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Uncommon Goods ($25 Giveaway)

Uncommon Goods

Today I am talking about one of my favorite online retailers, Uncommon Goods! I have been a fan of Uncommon Goods for many years now. If you have never been to their site, I suggest you check them out right this second! Uncommon Goods is one of the first places I go when I need to buy a special gift for someone. Whether it’s jewelry, art, decor, they have so many great choices!

So why do I love Uncommon Goods? Well, for starters, most of their products are handmade by hard-working artists right here in the USA. They also pride themselves on selling environmentally friendly products. For example, a lot of their jewelry is made from recycled materials. I like that they are so supportive of artists because I can find more unusual and unique gifts that I couldn’t find elsewhere. Recently, Uncommon Goods contacted me and asked if they could send me a special gift from their baby gifts! They were so sweet to send their fresh organic fruit basket of toys (click here)! I haven’t actually bought any baby gifts (click here) from them yet so it was super fun to look through all of the cute stuff they have! How adorable are these?

Uncommon Goods

Greek Pastry Bites

Greek Pastry Bites

This weekend was pretty productive for us for getting things ready for baby. We ordered the crib and glider and bought the mattress too. Then we braved IKEA and bought and put together her dresser. Well, actually, my husband put together the dresser. I was of no help. Instead of helping, I stayed downstairs and cooked and photographed recipes. I have learned that when there is furniture to be assembled, I should stay as far away as possible! It’s so weird finally starting to get things together for this baby. It certainly makes it all feel more real and is also reminder that Baby Girl will be here before we know it!

I’ve been craving Greek food lately, but especially salads. They are nice and light and flavorful! So instead of just a boring salad, I made these cute little pastry bites instead. I used frozen mini pastry shells from the freezer section and then filled them with a mixture of diced tomatoes, cucumber, tomatoes, kalamta olives, and feta cheese tossed in a lemon vinaigrette!

These pastry bites are perfect for a light appetizer for a party or even a shower. I love the crunch of the pastry shell with the light and lemony veggies and then you also get that bite of saltiness from the feta cheese and the olives. So yummy!

Peach Bruschetta Chicken

Peach Bruschetta Chicken

The other day I had a wicked craving for bruschetta for dinner. I wanted a huge pile of it on top of delicious crusty bread. Except there were two problems: 1. I was fresh out of tomatoes and 2. I didn’t have delicious crusty bread handy. Womp Womp. And then I tried to convince myself that it was all for the best because it probably wasn’t great for me to eat a crap ton of crusty bread anyway. I just couldn’t get the thought of bruschetta out of my mind though so back to the kitchen I went to see what I could come up with. I had chicken and I had a lot of peaches.

So Peach Bruschetta Chicken. When I first thought about it, I was all like, “really? it seems weird. But it also sounds like it could be really good!” So there was only one way to find out, right?! And I was pleasantly surprised because this dish totally works. It’s really like you are just eating grilled chicken with peach salsa on top. I was actually more curious about how the peach topping would work with the cheese on top of the chicken, but again, it just works. I just think it’s so pretty with all of those luscious peaches on top! Make a big salad on the side and this is the perfect summer meal!

Vanilla Bean Frozen Yogurt

Vanilla Bean Frozen Yogurt

I’ve been on a frozen yogurt kick lately and while we love going out to our favorite frozen yogurt place, it can really add up! My ice cream maker has been begging for me to put it to use since the summer started and it was finally time to bust it out! I love making homemade ice creams, but I don’t always want to spend so much time prepping a custard base and all that jazz. This frozen yogurt is incredibly easy to prepare and doesn’t require any preparation on the stove top, you just simply mix a few ingredients in a bowl and it goes right into the ice cream maker! I went with vanilla because it’s the perfect vehicle for any topping from fruit to nuts, chocolate, caramel sauce, etc…Oh and I couldn’t forget a vanilla bean. Is there anything more gorgeous than those specks of vanilla bean?!

Vanilla Bean Frozen Yogurt

The Lip Smacker Burger

The Lip Smacker Burger

There are a number of things that my husband and I miss about living in Tallahassee. It’s a much smaller town compared to Phoenix obviously, but it had its charms. It was my home for 11 years while I completed both my undergraduate and graduate degrees so obviously we miss being around so many crazy Seminole fans! We miss the weather with rainy summer days and cold winter nights. We miss how quick and easy it was to get around. And then there are the restaurants. Our favorite burger place? Monks. Everybody loves Monks and it’s mostly because of their burgers.

I guess if I had to say I had any pregnancy cravings, I would say burgers might be one of them. I definitely get cravings for red meat. It must be the iron. I learned early on in this pregnancy that I could not stand taking prenatal vitamins with iron as they were making me feel really sick so I had to find vitamins without it. Now all my iron has to come from food. Enter burgers!

Veggie Scramble and A Breakfast Sandwich ($100 Visa Giveaway)


Veggie Scramble and A Breakfast Sandwich
I am really excited today because I get to share one of my favorite shortcut food products with you guys! I have been a fan of MorningStar Farms for years now. Their variety of veggie burgers have been a staple in my freezer and make for the perfect lunch and snacks! Although I am not a vegetarian, I do like to go meatless when I can and I love how easy MorningStar Farms makes this for me. I’m always in a rush out the door in the mornings and even when I’m working at home, I often need to eat a quick lunch so just having to go to the freezer is a lifesaver!

The other reason I love MorningStar Farms is because I can eat their products and am not left feeling guilty afterwards because they help me maintain a healthy-eating lifestyle.

One of my favorite products is the Original Sausage Patties. There are so many ways to use them up for breakfast, lunch, and dinner! Obviously, I use them the most for breakfast though and am sharing two of my favorite recipes today plus one more way you can incorporate them into your dinner!