C’est La Vie
HAPPY JUNE 1st! Does anyone else feel like May whizzed by with a great big WHOOSH?
In the span of four weeks, I turned 31 (complete with Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake), hosted a mini, three-day college reunion (complete with Blueberry French Toast), threw my younger sister a bridal shower in Kansas City, spent a long weekend in New York with Ben eating ALL THE THINGS, and celebrated 5 YEARS of blogging with Double Chocolate Zucchini Muffins.
We repainted our kitchen cabinets (final color: Sherwin Williams Westhighland White), hung new lights on our back porch, built desk shelves for my office, and even managed to clean off our outdoor hammock, though neither Ben nor I have had a spare moment to actually lie in it.
May was a happy, 1,000 mph blur, and I loved every single second.
Now, however, it is June. A certain hammock needs me.
Here are a few fun links to start your month, a sneak peek at what’s up next on the blog, and a few of your Instagram photos too:
Most popular recipe on my site right now: How to Cook Shredded Chicken.
On this week’s meal plan: Crockpot Stuffed Peppers. I’m reshooting the photos/I just want to eat them again because, DELISH.
Upcoming blog recipe I’m most excited to share: Healthy Rice Crispy Treats. They were an experiment that turned out👌🏼.
Impulse buying: ALL THE STRAWBERRIES. If you are too, here are some tasty ways to use them:
- Strawberry Oatmeal Bars (one of the most all-time popular recipes on Well Plated!)
- Easy Grilled Pizza with Balsamic Chicken and Strawberries
- Best Ever Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp
- Fresh Strawberry Bread (a MUST for summer)
- Strawberry Farro Salad
- Plus all of THESE strawberry recipes
Sprucing up: My office. Recent additions include this floor lamp (which I do solemnly swear I will finally put together this weekend), this print (this one too—I hung them in these frames), and this blingy gold stapler, which obviously every girl boss needs.
Ina Garten’s grocery list: includes whiskey sour supplies. I only love her more.
Good news: if you continually forget to pack the bottle opener. Trader Joe’s is going to start selling canned wine.
Latest favorite on-the-go breakfast/snack: RXBARs. Monique introduced me to them a while back, and I’ve become a major fan. They are made with real, honest ingredients, actually keep me full, and are ultra delicious too. Favorite flavors: Maple Sea Salt; Chocolate Sea Salt; Blueberry.
If you aren’t following: Pumpkin the Raccoon on Instagram, START NOW.
And speaking of…
INSTAGRAM: Here are a few photos of Well Plated recipes you’ve made and posted. I can’t say enough how much this makes my day! If you’d like to be featured, see details below.
- @ingcorporated and @kats.food.adventures: Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas
- @readysetsprint: Skinny Greek Layer Dip
- @ridebikeseatfood: Crock Pot Low Carb Lasagna
- @widmk: Strawberry Oatmeal Bars
- @j_heino: Healthy No Bake Cookies
- @charbefit: Crockpot White Chicken Chile
If you make one of my recipes, I’d love to see it on Instagram and might feature it here! Just snap a photo and tag it #WellPlated, and I will be sure to find it. I absolutely love to know what you’re cooking. NOTE: If you simply put @wellplated in the photo caption, I am unlikely to see it. I know that sounds crazy, but my alerts do not show every comment tag, so they are very easy for me to miss. The hashtag is the best way to make sure I see what you post OR, you can tap to tag @wellplated in the photo itself (NOT the caption). THANKS, and sorry if I’ve missed one of your posts!