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!

Weekend Dish – 6/16

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!

In a way today was Jesse’s first Father’s day! We celebrated by having a cookout with both of our dads and my grandpa. We had a great time and I even got back in the kitchen a little bit. Unfortunately, my camera battery died and we cannot find the battery charger ANYWHERE! Which means it is in one of our Uhaul boxes. In one of the hundreds (slight exaggeration) of boxes. I have a feeling I am going to need to just buy a new one if I want to take pictures anytime soon. Hopefully I don’t get too out of practice. 🙂 And luckily I still have some photos in my computer archive.

Speaking of archives, I actually managed to sneak in a blog post this week. I didn’t promote it on Facebook (or anywhere really) so if you missed it, here it is!

Blog Recap –

tortillas Homemade Flour Tortillas – Just try them! You’ll be blown away and never want to go back to store bought again! Don’t be intimidated. They actually come together very quickly and you can make a big batch and keep them frozen, so they are still grab and go for easy weeknight dinners!

Pregnancy Update –


So, without even realizing it, I have surpassed the 100 day mark!! Eeekkk! Actually I passed it a few weeks ago, I’m down to 80 days now. I can’t believe it. It seems like just yesterday I was looking at a ticker and reading “200 days until baby is due”. And now here we are, in the double digits! She is on her way and there is no slowing down time now. I think the best comparison I can give right now is from my wedding planning days. We picked the date almost a year in advance and I remember it felt like the actual day would never come. Then, just like a roller coaster, that slow climbing cart started whizzing down hill! I’m definitely feeling like we are in the down hill whizzing stage.

Other than the whole living in limbo while we work out job locations, we are actually feeling pretty well prepared. We both have cars eats. We have the Pack n’ Play. We have clothes, toys, and other baby gear galore. I’m even starting to build up a nice cloth diaper collection (thank you, surprise Target sale!). Although we need her to stay in there and bake a while longer, she is the next big piece of the puzzle (well that and a new place to call home ;))! 

My week through Instagram –


First there was pouring rain.


And then the sun came out.


Saturday we went boating with Jesse’s parents, his sister, and their dog. At one point everyone was in the water so the pup and I held down the boat.


My cousin called me to let me know that one of the local Target’s had Charlie Banana cloth diapers on clearance for more than 50% off. Jesse and I ran up there and grabbed a bunch. In total we got 10 diapers for just a little over $80. We went to another local Target and they were not on sale. We compared the prices and we saved over $100!! Woohoo for surprise sales!

That’s a wrap! Thank you so much for stopping by and reading. Have a great week and be sure to check back later in the week for a new recipe!

Weekend Dish 6/9/2013

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!

Hope you all enjoyed your weekend! We were happy to be able to spend Saturday evening with my BFF and her husband. That is one major perk of being home. I am realizing now just how much I missed my friends and family!

One thing that the I missing right now is cooking. I do have access to a kitchen at my in-laws, but it’s just not the same as your own kitchen with your own supplies/ingredients/tools. I did make slightly varied version of my Roasted Vegetable Pasta Salad for our get together on Saturday night and it was a huge hit! I used tortellinis instead of bow ties and the dressing base was balsamic vinegar. Yum!

Blog Recap –

IMG_8481Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies with Chocolate Chips – These tasty little cookies were just what I was looking for one Friday night when I was bit by the baking bug and a sweet tooth! I loved the added texture from the oatmeal, and it made them feel just a teensy bit healthier than regular cookies. 🙂

Pregnancy Update –


With all the craziness of moving we seriously slacked on belly pics the last few weeks. We finally thought to snap one while we were taking a walk around a park. It’s crazy to watch this slow but steady growth.

Another cool thing is that she is getting really active. You can actually see a lot of her movements from the outside now. She can still be kind of stubborn about showing off her kicks for other people though. I swear she can be bouncing off the walls and the minute someone else puts their hand on my belly she just stops. How does she know?! Little stinker. 🙂

My week through Instagram –


One night the baby was just begging me for some Graeter’s Black Raspberry Chip ice cream. If you’ve never had Graeter’s ice cream you’re seriously missing out. This stuff is out of this world. It’s a local Cincinnati company but many, many grocers around the country now stock their ice cream. You won’t be disappointed if you give it a try!


On Monday our cars finally arrived! Rather than driving them back ourselves (which did not sound like fun at 7 months pregnant) we opted to use a transport company. They picked our cars up from our house and dropped them off to us a little less than a week later. It was on the expensive side but I’ve decided it was totally worth it. Only downside was how FILTHY dirty they were. Covered in 2,000 miles of road dirt, diesel exhaust, and rainy weather. Luckily all it took was a good scrub down to get them sparkling again.


So this is really not a great photo of me, but how adorable is my kitty cuddling my bump?? She loves her baby sister already. 🙂

That’s a wrap! Thank you so much for stopping by and reading. Have a great week and be sure to check back later in the week for a new recipe!