Funfetti and The Final Rose

Hi lovelies! I hope that you all had a wonderful weekend. Mine was full of so many fun things with great friends that it’s going to take me a couple of days to fill you in. But rather than start from the beginning, I want to chat about Sunday night. I don’t think I’ve mentioned it, but a group of my friends and I have a Bachelorette bracket. My team name was Em & Em, but unfortunately, thanks to Charlie getting sent home very early, I didn’t do so well.

But who cares about the results of a bracket when you have good friends, good food, and a fantastic season finale to watch, right? We all made a different dish to bring to the party and after seeing this recipe on Pinterest, I knew it would be perfect, especially because it only called for these 3 ingredients…

These combine to make the ever popular, Healthy Funfetti Dip! This recipe is so incredibly easy to make and is a definite crowd pleaser. Since the recipe basically consists of stirring the above together, be sure to note that it needs to be refrigerated for at least 3 hours for the flavors to combine and if you eat it right away, it lacks the true cake flavor that develops later. Also, unless you are taking this to a large party (we had about 10 people) I’d suggest halving the recipe, as this makes a *huge* bowl.

As you can see, our hostesses went all out and had red roses scattered around the apartment, candles lit, and even Jef and Arie napkins! Also, the above is only part of the dessert table as cupcakes and special yogurt waffle cones were later added! In addition to all the sweet treats, we had my friend Ashley’s famous baked brie (maybe I’ll get her to guest post and share!), quinoa stuffed peppers, spinach artichoke dip, snap pea and bean dill salad and more! Needless to say, along with our wine we were all sufficiently stuffed. But that didn’t stop us from squealing as we watched the episode together and gasping when Emily said goodbye to Arie. An Indy car driver, Arie was my favorite from the beginning and their chemistry was undeniable, but when it came to who was a better fit for Emily, I did have to agree that Jef was the right choice.

Photo courtesy of ABC

And with that another season of the Bachelor franchise is over! Bachelor Pad started last night and while I’m sure that I’ll inevitably watch it, it won’t be nearly as much fun as tuning in every week with my family and friends to see who Emily is going to pick.

Questions:

-What’s your favorite food to bring to parties?

-Did you watch the Bachelorette? Were you surprised with Emily’s choice?

11 Questions

Hi lovelies!

On Friday the lovely Kristine from Running On Hungry tagged me with the Amazing Blogger Award! Kristine is also a SF local and has great posts on food, fitness, celebrities so you should go check out her blog!

With this award comes 11 questions that I am supposed to answer, so here goes…

1. My favorite cartoon character(s) is/are: I don’t know if this totally fits, but since they are animated, I would say my favorites are Winnie the Pooh and friends! I love the friendship between Piglet and Pooh and let’s face it, sometimes we all feel like Eeyore. Have you seen the trailer for the new movie that came out? Too cute…

2. My favorite thing to photograph are: landscapes!

Barcelona, Spain

Edinburgh, Scotland

London, England

3. My favorite thing to cook: Dessert!

4. My favorite way to exercise: I love group exercise classes so basically anything offered at Yoga Works!

5. My favorite movie is: A tie between…

and

Both romantic comedies, set at Christmas, featuring handsome guys with British accents… sensing a pattern here? ;)

6. My favorite article of clothing: How can I choose just one?? As a category, I’d say little black dresses. I firmly believe that a girl can never have too many!

The ULTIMATE LBD

7. My favorite breakfast is: Greek yogurt, berries and (duh) granola!

It doesn't look like much but the combination of the frozen berries with the tart granola, the sweet drizzle of honey and the crunchy granola make this AMAZING.

8. My favorite book I’ve read lately: Out of my recent reads, this is a tie between Room by Emma Donoghue and House Rules by Jodi Picoult. But my favorite book that I’ve read in the past year is definitely One Day. The movie is coming out soon which I’m also excited about, but since books are always better than the movie version, read this first!

9. My favorite place to be is: with my family! I’m pretty blessed with such an amazing family, so if they are nearby, then I’m pretty happy.

10. My favorite celebrity couple is:

Seal and Heidi Klum… I love how in love they are! In every article that I’ve read about Heidi, she always mentions how much she loves her man and that kind of love should be celebrated.

Reese Witherspoon and Jim Toth. Toth is a fellow LMU grad and his relationship with Witherspoon have me holding out hope that I could marry a celebrity… perferably one with a British accent!

11. My favorite tv show is: I could never choose just one, but here are a few…

And of course The Bachelorette as well... every season I tell myself that I am going to stop watching, yet each time I get even more hooked!

Like Kristine, I am also obsessed with…

I especially love Cam & Mitchell!

I love the show so much that I went to the concert!

Passing this on to:

-Clare @ Fitting it All In

-Alexa @ Simple Eats

-Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance

-Girl in the Pink

 

Questions:

-Answer any of the above! I’d love to find out more about YOU!

Squash-tastic

Hi lovelies! I don’t know what has come over me lately, but I seem to have been bitten by the cooking bug. This has never happened before so I’m going with it in the time being! I recently bought zucchini and yellow summer squash at the store and wanted to do something a little different with it then the usual grilling or boiling.

On Sunday night, I decided to make Mama Pea’s Zucchini Quinoa Lasagna and oh my gosh, it was amazing. I followed her recipe almost exactly but omitted the onions simply because I forgot to buy them at the store. I intended to take pictures of the process or at least include the final result, but all I can show you are the ingredients.

Why? Oh, because the second it was out of the oven I went right from admiring it to diving into it, fork-first. It was a hit and everyone went back for seconds. Thanks, Mama Pea!

After Sunday night’s success, I decided to try my hand at cooking again last night. This timeI made Gabriela’s Cashew Pesto Hummus and Bon Appetit’s Shaved Squash Summer Salad. First up was the hummus. The one ingredient I was missing was the tahini, so I decided to stop at Trader Joe’s to pick some up. Well wouldn’t you know it, but they were all out of tahini! So I did a little improvising and used 1 T. peanut butter and 1/4 tsp. Toasted sesame oil. I’m not sure if it tasted different from how it would have with the tahini but it was delicious! It was fresh and creamy and the perfect dip for vegetables and multigrain pita bites.

The perfect appetizer for the first hour of the Bachelorette!

Then it was time for the squash salad- which I made during the Bachelorette. Luckily, I can stand at the edge of the kitchen counter and still see the tv, so I didn’t miss too much of the drama!

Shaved Summer Squash Salad

(Bon Appetit June 2011- Makes 4 servings)

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons whole roasted almonds, crushed
  • 1 pound summer squash (a mix of green and yellow)
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 minced garlic clove
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Baby arugula
  • Pecorino Romano cheese

 

Directions

1. Cut ends off of the summer squash and shave strips using a vegetable peeler.

2.  Mince 1 garlic clove and mix with fresh lemon juice, olive oil and salt.

3. Toss a portion of the peeled squash and baby arugula with some of the dressing.

4. Transfer mixture to a plate and shave pecorino romano cheese on top. Garnish with crushed almonds.

The PERFECT light summer salad- And yes, I went a little heavy on the cheese.

All in all, it was the perfect light summer dinner. I had originally intended to make it even more squash-tastic by making Trader Joe’s Butternut Squash risotto (I literally squealed when I saw this in the store since it is two of my favorite things combined) but after LOTS of hummus and 2 servings of salad, I was just too full. The meal was finished with a sparkling water with lime and a square of Trader Joe’s Extra Dark Chocolate with Almonds.

I think I decided that although cooking is time-consuming (I was in the kitchen the whole night!) I might be a new convert because this was one of the best fresh, healthy meals I’ve had in a while! We’ll see how long it lasts- but maybe now I can finally use my recipe binder!

Questions:

-What recipes have you made lately?

-Are there any foods that you just can’t get enough of? (Clearly I feel that way about Squash!)

Checking In

Hi lovelies!

Just wanted to check in and share a picture of the Chocolate Peanut Butter bars that I made for Father’s Day. I’ll be back later with a full recipe post!

Chocolate and Peanut Butter goodness!

Hope your Monday is going well! Monday’s are always hard but at least the Bachelorette is on tonight!

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