Tuscan Lemon Muffins with Lemon Glaze

Tuscan Lemon Muffins with Lemon Glaze

Wow, where did this week go? It just flew by! What are my plans for the weekend? Well, it is time to start purging things in our apartment to get ready for our big move. I love purging. It feels so nice to get rid of things I don’t need or want anymore. But, packing…oh packing…Not my favorite. If any of you want to come help pack, I will pay you in food. Maybe these muffins…

You know I love all things lemon so what could be better than lemon muffins?! These muffins are a little unique because they are not made with butter or vegetable oil, they are made with olive oil! If I could make the recipe better, I would say add a little more sugar and more lemon which is what I have done with the recipe for you. I only used 1/2 cup sugar and while I usually don’t like a lot of sweetness, I felt these needed more. To compensate, I added some lemon glaze which actually ended up making these muffins even better. But, if you don’t want the glaze, you could certainly leave it out! Oh, and don’t overmix. I always do this…baking is just not my thang, but I try…

Grilled Flank Steak with Butter Chive Grilled Potatoes

Grilled Flank Steak with Butter Chive Grilled Potatoes

Hi all! I’m back from Phoenix. It was a crazy week. Unfortunately, my house hunting was not so fruitful. I did sign a lease for a townhouse that I liked, but after really thinking about and measuring, I realized that our bedroom furniture would not fit very well because the bedrooms were too small. Our king size bed would take up the whole room. Seriously. And let me tell you right now, we are NOT giving up our king size bed. It is glorious. Our dresser and nightstands aren’t very big, but it would be a really tight squeeze and I think it would just drive us nuts. So, we took back the offer and are now holding out for something better. It’s a little scary since we are supposed to move in one month, but I am trying to remain positive that something will come up!

I wanted to make a nice dinner for my husband this weekend after his week of being a bachelor where he ate a bunch of frozen stuff all week long. Although fall is fast-approaching, it is still a gazillion degrees here in FL so grilling was the way to go! I love meals where you can throw everything on the grill! This meal is so simple. The marinade for the steak is so tasty! I also grilled some fresh corn on the cob and topped it with some extra of the chive butter that I used for the potatoes.

Raspberry Peach Lemonade

Raspberry Peach Lemonade

Ok, so I think I might be the worst blogger on the planet right now! I’ve been so neglectful! Wahhh, I’m sorry my loves!! As you know, things have been quite crazy in my world lately. This week I am in Phoenix! I had orientation at ASU for my job yesterday and today I will be finding a place to live! I love house hunting because I can pretend that I am on an episode of House Hunters. I’m that annoying lady who complains too much and nitpicks at every little thing, like, “this kitchen is too small. This closet is too small. What is that on the ceiling there? That paint color is horrendous.” But, as much as I love house hunting, I only have two days to find a place to live! Yes, 1. 2. Two. We are just looking to rent something for now, but I still want it to be nice and Hubs is not here to help me out! Oh, the pressure!!!

Despite the madness, I still have a yummy recipe to share with you all! Living in Florida and soon, Arizona, means that lemonade is a requirement for survival. After making sparkling strawberry lemonade, I really wanted to try another variation. Raspberries and peaches are a great combo! It’s not overly sweet which is important for me as I don’t like really sweet drinks.  Oh, and of course, it’s refreshing! Cold and fruity lemonade…does it get any better?!

Raspberry Peach Lemonade

P.S. It’s currently pouring here. What the heck? Florida must have followed me here.

P.P.S. Dear In-N-Out – it will be nice to have you in our lives again. If you could please remove all of the calories from your food and shakes, I would greatly appreciate it. K, thanks.

Quinoa Corn Cakes with Peach, Avocado, and Tomato Salsa

Quinoa Corn Cakes with Peach, Avocado, and Tomato Salsa

Good morning, friends! It’s Friday!! Yeah!! Hubs and I are in Orlando this weekend visiting family. It’s nice to get away for a weekend after the long two weeks I’ve had!

Today I am guest posting on Kym’s lovely blog, Free Spirit Eater. Kym was one of the first people I met when I first starting blogging and she is so incredibly sweet and supportive! I’m so happy to be on her blog today!

I made some tasty little quinoa corn cakes topped with fresh peach, avocado, and tomato salsa! These cakes are light on the tummy, but so tasty. I think I could just eat the salsa with a spoon!

Quinoa Corn Cakes with Peach, Avocado, and Tomato Salsa

So, please go check out the recipe and say “hi” to Kym!!

Quinoa Corn Cakes with Peach, Avocado, and Tomato Salsa

Caprese Pizza with Balsamic Reduction Sauce

Caprese Pizza with Balsamic Reduction Sauce

Do you ever have one of those days where you are a complete disaster and have no right to be in the kitchen? Like, have you ever spilled almost an entire bottle of vinegar all over the place? Twice? Yeah, that was me yesterday, while making this pizza.

It probably had something to do with the complete and total exhaustion I have been feeling since last week. The week and weekend went by so fast, I don’t think it has really sunk in yet that I finished! This weekend was graduation so my family came into town for the ceremony which was bright and early Saturday morning. It was a great time, but it was a crazy busy weekend. So busy that I woke up yesterday and my legs felt so sore, I could barely walk! Going to the grocery store was difficult!

And now that I have my dissertation out of the way, I can make my next exciting announcement which is that I have accepted a post-doc position at Arizona State University in Phoenix! My current advisor got a great offer to go there and she asked me to go with her! Me and Hubs will be moving out west at the end of September! But, now this means packing…the bane of my existence…sigh…

Now that I have had a little more free time, I have finally been able to share a recipe for #tomatolove hosted by Cassie from Bake Your Day and Ali from Gimme Some Oven!! These fabulous ladies are hosting a huge tomato party for the Recipe For Change Campaign which is trying to end modern day slavery on the tomato fields. It’s such a great cause and this week they are having a fabulous giveaway sponsored by Pizza Home Chef. Visit Recipe For Change to learn more about how to support tomato farmers.

Caprese Pizza with Balsamic Reduction Sauce

I chose to do a simple caprese pizza…or is it a margherita pizza? They seem like the same thing…Whatevs. I used red and yellow tomatoes, but you can use whichever tomatoes you want! And I also drizzled some balsamic reduction all over the pizza. It adds such a great flavor!

Chocolate Hazelnut Cookies

Chocolate Hazelnut Cookies

GUESS WHAT?!!!

I passed my dissertation defense!!! I am Dr. Stephanie!!!!

WOOOOOOOOOO!!! It’s been such a stressful last couple of months. Defending a dissertation is no joke and is both mentally and physically draining. I don’t with it upon my greatest enemy. Ok, I don’t really have a greatest enemy, but if I did, My brain is fried and I am sleep deprived (hey, that rhymed!) and I am dreaming of a long and lazy vacation that really just involves sleep and tv. That’s really all that I want right now. I also really want to eat a bunch of cookies that a full of chocolate.

So let’s celebrate with some fattening and delicious cookies! I took my usual chocolate chip cookie recipe and made some adjustments to make these nice and chocolatey cookies. My favorite thing about these cookies is Nutella. Nutella makes everything in this world better, don’t you think?