I just love this above photo of Zoe. It just shows her natural beauty and innocence. I also remember the day we took this photo, it was on our 16th anniversary in Pointe Reyes. Zoe is sitting next to some Marguerite Daisies and those are the flowers that we used at our wedding, pretty symbolic I think.
So you may notice that the blog looks a bit different in some ways. I’m trying to keep it current and fresh by adding those snippets on the main page below my most recent post. This way you can quickly scroll down the home page and see 20 of my most recent posts rather than the last 5. So if you don’t have time to get on the blog for a bit, you can jump on one day and quickly scroll down and see what I’ve posted recently. We’re (I really mean Wendy) is still working on it, so please bear with us as it’s still a work in progress.
This was a week of smoothies in our house. Sadly, I didn’t have time to make the chocolate chip pumpkin bundt bread, (the kids cried and cried, just kidding) so I made plenty of after school smoothies for the kids, as it’s still pretty hot out in our neck of the woods. Our current favorite is the pineapple, mint and banana smoothie. Here’s Eli giving me the thumbs up after school.
I got the best present from my friend Carolyn on Friday! She stopped by and delivered me a six-pack of pumpkin puree that she picked up at Costco, a beautiful head of kale, (that I’m so using tonight) and this amazing homemade salsa. Carolyn is totally my foodie friend and honestly should start her own blog because her cooking is the best and she knows so many tricks. Hey, I might even start a series on the blog called, Carolyn’s tips. What do you think Carolyn?
Salt & Smoke is a blog that my Instagram friend Chris started. I’ve been following Chris on Instagram for about 6 months, and I started following him when I was randomly looking up photos of popovers. His popover photo was gorgeous, so I checked out his Instagram feed and was in awe of all of his photos. Chris uses organic ingredients in all of his recipes and he makes cooking look fun and easy. Cooking is a hobby that he and his wife Tricia both love, and you can see it in all of the creations that they come up with. His blog is full of some seriously amazing sweets (I’m so going to try his avocado brownies) as well as some simple recipes such as easy pizza dough, buttermilk biscuits and pie crust. Anyway, once you see his site you’ll understand why I love it so.
I also want to give a shout out to my friend Kelli at Made in Sonoma. She has recently made two recipes from my blog, thanks Kelli! Her bog is chock full of great recipes and wine and beer reviews. You should check out her roasted tomatillo salsa. I’m so going to be making that soon! I hope that since we both live so close that we might be able to meet up for lunch one day. What do you think Kelli?
Let’s move onto this week’s menu:
Sunday night dinner: Favorite turkey burgers, and lacinato kale salad. We’re still grilling out while we can, and as you all know, these are our favorite turkey burgers. I’m going to make our favorite kale salad with that amazing batch of kale that Carolyn brought over. I’m also going to bake up an easy pumpkin cake with cream cheese frosting for dessert that my friend Amanda recommended!
Monday night dinner: Roasted red pepper paninis and fresh-cut veggies. It’s our crazy manic Monday where Eli eats at 5:00 before baseball, Zoe eats at 5:30 in-between soccer and dance, and John and I just eat where we can fit it in. The good thing about Mondays is that we’re all done eating by 6:00, and it’s actually nice to have dinner out of the way. Eli’s practice goes till 7:00 and it’s great having dinner out of the way so he can stay late if he wants.
Tuesday night dinner: Citrus marinated chicken with roasted cauliflower and popovers. I love Tuesdays because the kids don’t have any after school activities and I can take the time to make up a nice dinner. This dinner says fall to me. It may look complicated to make, but it isn’t. Wednesday night dinner: Cheesy baked tortellini and mixed greens with creamy mustard vinaigrette (recipe soon). This pasta is one of our favorite fall and winter dishes and one that will get made at least once a month, if not more,this season. I love it because it’s so easy to make, and it’s makes enough for 2 nights worth of dinner, so it’s a great weeknight meal and is totally kid approved. John asked me nicely if I could make one of the salads that I use to make before I became obsessed with kale, so I’m going to make up a simple mixed green salad with a creamy mustard vinaigrette. The dressing will last two nights as well.
Friday night dinner: Deep-dish pepperoni pizza and caesar salad. We got take out pizza last Friday and it was great, but everyone kept commenting that they are craving my deep-dish pepperoni pizza, so I’m going to try and make it up for dinner. We will see if it happens, as sometimes I have an abundance of energy on Friday afternoons and other times I just want to chill and take night off from the kitchen. I’m going try a new caesar dressing as well, one made with anchovy paste, just for fun!
Have a great Sunday!