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Pico de Gallo

Pico de Gallo

It’s really starting to heat up around here. I’m totally going into my light-and-fresh food mode and will stay in this mode until August once I really get sick of how hot it gets here in Phoenix! I’ve been craving a lot of salads and just summery types of dishes!

Pico de Gallo is a classic Mexican staple. You can eat it as a dip (like salsa) with tortilla chips and a margarita in the other hand or as a topping on pretty much any of your favorite Meixcan dishes from tacos, quesadillas, enchiladas, burritos, etc.! Pico de Gallo is almost embarrassingly easy to make. It’s just a matter of chopping up some veggies and you’re done! I like to use Roma tomatoes as they aren’t as liquidy and dice up easier than larger tomatoes. Then, it’s just red onion, jalapeno, cilantro, fresh lime juice, and some salt! I like to make a double or triple batch sometimes too so I leftovers for the week as I like to pile the Pico on so many things!

Pico de Gallo

Easy Egg Salad

Easy Egg Salad

Easter becomes much more fun when you have a little one in the house. I realize Maddie has no clue what’s going on, but that didn’t matter to me, she had to have a huge basket bigger than she is and was stuffed to the brim with goodies. Oh, and of course, a pretty dress!

Maddie Easter

It was also apparently a yummy dress as it was impossible to get a picture of her without her dress in her mouth…

Anyway, onto the recipe! If you have some leftover Easter eggs to use up, this egg salad is the perfect recipe! Like chicken or potato salad, I have the same rules for my egg salad: 1. Not too much mayo, and 2. texture, texture, texture!

Easy Egg Salad

I think this has the perfect amount of mayo, not so much that it’s drowning and not so little that it’s too dry. The great thing about a recipe like this though is that you can add more or less of the mayo and/or veggies however you prefer! For added crunch, I mixed in some diced celery and green onion. Other than that, it’s just a little mustard powder and salt and pepper and you’re good to go! This egg salad took no time to mix up and I’m really looking forward to lunch this week.

Easy Egg Salad

Easter Brunch Ideas

If I had to pick a favorite meal, I would say that hands down, it’s brunch. Yeah, I know, brunch isn’t usually considered one of the “main” meals, but who doesn’t love brunch? A weirdo, that’s who. I’m not sure that I could be friends with someone who didn’t like brunch. What’s not to love? Yummy breakfast items, sweet and savory, and light lunch items. It’s the best of both worlds if you ask me!

Easter is the perfect holiday to host a nice brunch before or after church. Here are some of my favorite brunch recipes!

Easter Brunch Ideas

Spring Cleaning

I’ve never really considered myself to be a “spring cleaner” because my husband and I have always been pretty obsessive about cleaning all year round. Having a baby definitely changes that though. Cleaning multiple times a week becomes cleaning 2-3 times a month. On top of that, we have had a gazillion visitors staying with us these past couple of weeks so our house has been in desperate need of some serious cleaning and organizing!

Luckily, my good friends at OXO recently sent me a bunch of their household cleaning tools. The timing literally couldn’t be more perfect because the current state of my house has been bugging me, like to the point where I woke up one night thinking about what a mess it is. Yes, I clearly have some other issues going on here…

Anywho, I thought I would share a few of my favorite tools that have helped us get our house back into tip-top shape!

OXO Spring Training

First, let’s talk about the Any-Angle Broom. This broom is an OCD person’s dream come true because it’s capable of getting into all of those hard-to-reach areas. For example, in between the fridge and counter where some of my greatest nightmares have lived. Or around those tight spaces in your bathroom. Pretty much anywhere you have a tough time reaching, this little broom can get there for you! YAY! It has a nifty handle that you can adjust to hold at whatever angle you need to hold it at. Hence, the name Any-Angle, duh!

Classic Pizzelles {Giveaway}

Classic Pizzelles

With Easter less than a week away, I am feeling really behind on my baking. I usually like to make a couple of yummy treats to enjoy with coffee after a nice dinner. Or, you know, for breakfast…

I’ve already shared one of my Easter favorites, Italian Biscuit Cookies. Pizzelles are another favorite of mine. We make them for Christmas and Easter. If you have never had a pizzelle, it’s basically a light, waffle-like cookie that is baked in a cookie press to give it it’s unique shape and design. I love pizzelles because they are not overly sweet or too heavy.

Obviously, without the iron, it’s a little difficult to make these cookies. I highly recommend this Cuisinart Pizzelle Press. I’ve had it for years and it works great! I don’t typically like to have a bunch of appliances lying around, but this one is a must for this Italian girl!

And because I really want you guys to give these cookies a try, I am going to give away a Pizzelle press to one lucky reader as a gift from me to you! Scroll to the bottom of this post to enter!

Madeline: Four Months

Madeline: Four Months

This 4-month update is overdue, but we’ve had a busy two weeks with family in town for Maddie’s baptism. It was amazing to have so many of our loved ones come in from all over the country to celebrate our baby girl! She has been spoiled rotten while everyone was here

Life with this baby just gets better and better. She is so full of life and her little smiles and giggles just melt us into a big pile of goo!

Maddie weighed in at 12lbs. 14 oz. at her 4-month checkup. She’s still a little behind for her age, but for her, this growth has been perfect. A lot of her 3 month clothes are starting to get tight! She’s also getting delicious little rolls in her arms and legs. Gah, I want to eat them for breakfast!