I think my husband and I have officially reached our limit with the cross-country road trips. It must be our old age. We’ve spent three long days on the road and still have a bit more to go today until we get finally get home. It’s been a long month being away and while I already really miss my family, I am so looking forward to sleeping in my own bed and laying on the couch doing nothing. I always feel like I need a vacation from my vacation.
What I really want right now is a huge pitcher of this pina colada smoothie. I want one every day for all of the days. Always and forever. I love a good pina colada, but they are obviously not healthy when made with amazing and delicious coconut cream and lots of sugary pineapple juice. Oh and of course then there is the rum, which means you can’t really drink them whenever you want.
The 4th is coming up fast and I am still trying to figure out where the month of June has gone. We are finally back on the road this weekend to get back to Arizona. I hate leaving family, but it’s been a long month and we are definitely ready to get back to our routine.
Summer is the season of potato salad and this one is my favorite because it’s my dad’s recipe and he has been making it this way for years. It’s really actually a very simple recipe. I love this potato salad is because, first, it has big chunks of potato. I hate potato salads that have really little chunks of over-cooked potatoes. Not cool. Cooking the potatoes just right is really key to a good potato salad of any kind and I would be totally lying if I said that I never overcooked the potatoes anymore, it’s not easy, so keep a close eye while cooking your potatoes. The other thing I love about this potato salad is that it is not swimming in mayo or dressing. I also despise (yes, despise) over-dressed potato salads. This recipe uses mayo, but you could also swap it out for Greek yogurt or do a combo of the two!
The end of our Florida trip is near. We’re gearing up to head back for the long drive back to Arizona on Friday so this is a quick post so I can get back to family. Side dishes are always tough for me. I always do kale or broccoli, but really have been needing some better ideas. I spotted these toasty tomatoes in a recent issues of Cooking Light and decided that I needed to make them ASAP. I never think of tomatoes as a side dish. They usually just get thrown into a salad. I’m so boring.
First, they are insanely easy. Just mix up the crispy topping and spoon it on top of tomatoes and then broil until perfectly toasty. I always forget just how wonderful tomatoes are and then they become even more wonderful when you put them in the oven. The topping is obviously the best part. It’s crispy, cheesy, garlicky, and lemony. All good things. In about 15 minutes or less, you can have these yummy tomatoes on your table which for me, is the perfect side dish, especially during the week when I am frantically trying to get dinner on the table.
Ok, so I apologize for not getting a new post up on Friday. I was having some technical difficulties and couldn’t get into my blog, but everything seems to be all fixed now. I’m sorry if any of you also experienced any issues with getting on!
I’ve told you guys that my husband and I are pretty obsessed with all things Mexican. My husband loves taquitos, but I never make them at home because they are fried and we just don’t really do fried food. Baked taquitos, on the other hand, are totally cool with me.
I know typically like to keep things on the healthier side on this blog, but sometimes I just have to be bad. Cookie dough brownies? So bad, but so good all at the same time. Sometimes, you just have to break out the sugar and the butter.
I have sort of earned the “brownie girl” label at work when it comes to potlucks. I’m totally okay with this because brownies are certainly on my Top 3 favorite dessert list. Anything dark and chocolatey is pretty much my favorite thing ever. So now every time we have a party, I bring some sort of brownie.
Happy Thursday! We are having a great time in Florida spending time with family which explains my odd posting schedule. This weekend we will be celebrating my grandparent’s 60th anniversary. It’s such a special celebration and we are so glad to be a part of the fun and have lots of little surprises planned for them. My grandparents are two of my most favorite people in the world and are such an inspiration for my own marriage.
I’m keeping the road trip snacks coming today with a savory snack: popcorn! I love popcorn for road trips, especially homemade versions because I can control what goes in it and compared to greasy potato chips, popcorn is a healthier snack to reach for. Although I love Parmesan popcorn for a road snack, it’s also obviously totally perfect for a movie night at home!
This Parmesan version is super simple and doesn’t require many ingredients besides popcorn, butter, and Parmesan cheese! Now, I’m not going to lie to you guys. I made a batch of this the day before we left and planned to pack it in bags for the car, but it’s also very possible that we ended up just eating it straight from the pan! Oops!
My name is Stephanie. I started this blog because I like to cook and I wanted a place where I could share my recipes with family and friends and improve my cooking skills. Why the name Eat. Drink. Love.? Well, I think this is what life is all about!