How do you like ’em? Are you the kind of person who likes every chip to have equal amounts of all of the toppings (um hai, that’s me, Miss Perfectionist/Slightly OCD)? Do you like plain chips with melted cheese, no extra toppings needed? Do you like real cheese or that fake hella-yellow cheese sauce made from… I don’t even know, not cheese? These are the important questions of our time.
For me, these spiralized zucchini nachos are exactly how I want nachos to be: Extra loaded with toppings. Equal distribution. Mega flavor. Lots of (REAL) cheese. And oh so easy!
The school bell might be ringing soon and the sun might be going down sooner and yes, it might even feel a little chilly at night (which I secretly but not-so-secretly love) but you know what? Summer isn’t over until we say it’s over. For me, there are still several weeks left before we can officially say goodbye to this carefree, bountiful season and hello to apples and pumpkins and colored leaves and chunky scarves and eventually to the Season That Shall Not Be Named – though department stores would have you think otherwise with their Halloween decorations and Christmas music already (TOO SOON) — so while we still have these last few precious weeks, let’s soak them up.
Let’s put our feet in the water. Actually, let’s jump in the water with our clothes on.
Let’s drink all the iced coffees and lick all the ice cream cones and get our hands sticky with popsicle juice.
Let’s run through sprinklers and roll the windows down and feel the wind in our hair and perfect our farmer’s tans and check off all the things left on our summer bucket lists. For me, it’s all of the above plus making and eating a few of my favorite summertime-lovin’ recipes from the blog. I’ve got my work cut out for me but hey! There is still time. Will you join me in making the most of it?
First up on this recipe version of a summer bucket list: Blueberry Lemon Muffin Bread. It’s sweet and full of juicy blueberries and fresh lemon and it’s just like eating the season, but with a streusel topping. GOALS.
Does anyone else feel a) like summer is going by WAY too quickly, b) like they haven’t had nearly enough ice cream sandwiches for the season and/or c) like they need a vacation after every busy weekend? And also d) like they need this Sparkling Mango Chili Lime Agua Fresca in their life?
I definitely feel all of the above. Especially the latter. Because one sip of this refreshingly sweet, spicy, sparkly drink and you’ll feel like you should have been drinking these all summer long. Good thing there are still a few weeks left!
I used to hate sandwiches. No really, like HATE. It’s a strong word but it completely sums up my former feelings for them.
That’s because my dad used to make our sandwiches for school lunches in the following manner: White bread. Yellow mustard. Meat (usually ham). American cheese. The end. And so it went every. single. day.
That’s not to say my dad always makes terrible food. We do know and love his chilirecipes, after all. But Dad? Your sandwiches of yore have nothing on this spicy Thai veggie sandwich.
It was a whirlwind of showings and phone calls and meetings and negotiations and big adult things, but we did it. And we are ever so relieved and grateful and excited.
It’s funny, because while I am feeling all of the above feelings, I’m also feeling a sense of loss. We do still love this old, charming little house. It’s our first house. We brought our child home to this house. I’ve made a lot of food for this blog in this house. We have amazing neighbors and the community has so much to offer. But we also are ready. We are ready to move into a new home that we can settle into for a lifetime. And thank goodness that, no matter where we live, I can have this summer vegetable quinoa tabbouleh in my life.
I am finally out of a cooking rut, and I have these Southern style chicken sandwiches to thank for that.
Actually, I have Phi to thank for that. Because without her new cookbook, Fast and Easy Five-Ingredient Recipes, my family would still be eating hot dogs for dinner and we wouldn’t know that these delicious slider sandwiches exist. And we also wouldn’t know that there are so many delicious recipes we can make with just five ingredients.
So thank you, Phi. My finally-hot-dog-free dinner menu thanks you, too.