Hello! You might have noticed that I’ve been MIA from the blog and social media a bit lately and I think it’s only fair to explain a bit of what’s been going on behind the scenes here. Simply put, I’ve been in survival mode the past few months and especially the last few weeks, since I’m not feeling well due to my pregnancy. I had the same issues when I was pregnant with Nathaniel, so this is nothing new, just not fun to go through. [Read more…]
I realize now that my childhood was almost like a fairy tale. I grew up picking lots of blackberries each summer on our parents’ property. We actually traipsed happily through the woods, swinging our pails, laughing and talking with my siblings and mom. I can still hear the berries pinging as we put them in our pails and still see our happy, blue stained lips and teeth as we snacked while we worked. There is something so incredibly soul satisfying about being so close to nature, breathing in the fresh forest air. We would come home with SO many berries, that we would eat and eat until we had our fill and then Mom would make so many different things with the berries – jam, syrup for pancakes, smoothies, Berry Kompot, bake them into muffins and coffeecakes and of course, freeze tons of the berries so we could enjoy them all winter long.
When I saw the tiny packages of blackberries at grocery store, I got such a nostalgic feeling, I knew I had to make some sort of dessert with these beauties. A pie seemed like the logical action plan, but I wanted to make it extra special by making it into a Blueberry Cheesecake Pie. The crust is so delicious, I would make cookies with just the pie crust. The addition of sour cream makes it extra rich and not as crumbly. The bottom layer of the pie is a cheesecake filling, which is so smooth and creamy. I also added some lemon zest to the pie, giving it extra flavor. My husband absolutely raved about this pie and was so excited to take a slice with him to work for a few days too. [Read more…]
As a Type A personality girl, someone who plans everything, and, quite frankly, has a scary need for control (I’m not proud of it), with all 3 of my pregnancies I couldn’t wait to find out if we were having a boy or a girl. My husband is always just as excited to find out too, so we waited eagerly for that momentous ultrasound. This time, I didn’t have any intuition regarding the sex of our baby and honestly didn’t have a preference. Almost everyone in my family thought it was going to be a girl:). [Read more…]
Who needs some ideas of creative alternatives to side dishes? Instead of serving just boring cooked pasta or rice on the side, how about sprucing it up just a bit, and adding tons of flavor and making something really special from a regular weeknight meal?
Zucchini is all over the shelves of the grocery stores these days. White button mushrooms are available any time of year, and onions, garlic and herbs are pantry staples for most people in the first place, so this is really a no-brainer. In the amount of time that it takes for you to boil the water and cook the pasta, you will have the rest of the ingredients ready to join the pasta, so it hardly takes any extra time, just a little bit of effort to prep all the veggies.
Here’s another idea how you can make life even easier – add some chicken or shrimp and you’ll have yourself a complete one dish dinner! How cool is that? I have the deepest respect for One Dish Dinners, so I’m all for it. [Read more…]
If you live in the United States, I hope you had a wonderful time celebrating Independence Day on the Fourth. Summer celebrations are almost synonymous with grilling, and this year, we were having a really relaxing day, (and hiding inside from the heat) so we decided to make Grilled Shrimp Kebabs.
Shrimp takes less than 10 minutes to grill, it tastes so fresh and light, snazzed up with a Cilantro Lime marinade. The Creamy Avocado Dipping Sauce deserves a standing ovation – it’s so YUMMY. I really hope you give it a try. It would go so well with tons of other dishes – fish, chicken, tacos, salads, or as a dip for fresh sliced veggies. [Read more…]
When you’re going all out for a scrumptious, out of this world breakfast, this is exactly the one to make – a smoked salmon and avocado egg sandwich. Seriously, this is packed with flavor and an amazing combination of ingredients.
Flaky, buttery croissants make any breakfast extra luxurious, and the smoked salmon gives it saltiness, smokiness and heartiness. I love the melted cheese and even the chives add so much flavor to the eggs. Avocados are a good idea to add to almost anything, especially breakfast sandwiches. If I eat one of these, it will keep me full for both breakfast and lunch, but it’s a great option for a delicious, really quick dinner option too.
What’s one of your favorite breakfast sandwiches? [Read more…]
Good secrets are so fun and exciting and we’ve been keeping the best kind – we are going to have another baby! It’s still hard for me to wrap my mind around it. After not being able to have children for more than 7 years, it’s so incredible that after our miracle child Nathaniel was born, we are having another one less than 2 years later. It was such a happy surprise and we couldn’t be more thankful and most definitely don’t take it for granted. [Read more…]
We party in the summer like no other time. Except that since we live in Florida, it feels like summer almost all year, so we’re just extra lucky:). Summer parties call for lots of grilling, barbecues and picnics. What could be better to serve on the side than a slaw? I love a good, traditional coleslaw, but sometimes you need to change things up a bit. This Tropical Slaw is so fresh, light and has lots of bright and refreshing flavors.
First of all, can we just stop to admire how colorful and vivid this Tropical Slaw is? The gorgeous, bright purple cabbage is beautiful, but it’s also really delicious and packed with nutrients. This slaw is so crisp, crunchy and very refreshing. The fresh cilantro and green onions give it lots of summery flavor, and the juicy mango pieces are a nice surprise. It’s all dressed with a light vinaigrette, that is citrusy, a little bit tart and just a bit sweet. It’s perfect to serve with all kinds of things, more heartier dishes like Pulled Pork or Baby Back Ribs and even chicken or fish. [Read more…]
Sometimes, you accidentally create a recipe that is such a winner with your family, you can’t believe it yourself. I wasn’t expecting anything spectacular when I put together the ingredients for this dish, since I was only thinking that this would be a great staple to put into my meal rotation. This was more a practical recipe creation than a creative lighting bolt moment. When I took it out of the oven and took the first bite, I was so excited at the flavors and textures that greeted my mouth, but I was even more thrilled when I saw my family’s reaction when I served it to them. Needless to say, I hope you guys enjoy these Chicken, Rice and Mushroom Burritos as much as we did:).
Chicken and rice are such common leftovers at my house and I figured that incorporating them into a completely different meal would be a cool way to give them new life. Adding lots of extra flavor with simple pantry ingredients was exactly the way to go, so I used onion, celery, garlic and fresh mushrooms. If you don’t like mushrooms, you can easily skip them.
You know what’s even better about these Burritos? You can make them ahead of time and even freeze them. I know, it just keeps getting better and better! The burritos bake up with a lovely cheesy topping, but still have some crisp edges all around. The filling is so creamy and flavorful and completely versatile. You can add all kinds of other ingredients depending on what you have in your house or what you’re craving on the day that you’re making them – bell pepper, corn, beans, tomatoes, olives, broccoli – the possibilities are endless. Instead of the chicken, you can use shredded pork, shredded beef or even ground meat. I served these burritos with Pico de Gallo, sliced avocados and sour cream. [Read more…]
We started out this summer relaxing at a cabin retreat in the mountains of Georgia. We had a lot to celebrate this June – our 10 year wedding anniversary, my 30th birthday and Sergi’s 35th birthday. We decided to combine all these celebrations in one and spend an entire week having a very restful, enjoyable time surrounded by nature and getting away with our family to spend some quality time together. [Read more…]