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Zesty Baked Sweet Potato Fries

Zesty Baked Sweet Potato Fries

This week can be summed up with the following two words: baby registry. I cannot believe how overwhelming it is to put together a baby registry as a first time parent. I mean, I have a lot of experience with babies and children. I know all about their development as a developmental psychologist. But as far as which stroller is best or which type of bottle, it’s just too much. Why are there so many different types of bottles?! A lot of people say registering for a baby is so much fun, and while I can kind of understand that, I also just someone else do it for me or I just want to do it all while sitting on my couch. I owe you guys a big baby/pregnancy update so I promise to write one up this weekend!

Alright, enough about baby stuff. Let’s talk sweet potato fries (I know, what a strange transition…). I really don’t like to turn on the oven too much during this time of the year, but we love to do fancy sandwiches or burgers on Saturday nights and sweet potato fries just always seem like the perfect side dish! These fries are baked saving you both fat and calories, but there is no sacrifice in flavor! In fact, these guys are even more flavorful than regular fries thanks to the zesty spice mixture of chili powder and cumin with a pinch of cayenne!

Zesty Baked Sweet Potato Fries

Peach Lemonade

Peach Lemonade

It’s officially the worst time of year in Phoenix. It’s in the 110s and it’s so awful. It’s even more awful than normal when you are 6 months pregnant. I mean, I guess it could be worse. I could be 9 months pregnant, but it’s still bad! Pregnancy combined with the heat is really starting to drain me too. Going out and running errands is getting harder.

Pregnancy also means cutting out or cutting down on so many drinks. You have to watch out for caffeine so I haven’t been having really any coffee. I do have the occasional iced tea because I just need it in this weather! Then there is the no alcohol thing. I miss wine. I miss it so bad. Not that I was that big of a drinker, but I really want some dang wine! Oh, and fruity drinks too! It’s summer and cold and fruity drinks are a must! I’ve been drinking a ton of water, but sometimes water gets a little boring.

So homemade lemonade it is. While having too many sugary drinks is not good, making your own lemonade at home means you can control how much sugar goes in and don’t have to worry about any other weird ingredients. Just fruit, sugar, water, and lemons! I’ve made a lot of lemonade recipes now and today I’m all about the peaches. I’ve actually been ridiculously obsessed with peaches lately. I want them every day. So, why not put them in some lemonade?! My husband isn’t normally a big peach fan, but even he loved this version.

I just want to spend the rest of the summer indoors in the A/C and with a pitcher of peach lemonade!

Peach Lemonade

How to Keep Your Lunch Fresh

Freshness, wrapped up.

How to Keep Your Lunch Fresh

Today we are talking all about lunch and how to pack it up and keep it fresh! As a food blogger, I am constantly wrapping and packaging up recipes. Our food storage cabinet is the stuff of nightmares. No matter how much time I spend organizing it, it’s a mess the next day. I go through a lot of food storage wrapping and containers every week since I work outside the house and have to pack my lunch.

I love using Glad products for my lunches and leftovers. They keep my food fresh and are easy to store and clean!

So here are some of my favorite tips for keeping your lunch fresh!

1. The first tip to keeping lunch nice and fresh is to keep it cool. I always have at least one item in my lunch bag that needs to be chilled. We do have a fridge in the office, but it’s kind of small so I hate stuffing all of my stuff in there. That’s where re-usable ice packs come in handy! I have a few that I constantly have in rotation in the fridge.

Roasted Balsamic Strawberry and Goat Cheese Crostini

Roasted Balsamic Strawberry and Goat Cheese Crostini

It rained yesterday. It was a miracle. It got all dark and there was thunder. I was all set on the couch with a blanket and the TV. And then it only lasted for about 10 minutes. Major sad face. Is it so much to ask for one afternoon of rain, Phoenix? Apparently it is. It is apparently monsoon season, but I’m not really seeing any monsoons, just some disgusting dust storms. Wahhhhh! I know, I have such problems in life.

Oh, We will be heading to Santa Fe this week for a work conference. I’ve never been so if any of you have any good restaurant recommendations, lemme hear them!

Roasted Balsamic Strawberry and Goat Cheese Crostini

Flashback Friday: Lemon Chicken Saltimbocca

Flashback Friday, Lemon Chicken Saltimbocca

First, I just want to say thank you for all of your sweet comments on social media and messages yesterday in response to the BIG news! I’m so glad it’s finally out there and I can’t wait to share this journey with you all and of course, pick your brains on all things baby!

Alright, onto the food! Not that I have ever really been one for overly complicated meals, but I’m really all about quick and easy these days. Most nights, I come home from work and am feeling so sleepy and often feel unmotivated to cook. This was a recipe I found in Cooking Light years ago and I wanted to share it again because it’s a really tasty dish and it’s super quick to make so it’s the perfect weeknight meal. I also feel like it’s kind of a fancy! You’ve got chicken wrapped in prosciutto and fresh sage leaves and then topped with a tasty lemon sauce! I love the saltiness of the prosciutto paired with the fresh sage and tangy lemon sauce!

I served it with some pasta aglio e olio since it’s nice and light and pairs well with the chicken, but rice also pairs well with a big side of steamed veggies!

A Very Special Announcement

Ok, so I’ve been holding back on you guys and I just can’t take it any longer. Perhaps you have noticed that since March, things have been a little different around here. I haven’t been posting as many recipes and not always on the same schedule as I used to normally post.

But see, I have this major life thing that has been going on that’s been throwing me off.

Have you figured it out yet? If not, maybe this will help: