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Nibblies

Nibblies

1. Today I wanted to share some of the details from our Florida trip with you all! As I mentioned, we went to Florida to meet up with family to celebrate my grandparents’ 60th wedding anniversary. It was really special and I was so happy to be a part of such an occasion! While we spent a lot of our visit at my mom’s in Orlando, we drove up to my uncle’s house on Amelia Island (near Jacksonville) for the actual celebration. We spent time on the beach and just hanging out with everyone.

2. For the actual celebration, we first went out to a really nice Italian place for dinner. Afterwards, we all went back to my uncle’s house for more celebration fun! My aunt and uncle got a picture of the cake from my grandparent’s wedding and then worked with a pastry chef at The Ritz-Carlton on the island to make a replica. This was the final product:

Pina Colada Smoothie

Pina Colada Smoothie

I think my husband and I have officially reached our limit with the cross-country road trips. It must be our old age. We’ve spent three long days on the road and still have a bit more to go today until we get finally get home. It’s been a long month being away and while I already really miss my family, I am so looking forward to sleeping in my own bed and laying on the couch doing nothing. I always feel like I need a vacation from my vacation.

Pina Colada Smoothie

What I really want right now is a huge pitcher of this pina colada smoothie. I want one every day for all of the days. Always and forever. I love a good pina colada, but they are obviously not healthy when made with amazing and delicious coconut cream and lots of sugary pineapple juice. Oh and of course then there is the rum, which means you can’t really drink them whenever you want.

Flashback Friday: Dad’s Potato Salad

Dad's Potato Salad

The 4th is coming up fast and I am still trying to figure out where the month of June has gone. We are finally back on the road this weekend to get back to Arizona. I hate leaving family, but it’s been a long month and we are definitely ready to get back to our routine.

Summer is the season of potato salad and this one is my favorite because it’s my dad’s recipe and he has been making it this way for years. It’s really actually a very simple recipe. I love this potato salad is because, first, it has big chunks of potato. I hate potato salads that have really little chunks of over-cooked potatoes. Not cool. Cooking the potatoes just right is really key to a good potato salad of any kind and I would be totally lying if I said that I never overcooked the potatoes anymore, it’s not easy, so keep a close eye while cooking your potatoes. The other thing I love about this potato salad is that it is not swimming in mayo or dressing. I also despise (yes, despise) over-dressed potato salads. This recipe uses mayo, but you could also swap it out for Greek yogurt or do a combo of the two!

Happy Summer!

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