Fresh 5 Minute Salsa

Fresh 5 Minute Salsa


ohhh helllooo my fraaands.

Did anyone else have tomato overload at the end of the season? Like I ate cherry tomatoes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner for about 2 weeks straight. I loved it, but just explaining the depth of my tomato haul.

After eating so many that I get a belly ache, canning and freezing…one of my favorite things to do is make SALSA!

My hubs and I eat ungodly amounts of salsa. Seriously I put it on eggs, rice, chips (duh) and way too many other things.

This salsa recipe is one of the easiest things a person can make. Cooking skill required on a scale from 1-10…


I only say that because you need to be able to identify ingredients, other than that….easiest. thing. ever.

You need to try this out. Even if you don’t have your own tomatoes or aren’t drowning in any you need to try it.

It’s so good.

Like you know when you go to Mexican restaurants and they give you the house chips and salsa and you eat your body weight in them and then your meal comes and you can’t even look at it?

oh what? Don’t lie…you do it too.

Well this salsa is that good. So I’ll stop talking now and lets get to the good stuff!




Hope you enjoy! Have a wonderful, wonderful weekend!



Super Simple Refrigerator Pickles

Simple Refrigerator Pickles

3HEYOOOO. It’s the weekend! This week I am sharing with you one of my FAVORITE things in the entire world.

Refrigerator pickles.

These babies are so good and fresh and crisp and all around, better than your average pickle!

1I know it’s a little late and past prime cucumber season but if you have some stragglers laying around or even save this for next year, you have to try this recipe!!

It’s a great first timer canning recipe because it really eases you into the process (i.e. you aren’t 100% true canning as these need to be refrigerated buttttt it’s a good start for newbies).
See how easy it is?!?! And they’re so good.
I may orrrr may not have eaten an entire jar by myself over the course of a week. You’ll be hooked.
2You can cut the cucumber however you want. I’ve done all cut the long way, all cut into little rounds, and this year a mix of both!!!
4Thanks for stopping by! I hope you have a wonderful weekend! We are off to a wedding today. The weather is supposed to be gorgeous!! (78 and sunny!) and then tomorrow depending how much we indulge tonight ( ;) ) we’ll hopefully get outside and enjoy the last of this beautiful late summer weather!!

Arugula & Steak Salad w/ Pears, Pecans, and Gorgonzola


2Holy. Moly.

This was so good. I love steak. And I love salad. Put the two together and my taste buds explode.

I love salads and a lot of time people have a notion they’re boring or flavorless.

So not the case!!! Salads are a blank canvas for you to be creative and make so many flavor combinations!

One of my favorite things is a thai steak salad. Something about it. I just love the flavor combos. I came across this idea for a completely different steak salad ans since we had just had a thai soup the week last week, it was perfect to feed my steak salad craving!

I feel like this is a well known fact by now, but Arugula is also called Rocket(Roquette) outside of the US. (WHY do we always have to be different than everyone else?)

Also if you couldn’t tell by pictures, I like my steak on the rare side. Buttttt you can make your steak however you heart desires. Steak Salad RecipeThe pears caramelizing 3The final product:
1Thanks for stopping by and checking out the blog! Also check out our new weekly feature on our Instagram page called ‘Follow Friday’ where we’ll highlight a fellow blogger or creative friend who inspires us! This week is Simply Maggie Made  who makes seriously the cutest purses, bags, clutches (and other things too!) that you’ll want to buy stat. Go check her out!

Have a wonderful weekend!! And it’s that wonderful time of year where I end my posts with, GO PACK GO!





Thai Curry Zoodle Soup

Thai Curry Zoodle Soup

Thai-Chicken-Zoodle-Soup-5You’re probably thinking, wow that’s such a gorgeous picture! You’ve gotten so good at taking crisp, clean, beautiful pictures of your recipes!

But in full disclosure I didn’t take these pics.


I wish. I’m working on getting better at staging my food and having more white space in my pictures, but I’m not there yet.

Carolyn at All Day I Dream About Food posted this recipe and I knew I had to make my own version of her soup. But we ate it so quick I didn’t even get to snap a picture! haha. Kidding

I made this soup and made a few small tweaks. I’m sure it wasn’t bad to begin with but I seem to be incapable of following a recipe line for line without putting my own spin on things.  :)

This is the perfect healthy and delicious soup. I LOVE thai flavors and this is a healthy, low salt, and low sugar way to get it in my mouth PRONTO. And will Fall setting in around us, you gotta try this!


ALWAYSSUMMER (5)So easy right? I really don’t know why I didn’t think about putting zoodles in soup before…? And with just putting the hot broth over the zoodles, they cook perfectly and you don’t end up with a mushy mess.Thai-Chicken-Zoodle-SoupAs stated before. I adapted this recipe from All Day I Dream About Food. You need to go and take a look at her website! Carolyn posts some really great stuff. Like today, she has a new post on Caramelized Onion Pizza. UMMM yes please, I can get into that.

Anyway, to ease some of my guilt on  being lazy and not taking my own pictures for this post, please go take a peak at the great work she’s doing over at her blog!

Thank you all for stopping by! I hope you have a wonderful weekend and I’ll “see” you next week!



No Bake Protein Bites

 No Bake Protein Bites


Holy Cats it’s Labor Day weekend! How’d that happen?

Hard to believe summer is metaphorically over (technically it’s not over until September 23rd) #nerdstatus BUT I’m excited for fall.

You know that saying…. Something like “fail to plan, plan to fail”….? That’s how I feel about food. If I don’t plan ahead and have healthy snacks and food on hand, next think you know, I’m making bad decisions and compulsively thinking about 150 new Lays potato chip flavors(ps I totally think I should be the million dollar winner). I think I really have some great ones but that’s not the point. The POINT is that I DON’T want to eat every flavor of Lays chips and I don’t want to make bad choices.

So every week I spend time trying to cut veggies and clean fruit and make it easy to grab. But sometimes a celery stick or handful of grapes isn’t cutting it. Like I need chocolate or I need crunchy salty….. it’s like a ravenous beast hijacks my body….. the struggle is real.

ENTER these delicious and healthy snack bites. They’re healthy, they’re easy, they’re no bake, they’re easy to store, and easy to bring along anywhere.  oh and it tells your mental chocolate monster to STFU :)

I’ve made some of these before but honestly these are the best ones I’ve made. I combined several recipes (you’re welcome for testing all types of chocolate and sweet goodness for you. It was hard work……………….)

These are a great option for kids, for adults, for school, for lunches, for snacks, for car rides, for day trips, for watching Scandal on Netflix on the couch for hours…. oh just me? ok then.

Bottom line. These little babies are delicious and a healthy sweet treat. You literally have no reasons to not make them . Like right now.


Here’s the Recipe:



There you have it! As noted, you might have to put a little elbow grease into mixing is all together but even if it seems a little dry in the bowl, once you roll into a ball in your hands, you’ll realize it’s actually perfect and the stick together great!! Hope you get to give these a try and that you enjoy!

HAPPY FRIDAY! Have a wonderful LONG weekend!