Lite Bite: Watermelon & Heirloom Tomato Salad


Summer BBQ, party or potluck? Look no further than this recipe. I have a thing for watermelon feta salads because I actually already have two (here and here) recipes on my site, but this one. THIS ONE!!


Watermelon & Heirloom Tomato Salad

1/2 medium seedless watermelon, cut into small cubes
16 oz mini heirloom tomatoes (found at Trader Joe's), sliced in half
8 oz feta cheese block, cut into small cubes
olive oil
balsamic vinegar
flakey salt and fresh crackd pepper
small bunch of fresh basil

In a large bowl gently toss cubed watermelon, cubed feta and sliced mini tomatoes. Drizzle over olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Not too much, you can always add more later. Sprinkle with fresh cracked black pepper and maldon salt if you have it. Any flakey salt will do. Tear the basil over the top. Tear instead of cut. Tearing will lend to better overall flavor and not brown the basil! Toss gently again and sprinkle a bit more salt, pepper and basil over the top to serve!

P.S. this makes great leftovers and is wonderful paired with grilled chicken (seen below).


Bites of My Life

I love the cold, but the summer. Oh, the summer. You kill me. You are too good. My energy level skyrockets this time of year. I want to do all the things in the summer as opposed to winter where I could hibernate for 3 straight months and be happy as a clam. 

I want to eat all the summer food, go on a walk EVERY evening, be more social during the week, spend as much time outside as I can, clean out my closet, deep clean my room, be extra active, and maximize my workday so I have more free time in the morning and evenings. Summer motivation is in full swing!

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-I don't have marble countertops. Here is proof-ha! Just a contact paper covered foam board!
-Y'ALL! I posted something besides just a bites post. Catch my mayo-less tuna salad recipe here. Word on the street is that you will be getting a second recipe post tomorrow too!
-Post-bootcamp recovery shake before the rest of my breakfast. I've been waking up at the crack of dawn (4:30AM) to train with Align Performance. Bootcamp is from 5:30-6:30, so when I get home I do an Arbonne recovery shake (1 scoop protein, water, cinnamon and ice in a shaker bottle) then follow it with scrambled eggs later in the morning. If I ate a full breakfast at 6:30 I'd want lunch by 10AM. P.S. if you are local and interested in bootcamp, join me, your first class is free!
-Morning coffee/work date with my Lindz before she leaves me for LA. I can't talk about it anymore otherwise I'll get tears on my keyboard.
-Leftover watermelon tomato salad topped with grilled chicken. Is there a better summer dinner?
-Back to Cali Al goes, but first dinner with the whole crew!
-When in Stillwater, OK, must eat at Red Rock Bakery and Deli. Or so I'm told...and so I now agree. SO GOOD!
-Smashed avo on 2 GG crackers. Who else loves GG crackers? Who doesn't know what I'm talking about? Read here to get the gist and then order on Amazon ASAP.
-When curly fries are an option, you always go curly. Despite the fact the fact that I was poolside in a bikini while eating them...
-You all know I love my Super Coffee, but here is just another photo to remind you. And just so you know the maple hazelnut flavor is everything.
-Treasures from the Asian supermarket include ginger chews, gochujang, mini boxes of fruity gum and an excuse to show off my new shoes ;)
-Father's day feast was full-fledged Korean BBQ themed and I think we nailed it!


p.s. I listened to this song 54 times last night, you should too. 

Bites of My Life

Let's just skip to the weekend shall we, because it trumped last week. I left for Houston, Friday, for my long time "blogger besties" wedding. It's funny to think we truly met on the internet, but it was a testament that you can make friends anywhere. Molly and I found each other on the web during college through our blogs. With noticeable similarities we became virtual friends. With just being a state apart, opportunities like Austin City Limits and OU/Texas weekends led us to meet up in person. A few other times like our BB Dallas weekend and my stay at AirMB kept our friendship going. 

Molly's big day finally arrived and I couldn't have been more excited to be included. A stay and spend with my great friend/Houston host/plus one, Claire, made the weekend even better. (Claire and I were set up freshman year to be roommates and have been friends ever since). We both mutually love homemade matchas, health food, fitness and silk scarves ;) We dined at Emmaline, Juice Land, Tiny Boxwoods and then had the best wedding food I've ever heard/seen/eaten at Molly's reception. Molly and William's wedding was jaw drop worthy and the most beautiful wedding I've ever seen. Not to mention extremely fun. 

Here's to starting the week on a weekend hight and hoping it gives me motivation to get Monday...

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-A green salad with lot's of avocado and grilled chicken. My lunch as of late thanks to The Jones Assembly.
-Lights, camera, action for a fun photoshoot with The Social Order crew.
-Craving tomatoes, as I should be since they are perfectly in season right now. I've been buying a bunch of vine ripened tomatoes and chopping to put in salads or thinly slicing and topping with everything but the bagel seasoning for a snack while I cook dinner.
-Wheels up to H-Town for #MollyMadeASlamDunc. Also, I love traveling by myself, anyone else?
-Hi from Houston! 
-Walked, juiced, worked out, ate, shopped and more all around town with Claire!
-Best friends make the best plus ones. 
-To the Duncans!
-My contribution to our Sunday night potluck. Recipe is saved in my "bites" highlight on instagram.


Bites of My Life

Oh hello June, how did we get here so fast? A short week that felt like a long one, a new month, 3 concerts in one week, new books, new hobby, old friends, old habits. Happy second week of June!

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-Can't quit this breakfast and have no intentions of doing so anytime soon. Brown rice cakes, one with smashed avo and Everything But The Bagel seasoning, the other with almond butter, coconut, chia seeds and cinnamon. Detox tea on the side!
-100% fangirling over LANY during their performance at The Jones. Work perks getting us so close to the stage!
-Happy mail day including new food inspiration, a belated b-day present and a promotion recognition with Arbonne!
-Bowl on repeat this week. Protein, healthy carbs, healthy fats and fresh veggies and herbs. 
-Organized, hydrated and caffeinated. 
-Greek feast with my mamma mia!
-2 of 3 concerts I went to this week.  
-I've read 5 books to far in 2018, like what????? I believe I have mentioned before that I don't read. I'm not sure what has come over me. Can't wait for these next 3 books. 
-Investing in a new hobby, tennis! Any players out there?
-Behind the scenes shooting for my besties new side hustle, Made by Maddie.
-The prettiest Made by Maddie earrings. Check out her insta for more and how to order!
-Been coveting Joanna Gaines banana bread recipe since my roommate came home with her new cookbook. I just weirdly love how she makes it in a square pan. It was good, but I like my banana bread better. So here's the recipe if you want the best nana bread eva.


p.s. I snuck in a Bites post last week but didn't tell you, sry. But, read here!

Bites of My Life

Such a good week and kick off to summer. Two straight days of food photoshoots means a very happy Annie. I love when I get to pause from answer emails to help style food to show off to our guests. Quick/long story...

Then I celebrated my birthday a few days early. Pro tip: don't have your birthday at the restaurant you work at unless you want to be highly embarrassed. Or do..cause it was totally with it. My birthday falls at a busy time of year, growing up it was often the last day of school and now it always falls on Memorial Weekend. No complaints really, but my mom was feeling guilty and had some ideas up her sleeve to make it special. To note, I also hate surprises and no one typically tries to surprise me. Upon arriving to dinner there were extremely large 2-5 mylar balloons attached to my chair. Then instead of a simple dessert, our pastry chefs at The Jones completely outdid themselves creating the most gorgeous three layer cake adorned with flowers and berries. All to be delivered by just about every hostess and server and manager singing happy birthday for the whole restaurant to hear. I was 50 shades of red, but felt extremely loved and celebrate. 

Then it was lake bound for "LAKE RATZ PART II." My friends and I started this tradition last year of renting a big house on Grand Lake for a whole crew of us to stay in. I left the weekend never wanting to eat another potato chip, but realizing how many great friends I have to spend a whole weekend with 15 of still love them all by the end. 

Okay this is literally the longest bites recap ever, but I guess being 25 is making me feel old and sentimental. 

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-Food photoshoot days are my favorite!! The summer menu at The Jones Assembly is officially here!
-New favorite drink aka the Fire Emoji (yes that is the name and couldn't be more accurate)
-Best birthday c/o my real fam and my Jones fam. 
-Last week's recipe post: 3-Ingredient Individual Strawberry Trifles
-baby backs on the dock. 
-OG Lake Ratz. Been doing Memorial Day at the lake with them since freshman year of college. 
-it's not summer until...
-pretties birthday flowers to come home to from my roommates. 
-Bowl for the week: grilled chicken, sauerkraut, roasted sweet potatoes, vine ripened tomatoes, avocado, fresh basil, green onions on a bed of spinach topped with Malden salt, pepper, olive oil and balsamic vinegar.