Hi everyone! Hope you had a great holiday and celebrating the 4th in summer style! Speaking of, summer has official come to NJ. And a crazy one at that! Everyday it is INTENSELY hot & humid, with a torrential downpour tossed in nearly once a day just for fun. I had to laugh when I was driving on Thursday and was able to WATCH a downpour coming RIGHT towards me and within a mere 5 seconds, it had passed right over. I almost feel like leprechauns and fairies are controlling the weather because it is JUST. SO. BIZARRE!
Anyway...back to the eats to wrap up our 4th...
8:30am: Breakfast-Handful of toasted coconut almonds
9:30am: Body Jam Class
At a PACKED TO THE MAX gym, I might add!
11:00am: Lunch- Very Berry Smoothie
I knew I would be having this strawberry & blueberry smoothie again in the spirit of red, white & blueJ Not to mention it particularly hits the spot after a wild & sweaty workout.
...even with enough to shareJ
2:00pm: PICNIC TIME!!!!!
So in trying still keeping in the spirit, I had chose to make a WHITE pizza dip, topped with RED mini-pepperonis & served alongside some BLUE tortilla chips. Only problem? My dip broiled maybe a weeeeeeeeee bit too long and my white dip turned a little tanJ So much for my theme! hahahahahahhaha...
Besides that it was stringy, gooey and cheese deliciousness...that IS the American way after allJ
White Pizza Dip
- 12 ounces cream cheese, softened
- 8 oz. mozzarella
- 8 oz. provolone
- 1/4 cup grated cheese
- 4 garlic cloves, pressed
- 1/4 cup freshly chopped basil
- 2 tablespoons dried thyme
- 1/2 tablespoon oregano
- 1/4 cup mini pepperoni
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Mix cream cheese, 7 oz of each of the mozzarella & provolone, Parmesan & herbs until incorporated.
- Pour into an oven-safe baking dish and sprinkle with remaining mozzarella, provolone & Parmesan and top with mini pepperoni.
- Bake 24-30 minutes or until top is golden (but not too golden!) and bubbly.
For our main courses, we had classic "Scott burgers" (burgers made with Lipton onion soup mix and a secret ingredientJ), "Bloom Baked Beans" and my friends newest & latest bacon-laced potato salad, which he needs to make over & over again from here on out (right????!!!)
And for dessert, there was strawberry & blueberry shortcakes with whipped cream keeping with the theme, which I forgot to snap a photo. But I think you can forgive me for not getting a picture when I tell you what our OTHER dessert was: an American favorite combo- Chocolate brownies with peanut butter icing!
If that doesn't say 'Happy Birthday, America,' I mean, what DOES???
And after all of that good stuff, Scott & I jumped right back on the 'wagon' today before it spiraled into 4 crazy days of eating! I started today with MORE coconut almonds, 2+ hours of gentle & power yoga classes and yet ANOTHER smoothie (the Ninja is REALLY getting a workout NOW!):
In the mix today:
- 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk
- 1 banana
- 1 handful blueberries
- 2 strawberries
- 1/4 cup non-fat yogurt
- 1 scoop protein powder
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- LOTS of cinnamon
- 4 ice cubes
And in random Katie news that I just felt like sharing, I remembered July 4th weekend last year culminated in her rolling over for the first time (a big day in the land of baby). But what I forgot was it was ALSO the first time she ate solid food! I felt like that was 'blog-appropriate' enough to shareJ
Just a mere 365 days later, she's "helping me cook in the kitchen" and inhaling white beans, berries & cheese like crazy for dinner last night. When they say a lot can happen in a year, there's a good visual representationJ hahahahahhaha
Anyway, Mommy-bragging completion commencing NOW!J Hope you guys have a great weekend and STAY COOL if you're out & about!J