Weekend Dish 4/21

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!

This week is going to be really short and sweet!

Blog Recap –

It was a slow week this week! Hopefully next week I’ll have more time to get blog posts up!


Strawberry Muffins – I’ve been on a huge muffin kick and these strawberry muffins I came up with really hit the spot!

Pregnancy Update –


This week I officially passed the halfway mark! As of Wednesday this little girl is half baked! It’s crazy that just a few months ago this little person inside me didn’t exist and now in just a few months she’ll be born. At the risk of sounding like a major cheese ball, I think it’s amazing and magical and miraculous.

In other news we had our anatomy scan and she is growing right on track and everything looks to be in great shape. Her little kicks are getting stronger and stronger and Jesse even happened to feel one the other night! Things seem to be moving right along!

My week through Instagram

I was almost as lazy with Instagram as I was with with posting this week! I didn’t take many photos, but I did snap this one during an afternoon nap on the bay. I do love San Diego palm trees!

As much as I would love to write more, what I should really be doing right now is finishing up a paper for school! One more week of these 2 classes and then a much needed week off before starting the summer semester!

That’s a wrap! Hope you are having a great week and weekend! And thanks for reading!

Weekend Dish 4/13

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

Blog Recap – What went down on Sunny Side Up this week


Homemade Italian Dressing – My recent cravings for tangy salad dressing and mishap by a certain pizza company that forgot to deliver my tangy salad dressing led to the creation of a Homemade Italian Dressing that I’ve fallen in love with!


Roasted Vegetable Pasta Salad – I used my Homemade Italian Dressing to create a fresh and light pasta salad using some of my favorite roasted veggies.


Sweet Southern Boy: A virtual baby shower for Nikki – This week I co-hosted a virtual baby shower for my good friend Nikki of Seeded at the Table. We had a really fantastic turn from some really great bloggers. And it was great to celebrate Nikki’s sweet baby boy.

Pregnancy Update –


Sorry! Cheesy bathroom self-pic! My belly was just looking especially round (and I happened to blow dry my hair ALL THE WAY and put on make up, not a bad day to take a self-pic). I am exactly 19 weeks in the photo.

The most exciting update of the week is that I felt a pretty solid kick on Sunday night! Up until now I’ve felt little bubbles or pops, that could absolutely be baby but I was never 100% sure. This time, I knew for sure it was a kick! Since Sunday I’ve felt it several more times and I’m in love! I’m sure that as she gets bigger and starts kicking things like my ribs and bladder I will be a little less in love with the kicks, but for now I’ll enjoy every last one!

We also started thinking about setting up a registry this week. Even though it feels kind of early, it’s kind of nice task to keep my mind occupied. Our amazing families have also offered to throw us a shower during our trip home in May, which is just over a month away so it’s about time to start thinking about and researching the things we’ll need.

On that note, we are strongly considering cloth diapering. I’ve spent a lot of time researching the benefits (long term cost, reduce incidence of diaper rash, decreased environmental waste (though I also know there is some debate on the added water needed for washing)) and I think it will be a good fit for us. But it’s totally overwhelming. If you have any advice on cloth diapering and getting started, we would love to hear it!

That’s all the pregnancy related news this week!

My week through InstagramA photo recap of my week

This has been my go-to “Pregnant Lady Cocktail” for the last few months. Cranberry juice and soda water with a twist of lime. It’s so refreshing! You’ve gotta try it, even if you’re not pregnant!

The much anticipated season premier of Mad Men was last Sunday! The episode was 2 hours long, and although I liked it, I kind of felt like it had to be 2 hours to accommodate all of the commercials! 5 minutes of the show followed by 5 minutes of commercials. We totally need a DVR so I can fast forward! Did you watch the premier? What did you think?

I had a really daunting afternoon of writing papers for school, to help myself feel more motivated I set up on the balcony to soak up some sun while I worked. Our cat tree is outside and Tiff wanted to enjoy the sun as well. At one point I looked up and she was completely passed out with her big giant belly hanging through the hole of the cat tree. Of course as soon as I grabbed my phone to take a picture she woke up, but you can still see her belly hanging low. I love that fluffy ball of fur!

I love this little furball, too. She’s much lazier than Tiff but she’s also much cuddlier. She spends about 80% of her day on our bed.

Around the Web – What I’ve been reading/watching on the inter-webs in the past week – 

Cloth Diapering 101 – Awesome video series on the basics of cloth diapering. Super helpful.
Citation Machine – This is totally boring, but it’s been a lifesaver for me over the past year of working on my BSN. I use this for every paper, discussion board post, and assignment that I do for school. I spend way more time on this site and the Ebsco online research database than I like.
Fabulous Food Blogs Facebook Group – Lately there has been a bit of a debate on Facebook about photo and recipe copyrights. There are a TON of groups that have taken photos from blogs and reprinted the entire recipe right in the description, without permission from the blogger and without giving any credit to the blogger. Obviously people love food and love sharing good food, which is GREAT when done right. So a group of bloggers got together to create a site that shares the love of food in a responsible way. Lots of delicious food photos with direct links to the original recipe source! Check this group out!!
Foodgawker– Another great place to get your foodie photo fix!

 That’s a wrap! Thanks for reading and have a GREAT weekend!

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??