Usually summertime is my favorite time of year. The produce, the tans, the dewy glow on your skin, the list goes on. This summer however, the heat is out of control. Is it always this hot and I have forgotten? Or is this global warming? Anyway you look at it though it's too hot to be outside unless you are going to be sitting in a pool with a cocktail in hand. And when it's this hot out, turning the oven on is unthinkable and meals are meant to be light and fresh! My panzanella caprese cantaloupe skewers are just the perfect light lunch or appetizer (served with a pinot grigio or a rosé) and should be on everyone's to-make list this week!
Yesterday was one of those days... We started off with a doctor's appointment for Parks in the morning which went great, but then messed up his nap schedule for the whole day. And by messed up I mean he boycotted naps for the rest of the day. This led to me chasing around a now mobile baby, eating two meals standing up, and trying to shoot two recipes all the while keeping a tired baby from being cranky! Needless to say I was ready for Canean to get home last night so mommy could have a break. Can I just say, thank goodness for cocktails and my mom's 5 o'clock citrus vodka soda!
Can someone please explain to me how it is almost July and how I am going to have a 9 month old baby? Where has the time gone? This year is flying by entirely too fast for me and I need it to slow down. We've had a lot going on the past month with Parks having surgery among other things and one thing that has been a lifesaver for me is easy dinners! I have been making lots of 30 minute meals lately because I just don't have time for much else! I am sure you can relate with kids home from school, vacations, and all of the other busyness that comes with summer. The days are disappearing and dinner time rolls around without any warning leaving your hungry family staring at you wondering what will be on the menu for the night. My Greek chicken pasta salad is going to be one of your new favorite easy meals that will fill up your "people" while keeping it somewhat healthy at the same time!
I've been back in the kitchen this week cooking for My Diary of Us (finally) and dang, it feels good. With so much going on in my life right now, both work and personal, I have been neglecting this space that I have always loved coming to. I'm jumping back in with baby steps and just kinda feeling my way back into the groove of it all. But, with the said, I am jumping back in with an ultimate summertime recipe that you are going to want to make at your next barbecue...or if you are obsessed with grilling like me, then you will want to whip this one up on any ole night of the week. My grilled apricot and chicken skewers are super healthy and have an explosion of flavors that will have your whole family begging for seconds.
Summer is almost here guys which means my favorite time of year for all things food is right around the corner! Vegetables and fruit become sweeter and juicier than ever before and things like a homegrown sliced tomato with a little salt and pepper or the first bite of a sweet watermelon make my mouth water! Eating healthy becomes easier than ever with so many good for you foods available at your fingertips. One of my go-to veggies that we have on a weekly basis is corn on the cob! I have the easiest method for juicy corn that is ready in a snap. My roasted corn on the cob recipe will have you whipping up this side dish all summer long!
I am super excited to start sharing my excitement of making homemade baby food with you! It's only taken me 3 months, but I am finally sharing one of my easiest, first-stage homemade baby food recipes! I'm not gonna lie guys, I have been really struggling trying to get my game together here on My Diary of Us! Between finishing the cookbook, taking on two other major freelance photography projects, and keeping up with a growing and curious boy, I have been having a hard time balancing my time here with you! I promise I will get better, but thank you for your patience in the meantime! Anyway...let's talk about these cinnamon apples, shall we?