I’m sharing some of my highlights from the week today.

My mom gave me this little shelf that my grandpa made a long long time ago. It was stained kind of dark, so I sanded it down and repainted it. It just needs a coat of protective wax, and it will go in our bathroom for some extra storage/knick knacks. I’m kind of in love with how it turned out, especially because it’s sort of sentimental.



I’ve started this bad habit of stopping by Rise after my last night shift of the week to get a biscuit and some coffee. It’s probably not the best for my health, but I’m telling you, nothing tastes better than one of their biscuits after working for 12+ hours overnight.



This puppy has been so snuggly this week! Every time I sit down, she climbs right up into my lap. I’m thoroughly enjoying the extra love :).



And last but not least, this little bit of good news–and your reactions to it–was probably my very favorite this week. The amount of relief we’ve felt with this news is just immense. I feel like a huge weight has been lifted from my shoulders. And thank you to everyone who commented on my Facebook. It is comforting to know we’re not walking through this alone, we so appreciate your diligent prayers. I’m in total disbelief that we’re so close to meeting our daughter! Ahhhh!

Happy Friday! Have a wonderful weekend!



Summer Meals We’ve Been Loving

I think I mentioned before that I was in a meal rut this summer. I’m not sure why, but summers always prove a little hard for me to make a meal plan and stick to it. Maybe it’s the more spontaneous nature of summer? I’m more likely to say yes to something that comes up last minute around dinner time. The sun is still up, it feels like it’s still time to play. I think one of the other issues is wanting my food to be a little lighter. Heavy foods that cook all day in the crock pot just don’t seem appealing to me. And usually if I don’t plan ahead, there’s not a lot of hope for dinner time. BUT, we have made some things (often repeatedly) that we really love this summer! I thought I’d share a few of the very best with you.

Chipotle Sweet Potato Burgers

Chipotle Sweet Potato Burgers

Budget Bytes Chipotle Sweet Potato Burger

Sarah Peters told me about this recipe. It took me a long time to actually try it out for some reason, and I’m kind of sad I waited. They are amazing! My husband who would take a beef burger over a veggie burger any day, raved about it AND went back for seconds. That is a success in my book. This recipe is quick and the ingredients are super cheap. It also works well if you prep the ingredients beforehand and then form the patties right before you’re ready to cook them. Even easier! I love it :).

Green Goddess Sandwiches

Bojon Gourmet Green Goddess Sandwiches

When I initially read this recipe, it seemed like these sandwiches required a lot of prep work. And if I’m going to eat a sandwich, I want it to be quick and easy. Making the sauce, and I suppose slicing the veggies take some time, but I promise you it’s worth it. Especially because once those steps are completed, you can keep making these sandwiches all week. Which you will want to do, because these sandwiches are so good.

Cheesecake Factory Avocado Rolls

Cheesecake Factory Avocado Egg Rolls - It's so much cheaper to make right at home and it tastes a million times better too!

Damn Delicious Cheesecake Facotry Avocado Egg Rolls

Holy moly, these are good! The first time I tried them out, I made them as a side dish to some veggie enchiladas. When Corey and I started eating them, we totally ditched the enchiladas and polished these off. The second time I made them, they were the entree for our movie night :). They are that incredible, I promise. Instead of the cilantro dipping sauce, I finely minced a jalapeno and mixed it with some homemade ranch. Amazing! Seriously, give these a try.

Poblano Chiles Stuffed with Corn and Monterey Jack Cheese

Poblano Chiles Stuffed with Corn and Monterey Jack Cheese

Martha Stewart Poblano Chiles Stuffed with Corn and Monterey Jack Cheese

Ok, these have a special place in my heart. The day after Corey and I got married, we headed out of town on our honeymoon to Jamaica. Corey kept the trip a surprise from me until after our wedding, so I hadn’t packed any reading material for a flight. We walked into one of those shops in the airport and I picked up a Martha Stewart magazine. During our trip, I flagged this recipe and Spicy Three Cheese Dip. The poblanos were one of the very first dinner recipes I tried when we got back. Every time I make them, I think about our honeymoon and that first summer together in this house. They always feel special, and they’re always delicious.

When I’m in a meal rut, these are just a couple of my quick and easy summer meals. Do you have any easy summer favs? Let me know if you try any of these!


Friday Favorites

Just a few of my favorites from this week.

Our adoption announcement pretty much takes the cake. You know what was even better, though? All the responses! You guys made us feel so loved and even more excited about our adoption.
We took a four mile walk on the Tobacco Trail last Sunday evening. The colors were beautiful! We started taking long walks on the trail with Cece last winter, but over the summer we got busy, it got hot, and we stopped. I’m looking forward to making this a part of our week again. It’s such a nice time to spend together, and we get to do some good talking without any interruptions.
These two


Both of whom I get to spend the whole weekend with. I couldn’t be more excited!