Bruschetta Burgers

Bruschetta Burgers

I’m not sure what it is about bruschetta, but it’s truly one of my favorite things ever. All that fresh tomato loaded with garlic and fresh basil, it’s light and so flavorful! And then served over crusty bread? Yeah, I’m in heaven. I could make a meal out of bruschetta! But, today I’ve made bruschetta burgers!

Bruschetta Burgers

I think these are the ultimate summer burger. I mean, you get to grill some burgers and then top them with a pile of light and fresh bruschetta. So summery, right?! I topped my burgers with some mozzarella cheese and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar to finish them off. And as much as I love a nice hamburger bun, I would happily eat the burger and bruschetta topping without the bun too so this is a great low-carb burger option too!

Bruschetta Burgers

Berry Mini Pies

Berry Mini Pies

I can’t believe it’s already June and that means the 4th of July is right around the corner. I think Maddie is still too young for fireworks this year seeing as she goes to bed by 7:30, but that doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate during the day with a lot of good food!

Berry Mini Pies

Instead of making a regular pie, I thought it would be fun to make these festive little mini pies! I stuffed them with strawberries and blueberries and cut the pies into cute little stars to keep with a patriotic theme, but these are really quite versatile. You can use any shape and stuff them with any berry you’d like or even do a combo of berries! It’s up to you. I took a shortcut here and used refrigerated pie crust, but if you are against that, you can always make your own pie dough. I served my mini pies with some homemade whipped cream mixed with vanilla bean paste. These are the perfect summer dessert and you don’t need a plate or fork to eat them!

Berry Mini Pies

Can we also please talk about how much I love that little hand? Maddie has been all about watching and “helping” me take my blog photos lately. And by helping, I actually mean eating and destroying every set up, but whatever. I just so happened to catch her hand in the exact right moment for this photo!

Berry Mini Pies

Spinach Artichoke Zucchini Boats

Spinach Artichoke Zucchini Boats

Why is Spinach Artichoke Dip so dang good? I mean, it’s seriously one of my most favorite dips in the world. I adore the cream cheese base mixed with spinach and artichoke. It’s the perfect balance of flavor and texture! One of the worst things about it though is all the bread or crackers that you can stop dipping into said dip.

Spinach Artichoke Zucchini Boats

I got a wicked craving for spinach artichoke dip a couple of weeks ago, but didn’t want to blow my diet on all those carbs for dipping! My solution? Stuff the dip into some zucchini. Best idea ever! It’s like this dip and zucchini were meant to be best friends forever. The zucchini is perfectly tender and the spinach artichoke filling is creamy, cheesy, and downright delicious! These zucchini boats are the perfect vehicle for this dip!

Spinach Artichoke Zucchini Boats

Paleo Double Chocolate Cookies

Paleo Double Chocolate Cookies

So, it was 118 degrees this weekend. I mean, that’s not even okay. How is that even possible? This was certainly the hottest weekend we’ve had in a long time. Yeah, yeah, it’s a dry heat, but my gosh, 118 is no joke. I tried to take Maddie out to play with her water table and after ten minutes, we were both over it. I’m hiding inside the rest of this summer and making treats to deal with my pain!

Paleo Double Chocolate Cookies

Today I’m posting a treat for all you paleo, gluten-free, grain-free folks! These Paleo Double Chocolate Cookies are everything. They are moist and rich with a brownie-like texture. Yes, they pretty much rock my world. I would actually say these are one of my most favorite cookies ever! You wouldn’t think a paleo cookie would achieve such an honor, but these cookies are truly that good. Even my non-paleo, flour and gluten-loving husband said they were pretty tasty. You would never know that these were healthier cookies so yes, that means you can eat all of them!

Paleo Double Chocolate Cookies

Baked Vanilla Bean Donuts

Baked Vanilla Bean Donuts, Doughnuts

It’s the weekend and that means it’s the perfect time for donuts (or is it doughnuts? I obviously don’t even know!)! I whipped up these gorgeous vanilla bean donuts last week and they are just dreamy! I am madly in love with all of those specks of vanilla beans. And best of all, these donuts are baked so no frying required!

Baked Vanilla Bean Donuts, Doughnuts

These donuts are packed with vanilla beans as they are in the donuts and in the glaze too. I colored my glaze with a hint of pink, but you could just skip the coloring or use any other color you want and can add sprinkles if desired. My daughter is partial to the glaze and just ate it right off the top and left the the rest of her donut in crumbs, but whatever! Ha! Make these donuts for a lazy weekend and your family will love you forever and always!

Baked Vanilla Bean Donuts

Sangria Slushies

Sangria Slushies

It’s officially the unofficial start to summer! One of my favorite childhood summer treats was of course, a sno-cone or a slushie! Who could resist those icy treats doused in pure sugar and food dye?

Today we are taking the good ol’ slushie and we are adding booze! You guys know how much I love and adore sangria, right? If you don’t, then see here, here, and here just to name a few! And now, we have SANGRIA SLUSHIES! I’m honestly kind of losing my mind over this drink, it’s that good. It’s refreshing, not too sweet, and perfectly boozy. I hereby declare that sangria slushies are the official summer cocktail of 2016! Happy Summer!

Sangria Slushies