Family Time and Grilled Caprese Salad Print Recipe Print Recipe


Weekends are magical.

Wine and cheese come without calories. Baby sleeps in. No to-do’s.

Gosh, wouldn’t that be nice. I’m pretty sure I’d pay money for all the above.

So my weekend may not be completely magical, but they have become more special now that I’m working full time. It’s uninterrupted time with my family and a schedule that we decide on.

Sadly I’ve been trying to post this since last week. During the week I come home and all I want to do is be with my family, not on my computer. Also, since we’ve started daycare, Mason has been sick every day since. So trying to keep a fussy baby happy takes a little more effort. I do have some awesome recipes on hand, it’s just sitting down to write the posts. It’ll happen.



A few weekends ago, Ben, Mason and I had the best day exploring, hitting up a new farmers market and then spending the evening out by the barbecue.

We laid blankets down on the deck. Ben barbecued while I took pictures of every movement between him and Mace.


I’ve been craving caprese salad, but ever since I’ve been pregnant, I’ve had a really hard time with tomatoes. I’ve been acting like a 10 year old picking all the tomatoes out of things. However, you melt some cheese on top, and I’m all over it.

So that’s what we did.

Grilling tomatoes brings out the sweetness, then the warmth of them slightly melts the cheese making this nice and comforting. So amazing, it’s ridiculous.



Then my super random self wanted hot dogs. So, we had hot dogs and grilled caprese salad.

This isn’t normal, but either am I.



My husband gets all fancy and makes cut marks in the dogs. I don’t know if he does this for looks or if there’s a reason behind it. I’m going with looks.

Anyone else eat pair random foods together? And I’m not talking about for your child…



My sweet baby boy.

He babbles, but says mama, dada, big smiles, waves (randomly), claps and loves everyone.




Grilled Caprese Salad


  • Heirloom tomatoes, cut into thick slices
  • salt + pepper
  • Mozzarella cheese, sliced
  • Fresh basil
  • Balsamic vinegar


Heat the grill. Season the tomato slices with salt and pepper. Place the sliced of tomatoes on the grill, but only for a few minutes each side. Remove and place a few slices of cheese on top. Then add the basil. Drizzle a little balsamic over the top.

Serve and enjoy!


hot dogs optional ๐Ÿ™‚


*gluten-free *vegetarianย 


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  • Kiran @

    Sweet little Mason is growing up way too fast ๐Ÿ™‚

    Yummy grilled salad!

  • HalfBakedHarvest

    Mason is the sweetest little thing. So cute!!

    I love this salad! Love Caprese everything!

  • Bev @ Bev Cooks

    I just adore him. And please give me that wine in 6 months, cool?

  • Shelly (Cookies and Cups)

    He is the cutiest cutey! Just want to squish his cheeks! Totally crave random foods together…at least your hot dogs look fancy, though!

  • Kasey

    I feel you, lady! When the weekend rolls around, I’m prepared to still be ‘on.’ Sometimes it gets me down, but most of the time, I am amazed at this little family we’ve got. ๐Ÿ™‚ Sorry to hear Mace has been sick! At least he’ll boost his immunity ๐Ÿ™‚ x

  • Kris

    Miss you pretty girl… I promise to get out West to you soon!

  • Clara

    Never thought to grill the tomatoes- that is so brilliant! And that sweet sweet boy- what a face ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Jessica Marquez

    This looks & sounds amazing! And how adorable is your little man!?

  • Paul Holyoake

    My family normal go to the restaurant at weekend with special
    discounts, so very pleased. It is not difficult to order vouchers
    discount vouchers