Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Chicken Salad with Peanut Dressing with Blogger CLUE

Ask any food blogger what the best part of food blogging is, and they'll inevitably tell you about the new friends they've made as a result. Like-minded friends that understand how it's important to capture the perfect picture of a meal before digging in. Friends that can talk about the critical differences between ten kinds of salt. And friends that have at least four recipes for the most perfect chocolate chip cookies. Food blogging has certainly introduced me to those very friends and that's why I was super excited to be partnered with Jean of Lemons and Anchovies for this month's Blogger CLUE challenge (picnic food)!

You see, Jean is not only a food blogging friend that lives in my computer. We're friends that have visited each other's homes, gotten together for holiday cookie swaps, and heck, even made jam together all because we both loved to eat and write about food. Over the years, I've looked forward to Jean's fresh and innovative recipes and her gorgeous photography. She and her husband Dana are avid travelers and foodies, and when I'm stuck at my desk, I live vicariously through her lovely vacation (food) pictures. I knew there were tons of recipes perfect for picnics on her blog. The challenge would be picking one because I love love love picnics!

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Blackberry Yogurt Muffins

A few years ago, I would have never made a "healthy" muffin. But then again, a few years ago, I wasn't covered in oatmeal slobber, marker stains, and sticky pineapple juice all courtesy of the babies. All that to say, I've changed my tune a bit. In the interest of full disclosure, I'd still rather have a giant chocolate chip muffin, slathered with butter and a generous crackling crust of sugar but the truth is, my body (and jeans) just can't handle that the same way anymore. Plus, the babies would understandably refuse all other food once they tried said chocolate chip muffins so for now, no chocolate chip muffins.

Needless to say, I approached this month's Blogger CLUE challenge with chocolate chip muffins (not) on my mind. The theme was berries and I wandered on over to my blog buddy, Alice Mizer's blog, A Mama, Baby, and Shar-pei in the Kitchen wondering how I could incorporate the theme and feed that muffin craving at the same time. Alice is a proud mamma to two babies of her own, and her husband is a member of the US Air Force so their family has lived all over the world. Luckily, Alice had muffins (oh thank God)! Not only that but her Any Berry Yogurt Muffins were in line with this month's berry theme, and they were healthy'ish!

Friday, April 10, 2015

Party Planning with Minted

An awesome little lady is about to turn one! One! Cue all sorts of "I don't know where the time went" cliches. In all honesty, it felt like time stood still during the 3 a.m. wake-ups and the great stomach plague of January. But I recently came across a blurry iPhone video of Little Lady's first gummy grin and I cannot believe that tiny creature is now almost walking, shoveling food in her mouth, and grabbing toys from her big brother. Watch out world!

I'm in the midst of planning a cute little birthday party to celebrate this sweet girl (and also, to celebrate the fact that we survived). I'm going for Pinterest perfect meets backyard casual but am also trying to be realistic and accept that I may be at Party City the night before, frantically throwing party supplies into my cart because well, life. I imagine it'll be a scene from one of those Black Friday shopping clips where I'll be running people over with my cart and making a general fool of myself. Needless to say, the perfect theme will be a wishful thing of the past. Princess items? Sure! Monster trucks? Um, ok! Teletubbies? Fine! Wait, are Teletubbies still a thing?