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


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


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”…. 😉


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


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


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


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


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


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


Like spending warm summer evenings out with family…


…and friends 🙂


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 😉


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


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…


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:


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!


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?


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!


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 🙂