Savor the Sweet Bites of Life

Savor the sweet bites of life! Mackinac Island, Michigan and what I'm loving on the blog!

So, here we are friends. In September. It’s fall, yet here in Chicago the weather is more like summer! Not that I’m complaining because my latest Stitch Fix had some super adorable summer outfits! (that cute top above is from one of my recent “fixes”—>learn more here)

In case you haven’t been following too closely, I thought I would take the time for a little catch up, not only on my life, but about what’s happening on the blog!

First, my son proposed to his girlfriend this summer. (OMG!!!) So there’s that bit of excitement as we look forward to a wedding next year! Please please please, give me all your mother of the groom advice. Specifically, what to wear, haha!

My oldest daughter left for her freshman year of college this month too. Our family is changing, and as much as I want to just hold them tight, I need to learn to let go! I miss my kids terribly, but they are doing amazing things already, so it’s hard to not also feel so proud!

I went parasailing for the first time…and last time. We had a great vacation on Mackinac Island, Michigan (see my bike photo above)…and ended with this once in a lifetime parasailing trip with the kids. Needless to say, I think I like being on land or on water…not in the air, haha.

Still at home I’ve got two teen girls. One who recently decided to become vegetarian (and I’ve joined her in an effort to support her journey)! You’ll see on the blog, I’ve got some new vegetarian options. Like these Zucchini Meatballs and this BBQ Jackfruit Sliders recipe! But don’t be confused when you see the occasional meat recipe…like Cajun Sausage Pasta. I still have carnivores in the house who like meat, and I try once a week to make something just for them!

Well, that’s all the changes happening here at my house…how about we talk about what I’m loving and what’s coming soon to the blog!

What I’m loving:

Slow Cooker Vegetarian Lentil Tortilla Soup

Thick and hearty, this Slow Cooker Vegetarian Lentil Tortilla Soup recipe is the perfect weeknight meal! You’ll love the spicy flavor and you won’t miss the meat! Be sure to sign up for my email…new recipes in your inbox   Here we are, nearly two months into being a vegetarian, and I’m still doing okay, haha!...

Apple Ring Fritters

Delicious Apple Ring Fritters start with juicy apples and a buttermilk batter before frying to a golden brown! Then coat them in sugar and serve with your favorite caramel or chocolate dippers! Be sure to sign up for my FREE email subscription…new recipes in your inbox! **I am part of the Ambassador program with Crunch Pak apples....

Chocolate Chip Zucchini Cupcakes

You’ll love these moist and fudgy, Chocolate Chip Zucchini Cupcakes! Hard to believe there’s a vegetable inside these sweet cupcakes! Be sure to sign up for my email…new recipes in your inbox We made it! Whoohoo!!! It’s so exciting right? Oh wait, maybe you don’t know what we made it to? To the end of my...

Cajun Sausage Pasta

Cajun Sausage Pasta is a delicious 30 minute dinner recipe! Colorful, spicy, and easy to make, you’ll want to put this dish on your menu! Be sure to sign up for my email…new recipes in your inbox! **Today’s post is sponsored by Johnsonville.  Contact their Sausage Support Center with your recipe requests or sausage cooking questions!...

Praline Topped Zucchini Bread

You’ll love this Praline Topped Zucchini Bread with it’s sweet, brown sugar topping. Sweet and salty, this bread makes TWO freezer friendly loaves! Perfect for sharing or saving for later! Be sure to sign up for my email…new recipes in your inbox So we’re nearing the end of zucchini season, but that doesn’t mean my recipe...

Copycat Chick-fil-A Chicken Salad Sandwich

This tasty, Copycat Chick-fil-A Chicken Salad sandwich is made with breaded chicken, pickle relish, celery, eggs, and mayo. What’s not to love about this iconic salad? Be sure to sign up for my email…new recipes in your inbox! Remember last year when Chick-fil-A discontinued their coleslaw recipe? Fortunately I made their Copycat Chick-fil-A coleslaw and it’s...

Freezer Friendly Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread

A slice of this freezer friendly Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread and a cup of coffee is the perfect way to start your day. Recipe makes two loaves of sweet bread! Be sure to sign up for my email…new recipes in your inbox! Click HERE to PIN IT for later! So this was a rough weekend for our...

Easy Gourmet Caramel and Chocolate Rice Krispie Treats

These Easy, Gourmet Caramel and Chocolate Rice Krispie Treats are so fun to make AND eat! Perfect for birthdays, bake sales, and even a fun snack the kids can help make! Be sure to sign up for my email…new recipes in your inbox! Last month my family took a wonderful vacation to Michigan. We looped around...