Well.  I haven’t been doing much “cooking” these days unless you count simple throw together meals featuring this “minor” new obsession of mine…

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A lil’ fruit (vegetable?) called the avocado. Which I’ve added atop countless fresh summer salads, layered into black bean soft tacos…

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and enjoyed in plenty (every?) other unpictured summertime meals as of late.

You name it. I’ve probably (maybe?) done it!!

I blame this bruschetta topped w/ radish, beets & cilantro from local favorite Secco Wine Bar for “inspiring” this “trend”…. 😉

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Just can’t seem to get enough!!

So as I was saying, not alot of time has been spent in the kitchen over a hot stove. The weather is just too warm and there is just too much else to do these days it seems!!

Like celebrate good ol’ Dad with some beers at a new-to-the-area brewery, Center of the Universe Brewing

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A trip that wouldn’t be complete without a stop local James River Cellars for some wine tasting too of course! 🙂 

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Like laying poolside and soaking up all this delicious summertime sunshine…

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And taking the mutt out to enjoy some of that summertime sun too!!

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Like spending time in the “great outdoors” (aka VMFA patio happy hour?) with some tasty beverages… 😉

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After storms like these pass their way right on through!!

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Like spending warm summer evenings out with family…

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…and friends 🙂

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Enjoying the laid back lifestyle that summer tends to bring.

Maybe one day soon I’ll get back into the kitchen to prepare a “real” recipe…

Or maybe not… Maybe this simple summer meal plan is here to stay?

I just can’t be sure yet…

But for now, I’m enjoying the freshness that summer has to offer whatever way I can and I hope you’re doing much of the same!! 🙂

Do share, what’s YOUR favorite way to enjoy avocado??? (Because clearly I need some more ideas 😉 )

A quick summer salad…

With some unexpected sweetness mixed in 😉

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This is a twist on a classic cucumber and tomato salad. Which is a summer staple for this girl.

Sweet peaches and fresh basil oil add an additional layer of flavor which suits the summmer time just right if you ask me 🙂

  • 2 cucumbers, chopped
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 peaches, chopped
  • 1 tblsp basil infused oil*
  • 3 tblsp white balsamic vinegar
  • salt, pepper
  • dried basil to taste*

Chop. Combine. Stir. Serve!

*if you don’t have basil oil just use olive oil and sub in some additional dried basil or even some fresh basil leaves

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Y’all know I like a good play on flavors like that 😉

Now I just can’t wait to make more summer salads with these lil’ guys too…

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Green zebra tomatoes. Who knew??

Kinda like who knew that I could be so tired Sunday night that I could sleep right through this minor event, especially considering that is far from the usual case:

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Pretty ecstatic about the fact that I moved my vehicle from its usual parking spot under this tree just hours before haha.

I call that a huge win! 😛

Do y’all grow any vegetables of your own at home?? 

What a surprise… another summer salad!!

I know I know 😛

But guys. Hear me out. As the weather gets warmer, I love nothing more than a crisp clean dish I can make up on a Sunday night and have for the first few days of the work week!

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Makes life not only easy on myself, but also healthy 🙂

And with a trip to Miami just a couple short weeks away, healthy is definitely a top priority these days! #bikiniweatheralreadywhat?

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This salad is super fresh, simple and will taste even better after it has some time to mellow out in the fridge for a few hours or even a day or two!

Perfect for a picnic. Perfect for a lunch. Perfect for a dinner. I think you catch my drift here 😉

And guess what…

I know this might surprise you…

Buttttttttt I’ve been cooking so much these days that I’ve already got a new recipe lined up and ready for y’all that I’m super excited to share!

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Sesame Quinoa Chicken & Kale Soup.

Huge hit. Huge. I really think y’all will love this one.

And yes. Looks like she’s backkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk 😛 (in the kitchen that is!)

Back with more later 🙂