Coconut Lime Cookie and Fro-Yo Sandwiches

Six years ago this morning, I was sitting in hair salon chairs with my best friend sipping coffee through a straw having my hair done for my wedding, nervously checking ferry wait times, and stressing about my half-memorized vows. Six years ago today, I said “I do” to the guy who still makes me laugh until I cry and is every bit as kind, smart, and wonderful as I thought when we jumped into this crazy adventure.  There is no one else I would want to do life with. Yesterday, we boarded a plane for Kauai.  The same island we went to on our honeymoon 6 years ago.  We are…

Summer Salads and Sides: Peach Burrata Salad with Champagne Vinaigrette

Some salads are green.  Lots of salads are pretty.  But some salads are SHOWSTOPPERS! This salad has my whole heart! Say “hello” to a lllll of the stonefuits!  Peaches, plums, and cherries.  Plus, sweet blueberries, cherry tomatoes, fresh mint and basil leaves, and chopped almonds for crunch!  Drizzled with most amazing champagne vinaigrette – made with champagne vinegar and fresh squeezed orange juice Oh, and did I mention the GIANT ball of burrata in the center?  No?  Well, there is a giant, creamy, gooey ball of fresh burrata cheeeeeeese in the middle.  In. Heaven.   This salad is gorgeous, delicious, and packed with all of the amazing fresh flavors of…

Girls Night in 5: Cantaloupe Piña Colada

Girls’ Night in 5 is a monthly “how-to” series containing Girls’ Night friendly recipes with 5 or fewer ingredients and no more than 5 minutes of active prep!  This series is part of my mission to simplify entertaining to encourage readers to invest in their community through hosting and loving people well. Tropical drinks on hot summer days are the best.  The only thing better – aside from drinking a tropical drink in a tropical place – is enjoying them with your best friends on girls’ night!!  This boozy (or virgin!) smoothie-style spin on the piña colada is a cantaloupe infused burst of the tropics. Again, I’m mentally prepping for…

Mango Coconut Sticky Forbidden Rice

Mango, mango, mango!  And coconut Milk!  And sticky forbidden rice! By the time this posts, we will be leaving for Kauai in T minus 6 days, so I wish I could say that this recipe was the product of my tropical recipe fever.  But I can’t.  In fact, it was the product of the husband not being able to chew for several days after dental work.  And after about day 2 of chocolate pudding, he was ready to mix it up a bit.  And knowing he is a huge fan of thai sticky mango rice, I thought this might be right up his alley.  I was not wrong.  As he…

Summer Salads and Sides: Sesame Soy Ahi Salad

Sometimes, I get a food itch that I just can’t quit.  This summer ahi tuna has been one of those. Partially because it takes about 12 seconds to prepare, but mostly because it tastes fresh, amazing and makes me feel like I could be on a tropical island. And to be honest, in exactly 9 days, I will be!  Kauai to be exact.  I plan to eat ahi poke by the bucket, hit-up fish markets like its cool, and order “catch of the day” on the daily.  So I’m giving myself a mini head start this summer. In this case, a sweet-tangy-soy-glazed head start…  Ending with “Mmmmmms” and lots of…
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