Daddy’s Day

Hi lovelies! Long time, no see! Sorry I’ve been a little MIA lately- things have been so busy but I’m happy to be back around the blog. I have some recipes to share with you, some fun adventures in the city, my trip to Indy, fashion and much more! But today, I thought I’d start with the most recent– Father’s Day!

I spent the weekend celebrating my Daddy Jeff- the most caring, compassionate, loving man I know. I feel so lucky to be his daughter and it was a pleasure spending time with him and making sure that he felt extra special, because he truly deserves it. We went to the CA Academy of Sciences and Japanese Tea Garden on Saturday (more on that in a separate post) so we decided to do church and dinner on Sunday. To stray from the norm, my mom and I decided it would be fun to cook dinner for Daddy Jeff. He chose the general idea of what he wanted, and then I turned to some of my favorite bloggers for recipe inspiration. We came up with gazpacho (recipe to come), Mama Pea’s Yukon Gold White Bean Basil Burgers and dessert in the form of Averie’s Peanut Butter Cocoa Krispies Smores Bars.

I’ve eaten countless veggie burgers but never made them, so I was excited to tackle this challenge. Most veggie burgers contain rice or quinoa, so I was so surprised when this recipe combined potatoes with beans! It sounds unusual, but it tastes delicious! I followed Mama Pea’s recipe exactly, only substituting gluten-free flour and a small amount of finely diced onions. It was really easy to prepare, but I did make the mistake of not steaming the potatoes enough. That combined with the fact that I don’t have a potato masher resulted in a sore arm, but ultimately, a happy stomach. We chose to serve the burgers atop mixed greens with tomatoes and fresh mozzarella. As I was slicing the mozzarella, and obviously employing the one for me, one for the plate philosophy, I was struck again with how much better fresh mozzarella is rather than the shredded stuff in the bag. I may never go back! We also lightly drizzled a bottled, gluten-free Herbs de Provence dressing atop the greens which perfectly complimented the other flavors.

And then it was time for dessert! Daddy Jeff LOVES peanut butter and chocolate, and if you are looking for one of the best recipes, check this one out. Since I made the one I linked to last Father’s day, I knew this year that I wanted something different. Averie never steers me wrong when it comes to her desserts, so I knew she would be an awesome resource. These bars are all over Pinterest, and when you try them, you can see why. I mean, how could white chocolate + marshmallows + graham crackers + peanut butter + cocoa krispies + chocolate ever be bad? Answer: It couldn’t. What’s especially great about this recipe is that it’s super easy to make, virtually no-bake and is easily gluten-free and vegan! Oh, and it tastes like an extra amazing s’more.

As you can see, it was a wonderful day full of great company and good food. It was really fun cooking with my mom, and so great to sit together as a family with a healthy, home cooked meal. I hope Daddy Jeff enjoyed his weekend as much as I enjoyed celebrating it with him.

Questions:

-Did you do anything special this weekend?

-What’s your favorite kind of Veggie burger?

 

Fave 5 Friday

Hi lovelies!

Happy Friday! I hope that you all had a great week and have a wonderful weekend planned! There are a lot of fun things going on this week/weekend and I had trouble deciding the things to highlight! But here are the best of the week…

1. Nordstrom Anniversary Sale!

My favorite sale of the year!

Today marks the beginning of the Nordstrom Anniversary sale! This is the best sale of the year because all of their new fall merchandise goes on sale for two weeks and then prices go back to normal on August 1. Always a sucker for a sale, I will definitely be checking it out this weekend! I usually like to buy a new pair of winter boots at the sale because they rarely drop down to that price again until after the season is over! (Also, if you’re interested, I got an email from Piperlime about their “Pre-Fall sale” so there might be some good deals there too!

2. Veggie Burger from Hillstone!

So massive and delicious!

I’ll admit that I’m kind of picky about my veggie burgers. I like them to have the perfect texture and it cannot be bland. The first time I tried a veggie burger from Hillstone, I was blown away by how they did everything right. The toasted seseme bun, piled high with veggies are the perfect compliment for the burger and melted Jack cheese on top of the most delicious combination of brown rice, black beans and oat bran. As you can see, it’s huge, so it’s great to split or to eat for two meals. If you live near a Hillstone/Houston’s/Bandera and see this on the menu, order it! Trust me, you won’t be sorry!

3. Project 7 Water

Great products for a great cause!

I first saw Project 7 water when I was at the airport on my way to Dallas. I was initially intrigued by the bottle and had no idea what an amazing cause I was supporting. Basically, Project 7 doesn’t want you to buy more stuff, just to change the products you buy to help their goal of making a significant, measurable difference in the world. Each bottle of water goes to support a different cause and the 7 were chosen as ways to turn the 7 deadly sins upside down and focus on making positive change in areas of global need. Their main missions are to heal the sick, save the Earth, house the homeless, feed the hungry, quench the thirsty, teach them well and hope for peace. This is such an incredible company and I hope you check it out and find some great products!

4. Smoothie Bowls!

Not so pretty but it tastes amazing!

Lately, I have been obsessed with smoothie bowls! I used to see them all the time across the blogs but I just didn’t really see what all the hype was about. Well, that was all before I won a bag of Sunwarrior protein powder on Katie’s blog! Ever since then, smoothies have been rocking my world. I started eating them out of a bowl just because I liked using a spoon but now that I finally purchased some xanthan gum, they are thick enough to officially be considered bowl-worthy!

5. Movie in the park!

Dancing at the SF movie in the park

This weekend I’m going to see When Harry Met Sally in Union Square! I’ve never been to a “movie in the park” so I’m really looking forward to it! Plus, I’ve actually never seen When Harry Met Sally and think it is high time I change that. It also just so happens that The Wedding Planner was on tv last weekend and I somehow had forgotten that the movie was based in San Francisco AND that they danced in the park. So if anyone spots Matthew McConaughey lurking around, you can certainly send him my way!

Questions:

-What’s your favorite vegetarian option to order at a restaurant?

-Have blogs influenced your eating habits at all?

-What one item would you love to purchase at Nordstroms if money were no object?