{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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Here’s what you’ll need:

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{friday 5}

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Happy Friday friends!  Hope you all had a great 4th of July!!  And have a fun weekend planned.  I’m headed back to Tahoe to finish celebrating.  This whole Wednesday Holiday business is for the birds.

First, I’ve got 5 things on my mind…….

 

ONE – Mom’s Famous Chicken Tortilla Casserole // You guys are gonna want to “pin” print or save this one.  It’s one of my Mom’s (many) famous recipes.  My sis requests it for her Birthday dinner every year.  We have it every family pumpkin carving night.  Bay made it just a couple of weeks ago for Father’s Day.  And I realized, I’ve never shared this keeper with you guys.  It’s easy + delish!  Make it this weekend for your troops 🙂

* This recipe is best if you make it the night before or morning of.

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Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts cooked + shredded (or rotisserie)
  • 12 corn tortillas (taco size), cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 cup red onion, chopped
  • 1 can Cream of chicken soup
  • 1 can Cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 can Chili con carne (no beans)
  • 1 small can green salsa
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 can sliced black olives
  • Green onion, chopped

 

Here’s what you’ll do:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray a 9×13 baking dish with non-stick spray.

In a large bowl mix together chicken + tortillas + red onion + soups + chili + green salsa + chicken broth.

Pour mixture into prepared baking dish.

Top with shredded cheese + olives.

Bake 1 hour.

Top with green onions + serve 🙂

It’s one of those feel good meals that instantly remind me of my childhood.  I think we’ve all got one of those, right?

 

TWO – Beach Tote // I’ve had my eye on these net tote bags for a while now.  Picked one up at Urban Outfitters last week to see what all the jazz was about.  And of course, I fell it love with it.  I found some even cheaper on Amazon and I’m going to upgrade all my re-usable grocery bags with them.  They are super stretchy so they fit wayyy more than you think.  Washable…which is key!  My old bag has seen better days.  The Kate Net Tote comes in 6 other color options too.  Thinking I may need to scoop up a pink one next.

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Kate Net Tote Bag

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THREE – ACV drink // You all know by now that I’m a huge Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar fan.  I drink a shot of that shit every.single.morning.  I promise with time, it really does get easier.  Honestly, I don’t mind it at all.  I spotted the new “drink” on the shelves last week.  And different varieties too.  I grabbed the Ginger Spice.  They also have Honey, Apple Cinnamon, Grape, Limeade, Pomegranate and Sweet Stevia.  It’s about $3 for a glass about the size of a Gatorade.  I saved it for my afternoon snack.  Drank 1/2 the bottle each day.  Then went and bought more.  It’s good!  Click below for more info:

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{watermelon bruschetta}

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Tuesday!  Only Tuesday.  And my epic to-do list isn’t getting any smaller.  But, I watermelon bruschetta leftovers in my fridge, so it’s all good!

When you’ve got a shit-ton of watermelon and don’t know what to do with it!  Make something sweet + savory.  My personal fav.

So perfect for the summer months.

I’m not a huge watermelon fan whatsoever.  But, I was doing my weekly Trader Joe’s chard + healthy shit run, and they were serving watermelon salad.  Paired with a rosé, which is what really got my initial attention.  The TJ’s chick promised me (after proclaiming my detest for watermelon) that I would indeed love this sample.  In my defense, she asked me and when I said No, thank you, she wouldn’t take it.  Ha!

She was right, I actually really liked it!

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{caprese asparagus}

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I’ve got a quick + easy side dish for you today.  Not only is it absolutely delicious, but it’s absolutely beautiful too.  Raise your hand if you’re totally obsessed with caprese salad!  Or caprese anything really.  I have a vision of a caprese burger.  Yumm, right?  Thinking about trying it out this week.

Caprese consists of a few simple ingredients.  Mozzarella cheese.  Tomatoes.  Basil.  That’s the main components.

But, you know I can’t just leave it at that.  Always gotta jazz it up a bit.

Kinda like my {caprese egg cups} I shared a couple of weeks ago.

So, how about asparagus?  It’s in season and inexpensive right now.

Topped with a balsamic glaze.  Hell yeah!

I just realized I’ve never shared my baked caprese before.  OMG!  Clearly I’ve been holding out on you guys.

Next time you’re having guests over or asked to bring a side dish, MAKE THIS!  Super easy.  Ingredient you can’t go wrong with.  And look at it….it’s pretty AF!

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I used my fave Seka Hills products to make this.  Their newest Tribal Blend Extra Virgin Olive Oil(So, so good)  Wildflower Honey.  (Bay eats this straight from the jar)  Which both came in the June wine club bundle. And the Fig Balsamic Vinegar.  My personal fave of the three they offer.

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Here’s what you’ll need:

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{weekend notes}

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Hope you all had a fabulous weekend.  Ours was everything I’d hoped for.  Super chill with a perfect mix of friends + family.  Exploring + pizza!  Ha!  A dream, really!

 

Intentions for the Week:

  • Visit Mezger Zinnia Patch + take flowers to GG(they still look beautiful) 
  • Clean out my work tote – so much shit!(just throw it away #moto)
  • Set a pretty Mexican themed table (almost done) 
  • Share asparagus caprese recipe(did anyone try it yet?) {caprese asparagus}
  • Organize + clean out the garage(still impressed with the results and also, just throw it away came into play)
  • Edible flower ice cubes (roses + lavender + lemons + rosemary…stay tuned)  
  • Labor Day camping trip(we booked Lake Francis and it looks like a fun spot) 
  • Dinner with girlfriends(always a good time with my gals) 
  • Hang out at home(the dvr is empty + house is clean + meal prep is done) 
  • Workout…no excuses!(almost killed it, except for Friday but I’ll take it) 

 

Last weeks Intentions: {weekend notes}

Here’s some highlights…..

 

My girl //

Car selfies with Bay while we wait for Cory

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Friday Night Vibes //

We headed to Full Bell Farm for their Pizza Night.

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Set up out camp

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Popped open some chard

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Listened to so music

I ran into Nancy and she gave me a quick little tour of the gorgeous kitchen.  Best part, they have a dish washer that washes in 90 second.  Umm, I think I need one!

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Wood-fired pizza

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Pizza time

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The peach salad inspired me.  Crazy simple, yet so beautiful + delish.  Remember, I don’t even really do fruit and I really dug this!

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We opted for a sausage pizza

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And a margarita.  I can’t tell you which one was better.  It was a tie!

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The homemade salted caramel ice cream….to.die.for.

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The view from our chairs wasn’t too bad either.

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photo cred: Bay

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Get these dates on your calendar and go visit Full Belly Farm for one of their summer pizza nights.  It is a trek, but totally worth it.

Pizzas are $15 each.  We ordered 2 for the three of us and had leftovers.  You can BYO beer + wine.  Set up a picnic and hang out.

I’m now dying to check out one of their Farm Dinners.

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Saturday morning //

Always prepping + cooking in the kitchen.

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I’d swear I shared this one before, but I can’t find it anywhere.  So, coming soon!

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Pool day //

Bay + her flamingo

 

While Me + Nikki + Mom sipped rosé

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Always feeding my people.

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{chicken caesar salad pizza}

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Made a salad for dinner!  Okay fine, it was pizza.  Chicken caesar salad pizza, so basically salad, right?

I combined two of my loves.  Pizza + caesar salad.  Insert mouth-watering!  Pizza has always been my guilty pleasure.  Caesar salad is my newest obsession.  Nothing better than a crisp cold caesar salad with parm + salt + pepper.  This week I’m even grilling the romaine to switch it up a little.  Stay tuned.

The results: absolutely delicious!

The crispy warm pizza crust.  Melty cheese.  Topped with cold crunchy salad.  I’m telling you, this pizza is a game changer.

Bay gave me the best compliment ever!  “This pizza is better than Papa Murphy’s” and she LOVES her Papa Murphys pizza…Ha!

I’ll take it!

You can take on the recipe two different ways.  Make the dressing from scratch, which would bring this to a whole nother level.  And make homemade pizza dough.  Yumm!

Or you could make this a quick + easy weeknight dinner with a few ingredients from the store.

Trader Joe’s has the best store-bought pizza dough.  It comes in a bag in the refrigerated section.  You can choose from original, whole wheat or garlic + herb.  They are $1.29 for 1 lb of dough.  And it’s damn good.  You take it out of the bag and place on a work surface sprinkled with flour and leave it there for 1 hour.  The package says 20 minutes, but it’s so much easier to roll out when at room temp.  This is a step you cannot skip!

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And if you wanna make this a whole-lot easier, grab a caesar salad bagged salad kit + rotisserie chicken.  Boom!

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