Strawberry Watermelon Coolers

Strawberry Watermelon Coolers

Imagine this: you are getting ready for the day and you look in the mirror and think, “My gosh, my hair looks magnificent today.”

“Hey everyone, come see how good I look!”

Then, you head out to the office, thinking it’s going to be a great day. You go into the bathroom, look in the mirror and oh, the horror! What devilry is this?! Your perfectly coiffed hair has been ruined!!! It’s frizzy and no longer straight.

This, my friends, is the story of my life.

Damn you, humidity!!!

It’s been unbearably hot here in Florida. I think our A/C has been running non-stop every day as it is trying to keep up with the heat. And when I get hot, I am the most unpleasant person on the planet. My poor husband. I’m crabby and maybe throw a tantrum or two…My hair be a lost cause, but having a cool and delicious tasty beverage makes life so much better!

Strawberry Watermelon Coolers

Meet my new favorite drink. Seriously, I think I could drink this all day. It’s so refreshing and fruity! What more could you ask for? And I love this cooler because you can make it with or without alcohol! Yeahhhhhh buddy!

Cherry Peach Galette

Cherry Peach Galette

Oh Monday, how did you get here so fast? I was thoroughly enjoying my weekend of nothingness and sleeping in and then you had to come and ruin it all…Now, it’s back to work and back to prepping for my defense next week.

I was really excited to get back into the kitchen this weekend! I made a huge pot of tomato sauce and this galette! I have been wanting to make a galette for some time and after a trip to the grocery store, I found some beautiful peaches and cherries that seemed too perfect not to use in this recipe!

Cherry Peach Galette

It was pretty easy to make. I used a refrigerated pie crust because I was feeling slightly lazy and also because I am not the best at making my own pie crusts. however, even with using pre-made crust, I did have an issue with my crust cracking while baking and a lot of the fruity juices came leaking out all over the place! Wahhhh, baking is just not my thing! But, I like galettes because they don’t have to be perfect! The rustic look they have is very forgiving for inexperienced bakers like myself! Serve it warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream!

Avocado and Mango Crostini

Avocado and Mango Crostini

Guys, guess what?! I finished writing my dissertation! I’m so exhausted, I can’t even tell you! Now I just have to defend the paper in front of my committee in a couple of weeks and I am D.O.N.E!! It’s been a long 6 years of grad school and I’m so excited to finally be here. Now let’s just hope I pass my defense! AHHHHH, so nervous!! As long as I have been in grad school, this dissertation process seems to just be flying by as I have tried to get it all done in a matter of a few months. But, for now, I am taking the weekend off to get some much needed sleep and so that I can try and gain back some of my sanity.

Alright, so the other day, I was thinking about yummy, summery appetizers. And then I thought about avocados, mango, and bread. I mean, how can you go wrong with that combo?! And seriously, this appetizer is so light and refreshing and it just tastes like summer. I love it so much, I could make a meal out of it and I totally did for lunch yesterday.

Avocado and Mango Crostini

And don’t they look fancy? I want you all to make this for your next summer garden party. Because I know you guys are so fancy and have summer garden parties all the time..

Skinny Bitch Tuesdays: Potato Goat Cheese Bake

Potato Goat Cheese Bake

What up, peeps? I only have about one more day to finish writing my dissertation, so this is going to be a REALLY quick post!

It’s another Skinny Bitch Tuesday! This week Michelle chose the Breakfast Bake. After reading the ingredients though, I thought this dish would also work really well as a side for dinner so that’s how I prepared it. But, it would also be really tasty for breakfast!

Potato Goat Cheese Bake

Aside from making this for dinner instead of breakfast, I chose to add spinach and swapped out the cheddar cheese for goat cheese, because well, goat cheese rocks my world. I also threw in a splash of white wine for extra flavor (you might want to leave that out if you are making this for breakfast though). This is actually a really versatile dish. You could pretty much add in anything you wanted to. Some diced peppers would also be pretty tasty. If you want to make this more breakfast-y, then you could add in some bacon or crumbled sausage. Oh, and of course, any type of cheese will do!

Lemon Chicken Saltimbocca

Traveling for 3 weeks is pretty exhausting. The hubs and I enjoyed our time visiting my family in Cleveland, but then we had to head up to Montreal because I had a conference for work. Unfortunately a few days before we left Cleveland, I sprained my ankle. My right ankle is totally shot. I’ve sprained it so many times. One wrong step and I am done! My dad put in some new flooring in the garage over the cement, but he had not yet cut through the new flooring where there is a drain. So if you step in that spot, it sinks down. Sooo yeah…I stepped in that spot, with my right foot. Dad, if you are reading this, I am going to sue you, k? K.

Since we drove all the way to Cleveland, we decided to just drive to Montreal, and by “we”, I mean my husband. I sat and played on my phone and iPad like the entire time until we reached Canada and I lost my phone service! Wahhhhhh!

Lemon Chicken Saltimbocca

After getting lost just one time, we finally made it to the Westin hotel in Montreal. It was a really nice hotel and we had a great room! When we walked in, they had this nice spa-like music playing. And we also got stuck with a room with separate beds, which was actually a good thing as I could stretch out more!

Lemon Chicken Saltimbocca

After the first night in the hotel, I then got sick. I know, wtf? I am a complete disaster. So now I was sick and hobbling around. So pathetic! Due to my ankle, illness, and the fact I needed to work on my dissertation, we didn’t really get to explore the city much which was really disappointing because it was really cool! I didn’t even manage to get some poutine! :(

I did my poster presentation which went really well! Going to conferences is a great way to meet new people to collaborate with and to get some new ideas! But, after being away from home and in my condition, I really just wanted to go home! But, of course, we drove, so we then had to drive all the way from Montreal to Florida! The first day of our drive was just awful. It rained the entire time and it took us an extra two hours to get to our first stop for the night. And it didn’t just rain, it poured! We could barely see out the window.

Two days later, we finally made it home and we couldn’t be happier! And now my poor husband is sick! This certainly was not the most exciting trip. We had hoped to make a lot of stops along the way and to make a really fun trip out of it, but we just couldn’t with my deadline. And let me tell you, it is not wise to spend so much time in the car with a sprained ankle! I was in so much pain from the lack of keeping it elevated and icing it.

So that was our trip. Kind of disaster, right?

Lemon Chicken Saltimbocca

Anyway, let’s talk about this chicken. Lemon Chicken Saltimbocca. Wow, this was really tasty! And even better it was super easy to make! I loved the tang of the lemon and the saltiness from the prosciutto. And with the sage leaves, it was so flavorful! I served it with some lemon orzo and steamed broccoli. Totally making this again…and soon!

Sweet Pea Feta Parmesan Dip

Sweet Pea Feta Parmesan Dip

Happy Hump Day, friends! You will have to excuse me as I am totally exhausted from driving from Montreal all the way to Florida these past few days! Not to mention all that traveling we did in Cleveland! I will share some details of our trip later this week, but while I try to get settled in, I have a really special treat for you all!

Today, I am so happy to have the fabulous Cassie from Bake Your Day as a guest poster! I have been reading Cassie’s blog for some time now and she is seriously one of the sweetest gals ever! And you can pretty much find any kind of recipe you want on her blog because she makes it all! Mexican Quinoa Salad with Creamy Avocado Dressing, Spicy Peanut Noodle Stir-Fry, Butterscotch Cashew Pretzel Cookies, White Cheddar Grilled Cheese with Avocado and Tomato, Vegan Banana Nut Breakfast Cake, and I could go on and on! So, after you check out the delicious recipe Cassie prepared for today, go check out some of her other recipes! Take it away, Cassie!

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Hi Eat, Drink, Love readers! I am Cassie and I blog about my love for life and food at Bake Your Day. I have loved watching this space grow, Stephanie has some creative ideas, and she always seems to put a great healthy spin on her recipes.

Sweet Pea Feta Parmesan Dip

I decided to take a somewhat healthy spin on the recipe for today with a dip. I love dips. Actually, I love all snack foods. But let’s face it: snacks usually don’t have many health benefits to them. This one, however, is sort of sneaky because the base of the dip is sweet peas. I added lots of garlic and feta cheese, along with lemon juice and fresh sage leaves. It is crisp, light and almost refreshing for a summer party!

Sweet Pea Feta Parmesan Dip

I have never actually been a fan of peas but for some reason I have had the idea of a pea dip in my head for quite some time. For some reason I was just convinced that pureed peas would somehow be different than their whole form. And I was right, I adored this dip. The peas paired perfectly with the cheeses and garlic and the texture was very pleasing. Just don’t tell anyone it’s made with peas!