Saturday, April 17, 2010

BAoK, BBQ, Key Lime Tartlets

Hi friends! Hope you are enjoying your weekend so far! Mine has been lovely. Yesterday, I received a FABULOUS BAoK gift from Allie. The gift contained tons of tea, two zing bars, and two of her soon to be famous Allie Bars (which are seriously out of this world amazing). Thank you so much Allie!!

I wanted to mention two additional BAoK taking place around blog world:
  • Alisa (whose guilt free banana bread will be featured in a future post), sent an email to a fellow blogger to thank them for being such a great support and inspiration.
  • Janetha saw Kailey (snackface) write on Brooke's (homegirls) wall that she could not find a specific color of nail polish. So, Janetha found it online and ordered it and had it shipped to her house (so sweet!)

Have you done a BAoK? Email it to me at Itzyskitchen at gmail dot com!

Last night we had friends over for a BBQ. I didn't take very good pictures (whoops), but here are just a few)- I made beef burgers for the boys, a chicken sandwich for my friend Mandi (shout out ;)), and a rice burger for myself:

Unfortunately...the burger was very cardboardy. I guess I'll stick to making my own meat free burgers at home!


I made up a spinach and strawberry salad:

And placed almonds, feta, and Maria's dressing on the side:

I also laid out some pickles:



Grilled up some buns and pineapple:


and asparagus.
Dinner was great! Mandi brought over some coconut lemon bars for dessert that were DELICIOUS.
This morning, I taught Body Step & Pump and baked up some mini key lime tartlets for my Uncle whose birthday is today (HAPPY BIRTHDAY UNCLE GARY!!!):


I also spent a ton of time outside (its gorgeous out) and listened to the new Body Step music to prep for our practice tomorrow and launch on Monday. Now I'm debating whether to go to the Family Circle Cup (women's pro tennis) or relax with Josh... decisions, decisions! I'm also on the way to deliver the tartlets and a bottle of my Uncle's favorite beverage :)
What are you up to?

45 comments:

Britt said...

Love the BAoK love. Looks like some yummy food!

Unfortunately the weather is cold, rainy and just plain miserable here. I'm laying low and resting up. I did an easy 3 mile run with my dad and now I'm getting an OD of sports hanging with my dad & bro.

Lauren @ Eater not a runner said...

Jealous of your nice weather! It is rainy and cold here....booo

Molly said...

Love BaOK! Ever since I made my own bean-burgers, I find the frozen variety to be pretty gross. I do kind of like Dr. Praeger's - love that you can see actual chunks of veggies!

homecookedem said...

Too bad those rice burgers weren't so great. But everything else looks amazing! I love grilling both pineapple and asparagus!! I'm so glad it's grillin season!! :) Your uncle will be a very happy man, how sweet of you!!

dawn said...

rice burgers! no soy! Yes! I will be on the lookout for these. And Erica, thank you for the sweet comments. You are the bestest! (and skinniest ;-P )

Lauren said...

Aww Aliie is such a sweetheart!! :)

What a great dinner party!!! :) You are the best hostess girl!

Hope you enjoy the perfect weekend.

dawn said...

no good? ok, I won't :-( I was soooo excited too.
can find me on facebook, easier to chat that way.
http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/profile.php?id=703067646

Allie (Live Laugh Eat) said...

1) Family Circle Cup!! One of the varsity players (who I sat next to in class) went last year to PLAY :)

2) You're welcome for the treat!! Thanks for your email today too...it brightened my day. Glad Josh is enjoying the bars too.

3) I love the palm trees on the rug under your dining table

4) Grilled pineapple on any burger is unbeatable!

Jessica said...

That grilled pineapple and those buns look awesome! Having people over for dinner is always so much fun : )

I am enjoying the most beautiful weather too! It rocks!

Krista said...

Sorry to hear that the burgers were a bust! They looked like they had so much potenial.
The weather here has turned nasty again so I've been vegging out on the couch quite a bit today!

Deva (Voracious Vorilee) said...

I love seeing the different BAoKs going on! Right now The Boy and I are watching cheesy eighties movies and eating strawberries!

Jessica @ How Sweet said...

Those tartlett's are so cute!

Kelsey said...

id be the first one all over the pickles and pineapple. <3

well not at the same time of course :P

Lindsay @ http://pancakesnpajamas.blogspot.com/ said...

I love the square bowls! Super cute. You know I am totally jealous of your grilled pineapple! ;)

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) said...

grilled pineapple...nice! and the mini tarts..oh la la, i'd love a few :)

Random B of A K. I love this! I see nice things happen all around and it warms me when we come together as women and support each other rather than try to compete and get all jealz of each other. Thx for pointing these nice things out, Erica!

Lazaro Cooks! said...

Beautiful table set-up and a mouth-watering spread. Sounds like a great party! Cheers!

CaSaundraLeigh said...

Sometimes you just can't beat homemade fare..too bad that burger wasn't what you hoped it to be!

Those buns looks heavenly--I'm craving some carbs right about now!

Stephanie @cookinfanatic said...

I love your table setting, so clean & simple but beautiful! Sounds like a fun weekend so far, we are soakin' in the gorgeous weather here too. Yardwork/garden are on the agenda today!

Andrea @ CanYouStayForDinner.com said...

Erica, I just love you for starting the BAoK! It seems like the best idea and it's really catching fire in the blogworld! Great start up, my love!

And you are seriously such an inspiration to me for always entertaining and putting out a creative and delicious spread! I just adore having friends and family over for meals and I am always unsure of what to serve, but you have given me so many great ideas! I love how everything is beautifully presented! The key lime tartlets you made this morning are just the cutest little things! How creative!!

Maria said...

Glad you are enjoying my recipes. It made my day to see them! Glad you had a fun weekend. I had a very busy weekend with the tv segment, magazine shoot, bake sale, party, etc. I hope to relax today. I will post about it soon:) Oh, I finally tried step. It was fun!!

Madeleine said...

Looks delicious, Erica!!! btw I had 2 wonderful BAOk surprises from Lindsay @ http://pancakesnpajamas.blogspot.com/ -- what a day maker they were!!! Love reading both of your blogs!

Madeleine said...

Looks delicious, Erica!!! btw I had 2 wonderful BAOk surprises from Lindsay @ http://pancakesnpajamas.blogspot.com/ -- what a day maker they were!!! Love reading both of your blogs!

biz319 said...

I have to admit Erica, when I read rice burger I did almost throw up in my mouth a little!

Everything else looks great though! Happy B-day to your Uncle!

Julie said...

You've been so busy! I'm lovin it girl! I'm so jealous you've got good nice warm weather going on. It's fa-reeezing here and I'm not looking forward to going upstairs to shower and get dressed for my bff's bridal shower. Last night was the bachelorette party and oh lord do I wish I could just sit in my pjs all day. Buuuut I can't haha.

glidingcalm said...

These rice burgers were going out of stock yesterday at the store.......so they were all on sale, and I ALMOST bought some, but then I bought Morningstar veggie burgers instead. I'm not sure if they were the same brand though?


love bbqs! and pickles!!

and those tarlets are adorable!!


also digging your fiesta bake from the last post!!

HUGS MISS ERICA!!

insideiamdancing said...

Happy birthday to your uncle!!!!

The BOAK are so great...

I have seen those burgers in stores but not tried them- I am a die-hard Amy's fan when it comes to veggie burgers!

Not much happening here this weekend...gym, cooking, eating :)

Velva said...

Dinner looks great but, oh those mini-key lime tartlets look delghtful. I could eat quite a few before I realized what I had done-thanks for sharing.

BroccoliHut said...

Bummer about the burger. At least you had a super cute tablescape!

Trying To Heal said...

can you believe i've never had key lime pie!? and i've lived in FL for almost a year (throughout two years)?! i know, tragedy in itself...one day! yours looks awesome!

Bridget said...

I love hearing all about the BAoK's!! I'm jealous of your weather, its cool and rainy here :(

Love the BBQ spread...grilled pineapple!!! YUM!

When in June are you coming up here?!?! So excited!

Stacey said...

You lucky girl to get a hold of some of Allie's bars. They look so good.

Heatha said...

You seem to be the hostess with the mostess! Your friends are so lucky!

And those tartletts look so yummy!

teresa said...

oh my gosh, everything looks so good! i'm craving that salad! glad you had a great weekend!

kris | iheartwellness.com said...

Hey Love!! I haven't stopped by for some time!

I hope you are well :)

Too bad these burgers weren't so tasty, they look really good! I am all over anything "rice". How do you usually make your meatless burgers??

XXOO

Paige (Running Around Normal) said...

Wow, Janetha is such a sweet heart! Love the BAoK :)
Those key lime tarts look fantastic! Have a great day!
It's mild and sunny here today - beautiful!

Lele said...

Those tartlets are SO CUTE! And I love anything key lime when it's warm out. Do you have a recipe?

Holly said...

Thanks for the review on the rice burgers...that's too bad they were cardboard-like. :-(

Happy Birthday to your uncle - you are the sweetest niece! The weather here has been sooooo lovely. Everyone is coming out of their houses from our winter hibernation!

whatkateate said...

I love BAoK! Such an awesome idea!

Miz said...

lordy you are my idol.
I SWEAR you cook more in a week than I have in my lifetime.
In a way I aspire to.

Holly said...

OMG...you always find such awesome products - even if they do taste like cardboard :)

i love BAoK, and am currently working on my project. to be revealed soon...have a great week dear!

tam said...

I love asparagus and those tarts yum!

Esi said...

You always receive fab packages. Hope you're having a great Monday.

Yum Yucky said...

can I just smather some uber-butter on those bun-rolls and call it a day? Please?

Janetha said...

yay for alliebars! and yes, i am so behind on my blog reading. yay for 4 new erica posts! loved the baked mexican fiesta in the previous post and i am off to read the other two. xoxo

Sarah said...

I LOVE grilled pineapple!!!! But I never think to make it for serving with burgers- would that be delicious or what? How about with a salmon burger? Getting hungry over here.....

Your key lime tartlets look yummy too!

I'm playing catch-up over here... :-)