Simple Saturday: A Little Pinspiration


I bet from that title you thought this post was going to be about Pinterest.

Well, it’s not. It’s actually about pillows.

As I’ve gotten into home decorating (the little bit that I’m capable of doing), I may have discovered that I have an obsession…with pillows.

I love researching pillows online, testing them out at stores and finding great deals on these couch adornments.

I like pillows because they’re not a huge investment, and they can be such a nice pop of color or pattern.

Am I the only weirdo out there who thinks so? I hope not.

Here are some of my fave pillows under $60 that I’ve found:

(Disclaimer: If you come to my house, you might even see some of these in real life).

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All the Good Stuff

cream cheese cookies

With some recipes, you just know they’re going to be good when you read the ingredients.

When I saw the recipe for these Cream Cheese Cookies from Food52, I knew I had to try them.

Ingredients: sugar, butter, flour, cream cheese.

These cookies sounded so classically delicious, a sweet treat that no one could resist.

And they SO were.

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Veg Fest + Bacon

provencal vegetable soup

A lot of people think I’m a vegetarian.

And I would lie if I said I didn’t play around with the idea. I love vegetables of all shapes, sizes and tastes. In fact, one of my favorite meals is a baked sweet potato.

But, then, there’s pork. Pulled pork. Bacon. Sausage.

I love vegetables, but I love my pork.

Out of this love comes this Provencal Vegetable Soup.

provencal vegetable soup

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Fig Pesto Pizza

melissa's produce

This post is sponsored by Melissa’s Produce. All opinions are my own.

Although I am so excited for fall, there are some things that I will miss about summer.

Watermelon, blackberries and strawberries to name a few.

Fall has it’s own bounty of squashes, sweet potatoes and other root veggies, but there just isn’t much fresh fruit to be had…at least not where I live.

That’s why it’s so nice to have a place where you can get really delicious fruits year-round, a place like Melissa’s Produce. And what fun is it to explore new fruits and veg that don’t ever grow where you live? I’m looking at you, citrus fruits.

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Presto Pesto


Jason and I have been watching A LOT of Bob’s Burgers lately.

If you haven’t ever watched it, I’m pretty sure that you should.

Bob’s Burgers is a hilarious animated show about a family that owns a restaurant. The jokes and plots are amazing, and there are a ton of foodie puns to go around.

Also, there’s a boy on the show named Jimmy Pesto. So, now when I think or say pesto, my mind goes straight to Jimmy. He also loves to dance and has a lisp, in case you were wondering.

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Lasagna Simplified

burrata & squash lasagna

Are there any dishes that you’re scared to make?

Like, is there a recipe calling your name, but you’re just not sure if you can do it?

For me, I’ve never made a lasagna (before this summer) because I thought it would be super labor intensive and difficult. Boy, was I wrong.

Lasagna is fairly easy to throw together, and after it cooks for a bit in the oven, you’ve got an amazing casserole-like dish to eat on for days.

It’s also a great way to bridge the gap between seasons. It’s cheesy and comforting and perfect for cool nights, but it can still be absolutely delicious with summer produce…like summer squash and fresh corn.

That’s what this Burrata & Squash Lasagna is all about.

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What’s on My Mind: Seasonal Thoughts

What's On My Mind

Hello September and the official end of summer.

Are you sad? Are you pumpkin-spice-latte pumped? Are you anxiously awaiting the first winds of fall? Are you dreaming of past days on the beach with your favorite beer?

Here’s the good news: With each new season, there’s so much to do and enjoy.

Also, I didn’t take any big vacays this summer and I’ve got a few lined up for the fall, so bring it on! Also, changing leaves. Also, chili. Also, boots!

Here is what’s on my mind with this change in seasons:

–In honor of a beautiful summer of peaches: This is why they’re my favorite summer fruit. I’m really going to miss the summer produce.

–People, why are we eating so many meals alone? Time for some lunch and supper clubs!

–It’s pumpkin beer season…ready or not! I generally love these spiced beers, especially Big Boss’ Harvest Time. The Pumpkick Spiced Seasonal Ale is killer, as well!

–Speaking of changes, did you notice Google’s new logo and branding? I’m actually a fan.

I hope you’re enjoying all that the changing season has to offer!

Bonus Banana Bread

banana zucchini bread

Happy Labor Day weekend!

I hope everyone is at least getting a little bit of extra rest and food.

Today, I’ve got a bonus recipe for you. It’s one that takes those few pesky zucchinis you’ve got laying around and uses them to make a moist and slightly healthy banana bread.

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Just Be Icebox Cake

icebox cake

Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about not thinking a lot.

Let me explain. I’ve been doing my best to just be.

Not to worry about the future (whether it’s today or five years from now). I tend to do that too much. Not to feel like I’m not doing enough in life. Not to focus so much on myself that I miss the world around me.

I’m trying to just be. Move forward. Do everything I can to make the world around me a better place and not get frustrated when I can’t do it all on my own.

icebox cake

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One-Pot Pasta

one-pot tomato burrata pasta

I’ve been seeing a lot of one-pot pasta recipes around…and I don’t know why it took me so long to get on the bandwagon.

But, when I saw a recipe with burrata, I was in.

one-pot tomato burrata pasta

If you haven’t tried burrata yet, then find some immediately and eat it. This cheese is so flavorful and creamy, like mozzarella on the outside and way better cottage cheese in the middle.

In addition to its deliciousness, this One-Pot Pasta is totally weekday approved.

All you have to do is put all of the ingredients (except for the burrata and basil) in a pot, let it cook and season and enjoy.

one-pot tomato burrata pasta

You’ll be left with a plate (or plate/bowl) of flavorful, cheesy, fresh pasta. Since the pasta cooks in tomato-garlic infused water, it is even more velvety and tasty.

See for yourself!

one-pot-tomato-and-burrata-pasta recipe

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