Birthday Vanilla Cake Truffles #TakebackVanilla #CGC


Yesterday was my birthday, and since my favorite flavor is vanilla and I LOVE sprinkles, these birthday Vanilla Cake Truffles were the perfect “cake”!  I love cake truffles or cake pops but often find them too sweet because of the added frosting. Swapping out the frosting for the Coffee-mate Classic Vanilla was the perfect exchange. The pops were just the right sweetness, had a strong vanilla flavor, and had the perfect amount of moisture to roll into balls. Continue reading

Summer KitchenAid Mixer Giveaway


I’m excited to be partnering with other San Diego Food Bloggers to offer this wonderful summer giveaway to our readers. Win a KitchenAid KV25GOXMC Professional 5 Plus 5-Quart Stand Mixer, Metallic Chromewith the specialty Ice Cream Maker Attachment, and a copy of the ultimate ice cream book, David Lebovitz’s The Perfect Scoop: Ice Creams, Sorbets, Granitas, and Sweet Accompaniments

If you haven’t visited my friends’ blogs, please do check them out!

Barbara from Barbara Cooks makes gorgeously fresh food, and all of her recipes include Weight Watchers’ Points and nutrition information. Here’s her Coconut Berry Swirl ice cream.

Mary from California Greek Girl showcases the healthy Greek lifestyle with a Southern California twist. She’s the co-author of Cooking Techniques with Olive Oil. Here’s her Mango Tango Sorbet.
The amazing duo, Puja and Steve from Indiaphile demystify amazing Indian dishes with a fresh modern flair, and often include step-by-step photography. Here’s their Mint Avocado Kulfi.
Brandon, the talented owner of Kitchen Konfidence, photography is drop-dead gorgeous, with creative recipes perfect for entertaining including lots of tasty cocktails. Check out his ice cream recipes.
Mimi from Mimi Avocado, writes homey recipes featuring produce grown on their large avocado ranch, and beautifully represents the Southern California farming lifestyle. Try her Fresh Figs and Walnuts Glazed with Maple Syrup over ice cream.
And finally Stephanie from Recipe Renovator. Stephanie has an incredible talent in transforming standard recipe into beautiful and delicious gluten, sodium, and sugar free delights. Check out her Pistachio Avocado Ice Cream.

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Chicken Caesar Salad with Chickpea Croutons

chicken caesar

Now that the temperatures are rising I find myself wanting to be in the kitchen a lot less these days. When I am in the kitchen, I want something quick and simple. No froofy do sauces or elaborate baked goods. Luckily, I did all the baking recipes for The Seaside Baker last month when the heat was still bearable.


Now I just want melons, cold peaches, and salads. With the occational BBQ’d meal here and there. My husband however, is still expecting meals that include protein, carbs, and vegetable.


In order to make everyone happy, I had to get creative with my salads. Grilled chicken and chickpea croutons are the perfect amount of protein to keep him full over night and quick and light enough for me to make after a day of swimming.

chickpea croutons

The chickpea croutons are also a great snack on their own. They are crunchy and filling. Ancho Chili pepper is one of my favorite spices to use. It does not make your food overly spice but does create a kind of earthy spice. A perfect compliment to creamy caesar dressing.

caesar salad with chickpea croutons

Chicken Caesar Salad with Chickpea Croutons

Serving Size: 2-3 people

Chicken Caesar Salad with Chickpea Croutons


    Chickpea Croutons
  • 1 and 1/2 cup cooked (or canned) and drained Chickpeas or Garbanzo Beans
  • 2 tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ancho chili pepper
  • Chicken Caesar Salad
  • 1/2 pound chicken
  • dash of salt and pepper
  • 2 romaine hearts, chopped
  • 1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • 2/3 cup Caesar Salad Dressing
  • Chickpea croutons


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with foil.
  2. In a bowl, combine chickpeas, oil, and spices. Gently mix to combine.
  3. Place on lined cookie sheet and bake for 15 minutes.
  4. Gently stir chickpeas and cook for another 15 minutes.
  5. Remove from oven. Chickpeas will crisp while coming to room temperature.
  6. Salad
  7. Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper and grill on high heat until no longer pink in the center.
  8. In a bowl combine chopped romaine and salad dressing and mix to combine. Place on serving platter and top with parmesan cheese, chopped grilled chicken, and chickpea croutons.
  9. Serve immediately.
  10. If you have leftover chickpea croutons, store in an airtight container for up to a week.

Light Chicken Lasagna with La Terra Fina

greek yogurt spread lasagna

It is summer time! Our days are filled with trips to the park and afternoons swimming in the pool or at the beach. Our evenings are spent with neighbors while the dogs and kids play. It is too beautiful out to be cooped up in the kitchen cooking, but with all of that sun and water there are some hungry people come dinner time. Continue reading

Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies with Sea Salt

choc chip cookies

I love baking (as you probably know by now) and I love coming up with ridiculous concoctions. But sometimes, we all just need a bit of comfort food and soft chocolate chip cookies are just that! Continue reading

Oreo Funfetti Cake


oreo cake picmonkeyEven as I am approaching my 30′s, I still love sprinkles, and I’ll be damned if a cake covered in sprinkles doesn’t taste better than a cake without. Add Oreos to the mix and you have a 29 year old smiling from ear to ear. Continue reading

Yellow Tail Sangria


We live in a great little neighborhood. We of course have a few misfits, but for the most part everyone is happy and friendly. Every few weeks or so all the neighbors get together for cocktails and to let the dogs play. Honestly being a stay at home mother and hubby and I rarely getting out, we look forward to this evening probably more than most. Continue reading