It’s pretty amazing how much can change in a year. I’m looking back and photos from this awkward week between Christmas and New Years and really seeing how fast it all goes by. One of the things I look at is what was most popular on the blog this last year. The most visited post was, oddly enough my last one, Potato Corn Chowder with Crusty Homemade Bread. And while a good majority of readers come from the U.S., I was surprised to see Canada, Brazil, Australia even South Korean readers (amongst many others). So hello world! We are ready for you!
It’s fall y’all!
Funny story- I once went to TJ Maxx and found a candle that said “it’s fall y’all” on it. I got so excited but it fell out of my cart and smashed on the floor. I then awkwardly stood around the end of the aisle looking for someone who worked there because of the broken glass and I felt bad I broke merchandise in my excitement. When I finally found someone and alerted them to the glass and offered to pay, they didn’t seem to care (ok cool I’ll spend my $5 on more random stuff) and just walked away unphased. The sad part is that this was 2 years ago and I still think about that adorablely graphic “it’s fall y’all! on a perfect fall scented candle that I have never come across again. R.I.P- my basic chick candle bliss.
Tiny secret- I love falafel. In fact, I love pretty much all middle eastern food (I’m looking at you hummus). I’m pretty lucky to live near some pretty great middle eastern restaurants that I frequent on busy weeknights when I don’t have time to cook. But with summer here and my desire for everything to be “fresh,” I opted to make my own falafel fritters at home, and they did not disappoint. In fact…I’m not sure if I can ever head back to my favorite falafel spot as I may have outdone them (in my opinion of course).
Well well well, we are in FULL SWING of things with our garden this summer. We have so many shishitos, zucchini and tomatoes I don’t know what more to do with them. Kidding, I am eating them to death because they are so delicious. Nothing tops home grown, sorry Shoprite.
I know, it seems like one of my last posts was of our 3-day trip to Block Island last summer. Well, this summer we went all in on the island, we packed up my new station wagon (mom-mobile, if you will.), Ro, a ton of food and the rest of my family for a 7-day island retreat.
Now I won’t take you through a day-by-day because honestly there isn’t just all that much we did- Beach, Food, Relaxed, Drank and played Despacito 103847293487 times. But, I did want to share some of the trips highlights and of course new things we discovered on our trip from last year.
Happy Tuesday! I don't know about most of you, but after the weekend and getting
overly prepared for Monday, Tuesday is when I start losing steam. If I don't have something easy and planned out I might as well just order take-out. I know, I know- it's only Tuesday…but for some reason that's my big hump day.
This summer, since we have a plentiful amount of basil, I have been making pesto at least once a week. We have a big bag of pine nuts at our disposal so it makes for a fast…um…sauce? condiment?…what does one consider pesto?
It's cherry season y'all. I'm sure you've seen it at your local grocery store (or not because they have been going fast around here) cherries are everywhere!
Now, I've admitted in the past that I am not a great baker. Sure..sure…my skills have been improving over the years but personally, I just get aggravated with it more time than not. In fact writing up recipes for this blog are difficult sometimes as in my mind 2 tsp = just throw some stuff in a pan. Baking definitely tests my patience, but I digress.
When I am baking, because- who doesn't like the occasional tasty sweet treat? I am always looking for easy, quick and minimum ingredient recipes.
Cue: The Chocolate Chip Cherry Blondie. My new summer time staple. I can barely keep these in the house as my husband has been secretly demolishing them when I go to bed.