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

Parmesan Crusted Zucchini Bites

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So I think my family has fully recovered from the zucchini overload that transpired a few weeks ago.  I’ve learned that putting them through the hells of zucchini recipe testing for a couple of weeks actually isn’t too bad of a tactic to get them to completely appreciate all of the other veggies out there.  Lately I’ve been hearing things like We aren’t having zucchini?  We’re having broccoli?  YESSSS!!!  So really, we are all sort of winning here.

But this Parmesan Crusted Zucchini Rounds recipe shouldn’t even technically count as zucchini.  Fried cheese? Now that’s more like it. Continue reading

Grilled Sweet Potatoes with Garlic Lime Sour Cream

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It’s funny.  Sunday, in my brain, is supposed to be for ‘Sunday Meals’.  You know, the fancy, time-consuming meals you can’t get accomplished during the week.  But rarely does it end up being that way around here.  Sunday is typically the day I go out during nap time and get my meal plan/shopping done for the week.  It sounds silly, but that little mission takes time,  so I am always rushing back home to get dinner on the table before it’s too late.  Sunday dinners usually need to be low maintenance and ultra quick for me.  And often times that means firing up the grill to throw steak or fish on and often times it’s paired with these Grilled Sweet Potato Wedges.  Insanely quick.   Continue reading

Meal Planning?

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Friends, I’ve got something to chat with you about.  As mushy as it may sound, I value you.  I am fortunate to have your support of NP.  I love to hear from you.  And I listen to every ounce of your feedback and input with this whole thing.  Changes may be coming-nothing major, but I can’t innovate and keep things fresh around here without your assistance.   Continue reading

‘The Nutty Bird’ Sandwich

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So there’s this adorable coffeeshop called Pierce Street Coffeworks in the town I grew up in.  Many of our “half days” of highschool ended with lunch at this cute little spot-which, now that I think back, was nearly 17 years ago…what?! Can somebody please recalculate and tell me I’m wrong here?

On top of great coffee the atmosphere was full of art and color…and the sandwiches on the menu were pretty stellar, too.  The Nutty Bird used to be my go-to.  So so delish.  And every year on the day after thanksgiving I use my leftovers to take me back to that place of nostalgia.  Oh my is it yummy.   Continue reading

Sweet, Salty, Antioxidant Rich Snack Mix + Thanksgiving Meal Inspiration

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I planned on just leaving you with a bit of Thanksgiving meal inspiration today.  I did.  But it felt wrong, you know, not sharing a new recipe and all.  It felt like going to a dinner party empty handed.  No dish to share, no bottle of wine or even fresh flowers.  It felt icky.  So it’s not going to happen.  This snack mix is your hostess gift.  I hope you like it 😉 Continue reading