What I Ate Wednesday #41: My Bridal Shower!

I love “special editions” of WIAW and this week’s is definitely special. Sunday I started out my day at the opening day of the Baltimore Farmers’ Market where I enjoyed a fresh beet, carrot, apple juice [I’m obsessed now] and a coffee from Zeke’s [they’re famous around here!] After that I headed out to my bridal shower; it was incredible! My two aunts put the whole thing together and they did a wonderful job. There were 35 people there to celebrate with me [I couldn’t believe it!], my parent’s house was completely transformed, the food was delicious, and everyone had a great time. It was a success, for sure.

There were tons of pictures from that day [mostly very embarrassing faces while I’m opening gifts!] but I wanted to share some of my favorites with you.

Quinoa Caprese Tomato Mozzarella Pasta Sundried Chicken Salad Barr & Table Bridal Shower What I Ate Wednesday WIAW

On the Menu
– Mixed greens
– Fresh tomato, mozzarella, & basil salad
– Quinoa and pea salad [so good!]
– Sun dried tomato pasta salad
– Lemon herb chicken salad
– Chocolate kiss truffles


– Mini jeweled shortbread cookies
– Raspberry lemonade cupcakes

There was a serious spread and it was all homemade! I’ve been enjoying the leftovers for days.. definitely not complaining about that! All of the food was so light and fresh; I don’t know that I had one favorite in particular. I do have to say I’m usually not a chicken salad fan but this one was great. I’ll have to get the recipe 🙂

Barr & Table Bridal Shower Gifts What I Ate Wednesday WIAW

A little gift opening fun.. of course I super excited about my brand new Calphalon grill pan! Living in an apartment, one of the biggest disadvantages is not being able to grill. Hopefully this will help us get by a little easier. And check out my awesome bouquet! Can’t wait to use that for the rehearsal.. though I might skip the head piece 😉

I’m pretty sure this last picture was my “speech”. I’m so articulate and eloquent [and sarcastic..]

Barr & Table Bridal Shower What I Ate Wednesday WIAW

And finally, pictures with some of my favorite people. My mom, my friends, my bridesmaids, and of course, a picture with the Tone It Up girls. I’m so happy everyone was there to celebrate with me! It was such a fantastic whirlwind of a day and I’m so thankful for everyone that came and helped get it together!

And in case you need a little something sweet..

Chocolate Kiss Truffles

Makes 60 truffles

Ingredients
– 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
– 1/4 cup butter
– 1 14-oz can sweetened condensed milk
– 2 cups all-purpose flour
– 1/2 cup finely chopped nuts
– 1 tsp vanilla
– 60 unwrapped chocolate kisses or hugs
– 1/2 cup white chocolate chips
– 1 tsp vegetable oil

Directions
Preheat oven to 350°F. Melt chocolate and butter together over low heat until smooth. Add sweetened condensed milk and mix well. Remove from heat. Add vanilla, flour, and nuts and mix well.

Shape one tbsp of dough around each candy kiss. Place one inch apart on ungreased baking sheet. Bake for 7 minutes. Do not overbake!

Remove from cookie sheets and cool until firm to the touch. Melt white chocolate and oil together. Drizzle over cooled truffles.

Food for Thought

When was the last time you threw a party for someone? Did you make all of the food yourself or did you have it catered?

*Many thanks to Kate for letting me steal some pics! 😉

What I Ate Wednesday #30: Changing It Up

It may have been an icky, drizzly day, but I thought Sunday was wonderful. Maybe it had something to do with the gross weather and wanting to relax hibernate. Maybe it had something to do with the amazing Ravens victory that occurred on Saturday. Seriously, did you see that game?! Whatever it was, it was refreshing and much-needed.

These are the kind of days that I enjoy some nice, comforting meals. It was nice to change it up a bit.

Barr & Table What I Ate Wednesday WIAW Peas and Crayons Dannon Oikos Greek Yogurt Toasted Coconut Overnight Oats Portabello Iowa Girl Eats Thai Turkey Burger

[Breakfast]
Toasted coconut overnight oats. All I can say right now is YUM! If I had to trade the sweet breakfast scramble for anything, this would be it! And I’ll be sharing the recipe on Friday. Just you wait!

[Lunch]
We ventured out in the drizzles down the street to a little local bar called Porters. We’ve been there a few times before but it’s been a good 7 or 8 months since we’ve been. Every time before I’ve gotten the salmon sandwich but I decided to be adventurous and try the portabella mushroom sandwich with grilled red peppers, mozzarella, fresh basil, and homemade scallion aioli. Let’s just say we’ll be heading back there soon!

[Dinner]
Pinterest is my best friend. Especially when I get something that isn’t chicken breast. Last week I came across Mini Mediterranean Turkey Meatloaves from Iowa Girl Eats. But knowing that Nathan and I rarely like to make an entire pound’s worth of the same burger or, in this case, meatloaf, I recalled having pinned Thai Turkey Burgers, also from Iowa Girl Eats.

Well thank goodness for that! I turned the burgers into mini meatloaves and we had a few flavors to choose from. We both chose the Thai meatloaves for dinner on Sunday and Nathan whipped up a broccoli pineapple slaw to top. And I, of course, roasted some broccoli. Because how I could have dinner without roasted broccoli or brussel sprouts?! Exactly. I can’t.

Sunday’s meals weren’t too far out of the ordinary, but just enough to make it feel like I was treating myself. And I have been happily able to treat myself to mini meatloaves all week!

Food for Thought

Are you a creature of habit when it comes to your meals or do you prefer to change it up day by day?

Foodie Friday: Peanut Chili Baked Tofu

Who else is excited for the weekend?! I know I’m ready. Time to kick back, relax, and try some new recipes! And speaking of, here’s a fun one if you’re feeling the vegetarian vibe!

Peanut Chili Baked Tofu

Serves 2

Barr & Table Peanut Chili Baked Tofu

Ingredients
1 package super firm tofu (I use Nasoya Sprouted Tofu)
1/2 tbsp low sodium soy sauce
1 tbsp toasted sesame oil
1 tbsp rice wine vinegar
1 tbsp chili garlic paste (Lee Kum Kee is my favorite!)
2 tbsp peanut flour (I use Protein Plus, but you can also use PB2, or 1 tbsp nut butter)
5-6 fresh basil leaves, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced

Directions
Preheat oven to 375°F. Place tofu between paper towels with a light weight on top to press out the water. Let sit for about 10 minutes while you prepare the marinade.

In a medium-sized bowl, mix the rest of the ingredients. After your tofu has been pressed, cut into 1″ cubes and toss in the marinade. Let sit for another 5-10 minutes.

Place a greased baking rack on a sheet pan and lay the tofu out in a flat layer. Toss it in the oven and bake about 20-25 minutes, or until the outside is a little crisp.

Barr & Table Peanut Chili Baked Tofu

Serving Suggestions
I prefer my peanut chili tofu with a large helping of roasted vegetables. This would also be great over soba noodles and sauteed veggies or over a salad. You could even make this into a wrap, but I would suggest cutting the tofu into longer strips rather than cubes if you plan on doing a wrap.

Nutritional Stats
Per serving (1/2 recipe)

308 Calories  /  18g Fat  /  10g Carbs  /  5g Fiber  /  4g Sugar  /  26g Protein

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Speak Up!

Have you ever had tofu? If so, what’s your favorite tofu recipe?