Scenes from Our Weekend

I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about my blog and obviously, not a lot of time writing on it. I am not a tech savy person and not a photographer {unless iphone 6 snaps count?} and those two factors have kept me from sharing things I’ve eaten and adventures we’ve undertaken. I am officially making the switch to being a lifestyle blogger with a heavy dose of all things edible. What better way to jump in feet first than by sharing a recap of the holiday weekend.

Friday started off with our usual morning walk with two unusual occurrences sub 50 temps at the end of May and a baby bird sighting and rescue.


Afterwards, donuts for T+W. We tried out this new flavor in honor of Uncle Lance.


That evening we had T’s brothers and their families over for a BBQ.







Saturday I selected and ordered a bridesmaid dress for a wedding I am in this Fall. Not sharing those photos quite yet! Later that afternoon, we attended a wedding.


After the reception, we raced downtown, to the River for the last ever Sunset Symphony. The weather was perfect-o and we had great seats! Too bad I can’t keep my eyes open when bright flashes go off, this would’ve been a great photo!


Any idea where the inability originated? #genetics


It also happened to be the anniversary of our first date


 Sunday I missed a graduation party due to an Allen Wrench in my tire and we later missed member’s night at the Zoo due to it being rained out.


Monday we celebrated Memorial Day by a trip to Lowes. We are about to begin a bathroom remodel which I have mixed feelings about— I don’t mix very well with construction.


Some outside play


And celebrated T’s birthday!


I am pretty sure she thought it was her birthday.


Family Selfie


A child’s favorite part of a birthday cake, right?


Triple layer carrot cake cake as requested by the birthday boy.


Let me know what you think of my new format, I am excited about writing this way. Thanks for sticking around all these years! Here is to the next chapter of My Edible Bucket List!


Cherry on top

If you know me well you then you know that I have two sides… Ask my poor family. If I am in a city where I have heard of a restaurant or a particular must-eat item, I will go to great lengths to try that item or hunt down that restaurant. I can be very particular with certain things like the amount of ice in my water (I know, crazy!) And don’t even get me started on my cereal to milk ratio and the temperature of the milk itself. On the other hand, nothing is quite as satisfying as to me as avocado toast or a chocolate-dipped cone from McDonalds. Both are incredibly simple and low-key. I can go either way when it comes to food– extremely complex and finicky dishes or easy peasy. It is truly funny how with the flip of a switch I can be at either end of the spectrum at any moment. 

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I stumbled across this recipe in the latest issue of Rachael Ray and it immediately caught my eye. It was so simple, but it utilized fresh cherries- something I had never thought about before. 

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Since I read the recipe, I have made this bark 3 times :) It is so simple, yet so satisfying. The Dark chocolate counter acts the cherries and the toasted pecans add a nice crunch. The fresh cherries are mind-blowing and the sea salt ties it all together. 


I cannot put into words the simplicity of this dessert, I needed to share it because something this amazing cannot be kept to myself. So for all of you I saw this week and told you about this recipe, here it is. Do yourself a favor, make this bark this weekend and you will not regret it. It will be the least complex thing you do all weekend, but with out a doubt the best thing you will eat! Sometimes  Often, simple is best.


Note: True to my aforementioned tendencies, I used basic semi-sweet chocolate chips that I simply melted in a pyrex measuring cup in the microwave. Once the bark was spread unto my silpat, I sprinkled the top with my favorite Maldon sea salt flakes

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For years I have heard of “Adrienne’s Thai pizza” and have been wanting to try it for myself. At my nephews 1st birthday party in May, I finally was able to try it! My sister-in-law also served a Thai Salad along with the pizza. 


My friends and family will tell you that I love pizza, but not your typical cheese, pepperoni, etc. I like non-tradtional toppings and sauces and this Thai pizza perfectly fits the bill. The pizza lived up to all of its hype Tonight, I picked up some pizza dough from Whole Foods (my favorite place to buy it- they have white and wheat) and we had pizza and salad tonight.


T got a smoker for his birthday this year, so instead of cooking chicken as the recipes directed, I just added shredded smoked chicken to both the salad and the pizza. 


These recipes are comforting enough for a Friday night, but appealing enough to impress company for a dinner party. Delicious, easy, and unique this dinner needs to be shared!

Pizza by Rachael Ray & Salad by Pampered Chef 

Summer 2013: A round up of the best things I ate last Summer


I am currently on summer vacation, though summer is still weeks away and today the high was only 71. Unlike, most people, I do not have a favorite season. Each season has it’s advantages and disadvantages. In Memphis, Summer involves high temps and an insane amount of humidity— but with it comes some great food (and usually more time to create.)  I thought that in anticipation of what is to come, I would look back on all of the delicious bites that filled the 90 days of Summer 2013. Hang in there, this is a long post, but oh so worth it!

These corn fritters that I posted about here are alternately stacked with tomatoes and avocado before being drizzled with a honey-chiptole vinaigrette. My husband says that this is one of the best things I have ever made.












Pimento Cheese toast: It’s as simple as it sounds. Spread your favorite pimento cheese over a horizontally-sliced baguette and broil until you are pleased with the browning level. Enjoy with caution, cheese holds heat really well!










T and I met some friends at our favorite Italian restaurant in Memphis, Pasta Italia. I got the sampler platter and each corner held a delicious surprise. YUM!







Another meeting with friends occurred at Jerry’s Sno Cones and I had my first Jerry’s burger. Two words: LIFE CHANGER. Forget the sno-cones and go for lunch or dinner!






A Grilled Donut topped with berries, ice cream, and whipped cream is my new favorite dessert and that is from a girl who only likes Krispy Kreme when the hot light is on.







When I was in Palm Springs last August, we ate at a random restaurant before hitting up the amazing outlets and when we saw these “nachos” on the menu, we knew we needed to start with these! What a great concept, Nachos with waffles fries as the base!








I LOVE BRUSSELS SPROUTS! And these are, by a landslide, the BEST sprouts I have ever eaten. Despite the fact that these are made with bacon, I am already planning on ordering these again when we are back on the West Coast later this year.







WOOHOO! I had my first cronut and I loved it, every sugary bite!






This idea was so cool to me, I mean every one knows about donut holes, but bagel holes- genius!








Obviously, I went to California last summer… A trip to the West Coast is not complete with out a stop at In-and-Out. 1 cheese burger animal style, por favor.







I shared the recipe to these last year and I think I may make them in a few weeks for Memorial Day!







When the weather is rainy or dips a few degrees, shrimp primavera over spicy cheddar grits can be comforting and the perfect evening meal.





Costco had the best peaches last summer. One of my friends and myself would text each other every time we got our latest box and how great they were. MMM!








A yummy gelato affogato with my sisters and mother in Nashville, my then 9 month old drank most of it :)





My favorite meal from last summer was simple…. a freshly squeezed juice and a hummus plate. Check out those veggies!








And Lastly, yes… Summer provides a new array of food and more time to brainstorm on a menu, but sometimes the best bit of summer is the lingering, the extra time with those you love.


My 8 year old cousin, who lives in Los Angeles proudly assisted me in making this blackberry cobbler. This cobbler was nothing special, but I will never forget to joy that beamed from her eyes as we measured sugar, butter, and milk. What a sweet girl and what a sweet Summer.


Summer 2014, I am ready for you!






Blog lovin’

Sometimes, when I have a few minutes to spare I will pull out my ipad to catch with some of my favorite bloggers via bloglovin. It is
a great app that keeps a record of all your favorite bloggers and their latest posts.
Last week (when I was making dinner), Deb’s latest post for double chocolate banana bread caught my eye. Deb is one of my
favorite bloggers because she is adventurous while being a realist and though she is very well-known, she remains unpretentious.
She is a miracle worker in her teenie-tiny 42 square foot NYC kitchen.

 banana   source

Before I knew it, my kitchen aid was creaming butter, sugar, and over-ripe bananas. {Hey, I had found a way to utilize them!} I
have loved everything that I have made from Deb’s website, so I am not sure why I was so impressed when I took my first bite of this
“bread.” Since my discovery of this banana bread, I have made it four different times and given it away to several people.
Everyone has, after their first bite, texted me requesting that I share the recipe. My own mother deemed it, “ridiculous!” I have
made it in both muffin and loaf form.  The muffin is perfect as a snack and the loaf is great as is or served as dessert with fresh
cream and berries.


I always play around with the fat in recipes, because believe it or not— I do not prefer solely butter in quick breads or cakes. I
usually substitute part of the butter for oil, apple sauce, and/or yogurt for extra moisture. I have made this recipe to a T and played
around with the other three times. It is delicious any way and I suggest that you be your own chef! Choose your shape, your source
of fat, and even your mix ins! Try adding toasted pecans, dried cherries, or white chocolate chips to mix it up.
My 17 month old will take it any way that she can get it!


Thank you, Deb for this fabulous recipe and thank you, Blog lovin’ for allowing me to keep in touch with my favorite bloggers on my
own time.

Double Chocolate Banana Bread

By: Smitten Kitchen

3 medium-to-large very ripe bananas
1/2 cup butter, melted
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon table salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon, optional
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1 cup semisweet or bittersweet chocolate chunks or chips


Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a 9×5-inch loaf pan with a nonstick baking spray.


Mash bananas in the bottom of a large bowl. (You’ll have a little over 1 cup mashed banana total.) Whisk in melted butter, then brown sugar, egg, and vanilla. Place baking soda, salt, cinnamon (if using), flour and cocoa powder in a sifter or fine-mesh strainer and sift over wet ingredients. Mix the dry and wet ingredients with a ntil just combined. Stir in chocolate chunks or chips.


Pour into prepared pan and bake 55 to 65 minutes, until a tester or toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out batter-free. (A melted chocolate chip smear is expected, however.) Cool in pan for 10 to 15 minutes, then run a knife around the edge and invert it out onto a cooling rack. Serve warm or at room temperature.




One last photo of my tiny sous chef/taste tester


That one ingredient

I am the kind of person who can not stand to see anything in the kitchen go to waste. I will see that I have some tomatoes on their way out and will spend $30 on additional ingredients in efforts to prevent them from being tossed. This is not an attribute I admire. Don’t get me wrong, the end result is always delicious and gives me peace of mind that I saved the tomatoes. However, it’s just a tomato right?

I have another problem, in that if there is a recipe I have been wanting to try and I want to force myself to make it- I just purchase the ingredients and then my waste-phobia eventually kicks in and sooner or later that dish is crossed off my edible bucket list. This didn’t exactly work when two years ago I purchased these maple flakes from Williams-Sonoma. I thought to myself, “If I buy these, I can finally make THE panini I’ve been wanted to make for a year!”



Fast forward to last week— I did it! {What the first paragraph explains} I bought all of the ingredients so that I could utilize my maple flakes and voila! Dinner was served.


My version

I will say that the Maple Flakes are not necessary to the recipe. I purchased them when we were DINKS and now see how much they cost $$$. As long as you follow the recipe using the maple syrup, I think that you will be ok. I also used chicken breasts because that is what I had in the freezer. I sliced the chicken before adding it to the panini for easier eating.

I am thankful for moments like this when I can poke fun at myself when I know that  in all actuality these are not legitimate problems. This blog just reveals the quirks of someone who is revealing a little bit of what it is like to have an infinite edible bucket list.

The original recipe can be found here at Williams-Sonoma.

Spring Has Sprung…

The wishful thinking of those all across the nation… That Snowmageddon will end and the cherry tree and tulips will spring forth. I am all for longer days and warmer temps, but I am still trying to sneak in a few more winter meals that I had yet to create this fall and winter. With T working crazy hours, I have 1-2 nights a week to scratch these experiments off of my edible bucket list. Over the past week, I made my first homemade lasagna (which is {hands down} the best one I have ever tasted!), a maple-black pepper chicken panini (that has been on my list for 3 years!) and chicken cassoulet (which I try to make at least once during the chillier months.)

This spring weather has brought back to life many things for me and my family. A desire to be more active, to purposefully live our lives, and {for me} to blog again.

Please bear with me as I re-aquaint myself with life on this side of the production line. I have big hopes for this little space, stay tuned as my thoughts are translated through my fingertips, to your computer screens, and {if I’ve done my part to inspire you} your kitchen table as well!

Bon Appeit!