Lately, I have been thinking about the islands, the beach and the warm breeze.  I think maybe it is time to book a trip to Puerto Rico.  Thankfully, images have a way to transport us to paradise around the world and these images from Pinterest do that in no time.  I love photographers who can capture a specific feel in their photos.

Ginger #flowers sold outside of Kalapuwai Market on Oahu, #Hawaii—one of the world's most romantic islands. 

The Island of Milos / Photography By / &

Mexican Blankets | Claire Zinnecker's Essentials | Camille Styles 

I hope you are having a wonderful weekend doing whatever brings joy to your heart.

Pink Saturday


Comfort food makes me happy.  But comfort food can be too comforting... if you know what I mean.  Which is why I love this recipe.  It is a healthy take on spaghetti and meatballs-- the ultimate comfort food.  And it is as filling as this pasta dish can be.  This recipe is especially fitting at this point because it is what I am craving: fresh food.  Plus I get to use my favorite kitchen appliance: the spiralizer. 

The key to a dish like this is seasoning and layered flavors.  Zucchini is bland on it's own so I like to top it with homemade tomato sauce (made by my future mother-in-law) or store bought if I am in a hurry.  For special ocassions I also add a layer of flavor by using ground lamb meat instead of beef (which is perfectly fine if you do not like the taste of lamb).  The end result is delicious and so comforting with lots of flavors.  This dish is really good for those times when your stomach is craving warm food.  There is a reason this is my go-to-dish.
Zucchini Noodles & Lamb Meatballs
Recipe by: Maria C.
Servings: 3
3 zucchinis, spiralized into noodles
2-3 tbsp olive oil
1 lbs. lamb meat (or beef)
1 egg
1 tbsp panko crumbs (normal breadcrumbs work well too)
1 tbsp Italian seasoning
1 tbsp garlic salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1 jar tomato sauce
For the meatballs: in a bowl combine all of the ingredients EXCEPT the zucchini, olive oil and and tomato sauce.  Using your hands mix until combined.  Then make 1 inch balls and set aside.  Should make around 16 meatballs.
In a large sauteeing pan, add the olive oil and bring the heat to medium high.  Add the meatballs and cook until browned (they will finish cooking in the sauce). 
In a large sauce pan, add the tomato sauce and bring to a simmer.  Once the meatballs are cooked, add them to the sauce and let them finish cooking in the sauce for 20 minutes. 
Noodles: you can steam the noodles or microwave them for 1-2 minutes (if short on time).  When the noodles are cooked, arrange in a plate and top with the tomao sauce/meatballs.  And voila!