Refreshing Mango & Lime Juice Popsicles

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I don’t really know anything better than a hot summer day by the pool slurping on fast-melting popsicles. I love how sometimes when it’s so hot (especially being a Florida girl) all I can really have to quench my thirst is a super cold and delicious concoction of frozen fruit juice.

Popsicles have really “taken off” as the “cool summer snack” in the last few years, so I’ve loved being able to play around with different types of flavors and make popsicles that are such big hits with my favorite little people (and big people too!).

Recently, my cousins were visiting (how cute are they?) and were looking for a snack after swimming in the pool all morning. I brought out these mango and lime juice popsicles and Gabriela basically devoured one in about five minutes flat. I filled some of the popsicle molds only half way, and that was the perfect size for Gabs to eat it all before it melted.

Seconds, anyone?

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4th of July Orange Pork Sliders with Homemade Buns

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Heyo! Happy 4th of July Week!

This is an interesting holiday for me considering that I’ve only actually spent a handful of 4th of July’s in the United States. My family is like the super-travel family. My mom’s birthday is July 5th, and her favorite thing in the whole wide world is to travel. So most of our 4th of July’s have been spent looking out the window of an airplane at the fireworks as we fly out of JFK or Hartsfield-Jackson airport. And this year will be no different. We will be celebrating the 4th of July in Paris!

How patriotic of us! Ha!

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Summer Corn Salad

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There are two types of people in this world.

1. salad people.

2. non-salad people.

In my vegetarian/vegan days, I was a total non-salad person. All the way. When you get offered salads like 90% of the time you ever eat out, it can definitely put you against the salad. But once I started eating meat again, salads came back into my life as a joyous food order.

Bacon on salad = winning.

My favorite type of salad is cobb, but I might just have a new favorite with this corn salad.

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Cherry Cheesecake Pops

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Happy Monday from Sunny Los Angeles!

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Yep, you heard that right. I’m in LA! Whoop! Anyone reading this live in LA? Let’s meet up, say hey!

I’m here for just a quick trip to help celebrate the launch of my dad’s new product, pretty cool stuff. But don’t worry, I have a delicious recipe for you while I’m here!

Cherry cheesecake popsicles, need I say more?

These are beyond easy peasy lemon squeezy to make, and taste just delish. I love the mix of the tangy cherry filling with the creamy “cheese”cake in the center. YUM.

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The O-M-C Smoothie

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I’m feeling like I’m a five-year-old stuck in a twenty-year-old’s body today. So I’m going to be silly.

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Have I ever mentioned before how much I am absolutely, irrevocably, permanently, eternally, and any more words that come up when I type forever into the thesaurus website, in deep, mad love with anything Disney?

You probably assumed in my Eating in Disney posts, but now ya know for sure. I’ve loved Disney since I first heard “little town, it’s a quiet village” or “if only I could make my father understand” or any of the other amazing Disney movie songs. Everything about it.

Some of my favorite memories include when my dad pushed my sister and I around in the stroller as we saw our favorite princesses and ate popcorn on main street, waking up extra early to go to the MGM (now Hollywood Studios) with my best friend and her family hours before my mom and sister even thought of waking up, spending my fifth birthday, fifteenth, sixteenth, and many more at the most magical place on earth, and most recently taking my favorite little human for a few days of enchantment and wonder, or even being half way across the world in Italy and having a Disney Movie Marathon in a little Italian house with friends, or taking a train to Disneyland Paris in the smoldering hot July.

The list goes on and on…

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Gluten-Free (& Vegan Option) Biscuits and Gravy

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When I was a vegetarian/vegan, I used to crave biscuits and gravy. A lot. I don’t eat breakfast much, but when biscuits and gravy are offered, I devour my meal.

Before I learned to cook for myself, I always wished I could have adaptions of delicious meat and dairy filled meals, I didn’t know that I could easily make them myself.

Thanks to our society now putting importance on the food we consume, there’s more vegan meat options than ever. So when I found vegan ground sausage (at Publix, by the way), I instantly wanted to make biscuits and gravy.

Add to them being gluten-free, and you have an absolutely delicious and eco-friendly and allergy-friendly scrumptious breakfast.

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Mara’s Summer Peach Salsa

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This fruit dip blows my mind.

You know when a super simple dish can be made to be the most delicious thing you’ve ever tasted? That’s how I feel about this dip.

Vivian’s mom, Mrs. Mara, made it for a get-together we had the other day and literally every.single.person raved about it. I had just enough time to take pictures and then poof; it was gone.

This is an absolutely no fail kind of dish to bring to a party to be guaranteed happy phrases like “this is amazing” and “you have to share the recipe with me” and “we are inviting you to every event now” from the party-goers. That’s how good it is.

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Mini Watermelon & Cucumber Stack Salad

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For your weekend enjoyment…

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You know when you feel like a week has just thrown you under and you’re drowning? Yeah. That’s been my week.

I’ve been working on a super exciting project all week, and I’m now totally ready to crawl into my bed all weekend and get through the next season of Bones (I’m on season 5, can it get any more exciting than this? Booth and Brennan = the best couple on tv).

But before I do that, I am going to reward myself by devouring this cutie of a salad.

Fresh arugula, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, watermelon, tangy creamy vegan dressing, what? Is it possible to have a salad that amazing?

Yes, yes it is.

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Stuffed French Toast Sticks + Arizona Pictures

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Heyooo from the Grand Canyon!

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I’m sure you’ve gathered by now that my family and I (and Vivian’s family) are super duper world travelers. Like, we travel a lot.

We love it, we live for it, and this time we are on a school trip in Arizona!!! We started the trip in Pheonix, then Flagstaff, Page, now we’re at the Grand Canyon, and tomorrow we leave for Sedona. It’s been a whirlwind, but it’s also been a blast! I will be sharing some pictures down below, but first let’s talk about the real highlight for this post… these cute adorable easy to eat fun stuffed french toast sticks.

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Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Tangy White Sauce

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Come on, I see that face.

And this is not the time for it.

I honestly don’t understand the whole “ew brussels sprouts” thing.

I remember watching an episode of Franklin the Turtle when I was like 5, and I remember the episode being about brussels sprouts. Franklin’s mom made them for dinner and he thought they were the grossest thing ever, but I think at the end he ended up trying them and loving them.

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