Fabulous Food Swap Link Up

Fabulous Food Swap

At the beginning of the year, Rachel from Oh Simple Thoughts brought together a bunch of bloggers and non-bloggers alike for the Fabulous Food Swap. The basic concept is to get paired up with another person and swap foodie items! Luckily enough, I got paired with Eryn from Raybans to Rodeos who’s just right down the road in San Antonio! She put together a wonderful foodie package for me. I can’t thank her enough!

Quinn Popcorn – I love this stuff. It’s all-natural and super yummy. The sea salt and maple syrup flavor is perfectly sweet and salty. Typically, I make my own popcorn at home, but this is only brand that I’ll pop in the microwave.

S’mores Trail Mix – Again, anything sweet and salty is a win to me. Yum!! This trail mix satisfies a sweet tooth so well. I can’t get enough of it!

Popcorn Seasoning – Since I love making popcorn at home so much, it’s always great to have extra seasoning on hand. This caramel seasoning is a great topper for homemade popcorn!

Trader Joe’s Pesto and Quinoa Spread – Bud and I used this spread on fish. It was wonderful! You really can’t go wrong with anything from Trader Joe’s. It’s always wholesome and made with minimal ingredients.

I shared a few things like peanut butter and local jam. I’m so glad that Rachel put this foodie swap together. It’s even better that Eryn and I both transferred from Florida to Texas recently. Talk about a coincidence!



Healthy Pesto Pasta Bake

bakedpestopasta1This post could alternatively be called “how to hide vegetables under cheese and pasta”. But, I deemed that as a title that would be too long and a little confusing. That being said, this recipe is a great way to hide your veggies.

I found this recipe a few months back on Pinch of Yum and made it for a friend that was recovering from surgery. It was a hit! The combination of the homemade pesto and Asiago cheese is to die for.



I’d never made my own pesto before, but it was super easy. Traditional pesto calls for basil, olive oil, pine nuts and an Italian cheese. This pesto takes that a step further with the addition of spinach and kale. You can trick yourself into eating kale and not even notice! The greens give the pesto a great texture as well

Healthy baked pesto pasta is great for adults and kids alike. You really can’t go wrong when pasta is topped with cheese


Healthy Pesto Pasta Bake
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Serves: 8
  • For the pasta:
  • 1 lb. whole wheat rigatoni
  • 2-3 cups chopped heirloom tomatoes
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup shredded cheese of choice
  • pesto (recipe follows)
  • For the pesto:
  • 2 cups spinach
  • 1 cup kale
  • 1 cup basil
  • ¾ cup almonds or pine nuts
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup Parmesan
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 3 large cloves garlic
  • juice of 1 lemon
  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of water to boil. Once to a boil add in pasta
  3. While the pasta is cooking, bring together pesto ingredients in a food processor until smooth.
  4. Roughly chop up the tomatoes.
  5. Combine cooked pasta, reserved pasta water, pesto and tomatoes. Transfer to a 9X13 baking dish. Sprinkle with cheese.
  6. Bake for 15 minutes or until cheese is lightly browned.



Friday Link Love


Bake this blue corn bread from 1000 Threads
Make these gluten free pancakes from Top with Cinnamon
Drink this winter lemonade from Joy the Baker
Eye this adorable baking set from Anthropologie

1. Were you super awkward about romance in middle school?  I totally was. If that’s the case for you too, then you need to read this article from Deadspin. It will totally make you feel better about anything awkward you’ve ever done.

2. Apparently, there’s a penguin in a UK zoo that can’t properly insulate himself because his feathers fall out. So what did the zoo decided to do? They created a special wet suit just for the penguin so he can stay warm! How adorable. Also, the penguin’s name is Ralph…even better.

3. One of the bloggers I follow, Clara Persis, took a fairly long break from blogging last year. Just recently, she came back to her blog space. She’s gone through a lot professionally and personally over the last year and I found her post on failure really refreshing. What a great example of how we allow ourselves to fail in certain areas of our lives but not others. I need that reminder every morning when I wake up.

4. Bakerella gave her readers a peek into her pantry this week. It’s ridiculous. It’s color coordinated. It’s beautiful. I don’t think I’ll ever have a pantry that big. I hope I never need pantry that big. It’s slightly overwhelming. Props to her though for keeping it so organized!

5. In the past few months, I’ve found myself becoming more and more frustrated with the medical community. Instead of being treated as a whole person by doctors, only my individual symptoms have been treated. I don’t feel as if my doctors care about me or take notice of how their treatment plans may affect me. Because of that, I’ve started to look into some alternative medicines. Mainly, I’m looking for a better way to treat my asthma and allergy symptoms. Any suggestions out there of things to do or things to avoid?

On that note, have a glorious weekend!