They say summer is officially over after Labor Day, but the 100 degree heat is making me a little confused about it all. Everyone (and by everyone, I mean people on social media) is all "oh the crisp mornings" or "broke out my boots today" and I'm all like "I still have boob sweat from walking into the grocery store." Sorry...was that a little TMI? But for real, I'm feeling like summer is still in full swing in Texas and so I'm holding on a little longer to things like fresh corn on the cob which happens to pair perfectly with shishito peppers, so if you haven't tried them, here's your chance! My easy corn and shishito pepper pizza is maybe the easiest pizza you are ever going to make and it just so happens to be delicious too!
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?
Happy day after Labor Day guys! How was your weekend? I hope you did the opposite of labor and got to relax with your family and friends! Canean was out of town for a couple of days and I started binge watching Friday Night Lights on Netflix, which I had no idea was going to suck me in like it did! I also had a fabulous brunch Sunday morning with a girlfriend before picking the hubs up from the airport! Yesterday, we lounged around, walked the dogs, and ate big juicy cheeseburgers for dinner! Needless to say, we are both in need of some healthy for the rest of the week! I love having snacks like my homemade nutty granola bars on hand for weeks just like these!
They are sweet and salty, but completely good for you!
Labor Day weekend is this weekend, which for most of us means one extra day off of work! Can I get a woohoo? I cannot believe that September is here guys! That means I am having a baby NEXT MONTH! Crazy town, which means over the next month I will super busy whipping up as many recipes as I can because I will be taking October off for maternity leave. Recipes like this hibiscus green tea granita! It's one of my new favorite cold treats to serve and it would be perfect to whip up for your Labor Day festivities!
Growing up in the South, biscuits are considered a breakfast essential in most family households. Still to this day, when I take a bite of a homemade biscuit, I feel a sense of nostalgia and cooking in the kitchen with my mom covered in flour. Because if you are making your biscuits from scratch, you should be covered in flour...it goes with the territory. So when King Arthur Flour asked me to be a part of their Better Biscuit Campaign, how was I supposed to say no? Of course I said yes and debated long and hard about what kind of biscuit I wanted to make you. When it came down to it, I had to go traditional, because to me there is nothing better than a perfectly baked warm biscuit slathered in something yummy. These homemade flaky biscuits with lavender honey butter are going to rock your world in so many ways and I can't wait for you to try them out.
Why we don't all make our own popsicles I have no idea. They are the easiest summertime treat you could ever make and the flavor options are endless. Have fruit that is getting too ripe? Make popsicles. Bought too many berries at the market? Make popsicles. You don't even have to have a reason! The point here is, I think we should all commit to making popsicles all summer long. I have had a sweet tooth for the past two weeks like nobody's business. I knew I needed a treat that I could grab at night to keep me from eating ice cream every night...enter the popsicle. My mango, coconut, and lime pops are just the healthy treat I needed to satisfy my sweet cravings!
Have you ever looked at the ingredients on the back of most popsicles in the store (unless you buy organic)? It's all sugar, high fructose corn syrup, and a whole bunch of other stuff I can't pronounce. And if you do buy organic the popsicles are about six bucks for six popsicles...are you kidding? I would go through those too fast and definitely wouldn't be sharing with Canean. I get kinda stingy with my treats for me and baby. Don't judge me.