No-Bake Banana Split Dessert

No-Bake Banana Split Dessert

Memorial Day weekend is here and it’s the unofficial start to summer! The summer parties are about to kick into high gear and I’m always looking for new party-friendly dishes.

The banana split is one of my favorite ice cream treats this time of year and I’ve given it a fun party twist and is melt-free! It’s so simple and best of all, no-bake!

No-Bake Banana Split Dessert

I wasn’t really sure what to call this. It’s not a cake, and it’s not really pie either so I’m just going with “dessert”. I know, so original, but I think it works.

Creamy Coconut Peanut Zucchini Noodles (Zoodles)

Creamy Coconut Peanut Zucchini Noodles, Zoodles

I’m not really sure why, but I feel like I’ve been on a bit of a carb binge lately. Last week we had something “carby” for dinner almost every night. Needless to say, I didn’t meal plan very well and now I’ve been feeling so…icky! I partially blame the weather. It’s been kind of cloudy and in the 60s which seems kind of odd for Orange County this time of year.

I’ve been craving ALL of the veggies so I made these scrumptious zoodles tossed in a light and creamy peanut sauce and they totally hit the spot!

Creamy Coconut Peanut Zucchini Noodles, Zoodles

Dark Chocolate Pastry Cups

Dark Chocolate Pastry Cups

I’ve had some wicked dark chocolate cravings lately. Not sure why (No, I am NOT pregnant), but my favorite dessert lately has just been a handful of dark chocolate chips. Dark chocolate is always my chocolate of choice.

I made these easy dark chocolate pastry cups a few weeks ago and they are truly the perfect little dessert for parties and showers. I just mixed some homemade whipped cream with melted dark chocolate (and a touch of sugar!) and spooned it into pre-made mini pastry shells!

Dark Chocolate Pastry Cups

Parmesan-Roasted Broccoli

Parmesan-Roasted Broccoli, Garlic

Roasted broccoli. I know, some of you guys may be like, what the heck kind of silly recipe is this, right? The thing is, people always ask me for ideas for side dishes so I thought I’d share my most favorite way to make broccoli!

Broccoli is easily my most favorite veggie. And although Maddie isn’t a fan, Natalie also loves it so I make it multiple times a week in our house.

Slow Cooker Mozzarella-Stuffed Meatballs

Slow Cooker Mozzarella-Stuffed Meatballs, Crockpot

Confession. It’s been a reallllly long time since I last pulled out my slow cooker. I drank the Instant Pot Kool-Aid last summer and I haven’t looked back since. It’s not that I hated my slow cooker, but with working full-time and being so busy, the IP seems to better fit our life during the weekdays.

I’ve been feeling a little sad for my slow cooker. And while I love how quickly the IP cooks everything, there is something really comforting about the smell of a delicious meal cooking low and slow on a lazy Sunday afternoon and I’ve missed it!

So, I dug it back out last week and made these awesome mozzarella-stuffed meatballs!

Natalie: Twelve Months

Natalie Twelve Months

This girl is one year old! I feel like most of this year has been kind of a blur. We’re always so busy and life seems so much more hectic when you have more than one kid.

This little love of mine is just the most precious thing and I couldn’t be more obsessed with her! We went to a baseball game on her birthday and then gave her our gifts and of course, had cake.

We had a little family party for her later in the week. It always makes me feel a little sad that my family can’t be a part of their birthday parties since they all live on the east coast, but Natalie still had a great time. She doesn’t seem to love cake all that much, but she does enjoy mashing it up into millions of crumbs and smashing the frosting all over the place!

She started walking about a week before she turned 1. It was like she just got up one day and started walking and within an hour, she was basically running. She loves this new skill and her favorite thing to do is to go outside and just walk, walk, and walk.