Why is moving so stressful? Even though we had professionals do most of the packing and actual moving, there’s so many little things to think about, especially when you are moving out-of-state. Add children into the mix and it’s even more of a nightmare! Just going away for the weekend requires a carload of items, but when you are moving, it’s even more out of control. I wish I could just snap my fingers and have everything all unpacked and set up!
One of the biggest things I’m most excited about with this move is being closer to family and friends and being able to entertain more! This will give me plenty of good reasons to mix up yummy appetizers like this Greek Salsa! This Greek Salsa is the perfect summer appetizer. It’s light and flavorful with the perfect amount of crunch from the cucumber. Then you get a bit of saltiness from the feta cheese and olives.
This Greek Salsa is everything I love in a salsa. It’s chunky and so fresh! While I love eating it with pita chips, I also just love eating it straight up with a spoon! And like most salsas, you can also use this salsa as a topping for grilled chicken, fish, or even steak!
It’s moving day in my house today! We are finally headed to California this week and are excited to start a new adventure! I’m a little nervous to see how Maddie handles this transition. Like many toddlers, she doesn’t love change and is VERY particular about sleep. She still sleeps through the night, but only sleeps this well in her own crib, which of course, she is going to be without for a good four nights or so, and doesn’t like to sleep in a room with other people. I know, she’s such a princess! If any of you parents out there have any tips for helping a toddler transition to a new home, I’d love to hear them!
Okay, now it’s time to talk about these S’mores Popcorn Balls. Basically, they rock my world! They are kind of like a Rice Krispie Treat, but with popcorn instead and they are so cute and fun! And they are both kid-friendly and adult-friendly because who doesn’t love s’mores?! I love these for a fun party snack or they would also make great party favors if you wrapped them in a little bag with some fun ribbon and tags!
These popcorn balls aren’t too difficult to make. I highly recommend popping your own fresh popcorn if you can. It’s really easy and just tastes so much better than microwave popcorn! After you have the popcorn ready, it’s basically following the same steps that you would for Rice Krispie treats with melting marshmallows and then mixing in the popcorn and Golden Grahams cereal. I then just stuck in some mini chocolate chips, but you could also drizzle melted chocolate on top if you’d prefer!
I’ve been on a serious homemade lemonade kick lately. There’s just no comparison to store-bought lemonade. I’ve made a lot of different versions like blueberry, cherry, peach, and strawberry just to name a few! It’s so much fun to experiment with new flavor combos! And now, we’ve got tropical lemonade!
This homemade tropical lemonade really couldn’t be easier. There’s no syrups to make, it’s just squeezing some lemons and mixing in pineapple juice and mango nectar! I didn’t think this lemonade needed any additional sweetener aside from the juice and mango nectar, but you can always add sweetener of your choice if desired. Like most homemade lemonades, you can customize it anyway you want! As you can see by the ingredients, I listed ranges for the pineapple juice and the water. Feel free to add more or less depending on how sweet you want your lemonade to be!
And after you have it all mixed up, go sit outside on lounge chair and pretend you are on a gorgeous beach somewhere with a little umbrella and maybe some rum too. Did I mention you can totally rum this lemonade up for adults? Yeah, I totally recommend that too! Oh, and I think a splash of coconut milk would be fabulous too! I am going to pretend I’m on vacation with a pitcher of this tropical lemonade instead of packing up our house to move next week!
In most places around the country, summer means spending as much time outdoors as possible and grilling out. But, if you live in Arizona, the thought of standing in front of a hot grill in the 110 degree heat makes me want to just run and hide! Do. Not. Want! I use my slow cooker all of the time, any time of the year. And these slow cooker pulled chicken sandwiches with apple slaw? Well, they are just making me so happy right now!
What really makes this recipe for me is the apple cider vinegar from STAR Fine Foods. It’s organic and made from real crushed apples. I used it in the both the pulled chicken recipe and the dressing for the apple slaw. I adore apple cider vinegar for so many reasons. First, it has so many health benefits like lowering cholesterol, weight loss, and promotes healthy blood sugar. And secondly, I love the flavor it adds to recipes!
This is one of those recipes that is just perfect all year round whether it’s for a summer party where it’s too hot to grill or the colder months!
The 4th of July is next week and I’ve got you guys covered for recipe ideas! From main dishes to appetizers, sides, cocktails, and desserts, here are 20 of my favorite recipes to make for your celebration!
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Bruschetta Burgers – Burgers are an obvious choice, but why not impress your guests with this tasty bruschetta topping?
Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken – Too hot to grill? Rainy day? No problem! Make a big crockpot of this super simple BBQ Chicken!
Easy Grilled Chicken – Have plenty of options for guests by also grilling up some of my favorite grilled chicken!
Happy Monday, friends! I have some news to share with you today – We are moving to California next month! I’ve accepted a project scientist position in Orange County and we are so excited! We will be super close to my husband’s family and lots of our friends. It will be so nice to be close to loved ones again. And, although I have enjoyed our time in Phoenix, I can’t wait to get away from this ridiculous heat!
So, moving always means cleaning things out. I discovered some puff pastry in my freezer, bags of shredded coconut and nuts in my pantry, and had some berries that needed to be used up so I made this super simple berry tart! And how perfect would it be for the 4th of July next week? It’s light and not overly sweet. Such a great summer dessert!
I first baked the puff pastry until golden and then topped it with a tasty cream cheese and whipped cream topping. Then, I piled on lots of fresh strawberries and blueberries, toasted coconut, and almonds! This tart definitely has a fruit pizza vibe going on and I’m totally okay with that! It came together really quickly and was so super yummy! You can really customize this tart however you want. Any combination of fresh berries works. You can take or leave the coconut and almonds if that’s not your thing. You can’t go wrong with this dessert!
Welcome to Eat. Drink. Love.! My name is Stephanie. Here you will find healthy and easy recipes with a few indulgences thrown in for good measure! Why the name Eat. Drink. Love.? Well, I think this is what life is all about!