Weekend Snapshots {7/28/14}

Hey all, how was your weekend? As I mentioned last week, I road tripped it down to southern California and enjoyed a ton of amazing food and some quality beach time. I got in super late last night, hence why this post is going up and noon today and I’m keeping the captions short but sweet.



Lunch on the road.



Post 11 hour drive glass of Chardonnay.



Saturday morning acai bowls and lattes.


Amazing farmers market.


Hit up the Rickaroons booth as recommended by Giselle.


Megaroon and Icy Brunette.


Artisan chocolate.


Beach day.


Dinner at True Food Kitchen.



Flatbread and salad to start.


Elk burger on a gluten free bun with sweet potato hash and kale salad.


Fro yo dessert.



Gluten free cinnamon rolls pancakes.


Greek yogurt with quinoa crunch and fruit.


Another acai bowl and iced coffee for the ride home. When in SoCal.

Happy Monday! 

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Summer Fruit Salad

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Blue Diamond Almonds. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.


As part of the Summer Entertaining campaign with Blue Diamond, I wanted to share a recipe using their whole natural almonds (my favorite). As you all know, I am obsessed with summer produce, specifically summer fruit.

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I wanted to make a summery twist on the traditional fruit salad and jazz it up a bit. So here I give you, coconut almond fruit salad.


This salad is fabulous for summer picnics, barbecues, and parties, and the leftovers go quite nicely with a glass of sangria. Just sayin.


Summer Fruit Salad

Serves 4
Prep time 10 minutes
Allergy Tree Nuts
Dietary Gluten Free, Vegan
Meal type Side Dish


  • 2 cups berries
  • 2 peaches (or other stone fruit)
  • 1/4 cup shredded coconut
  • 1/4 cup almonds (chopped)
  • 1/2 lemon (optional)


Step 1
Slice peach and add to a large bowl with berries. Squeeze lemon evenly over top.
Step 2
Toss with coconut and almonds. Garnish with additional whole almonds if desired.

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Thinking out Loud #11

Oh hey, is it already Thursday? Thanks to the lovely Amanda , that means I get to ramble a bit and not feel at all sorry about it. Not that I would anyways, you know how I roll.

This is what my Monday morning looked like.

I slept at my parent’s hours since I had an early physical therapy appointment and it is right by the office. Which meant I got to hang out with my favorite puppy (I guess I really can’t call an nine year old dog a puppy anymore..) in the sun.



And drink coffee. In the sun. So basically the perfect morning.

Okay, now let’s talk food, as usual.

I used to do this thing called “Lulu lunches” where I would meal prep and pack a nice lunch in a Lululemon bag.


Now I just get Whole Foods salad bar and throw it in a Lulu. Totally the same thing.


I was craving breakfast after I already I ate dinner the other day, so naturally I made waffles. And naturally I topped them with marshmallows and rice whip.


As if that wasn’t enough, I proceeded to make pancakes the next night for dinner. I think I have a breakfast addiction.

I finally bought these paleo wraps to try out and they are so easy to wrap up, unlike the multiple other wheat free versions of a “wrap” I have attempted to use.


I stuffed this one with turkey bacon, avocado, goat cheese, and greens. The cheese making it totally not paleo. Got to have that cheese.

And that ice cream…

I have a problem. I am obsessed with Halo Top Creamery.


Okay, so I guess you all already knew that. But after Ryan reached out to me and told me a bit more about the (small) company, I fell even more in love. Seriously, all four flavors are SO good, and they don’t upset my dairy-senstive tummy at all. I have been enjoying them topped with rice whip and chocolate chips, or straight from the pint.

Summer makes me crave all things frozen. So I have also been loving on Arctic Zero’s new flavors.


Now, these definitely aren’t ice cream, but they are a darn good frozen protein shake. They sent me their new flavors, orange, coconut, and sea salt caramel to try out. I usually am not a fan of anything orange flavored, but the orange is actually my favorite. Oh, and the coconut is fabulous in smoothies, it makes them taste like a tropical vacation. Speaking of tropical vacations‚Ķ


I am going to visit the boy in San Diego this weekend. He recently moved there for work so I am going to have plenty of fun taking mini weekend vacays to hang out by the beach.

With that, I’m going to go throw some clothes in a bag and call it packing. Did I mention I am also in the process of packing up my entire apartment? Yeah.

Thank you again to our favorite spoon for hosting.

Favorite ice cream flavor. Go.

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