Howdy!

It turns out I was wrong all those times I thought it was the hottest day of the summer because, according my my girl Jeriann, today is supposed to be the hottest yet! We’re talking a heat index of 110 – ahhh!!

Are you tired of my weather babble yet? Us Midwesterners find it a frequent topic of convo since it can turn on a dime! ;)

At any rate, sometimes the heat can make my appetite a little wonky (it’s already 84 degrees out), so I decided a nice & light breakfast platter sounded especially refreshing this morning.

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Let’s see, what do we have here… A juicy, candy-sweet peach.

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My Mom always used to sprinkle powdered sugar on our peaches when we were little – I loved that!

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Some exotic pineapple,

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and a homemade Zucchini Bread Muffin. They survived the night! ;)

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Each of one these babies clocks in at around 200 calories and contains a fraction of the sugar that most other zucchini breads have. Plus, I substituted half the oil the original recipe called for with unsweetened applesauce!

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Which, I was appalled to find out that most applesauce found in stores have high fructose corn syrup AND corn syrup in them. WHY? WHY must companies add that crap to innocent, delicious applesauce?!

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Musselman’s was chock full of the stuff, but luckily my trusty Hy-Vee store-brand applesauce was devoid of all weird, corn-related products! Sheesh!

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At any rate, the applesauce combined with the zucchini gave me a moist, dense, oh-so delightful muffin. These are AWESOME!

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Cool, filling and just what I was craving on this hot Midwestern morning. :)

 

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From salad plate to salad bowl – I made a chopped up version of my Caprese Salad for lunch today!

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In the mix:

  • Mixed greens
  • Spinach
  • Cucumber
  • 2 Roma tomatoes
  • Fresh mozzarella cheese
  • Torn fresh basil

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This salad is to die for, I’m telling you. The epitome of special!

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I didn’t feel like making a true balsamic glaze on the stovetop, to drizzle on top, so I played culinary MacGyver and tried cooking it in the microwave.

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MacGyver fail. I got about a minute and a half in before the balsamic vinegar started bubbling and spurting everywhere. D’oh! I let it go in 10 second intervals before giving up, lest I need to replace my microwave entirely. It did get a tiny bit thicker, and will compliment the Italian dressing I have at work to dress this with nicely!

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Rounded out with a crunchy, Pink Lady Apple!

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Giveaway Winner

The winner of yesterday’s Terra Chip Giveaway is…

Lesli: I would want to try A La Mexicana!! P.S. I love how you use those AE Yogurt containers to hold your carrots!

Congrats Lesli! Email your mailing address to IowaGirlEats@gmail.com to claim yo’ chips. And thanks for the compliment. ;)

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It’s Three Question Thursday time, y’all!

1. Would you rather be too hot or too cold?

2. What do you unnecessarily collect (pc term for hoard!)? Movie stubs, socks, jewlery?

3. Flip flops, flats, sneakers or heels. What’s your favorite kind of shoe to wear?

My answers:

1. Easy. Always too hot. I’d rather it be 110 degrees everyday, then 10 degrees!

2. Cards. I know! I can’t throw them away! I have stacks of them bundled together with rubber bands. Birthday cards, thank you cards, just saying hey cards. Ben hoards t-shirts and my Mom hoards chargers. Doesn’t matter if she doesn’t even own the item that needs charging anymore! ;)

3. FLATS. Love them!!!!