4th of July weekend is almost here! When I think of July 4th, I think of all the brave and courageous people who fought hard to make this country what it is today. Also, it doesn’t hurt that we get to celebrate with our friends and families, and enjoy good bbq, food, and drinks :)
When it comes of holidays, I’m all about the cheese factor! And desserts and sweets are definitely my favorite part to the end of any meal! So, without further ado, I would like to present to you some of my favorite Pinterest finds to help ring in the holiday!
Find out my favorite sweet picks after the jump!
Did you know that rinsing raw chicken increases your risk of getting food poisoning? I know I didn’t! And you may want to think twice before washing raw chicken in your kitchen sink!
Washing or rinsing raw chicken contaminates the sink and your surrounding work area. For as long as I can remember, I’ve always given my chicken a good rinsing in the sink because usually it comes packaged in its own chicken juices and blood so that’s yucky and I like to get rid of that since I never brine nor had a reason (or time) to brine my chicken. And at the end of every cooking session, I always give the counter tops a good cleaning, but when it comes to the sink… I am guilty of neglecting it. The only type of sink cleaning I do is just spraying the sink around with water from the faucet.
What do you guys?! Do you believe in rinsing your chicken or not? And if you don’t rinse, what kind of prep do you do??? Do you just dab with a few wet paper towels, dry, and then cook the meat?? I would love to hear some of your kitchen tips for chicken prep!
Hope you’re having a wonderful evening!
I woke up yesterday to tons of emails filled with birthday wishes from my blog and facebook, thank you guys so much again for all the graduation/birthday/anniversary wishes! I got to spend the day with my boyfriend, and he made it an awesome day for me. We giggled a lot, took impromptu naps during the day, cooked together, and indulged ourselves in food! My idea of a perfect day :)
Here are a few photos from my birthday…
The morning started off with him making my favorite breakfast…eggs and chilaquiles with chorizo! After random naps from a food induced coma, we headed over to Pinkberry and Trader Joe’s for some grocery shopping. Trader Joe’s is my top destination for shopping (and it’s only grocery shopping lol) hehe. It even tops Nordstrom lol :)
After Pinkberry, we headed to one of my favorite beauty stores, Planet Beauty! A month ago, I found out I won a random drawing for their I Heart PB fan club and they mailed me a gift card with no value on it, so I went in to check yesterday and it’s a gift card for $200! I never win anything, so I was super excited about all the wonderful beauty products I could splurge on. Unfortunately, I was too overwhelmed and walked out with nothing lol.
Bday candles for the birthday girl :)
We both love food so cooking together comes naturally. For our anniversary dinner, we made toasted sesame ginger salmon with ginger jasmine rice. It was so good, he had seconds! Recipes for both will be up shortly :)
For dessert, birthday cupcakes! I made myself, truffle brownie cupcakes with cookie dough frosting! These are INSANE! Sooooo rich, chocolaty, decadent, moist, and gooey! And the cookie dough frosting, OMG best combination ever! PS, these were organic cupcakes so I didn’t feel completely guilty :)
After years of not having a bday cake and bday candles to blow out, it felt really nice :)
These past few days have been filled with lots of celebrations, and I’m so happy I got to share them with you. Thank you again for reading and stopping by yesterday! You guys are the best! XOXO
ps, Thank you boyfriend for spending my birthday with me. I couldn’t have asked for a better person to spend yesterday with. Thank you for everything, xoxo.
Today’s my birthday and our three year anniversary! How perfect is it that he asked me to be his girlfriend on my birthday? I’m terrible with dates so now I never forget! Up until recently, I didn’t know anyone else that had the same birthday as me but I am proud to say that I get to share this day with two other girls! Do you know anyone that you share your birthday with?
I don’t have anything planned for the day other than baking my own birthday cake. For the last 2 years, I never got a cake for my birthday (ahem, mom and dad….) which did sadden me but I did get to spend those birthdays with my boyfriend who, of course, made me feel loved and extra special. So this year, I am making my own birthday cupcakes! I already have it all planned out in my mind! It will be chocolate, loaded with frosting, and topped with extra sprinkles! Other than that, I don’t really have any plans but all I know is that today’s going to be awesome! :)
Thank you again for all your congratulations and well wishes these last few days! I enjoyed reading them and your comments and responses make me so happy! I can’t thank you guys enough! XOXO
PS, Dear Boyfriend, You’ve made me so happy, I can’t imagine not sharing my life without you. Thank you for always being there for me. Today’s our day! With love, xoxo kat.