Three’s a Party

Two (Link-Ups) + One (Recipe) = Three.

And three’s a party, right Andy? ๐Ÿ˜‰


Yep. That’s what I thought.

For the first part of this wonderful Friday equation, I have two link-ups to do today.

First up is Meghan’s Week in Review. I’m going to alter this slightly and make it Birthday Presents in Review.


  • I’ve already shared part of what my parents got me for my birthday last week:



  • As per tradition though I also got a little money to spend- half on clothes and half on “other stuff.” Well, I haven’t purchased any “other stuff” yet, but I did go shopping this past weekend with my mom for some things to wear during my summer internship (which is completely casual dress by the way— no ties {or skirts!!!!} required ๐Ÿ™‚


  • Don’t you just love the name brand of those shoes?! X-Appeal. We got some awesome deals on a pair of black flats and silver sandals:



  • I also got a pair of pink skinny jeans and a white top at DEBS on clearance. Then at an Aerospostale outlet store I found a striped blue and white flowy shirt for only $3.99!



  • On Easter Sunday when I saw my grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins, I also received a few cards full of money which I… still need to deposit in the bank. Whoops!


  • My aunt gave me a big wrapped box too when we were leaving the Chinese restaurant. Of course I immediately pulled it into the backseat where I was sitting and proceeded to open it on the drive home.ย 


  • A crock-pot is the perfect present for me as I will most likely be continuing my soupy ways this summer and being far from home in a foreign kitchen I’ll need some appliance to make broth in!


  • And last, but certainly not least I got a card from one of my close friends in the mail on Monday this week wishing me a Happy Belated Birthday. The present? An awesome drawing that made me smile ๐Ÿ™‚


Now for part two of the link-ups I am going to be joining Jessie in her Together Tuesdays/ having my own little Friday Food Finds party. Here are just a few great food ideas that I’ve seen floating around the blog world and Pinterest lately that I thought were pretty great:



The first pin that I want to share is this Pineapple Ginger Smoothie from Gimme Some Oven. Someone in the comments called it an “orange julius on steroids” which immediately grabbed my attention. For those with dairy allergies or for those who are vegan, the Greek yogurt could probably be subbed for another frozen banana or some coconut milk/yogurt.


Next are these delicious-looking Healthy Ice Cream Sandwiches from The Lean Green Bean. The “bread” is made from figs and a combination of pistachios/peanut butter. The “ice cream” is made from frozen bananas. Again, for those with allergies, in particular pistachios or peanuts, you could sub them out for equal amounts in seeds and sun butter.


For a quick and easy meal, I also spotted this recipe for Healthy Wraps from Purely Twins. Unfortunately these contain eggs so they aren’t an option for those with egg allergies or who are vegan, but other than that they would be perfect to make when you need a tasty lunch but are out of store-bought bread.


It seems that I am just fascinated with Girl Scout cookies these days as I pinned another Girl Scout cookie remake, this time Do-Si-Do Cookies from Sit, Stir & Savour. These are vegan, grain-free, refined sugar-free and oil-free, so basically perfect for almost any diet!


The last recipe that I have to share is probably one that many of you have already seen. It’s the Healthy Homemade Goldfish Crackers from Chocolate-Covered Katie. Vegan of course with a gluten-free option, and nutritional yeast for the “cheesy” flavor.


With two out of three done, I only have one part left to wrap up this party! A recipe.

Probably much to the annoyance of some, this recipe is not for the pear crisp that I’ve been promising for oh… a couple of weeks. But I’ve already started on the post for that and it will be coming at you all soon.

This recipe is no where near vegan however, so those of you who shed a bashful eye to all things meat, scroll down and answer my question for today! (Although the beef is grass-fed and pasture-raised, so there is that ๐Ÿ˜‰ ).

Mama Mia, It’s a Meatza!

Grain/Gluten/Wheat-Free, Nut-Free, Dairy/Nut-Free Option, GAPS/Paleo-Friendly

Makes 4 servings/squares



  • 1 pound grass-fed ground beef
  • 1 egg (optional for egg-free)
  • 1/2 tsp salt, 2 tsp Italian seasoning, 1/2 tsp garlic powder,ย 1/2 tsp onion powder, dash of pepper
  • 1 cup pizza sauce (I made my own with tomato puree + Italian seasoning/salt/onion and garlic powder to taste)
  • chopped onions, peppers and mushrooms (approximately 1/2-1 cup each)
  • Ghee (Or coconut oil for dairy-free)


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat a 9×9 glass pan with ghee (or coconut oil).

2. In a medium-sized bowl combine the beef, egg and seasonings.


3. Press the beef mixture into the pan and spread evenly.

4. Bake for 10 minutes.Top with the pizza sauce and the chopped vegetables.



5. Bake for another 10-15 minutes or until the vegetables begin to brown and the meat is thoroughly cooked. (Broil if desired to make it extra crispy).


If you couldn’t tell from its name, a meatza is basically a Paleo/grain-free version of pizza! Some meatzas also have cheese on top, so that would make a great add-on for those of you who can have dairy. I made this on Saturday for my parents and they each had two slices for supper.

Shared at Thank Goodness It’s Monday, Naturally Living Monday, Make Your Own Monday


And now that you have finished this incredibly long post you are officially free to have a fantastic Friday. Check out some of the recipes above and let me know what you think.



Question for you all: Other than obviously laughing at the Pin above with Chef Ramsey, how do you feel about the healthy precautions that one needs to take when cooking food? This goes out to both vegans, vegetarians andย omnivoresย alike. Are you really careful about ย washing your hands andย utensilsย before you begin to make a meal? Have you ever gotten food poisoning from food being mishandled at a restaurant?ย 

37 thoughts on “Three’s a Party

  1. 1. I’d say you did pretty well on your birthday this year
    2. Not only does the wrap recipe rock, but yours is just down right awesome! I already know this will be a hubby approved meal =)

  2. I’m usually not that concerned about precautions when I’m cooking for just me (kind of terrible), but I make sure to be very clean when cooking for others, especially my non-dairy or nut-allergy friends!

    I’m probably not too concerned because I’ve never experienced food poisoning, haha.

    • I feel like I’m that way with everything. Sometimes I’ll cut corners with my own personal things, but I always give 100% when doing things for others. That’s so great that you are concerned about food allergies when making things for friends. I wish everyone was like that!

  3. While I’m far from a germaphobe, I do wash my hands, kitchen tools, and cutting boards before preparing anything. It’s just no fun if your dessert tastes like onions. ๐Ÿ˜‰
    I have had a few cases of food poisoning from eating things that had gone off, but those were mostly my own fault. But usually I just need to get it out of my body and then I’m fine.

    • Haha. Yes, I’d agree that oniony desserts wouldn’t taste too great.

      I don’t think I’ve ever had food poisoning before, but I have had several reactions from eating out at restaurants with allergies and everything. Glad none of yours were serious though!

  4. Yummy looking food here Madison! All of your presents look amazing, especially the slow cooker ๐Ÿ™‚ And I love the shoes you bought too, perfect for smart-casual. Happy weekend!

    • Yep. The slow cooker was basically the highlight of my birthday ๐Ÿ˜‰ It is ridiculous how long it took me to find a pair of black flats I liked. And “weren’t expensive” I should add. Lol. I am not paying 30 dollars for a pair of teeny-tiny, barely-there shoes thank you very much. Same goes for the sandals. Gosh I’m cheap ๐Ÿ˜€

    • It’s pretty much a guarantee for me that unless it’s on sale I won’t be getting it. Haha. I head to the clearance rack first. You should give one of the recipes a try over the weekend! I would recommend the smoothie, but since it’s snowing and everything where you’re at that probably wouldn’t be wise ๐Ÿ˜‰

  5. I love the meatza recipe! I’m a big fan of beef mince at the moment so this is a winner ๐Ÿ™‚
    Yay for getting a slow cooker. I have borrowed my parent’s one so I can test drive it for a while. So excited to use it.
    And I love your pink skinny jeans!! So summery
    Yeah I’m not really as careful as I should be when preparing stuff. I always wash my hands ater handling meat and don’t mix touch meat to anything else but I’m not fantatical about it…

    • My family’s a big fan of ground beef too. We have a whole shelf in our freezer dedicated to it. I get the roasts/steaks with the bones for soup, and they get the ground beef and stew meat. ๐Ÿ™‚

      I love the pink pants, but it will probably be a while before I actually get the courage to wear them. They may not seem very out there, but for a girl who wears blue jeans everyday of her life it’s kind of a big step. Sad. I know ๐Ÿ˜€

      I’m the same as you— really careful with raw meat, but maybe not as careful as I should be with vegetables and other things.

  6. So much going on!! I am obsessed with your outfits (and the shoes!) I have zero fashion sense so you’ve got me beat there for sure ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope your weekend is fabulous!

    • I have basically zero fashion sense as well. My outfits usually consist solely of t-shirts, jeans and the same grey tennis shoes everyday. My dad actually said to me once, “Could you be any more bland?” Lol. Of course he was completely right. I prefer things plain.

      But, speaking of fashion, I can’t wait to see pictures from the formal and your dress!

  7. Before we get to the “meatza” of today’s post, you got a new look, and I love it. When I first got to your site, I was like Where am I? and then I realized. It’s very clean, simple and in the words of Goldilock (you know I like to quote her), “Just Right.”
    Thanks for linking, especially since your lists include shoes and crockpots. You had me at footwear. I’m digging the pink skinny jeans and wondering if I can pull them off at my ahem “advanced” age. You got the best deals too. I’m very impressed.
    Gordon Ramsey cracks me up, and since I just added a weekly pound of ground beef to my summer CSA share, I may be using this Meatza post more than you realize. You think it would refrigerate or keep well? I envision making a giant pan for the Hubby to eat all week.
    PS I’ll be posting my new WIR on Monday so if you link to that one, I’d love you forever (not that I don’t already).
    PPS There’s a famers market starting today in Cleveland (Crocker Park really), and they accept SNAPS, which makes me so happy. Now if only the famers market was actually in the city of Cleveland, instead of suburbia. Baby steps though.

    • Thanks Meghan! Last night I was looking at my blog and suddenly got this strong urge to change everything… So I went and picked out a new theme. I really like the simplicity of it, but I think the theme is a nice step up in look more “professional” and everything. Now I just need to work on the header. It’s changed about 20 times in the last 2 hours.

      I think you could totally pull off some pink skinny jeans, especially since you’re an expert at rocking the high heels. I love the look of skinny jeans with pumps, but I’m kind of a simple footwear gal as you can tell from my buys above. And I’m enormously please by all of these deals we found. I kind of get anxious when it comes to buying clothes because I feel like anything about $10 is “a waste.” It’s just the thrift-shopper in me i guess… But I’m improving. The pants were $11! ๐Ÿ˜‰

      I think it would refrigerate pretty well. If you like crispier crusts you could always stick it in the oven for a few minutes when you go to eat it. I can’t wait to see what all you get during your summer CSA. I’m super excited because I think that there are a few farmers markets (maybe) close to where I’m going to be living for the summer. i would love to make going to them a part of my regular, weekly grocery routine.

      Lea from Greens and Coffee Beans mentioned on my Monday post that her farmer’s markets accepted SNAP and I was curious if any around here did. That makes me super excited to hear that one’s in Cleveland do!

      Oh, and you can bet your buttons I’ll be linking up to your WIR (is it alright that I’ve already made an acronym for it? A big liberty I’m taking, I know ๐Ÿ˜‰ ).

      • It is absolutely 100% alright you made your own acronym. The whole point of the WIR is to share the amazing, proud of your accomplishments feeling, and bonus points for those who do it in list format. It makes me happy to see you doing your own thing with it.
        The Hubby is going to love your meatza and since he is going away in a few months for a few years (!!!!), this will be a great option for something he can make himself. I’m trying to get him to be self-sufficient in the kitchen and still eat a decent and nutrient rich meal.

      • Oh gosh. A few years? Please don’t tell me I missed you announcing this on your blog, because I’d feel incredibly bad. If you ever need someone to talk to if you get bored (who am I kidding, I’m sure you have tons of stuff up your sleeve!) I’m totally here.

        You should have him take pictures of his food and send them to you while he’s gone. You could call his blog feature “What Hubby Eats When He’s Away. The Good, the not so good, and the downright ugly.” Lol.

      • Nope, you haven’t missed it. I haven’t blogged about it yet, but at some point between now and August (when he leaves) I probably will. Otherwise, it might be weird when he disappears from my posts. He’s changing careers and going back to school to become a pharmacist and there are no pharmacy schools in Cleveland. He’ll be in Erie, PA which is pretty close so we’ll do a lot of weekend visits and Skype. Thanks for offering your ear; I may need it, and I love your idea about what he eats while away. I’m going to have to mention it to him.
        He actually pulled an all nighter with his IT department last night and they ate nothing but crappy food (pizza, donuts, probably pop tarts and redbull) and he asked me if we could please just have veggie stir fry tonight. I’ve rubbed off on more ways than one (sorry, couldn’t help myself).

      • Okay, good. Not good that he’s leaving, just good that I didn’t miss it. ๐Ÿ™‚ That’s so neat that he’s going to be a pharmacist- very exciting. Weekend visits sound like a good idea.

        I about fall over dead when my brother asks me to hand him a banana/apple. Or when he wants a salad (albeit with bacon bits, but still). Your veggie stir-fry sounds delicious. Definitely better than red bull and pizza if you ask me.

  8. LoveloveLOVE all the link love happening in this post!! Those do-si-do cookies look crazy good and same with the healthy wrap thing. Love the striped top too. Thanks for linking up! ๐Ÿ˜€

  9. 1) Ice cream sandwiches look SO good ๐Ÿ™‚ I want to try and make those! Have to find the pin
    2) You will love your slow cooker. I use it all winter long – so perfect for soups and stews.
    3) I also want to try those goldfish crackers! YUM (Again, gotta love Pinterest finds!)

  10. Pink skinny jeans AND a crock-pot! You must be living right! I can’t think a single better gift:):):)) And I have yet to brave the world of colored skinny jeans…I LOVE them on other people but not sure how I feel about them on me. Maybe I should transition into them with like a blue/aqua color since that kinda sort looks like blue jean anyways. I hope you had a great birthday!!

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