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Toasty Tomatoes

Toasty Tomatoes

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.

Toasty Tomatoes

Baked Chicken Taquitos

Baked Chicken Taquitos

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.

Baked Chicken Taquitos

Cookie Dough Brownies

Cookie Dough Brownies

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.

Cookie Dough Brownies

Parmesan Popcorn

Parmesan Popcorn

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!

Strawberry Apple Fruit Leather

Strawberry Apple Fruit Leather

After making strawberry peach fruit leather a while back, my husband has been asking me to make more. I figured that since we needed good snacks for our road trip, homemade fruit leather was definitely in order!

If you have never made your own fruit leather, I can tell you that it’s really very simple. Just blend up your favorite fruits and then bake at a low temperature for a few hours until it dries out, cut into strips, and then eat it up! I like to roll mine up in parchment paper so they look like Fruit Roll-Ups just like the good old days! Fruit leathers might seem more kid-friendly, but they are really great for the whole family and are especially perfect for a road trip when it may be more difficult to get your fruit in. There are so many different kinds you can make, though I am partial to using strawberries, but that’s just because they are my favorite and I love the natural sweetness they add.

Strawberry Apple Fruit Leather

Staying Healthy on the Road

Florida Square

Greetings from Florida! After 3 long days in the car, we are finally in Florida! If you have been reading this blog for a while, you may already know that my husband and I are no strangers to the road. Sometimes airline tickets are just too costly so we have done many cross-country road trips. From L.A. to Florida. Florida to Cleveland. Cleveland to Phoenix. We’ve done it all and we have done it many times!

Being on the road can make eating healthy a little difficult. Although it is always fun to scope out local places, we have gotten to the point where we just want to get from Point A to Point B as quickly as possible and don’t like making long stops unless it’s to sleep for the night. When you are in the middle of nowhere, your options for food are obviously quite limited. There’s always McDonald’s and other typical fast food restaurants and that can be it. Unless it’s In-N-Out, we do not stop for fast food while on the road. I hate the way it makes me feel and when you are going to be in the car for days, you can’t always eat fast food for every meal. I thought it might be fun to share some of our best tips for keeping things light and healthy on the road! It doesn’t have to be a lot of work. We just follow 4 simple rules!

So, here you go!