A Birthday, a Wedding, and Simple Dinners

Cutest birthday boy EVER!

Cutest birthday boy EVER!

Food has taken a back seat to celebrations the past couple weeks. It started with a multi-day celebration of my husband’s birthday; two birthday days are seriously better than one birthday day. We were able to spend the afternoon eating lunch downtown and going for a long bike ride; so much fun! A vegan vanilla bourbon caramel birthday cupcake from The Lunch Room wasn’t bad either! :)

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The celebration continued with a Sunday family dinner and a gigantic homemade strawberry birthday cake. Strawberry jam sandwiched between two homemade strawberry cakes smothered in homemade strawberry frosting…yum! As if that isn’t enough, he received a rain barrel from our great parents. Ironically it hasn’t rained since installation, but we are hoping for a full barrel to water the garden soon!

This past weekend we celebrated the marriage of two of my closest friends!

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Ten years of memories, friendship, and love led to one of the most beautiful weddings I have witnessed. We have come a long way from driving around town in my girlfriend’s car talking about him. :)

The gorgeous St. Andrew's church in Ann Arbor

The gorgeous St. Andrew’s church in Ann Arbor

I was honored when they ask me to contribute to their ceremony by reading Corinthians. I practiced every night and made my husband listen until we both practically knew the reading by heart. All the preparation paid off; the reading went really well and, most importantly, I did not trip on the way!

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Apologies for the iPhone photos! The ceremony was followed by a gorgeous reception at the UofM football stadium and a night full of laughs and dancing. Is there anything better than dancing the night away with your girlfriends??

Needless to say I am exhausted today and have taken two naps. Every once in awhile you just need a day in your pj’s to relax and recharge. Don’t judge me!

I have been relying on easy and quick recipes to get me through the last couple weeks. Busy times are rarely the time to experiment with new recipes and tweak ingredients. Its the time to use tried and true recipes, the go-to’s, the recipes with only a few ingredients. Better  yet, this is the time for dinners that double as leftovers the next night. Fast forward nearly two weeks and I haven’t posted a new recipe since the sinfully delicious chocolate chip zucchini bread. So instead of posting something new, I thought I might highlight a few of my go-to recipes when my schedule is full and my belly is hungry.

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Avocado Caprese Sandwiches: Easy, fast, satisfying, and healthy! Serve with a side of veggie chips or a mixed greens salad.

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Cinnamon Swirl Ham and Swiss Panini: Ooey-gooey cheese and cinnamon bread; definitely has the sweet and salty vibe going on. I actually made these last week for dinner when I got home from running errands after work; ready in about 10 minutes from start to finish!

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Summer Farro Salad: This colorful salad can be used as a main dish or a side dish. Great in lunch boxes too!

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Crockpot Meatball Sliders: Crockpots are great for busy nights; pile the ingredients in the Crockpot and come back to a delicious dinner a few hours later! Plus sliders = cute.

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Stuffed Poblanos: Slightly spicy and completely delicious! Make a bunch of stuffed peppers and use them as dinner for two nights!

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Chili Stuffed Loaded Baked Potatoes: Use leftover homemade or store-bought chili to pile on top of a baked potato for a quick dinner idea. This is one of my favorite fall comfort foods!

I hope some of these ideas come in handy when you are short on time! New recipes coming soon…enjoy! :)

 

 

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