Weekend Dish – 5/11

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 next week for new food photos and recipes!

First, Happy Mother’s day! I wish I were in Ohio celebrating with my own mom, but I am so thankful for modern communication allowing us to to chat on the phone and text throughout the day. To the rest of the mom’s out there, hope you’ve had a great day so far. Thank you for all that you do as a mom!

Blog Recap –


Chocolate Covered Pretzel Cupcakes  – I made these for my good friend Krystal’s virtual baby shower. They are so, so delicious and rich.


Creamy Taco Mac – This is a dish I’ve been making for a long time and I was finally able to get a blog-worthy photo. It’s like a  homemade Hamburger Helper. Easy, delicious, and not terribly bad for you.

Pregnancy Update –


I took this photo (another super bathroom self-pic) on Wednesday when I was officially 23 weeks. I don’t feel like I grew much this past week, but I do notice that I struggle to do weird things now. Getting off the couch or out of bed is just a little more difficult than it used to be!

I thought it might be fun to start using this space to answer some of those cheesy pregnancy journal questions.

How far along? 23 weeks

Baby’s size (in fruit)? Grapefruit

Cravings? Lemonade (a first trimester craving coming back full force) and cookie dough (I’m thinking about making an egg free batch tonight to finally indulge!)

Movement? Lots of flips and turns. She went through a phase where she really liked to kick my belly button.

Looking forward to? I’m really looking forward to traveling back to Ohio in a few weeks for my baby shower!

My week through Instagram –



I can’t go a week without sharing a photo of my sweet cats. The other day I walked in on them both passed out on the (unmade) bed. Cat life is tough, but someone’s got to do it.


Our sweet baby girl is already so lucky and loved. She got her first package in the mail! The start of what I am sure will be a nice little collection of pink. Thanks to my mother-in-law for the sweet package!



I’ve been pretty diligent about making a meal plan and sticking to it for the last several weeks, but for some reason Fridays are hard. This Friday I was having major Chinese food cravings. Specifically the green beans that I loved so much when we lived there. We went to a new restaurant and they had them on the menu! Unfortunately they were AS good as the real deal in China, but they were close enough!


Remember last week when I said when went to Sunset Cliffs? We really wanted to get down to the tide pools but we couldn’t find an easy way down. After talking to some coworkers, Jesse figured out where the stairs were so we went back again yesterday. It was amazing down there. My baby bump fit in perfectly amongst the round bumpy rocks. 🙂

Things I’m loving –

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 Angelsounds Fetal Heart Doppler – Around week 12 I got really nervous one day and ordered a prenatal home doppler online. I try not to use it compulsively but it’s nice to be able to get a quick listen. It’s also awesome because you can hook it up to your computer and record the heartbeat. We listened and recorded last night and sent the audio to our moms this morning for mother’s day. It’s amazing.


Camelbak Waterbottles – Sometimes I struggle with keeping myself hydrated. I just don’t think about filling up a glass of water. With one of these water bottles it’s so much easier. It holds 32 ounces and I just do my best to finish one or two a day, on top of whatever I drink with meals. I like this particular water bottle because it’s easy to carry and has the retractable mouthpiece.


Game of Thrones – Do you watch this show?? I loooove it. It’s crazy and weird and dramatic and entertaining.

That’s a wrap! Thank you so much for stopping by and reading. Have a great weekend and be sure to check back later this week, I’ll be sharing the recipe for the first batch of ice cream I made this season. Yum!

Chocolate Covered Pretzel Cupcakes for Krystal’s Virtual Shower

Today I’m participating in another virtual baby shower! This one is for my sweet friend Krystal, of Mrs. Regueiro’s Plate! She is on her way to 2 under 2! Last year she had a sweet baby girl, Elena, and now she is expecting another little one. When she was pregnant with Elena she was Team Green and it was torture waiting to find out what she had. Not knowing what she was having she lovingly referred to baby as Cookie. This time around they decided to find out ahead of time and they are having a baby boy! Of course it only seemed appropriate for him to have a fun foodie nickname as well, so he is lovingly referred to as Cupcake.

To honor Krystal and her little Cupcake, Eva has graciously offered to host this virtual shower. The theme is… cupcakes! So each of the shower participants is contributing a different cupcake recipe. Originally I was thinking of a more delicate cherry vanilla cupcake. Then I thought, she’s having a boy! He needs a strong and powerful cupcake. Thus was born the Chocolate Covered Pretzel Cupcake. Rich and chocolatey, sweet and salty, with a powerful presence.


Krystal, Elena, and me just a few weeks ago!

Krystal, I am so happy that we have become friends over these past few years. Your support and positive outlook has meant so much to me! I’m lucky to have a fellow SoCal blogging girl as a friend! Congratulations on your sweet baby boy. I can’t wait to meet him!!

Don’t forget to check out Eva’s blog to see the rest of the yummy cupcakes!



Weekend Dish

Lately I’ve noticed lots of my favorite bloggers doing weekly (or occasional) weekend posts that are a little more personal than just a photo and a recipe. I love seeing an extra glimpse into their life and I thought it might be fun to do something similar around here. I can’t promise that I will be able to keep up with it every week, but whenever I have time I think it will be a nice way to stay connected. If you just come here for the food, feel free to skip this post but be sure to check back during the week for tasty recipes and yummy food photos!

First up, a recap of what went down on Sunny Side Up this week


Shells and Cheese with Kielbasa and Peas -A quick and easy weeknight dinner that’s sure to satisfy your whole family (pasta and meat lovers alike!)!


Chocolate Chip Muffins – Light and fluffy muffins studded with chocolate chips. AKA – the perfect second breakfast.

Next up, a recap of my week through Instagram-

This was technically last week, but I couldn’t resist sharing this picture! Last week I traveled to Boston to watch my cousin (along with many other dancers from my former school) dance in the World Championships for Irish Dancing. Someone caught this shot of my cousin during her second round and I’m obsessed! She danced well and even recalled at her first Worlds! So exciting.

This is a photo I took while enjoying a Chocolate Chip Muffin for my second breakfast 🙂

And this is a familiar scene in my living room. Every night I put all the cat toys on top of the cat tree, every morning I wake up to the toys being sprawled across the living room. Funny, because they rarely play with them when we’re awake.

Yesterday I found this awesome new nail polish – at Kohl’s of all places! I’m super excited about it!

Pregnancy Update-

In case you missed the announcement – I’m pregnant! I am officially 18 weeks along and I feel really good! In week 16 we discovered that I have placenta previa so I’ve been trying to take it as easy as possibly, which is hard since I’m in the second trimester honeymoon phase and I have so much more energy! We also found out that we are having a girl! We are very excited!


Around the web –just a few post from fellow bloggers and sites I’ve been surfing lately.

Roasted Cauliflower Fettuccine – This just sounded so yummy to me!
Baby Love: A Baby Shower – Babies are always on my mind right now and this shower was just adorable! Great job, Kelsey!
Eggs Benedict con Queso – So this is actually not from this week, but, drool… just drool.
Baby Names – Because seriously, naming a new human is hard!
Bacon and Asparagus Pasta – Asparagus and I have had a thing lately. Absolutely loving it. And this has bacon. So, yeah.

That’s a wrap!

It may take me a few weeks to really get into a groove and decide what I like posting but I’m really excited to get a little more personal with my readers! That’s all for this week, but before I go, how was your week??

Shells and Cheese with Kielbasa and Peas

Ever since discovering my favorite recipe for Easy Mac and Cheese almost 2 years ago, it’s become a regular in our weeknight dinner rotations. I love it because I can whip together in almost the same amount of time as a store bought packaged mac and cheese or side item, but it’s so, so, so much better. Plus I love knowing exactly what is going into my food. No mystery chemicals or high fructose corn syrups.

During my first trimester of pregnancy I was exhausted all the time and many nights I just didn’t have the energy for complicated dinners. This led me to do more experimenting with the recipe and add-ins to turn mac and cheese into a quick weeknight meal. This has been one of our favorite combinations. The kielbasa adds a nice smokey flavor and the meat that Jesse likes to round out his dinners. The peas add a light sweetness and make me feel just a tiny bit better about eating mac and cheese for dinner (even though I know peas aren’t the best vegetable choice in the world, still better than nothing!) I hope you like this combination as much as we do!


Here are some more Easy Weeknight Dinner ideas!

Easy Foil Packet Salmon
Easy Homemade Fish Sticks
Easy Pasta with Mexican Black Bean Sauce
Easy Mexican Lasagna