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{meal prep tips + greek salad}

Greek salad meal prep for a week!  4 days to be exact.  Because, even I, a creature of habit.  One that can eat the same thing over and over.  Can only do 4 solid days before I need something new up in the mix.  Ha!

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Before we get to the recipe, I’m going to answer a question I get ALL THE TIME.  Meal prep.  Who?  What?  How?

I know so many people who stop by the grocery store on their way home from work to grab that evenings dinner.  Personally that gives me the chills.  I despise going to the grocery store.  Well, other than Trader Joe’s.  So, I make it a once a week thing.  Which could give you the chills…lol.  With a little practice and some strategy, I promise you can do this too.  It’s such a life/time saver!

Tips for easy meal-prep

1 – Pull out your calendar.  Take a peek at the week ahead.  Realistically, how many days will you be home for dinner.  Meetings, sports, kids activities, happy hours all play into this.  My goal is to cook at least 3 of the weeknights.  And plan for leftovers the nights I wont have time.  Picking recipes that can double duty.  Like, cook extra chicken one night for dinner.  Make soup or chop up extra chicken for salads the next night.  I know that if I have a meeting on a Tuesday night, I need to:

A.) prep or cook the night before.

B.) plan something super simple.

C.) pick up dinner somewhere.

 

2 – Pick one day a week to decide on actual meals.  Every Wednesday I do my meal plan for the following week.  Now that you’ve figured out how many meals you need to plan for the upcoming week.  Flip thought magazines.  Scroll through pinterest.  Pull out all your fave cookbooks.  Just pick a day and make it happen.  I actually enjoy this part!  Then write it out in the notes on your phone.

Monday – chicken + rice + veggies

Tuesday – chicken tacos + green salad

etc…

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{no churn circus animal cookie ice cream}

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I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream.  Especailly with these tripple digit temps we’ve been gatting!

Oh, and did you know this Sunday is National Ice Cream Day?  Can I get a hell yeah!

This easy ice cream will be a hit with your kids!  And the 30 and over crowd too 🙂  Promice!  Peeps wont believe you whipped this up in no time at all + without an ice cream maker.

Just a couple of simple ingredients.  Freeze overnight.  Scoop + serve!  Done!

For starters – If you don’t LOVE Mother’s Circus Animal Cookies, then we can’t be friends!

To be completely honest, you could legit add any cookies pieces to this reicpe and it would work great.  If oreos are your jam, add em!

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{lemon spaghetti}

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I like carbs and I cannot lie!  The way I see it, God invented carbs for a reason!  #yolo

This isn’t your typical meat sauce + noodles.  It’s light and refreshing.

It’s an unexpected combo that works so so well together!  Perfect for a summer side dish.  I typically have all the ingredients on hand too!

A couple of thing before we get started.  “Good” olive oil is KEY!  It’s one of the main ingredients on this dish.  I bet you already know what I’m going to say, huh?  Seka Hills Olive Oil is the #1 in my book.  I don’t even mess with the store-bought stuff anymore.

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You guys, Seka Hills invited me out for a farm tour a few weeks ago.  I’m still blown away.  Over 17,000 acres!  Different olive varieties.  Grapes #wineo  Almond trees.  Honey (bay’s fave) Asparagus, which I have a new-found respect for.  Not that I didn’t love it before, but did you know asparagus has to be harvested daily?  By hand!  It’s a labor of love, my friends!

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60 acres of asparagus.  Crazy, right?

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The honey!

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Did you know they grow all the produce that is distributed to wine club members?  I figured they sourced it out.  Nope!  This photo below is where they grow the produce we get!  Just another plus!

Oh and if you’re interested in joining their wine club, here’s all the info: Seka Hills Wine Clubs

And can we talk about the fact they now have Beef Club, I might need to get in on that one.

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But the olive trees, they are beyond impressive.  Seka just released a new variety of Olive Oil.  It’s called the Tribal Blend.  It’s a unique blend of estate Frantoio + Picual + Arbequina.  The results are a medium to robust intensity.  It’s different.  More bold.

This week, I cracked open my second bottle of the Tribal Blend EVOO!  And It’s what I used in this Lemon Spaghetti recipe!!

Basically, I’m obsessed with it.

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The funny thing, I’ll drink cheap ass wine.  Pizza from Little Caesars.  But when it comes to olive oil, I straight up do not mess around with the cheap stuff.  Ha!

#oliveoilsnob

Lemon Spaghetti // 

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{may in review}

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In case you missed it, let’s review what went down in May…..

23 blog posts.

Some of my highest viewing stats, thanks to the Patron sale at Nugget + my Mother’s Day Gift Guide!

Something else that caught my attention, I had views from 44 other countries.  Forty four!  Crazy, right?  I’m really not even sure how that happens.

 

 

Here’s a little re-cap on what we chatted about in May:

 

{currently craving // may} should I do this again for June?

Bay requests this {crunchy iceberg salad bowls} weekly

According to stats this was my highest viewed post for May {gift guide: mother’s day}

{friday 5} this post came in second…all because that Patron sale at Nugget lol.

{weekend notes} a weekend full of Spring Show

The prettiest summer salad I ever did meet {strawberry + beet salad}

{kaia BRIK goals} meeting my goals, but missed two classes in the last 6 weeks (not bad, not bad)

{april in review} and 2 cute Target dresses

{friday 5} homemade pickled onions + a madewell top I love

Another good one {weekend notes}  Mother’s Day + Lucky In Kentucky + my strawberry + baby daisy naked cake

Taco Tuesday {sheet pan shrimp fajitas} with a side of guac…yummm

This {floral top + random thoughts} is another one that’s been on maj repeat + it’s currently marked down to $17!!

Getting a little hippie-dippie with these {floral + herb smudge stick diy}

Now I want to go home and clean my fridge again after looking at this {friday 5} And I’m happy to report….Bay + I are still doing our Friday morning Starbucks dates too ♥

{weekend notes} celebrating GG + pool dates + hiking…that was a damn good weekend

So, {do you kimono} now?

Bay Bakes {oatmeal peanut butter cookies}

Only 2 1/2 days of school left, do you have your {teacher gift} ready?  Loved getting tagged in everyone’s pics that duplicated this fun gift idea.

Still obsessed with this crop top from {friday 5}

Anyone made these {mexican burgers} yet?

Spending the weekend checking out Cory’s old stomping grounds on {weekend notes}

Currently want to tie dye everything after making these {tie dye napkin diy}

Have you added any of these {food finds} to your TJ’s list

 

What a month!

Once again, BIG thank you to you for clicking on this website and reading.  Thank you for sending me pictures of the cute tops you order from the blog.  Tagging me in your pictures on insta stories.  Texting me for that recipe.  Tips on how to make the naked cake.  You guys really do make my day ♥

 

And in other news, the dress of my dreams arrived last night.  Remember the one I told you about yesterday on {weekend notes}?

 

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I bought this dress for an event.  Otherwise, I would have no place to wear it.  Ha!  I’m not a big get super dressed up type.

It’s like a gown.  Never, I have ever owned a dress like this.  The quality is top-notch.  It’s elegant.  Classic.  The color is so vibrant.  Super faltering silhouette…almost like it was tailored.  The ruffle details are perfectly placed.  And it has pockets!  Basically the ultimate summer statement dress.  Exactly what I was looking for.

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{food finds}

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After I eat, I immediately start thinking about what I’m going to eat next.  Anyone with me?

Or how about, “I was so busy, I didn’t have time to eat.”  Whatttt?  I’ve also never had this problem.  Even on my busiest days!  My days consistently revolve around my next meal…lol.

So, let’s chat about my second favorite subject (clothing being #1 obvi) FOOD falling closely behind.

I could spend all day talking about a cute top or a beautiful meal I can’t wait to create.  Ha!

Good food, though.

I recently came across 5 new (to me) items, at Trader Joe’s, like always, that I’m obsessed with.

Like, I’ve gone back and bought the same item more than once.  I’m sure you’ve seen these items all over the internet.  TJ’s products tend to break the internet from time to time…lol.

Back in March of 2016 I even wrote: {20 trader joe’s products i’m obsessed with} You should totally check it out…just saying 🙂

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So, in true xoxostacyb form, we’re gonna talk all about it!

All the things, always!

 

Tahini, Pepita & Apricot Slaw Kit

I’m not typically a bagged salad gal.  Tons of sugar.  Just okay flavor.  And let’s be honest, they are kind of a rip-off.  Each week I grab the big ass tub of mixed greens for about $4-5 and that lasts me all week-long.  Salad kits are a one shot meal.  Get soggy and gross.  But, this one, this one right here, it withstood the test.  Bay wouldn’t touch it with a 10 foot pole…lol.  I feasted on this salad kit at one dinner + 3 lunches.  Never got soggy at all.  I even through the final leftovers on my taco salad.  BOMB!

 

* The $3.99  bag can be found in the bagged salad section for a “limited time” RUNNNN!

160 calories per serving // 10 grams fat // 13 carbs // 7 sugar // 4 protein

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Roasted Plantain Chips

Up until recently I was a plantain chip virgin.  I always figured they’d be sugary + sweet + banana tasting.  So gross!  That’s what I get for being a judgy bitch.  I couldn’t have been more wrong.  They are so damn good.  I could kill the whole bag in one sitting just like a bag of tortilla chips.  And I’m a tortilla chip gal.  So much, that if I was stranded on a deserted island and could bring 1 snack, I think I’d pick tortilla chips + salsa.  Anyway, they are not a tortilla chip, by any means.  But, they are so good dipped in salsa + guac.  And the only ingredient: plantains.  Talk about real food!

 

* You can find these is the chip aisle and I highly recommend picking up a $1.69 bag or 2 (for safe measure).

20 chips: 140 calories per serving // 6 fat // 20 carbs // 0 sugar // 1 protein

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Premium Wild Salmon Burgers

Wild pink salmon from Alaska.  Sounds so fancy, right?  I promise you will open up the little individually wrapped burgers and think…huh?  xoxostacyb is straight trippin.  I also promise that if you bbq these bad boys straight from the freezer.  Top with a dollop of pesto when almost ready.  My homemade pesto is bomb, by the way!  Then serve them over a Caesar salad + on a bun or lettuce wrapped, you’ll understand.  This quick and easy protein-packed burger is a new staple in our home.  Bay LOVES them and I LOVE it!

 

*You can find a box of 4 individually wrapped burgers in the freezer section (aka the dangerous aisle) for $6.49

110 calories per serving // 3.5 fat // 3 carbs // 1 sugar // 15 protein

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Cauliflower Gnocchi

Fist off, let’s all say gnocchi together (NYOK-kee).  I feel silly every time I say it.  And I think everybody says it differently.  Ha.  Ok, now raise your hand if you’re down with the cauliflower everything fad?  My hand is up in the air!  Riced.  Mashed.  Pizza crust.  You name it, I’ve tried it.  I’m down with it.  The traditional gnocchi is made up of potatoes.  But potatoes “make you’re butt big”  Joking.  These bad boys are made up of cauliflower translating to NO wheat + sugar + dairy + eggs.  Resulting in fewer carbs + fat + calories.  Hell yes.

The internet give this product mixed reviews.  I believe it’s all in the cooking methods……

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{friday 5}

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Happy Friday Senoritas!  This week was a doozy.  So tired.  So annoyed.  So grumpy.  For absolutely NO reason at all.  Hence the {floral + herb smudge stick diy}  For the record, it worked!  Feeling 100 again.  Friday might have a little something to do with it?!?!?  Weekend agenda: nada.  Zip.  Zilch.  Nada.  Well, kinda.  We are celebrating GG’s 93rd Birthday tonight, so that’s for sure something.  And the royal wedding…obvi.  Maybe lay out by the pool.  Drink some wine?  Sure, why not.  It’s a weekend dedicated to do what ever the hell we want.  And it happened just when we needed it the most.

Before we part for the weekend, let’s chat about 5 things.  Real quick…..

 

ONE – The Royal Wedding // Who’s getting up at the butt-crack of dawn to watch the Royal Wedding?  I originally said “hell yes,” but the more I think about it….kinda depends on how many cervezas I consume at GG’s fiesta tonight.  Just keepin it real.  DVR is locked and loaded in case I hit snooze.

Then I found this fun drinking game.  Basically, you’d be drunk by 5am if you play during actual time.  Not even sure I’m down with that.  Maybe I’ll play with my cup of coffee + Bailey’s?  Hmmm!  Mimosas?

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TWO – Friday Starbucks Date // Back in the day, I’m talking when Bay was around 5 years old, maybe?  We used to do Starbucks dates every Friday morning.  Bay would get the mini vanilla scones, two of them.  I always got a frapp.  Well, last Friday we randomly decided to go to Starbucks at 6am (I skipped the gym, hungover AF)  We ordered drinks + breakfast and sat together and talked about random life shit.  Like the fact she has a crush on this boy….OMG, kill me now!  It was so nice to have a little one-on-one date with my girl.  Before the hectic work/school day begins.  So, we’ve made a pact to make it our new Friday morning thing.  And you better believe she popped out of bed at 6am for our date this morning ♥

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THREE – Clean Fridge //  I’ve told you before that Thursday nights are my cleaning nights.  I’m a crazy routine person.  I have certain things I do on certain days.  Like the carwash.  Grocery shopping.  Banking.  Peeps think I’m so crazy, but I live for routine + schedule.  Keeps me organized and happy!  Last night, for some odd reason, I had a burst of energy around 10pm.  (I was like, where the fuck did that come from?)  After most of my cleaning was done.  So, obvi I stayed up till midnight to clean out the fridge.  Pulled everything out.  Threw out anything expired.  Wiped down all the shelves and drawers.  Woke up at 4:30 am tired AF and my workout was almost impossible due to lack of sleep.  But, when I opened my sparkly clean fridge this morning, I realized it was all worth it.  And I’m officially and OLD, because I find this to be so incredibly rewarding.  Ha!

And yes, I have a second fridge in the garage to house all my booze + La Croix.

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{strawberry + beet salad}

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Mother’s Day is THIS WEEKEND peeps!  Did you scoop up a little something for your Mom yet?  Check out my {gift guide: mother’s day} for some fun ideas.  Have you booked brunch resies at her favorite spot?  Or planned a delish menu to celebrate your Mama?

If you’re going the hostess route, I’ve got something you MUST add to the menu.

This could quite possibly, not only be the most gorgeous salad I’ve ever made, but it’s fucking delicious too!

I’ve even added steps to simplify and make it a little more semi-homemade.  This will blow your Mama’s socks off.  You will definitely become her “favorite!”

You can thank me later 🙂

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{orange table setting}

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Oranges + kumquat!  Nothing brightens up a room better than fresh fruits.  Totally stylish.  Super affordable.  And delicious too!  I envisioned using fresh produce of some sort in lieu of flowers for a change.  Honestly I wasn’t sure if I could pull it off.  I bought fresh stems at TJ’s as a backup plan…Ha!

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The oranges + kumquat both complement the spring + summer color palette perfectly.  Such an easy pop of color.  I’m typically not a HUGE color fan.  I like to keep it pretty neutral.  But, this is so pleasing to the eye, that I fell in love.

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The centerpiece consists of oranges + greenery (that I pulled from a bouquet my homegirl Nikki brought me) + Eucalyptus filler that I picked up from Target yesterday.  $7.99 for 3 bunches.  Originally I bought them for a different spot in the house and threw them in here last-minute.  Wouldn’t they look so cute in a bud vase?  They are super versatile and almost look real!

BIG shout out to Jamie Carroll + Allison Rose for the orange + kumquat delivery.  Thank you for making my table dreams come true ♥

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We have to take a moment to chat about these glasses.  I fell in love the moment I laid my eyes on these beauties.  They are vintage so I can’t link them or tell you where you can find some.  Sorry!  They look real pretty filled with rosé….I had to test it out the day I brought them home.  I’m thinking pretty desserts next.  But for now, they are showing off on my dinning room table and they make me uber happy!

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This $9 wine decanter was another Target find a few months back.  Filled with sliced oranges + water.  That’s what I’ll do.  I tried chardonnay and it looked kinda like urine…lol.  So, we’ll stick with water for now.

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Whenever I want to change-up the dinning room table, the first thing I do is linen napkins.  It’s impressive what a simple napkin can do for a table.  I picked up this white stripe 4-pack for $7 at Target yesterday.  They are a simple + classic, so they will be used over and over again.

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I think lemons + lavender would also be such a great combo.  Who knows, maybe I’ll try that next 🙂

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Tied a piece of greenery around the back of the white chairs.  It’s the little details that always get me.  Super simple and so pretty!

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{avocado toast 4 ways}

 

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My love for avocado toast is deep.  Like soooo deep, I made 4 different types of avo toasts over the weekend.  We’re just gonna go ahead and call it avo toast, k?  It’s kinda my Saturday + Sunday jam!

But before we dive into avo toast, let’s get down to the basics……

How to pick a ripe avo.

There is nothing better than cutting into a perfect avo.  Am I right?  Especially when you just spent $3.99 for each of those little fuckers.

I even wrote a post about it!  {avocado love affair} Haha!  Which brought to my attention, that I’ve been making avo toast since 2015.  That’s before avo toast was even cool.

I buy about 4 avocados a week.  All different stages of ripeness.  That way they last me all week.  Cause I don’t want a hard ass avo.  And I also don’t want a brown-ish mushy one either.

Here’s what you do:

Remove the stem of the avocado to reveal the ripeness……

Green – under ripe

It may feel OK from the outside, but the inside will be hard as a rock…..no bueno.

Dark Brown – overripe

When you cut the avocado open it will be brownish, sometimes smelly and super squishy with the pit un-intact …gross!

Yellowish – just right

Avocado perfection.  The pit will be intact and it will have the perfect shade of green!!

I leave my avo’s in a bowl on the counter.  If you want an avo to ripen sooner, place it in a paper bag.  Always room temp!!!

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And don’t think this is just something I make for breakfast.  Avocado toast is completely acceptable any time of the day, in my book.

Wake up hangry or hungover?  Avo toast!

Looking for an easy snack?  Avo toast!

Dinner when you don’t feel like cooking?  You guessed it….Avo toast!

 

To begin, there is ONE GOLDEN RULE!

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{mexican hot pot}

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M O N D A Y // back to work after 10 days of Spring Break. It’s bittersweet. I’m craving my routine + schedule, but feel like just one more day would sure be nice lol. Anyone else with me? And the rain in the forecast, I can’t. But it gives me a reason to share this soup recipe I’ve been saving…..

I’m sure by now we are all familiar with Pho.  That shit is delish.  And the Pho restaurant closest to us is called Pho King.  So, depending on how you pronounce Pho (“fuh”), the name of the restaurant if kinda fun to say.  Fuh-king.

Anyway, if you dig Pho, then you’ll dig this!  A hot pot is traditionally a Chinese soup containing Asian ingredient.  It’s prepared at the dinning table in a simmering pot of soup stock.  While the stock is simmering, ingredients are added.  Like, thinly sliced meats + veggies + seafood.  Then ladled over noodles, like Pho.

Sounds good huh?

Then you throw a mexican twist and ladle over rice.  Boom!  You’ve got a mexican hot pot.

Bay devoured this soup!  My Mom (the official taste tester) gave it a thumbs up.  So, it’s basically a keeper.  And a sharer.

This hot pot would be a fun dish to make for company.  Especially picky eaters.  Each soup bowl can be customized with favorite toppings.

I’m BIG on toppings.  The more the merrier.  Bay just a little cotija + lime and she’s good to go.

And you can’t forget the avocado crema.  OMG.  Crema is my jam.  Stir it in last-minute and you’ll be a happy camper.

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I was finally able to give my Martha Stewart cookware a run for it’s money.  Best gift ever.  Thanks Mom!!!

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