except for the occasional decaf coffee here and there. Since I had Maddie? I basically need an IV of coffee permanently inserted into my veins. I had been holding out on jumping on the Keurig train for years. I kept saying I didn’t need one and my regular pot was just fine, but then over the holidays I started to see how difficult it was for me to make one stinking cup of coffee while trying to take care of the baby and get to work and I knew it was time to get a Keurig! Ever since I got mine, I want to drink 10 gazillion cups of coffee a day because it just makes it so much easier and there’s no clean up.

And then one of my most favorite coffee companies started making K-Cups, Dunkin’ Donuts®! They are celebrating their 65th birthday and what better way to celebrate than with these new K-Cups?! Now I don’t have to worry about going through the drive-thru as I can just make them myself at home and without making a big mess. Just pop in the pod, press a button, and voila! Heaven in a cup!

Dunkin Donuts K-Cups

No-Bake Key Lime Pies

No-Bake Key Lime Pies

One of my favorite things about summer cooking is not cooking. Or in this case…baking. The more I do not have to cook/bake, the better! I’m all about the no-bake desserts this time of year. They are so much easier requiring less steps than baked desserts.

No-Bake Key Lime Pies

These mini No-Bake Key Lime Pies are so perfect. First, they are mini and anything in mini form is automatically adorable and awesome. And second, they are super yummy and fresh with the perfect amount of tang from the fresh key lime juice and zest.

These would be perfect for summer parties if you are wanting to have assorted desserts for your guests. The fact they are mini also means you can eat like 10. You’re welcome.

No-Bake Key Lime Pies