Xo

Friends…I’m still here, I swear. I think about you every day. I wake up thinking, ok this is the day I’m going to make this glamorous share-worthy meal that I can share with you. I still meal plan..but the key note here would be plan. My plan has been winding up into the shortest route to get dinner on the table. Because, this happened 


This is Rocco Nicolas, you guys. And I can’t believe how long it’s taken me to introduce him to you. Is this how everything goes with the poor third child? But really, you shouldn’t feel one bit bad for him, because he is more loved than I thought was humanly possible 💙


He was born on 5.4.17 and our world has never been more joyful. The big kids are adapting so wonderfully. I keep waiting for the “honeymoon” love they have for him to fade, but we are 6 weeks going strong and I’ll take every second of it. They are so kind and sweet to him, and it makes me cry to think about how patient they’ve been with me constantly nursing him or tending to him..they really take such good care of each other; what a blessing. 

And Nick, he’s been everything.  Giving him all the Daddy and Husband high fives these days…he’s been such a help in every way.


As for Rocco, well, it’s like he came out and said “mom, I know this is going to be a transition for you, so you just let me know what you need me to do and I’ll do it”. Bless his perfect heart, he’s the most chill, sweet, smiley, delicious little thing ever. He is just the perfect addition to our little circus and we can’t get enough!


Things have been pretty busy…from visitors to travels to sickness for momma and Georgia…it’s been crazy! But I wanted to check in with you and let you know I will be back so soon with recipes. I can’t give you a date or a day, because, well, it’s summer and I am vowing to put my kids and fun and memories first. But I will be sharing our new so-called food life shortly, I promise. 

I hope you are well and that your summer is off to a great start! Sending much love and sunshine your way! Xo, M

Photos by the AMAZING Erica at Slow Road Photography 

Waverunner Chicken with Citrus Salsa and Coconut Brown Rice

SONY DSCI don’t even know where to begin, you guys.  I made this dish a while back and I am literally about ready to jump through the screen in an attempt to devour these photos because I want to eat this again immediately.  Incredible.  Just incredible.

Now let’s just start from the beginning, okay?  Urban Halo…yes?  No?  If you haven’t…you are welcome for the introduction, and I apologize for your addiction all at the same time.  I’ve been a fan of this company and their headbands for a solid couple of years and for so many valid reasons…it’s local, started by a fellow mama like myself who was looking to create the most stylish, functional headbands on the planet and I’m pretty sure she has accomplished her mission.  These are my gym bff (and they don’t slip!!!)..and they are cute and comfy enough to keep on all day long after my workout.  Also, pretty much my saving grace on those rush-out-the-door mornings with no time to do my hair.  Not to mention Georgia is also obsessed..and man do they look cute on a silly little five year old, too.  So fun to share my stash with her! Continue reading

Blackened Steak Lettuce Wraps with Chipotle Lime Sour Cream

SONY DSCYou guys, the weather around here has been straight up INSANE…and I mean that in the best way possible!  It’s February.  And we have gone to the park nearly every day for the last week, no joke.  Almost every bit of the snow is melted, the sun has been working overtime and there are literally birds chirping.  Can I get allllll the virtual high fives and happy dances from you!?  So let’s  celebrate this spring-like feeling by eating spring-like…at least until we get hit with that snow storm thats in the forecast for this week. Only in Minnesota, my dear friends.  The land that I love 😉

These lettuce wraps are pretty much the whole shebang.  The flavors are so bright and fresh.  So much, that you wont even miss the tortilla one bit; it would just take away from all of the goodies inside!   Continue reading

Thai Chopped Salad with Peanut Dressing

SONY DSCOh Lordy.  Meet my new best friend, you guys.  And I’ve got one lousy photo to prove it…ugh, a food bloggers worst nightmare.  I contemplated waiting to take more photos and post this recipe after the next time we have it but you know what?  I don’t really think its a good idea for me to wait any longer than necessary to hand this one over to you.  It’s a weeknight game changer and it tastes like a giant bowl of happiness.   Continue reading

Bacon Wrapped Asparagus + Goat Cheese Bundles

SONY DSCWell guys, we made it.  Happy spring!  Yay!  You know what this means, right?  Warmer days ahead, lots of grilling, playtime at the parks, more daylight, fresh produce starting to make it’s way, and….baby!  WHOA BABY!

Any ideas or explanations as to how this pregnancy could possibly be going this quickly are completely welcomed, friends, because I am mind-blown at the whole deal.  We are finally getting going on bedroom moving, bunking, storage room cleaning, baby gear inventory-ing…you know, all of that good stuff…we are in the home stretch!  Which seems a bit crazy, actually a lot crazy, because I swear I just shared the news yesterday, didn’t I?  My gosh we can’t wait to meet this little one…all four of us.   Continue reading

Roasted Cabbage Ruben Stacks

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Now what in the heck was I supposed to call these things, you guys?  They are the most random twist on one of my all-time favorite sandwiches and this name was all that my tired, pregnant brain could come up with.  If you can come up with a better one, please do share.

Now heres the deal.  If you love a good reuben sandwich and you love cabbage you might go wack-a-doodle over this combination.  It’s a reuben gone healthful and light…but you won’t for one second miss that bread and cheese, I promise.   Continue reading

Italian Sausage, Burrata and Pesto Pizzas

SONY DSCI’m just going to get right to it, you guys.  No beating around the bush this morning…these pizza’s deserve all of the attention.  I literally salivate just thinking about them.  And while I really do hope you are having a great week and all of that jazz-these pizzas have taken over every brain cell and tastebud in my body so I’m just going to go with it.

Using already prepared pesto and naan bread make this so weeknight friendly it’s obscene-so this is a perfect one to keep in your back pocket.  Or front pocket.  Because after one bite I’m fairly certain this may be a repeat offender in your home.  And by repeat offender I mean multiple times in one week.  I only say this because I know someone who has done this.  A friend of a friend….I would never do such a thing…ahem.   Continue reading