It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these posts and I’ve accumulated lots of pics to share with you. Since we moved into our new house in early July, we’ve tried several new-to-us restaurants over on our new side of town, and I’ll be posting about those separately in the coming weeks. Here are a few of the things I’ve been nomming in the meantime.
The huz and I celebrated our seventh wedding anniversary with an evening of al fresco dining downtown Ann Arbor. We had mocktails and truffle fries at Jolly Pumpkin, BBQ at Blue Tractor, and ice cream at Kilwin’s. Kilwin’s has amazing ice cream, by the way. Date night before baby gets here!
Oh, and we spent the afternoon of our anniversary at a childbirth class. So romantic, right?!
This summer I’ve been cooking a mix of our fave tried-and-true recipes along with trying some new recipes. Here are a few of the things I’ve whipped up:
French Toast made with Cranberry Walnut Bread that we picked up during our visit to White Lotus Farms. It freezes great, so I’ve made this a few times actually!
Homemade Nachos for dinner – inspired by Cooking Light’s recipe for Two Cheese Veggie Nachos. I made my own chips using roasted corn tortillas, and topped them with lots of fresh tomatoes, corn, and zucchini seasoned with chili powder and cumin, beans, corn, avocado, cheese, sour cream, and lime. The sun gold tomatoes are so pretty!
Northwest Salmon Salad – one of my favorite summer recipes, topped with a chunky and creamy dill, caper, and cucumber dressing. I’ve been obsessed with nectarines this summer!
Jerk Chicken with Grilled Pineapple Salsa – we discovered this awesome Cooking Light recipe that is prepared on the grill last summer. It’s spicy! Make it! I threw in some avocado this time and it was a great addition to the grilled pineapple salsa.
The huz LOVES caprese salad (and I do too.) I first made this Caprese Mac and Cheese from Cooking Light last summer, and it was a big hit again this summer.
The chopped dill pickles sprinkled on top make this dish extra fun. The casserole was good! It tasted like, well, a cheeseburger. (Sautéed kale on the side.)
Joe’s Crab Shack – not a place we often frequent, but a random steam pot craving of the huz’s inspired a visit.
Blizzard! I fully attribute this one to MY prego cravings. If you don’t get a Mint M&M Blizzard, you’re DQing wrong. #justsaying
Evenings on the patio. I love our freshly poured stamped concrete patio at our new place. It’s so lovely out here in the evenings. Next summer we will get an outdoor dining set and I hope to have some dinners on the patio. (Who’s bringing the sangria ingredients!?) For now, I’m happy lounging and reading on warm summer evenings.
Many evenings after work and dinner, we like to go for walks, either around our neighborhood or at nearby parks. A couple weeks ago we bought cookies at the Pittsfield Twp Farmer’s Market and took them to Gallup Park for a treat.
We went to Gallup Park again last night for a walk which is becoming more and more of an “event” for my 39 weeks-pregnant-self these days. I’m getting slower by the day and had to take a few breaks when I started feeling crampy.
Speaking of Farmer’s Markets, after a trip to the Saline Farmer’s Market earlier this month I made a HUGE double batch of Cooking Light’s Summer Minestrone Soup and froze most of it in multiple gallon size freezer bags with the goal of having some easy meals on hand to eat after baby is born. I stocked my freezer with a bag of frozen turkey meatballs as well, to make these future meals a little heartier by tossing in a few meatballs.
The huz’s smoked chicken thighs and drumsticks are amazing! To accompany the chicken, I made a tasty White Bean Caprese Salad on the side.
Probably my favorite new recipe that I’ve tried lately would be this Cooking Light recipe for Whole Grain Spaghetti with Veggi-fied Meat Sauce. In place of ground sirloin, I substituted 8 oz of hot Italian turkey sausage (since I had some in freezer that I needed to use up anyways). I loved the abundance of veggies (8 oz of finely diced mushrooms, and plenty of tomatoes, zucchini, onion) in this wholesome, hearty meal. I will absolutely be making this dish again.
Earlier this month, the huz and I had the pleasure of attending my friend Gaby and her new husband Jerrell’s lovely wedding in Hartland, MI. Gaby had the most amazing wedding dress and was a dazzling bride. It was also fun to catch up with Five Star SexiMexy and her fiancé J, who were seated at our table at the event. (We’re both preggers!)
Last week (38 weeks pregnant) I began my maternity leave. BFF and I took advantage of the opportunity to one last girls’ day before my little guy arrives (hopefully any day!) We had a fantastic brunch at Zola Bistro. Pro tip: Turkish Brunch is the way to go.
Next time I do one of these “What I’ve Been Nomming Lately” posts, we’ll likely have an addition to our family to add to the mix!