Weekend Dish 6/2

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, and most importantly, sorry for the blog static lately. I hate going so long between posts, unfortunately, life has been all sorts of crazy lately. So here is what is going on –

When Jesse and I first found out that we were expecting we had sort of tossed around the idea that it would be nice to move back closer to family and friends. As much as we love San Diego, we knew that eventually we would want our little girl to be able to spend time with her grandparents, and aunts, and great grandparents, and great aunts and uncles. Then, “eventually” came sooner than we expected. There was downsizing at Jesse’s company. Although we were both shocked and saddened by the news, we also felt that this must be fate. Everything happens for a reason. (At least that’s what we’re hoping!)


At first our plan was to stay in San Diego for a little while. Then with me getting further along into the pregnancy and us having a trip already planned to visit, we decided if we were going to do it, now was the time. So within 2 weeks we made the decision to move to back to Ohio, packed up our apartment (all by ourselves as pretty much all of our friends were out of town!!), arranged for new leasers for our apartment, made plans for our cars, cats, and stuff, and moved. Needless to say, it’s been CRAZY!!


So that’s that. We are now in Ohio and thankful to have the whole moving madness behind us (though we will need to move and unpack once our Uboxes arrive).


In pregnancy related news, my mom, sister, best friend, mother-in-law, and sister-in-law threw an absolutely gorgeous baby shower for me today! I was completely overwhelmed with the generosity and love my family and friends showered me with. Seriously. Overwhelmed and blessed and just grateful. Big huge thank you to everyone that was a part of our special day.

If you made it through all of that you should really treat yourself to a cookie! As promised on Facebook, I will return to posting food and food photos! I have several things lined up for the coming weeks. Thank you for hanging in there with me!


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!

Weekend Dish – 5/5

Weekend Dish is 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 of all, I can not believe it is already May! This year is seriously flying by. I feel like it was January just yesterday! Second, an early birthday shout out to my dad. His birthday is tomorrow!

Blog Recap –


Barbeque Pork Tenderloin Wraps – More of a meal idea than a recipe, but still absolutely delicious and a summer time favorite of mine.


Creamy Green Chile, Tomatillo, and Avocado Sauce – This is a dream sauce. A little spicy, a little tangy, super fresh, and delicious. I served mine over penne with chicken and a simple black bean and corn salad. But it would also be amazing over fish, shrimp or all on its own!

Pregnancy Update –

Jesse wanted to snap a belly pic of me this week and we realized I was wearing the same shirt as last month’s photo. It was funny to see the side by side comparison. I think it’s safe to say I popped this month! I’m 22 weeks now and I still can’t believe I’ve already passed the halfway point! Bake baby, bake!

Sadly one unfortunate pregnancy symptom has crept up on me this week. Heartburn!! And not from the things you would expect (like spicy food). Nope. I get heart burn from things like pretzels and bagels. And chocolate!! 🙁 Good thing we have an extra large bottle of tums! Other than that, I’m doing really good. Happy to be growing this healthy little girl.

My week through Instagram –

Last Sunday I made pizza for dinner, look at the size of those mushrooms!!

We’ve been making an effort to get outside and explore San Diego more. Yesterday we went to an area called Sunset Cliffs and did some walking around and hiking (very careful and safe hiking)!

Another view of Sunset Cliffs. We really wanted to get down to those tide pools, but we couldn’t figure out a safe and easy way for my pregnant belly to get down.

That’s a wrap! Thanks for stopping by and reading. Be sure to check back tomorrow for a special celebration of my good friend Krystal and her soon-to-be-born baby boy!

Weekend Dish – 4/28

Weekend Dish is 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!

Once again there wasn’t a lot going on this week as far blogging goes. This was my final week of two BSN courses that were brutal. It’s not that the content was difficult, there were just a lot of assignments squeezed into the 5 week format (usually I only take 1 5-week class at a time). Thankfully I have 2 FULL WEEKS (!!) off before I start the summer session, so things should be picking up around here! Anyway, on to the weekly recaps!

Blog Recap –


Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Shells – This meal was absolutely delicious! The perfect marriage between classic stuffed shells and spicy buffalo chicken. You should consider adding them to your weekly menu! Surprisingly I haven’t had any comments on the post yet, so if you try it let me know what you think!

Pregnancy Update –photo(11)


Sorry! Another cheesy bathroom self pic. Wednesday I was officially 21 weeks along and things are pretty low key right now. My second trimester energy is still going strong. Thank goodness because I needed it to get through my school assignments this week. Baby girl is still kicking away and I’m still loving it.

I was struck by a case of pregnancy brain this week. I was flipping a turkey (because everyone cooks a turkey in April when it’s 75 degrees outside) and without thinking I let my wrist touch the handles. Ouch. I wish I could say that was the first time something like that has happened, but I’ve had a bad habit of grabbing hot handles over the last 21 weeks. Must remember to be more careful!!

In other pregnancy related news, I got my first, “Wow, you’re getting big. How far along are you? Still almost 20 weeks left??” I blame my short waist. She has no where to go but out…

My week through Instagram – 

I did so much typing for school my K button popped right off the keyboard!

This little kitty made herself right at home at the table one night after dinner. Cats at the table are gross… I know. But look how cute she is!!

Friday night, after finishing the LAST assignment of the semester, I celebrated by making cookies! Kitchen Aid provides the best kind of therapy.

Saturday we went for a drive and stopped by to see the seals in La Jolla. There were a ton of them. It was little stinky, but still beautiful!

Things I’m loving –

New feature this week! Here I’ll share some things that I’ve been really loving lately! (photo credit to the corresponding companies)

Ocean Spray 100% cranberry juices have been a HUGE craving of mine lately. My favorite is Cranberry Raspberry, but I really like them all. The fact that they’re 100% juice and don’t have any added sugar makes me feel a little better about having a glass every.single.day. Baby girl might come out a cranberry…

Motherhood Maternity side rouched tank tops rock my socks. Seriously. I live in these thing. My every day outfit – tank top, cardigan, maternity jeans/skirt/yoga pants. In fact, it’s what I’m wearing in the pregnancy update photo.

Clean & Clear Deep Action Exfoliating Scrub is my favorite face wash ever. The best part is the cool, tingly, feeling my face gets when I use it. Makes me feel so fresh and so clean!

That’s a wrap! Thanks for stopping by and have an awesome week!