Pic Me Up - Bethany

For the first time in a long time, the week seems not to be dragging. Would you agree? Unfortunately, for me the feeling isn’t quite so positive considering it’s most likely the result of me falling behind in everything again. 

Do you use Todoist? I love it for keeping track of my tasks and different “projects,” the most recent of which is wedding planning. So. much. to. do. Todoist is great, but I constantly find myself postponing things which kind of defeats the whole purpose, but whatever.

With that said, here’s a look back at some of the things that I successfully accomplished in the last few days, including yet another great Bard Beach Weekend in Bethany, Delaware (thanks to the Bards!), a delicious batch of S’mores Cupcakes, and the start of a mandatory workout routine. Happy hump day!

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Fortune Finds61
I hope this Tuesday finds you well. Here are my latest desires and distractions. 

1. I want to kick things off with a special shout-out to my girl, Monica of Cake and Lilies. Not only did she just launch a brand new and impressive site design for her daily lifestyle blog, she also just landed a new day job and I’m quite the proud friend. Please join me in congratulating her and checking out what she’s all about. (Cake & Lilies)
2. Obsessed doesn’t even begin to cover my love for Taylor Swift’s Shake it OffI’ve been listening to the song on repeat and can’t wait for her new album to drop. Tell me you feel the same way. (Vevo)
3. It wasn’t until Sunday night that I tried Annie’s Mac and Cheese for the very first time. My verdict: unimpressed. The Kraft original tastes so much better, but I suppose that’s all owed to the processed bad-for-you stuff. Anyway, I haven’t given up on Annie’s just yet, and will be giving the organic variety a few more tries with Shutterbean’s many ways to enhance a box of Annie’s. (Shutterbean)
4. I’ve always loved home-improvement blogs, but the fact that I actually know Chloe makes hers that much cooler to me. She’s got a great closet-space optimization tutorial that’s definitely worth reading. (Little House Big City)
5. Seeing all of the back-to-school pictures on Facebook reminds me of my love of buying school supplies. I recently discovered Yoobi, maker of fun, colorful classroom paraphernalia. Best of all, for every Yoobi item purchased, a Yoobi item is donated to a classroom in need. (Yoobi)
6. I’m already looking to fall’s chic sweaters and sweatshirts. I especially like this one. (Piperlime)
7. Used bubble gum street art. I’ve seen it all. (Bored Panda)
8. Profound yet hilarious shower thoughts read by the equally profound Nick Offerman. (Mashable)

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Green Tea Frosting
Calling all green tea lovers! Have I got a treat for you. Green Tea Frosting made with always delicious cream cheese, that’s what. Frost your cakes with it, pipe it over your cupcakes, eat it by the spoonful, do whatever you want, just make sure you make it.

Come to think of it, green tea strangers should pay close attention as well. This stuff is so good that I’m convinced it’ll be your gateway into the big and beautiful green tea world that awaits you. I’m in way deep myself, so please trust me on this one and join me for the ride. You’ll never want to look back. 

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Stressed is Desserts Spelled Backwards

That quote and this beautiful print by Rock the Custard are just the reminders I need to help put recent stresses into perspective. When I stop and think about it, I realized that as bogged down and overwhelmed as I might feel about planning a wedding, tying up loose ends for our vacation next month, and keeping up with this blog, they’re actually all really awesome and privileged problems to have. I’m truly one of the lucky ones. Sometimes all we need is a new and different outlook, and a pretty framed print about desserts can only help.

I’ll leave it at that. Please know that I’m well aware that I went one whole week without posting a recipe (for shame!), but have very serious plans to make things right on Monday. Until then, I hope you have a fantastic weekend. Brian and I are headed to Bethany Beach with friends. Nothing quite says wedding weight-loss wake-up call like forced public bikini wearing.

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Recipe Reciprocity - Zucchini Pasta with Tomato and Pesto

Recipe Reciprocity - Crustless Veggie Quiche

Recipe Reciprocity - Zucchini and Tomato BakeRecipe Reciprocity - Mahi Mahi with Mango Papaya Salsa Recipe Reciprocity - Baked Apple Pie Fries
So of course I’m behind with the posting once again. Major life changes will do that to a person (if you haven’t already, read about my engagement story here). With that change must come another, and what I’m not so subtly hinting at there is weight loss. With that in mind, here are five standout healthy recipes to help me get on the right track. 

1. Carbs are the first thing that need scaling back. To get around that I have every intention of incorporating zucchini noodles into my favorite pasta recipes. Skinny Taste has a Zucchini Noodles with Tomato and Pesto that looks perfect for summer. 
2. Carbs-be-gone with this 110-calorie Crustless Veggie Quiche too. You now it’s gotta be good, because Sally’s Baking Addiction never disappoints. 
3. Zucchini is the recurring theme for today’s post, featured prominently in I Food Real’s Garlic Parmesan Zucchini and Tomato Bake
4. Fish is always one of the first things that comes to mind when I think about healthier eating. Tastes Lovely’s Mahi Mahi with Mango Papaya Salsa is now the absolute first thing on my brain. 
5. And finally, because I can never help myself when it comes to fries, Baked Apple Pie Fries by Averie Cooks. It’s not exactly healthy, but baked is always better than friend, and that looks like the very best. 

That’ll do it for this week’s hat tip to my fellow food bloggers. Nice work, ladies!

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Pic Me Up - Proposal Cleveland
More pictures from the best weekend yet. Highlights include al fresco dining with family at Sequoia on the Georgetown waterfront, a special Rock n’ Blast fireworks spectacular at the Indians game in Cleveland, colossal grilled cheese sandwiches at Melt Bar and Grilled, and time with Brian’s Grandma Susan.

Oh, and Skyline Chili, although I’m still not sure how I feel about the stuff. 

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