Quit Slackin' & Make Shit Happen
This sums up the last week, although I wish I’d done a better job of making things happen, but isn’t that always the case?

Brian and I are now officially roommates in my tiny studio apartment (gulp!). We celebrated with a trip to IHOP last night, and are off to savor the last bits of summer with friends by the beach in Naples, Florida. I hope you all have similarly wonderful weekends. After all, the summer’s not over yet!

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Recipe Reciprocity - Angry Edamame

Recipe Reciprocity - Shrimp PhoRecipe Reciprocity - Spaghetti Squash Mac n CheeseRecipe Reciprocity - Famous Chicken Recipe Reciprocity - Paleo Banana Bread

In true tardy fashion, I’m sharing today’s Recipe Reciprocity post many hours late. I’ve been helping Brian move from his place into mine this week, and both my apartment and life have been a complete mess because of it. My recent healthier eating routine has taken a hit too, so today’s recipe spotlight is stuff of the healthier variety. Let’s get right to it. I’ve waited long enough as is. 

1. “Angry” Edamame made with a chili, cayenne, lime-butter kick from Use Real Butter.
2. Shrimp pho from Noodles on 11 is my current food obsession. I love that I can down a whole big bowl of the stuff and not walk away feeling fat-stuffed, just stuffed-stuffed because the broth and noodles are so light. Anyway, as unlikely as I am to make my own, I like knowing that I could if I wanted to. Bev Cooks has a great-looking recipe.
3. I love spaghetti squash, but have only ever eaten it as spaghetti. It’s time I give B. Britnell’s Twice-Baked Spaghetti Squas”Mac n’ Cheese” version a try. 
4. I’m super picky about my chicken. Crazy picky. But Recipe Righter’s Famous Chicken recipe passes the test.  
5. And finally, Paleo Banana Bread? Plus, it’s advertised as the “best” Paleo Banana Bread. I’ll def be trying this for myself. 

That’ll do it for this week’s hat tip to my fellow food bloggers. Nicely done, ladies! Thanks for the good eats!

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Pic Me Up - Cleveland Wedding
Happy hump day! I couldn’t be happier to be at the halfway point of this week. Actually, that’s not true. I’d really prefer for it to be Friday, but we’ll get there in due time. Until then, here are some pictures from our weekend scouting out wedding venues in Brian’s beloved Cleveland, Ohio. We’re still not officially booked just yet, but should be getting there soon. I’ll keep you all posted!

P.S. Have you ever eaten at a Bob Evans restaurant? They’re a Weiss family road trip staple and after going twice, I’m hooked. $9.99 for a delicious three-course meal. You must go the next time you see a sign for one. On our drive back to DC, I also tried Sheetz for the first time and loved that too! God bless, America. 

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Fortune Finds64
I hope this Tuesday finds you well. Here are some of my latest desires and distractions.

1. Dazzling crystal studs that are as simple and as they are pretty. (Baublebar)
2. Life-Changing Baking Hacks Everyone Needs to Know. I love the frosting-color chart. (BuzzFeed) 
3. It’s only Tuesday and it’s already shaping up to be a stressful week. Here are some great tips on how to destress, specifically for those of us living in DC. (District Style)
4. I’m a lover light-wash torn jeans, but I think it’s time I add this darker, skinnier pair to my closet. (J.Crew)
5. The Selfie Brush taking self-indulgence and narcissism to a whole new level. (Daily Mail)
6. Do You Really Need an iPhone 6? I’m still not 100% sold, but the last question from the list  speaks to me. (Refinery29)
7. DIY emoji ballons! How precious! (Studio DIY)
8. Satire that only guilty bloggers will appreciate. (Clickhole)

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Wedding Table Setting

Hi guys! No recipe post from me today, but I did want to drop a quick line to say that after a busy weekend of Cleveland site visits, Brian and I may have zeroed in on a wedding venue and date that is both Chinese and Jewish calendar approved. Not an easy feat. Notice how I didn’t say anything about it being checkbook-friendly? Yeah, because it won’t be. But as they say, you only get married once. Or so we hope.

I don’t want to jinx anything, so all I’ll do for now is share a picture I found from a past wedding at the same location. I hope to report back with good news soon. We’ll return to our regularly scheduled programming tomorrow.

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Baked Mozzarella Bites

Happy Fryday, friends! Today’s is a baked Fryday, as most will need to be from here on out (again, wedding), but it’s still shaping up to be a delicious one thanks to these here crunchy and cheesy Baked Mozzarella Bites. No frying necessary.

Mozzarella sticks are everyone’s favorite appetizer, and if you haven’t already noticed, the baked kind are all the rage on Pinterest. These babies are in that same vein, but even better because I prepared them as bite-sized pieces that make the awkward double-dipping dilemma a non-issue. I love my condiments, so the more surface-area breading for dipping, the better. I hope you feel the same way.

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