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  • Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup
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    Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup

    Okay, I know it’s not exactly soup weather here with it being in the 90s and forecasted to reach 100 this weekend, but if you’re in the mood for comfort food then this soup is for you! Years ago, my favorite soup at Panera was the Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup and I would order it every time I went. And then, of course, they took it off the menu. Didn’t they know it was my favorite item on the menu?! Anyway, I found a copycat recipe that tastes really good so I thought I would share it on here. I basically followed the recipe linked above, but the only changes…

  • Basta Pasta - Polpo
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    Basta Pasta

    Happy Friday! I hope your week has been good so far. It’s been another busy week for me. Lots going on, people to see and hang out with, work to do, and a beach photoshoot with Lauren (which turned out great by the way!) but it’s been a pretty good week! Today I’ve got more work to do and some chores to do, but I’m hopefully seeing Spiderman: Far From home tonight so I’ll let you know what I think! If you remember, I recently wrote about my time at the book launch party for Spin the Dawn in the city. After the event, I went to dinner at Basta Pasta.…

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    Pecan & Oat Chocolate Chip Cookies

    Pecan & Oat Chocolate Chip Cookies also known as “I Want to Marry You Cookies” are as good as they sound. Oatmeal raisin cookies are the butt of a lot of jokes – I make them too. I don’t hate the cookies, but they’re definitely not my favorite. But, these cookies with oats are actually delicious because they have chocolate chips and pecans! I can’t remember the exact source from the recipe I have, but I found this one via Pinterest and while it’s quite possible this is not the one I copied down to make these cookies, it looks close enough! You can click on the link above for…

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    June 2019 Favorites

    I can’t believe it’s July! I only have a few favorites to share from June and they’re pretty random so let’s get to it. Okay, for some reason the last few weeks of work this school year (meaning the first two weeks of June) I was eating the same thing for breakfast every morning on my way out the door – peanut butter on bread. Not toast – just bread. I think I was on a peanut butter kick and it was easy to just spread some peanut butter on bread, put it on a paper towel, run out the door, and eat it in the car on my way…

  • Apple Crumb Cake
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    Apple Crumb Cake

    Looking for something to snack on with your coffee this weekend? This apple crumb cake is so good and perfect with that afternoon cup of coffee! When I make it I follow this recipe that I found on Pinterest. Like with most recipes, I followed the original recipe pretty closely except for a few minor changes. As always, you can click on the original recipe above for all the exact measurements and details. What I changed about the recipe was that I made the cake in a pan smaller than 9×13 so that it would be a little cakier (is that word?). I also halved the crumble, because I don’t like too…

  • Spicy Peanut Tofu Stirfry
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    Spicy Peanut Tofu Stir Fry

    When I saw this Spicy Peanut Tofu Stir fry recipe I thought it looked so good! And it is. I’ve made it a few times before and when I took these photos I added chicken in. The original recipe is vegetarian, but as I said I added chicken so you can easily add meat or leave it out. I followed the recipe, except for the adding chicken part, so you can click on the link above for the exact measurements and stuff. First, I cut the tofu into large cubes and cut up an onion and baby bella mushrooms. Then, I made the sauce which is made from minced garlic, grated…

  • Italian Pinwheels
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    Italian Pinwheels

    Pinwheels are great for parties and/or when you’re trying to feed a group of people. Since summer is just about here and there always tends to be more social gatherings in the warmer months, I thought I’d share this Italian Pinwheel recipe that I found on Pinterest and have tried a few times in the past. So when I made the pinwheels for these photos, I basically followed the recipe except I didn’t use banana peppers so I used extra roasted red peppers. I also did not use parmesan. The last change I made wasn’t really a change moreso a preference and note – I used whipped cream cheese just…

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    May 2019 Favorites

    It’s the last day of May, if you can believe it. This week has been a quick one at work since I had Monday and Tuesday off, but it’s been very busy. Last night was prom and today I’ve got a hair appointment after work. Tomorrow, a wedding. The end of the school year is always extremely busy for me at work and personally! I only have a few favorites in May and coincidentally, two are beauty/skincare related and 2 are food. And not just food in general, but they’re both ice cream. Clearly, I am working on my summer bod! Let’s do the fun stuff first – the ice…

  • Lemon Thyme Cake
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    Lemon Thyme Loaf Cake

    Hello from Toronto! After my flight getting delayed Friday evening due to crew member issues I finally made it about 2.5 hours later than planned and got to my hotel at 1am!  (My other blog posts this weekend were written and scheduled ahead of time if you’re wondering why I’m just now greeting you from Canada) I’m here just for the holiday weekend to visit family and do some sightseeing since I haven’t really done sightseeing here since I was a kid. The past few times I’ve been here it’s just been to visit family and attend a wedding. So I’m taking advantage of my weekend here with some museums…

  • National Strawberry Month
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    National Strawberry Month

    Did you know May is National Strawberry Month? I didn’t until I was sent some great summer snacks with a heavy focus on Strawberries! If you remember, last month I was sent a yummy package from Welch’s filled with boxes of fruit snacks! This time I was sent a more diverse assortment of snacks but equally as delicious from Welch’s and My/Mo. Since it is National Strawberry Month I was sent Strawberry Fruit Snacks and My/Mo Strawberry Mochi! Non-strawberry related I was also sent a box of mixed fruit snacks and Fruit ‘n Yogurt in blueberry. I love the strawberry flavored fruit snacks. So good! And I love mochi in…