Weekend Dish – 8/4

Weekend Dish is a place for me to get a little more personal! If you just come to Sunny Side Up for the food, feel free to skip this post but be sure to check back this week for new food photos and recipes!

Holy cow! I just wrote “8/4” in the title of this post. 8. As in the 8th month of the year. As in August. Wow, time is flying. Speaking of time flying, this is going to be a short and sweet Weekend Dish so I can get to writing a recipe post I’m pretty excited about!

Blog Recap –


Peanut butter. Chocolate. Buttery, cinnamony, crumb topping. Need I say more? Peanut Butter Coffeecake with Chocolate Chip Struesel


As I mentioned at the beginning of the post, it’s August. Baby girl is coming in September. Which means next month. Actually, her due date is September 4th, which just so happens to be exactly one month from today. Eeeekk! I have some of the typical new mom fears, but overall I’m just really excited. I can’t wait to meet her and bring her home. Even more so now that we spent the weekend putting together her nursery. All that is left is setting up the glider/ottoman, which will be arriving this week!

My week through Instagram –


The other day I couldn’t find Tiffany anywhere. Finally I checked behind the shower curtain and, yep, sure enough there she was. What is it with cats and hanging out in the tub? Weirdos.


I’ve been slowly washing and prepping all of the cute baby clothes. Teeny tiny dresses and seriously important Bengals onesies. Cutest load of laundry ever.


I have not made nearly enough ice cream this summer (probably because my standing mixer/ice cream maker spent most of the summer in a storage box). I took steps to correct that problem earlier this week. Results were amazing and coming to you soon!

That’s a wrap! Thank you so much for stopping by and reading. Look for a really exciting birthday recipe this week!

Weekend Dish – 7/28

Weekend Dish is a place for me to get a little more personal! If you just come to Sunny Side Up for the food, feel free to skip this post but be sure to check back this week for new food photos and recipes!

This week really seemed to fly by! I’ve got just a few more weeks left of my summer semester so I’ve been trying to wrap up a lot of that work. I’m not typically a “work ahead” kind of student (more like a “better finish that assignment that’s due in an hour” kind of student), I am just so over this class that I actually have motivation to just get it over with! Between that and starting to really prep for the baby, time flies. I had intended to get two new recipes up this week, but I was fighting with myself over what photos to use for the second recipe and then the week was over. So that recipe will go up tomorrow (and you won’t want to miss it!!). Now for a little weekly recap –

Blog Recap –


Creamy Spinach Stuffed Pork Chops – A dream child straight from my pregnancy craving dreams. The filling was so scrumptious that I may or may not have just pulled it out of the left over pork and eaten it on its own with leftover rice.

Pregnancy Update –


The expanding belly!
15 – 22 – 33 weeks

Holy COW! I am almost 35 weeks pregnant! Do you know that today I bought a carton of heavy cream that doesn’t expire until AFTER my due date. Yeah. Unbelievable. I still remember looking down at my belly and wondering when I would start to show and when we would know what we were having and when we would feel baby kick. Now I have a second bedroom with a CRIB set up. And I spent part of my week washing and prepping cloth diapers. And I’m contemplating which of her adorable outfits I should as her “coming home from the hospital” outfit. All of that because…. I’m going to be a mom!! EEK!

In other news, I have chosen my new Chicago OB. I was pretty nervous about this, as I didn’t know as many people to give me recommendations. But the doctor seems nice and seems to be on the same page with me. This week I’m going to bring a copy of my birth plan (yeah, I’m one of those people) for him to look over. I tried to keep it short and sweet and totally respectful of medical team’s talents/knowledge. Hopefully he thinks it’s as awesome as I do. 🙂

My week through Instagram –


Are you at all familiar with this? Growing up my sister and I had the book and we also listened to the record and cassette tape. I think it’s originally from a made for TV special in the 70’s. It’s pretty awesome stuff. Takes me straight back to childhood. My wonderful mother sent this as a gift for baby girl. I can’t wait to play it for her! In case you’re wondering what it’s all about, just check this out.


Friday night I made some of the largest (and most delicious!) calzones ever. They were humongous and exactly what we were craving. And it totally hit me that I have yet to post a calzone recipe on the blog. One will be coming soon, because calzones are one of our faves!


Saturday we decided to check out this famous Chicago restaurant to see what the fuss was all about. Walking in and ordering we were totally overwhelmed, but once our order was ready we fell in love. YUM!


Obligatory weekly cat pic. Aren’t they the cutest? (This was a rare moment when they actually shared the cat tree, usually they take turns)

That’s a wrap! Thank you so much for stopping by and reading. Stop by tomorrow for a fresh  new recipe!

Weekend Dish – 7/21

Weekend Dish is a place for me to get a little more personal! If you just come to Sunny Side Up for the food, feel free to skip this post but be sure to check back this week for new food photos and recipes!

We are finally in our new apartment and settling into life in our new city. It felt great to make dinner every night! I even managed to make (and photograph!!) a few things for the blog.

Blog Recap –


Chicken Tamale Pie from Scratch was soooooo good! The slightly sweet cornbread crust was the perfect match for the salty flavorful enchilada sauce. Huge hit.


Baked Garlic Rice Pilaf has been a staple in our house for years. A perfect companion to all sorts of main course proteins.

Pregnancy Update –


Almost 34 weeks! Eek!! See that skirt? Yeah, that’s pretty much my favorite thing to wear these days. It’s soooo comfy I think I could wear it every day from now on. 🙂

As I mentioned in the last Weekend Dish, we started putting the nursery together! This week we put together the Pack n’ Play and swing/bouncy seat. We still need to get a glider/rocker and decide on a dresser, then we can get down to the really fun stuff – decorating! My BFF and I actually already made a few crafts and I can’t wait to show you the results for those. I think baby’s room is going to be better decorated than our own bedroom!

The new kitchen –


My new kitchen isn’t quite as big as my last kitchen, but it is actually pretty functional. The biggest thing it is lacking is storage space. Of course I probably have more kitchen stuff than the average person… Luckily there is a hall closet right around the corner and there is a bit of extra storage space there. One day I’ll have a really big kitchen with a huge island and top of the line appliances, but for now I’ll make it work in my quaint little galley kitchen. 🙂

My week through Instagram –


Nothing to see here. Just 2 kitty cats hanging out. Not waiting for a piece of bacon to fall.



San Diego obviously had some beautiful scenic views, but the natural parks and lakes around here aren’t too bad either!


Unpacking my kitchen I realized I might have a slight obsession with chopsticks…

That’s a wrap! Thank you so much for stopping by and reading. Stop by tomorrow for a fresh  new recipe!

Weekend Dish 7/14

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Well, hello there readers! I haven’t written much in the last few weeks (OK, since May) but there is good reason for that, and a light at the end of the tunnel! As I mentioned in May, there was a round of lay offs at Jesse’s job and we had to make a quick decision to move home to Ohio, where we stayed with family. I have to be honest and say that it was difficult for me to see the  “blessing in disguise”. I was frustrated to say the least. But now we see what the blessing in disguise really was! That blessing came in the form of ANOTHER move and great new job for Jesse. From interview to acceptance of the job to moving was just 2 short weeks.

So what now? Now we are in our new home! Friday we, along with my parents, his dad and his sister (sadly his mom and my sister couldn’t make the trip), made the drive from Ohio to suburbs of Chicago. With their help we were able to get almost everything unpacked and in place. I am so excited to have my kitchen things back, but even more exciting is the fact that we are able to start setting up the nursery! We even put the crib together! We are so thankful for the hospitality and generosity his parents showed us while we stayed with them but it’s still really nice to be able to nest and feel really at home again!

All of this also means that I can finally get back to regular blogging! Keep your eye out this week for all new posts and recipes!

And of course no Weekend Dish would be complete without pictures of my adorable cats
Here they are back in the car ready for the drive to their new home
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Getting comfy in their new home!