Weekend Snapshots

So it’s Tuesday evening Wednesday morning and I’m finally getting around to my weekend snapshots. Ce la vie.

This weekend was a nice relaxing break. We were finally at home in Dallas. We planned to have time at the dog park, pool and maybe fit in a bike ride when the hot summer weather quickly turned into torrential downpours and storms. It rained all day Sunday too, but it made for a relaxing and productive weekend spent at home. My mom visited us on Saturday night and we had a fun dinner with friends at Pakpao–one of my absolute favorites. We also fit in a brunch at Taverna with friends before my husband was off to a business trip!

This week has been busy already with work and cooking–I made my first chicken soup! I made another new recipe I can’t wait to share this week as well.

photo 1 copy 3[kicking off the weekend with a rose petal pedicure + Fast Company reading]

photo 2 copy 3[lots of couch time together as a result of all the rain. not too shabby!]

photo 3 copy 2[my new favorite–lemongrass marg @ Pakpao. dare I say it’s better than a Mambo Taxi!]

photo 5 copy 2[our dinner at Pakpao deserves several snapshots–I mean, look at this pineapple fried rice!]

photo 4 copy 3[not to mention the MACARONS @ Pakpao. Fresh mango. Some of the best I’ve ever had!]

photo 2 copy 4[a visit from my mama! She loves her grand dog.]

photo 1 copy 4[ending the weekend on a cozy note–my friend Lisa cooked turkey stuffed hatch peppers while we sipped wine]

Happy Hump Day! Let’s make it a good one!

That Foodie Girl’s New Look!

Well….notice anything different?

You’re right! TFG got a facelift for the first time ever! I am so so happy with the new logo + look + tagline—what do YOU think?

I am still getting tabs organized, but soon the tabs will all be functioning and you will be able to search by city > type cuisine for your dining out and also search through all my (and some not mine) recipes to cook at home. I want to make it easier for those looking for a specific type of restaurant and to see what I have to say about it! In general, I’m only linking to the places I enjoy.

Now that TFG is looking nice and cleaned up, I am ready to take this thing to the next level and *hopefully* post more often and bring lots of awesome content your way!

In the meantime, be sure to my check out my new “About” page!

And for a few random things I want to share with you all…let’s call it life lately:

IMG_5237Our Tower Garden is up! This is after 1 week of growth. We are growing basil, cilantro, mint, lettuce, arugula, strawberries, kale, baby eggplant, sweet peppers, rainbow chard and chives. Yep, all on that tower!

IMG_5219I couldn’t believe the record cool temperatures we were having here in Dallas last week–in the 60s! So strange. I had to wear a jacket on our morning walk…I’ll take it! It made me excited for La Jolla in a few weeks! :)

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I’m back to my Juice Plus Complete smoothie obsession…almost every morning I make one!

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My other breakfast go-to these days are whole grain Vans waffles. It makes a boring weekday morning feel special. Is that just me?

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And on weekends, we let ourselves have what we want :) I made a run to Village Baking Company, my new favorite bakery in town. I love how it’s a traditional French bakery, no frills, just incredible pastries and bread. It was a cool, overcast morning, so it was perfect couch time with my husband to just relax and enjoy the morning. The best time of day!!

I hope everyone is having a good week so far! Please let me know what you think about the new design in the comments below! I would love to hear from you!

 

 

Homemade tzatziki, chopped salads + waffles

Good morning!

I went a solid week without giving you all any updates, but I’m proud to say I have stuck with my “one new recipe per week” for the 12th week this year! Trying out a new recipe each week has come pretty naturally, but that doesn’t mean we don’t get into weeknight meal ruts. That also doesn’t mean we haven’t been eating out way too much…

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This weekend was so much fun with 2 out-of-town friends visiting, lots of meals and drinks with great friends and puppy play time too. It was a whirlwind and now it’s time to get back to my healthy routine of wholesome food, less alcohol, more exercise and sleep.

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As my recipe for last week (or actually the week before), I made this southwestern chopped salad with cilantro lime dressing. The dressing came together very quickly in the food processor and made the entire salad. It was so creamy and fresh! (Please excuse the horrible partially lit iPhone images) My husband was not happy I didn’t add chicken–so for those making this salad for your male counterpart, they might appreciate chicken. There were enough fresh ingredients to keep me satisfied!

photo 2 copyLast week was also a whirlwind. I hosted Wine Wednesday, coordinated a happy hour for my newlywed group at church and then hosted 2 out-of-town guests. Phew. One snack I made for Wine Wednesday was this homemade tzatziki dip. It was creamy, refreshing and fun to dip veggies, pita chips (and eventually tortilla chips too). It’s too easy to make to pick up store-bought tzatziki. Try it :)

Ingredients
  • 1.5 cups plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 small cucumber (deseeded, diced)
  • 1 lemon
  • 2 cloves garlic (crushed)
  • 1 Tb olive oil
  • 1 tsp dill weed
  • Salt & pepper to taste
Directions
  • Pour any liquid off the top of Greek yogurt to achieve creamy consistency. Add yogurt to small mixing bowl. Cut cucumber in half, cut again longways. Use a spoon to remove seeds. Dice cucumber to desired size (I chopped as small as small as possible). Use a paper towel to dry the cucumber. Don’t be afraid to squeeze the pieces into the towel to ensure the creamiest dip possible. Add garlic, juice of lemon (be careful you don’t add the seeds!), olive oil, dill, salt and pepper. Stir together and taste. Add salt, pepper, olive oil or lemon as desired. Serve with freshly chopped veggies and pita chips.
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Finally, last Sunday’s breakfast in bed. We love waffles on the weekend. These were topped with plain Greek yogurt and apples and later drizzled in maple syrup of course. There’s something about that morning light, a nice breakfast and a steaming hot mug of coffee in bed with my love that just makes me very happy.
Here’s to a productive, happy, healthy week!

Bon appétit,

That Foodie Girl

Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie

chocolate bourbon pecan pieThere it is–chocolate bourbon pecan pie. In all of its flaky, ooey gooey pecan with a hint of chocolate and bourbon glory. Nothing healthy about this. Just a really delicious homemade pie in honor of my husband’s first day at his new job on Monday. We’ve been indulging after dinner and loving every bite. Do yourself a favor and splurge. Make this pie. Recipe here.

And since I like lists, I’ll just update you on what’s been going on with me.

  • We went to Austin and stayed at my childhood home. Always love coming “home” and being with my family–missed my brothers (and sister!!) though. My parents hosted a big Juice Plus bootcamp at our house for a few days of nutrition, learning how to grow your business and great fellowship. If your interest is piqued (like getting healthy/want to share health with friends and family), let me know :) The photo below is when my mom spoke–everyone in the living room! jp bootcamp
  • I was happy to have my husband there. We took a few Annabelle breaks of course! ryan and annabelle
  • As you can see, it was warm there. We left in shorts and sandals at about 75 degrees. We arrived in Dallas 3 hours later to 28 degrees and SLEET. It didn’t stop all day…it was eerie the way it was gusting and snow/sleeting in March. But that’s Texas for ya! (This is looking outside the window at brunch at Ziziki’s) This was just the beginning of the storm…march snow
  • This week has been really taxing. Literally though. Did my taxes. Work has been too much to handle for one person (intern—can’t wait for you to get here!) and it’s been a struggle getting through all the work I have. Good and bad! Annabelle’s face says it all. working hard
  • This morning started off a great note and has been extremely productive. Always good :) I made a Juice Plus Complete shake with 1 banana + coconut milk + hemp seeds + 1 TB almond butter (love Justin’s!) and 1 scoop chocolate Complete. And ice. Tastes like a milkshake. morning shake
  • I am trying out Equinox because it’s super close and why not? It’s more expensive than my yoga studio-and quite frankly I feel like I’m cheating on my good ole Uptown Yoga right now. I absolutely love that place and the people. BUT! I really loved zumba and cardio body barre at Equinox. The gym is so big and a lot to handle–but I could get used to all those group classes. I really miss that! What are your thoughts on Equinox? Worth it? Obviously I’m all over the place on this one.
  • Tomorrow is Friday. YAYY! I hope to have our bathroom before + afters up here tomorrow hopefully… crossing my fingers!

Hope you all had a great day!

Bon appétit,

That Foodie Girl