Garden Tomato Basil Salad

Happy Friday folks! I’m happy it’s the weekend and what’s even better is that it’s a long weekend which includes my son’s birthday. I know we already celebrated last weekend but we still want to make his day extra special. We have plans to make a special breakfast then head to Bird’s Hill Park. The boys plan to bike around and play at the park while I run 9 miles with some friends. After my run we are going to hit up a local farmers market and browse around. The Pineridge Hollow farmers market (link) has a few animals to pet and live music so it should be a fun morning. After lunch the boys plan to build a big Lego set with Chad that Ashton got for his birthday. We will finish off the day making some homemade pizza and maybe have a bonfire.

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Easy Summer Chickpea Salad

I was at the grocery store the other day and a sweet old lady started chatting with the boys while I was loading my food onto the counter. She noticed I had a spaghetti squash and asked how I cooked it. She mentioned she had seen them before and never wanted to buy one because she didn’t know what to do with it. I started explaining how I cook it and got all excited about the recipe I had planned for the squash (maybe I’ll share it next week). With all my excitement she said “you must love to cook”. This statement really took me off guard. Did I really love to cook? I had never really thought about it. Growing up I was a terrible cook, I know that. Just ask my mom! Now being a stay at home mom, I have the opportunity to cook and a lot more time for it. I plan out my weekly menu so I’m not rushed to pick something last minute. It has really changed the way I look at cooking and in turn created a pleasurable experience. So I guess I do LOVE to cook after all. I love being able to create healthy and tasty recipes for Chad and the boys to enjoy. I find so much pleasure in cooking.

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