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

Natalie: One Month

Natalie One Month

One Month old already! Well, actually, Natalie is almost 2 months, but I’m obviously running a bit behind on the updates! I loved sharing these monthly updates with you guys when Madeline was a baby and wanted to bring them back for Natalie. It’s nice to share our struggles with others and I always got great tips from you experienced parents out there!

In some regards, these early weeks have been easier this time around. I know the drill. There is no real routine, feed on demand, and sleeping in short bursts, etc.. Even though I am completely exhausted beyond belief, I feel like I am handling it better this time around since everything is more expected. On other hand, the most difficult adjustment is now figuring out how to manage two kids at once!

Natalie seems to have a bit of colic. It’s not the worst case, but every afternoon/evening from about 4-9pm, she is always wide awake and cranky and difficult to comfort. This has honestly been the most challenging change for us because it’s just an awful, hectic time of day to deal with it. It’s dinner time, I need to cook at least for Madeline. Then it’s Maddie’s bath time and bed time, which of course, I want to do with her, but then Natalie is always crying and cranky. Sean tries to keep her calm and get her to sleep while I put Maddie down, but it’s rough. A lot of nights, we have been eating dinner at 9pm so we can enjoy a meal in peace and quiet!

In regards to feeding, as some of you may remember, I had supply issues with Madeline. Knowing my struggles the first time around, my plan this time has been to just do the best I can, but not to beat myself up if breastfeeding didn’t work out. Natalie had fantastic latch and was nursing like a champ. During our second night at home though (which was about 5 days postpartum for me), I had been nursing on and off for hours and hours and she started getting really upset and was rooting for more and I just felt so dry and started to realize that I again wasn’t getting that “full” feeling of milk coming in. I gave her a couple of ounces of formula and she finally fell right to sleep. I let her pediatrician know of my struggles the first time around so she was diligent about us getting Natalie in for weight checks in the early weeks. She got down to 4.9 pounds shortly after birth which is kind of scary, but as soon as I started supplementing with formula, her weight started to climb.

I still nurse her, but I always have to give a bottle after because Natalie is never satisfied just from nursing. She’s also gotten quite lazy with nursing since we introduced the bottle so I’m also trying to pump a few times a day to keep up the little supply I do have. It’s weird because sometimes I can feel some fullness, but if I nurse, it’s not enough for her and when I pump, I’m lucky to get an ounce total. Very frustrating, but I’ve done my best. I’ve been eating oatmeal for breakfast every day and I think it helps a little so I’m going to keep that going too.

Now we are struggling with formula. Natalie gets so uncomfortable after a bottle of formula. She gets extremely gassy and scrunches up and grunts for a really long time. I’ve tried more gentler formulas, but they don’t seem to really help her so either I haven’t found the right one or this is just how she is and I’m praying she will grow out of it soon!

Natalie One Month

Madeline has been adjusting pretty well to having a baby sister. Overall, she really loves her and wants to hold her all the time and help. We got her a doll and stroller as a big sister gift and she has been having fun feeding and walking around with her baby too. She’s had a few jealous moments, but she doesn’t seem to be too bothered. It’s been a long month of adjustment for all of us. We’ve had a lot of family visit us which was wonderful! I learned the first time around to accept all the help you are offered from family and I’ve taken people up on every offer to help with holding the baby so I could nap or do some things around the house, taking Maddie out, whatever!

I think that’s pretty much it for now, stay tuned for the next update soon!

Fruit Salad with Citrus Poppy Dressing

Fruit Salad with Citrus Poppy Dressing

Summer is almost here and that means it’s time for awesome summer parties and BBQ’s! For me, this also means a lot of potluck parties and fruit salad is always a smart dish to bring. There is nothing better than a big, bright bowl of fresh fruit in the heat of summer. It’s always a crowd-pleaser and is a smart party pick. This fruit salad with citrus poppy dressing is my new favorite!

Fruit Salad with Citrus Poppy Dressing

For the fruits, I used strawberries, blueberries, kiwi, mandarin oranges, and watermelon. You can obviously change these up with other berries, pears, peaches, apples, bananas, whatever you want! My favorite is the mandarin oranges, don’t leave those out. The worst part of making a big fruit salad is all the peeling and slicing, but it’s so worth the effort! The dressing is just made with some lemon juice, orange juice, poppy seeds, and some honey. The dressing adds a bit of extra tang and flavor with a touch of sweetness from the honey.

I used some cute little food cutters for the watermelon which is a great touch for a party! No matter which fruits or how you cut them, you can’t go wrong with this summer dish!

Fruit Salad with Citrus Poppy Dressing

Buffalo Chicken French Bread Pizza

Buffalo Chicken French Bread Pizza

I don’t know why I don’t make more french bread pizza around here. We all love pizza in this house and using french bread makes it ridiculously easy! I love french bread pizzas for appetizers, lunch, or quick weeknight dinners. My husband always asks for me to make him “buffalo things” so I figured a quick buffalo chicken french bread pizza for lunch last weekend would be a nice treat for him!

Buffalo Chicken French Bread Pizza

I didn’t want to use straight buffalo sauce on this pizza as I thought it might be too much heat so I mixed it with some ranch dressing. The ranch really helps balance out some of the heat from the buffalo sauce and adds a bit of creaminess and tang. Because french bread pizza is all about shortcuts, I use rotisserie chicken, but any cooked chicken you prefer is just fine.

Oh, and I know a lot of people like blue cheese paired with buffalo chicken, but I have to admit that I’m not a big fan of blue cheese. I used mozzarella, but if you want to add some blue cheese in addition, I say go for it! This recipe can easily be doubled or tripled for a crowd.

Buffalo Chicken French Bread Pizza

Queso Burger

Queso Burger

It’s May and that means it’s officially Burger Month! It should be no surprise that I’ve created a southwestern/Mexican-style burger since you guys know I love these flavors! A queso burger just sounded like pure perfection.

Queso Burger

I opted for a burger mixed with taco seasoning and then topped it with a big dreamy dollop of homemade queso! I adapted the queso for these burgers from my easy queso dip. Normally when you eat queso as a dip, it can be quite liquidy. While I love queso dip, I knew the queso for these burgers needed to be a bit thicker to avoid a big sloppy mess. The consistency for this queso is thin enough to get that melty goodness, but thick enough so it isn’t running off the burger. You can experiment a bit as you mix this up by adding more half and half to thin or more cornstarch to thicken as needed. Also keep in mind that the queso will thicken as it cools.

Queso Burger

25 Overnight Oats Recipes

25 Overnight Oats Recipes

I simply adore overnight oats! I know some people aren’t a fan of the texture or the fact that they are cold, but I find with the right recipes, overnight oats can be quite delicious! I love being able to mix them up the night before in just a few minutes and can rest easy come morning knowing my breakfast is ready to go in the fridge. You can eat them at home or take them to work, they are just so easy!

My blog stats also tell me that you guys love overnight oats because my overnight oats recipes are some of the most popular recipes on this blog. I’ve rounded them up together in this post along with twenty other great overnight oats recipes from my blogging friends!

Coconut Cream Pie Overnight Oats

1. Coconut Cream Pie Overnight Oats

Brownie Batter Overnight Oats

2. Brownie Batter Overnight Oats

3. Strawberry Cheesecake Overnight Oats

Overnight Cinnamon Roll Oats

4. Overnight Cinnamon Roll Oats

Carrot Cake Overnight Oats

5. Carrot Cake Overnight Oats

From my blogging friends:

6. Berry Chia Overnight Oats – Pinch of Yum

7. Funfetti Overnight Oats (GF) – Food Faith Fitness

8. Cherry Overnight Oats – A Cedar Spoon

9. Healthy Snickers Overnight Oats – The Big Man’s World

25 Overnight Oats Recipes

10. Banana Bread Overnight Oats – Be Whole Be You

11. Creamy Blueberry Overnight Oats – Baking Ginger

12. Orange-Infused Overnight Steel Cut Oats – Running to the Kitchen

13. Apple Pie Overnight Oats – Table for Two

25 Overnight Oats Recipes

14. Chocolate Chia Overnight Oats – Fit Foodie Finds

15. Butter-Roasted Cherry Swirl Overnight Oats – How Sweet It Is

16. Peaches and Cream Overnight Oats – The Lemon Bowl

17. Double Chocolate Cashew Overnight Oats – A Kitchen Addiction

25 Overnight Oats Recipes

18. Pineapple Mango Overnight Oats – Around My Family Table

19. Angel Food Cake Overnight Oats – Hungry Hobby

20. Chocolate Coconut Overnight Oats – Wholefully

21. Coconut-Cardamom Vegan Overnight Oats – Oh She Glows

25 Overnight Oats Recipes

22. Maple Brown Sugar Overnight Oats – Gluten Free With LB

23. Chunky Monkey Overnight Oats – Weary Chef

24. Fig and Honey Overnight Oats – Skinnytaste

25. Pineapple Upside Down Cake Overnight Oats – Lady Behind the Curtain