We are all pretty dang excited about today's post and the recipes that will be coming this week. This week is all about Blendtec. It's no secret that around here we loooooove our Blendtecs! A few years back my husband told that I could either buy a Blendtec or a designer purse for my birthday...and I chose the Blendtec! I have never looked back. I use mine at least once every day, and usually multiple times a day. Many people think that blenders are only for making green smoothies, but . . .
Are you ready for some cozy delicious comfort food? This baked three-cheese Italian penne pasta is one of my family's favorite meals. With a creamy cheese sauce and tangy tomatoes mixed with the soft noodles- it is the ultimate crowd pleaser. I love fixing it when we have guests over because it makes a full 9 x 13 pan and is easy to double if you have hearty eaters. I've made this cheesy penne pasta so many times over the years and with so many variations I've learned it is hard to go wrong! . . .
CLICK HERE to Enter the Nena & Co Giveaway. What I love about this salsa is the liiiimes. Typical salsa calls for 1 or 2 lime, this one- 6! Six delicious limes. Are you worried that it is a little overpowering? Amazingly it is not. Its a perfect balance. Salsa is really so simple to make, and fast. It compliments every dish. Makes for a great healthy snack, and saves in the fridge forever. We always have a mason jar full of salsa in our fridge. My kids eat it like candy, and that . . .
I have been known to like a little kick to my food. I love a burst of flavor and a little heat. The first time I had arrabbiata sauce was while I was in college and working at Olive Garden. I was pretty much in heaven. I loved that sweet tomato paired with the spicy crushed red pepper. Since then I have ordered this sauce at numerous restaurants and always enjoyed every last bite. I like it with shrimp - but feel free to swap out the shrimp for - pre-cooked chicken - or even ground beef or . . .
all photography by Taylor Cole Photography Yesterday we featured some amazing products from JJ Cole to show our readers how great their products are for anyone while out and about. My family went and hiked down Crystal Cove Beach Trail. It was a beautiful warm night. I knew we would be hiking so I really wanted to keep our picnic small, but filling. Compact but enough variety to satisfy our needs. I made one large mason jar meal for my husband and I, one large mason jar meal for my kids to . . .
When my husband and I were first dating, Sunday evening dessert parties were all the rage. The premise was that the apartment of girls hosting it all baked a bunch of boxed brownies and made pizookies or whatever else they could come up with between trying to get their hair as perfect as possible and making a quick playlist on an iPod, and the chosen apartment of guys (or two) came over and flirted and ate. I decided I was going to squash the dessert idea and do a full-on dinner. Yes. He had . . .
Tomorrow is the first day of Summer! Doesn't that seem kinda late? Personally I feel like summer has been going on for the last month. However, living in California it can feel like summer in the middle of January! (Love those days) With kids home from school and the days spent at the pool, I'm frequently rushing at 5pm to throw together dinner. This pasta salad happened a few weeks ago and every one loved it. It literally took me about 15 minutes and it was fresh, tasty and light. The perfect . . .
Are you guys loving our Cinco De Mayo Week!? This week is seriously one of my favorites. I'm a huge lover of Mexican cuisine. Fresh salsas, tender meats, and lime over everything. Today I'm sharing with you my Pico De Gallo. There are about a thousand ways to make Pico. In true street taco form pico typically is tomatoes, onions, and cilantro. Drizzle some glorious lime and pinch of salt and your done. Simple and amazing. While I am a fan of this method, when I am fixing up some Pico to . . .
As unprofessional as the photo below may be, this is my all time favorite picture. I wish you could have heard the squeal and seen the excitement and translated the two year old language of "Tay!! it's rweady! Take pit-chure of my tar mom!" Tay Pit-chure!!!! (insert squeal!!) but, if you are looking for seriousness....here ya go. I have cravings regardless of being pregnant or not, being pregnant only intensifies my cravings....and gives me a pretty valid excuse to give in to those . . .
I've gotta admit, I've been watching and noticing caprese salads since I became obsessed with them...oh probably about 9 months ago. And I got allll confused. I see caprese salads, with lettuce, caprese salad with chicken and lettuce, caprese salad with several different kinds of ingredients. I kind of felt silly, I thought a caprese salad was just three main ingredients and a few spices. But here are some food experts posting all over the place, claiming their fancy dish to be a caprese salad. . . .