Grilled Bread Summer Tomato Salad

I have a seriously good summer salad for you today.  Grilled bread, fresh basil and sun ripened summer tomatoes.  My knees feel a bit weak just looking at this salad.  It is over the top blissful.

grilled bread salad

This is one of those salads that you take a bite and your whole body just relaxes! Ahh, all is right in the world for just a moment.  The flavors are mouth-watering good.

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If you have not had grilled bread before you must, must try this recipe NOW.  Seriously, it is just amazing.  Be sure to use the freshest summer tomatoes you can get your hands on.  It will make all the difference in the world.  You whatever add-ins you choose, artichokes, palm of hearts, peppers, cucumber.  The varieties are endless.

grilled bread salad

Get lost in summer with this grilled bread summer tomato salad.

Grilled Bread Summer Tomato Salad
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Serves: 2
  • ½ small loaf of ciabatta bread, cut into thick slices
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp Italian seasoning
  • ¼ C avocado oil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • ¼ C fresh basil
  • 3 tomatoes, cut and seeds removed
  • ½ C add-ins (I used olives, marinated mushrooms, red onions)
  • ¼ C avocado oil
  • 2 T white balsamic vinegar
  1. Heat grill
  2. In a small bowl whisk together garlic powder, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper, ¼ C avocado oil.
  3. Brush mixture on bread slices, front and back.
  4. Grill on both sides until golden grill marks appear.
  5. Cut slices of bread into large cubes.
  6. In a large salad bowl combine tomatoes, add-ins, basil, avocado oil and vinegar.
  7. Using your hands add in bread cube and toss with the tomatoes.
  8. Let chill for an hour. Serve.


The Best Oatmeal Cookies

Lately, my appetite has been a little off.  I’m usually the type to be planning lunch and dinner at breakfast.  But the past week I haven’t been hungry for anything.  That is until I made these cookies for Ava the other day.  I can’t stop thinking about them.  I actually had to stop myself from making a second batch in the same week.

oatmeal cookies

The richness the touch of maple syrup and brown sugar add is amazing.  I’ve always had a hard time finding the right texture of oatmeal cookies and I finally found it!  These oatmeal cookies are perfectly crisp on the outside and chewy on the inside.

best oatmeal cookies

I used chocolate chips for these because that is what I had on hand.  Honestly, though, I cannot wait to use raisins next time.  Feel free to use whatever add-ins you prefer.

oatmeal choc chip cookies

These will be the best oatmeal cookies you’ve had since you last had your grandma’s.  This recipe is now a classic in my house and I know my grand kids will adore them as much as Ava does.

The Best Oatmeal Cookies
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Serves: 1 dozen
  • 1 stick butter, room temperature
  • ½ C brown sugar
  • ¼ C granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 T maple syrup
  • 1 C flour
  • ½ C oatmeal
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 C chocolate chips or raisins
  1. Preheat oven to 350*
  2. In a large bowl beat together butter and sugars until creamed.
  3. Add in egg and maple syrup.
  4. In a separate bowl combine flour, oatmeal, baking soda and powder and salt..
  5. Working in batches pour flour mixture into butter mixture.
  6. Once combine fold in chocolate chips.
  7. Using 1 T scoop dough onto cookie sheet.
  8. Bake for 8-12 minutes.
  9. Let cool.


Instagram Inspiration

Instagram is such a wealth of inspiration.  It’s one of my favorite social media outlets right now.  Below are a few accounts that inspire me every day!  I love these accounts so much.

summer sunlight june 2013

Some of these inspire me in the kitchen, in life or just flat out amaze me with their incredible talent.  I hope there’s a few new-to-you accounts below to follow.  Enjoy!

@paperfashion –  you seriously must follow her! So much talent!











What Instagram accounts are inspiring you lately?  

Turning 30 and My Favorite Blueberry Lemon Scone

Today, I bid adieu to my 20’s and, like it or not, say hello to the 30’s! I’ve been dreading this day for the past year and now that it’s finally here I feel a bit relieved. No more worrying, it’s here to stay.

blueberry scones

I’ve always thought that I would never be the type of person to worry about age. I’ve always felt young at heart and spunky no matter how old I got.   Suddenly, I got old! My daughter tells me I cannot wear skinny jeans because I’m too old. I find myself spending far too long in the anti-wrinkle cream department. I have regular panic attacks that my hair is not trendy (Honestly, I would rather die than have some of these trendy hairstyles! Just sayin’.)

Blueberry lemon scones

So today, I have decided to wholeheartedly embrace the fact that I have more knowledge, grace, confidence and passion than I did ten years ago.

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If you need me I will be off enjoying one of my favorite scones and sipping a latte.

Turning 30 and My Favorite Blueberry Lemon Scone
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Serves: 8 small scones
  • 1¾ C flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ C butter, cold
  • 1 egg, whisked
  • ¼ C milk
  • 1 T sugar
  • Zest of ½ lemon, about 1 tsp
  • 1 C blueberries
  • {egg wash}
  • 1 egg
  • 1 T water
  • {Lemon Glaze}
  • ½ C powdered sugar
  • Zest ½ lemon, or 1 tsp
  • 2 T lemon juice
  1. Preheat oven to 400*
  2. In a medium bowl combine flour, baking powder and salt.
  3. Using a pastry cutter (or two knives) cut butter into flour mixture until it resembles pea like shapes.
  4. Slowly add in egg, milk and 1 T sugar.
  5. Once mixture has just come together carefully (patiently) fold in lemon zest and blueberries.
  6. Turn dough onto floured surface and form a round disk.
  7. Cut into 8 small triangles.
  8. Place on a baking sheet and let chill for 20-30 minutes.
  9. Meanwhile, prepare eggwash. Whisk 1 egg and 1 T water in a small bowl.
  10. Once chilled, brush each triangle with egg wash.
  11. Bake for 10-15 minutes until golden brown.
  12. Remove from oven and let cool.
  13. Prepare lemon glaze. Combine powdered sugar, lemon zest and lemon juice.
  14. Drizzle glaze over cooled scones.


Grilled Avocado Chicken Salads

This is such an easy and delicious summer dinner.  Grilled Avocado with chicken salad is sure to become your new summer go to dinner.  With little to no clean up and just a few minutes of grill time this dish is a no-fuss deal!

grilled avocado chicken salad

Until just recently I had never had grilled avocados before.  Quite honestly I’m not sure where I’ve been on that one!  They are so amazingly good.  It’s definitely a game changer.  They develop a wonderful crisp outside and keep their creamy, melt in your mouth inside.  It’s truly delicious.

grilled avocado

I used this skinny chicken salad to fill the grilled avocados.  Our summer dinners are forever changed!  These grilled avocado chicken salads would be perfect for appetizers at a summer soiree or girls luncheon.  Fancy yet so simple to put together.

grilled avocado chicken

Grilled Avocado Chicken Salads
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Recipe type: lunch
Serves: 2
  • 2 Avocados, I used California Avocados
  • 1 C chicken salad
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 1 T seasoning rub, I used Stubbs
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  1. Preheat grill
  2. Halve avocados, remove pit and carefully peel skin off.
  3. Drizzle olive oil over avocados and season with rub, salt and pepper.
  4. Grill avocados for about 5 minutes on each side or until slight grill marks appear.
  5. Remove from grill and fill each half avocado cavity with about ¼ C chicken salad.
  6. Enjoy!


Ricotta Quinoa Cakes

These ricotta quinoa cakes are perfect for those days you crave luxurious Italian foods but know you should eat something a wee-bit healthier.

Ricotta quinoa cakes

Lately, it seems like everyone on my Instagram is off on some wonderful Italian vacation!  All their photos leave me hungry and wanting to get my passport ready.

ricotta cakes

Let these delicate quinoa ricotta cakes transport you to Italy, even if just for a moment.  Full of simple delicious flavors! I love how each cake is perfectly crisp on the outside with a creamy center.

You could surely eat these plain but I preferred mine dipped in a bit of marinara.  They make the perfect light lunch, dinner or appetizer.

ricotta quinoa cakes petit foodie

Enjoy while reminiscing your own Italian vacation.

Ricotta Quinoa Cakes
Recipe type: quinoa
  • 1 ½ C quinoa, cooked
  • 1 T flour
  • 1 T parmesan
  • ¼ C ricotta
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • Pinch of pepper
  • ¼ C Italian bread crumbs
  • Oil, for lightly frying
  • Marinara, for serving
  1. In a medium bowl combine quinoa, flour, Parmesan, ricotta, salt and pepper.
  2. Make sure you blend the ricotta in well until completely spread out and smooth. No clumps.
  3. Form in to 6 round patties.
  4. Press each side of the patties into the breadcrumbs and gently place on parchment paper.
  5. Heat small amount of oil in a non-stick pan.
  6. Place two-three patties in the pan and cook until golden brown on each side.
  7. Serve with warm marinara.

Summer Quinoa Salad with Fig & Onion Dressing

This summer quinoa salad with fig dressing is the ultimate summer picnic salad.  Packed full of summer flavors like, sweet corn and refreshing local strawberries.  Summer wrapped in a cozy fig dressing.  The fig dressing adds an in-depth flavor that really brings the rustic quinoa, sweet corn and strawberries together.

quinoa and fig dressing

Make your summer picnics easy and delicious with Hamptons Lane July box.  Full of great ingredients that let you get creative and step outside the usual picnic dishes.  My family and I love to picnic but get tired of the same old potato and macaroni salads.  I came up with this summer quinoa salad to really liven up our summer picnics.  It’s light but packed full of flavor and protein, to keep you full without feeling weighed down.

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The fig & onion jam dressing is seriously to die for.  It has so many dimensions and tastes wonderful.  The fig and peach balsamic vinegar pair so well together.  They combine to bring a richness and touch of summer to the dressing.

fig dress with quinoa salad

This is one summer salad you won’t want to miss.

Recipe type: salad
  • {Dressing}
  • 2 T Anarchy in a Jar fig & onion jam
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 1 T peach white balsamic vinegar
  • ¼ tsp Pommery’s Meaux Dijon mustard
  • Pinch of salt and pepper, to taste
  • {Quinoa Salad}
  • ½ C quinoa, cooked and cooled
  • ⅓ C sweet corn
  • ½ C strawberries, cleaned and cut
  1. Whisk together dressing ingredients. Adjust salt and pepper to your taste.
  2. In a medium bowl combine quinoa, sweet corn and strawberries.
  3. Pour dressing over the quinoa mixture and stir until coated with the dressing.
  4. Serve cold or at room temperature.

Hamptons Lane provided me with their July box to try.  I was not, otherwise compensated for this recipe.  Opinions, recipe and photos are my own. 

Petit Girls Guide: Summer Must Haves

Happy First Day of Summer!!  Here are a few of my summer must haves!  These are all the things I”m currently loving!

summer must haves

Oikos Greek Frozen Yogurt – This stuff is the perfect treat to cool you down on a hot summer evening.

Tarte Golden Days – Such fun colors to really make you glow this summer.  Stunning.

Sea Salt Spray – Get beach hair no matter where you are.  This gives your hair a wonderful ‘just came from the beach’ feel.

Loccitane SPF lip gloss – lip glass with SPF is a must!!!

Sanuk – Flip flops made from yoga mats! My daughter received a pair of these for her birthday and they are so comfy! I’m just sad we don’t wear the same size yet!

Summer Dress – I’ve been dying over this summer dress!! It is so stinkin’ cute!

Strawberry Sangria – Don’t forget the summer sangria!


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Nutella Popsicles

Today, I have an extra creamy and rich dessert treat for your.  These Nutella popsicles are the perfect summer evening treat.  If you are using a zoku maker they come together in minutes.  If you don’t have a zoku maker you have to have some patients but it’s well worth the wait, trust me! Nutella Popsicle

Rich with Nutella and chocolate-y flavor they cold pops are a necessity for summer.  Nutella has been all the rage for a few years now.  I have consciously made a point to stay away from it.  Far away.  I knew once I started I wouldn’t be able to stop.  Boy, was I right!!  I should have never started.  I find myself craving just one little scoop late at night.

Now I have one more excuse to eat Nutella!  Ava begs for me to make these Nutella popsicles.  I have to remind us both that these are treat Popsicle!  But it’s so hard when they are so delicious.

Nutella Pops

You could easily use coconut milk or almond milk!  Any milk you choose should result in a dreamy popsicle!

Nutella Popsicles
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Recipe type: dessert
Serves: 5 pops
  • 1 C milk
  • ¼ C Nutella
  • 2 T cocoa powder
  • Pinch of salt
  1. Whisk together milk, Nutella, cocoa powder and salt in a medium bowl.
  2. Pour chocolate mixture into zoku popsicle maker and let freeze according to zoku directions.
  3. If you do not have zoku maker pour into popsicle molds and freeze overnight.


Ava Turns Nine

Today, Ava turns nine-years-old!!! My goodness, I will be the woman in the corner with a tissue box crying her eyes out!  Nine years has gone by much too fast.

ava's birthday

This year we celebrated Ava’s birthday with spa party!  We had pedicures, pizza bites and, of course, cup cakes.  It was relaxing and super fun for the girls!

Ava birthday cake


avas bday party

pizza bites

ava rose petals

goodie bags

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