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Banana Snack Cake

Banana Snack Cake

I am about to get really excited talking about this cake and you guys are going to think I am totally weird because it doesn’t look all that exciting, but oh my gahhhhh, it’s so good!

This cake is one of my most favorite things I have baked in a while I think. And that is saying a lot considering it’s just a simple banana cake. I call it a snack cake because while I wouldn’t say it’s the most healthy thing on the planet, it’s also not quite a full blown dessert cake with loads of fat and sugar so I am calling it a snack cake. We all good with that?

Corn, Tomato, and Avocado Salad with Bacon Vinaigrette

Corn, Tomato, and Avocado Salad with Bacon Vinaigrette

Summer and corn are basically BFFs. And while I am ready for the a new and cooler season, I still want to soak up all the corn while I still can. Give me all the corn please. We have been buying so much of it and have it twice or week or so with grilled chicken or steak, usually just eating it on the cob, but I felt compelled to throw some into a nice salad. I finished all of my greens though, but had plenty of grape tomatoes and avocados on hand so why not mix up summer in a bowl?

Corn, Tomato, and Avocado Salad with Bacon Vinaigrette

Who says salad has to contain a bunch of lettuce? I mean, don’t get me wrong, I love a nice green and leafy salad, but sometimes you just gotta change things up and this salad is now one of my most favorite summer salads ever!

This salad is ridiculously delicious. I ate the entire bowl of it in about 2.5 seconds. The creamy avocado paired with the sweet fresh corn, the crunch of the crispy bacon, and the tangy and warm bacon vinaigrette…are you drooling yet? Because I am and it’s totally gross, but it cannot be helped.

Corn, Tomato, and Avocado Salad with Bacon Vinaigrette

Strawberry Coconut Popsicles

Strawberry Coconut Popsicles

This is only my second summer living in Arizona, but I have to say this summer has been much more tolerable compared to last year…and that is even with me currently being almost 7 months pregnant! I heard about a monsoon season last year and don’t remember seeing really any rain. This summer though we have actually gotten some rain and with more rain, it’s mostly been in the low 100s! I mean, don’t get me wrong, 105 is still way too hot for my liking, but it’s better than a lot of the 118 days we saw last year!

Being pregnant does make it more difficult to be out and about on the hotter days though. I find after running just a couple of errands, I am usually ready to get back home, get a big glass of ice water, and put my feet up! Oh, and get a snack. Let’s not forget about the importance of snacking! I made these strawberry coconut popsicles a few weeks ago and they were my favorite afternoon treat! These are a great sub for a smoothie if you are looking to change things up a bit. The strawberries are sweetened with a touch of honey and pair so wonderfully with the creamy coconut milk! They do not contain any added sugars, dyes, or artificial flavors which make them the perfect treat for the whole family!

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!