22 Summery Salads That Will Actually Fill You Up


It’s getting warmer, so my cooking is getting lazier. There’s just no sense standing over a hot stove for 30-60 minutes when it’s 80 degrees outside! Stan and I love salads, but if we’re having them as our main course for dinner, they’ve got to be filling. So I hunted around the Interwebs and found 22 of the most delicious filling summery salads out there. I can’t wait to start buying locally-grown fruits & veggies to put in them!

1. Salad Sicilia via Delicious Days. In the mix: Radicchio, chicory, arugula, fennel, apple, radishes, carrots, oranges, almonds, and pistachios.

2. Kale Salad with Avocado Tahini Sauce via Love & Lemons. In the mix: kale, tahini, avocado, brussels sprouts, radishes, carrots, white bans, almonds, basil.

3. Seven-Layer Avocado Salad in a Mason Jar via California Avocado. Mason jar salads – what a cool idea! In the mix: avocados, cucumbers, red cabbage, edamame, bell peppers, artichoke hearts, tomatoes, and basil.

4. Honey Walnut Power Salad via Pinch of Yum. In the mix: walnuts, baby spinach, onion, red grapes, edamame, bulgur, honey, bleu cheese.

5. Grilled Peach, Chicken & Arugula Salad via BS in the Kitchen. In the mix: chicken, peaches, arugula, prosciutto, goat cheese, walnuts.

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17 St. Paddy’s Drinks & Desserts

17 St Paddys Drinks and Desserts

How is St. Patrick’s Day only 4 days away?! What is happening with TIME?!?! (I know, this is a running theme with me. Calm down, Sami.) Shall we get liquored up and pretend we’re 21 again? Yes, let’s. But first, dessert — because you can’t drink on an empty stomach:

Irish Car Bomb Cupcakes Recipe via poorandpretty

1. Chocolate Irish Car Bomb Cupcakes with Guinness & Bailey’s via Poor & Pretty. I’ve updated this recipe so the cupcakes are even more moist and delicious!

2. Drunken Grasshopper Fudge via Culinary Concoctions by Peabody.

3. Surprise-Inside St. Paddy’s Day Cupcakes via Betty Crocker — these are safe for kids!

4. Guinness Whoopie Pies with Irish Cream Filling via Poet in the Pantry.

5. Goldschläger Candy Gems via Brit + Co.

6. Guinness-Milk Chocolate Ice Cream via Brown Eyed Baker.

7. Green Velvet Cheesecake via Recipe Girl.

8. St. Patrick’s Day Rainbow Slice and Bake Cookie via Good Life Eats — safe for kids!

9. Mini Key Lime Pies via Say Yes — safe for kids!

And now for the drinks!

10. Hot Chocolate Stout Float via BHG.

11. Midori Limonata Cocktail via Brit + Co.

12. Pixie Stix Martini Cocktail via Tablespoon.

13. Pot of Gold Cocktail via Glitter Guide.

14. Honey Dew Cucumber Mint Mojito via Thyme.

15. Lucky-tini via Coastal Companion.

16. Paleo Irish Cream Mocha Pudding via Plaid & Paleo — this drink is vegan & paleo!

17. Lucky-tini Jelly Shot via Tablespoon.


Holy Tomatoes, Batman! 20 Tomato Recipes

homegrown cherry tomatoes

homegrown cherry tomatoes

We are finally getting some ripe tomatoes from our garden! The trouble is, they’re sort of all ripening at once, and we’re having trouble keeping up with them. I mean, I love tomatoes, but you can only eat so many of them in one day! So I rounded up a few recipes from around the web that will help me put them to good use.

egg avocado toast via Design Love Fest

1. Egg, Avocado, and Tomato Toast via Design Love Fest.

smoked cheddar grits with tomatoes via oh my veggies

2. Smoked Cheddar Grits with Broiled Heirloom Tomatoes via Oh My Veggies.

tomato zucchini fritata via Love and Lemons

3. Tomato Zucchini Frittata via Love & Lemons.

grilled bacon salad via smitten kitchen

4. Grilled Bacon Salad with Arugula and Balsamic via Smitten Kitchen.

Copycat Corner Pug Salad via poor and pretty

5. Copycat Corner Pug House Salad via Poor & Pretty.

caprese salad via poet in the pantry

6. Caprese Salad via Poet in the Pantry.

taco salad via two peas and their pod

7. Taco Salad with Homemade Tortilla Bowls via Two Peas and Their Pod.

Baked Polenta and Tomato Salad Stack via A Beautiful Mess

8. Baked Polenta and Tomato Salad via A Beautiful Mess.

cheese stuffed cherry tomatoes via Design Love Fest

9. Cheese-Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes via Design Love Fest.

tomato pesto bites via Delightfully Tacky

10. Tomato Pesto Bites via Delightfully Tacky.

roasted tomatoes via cooking classy

11. Parmesan and Asiago Cheese Roasted Tomatoes via Cooking Classy.

tomato peach salsa via kokocooks

12. Heirloom Tomato and Peach Salsa via Kokocooks.

guacamole via poor and pretty

13. Guacamole via Poor & Pretty.

tomato tortellini soup via two peas and their pod

14. Creamy Tomato Tortellini Soup via Two Peas and Their Pod.

tomato pasta sauce via Delightfully Tacky

15. Tomato Pasta Sauce via Delightfully Tacky.

gnocchi skillet with sausage and tomatoes via the kitchn

16. Gnocchi Skillet with Chicken Sausage and Tomatoes via The Kitchn.

tomato cheese tart via A Beautiful Mess

17. Tomato Tart via A Beautiful Mess.

heirloom tomato toasts via Love and Lemons

18. Heirloom Tomato Sun-Cheese Toasts via Love & Lemons.

caprese pizza via cooking classy

19. Four Cheese Caprese Pizza via Cooking Classy.

Beaker BLT wraps via Handmade Charlotte

20. Beaker BLT Wraps via Handmade Charlotte.

How do you prepare tomatoes? I’d love to see some of your favorite recipes in the comments!



DIY Halloween Roundup: Treats & Drinks

Last but definitely not least in my DIY Halloween Roundup series: treats & drinks! Don’t be fooled ~ these treats have some tricks up their sleeves, too! In case you missed them, don’t forget to check out my posts on costumes and decor & pumpkins.

Halloween Treats Cakes 2013

1. BOO surprise inside cake tutorial by i am baker. 2. Black Cherry Cupcakes by Poor & Pretty (that’s me!) — these are great for Halloween parties because they’re dark, chocolatey, slightly fruity, and full of surprising zest! I’d also suggest my “True Blood” Red Velvet cupcakes from a few years back. 3. Dangling Spider Cake Pops by Bakerella (she’s got candy corn ones, too!). 4. Cute Dracula Cake DIY by Coco Cake Land (I met Lyndsay at Alt For Everyone ~ aren’t her cakes adorable?!).

Halloween Treats & Drinks 2013

5. spooky yogurt via lisa storms ~ perfect for kids (or adults) who are going to be way too sugared up to eat cake, too. 6. Ooey Gooey Monster Eye Cookies from Lil’ Luna. 7. Bloody Shirley Temple via Your Southern Peach ~ this is genius! Just keep the grenadine in a syringe and partygoers can add it to their drink themselves! 8. Blood In, Blood Out cocktail via Refinery 29. 9. DIY Halloween Donut Hole Ghosts by Say Yes to Hoboken ~ a slightly less sugary, easier alternative to cake pops.

And of course, check out even more of my favorite Halloween-themed treats and DIYs on my my this is halloween Pinterest board.


¡Fuel for your Cinco de Mayo fiestas!

I’m so excited for Cinco de Mayo! My friend Jordan and I are heading up to Boston for the weekend to party with our friend Beata. I hope you have equally fun plans. Just remember: before filling your belly with tequila and margarita mixes, cushion it with delicious Mexican cuisine first! Here are a few of my food recommendations:

Cinco de Mayo fiesta food

1. Guacamole ~ first and foremost, where would a Cinco de Mayo celebration be without guacamole?! I blogged my Dad’s famously delicious guacamole recipe a few years ago — it’s basic, so you can spice it up with jalapeños or cayenne peppers.

2. Chorizo Empanadas ~ my mouth is watering just looking at these! Recipe via Buns In My Oven.

3. Chili con Queso ~ after guacamole, chili con queso is my favorite dip, and I’m now realizing how much I love Mexican food. This is an easy set-it-and-forget-it queso dip from Chef in Training.

4. DIY Taco Seasoning ~ Stan and I make tacos on an almost weekly basis, so we’re constantly going through taco seasoning packets. It’s much cheaper to make your own seasoning so you can skip the kits and just buy the taco shells at the grocery store. Besides, you probably have many of these spices already! Recipe via Little B Cooks.

Don’t forget the desserts!

Cinco de Mayo fiesta desserts

5. Piñata Cookies ~ these are, hands down, the coolest cookies I have ever seen. They take a little longer to make than your average chocolate chip cookies, but wow are they cool! Recipe via She Knows.

6. Flan ~ flan is one of those things that looks like it could be totally disgusting, but it actually amazing. Plus, it’s a signature Mexican dessert! This recipe is from Blissfully Domestic.

7. Raspberry & Lime Margarita Cupcakes ~ These are some of the most delicious cupcake I’ve ever made. The recipe is from Jennifer Ross’ The Icing on the Cupcake. I haven’t been able to find it online anywhere since it’s copyrighted, but I recommend buying the book anyway. The story wasn’t all that great, but the cupcake recipes are well worth it.

Check back for drink recommendations on Friday! Happy May!