{friday 5}

2.png

Hey Girl, Hey!  It’s Friday!  Weekend plans: eat pizza + watch movies (we rented 3) + lay by the pool + celebrate Father’s Day + volunteer + kayak.  A little bit of everything.  Super looking forward to all the things we’ve got on our agenda.  Don’t you love it when that happens?  Whatever you’ve got planned for the next two day, enjoy it.  Have a good one friends!

 

What to know what’s on my mind this Friday?  I’m just going to take up a hot second of your time…..

 

ONE –  Volleyball Camp // Today was the last day of the week-long Pioneer Volleyball Camp.  This was Bay’s first year and she absolutely loved it.  BIG thank you to Carrie + my Mom for getting her to + from while I’m stuck at work.  You guys, I swear she grew another inch this week too.  Today, she actually borrowed one of my workout tops.  And….it fit her.  WTF is happening?

IMG_7167

 

TWO – Food Find // Trader Joe’s Salad Topper.  Ingredients: Sliced almonds + roasted pepitas + salt + white sesame seeds + black sesame seeds + nigella seeds + crushed red pepper.  $3.99 for 8 individual packets.  Basically 50 cents per salad.  So far I’ve sprinkled this topping over eggs + tuna + salads.  So good!

 

IMG_7168

 

THREE – Holy Housewives // Did you watch the trailer for season 13 of Orange County?  What a shit show!  Bravo added three new housewives (that’s including Vicki and her new face HA).  Set your DVR for Monday, July 16th!  From the looks of the video below, it’s going to be a good season!

The Real Housewives of Orange County Gina Kirschenheiter Emily Simpson Shannon Beador Vicki Gunvalson Tamra Judge Kelly Dodd

Continue reading

{chicken caesar salad pizza}

IMG_7093

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!

IMG_7091

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

Continue reading

{may in review}

IMG_6651.JPG

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}?

 

IMG_6652.JPG

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.

Continue reading

{food finds}

FullSizeRender (17)Forget to eat?  This cant be real?

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 🙂

34103358_10211651284424710_5612897780512063488_n.jpg

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

3.jpg

 

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

4.jpg

 

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

5.jpg

 

 

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……

Continue reading

{sheet pan shrimp fajitas}

IMG_5355

Hey friends.  It’s Taco Tuesday, so this recipe seemed pretty necessary!  There are a few things I’m passionate about when it comes to Tuesday dinner.

  1. Tacos ALWAYS, tacos
  2. A cold one (bud light lime preferably) 
  3. Quick + easy

I’m a Mom with a blog (kinda like a dog with a blog…lol) + a full-time job, so anytime I can come up with a simple way to throw together a healthy dinner….I’m all about it!

Sheet pan recipes are so legit!

Let’s chat about some of my faves…..

Breakfast sheet pans?  Yassss: {sheet pan eggs}

My go-to, even made this last night, {sheet pan sausage + veggies}

I almost forgot about sheet pan sausage + veggies over roasted cauli rice {friday 5} yummm!

I make a mean sheet pan nachos too, Cory + Bay can vouch.  {weekend notes}

Last year I shared a chicken version {sheet pan fajita} Remember that one?

Sheet pans meals are so damn perfect.  One dish and your done!  Clearly, I’m a fan…lol!

I’m also currently HOOKED on Trader Joe’s Wild Argentinian Red Shrimp.  You can grab a bag in the freezer section for $9.99 and they are hands down the best frozen un-cooked shrimp around.  Trust me, okay?!?!

 

IMG_5353

Can we take a moment and taco-bout this taco holder?  I mean, you guys…it’s so necessary…lol!  For $7.99, there was NO way I could pass it up.  You can find them in the Opalhouse section at Target 🙂

 

Metal Taco Holder – Opalhouse ($7.99)

53024674

Continue reading

{taco pizza}

IMG_3805

What happens when a taco meets a pizza?  Let’s taco-bout it……

That was so bad, sorry…HA!

Raise your hand if you love tacos?

Raise your hand if you love pizza?

It’s safe to say, I see all your hands in the air.

I think we all know by now, that pizza is my jam.  Tacos are a very close runner-up though.  So, why not combine the two for Taco Tuesday?

 

IMG_3807

Years and years ago, I made a taco pizza.  I totally forgot about it, till last week.  I decided to re-create it.  Give it a shot.  See what my peeps think.

Well, it was a hit!  I got thumbs up!

Kinda like a Mexican Pizza, but kinda not.  You know what I mean?

Let’s take a moment and marvel at that pizza.  That crust.  Those toppings.  Bubbly cheese.

Continue reading

{friday 5}

images.png

Yep, it’s finally Friday!  And this girl is ready to shake a tail feather.  How about you?  It was a damn good week.  I got shit accomplished.  This weather….straight up beer drinking weather.  What’s on the agenda for the weekend?  We’re hanging out Saturday and headed to the city on Sunday for a mother-daughter date ♥

Before I wrap up this day…..

Let’s chat about what I’ve got on my mind?  Just some things I’m currently diggin…..

 

ONE – Fanny Pack //  Ok friends.  I’m thinking about pulling the trigger on a fanny pack.  Crazy to think the 90’s fanny pack is making its way back.  Goes to show, everything comes full circle.  Ha!  There are so many cute options, but obvi I have my heart set on a not so budget friendly pack.  I think it would be so great for vacationing.  Weekends.  Shopping.  Anything really.  What do you think?

2018-TAN-LEATHER-PURSE-2_1024x1024

 

I found this on Urban Dictionary…lol:

A pouch or other device used to hold items usually worn around the waist. Most often used as an alternative to a man-purse.
Frank keeps his lube and lipstick in his fanny pack.

 

 

TWO – Songs // Do you ever listen to a song over and over till your almost sick of it? Me too!  Ha!  Midland has been on maj repeat.  This Old Heart + Burn Out have been my jam.  Having a little FOMO for Stagecoach.  Midland is on the lineup too!

Midland – Burn Out

Midland – This Old Heart 

Midland.jpg

 

 

THREE – Snackin’ //  Hummus!  Like always, jazzed up!  Good ol’ Trader Joe’s hummus.  With a drizzle of olive oil.  And a couple sprinkles of TJ’s everything but the bagel seasoning.  Cut up veggies from the weekend meal prep.  TJ’s beet crackers, which I’m IN LOVE with.  I have to hide them or Bay + Cory will polish them off.

Jazz up your hummus this weekend and watch it disappear.

IMG_3487

Continue reading