I hope you had an awesome Fourth of July long weekend! I really like the idea of a Friday holiday. Fridays are always a struggle for me to stay focused since I get sooooo excited for the weekend to arrive, so I love that we skipped Friday all together and went straight to the weekend. We enjoyed some much needed down time this weekend, and enjoyed a fun cookout with our next door neighbors. We love our neighbors a lot, and it is so awesome to walk next door and have a wonderful afternoon with great friends. I don’t think either of us should ever move!
How was your weekend?
Meal Plan Monday 7/6-7/12:
This meal plan is designed to feed approximately 4 adults at each meal or two adults with lunches left over. Feel free to double or add to it as needed. **You’ll need to open it with the free Adobe Reader App (Android or iOS) to be able to use the check boxes on mobile, so install that first if you don’t have it already.**
Monday: Greek Zucchini Noodles with Feta, Olives, Artichokes and Tomatoes (gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan option)
Tuesday: Cajun Shrimp Tacos with Mango Salsa from Jo Cooks (gluten-free)
Today I’m bringing you a roundup of 20 Homemade Salad Dressing Recipes along with today’s Meal Plan Monday!
(Pictured clockwise: Herb and Yogurt dressing – Lauren Caris Cooks, Poppyseed Dressing -The Kitchen McCabe, Pomegranate Dressing – Feast + West, Beet Basil Pesto – Sustaining the Powers, Red Wine Peach Vinaigrette – Dine and Dish. See links below.)
This summer I’ve been really loving on salads. Our garden has been producing a bumper crop of greens with all the rain we’ve had, and I’ve been on a health kick, so I’ve been loving lunches of giant salads during my week days. Because of all the salads, I’ve been going through a TON of salad dressing. (Dressing is really the point of the salad right?) So, I thought it would be fun to put together a round up of a ton of different DIY salad dressing options today!
JJ’s House Vinaigrette Salad Dressing from Jebbica’s World (gf, vegan)
Red Wine Peach Vinaigrette from Dine and Dish (gf, vegan)
Lemon Chardonnay Vinaigrette from My Cooking Spot (gf, vegetarian)
Coconut Citrus Salad Dressing from Left Side of the Table (gf, vegan)
Strawberry Dressing from Creative Pink Butterfly (gf, vegan)
Jalapeno Honey Lime Vinaigrette from My Cooking Spot (gf, vegan)
Honey-Lime Mint Dressing from My Cooking Spot
Beet Basil Pesto Vinaigrette (gf, vegetarian)
Asian Peanut Dressing from As Easy As Apple Pie (gf option, vegan)
Strawberry Vinaigrette from The Wetherills Say I Do (gf, vegan)
Homemade Poppy Seed Dressing from The Kitchen McCabe (gf, vegan)
Pomegranate Dressing from Feast and West (gf, vegan)
Creamy Salad Dressings
Creamy Pomegranate Dressing from Carlsbad Cravings (gf, vegetarian)
It doesn’t get more American than Red, White, and Blue Chocolate Covered Apples! Plus, I’ve got the Red White and Blue Recipe Challenge and another Meal Plan Monday below the recipe.
I hope everyone had an awesome Father’s Day yesterday. We aren’t parents yet, but I did call my dad and wish him a happy day. We also went out with a bunch of friends to see the musical Wicked here in Denver last night. It was my second time seeing it, and it was just as great the second time! I recommend that you go if you get the chance.
Today’s recipe is my entry for the Red White and Blue Recipe Challenge. Every Month I host a recipe challenge with A Savory Feast and Bowl of Happiness, and the challenge theme is different every time. I had such fun putting together these Red, White, and Blue Chocolate Covered Apples and then styling this whole summer party table. My favorite color is blue, hubby’s favorite is red, and most of my blogging dishes are white, so I gathered up half my props cabinet and went to town.
When we first came up with the idea of this red white and blue challenge, I knew I wanted to do something a little out of the box. My first thought was something with the strawberries from my back yard, but they’re too small to dip well. My next idea was a red, white, and blue puppy chow, but then I saw that pop up on my Pinterest feed, so it’s already out there. So I finally decided that there’s nothing more American than Red, White, and Blue Chocolate Covered Apples, and went to town.
My favorite part of this challenge was collecting all the different… Continue reading
If you’ve been around here for a while, you’ve noticed that it’s been a bit quieter on the recipe front lately. You may have also seen me mention a big project that I’ve been working on lately. Well, the cat is out of the bag, so I am finally happy to announce that I have started a new web design and WordPress tech support company called Powersful Studios, LLC! (Get it, I’m Stephanie Powers, so it’s Powers-full. )
It all started in January when I launched my Tech Tips Thursday series and started getting emails from other bloggers asking to hire me to work on their blogs. It kind of grew from there, so I partnered with a couple graphic designers, did all the legal work to start a business, write contracts, made a business plan, and built up a fancy website for it, and now I’m ready and eager to take on new clients!
If you’re a blogger, we want to help you avoid the DIY headaches and be your very own WordPress IT department, build you a custom Genesis theme, or create a new logo and branding for your blog. If you’re a small business, we want to help you build a great looking mobile responsive website and give your company a brand identity that will bring you new clients. And even if you’re just a curious onlooker, pop on over and check out our latest project spotlight on the blog!
I promise that I’ll be getting back into the cooking groove (I miss it so much!) and have a new recipe or two posted later this week! I’ll also have a post about the square foot garden I’m growing in my front yard along with a few recipes made with home grown produce. Leave a comment… Continue reading
Happy Monday! I’m happy to say that Colorado has sunshine today, which means I can finally bust out more summery recipes. I may call this squash week because I just realized that 3/5 recipes are made with squash. It’s SO cheap at the grocery store right now though because it’s summer squash season. That’s the best part about eating seasonally for sure. Let me know if you have any seasonal ingredient requests and I’ll be happy to test out some recipes that use them!