Red, White and Blue

Hi lovelies! I hope that you all had an amazing weekend. Are you all watching the Olympics? I’ve never been that into it before, but this year I can’t seem to get enough. You know I love diving, but I’m also loving swimming, volleyball and of course gymnastics. This weekend has involved lots of Olympics watching, but it started off with a bang on Friday. It was actually supposed to be a book club with some of my girlfriends but because so few people read the book, we also turned it into an Olympics Opening Ceremony party. I always try and make something delicious for Book Club and this party was no exception, but with the added challenge of making something USA-themed. I thought about making my giant cupcake, but wanted to make something a little different, so I decided on Golden Oreo truffles, recipe courtesy of Sally.

The ingredients are super simple…

I followed Sally’s recipe almost exactly but subbed fat-free cream cheese for regular (I mean, why not save a few calories when you can!) And because I only have a mini food processor, I processed everything in batches. Also, I noticed that the truffles turn out best when you really blend the cream cheese and oreos together until they become a similar texture as cookie dough.

But I wasn’t the only one with an Olympic themed treat- everyone brought amazing things, including red, white and blue mac and cheese. And of course, adorable decorations by my friend, party planner extraordinaire, Biz. Also, check out the bowls below- they are Olympic rings ;)

But food wasn’t the only thing on our minds. Of course the wine was flowing as well and we decided to take it a step further as my friend Ashley created something special for our Olympic viewing…

And what kind of an Olympics party would it be without some awesome glasses…

Questions:

-Do you have any television viewing parties?

-If you could compete in any Olympics sport, which one would you do?

A Low-Key Night

Hi lovelies! Thank you for all your sweet comments on my Father’s day post, I really had a great time making sure my Daddy Jeff felt extra special. And in the process, it seems like the cooking bug bit me again. I tend to go through phases with cooking as there are times that I’m really into it and excited to make new recipes, and others when takeout salads become a nightly occurrence. But since I have a stocked refrigerator and was in the mood, I took advantage and made another Mama Pea recipe that I’ve been wanting to try- Spaghetti Squash Casserole. With the headline of “Crazy fast. Crazy Easy. Crazy good.” I knew this was a recipe that I wanted to make. Plus, I was determined not to let my spaghetti squash go to waste. I’ve thrown out the past 2 I’ve bought because I was scared of cutting them (my past attempt was here) but I did it all by myself tonight and with a knife not a saw this time!

I was very proud and even more so when this delicious meal came out of the oven…

I followed the recipe almost exactly but made a few substitutions based on what I had on hand. Since I didn’t have any cream cheese (I never think to buy it since I only have bagels at Noahs) I used goat cheese medallions instead from Trader Joes. It melted perfectly in the sauce, and let’s get real, when is more cheese ever a bad thing? I also used fresh basil instead of dried since I had it on hand.

After this delicious, filling meal, I turned on the tv and was looking for my usual shows when I landed on the U.S. Olympic Trials. I usually only watch gymnastics during the Olympics, but when I saw the Men’s Diving trials I was glued to the tv. It was incredible watching these men dive from a platform that’s 33 feet in the air! (Confession: I cannot even do a baby dive from the edge of the pool, no matter how hard I try.) These men were doing full handstands on the diving board and then 2 1/2 twists and somersaults. It was truly awe-inspiring and I can only imagine all of the years of hard work and dedication that it has taken them to make it to this point. These are truly incredible athletes! Oh and the fact that they look like this certainly doesn’t hurt…

David Boudia, currently in 1st after the Olympic Trials Semi-finals

Questions:

-Do you go through cooking phases?

-What Olympic sports do you enjoy watching?

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