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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Caprese Pasta

This pasta goes perfectly with some grilled chicken and veggies for full meal.
Caprese Pasta | This pasta goes perfectly with some grilled chicken and veggies for full meal #recipe #pasta #caprese

I have been making a ton of caprese/bruschetta recipes lately or rather ones that use the same flavors because I think I've finally convinced Nick to eat tomatoes. Like he has even been asking for tomatoes on tacos! YES!! This one is probably the highest up on the list of things I've made recently with the tomato, basil, mozzarella combination. It could be eaten by itself as a meatless dinner, but we paired ours with some seasoned grilled chicken and asparagus. Honestly, the grape tomatoes are my absolute favorite in this. They give you that little burst of juiciness. It's wonderful with the gooey, melty mozzarella!

Caprese Pasta | This pasta goes perfectly with some grilled chicken and veggies for full meal #recipe #pasta #caprese

Monday, May 30, 2016

Menu Plan Monday - May 30, 2016

Menu Plan Monday for May 30, 2016 // What I'm making this week #menuplanmonday #mealplan

I know it's a little late in the day, but it's been a busy weekend and I did not get around to meal planning until today. I also didn't go grocery shopping today because I didn't plan well enough to remember to avoid shopping on a holiday. But I will definitely be going tomorrow. I took off my grocery list because I feel like it's kind of pointless to share - and I have been messing up when I go to write things down from the post onto my actual grocery list. So...gonna try it this way and see what happens :)

Monday
Leftovers

Grilled Corn with Garlic Butter & Lime #PicnicsandBBQs

Corn on the grill is good by itself, but is even better with garlic butter and lime!

So excited to be back for another Secret Recipe Club reveal day this month! What is Secret Recipe Club? It's a bunch of food bloggers separated into three groups that post once a month on a designated Monday. Each month, we are paired with another foodie from our group secretly (hence the name). We then pick a recipe (or two or more) from that blog and make it. On our reveal day, we reveal whose blog we had and what recipe(s) we chose all at the same time. It's like a Secret Santa every month, but with food and blogs! It's a great deal of fun :)

Today's reveal day is a themed reveal day since it's the 5th Monday of the month. It only happens every once in a while, so we are taking advantage of it and having a PICNICS AND BBQ reveal day today! All of the recipes will be perfect for the summer season.

I was assigned to Amy's blog: Amy's Cooking Adventures. Amy is a married mom of two boys and an angel baby girl. I didn't know this about Amy until I read her about me, but she didn't really get into cooking until her oldest boy was eating table food. She posts such amazing food all the time and is incredibly talented at cookie and cake decorating - I had no idea that she wasn't a "Susie Homemaker" from the get-go. She's also our SRC pinner and is almost always the first person to jump in and adopt an orphaned blog. I was really pumped to get her blog and knew I would have no problems finding a great recipe or two to make.

I narrowed my list down to three contenders: Grilled Corn with Garlic Butter & Lime, Lemon Cream Pie, and Roasted Brussels Sprouts & Cauliflower with Bacon. I really really really wanted to make the brussels but we ended up doing a grilling family dinner one weekend and I figured my best bet was the corn. I am disappointed that I didn't go with the lemon cream pie because that was going to be the "stepping out of my comfort zone" recipe. I don't really make lemon desserts ever. But I used to not make savory dishes with lemon either. So grilled corn happened!!


Corn on the cob on the grill is one of my all-time favorite things and I knew this recipe would be a keeper. I sent Nick to the store to grab the ingredients and when he got home, I realized there were no fresh chives. Apparently, someone thought chives and green onions were the same plant. So a google war began and I was right (duh!), green onions and chives are not the same plant. I think he was thinking scallions and green onions. We did use a little freeze-dried chives in the recipe, but I would love to try fresh chives next time we make it. The garlic butter was amazing, as was the Parmesan cheese, and the lime really just added the perfect kick of flavor to the corn. We were all in love with this recipe!

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Peach Dumplings #SundaySupper

The most magnificent summer treat in a pan - perfect for potlucks or get-togethers!
Peach Dumplings // The most magnificent summer treat in a pan - perfect for potlucks or get-togethers! #recipe #peach #potluck #dessert #SundaySupper

This week's Sunday Supper event is SUMMER'S BEST POTLUCK DISHES and is hosted by T.R. of Gluten Free Crumbly. I made these dumplings last summer for a family grill out (which is like feeding a small army anyways) and thought it would be the perfect recipe to share with y'all today for the summer potluck event.

Peach Dumplings // The most magnificent summer treat in a pan - perfect for potlucks or get-togethers! #recipe #peach #potluck #dessert #SundaySupper

So it literally could not be written in the stars any clearer than this recipe that Ree Drummond and I should be best friends. I love all of her recipes and she never fails me. However, I decided to switch up her apple dumplings with peaches - and then later noticed the side note where she suggests peach, pear or apricots would work well. I am the worst at actually reading through my cookbooks.

Anyways, I was going through my blog feed and saw Peach Dumplings pop up and noticed they were from Ree and decided it's totally fate that she would post her adaptation so close to when I had planned on posting the adaptation of her original recipe. However, in her adaptation, she used frozen peaches and Sprite, whereas I used fresh peaches and Mountain Dew. I'm definitely taking a page from her book (hah, puns!) and using frozen peaches next time because the fresh peaches were a pain in the backside to deal with.

Peach Dumplings // The most magnificent summer treat in a pan - perfect for potlucks or get-togethers! #recipe #peach #potluck #dessert #SundaySupper

Ree suggested serving it up with vanilla or cinnamon ice cream. We did cinnamon bun ice cream and I have to say - GO THAT ROUTE!! The whole thing is heaven in your mouth. By far, these dumplings are one of my all-time favorite desserts and recipes!

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Throwback Thursday #12

Throwback Thursday No. | Rediscovering Old Favorites in the Recipe Archive

Doing well with that whole doing TBT regularly so far! Mostly because I'm working on drafting and scheduling ahead of time. I totally failed with my Fantastical Friday last week and never posted it. Whoops. Ah well, I can keep on trying, right?! So let's get down to business...(to defeat the Huns)...