What I ate this week | Lots and lots of sorbet.

Strawberry-Peach Sorbet

I can honestly say that I am addicted to homemade sorbet.

It all started with a batch of strawberry-peach sorbet last week. I had an overabundance of strawberries and peaches that were about to go bad and a hankering for something cold and sweet. This how-to guide from The Kitchn was the perfect solution to all of my problems.

Turns out one batch simply wasn’t enough, so I had to make some watermelon-lime sorbet to keep it company in the freezer. I can’t decide which one I like more. They are both freakin’ amazing.

Blueberry blackberry fruit snacks

I also tried my hand at some homemade fruit snacks. I did a blueberry-blackberry one (above) and a citrus-vanilla batch.

They were both interesting, though not quite perfect. The blueberry-blackberry ones, based on this recipe, were more firm, though gritty, and had a great flavor. The citrus-vanilla ones, based on this recipe, were much softer, making them a great texture, but the vanilla ended up being incredibly overpowering. I kicked myself afterwards for adding it in; they would have been so much better sans vanilla.

Oh well. I’m already dreaming up flavor combinations for my next batch!


Because one cannot subsist on sorbet and fruit snacks alone (harumph), I’ve also had to whip up a few other things.

Beef empanadas a la handle the heat

Dinners consisted of a lot of freezer diving; using up homemade pasta sauces, lasagna, and beef empanadas. And enjoying the full summer bounty with burgers, fresh corn salad, and watermelon up the wazoo.

It also included some new recipes, like buckwheat blini breakfast kebabs from Including Cake! They didn’t look nearly as pretty or taste nearly as good as I was hoping. I’m not sure if it’s because we used chia instea of flax, or that I used maple syrup instead of the agave.

You win some, you lose some, I suppose.


Another disappointment… baked falafel sticks. I’ve been putting it on the menu for weeks, trying to convince The Hubster that they would be delicious. And then I made them, and they were super dry… And The Babe didn’t like them to boot (I should have known, she hates beans). I did, however, make an amazing (dairy free) cucumber dip to go along with them, so that kind of sort of made up for the flop.

Stir fries have rounded out the meals, with some beef with broccoli and onion-scallion beef. I’m not sure which was better.

What about you?

What have you been eating lately? What summer treats have been on the menu and in your bellies?

Project: Food Budget

Project: Food Budget – Week 9

Goal: $100/week Actual: $98.22 That breaks down to: $78.16 (Trader Joe’s) + $11.78 (Fresh Market) + $8.28 (Shop ‘n Save) Doing a happy dance over here for being $1.78 under budget. It’s the little things in life that excite…


The Joy of … Stress?

(Image Source: Krishna Kumar) The last month has been an interesting one. Between a pinched nerve in my back, tendinitis flaring up in my shoulder, and a teething baby who’s been waking up multiple times a night AND super…


Recipe: Lemony Lentil Pasta

Before instituting our themed menu plan, we had pasta once a week. And by pasta, I mean spaghetti with tomato sauce. The Hubster would occasionally add in some meatballs or ask me to whip up a meat sauce. Or…

Project: Food Budget

Project: Food Budget – Week 8

Goal: $100/week Actual: $100.91 That breaks down to: $55.74 (Trader Joe’s) + $9.31 (Trader Joe’s) + $26.57 (Target) + $9.29 (Fresh Market) Now that’s coming in right at budget. I actually think I would have been under budget by…

"Life is a balance of holding on and letting go." Rumi

Magnetic Energy

(Image source: DesignDifferent) Do you ever find yourself having the same conversation over and over again? The last month or so, I’ve found myself talking with clients and friends about the concept of pushing versus pulling. I see so…

Vegetable Kebobs with Balsamic and Herbs

Recipe: Balsamic Vegetable Kebobs

I’ve been wanting to grill up some veggies for weeks now. In fact, they’ve been on the menu for about a month, with something happening each time to prevent it from actually happening. Things like the zucchini going bad.…