Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Chicken sausage & broccoli pizza

Somewhere in the middle of all of this summer fun and travel, we totally lost sight of one of our favorite weekly traditions -- Friday night pizza.

Well, maybe not completely; we did devour two tasty pies on Friday but they weren't homemade; I'll get to those bad boys in a second.

Continuing the recent trend of pack, unpack, do laundry, repeat, we ventured out of the city this weekend to Deep Creek, Maryland.  Our goal was simple: have a good time with good friends.  Mission: accomplished, despite mostly foggy and rainy weather.  The skies parted and the sun peeked out for a few hours on Saturday, which was perfect for an afternoon of hiking and scoping out a few spectacular waterfalls.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Meal plan: Week of 8/17-8/23

Happy Monday to all of you!  And, to some of you, happy first day of school!

Whether it's you, your kids, the neighborhood kids, or all of those rowdy college students populating what was an otherwise peaceful city this summer -- ahem -- it seems like everyone is in the spirit of things.  Matt heads back to school for teaching and coaching, and we're both looking forward to the start of college football season.  Hail to Pitt!  Speaking of, how gorgeous is this sunset and view of the Cathedral of Learning we spotted from our apartment last week?  Totally makes me nostalgic for college life.

Here is last week's meal plan featuring two Deep Creek restaurants and a new pizza recipe coming your way later this week.

Week of August 17th - 23rd
Sunday: Grilled chicken & corn on the cob
Monday: Zucchini squash & quinoa salad with goat cheese
Tuesday: Beef taco salads with chunky tomato dressing
Wednesday: Chicken sausage & broccoli pizzas
Thursday: Garlic rosemary pork chops with peas & smashed potatoes
Friday: (Traveling - Brenda's Pizzeria)
Saturday: (Traveling - Archie's BBQ)

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Summer squash & quinoa salad with goat cheese

That husband of mine, let me tell you -- he's a gem!

He's funny and smart (and a smidge nerdy, which I adore), patient and selfless, and so handsome that I sometimes have moments when I check him out and think, "Man, that guy is hot!"  And then I remember that I'm married to that guy.  He's legally bound to me.  How did I manage to trick him get so lucky?  Best keep quiet before somebody notices and cries foul play.

Aside from all of those wonderful meaningful traits, there are so many superficial and silly things I love about Matt.  Like how he giggles like a schoolgirl at the sight of pugs.  And how his hair gets this crazy cowlick on one side of his head.  And how his appetite for goat cheese knows no bounds, especially when it's paired with zucchini.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

15 Zucchini recipes for every appetite!

It's that time of year again.

Not back to school time or Halloween candy time (though I spotted shelves being stocked full of candy corn at a local Rite-Aid this weekend... I can't!).

It's zucchini time!

That glorious time of year when everyone who planted zucchini in their gardens is going to great lengths to use the excess crop of summer squash.  Ask a random stranger on the street if he/she has a zucchini plant and, if so, I bet you'll be offered a fruit or two by the end of the encounter.  Speaking as someone who wishes she had a zucchini plant of her own (and a husband who wishes he had a garden for said zucchini plant), I can't get enough of those gorgeous green zukes and will buy/accept them any chance I get.

Whether you're on the harvesting end or the receiving end, here are 15 of my favorite zucchini recipes to satisfy any savory or sweet craving you have!


Monday, August 18, 2014

Meal plan: Week of 8/10-8/16

Week of August 10th - 16th

Sunday: Walnut-crusted chicken with salad
Monday: Sirloin caprese burgers with baked beans
Tuesday: Rosemary & garlic salmon with broccoli
Wednesday: Salami, spinach & mozzarella calzones
Thursday: Fiesta bean salad with chips
Friday: Out to Taj Mahal
Saturday: Out to Pizza Cono (spoiler alert -- delicious novelty but won't return)