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birthday dinner

Hey guys….I’m in Outerbanks with my family, but realize I have a big back-log on posts. So I’ll give you a quick catch-up. Last weekend was Perry’s birthday. And I had been wanting to take him to Woodberry Kitchen for a while. Here are some pictures from our visit (backwards from desert to the bread).

I can’t even begin to tell you how fresh everything was- we’ll be going back soon 🙂

See you soon… from the beach

– Jess


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mimosas and french toast

My friend, Beth, invited the girls over her house for brunch on Sunday morning.  What a great time to sit back, drink a mimosa and chat about the weekend.

On her menu was french toast and fruit salad.

Mix for the french toast… I believe eggs, cinnamon, vanilla

Bananas, brown sugar, butter and walnuts to top the french toast. So good!!

What a way to start off a Sunday AM 🙂

– jess


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Gin Mill

The other night, I went out to celebrate my friend’s last day at her job and start of her new job. We walked to a bar/restaurant in Caton, the Gin Mill.

They offer great happy hour specials from $5 appetizers to a variety of drinks ranging from $1.75 to $5.

We split the Blackened Ahi Tuna, a 6 oz. filet of sushi grade tuna blackened then served on a warm croissant with a cool ranch dressing & crispy onions.

And the Warm Pita Plate, which came with 4 dips: hummus, basil pesto, roasted peppers and olive tapenade.

Ryan enjoying his wings.

I wish that I lived closer to Canton, so I could visit the Gin Mill more often. Their truffle oil fries are to die for and  I really love the service and vibe of the bar.


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fruit salad

I have not been cooking often. Or at least anything worth writing about. The warm weather has me out and about. Dinners are pushed back until 8 or 9 and consist of any fresh veggies that I have in the fridge.

I did pick up some fruit from Safeway to make a fruit salad. I stuck to my favorites: watermelon, raspberries, blueberries and peach. I poured some Odwalla Haiti Hope Mango Lime juice  over my salad.

Odwalla100% of profits go to Haiti Mango Farmers and their families

Is it just me or does the color of this salad make it even more appetizing?


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step away from the freezer

I admit that I go straight to the freezer section to pick up veggie burgers for a cookout. It never crosses my mind to make them from scratch. I need to change this mindset.

I found that Cooking Light has a variety of recipes from chickpea burgers to grilled tofu burgers. These burgers are made with fresh ingrediants and from simple recipes.

Go ahead and try out these veggie burger recipes from Cooking Light with me.

 Open-Faced Falafel Burgers Recipes


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beach weekend

I spent the long 4th of July weekend in Ocean City, MD. One of my favorite places to relax in OC is Northside Park around 127th street.

At the park: A humble picnic of wine, chocolate, bread and cheese. Tobie being nosey.

The boardwalk in Rehoboth (about 40min from OC) is another favorite of mine. I shopped at the boardwalk and then stopped at Dogfish Brewpub for dinner and drinks.

I buy Dogfishhead beer often at my local beer store. So, I already knew what to expect when ordering their beer sampler.  The 60 Min IPA  tops the others with its refreshing, citrus flavor…in my opinion 🙂

I ordered a side of green beans. This $1 deal looked teeny on the plate.

The Dogpile- Pitas with spinach artichoke dip, mozzarella cheese, tomatoes and green onions. The name was very fitting for this tasty mess!

Do you have a favorite spot to visit on vacation?


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brocoli slaw

I made a simple salad yesterday with brocoli slaw. The ingredients are as follows:

Brocoli Slaw (prepackaged)


Candied Pecans

1 apple

Trader Joe’s Champagne Pear Dressing w/ Gorgonzola

Perry ACTUALLY  liked this salad. And he’s hard to please with salads. I’m guessing the real winner was the candied pecans. I’ll take the success!

I’m baking chocolate chip cookies tonight to bring to the beach this weekend. Does anyone have a great recipe?

– jess

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