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Sunday Coffee Talk

 

This crazy beautiful weekend. It was full of smiles, snuggles, stress, family and friends. Just as every weekend should be. We kicked off Friday evening with a serious snuggle sesh and some cookies that fellow blogger Chelsea’s Messy Apron posted on her Instagram. Literally, I think I have sound my spirit animal. I knew instantly that these were happening in my kitchen. They did, and they are amazing. I brought some to my family over the weekend and they did not last. They are seriously that good! Saturday we had a great morning. We went to celebrate my niece Sadie’s birthday and Anthony took home bags of popcorn. He, just yesterday, decided he likes it and now it’s literally he talks about. Thankfully he has a few Β bags to keep him satisfied for a while. We ended the afternoon with a graduation party, Congratulations Jered! It’s always nice to spend time with family, though my 3 year old acted as if he downed about 3 pounds of sugar before we got there. He just about fell asleep on the ride over and when we arrived, you can just imagine the overtired energy that shortly ensued. It happens, as stressful as it is. We all survived! Sunday Anthony had a play date with “his favorite person” from school. It was so great to watch him interact with his little buddy and explore all sorts of fun things the museum had to offer. After the fun, it’s time to shift some serious focus to setting up my blog posts for this week. I’ve for that grilling recipe I promised last week that I plan to share tomorrow. I’ve got a sweet and boozy granita, a dip inspired dinner, and a classic soup that never goes out of style!

Sunday Coffee Talk and a Special Announcement

 

I’m sure this image says it all. First, the special announcement. As you can see here, we have adopted a dog! Her name is Sandi and she is from Save our Strays in Texas. We found her online while looking at various rescues and at first glimpse we were all excited at the possibility. Thankfully the stars aligned and we were promptly approved to adopt this beautiful rescue. It was a week long process, at most, so it was full steam ahead getting prepped for her arrival. We’ve only ever had a cat, so this has definitely been an adjustment. Although we are literally still less than 24 hours into her arrival, there has been some stress introducing the cat to her. Not on her end though, she is literally the chillest dog I have ever met. She knows some commands, is house broken, and is absolutely beautiful. She is unbelievably full of snuggles, hugs, kisses, which works wonders when you have anxiety. She’s absolutely fantastic with our son. I’m sure the stress is all part of the process but we could not be happier to have her here. Especially my son who has instantly called her his best friend. He’s 100% without a doubt in love with her. He uses her as a pillow and she loves it.

 

Now I have to find the energy to pull myself away from her to create some posts for this week. I’m planning some outdoor/grilling recipes, a delicious side and a great way to get those veggies into your diet. A fun boozy drink is definitely in order, so I’ll include one of those too. Also, if anyone has tips on introducing pets to each other, I am all ears!

Sunday Coffee Talk

 

Just the kind of weekend I needed. We had so much fun outside, honestly I think we were barely in the house. Same is on tap for today, so I’m excited to get the day started. Although there is some serious laundry and cleaning that needs to happen, so I’ll have to make time for that too, I guess. But back to Saturday. We finally got some planting done, which makes me so so happy. I love adding some color to our yard. I have some ideas for making our various gardens more appealing, so I’m impatiently waiting for a minute to get that done. Hopefully I can start that transition next weekend. That bonus day off will certainly help! I also have a very fun Thirsty Thursday segment coming up for the month of June. I’m very much looking forward to kicking that off next week. It will feature some fun collaboration with my sister, so be sure to come back and check that out! For this week I have a delicious salmon recipe, some homemade donuts, and a coffee beverage that I love. I’m also going to include a dessert since those have been kind of lacking lately. And now, back to my Sunday!

 

 

Weekend Things

 

This Sunday, I had too much to share to do just a Sunday Coffee Talk post, so I labeled this one Weekend Things. It was a fantastically busy weekend. We kicked the weekend off by tempting fate and heading to a restaurant with a tired toddler. It’s like gambling, you pray you are going to win and I’d say we hit pretty big. I love being able to spend a night out with my guys, especially one that goes well. We mostly made it through dinner before he was done, and I became a human napkin. I really wanted to make this weekend as fun filled as possible. We went to a movie on Saturday and then stopped by Dave and Busters which Anthony (and my husband) LOVED! We had such a blast. I tested out the strawberry watermelon margarita and it was fantastic. For Mothers Day we went to brunch with my family. It’s always great to spend a Mothers Day with the family and celebrate our mom and being a mom. It’s my favorite job in the entire world. I especially loved the story Anthony wrote for my at daycare. He knows me well. Apparently food blogging was a good passion to start because I clearly love food and am not 100% keen on my office job! Speaking of that, Friday was especially crazy and I did not have a chance to post my usual Friday recipe. This is my Mothers Day gift to all of you. It’s so delicious and not hard to whip up on a weeknight. Coming up this week, I have tested yet another Chrissy Teigen recipe, which…shocker…was amazing. I’ve also got an overnight oats recipe that will make your mornings super easy and some smoothie and toast recipes that will help you change up your morning meal/snack routine.

 

Teriyaki Pork with Mango Salsa and Coconut Rice (AKA the triple treat)

Teriyaki Pork with Mango Salsa and Coconut Rice (AKA the triple treat)

Instructions

  1. To make the pork, season both sides of the pork chops with salt and pepper. Place in an airtight container, or resealable plastic bag, and marinate in teriyaki sauce at least an hour or overnight. To cook the pork, remove from the sauce and grill until cooked through.
  2. For the salsa, combine the ingredients in an airtight container. It's best to let it sit overnight so the flavors can blend a bit.
  3. To make the rice, first toast the shredded coconut in a skillet, over medium-low heat. Be mindful to watch it closely and remove it from the heat immediately, once it's lightly browned. It will turn from perfect to burnt in seconds.
  4. In a medium saucepan, combine the rice, coconut milk. 1 3/4 cups water, sugar and salt, and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat, cover, and simmer until the rice is cooked and the liquid is absorbed. About 20 minutes.
  5. Transfer to a serving bowl and top with the toasted coconut.

Notes

The pork and salsa are original recipes. The coconut rice is from Chrissy Teigen’s Cravings.

Sunday Coffee Talk

Yay for the weekend! The last couple weeks at work have been crazy. So when I have an opportunity to disconnect and have some fun I take advantage of that. Saturday turned out to be a really nice day and we were able to spend most of it outside. I can’t say the same for today, but I have a lot of fun recipes that I’ll be preparing today for future blog posts, so still fun, for me anyway! I find those crazy weeks leave me feeling overtired and completely drained. So to help myself out of this funk, I’m focusing on some lighter, brighter, energy full meals for blog and our menu this week! I’m definitely craving the happier flavors of the warm weather when things seem to settle just a bit. For the blog, I’m planning to share a grilled salad (yup!), a tropical inspired meal, some simple syrup that will be sure to brighten your day and a burger that will take your grilling game up a few notches, it’s that good. Also, that fun announcement I mentioned last week should happen this week…maybe tonight, maybe tomorrow? I can certainly say soon, so stay tuned and come back to check it out!

In the meantime, here are some highlights from our weekend so far.Β 

 

And here, I’m sharing my sons love for his new umbrella. It was sunny, and he insisted it was raining just a little, and he needed it. He also gave us a thorough lesson on how to open and shut it once the rain does come. We also had a chance to visit our favorite little farm in Hadley, MA. I tried the Hadley Grass ice cream. IF you are a local you know Hadley grass is what we call saparagus. It was good/interesting, though I was not a fan of the frozen asparagus chunks inside.