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Caprese Salad Pizza and Dinner Guests

{Rainie} Monday morning is a good start for healthy eating. I always try to start off strong in the nutrition department. Good thing, too, because the day ended with cupcakes!

Enter my homemade yogurt, local honey from Jeanna, and some Chia seeds. Carb, protein, fiber= check.

Lunch took the last of my lettuce from the previous week, some farmer's market strawberries, Cindy's blueberries, Walmart's goat cheese;) and balsamic vinaigrette and made a deliciously sweet summer salad. I had a sliced tomato to use so I added some fresh basil and Mozzarella cheese for a nice snack. 

I used my new birthday gift from Brittany and Mooch to hydrate all day.

Any time it is super hot outside, we know better than to not drink water all day before a run. It' s too risky! Virginia is at the beach this week so it's back to a duo effort. Twas a hot one!

Water breaks= photo opps.

I recently read a book (yes, shocking.) about entertaining guests and not waiting for the perfect time or super clean house. If you wait too long, you would risk never getting together with friends and making memories. It was a gift from my Secret Santa, Sophie, at work last year and it's a great read. Bread and Wine  reminds me to focus on the present and spending time with people. In the spirit of eating whatever I had at home, I planned pizzas for JT and me and asked Emily, Kathleen, and Katie to join. It worked out perfectly because JT was late getting home anyway, so we ate our girly pizza while his manly pepperoni pizza baked. 

Caprese Salad Pizza: Basil, tomato, mozzarella, and Parmesan cheese on a whole wheat crust, baked at 425 degrees for 10 minutes, then topped with arugula and balsamic vinegar for a boost of color, nutrition, and taste!

JT's pizza was pepperoni (uncured) and cheese. This is an unbaked picture because when he got home, he was tired, hot, and hungry from working outside all day and I just couldn't bear the thought of making him wait for me to take a picture of his food before he got to eat the fresh, steaming pizza. Not really, I forgot. But he was tired, hot, and hungry from working outside all day so it's only fair to let the boy eat. 

Emily and Katie came bearing gifts! These delicious cupcakes from Dreamcakes bakery with a hint of almond extract were absolutely divine! It was a perfect, no fuss, short, spontaneous dinner night that ended with a few minutes of the Men Tell All. 

How pretty are those?! Thank you girls!

My bathroom was dirty, the garbage can was full, but I had just enough pizza to share (literally, just enough), so we did! There's so much pressure to make everything perfect before having guests over, but I think that a lot of people miss out on special moments and gatherings because they are waiting for the perfect house to entertain in. Don't get me wrong, there is definitely a time for planned gatherings where things are cleaner and the tablescape is perfect, but sometimes it's nice to just get together without all the fuss and planning. 

Do you like spontaneous guests? Or do you prefer a planned event?


  1. Great post Rains! You are so right - I always put too much pressure on trying to make things perfect but it's usually more fun when they're not! I read a post on Camille Styles this morning about "prioritizing relationships over the to-do list" which is so true! xoxo!

    1. Thanks, Lauren! I'm guilty of it too! Sounds like a great post- I'll check it out:)