Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Chicken with strawberry & avocado salsa

This is the story of a dinner that almost never was.  A meal that, for weeks, became known as "the impossible dinner."

Impossible not because of the level of skill required to make it (read: none) or difficulty wrangling all of the necessary ingredients (read: also none).  But nearly impossible because we couldn't seem to keep the aforementioned ingredients around for long.

As it turns out, we have a bit of a strawberry problem.  And a very major avocado problem.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Meal plan: Week of 7/6-7/12

Hello, Monday!  More importantly, hello to you!  My birthday weekend was faaaaabulous and sweet and full of surprises.  So far, 30 is looking pretty good... as far as I can tell from these sleep-deprived eyes.  Pictures to follow soon, I promise.  For now, a week's worth of meals will have to do.

Weekly Meals: July 6th - 12th

Sunday: Cookout at parents'
Monday: Sausage-stuffed zucchini boats
Tuesday: Hummus platter with veggies & shrimp
Wednesday: Huevos rancheros with avocado
Thursday: Spicy apricot salmon (similar recipe) with sauteed garlic spinach & broccoli
Friday: (Traveling)
Saturday: (Traveling)

Friday, July 18, 2014

Friday Five + 1 to grow on: Summer travels

TGIF!  Happy weekend to you!

I heard on the radio yesterday that today marks the halfway point of summer -- can you believe it?!  I definitely can't, but at least the time is flying by thanks to all of the fun things we've been doing.  It's about to get even funner because the next month or so is packed full of trips and adventures all over the country.  Here are five of my upcoming travel plans plus one to grow on ;)

1. Lewisburg, PA - The first destination on my agenda, I'm heading here next week to visit a friend and her family.  Becca and I met as coworkers years ago, bonded over our love for Martha Stewart, and became great friends.  She and her husband have since moved from the Pittsburgh area but still have family around here, so we see each other every few months.  The last time Matt and I visited Lewisburg, she was roughly 8 months pregnant; now her little guy is 16 months old!  Can't wait to catch up with them!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Tropical carrot cupcakes with cream cheese frosting

"Just call them good!" instructed my coworker.

I wasn't sure what to call these cupcakes when I delivered them to coworkers and friends.  Naming has never been a strong suit of mine, especially when it comes to short titles that roll off the tongue.  Coughbakingdomesticityandallthingsminicough.

I'm also just a wee bit indecisive, which leads to many feast or famine situations.

For example, I once owned three white cardigans, all of which were purchased in one weekend.  I just happened to like all of them for sightly different reasons (and obviously different occasions) and couldn't make up my mind.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Meal plan: Week of 6/29-7/5

When this post goes live, I'll be sound asleep, enjoying a day off at my in-laws' house.

Ha ha ha!  Are you laughing, too?

Truth be told, at the time this post goes live, I'll have been wide awake for nearly two hours and reading in bed.  I took this month's book club pick with me this weekend, hoping to make a serious dent in it since I'd only read about 25 pages.  Though I regret lacking the ability to sleep past 6:30, I do enjoy staying curled up in bed and having a peaceful start to my day.

We're planning to depart Reading around lunchtime, putting us back in da 'burgh before dinnertime.  (Does anyone else use meals rather than the clock to indicate the time of day?)  I made and took a grocery list/meal plan with me, so we can stop at the store on the way home.  Though tonight's dinner will be a quick & easy one, I can guarantee it'll be healthy since we always end up craving lighter fare after weekend visits.

Hope your Monday is as un-"Monday" as possible!

Are there any (healthier) foods that you crave after an indulgent weekend and that make you feel back to normal?

Week of June 29th - July 5th

Sunday: Leftovers from Union Grill
Monday: Out to Lidia's (arugula pear salad, asparagus & ramp ravioli with shrimp)
Tuesday: Grilled chicken with avocado & strawberry salsa
Wednesday: Veggies (broccoli, peppers, zucchini) & hummus platter, watermelon
Thursday: Apricot-glazed bacon-wrapped chicken, green beans & peas
Friday: Salmon burgers with Old Bay sweet potato fries
Saturday: Cookout at friends' house