Our Mini Family

May 26, 2016

One Pan, Thai Curry Egg Noodle Stir Fry

This one pan, Thai curry egg noodle stir fry is an easy weeknight dinner option when you're wanting to go out for date night, but don't have the extra money to go out to eat!

Adam and I take weekly date night seriously! And we have for the last (almost) five years of our marriage. 

Especially since we do not have children, we haven't found a good excuse to not make time to date each other at least one night out of the week. For us, date night is a time when we try to unplug from work and just spend time together doing something different from our regular day-to-day routine. Sometimes, we spend our date night building a romantic indoor fort, and then sometimes when we have the funds to go out to eat we may visit our favorite local wine bar or even go to a painting party. But this week we're being extra careful to stay within our budget, so we decided to cook a meal together and we enjoyed this one pan egg noodle stir fry recipe!

May 23, 2016

The Most Snapchat-Worthy Foodie Spots in the Valley (Phoenix Metropolitan Area)

Thanks to our friends at Lexus for inspiring us to explore the valley to find these spots for you!

If you follow me on Snapchat, you may remember my recent foodie adventures exploring all around the Valley here in Phoenix! Adam and I had such a blast enjoying some amazing dining experiences, and cruising along between each destination from the Lexus CT 200h. Today, I'm sharing some of our absolute favorite foodie spots that we think are the most Snapchat-worthy here in Greater Phoenix!

May 21, 2016

Our Mini Linky Party | Week 72

Happy Saturday!

Despite having an awful week, I made it out alive and well and hopeful that everything will work out.

For those of you who read my posts earlier this week, you would know that I have had a rough week. After some moments of reflection and more comfort food than I'd like to admit eating (i.e. lots of carbs and ice cream happened this week), I woke up this morning with a really positive outlook. One of my best friends gave me some wonderful advice that I've really taken to heart--she reminded me that some years are going to be exponentially more difficult than others, and it would seem that so far 2016 has proven itself to be one of the difficult years. I'm just trying to take everything one obstacle at a time and remind myself that things can only get better.

Today, I'll be sitting poolside and catching up on work until this afternoon and then I'm having some friends over for mimosas and board games. It should be really fun! What are your plans for the weekend? I hope you had a great week and I'm excited to see what projects you worked on and shared on your blog this week at our linky party!

May 18, 2016

One Pan, Three Cheese Penne Pasta Dinner

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and The Coca-Cola Company. All opinions are mine alone. #ExpressUrSelfie #CollectiveBias

Comfort food. It's something we all need to lean on sometimes. 

Without getting into too many dramatic details, let's just say that this week has been a difficult one for me. I have some really high-pressure choices that I need to make by the end of the week and I am still completely unsure of what I am going to do! Weighing the pros and cons of demanding choices could be tough for anyone, but this time around, I am really struggling to keep it together. My mental health this week is questionable at best, and regrettably I have been really grumpy and taking it out on Adam. Not cool, I know, but it's the truth. Needless to say, after I had a big bowl of pasta with some Coca-Cola™ and listened to some music I immediately felt better afterwards. Who knows? Maybe I have just been "hangry" this whole time! 

If you are interested to see which pasta recipe cured my "hanger," I'm sharing the tutorial on how to make this one pan, three cheese penne pasta dinner that is packed with creamy parmesan, mozzarella, and ricotta cheese on the blog!

May 17, 2016

True Life: My Smoothie Bowl Betrayed Me

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #ShoutSolutions #CollectiveBias


It was a typical Monday morning. You know the kind I mean--the kind of morning when it feels like everything that could go wrong does. But little did I know that my beloved breakfast would betray me.

May 15, 2016

6 Burger Recipes to Celebrate National Hamburger Month (and a Giveaway)

Celebrate National Hamburger Month with these six flavorful burger recipes!

Grilling season is here, folks! And I'm so excited! 

Did you know that May is National Hamburger Month? Today, I'm sharing six awesome burger recipes to help you celebrate this foodie holiday month, and since I am also co-hosting a giveaway hop you'll be able to enter to win some cash and prizes as well!

May 14, 2016

Our Mini Linky Party | Week 71

Good morning!

This past week we've spent our time searching the West valley for the most Snapchat-worthy spots! If you are already following me on Snapchat you may have caught a glimpse of what we found--I'm spending the weekend starting to write my blog post for this project, and I'm headed out the door soon in a few minutes to go pick up some fresh produce at the farmer's market. 

What projects did you work on this past week for your blog? I can't wait to see what you have to share at this week's blogger link party!

May 11, 2016

One Pan, Chicken and Parmigiano-Reggiano Noodle Pasta Skillet

Shaved Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese melted over warm, boiled egg noodle pasta and chicken tossed in fresh crush basil EVOO.

So, I really love sharing pasta recipes! If you've been a blog reader for a while I am sure you could have figured that out by now. Really, I would not even need a reason to share a new pasta recipe with you, however, when I noticed last week that The Ultimate Recipe Challenge theme for this month was pasta I simply knew I needed to share a new recipe on the blog!

This one pan, pasta skillet recipe is perfect for a middle of the week dinner plan and all of the ingredients are cooked in one pan (which means there are less dishes you have to do during clean-up later!)

This convenient pasta dinner recipe is packed with Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, and paired with boneless and skinless chicken tossed in fresh crush basil olive oil. Prepare this hearty, one-pan pasta dish in under 30 minutes any night of the week!

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