As sunny & fresh as this cool, crisp wanna-be summer salad.

Farmer’s market butter lettuce (adore) topped with sliced apples and these amazing pickled carrots that Fanatic Mom was nice enough to share.

I know, I know, picked carrots?  But trust me on this, these are amazinggggg!

Thank Budget Bytes for the recipe, which includes cumin, oregano, onions and jalapenos.  These suckers pack a real zing and a serious flavor punch, totally addicted 😛


As deliciously simple as this Iowa Girl Eats inspired dinner.

The Best Tomato Sauce. Ever.

Also known to IGE as “so good it’s pissing me off” hahaha.

Known to me as Buttery Tomato Sauce.  From heaven 😀

  • 28 oz. can whole peeled tomatoes
  • 1 whole onion, peeled
  • 4 tblsp butter

Simmered for 45 minutes (covered), crushing the tomatoes against the sides of the pot with a spoon as the sauce continues to cook.  Quick sprinkle of S&P too.

Go make this.  Go make this NOW!

It’s luscious and showcases simplicity at it’s finest.  The more we ate it, ,the more we wanted.  I think there is something magical going on here…

Plus it’s only a mere 3 ingredients.  And zero to minimal on the level-of-effort scale. Score 🙂

Served atop whole wheat pasta with a side of my favorite way to eat broccoli EVER.


Roasted in garlic infused olive oil.  Talk about ridiculous.

Plus some spicy organic chicken sausages, sliced and browned, to round out the meal.

Dinner of champions.  Right here ya’ll.


As fun as this super cute new Anthropologie top.

Purchased under the influence of Fanatic Mom (she is a bad for my wallet fyi! haha) + a strong bellini martini sipped at the outdoor mall under the warm Fall sun 😉

Sometimes these things are just necessary.  Am I right or am I right?

And p.s. if you ever venture to Brio Tuscan Grille, please order a Bellini Martini asap.  It’s not on the menu.  But ask for it.

Premium Level vodka, DeKuyper Peachtree topped with Prosecco.

Seriously one of my favorite drinks in the world.  Come to think of it, I’m such a bad influence on myself?


How was yours? 🙂

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  1. Sometimes there is nothing better than a super fresh salad! I’d be all about pickled carrots. And butter in tomato sauce? Interesting! Cute cute outfit. Enjoy your Sunday- our Saturday was fabulous

  2. I always add a tablespoon of butter to my pasta sauce right before serving – it makes all the difference!

    Glad you had fun with your momma!

  3. Fanatic MomNo Gravatar

    Another great Fanatic Family meal!
    PS Love the new top. You should take me shopping with you more often:)

  4. PINNED!!! I am so trying that tomato sauce…I’m sure it beats the one I just made with tomato paste, water, and Italian seasoning (works in a pinch though)!

    You know what? I don’t think I’ve ever had roasted broccoli! Omg, that should be a crime! Look at the name of my blog!! Lol!

  5. Mmmm that tomato sauce looks amazing!

  6. Stephanie! I was JUST showing my husband this recipe (from when Iowa Girl Eats posted about it a few days/weeks ago). I *need* to make it ASAP – you have me drooling right now! 🙂

  7. Ohhh I love that anthro top! super cute! I hope you had fun shopping with your momma! It was such a pretty weekend !!!

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