Happy Hump Day! I hope everyone has had a great week thus far. Either way, there’s no better way to get over that mid-week slump than to enjoy a refreshing cocktail. Am I right, or am I right? And what better way than to use up the last peaches before they go out of season! Lord knows I already have plenty of apples taking over my kitchen.
Happy Tuesday! How is everyone’s week going so far? My “actual” work week doesn’t start until tomorrow, but I have been very busy around the house. Monday’s and Tuesday’s are my “get your shit together” kind of days. I usually plan everything out for the week, coordinate Oliver’s schedule with my own, clean, shop, write blog posts, edit photos, and make dinner. That’s a lot for on top of watching a toddler, so when it comes to dinner, it must require little to no effort. Enter in this BLT Pasta. BLT’s were something I grew up eating every summer. The crispy bacon, juicy tomatoes, and perfectly toasty bread? So simple and so good. But as good as they are, this summer I wanted to switch it up. I wanted to make something we could enjoy as a family, and honestly, not toast a million slices of bread.
Let’s face it, I’m a mom. And some days, I just don’t feel like making an elaborate meal. Whether that be for breakfast, lunch or even dinner. Sometimes, I just wanna slap some shit on toast and call it a day. Ya feel me? Raising a toddler can be exhausting at times and, sometimes, I just don’t have it in me to “do it all”. That my friends, is exactly where this Avocado Toast comes into play. Most of the time you see Avocado toast being eaten for breakfast or brunch. But it’s definitely more than an just AM grub in my household. I can literally eat this toast for any meal of the day, and maybe even a heavy snack given the opportunity. It’s so quick, super fresh, almost no cook,and most importantly, healthy.
Do you every find yourself thinking man, has this been a WEEK, and it’s only Monday? That’s how my day has been. Things just seem to get crazier and crazier with everything going on in the world. I find myself often thinking about ways to escape from all of this. Can I move to Australia? Sweden perhaps? Maybe I’ll just stay indoors and not go anywhere. Maybe I’ll say screw it and do whatever I want to. Unfortunately none of these options are logical. My mind is just strongly craving normalcy. Is anyone else’s? How are you all coping with the world around us? For me, when things seem to get a little chaotic around me, I like to enter my zen place. The kitchen. I find it very calming and a bit of an escape from reality. I bake and create whatever I feel at any given moment with no influence from anyone else. If you think about it, dessert is completely unnecessary to survive. It’s sole purpose is to bring joy to yourself and to others. I love that.
Let’s just jump right into the real question here; Did anyone else grow up eating Fluffernutter sandwiches? Creamy peanut butter, gooey marshmallow fluff, and that super soft Wonder Bread? Man, childhood was the freaking best. Don’t get me wrong, they weren’t packed in my lunch everyday, but they sure were a gift when my mom made them. Why is it so frowned upon for adults to eat like that? Like, I can give my child a sandwich filled with marshmallows but the second I pack one in MY lunch I get weird looks in the break room? TOTALLY NOT FAIR. BUT, fear not my friends. I have made something, better. Something you can eat in adulthood and not be shamed for.
What better way to kick off the week than with some bomb ass enchiladas. These are good guys. Like, really freaking good. I feel like some things in life were just invented to indulge in. Ya know? Some things were just meant for your inner fat lady to come out and sing. Like these enchiladas. These enchiladas are extra cheesey, extra creamy, a little spicy, and a whole lot of addicting. They are at their best served with fresh tomatoes, avocados, charred sweet corn, and lots of fresh cilantro.
Mediterranean-Style Toast. Happy Tuesday ya’ll! Tuesday’s are currently the start to my work week and I can’t say I’m mad about it. If COVID has done any good in my life, it’s allowed me to have a three day weekend with my little nugget. This past weekend Oliver has been teething like no other, so we’ve laid low and enjoyed lots of snuggles, naps, and youtube videos. Dear lord, a lot of youtube videos. Does anyone else’s kid love to watch the same exact video on repeat for as long as you’ll let it slide? Like, really? You don’t wanna switch it up and watch Mickey Mouse or Puppy Dog Pals? You really just wanna watch the same exact thing over.. and over…and over again..?
Happy Friday! How has everyone been holding up during this quarantine? Have you started going back to work? Things are slowly starting to open back up in Madison and people are excepting the new normal here. Businesses were just given the OK to open to the public and let me tell you, people are here for it. Streets have been converted into outside eatery’s, parks are slowly starting to open back up with new safety precautions in place, and bigger venues are able to start hosting smaller weddings. It’s a bit crazy living in this world right now. It’s already mid July and I haven’t gone anywhere on vacation and I’ve hardly seen any of my friends. Like, um, what?
Happy Sunday morning ya’ll. Sunday’s are one of my favorite days. I feel like Sunday’s are meant for relaxing, reflecting on your weekend, mentally preparing yourself for the workweek, running errands, preparing a stupid good feast for family dinner, and depending on the season, a cozy day in watching football.
Sunday’s are just the best. You have no obligation or pressure to do anything. It’s literally the day you can do whatever you so choose.
So, of course, I chose to make these muffins. And let me tell you, I’m a happy camper, as is my neighbor whom I left a box outside their door for.
It’s the small things in life right?
It’s officially summer! Name a better way then celebrating spending the day outside, drink in one hand and dessert in the other.
I created a bar that was light and combined fruit and fresh herbs. Does anyone else feel like as soon as nice weather hits they start using an over abundance of fresh herbs in everything? Just me?