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One Baltimore

Hi superfriends,

Many of you have texted/emailed/gchatted/called to check on me this week and I really appreciate it! The violence and rioting that occurred on Monday was fairly contained about three miles from us and I haven’t felt unsafe at any point this week.  I am still wrapping my thoughts around everything that has happened and my facebook feed has been flooded with articles, opinions and, from a few, ignorance. I try to keep politics and controversy off facebook but I thought a blog post could help me adequately sort through my feelings.

I want to start by saying I clearly can’t begin to imagine how Freddie Gray, his family and the residents of Sandtown-Winchester feel or what they have gone through, however everyone in the city is definitely feeling the impact of Gray’s illegal arrest (as just charged by the Maryland Sate’s Attorney) and death and the subsequent unrest throughout the city. The sound of choppers overhead has been a constant since Saturday as 4-6 media/police helicopters are constantly circling. My office has been closed since Monday afternoon when they sent us home after word of the planned protest/riot/”purge” was circulated. They played an O’s game two blocks from our apartment in front of zero fans. We’ve obeyed the 10pm-5am curfew which feels particularly surreal. Aside from all of that, the story has just been top of mind and the first thing everyone is talking about. We’ve briefly touched on it during every conference call as we work remotely, we’ve heard bartenders and restaurateurs discuss it in terms of closing early and economic impact, and we’ve had our own debates on whether or not we think the officers will get indicted.

We’ve heard from CNN/MSNBC/Fox News, local news, the mayor, the governor, the police chief, city council members, Chris Van Hollen, Martin O’Malley, Hilary Clinton and President Obama. Baltimore tweet

I was particularly impressed with President Obama’s statement and his call for institutional change. State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby’s statement and the charges they are filing against the six police officers involved also call out the issues that have been seen between the Baltimore police and the residents of the poverty-stricken neighborhoods of the city: unlawful arrest and callousness/disregard for human life (read this NPR article for information on the charges). I in NO way think this reflects the actions/opinions of the entire police force, BUT I do agree that there needs to be systematic change. Read this investigative piece from 2014 by the Baltimore Sun for more information on the history of undue force used by Baltimore Police.

It was tough to watch criminals wreak havoc on the city Monday night – looting, attacking police, setting fires – and tough to know that viewers at home across the country and the world were passing judgement on Baltimore based on those actions.  What they did was wrong, illegal and incredibly hostile. However, it is with pride that I have seen the city come together and repair over the past few days. I just saw a couple interviews on local news with two men in Freddie Gray’s neighborhood who in the same statement thanked the State’s Attorney for bringing charges against the officers, thanked the police officers for maintaining safety in the neighborhood and encouraged everyone to stay peaceful over the weekend. Yesterday, Jeanette and I dropped off gatorade, fruit and granola bars to police officers who were working in the harbor since they have been working pretty much around the clock since Saturday to make sure our city stays safe.

Baltimore's Beautiful Inner Harbor

Baltimore’s Beautiful Inner Harbor

Christmas lights on 34th Street - Utz girl and Natty Boh man - Baltimore staples!

Christmas lights on 34th Street – Utz girl and Natty Boh man – Baltimore staples!

The emergency curfew has impacted local businesses.

The emergency curfew has impacted local businesses.

I still love this city and while this was a tough week, I did many things that reminded me of how great this city is. I went for a run around gorgeous Federal Hill and the Inner Harbor, Jeanette and I did some traditional Baltimore stoop-sitting for a pre-curfew drink and chat with our neighbors, and we walked into the neighborhood for early dinner/drinks to show support for local businesses.

Adam and his groomsmen at our wedding

Adam and his groomsmen taking photos in the Harbor before our wedding

The above photo is of Adam and his groomsmen at our wedding. To me this photo illustrates a couple things 1. Adam is totally badass and 2. clearly the cordial relationship we have with the Baltimore Police is not the same relationship other residents have elsewhere in the city. Hopefully everything that happened this week is a a wake up call and the start of change and healing- even after the national media stops shining a light on it.

Much love to Baltimore, our residents, our police, and our sports teams! One Baltimore. ❤

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Mawwiage is what bwings us togetha today!

As a long time lover of the Princess Bride, it seems only appropriate to dig out that piece of cinematic excellence to watch on the eve of my wedding and that is exactly what Jessie and I plan to do this coming Saturday night. I have forced Jessie (and all of the other superfriends) to watch the Princess Bride countless times over the past 15 years to the point where they had to physically retrain me from quoting every line. It is the BEST story: full of silly humor and jokes, friendship, adventure and true love (which is the greatest thing in the world, besides a nice MLT) – all things that also describe my relationship with Adam. Adam makes me laugh even more than Vizzini and I am so excited to face life’s adventures with him and to be his [princess] bride (and I promise not to try and kill myself when I reach the honeymoon suite!).  Anyway, I guess this is just a round about way of saying EEEEEEE I can’t wait until Sunday!!! And in case you’re interested in learning some fun facts about the Princess Bride, check out this great Buzz Feed listicle- 43 Inconceivable Facts About the Princess Bride.

Besides watching the Princess Bride and marrying Adam (duh) there are about a bajillion other things I am looking forward to this weekend. I am excited to have all of my friends and family and Adam’s family in one place – and to see everyone mix and mingle. One of my favorite things about the weddings I have been in has been to spend time with my friend’s families and to meet the groom’s family. I can’t wait for Krolls and Wolfs and superfriends to come together! I am excited to see all of the elements of our wedding pulled together to capture the “spring garden” feel that we wanted. Even though it will be too chilly to have the wedding outside, we hope that our wedding brings a taste of springtime to Baltimore. I am excited for what I hope will be a relaxing morning of pampering with the bridesmaids while we get ready for the wedding. I looove to have my hair and make-up done professionally (seriously this is something that’s on the top of my list of things I’d splurge on if I was super wealthy) and I picture us sipping mimosas cool as a cucumber the morning of the wedding (HA – remind me I wrote this on Sunday when I am a ball of nervous anticipation). I am excited for a meaningful ceremony conducted by the same Rabbi who Bat Mitzvahed me at age 13 and finally, I am excited to break it down on the dance floor all night long!!

And because the Princess Bride and superfriend reunions always make me nostalgic, here are some throwback pics…

Abby and Jessie, twinsies, age 7?

Abby and Jessie, twinsies, age 7?

Superfriends at the beach, summer 2005

Superfriends at the beach, summer 2005

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Baby Watch and Bachelorette!

Helloooooo superfriends! Baby watch 2015 is in full swing over here. My future sis-in-law is due on the 21st but we’re hoping baby comes a little early. I mean, it’s a three day weekend, doesn’t baby know how convenient that would be? Not to mention I’m heading to Miami for Bachelorette part 2: The Cruise on the 22nd and I’d love to be close by when baby comes to see he or she when nice and fresh! I am so excited to be an aunt!

Speaking of Bachelorette part 2: The Cruise, I am SO ridiculously excited!! As Jessie wrote about earlier, my amazing bridesmaids threw me a fantastic bach in Baltimore which was a great chance to celebrate with some of my favorite people who can’t make it to Bachpt2 and some of my favorite people who love me enough to celebrate TWICE! It was such a great night and it was awesome to see how friends from every step of my life got along so well together. Represented were my two different elementary schools (holler Jess and Sarah), middle school (Sash), high school (Linz), college (Jeanette, Jannette, Chel, Anu, Ilana), Kastles (BVP), MBA (Richa) and my new Kroll family (Dorina). I am so lucky to have developed these amazing friendships and am loving the fun times my girls are showing me before I become a boring old married woman (JK THOUGH RIGHT?).

Baltimore Bachelorette

Baltimore Bachelorette

Though we (the superfriends) have traveled together for Sasha’s bachelorette in Austin and to Rehoboth for Lindsay’s bachelorette, I feel like we haven’t really gone on a trip trip together since Vegas back in August of 2010. Here we are a solid 4.5 years later and I am ready for another AMAZING trip with my best friends. There are 11 of us going on the cruise (superfriends + Maryland friends + Kastles friends) which is crazy awesome and I am SO ready to soak up some rays with these girls. I know the warm weather will be incredible, but the quality time together will be even better. I have only been on cruises with my mom (which were great – love you mom!), and I am extra excited to experience them with a group of friends. I imaging us laying by the pool, enjoying frozen drinks, dancing our butts off and maybe even partaking in some karaoke. In honor of this upcoming vacay, I’m posting some oh my favorite photos from our Vegas trip – where we ate, drank, danced, explored and maybe even gambled a little. Can’t wait to do it up with guys again!!

Is this the real Caesar's Palace?

Is this the real Caesar’s Palace?

Get itttt

Get itttt

Vegas...or Paris? No just Vegas.

Vegas…or Paris? No just Vegas.

Being sillyyy

Being sillyyy

Frozen drinks! I hope to see a few of those on the cruise :)

Frozen drinks! I hope to see a few of those on the cruise 🙂

So tan...

So tan…

Will there be sexy men on this cruise? I mean, it is a bachelorette!

Will there be sexy men on this cruise? I mean, it is a bachelorette!

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Abby’s 2014 Year in Review

Happy December my loves! Another year is almost in the books and we recently passed our one year blogiversary (congratulations to us on 88 posts over the past 14 months). Well, we are another year older and another year wiser and another year closer to being lifelong friends. This year has been full of highs and lows: we’ve seen divorce and separation, loneliness and the loss of loved ones, illness and breakups. But we’ve also seen the birth of new nieces, weddings and celebrations, the beginnings of fantastic new relationships, amazing trips and cross-country moves. I want to take a moment to thank all of you superfriends and all of you anonymous readers in the blogosphere for your love and support over the past year. And now, because it’s a little more fun to talk about the highs than the lows, I want to recap my top 6 moments of 2014!

1. Adopting Jack

We adopted our furry little bundle of joy last January and he is far and above the highlight of my year. JUST LOOK AT THAT FACE! Jack has brought so much joy into our lives it’s ridiculous. Having a dog is lot of work, but every time he greets me with just endless excitement it makes it all so worth it!

Our first picture with Jack!

Our first picture with Jack!

2. Engagement Party

Adam and I have had so many amazing times together this year and have had a ton of fun planning for our upcoming wedding, but I think the engagement party his parents threw for us in March takes the cake. Most of you superfriends were there which just added to the specialness of the event and I loved having so many friends and family on hand to celebrate with us. I also loved how it felt like I was being welcomed into the Kroll family with open arms – I can’t imagine a better family to be marrying into.

Family together at our engagement party!

Family together at our engagement party!

3. Hamptons Winery Trip

In June I traveled up to New York to spend the weekend with three incredible girls I worked with at the Kastles back in 2011 – we have stayed close friends ever since and our constant group texting allows us to keep in touch even when we’re not together. Jessie also joined us since she lives in New York and we all had an amazing day at wineries in the Hamptons (thanks to Artie for driving us around all day).

Girls at a winery

Girls at a winery

All giggles on the beach

All giggles on the beach

4. Graduation

In may I graduated from business school with my MBA. It was a pretty special moment and the culmination of two years of hard work! To get some additional insight into what I learned at b-school and my passion for marketing, check out my other blog – Brand Loyalist!

Some of my favorite people at b-school

Some of my favorite people at b-school

Happy to be graduating!

Happy to be graduating!

5. Lindsay’s Wedding

There’s nothing more special than getting to see your best friend marry the love of her life. Lindsay’s wedding was beautiful, emotional and so much fun. The ceremony was so special and I loved spending the weekend with Lindsay’s and Stephen’s families and with all of the superfriends. I think the absolute highlight was closing out the reception with a big dance party to Shake it Off. Sasha and Lindsay – you have set the bar HIGH for superfriends weddings and I hope mine can live up to it. 🙂

Superfriends celebrating

Superfriends celebrating

A special moment with the bride

A special moment with the bride

6. Thanksgiving in South Carolina

Since I’m not working and had some extra time on my hands, I went down to South Carolina with my mom for the whole week of Thanksgiving. It was really great to spend some quality one-on-one time with my mom in addition to all of the warm happiness that comes from spending the holiday with my extended family. Since most of my mom’s fam is in South Carolina we usually only see them once a year which makes Thanksgiving extra special. My mom and I rocked our matching dresses, enjoyed amazing food cooked by my Aunts Diane and Julie and had a blast on our traditional post-dinner walk to the park. We also took a private yoga class taught by my cousin, Rachel, and visited my Aunt Becky’s farm, met her donkey, sheep and miniature horses in addition to having delicious fresh egg salad from her chickens and lettuce from her garden.

Twinning with mom

Twinning with mom

Cousins pic!

Cousins pic!

I can’t to see what next year brings (marrying Adam!!!!) and still have much to look forward to as 2014 wraps up with more quality time with the superfriends. What were your top moments of 2014??

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Travel Tuesday: Madrid, Spain

Hola and happy travel Tuesday! I have finally gotten around to blogging about the second half of the Eurozone trip I took with b-school in May 2013. For a refresher, you can find the first two posts here on my stops in Koblenz and Frankfurt, Germany. After spending the first half of our trip in Germany examining a strong Eurozone economy, we spent the second half in Madrid, Spain, where the economy is currently struggling a bit. Well, we joked that we did our share to help the economy rebound – spending an ample amount on food, drinks and shopping!

Our hotel was conveniently located in a downtown area of the city with many of the best sights within walking distance. I had done a lot of research before the trip and wanted to be sure to hit up the top spots. Our first stop was Il Mercato di San Miguel, literally “the market” filled with aisles upon aisles of vendors selling tasty tapas. We munched on a few dishes and tasted our first sangria in Spain – delicious!

Sangria in Madrid!

Sangria in Madrid!

Madrid is also home to the Palacio Real de Madrid. Built in the 1700’s after the previous palace was destroyed, the gorgeous palace housed many of Spain’s monarchs. No pictures were allowed inside, but we did snap this quick shot out front before I was told to climb down from that light post! We also visited the Almudena Catherdral which is right next to the palace. The cathedral was also gorgeous and featured a beautiful cupola in the high ceiling.

Outside the gorgeous palace in Madrid

Outside the gorgeous palace in Madrid

I said I did a lot of research before the trip, but one thing I apparently did not research was Spanish geography. I had no idea that Madrid was surrounded by several small mountain ranges! We visited a lot of Spanish banks and companies with gorgeous campuses and amazing vistas of the Spanish countryside/mountains. You can see the snow-capped mountains along the horizon in the picture below. The picture was taken from Torre PWC, one of the Cuatro Torres or “Four Towers” business area with four of the biggest skyscrapers in Madrid. Torre PWC also houses a luxury hotel that pop sensation, One Direction happened to be staying at while we were there. After our visit to PWC there was a huge group of Spanish teenagers waiting out front for a chance to glimpse Harry Styles and crew as they headed to their show that evening.

View of Madrid from Torre PWC

View of Madrid from Torre PWC

One of our other business visits took us to the campus of Telefonica, an international telecommunications company and the 6th largest mobile provider in the world. Their campus was uh-maaaazing! State of the art conference rooms, a beautiful fountain and lush green foliage along with the most amazing cafeteria. We had lunch there and enjoyed paella and flan – casual right? Their cafeteria food is the stuff of fancy Spanish restaurants in DC.

Telefonica Campus in Madrid

Telefonica Campus in Madrid

The final two stops on my tour of Madrid were located right next to each other: the Real Jardin Botanico and the Prado Museum. The botanical gardens were fairly large and had beautiful greenery and flora. After our walk through the gardens, I visited the Prado. It is one of the big art museums of Europe and features works by Spanish painters Goya and Velazquez in addition to other renowned artists like El Greco and Rembrandt. I really enjoyed walking through the expansive halls of the museum and bought three prints of my favorite paintings to decorate our apartment…that I still need to get framed almost a year and a half later. Oops!

Botanical Gardens of Madrid

Botanical Gardens of Madrid

Outside the Prado Art Museum

Outside the Prado Art Museum

I had a blast in Madrid and felt like there was more than enough to see and do, eat and drink to keep me entertained for days. I definitely hope to return to Spain some day and in the meantime, to finally get those prints framed!

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Lindsay’s Bridal Shower – Behind the Scenes DIY

This past weekend, I had the honor of throwing a bridal shower for Lindsay. I love Lindsay and I love planning parties so I had a blast choosing a menu and getting crafty with some DIY projects!

Theme

I know Lindsay has always been a big fan of the color yellow so I wanted to incorporate that and paired it with navy for a classic/preppy look. I used these colors throughout from the invitations to the decorations. I used Etsy to find a great pattern for the invitations and recipe cards I sent to all of the guests. Everyone filled out the recipe cards and brought them to the shower where I had a recipe box waiting to hold them. It even inspired us to come up with a new ISF blog feature – where Lindsay posts about each recipe as she cooks them (do it, Lindsay!!).

 

Bridal Shower Invite and Recipe Card

Bridal Shower Invite and Recipe Card

Decorations

The decorations were fairly minimal since the shower was held at Lindsay’s parents house which is already gorgeous! I made a couple of banners using another Etsy design and decorated large letters with yellow and blue puff paint. The plates and napkins matched the color scheme and I (with Jeanette’s help!) made little matching flags that went in the cupcakes and turkey sausage and croissant roll ups.

"L"indsay and "S"tephen

“L”indsay and “S”tephen

Yellow and Navy Banners

Yellow and Navy Banners

Little Flags!

Little Flags!

 

Favors

I think the party favors were my favorite part of the shower. Since Lindsay loves to munch on healthy snacks, I made my own trail mix with custom labels. In the trail mix I included cashews, almonds, craisins and dark chocolate chips. I used half regular craisins and half reduced sugar craisins because I didn’t want the mix to be too sweet.  I work with a great graphic designer at the Kastles and she was awesome enough to help design the labels. We were inspired by some we saw on pinterest and adapted them to the yellow and navy color scheme. The labels said “Lindsay and Stephen are the perfect mix!’ and “Love is sweet but sometimes nuts!”

The perfect mix: cashews, almonds, craisins, dark chocolate chips

The perfect mix: cashews, almonds, craisins, dark chocolate chips

Trail Mix Baggies

Trail Mix Baggies

Trail Mix Label Close Up

Trail Mix Label Close Up

I think my favorite find for the shower were these adorable bride and groom outfits for the champagne bottles! I got them at Michael’s and they crack me up – they are a hoot!

Champagne Bride and Groom

Champagne Bride and Groom

 

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Motivation, such an aggravation!

Well, summer is winding down which means I am three days away from unemployment…and I can’t help but feel oddly blasé about the whole thing. I know I should be job hunting and have plenty of student loans to pay off, but for now I am secretly not-so-secretly OK with a brief period of funemployment. Adam is off work next week and I am looking forward to spending some quality time with him and with some of you girls at Lindsay’s bridal shower/bach next weekend. Come September 8, I promise to be super motivated and crank out resumes and cover letters like it’s my job (because it will be…). I am hoping to find a job in marketing/communications/events in Baltimore (over the commute to DC!) so let me know if you hear of anything that would be a good fit.

 

In the meantime, I’m celebrating National Dog Day (love that that’s a thing!) with this precious cutie pie!!!

Jackie Boy

Jackie Boy

 

Also – random thought of the day: Do you ever think about how back in the day people would host those amazing creative salons like Gertrude Stein where people like Hemingway and Picasso and F. Scott Fitzgerald would attend and they would all just BE together and soak up each others’ awesome creative juices? Like doesn’t that just sound ridiculously entertaining? Oh to be a fly on THAT wall. AMIRIGHT?

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End of Summer

After working pretty much every day for the entirety of June and July, it’s hard to not feel like summer has passed me by when I finally emerge from Kastles season in August. I’m trying to make the most of the final few weeks of summer weather and cram in as much outside time and ice cream as possible! This past weekend I got to play tour guide in my new city and show two Baltimore-newbies a good time. My cousin, Sarah, who has lived in DC for the past 7+ years has never made it up to Baltimore and my old neighbor, Thea, who I used to babysit for hadn’t been here since she was little. Since Thea is visiting the states from the UK this summer, it was great to have her up for the weekend! Thea’s family moved back to Great Britain when she was 9 and she is now 21, so it had been a while since I had last seen her. Kat – I still remember one of my first times baby-sitting for Thea and her sister was the same day as a party you were throwing (I think for St Patrick’s day?!) and I was upset about missing the party! Anywho, Adam and I planned a jam-packed Baltimore day to entertain our guests and enjoy the end of summer.

Our day started out a little rocky – Adam had to move his car since they were bringing in some equipment on the street he had parked on and it became a no parking zone Saturday morning. Since he had to move his car anyway he decided to go fill it up with gas and then got blocked out of our neighborhood because of a half-marathon that shut down a few streets. He was super frustrated and tried to hop on the highway and enter our neighborhood another way. Traffic was so bad he literally gave up – parked the car at a meter and walked the last few blocks home!! What was the cause of all the traffic? The annual Otakon convention! Otakon is an anime convention and our city was taken over by countless fans dressed in the WILDEST costumes. It made for incredible people watching, but awful, awful traffic.

After the traffic fiasco, we set out toward the Inner Harbor and took in the sights (and made a quick breakfast stop at Starbucks) before heading to the aquarium. I had only been to the aquarium one, about five years ago, and it was way more entertaining than I remember! We saw dolphins doing tricks, big sharks, brightly colored fishies and scary jelly fish (horrid beasties?).

Jelly fish at the National Aquarium

Jelly fish at the National Aquarium

Adam must have been having a rough day because in one of the open air exhibits with free roaming birds and bats – he got crapped on! A big glob of bird poo right on his shorts! We all told him it was good luck and the museum staff quickly grabbed him some wet wipes. He was a very good sport about it.

With Sarah at the Aquarium

With Sarah at the Aquarium

Little known fact – the aquarium is also home to a sloth and a couple little golden lion tamarins! You know how much I love the zoo so I appreciated the furry creatures who put in an appearance. After the aquarium, we headed to Lexington Market for some of the best crab cakes in Baltimore at Faidley’s. Lexington Market has been around since 1782 and definitely has a feel of old Baltimore. The jumbo lump crab cakes were on point and so delicious. I washed mine down with a freshly squeezed lemonade while Adam had Baltimore’s finest Natty Boh. From the market, we walked back down to the baseball stadium with a quick pitstop at Pickles first. Pickles is THE spot to grab a drink before and O’s game and we each had a quick beer.

Natty Bohs at Pickles before the O's game!

Natty Bohs at Pickles before the O’s game!

We chugged our beers and hightailed it to the stadium about an hour before first pitch because the Orioles had an awesome giveaway: a Wild Bill Cowboy Hat. We knew they only had hats enough for the first 20,000 fans and maybe Adam’s bird-crap luck paid off – we got hats from the very last box!

Rocking our Wild Bill cowboy hats!

Rocking our Wild Bill cowboy hats

We wore them with pride during the game! The Orioles also kicked the St. Louis Cardinals’ butts and after the game we headed home for some snacks and to spend time with Jack. All in all it was a great Baltimore day and I had a blast showing our guests what Charm City is all about!

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Just popping in to say hi!

Hi my lovelies,

It’s almost my bedtime and after a brutal commute this evening where my train got in an hour later than usual, I don’t have the strength for a long post. But I did want to say a quick hi and I love you to my favorite super friends. I thought of you guys this weekend when Adam and I escaped to St. Michael’s for a night. St. Michael’s is a cute little town on the Chesapeake Bay and Adam and I enjoyed walking around by the water, playing in the pool (first pool trip of summer!!) and eating a swanky 5 course tasting menu at Sherwood’s Landing. It was lovely and relaxing. But, I thought of you when we stumbled upon a sign during our walk around town:

Snuggery St Michaels

There was a snuggery! I don’t really know what the Snuggery is but it calls to mind snugs and huggles and cuddles – the stuff Katnaps were made of! Miss you fools, let’s snuggery soon.

xo

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Gettin my veggie on!

Hi all!

Happy Monday! It’s a rainy one here in Baltimore, but I have a rare free afternoon so I’m enjoying my time with the pup.  Since I started working on top of schooling, I have been crazy busy and trying to take Lindsay’s meal planning tips to heart. On Sundays I go grocery shopping and try to spend the afternoon making a more involved recipe that I can eat all week. I wanted to share the dish I made yesterday because I am pretty proud of it!

 

Layered Vegetable Ratatouille inspired by this recipe from Table For 2

Layered Vegetable Ratatouille

Layered Vegetable Ratatouille

 

First, I made the yummy tomato sauce that is spread along the bottom of the dish. Is there anything that smells better than sauteed garlic and onions?? (No). Next, I sliced and sauteed squash, eggplant and zucchini and layered them in the pan. Bake it for about 20 minutes on 200 degrees and this baby was good to go. I used two baby eggplants, 2 zucchs and 2 squash. After last night’s dinner, I took the leftovers and portioned them out into tupperware to bring to work for lunch.

 

Layered Vegetable Ratatouille - close up!

Layered Vegetable Ratatouille – close up!

 

Another dish I have made recently was a Greek inspired pasta salad! I made this recipe up for an Oscar’s Party at Carrie’s place. I tried to make a “healthified” version of pasta salad and used low carb pasta and lots of veggies.

 

Greek Inspired Pasta Salad

First, I cooked up the low carb rotini, drained it and rinsed it with cold water.

Next, I chopped my veggies: zucchini, orange and yellow bell peppers and grape tomatoes.

I mixed the veggies in with the pasta, added some sprinkles of parsley, some low fat feta cheese and a couple tablespoons of olive oil.

Last step is to add a little salt and pepper to taste.

This dish was a big hit at the party and I can’t wait to make it again this summer!

Greek pasta salad with veggies

Greek pasta salad with veggies

 

So what’s been cooking in y’all’s kitchens??

 

 

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