BRUSCHETTA

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whenever my sister and i are together we love to try and make or create new recipes. this weekend, we really wanted make a bruschetta. we went to a local farmer’s market in scottsdale to pick up some fresh bread and other ingredients to throw on top! it ended up being a super delicious recipe that we will definitely be using again soon.

i wanted to share it on here as well (mostly so i don’t forget it) and because it think it’s just so pretty and fun. the ingredients and instructions are simple as well, which makes it even better.

ingredients

  • 3 ounces of pancetta (or any other cured meat)
  • small log of mozzarella cheese
  • 4 ounces of sun dried tomato pesto (or your own favorite spread)
  • 1 small basket of heirloom tomatoes
  • 1 artisan loaf of bread
  • olive oil for drizzling
  • salt and pepper to taste

directions

  • preheat oven to 400 degrees
  • slice bread about 1 – 1.5 inches thick
  • drizzle some olive oil over the bread and pop in the oven for about 5 minutes or until the top of the bread is begins to toast
  • remove from the oven and spread pesto over the top
  • layer cheese, cured meat and tomatoes
  • bake for another 10 minutes or until cheese begins to reach the edge of the bread

and that’s it! i love this recipe because it’s so easy to replace these particular ingredients with other options. enjoy!

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SAVE THE FISHIES

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whenever i am in california, i make a point to visit some of my favorite beaches. i used to go to a ton of different ones all the time with my family and friends, so it’s fun to re-visit them every so often.

while we were there this past weekend, i started to think about all the beaches and other places i wanted to bring my future children to. my parents always took my sister and me on the most amazing vacations around the world and i am excited to carry on that tradition with my own family; but it’s sad to think about how a lot of things that may not even exist anymore when by the time i have children (ahem.. i am looking at you great barrier reef).

that’s why i have really been trying to buy from companies who support different conservation efforts. my towel in these pictures is from a company that i love and admire. i recently partnered up with sand cloud because i love everything that they stand for. they support 3 different organizations and donate 10% of their profits in constant effort to protect out oceans and marine life. they were also recently on shark tank and landed an awesome deal with robert herjavec… wahoo!! i love their towels because they are so pretty but also compact and functional at the same time. they have tons of products, so make sure you check them out and snag some for yourself!

you can find the link to the towel in there pictures here. although i don’t think you can go wrong purchasing any of their towels, i also love this one and this one. they’re perfect for that beach vacation you have coming up or even just for a picnic in the park!

for anyone who is interested in supporting this cause or just having a super cool towel, you can use the code MeganIt25 or  this link for 25% off your purchase.

*thank you to sand cloud for supporting this post

UNIVERSAL STUDIOS

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While we were were on spring break, we decided to stray away from our group for a day and go up to universal studios! We have been to disneyland with each other a few times, so we decided to branch out this trip. Universal Studios Hollywood recently added Harry Potter World to their park and that’s probably the best decision they could have ever made. we had so much fun hanging out together, going on all the rides and eating our fair share of theme park snacks (I live for banana split dip n’ dots).

We stayed on Mission Beach for spring break and it was super cloudy until the day we left (of course), but it was 90 degrees in Hollywood the day we went up!!! the heat kind of killed us, but it was definitely a nice break from the gloom.

SWEET COOIE’S

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My sister recently got accepted to the medical program at The University of Washington, so we have been in celebration mode for the past few days. Last night, my mom, sister and I went out to a fun dinner and then made our way over to Sweet Cooie’s in Denver.  It opened on Valentine’s Day and as far as I know, they’ve been busy ever since! Luckily, we went around 9:00 and it was fairly quiet. We had a good time listening to music (the music there is amazing), telling stories, and laughing about all sorts of different things.

They serve Little Man ice cream, which is by far my favorite ice cream in the world. You can get a few scoops on top of some cotton candy or even between two hot buns drenched in icing. So this place is pretty much the only ice cream shop I ever want to step foot in again.

I go back to arizona today and I am sad to leave my mom and sister (I am not sad about leaving this awful/cold weather). Yay for California in a few days!

SUMMER WITH ABBOTT

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This summer, I have the privilege of living in Chicago and interning with Abbot Global Healthcare and Research!!!

I’ve known since September of 2016 that I would be working there, but we got our placements this week and its gotten me excited all over again. We didn’t get to put in preferences for where we wanted to be assigned, but Chicago was my top choice, so I am pretty stoked about it. I’ll be working as a manufacturing/supply chain intern in their Diagnostics Division and I couldn’t be more grateful for the opportunity I have with them.

After doing my reasearch a while back, I found out that abbott does so much more than I originally thought they did (if you’re interested in looking at all of their products, go here). I love the fact that their customer base is so diverse and that what they produce can touch each and every aspect of someone’s life. They’re all about making life better while creating more possibilities for more people through the power of health.

Anyways (I could go on and on about how excited I am), I wanted a place where I could share my experiences, struggles, thoughts and exiting new finds with family and friends throughout the summer. I figured here was probably the easiest place to do it. so, If you are interested in following along, make sure you check back every so often to see what I am up to! I’ll try to post at least once or twice a week if i’m not too insanely busy.

Thank you so much to all my friends and family who have already supported me and cheered me on!

I’ll see you soon chicago!

*image from here

 

AUSTIN, TEXAS

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a (very embarrassing) picture with a mouth full of the best tacos ever.

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Last year we went to Portland, Oregon and did some tours with Nike, Addidas and Columbia. The opportunity to do these sorts of things is really something I will never take for granted. Being in this organization and getting to know people within the industry has really opened a lot of doors for me, so I am extremely grateful for that.

Anyways, while we were in Austin, we visited 3MDell, and Southern glazer’s three companies who are completely different from what we saw last trip (but still equally as interesting). The rest of the weekend was used to explore the area, eat good food (always a part of my list of activities) and hang out together.

A few of my personal favorite places obviously included food, but there were also some good areas to walk around. Once night for dessert, we went to Uncle Julio’s to eat chocolate piñatas! They were pretty good, but you mostly go for the experience. I also really loved the segway tour that we did with Nation Tours. Although you look kind of ridiculous, it’s such a great way to see the city! Plus they have them in a few different places around the country as of right now, so I definitely want to do it again. On the days when we weren’t super busy, me and a few other friends from the organization really enjoyed walking around South Congress in Downtown Austin. There were lots of really great shops and cute murals or sayings on the walls.

I hope you had a good weekend!

WASTE MANAGEMENT OPEN

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My dad, sister and a close family friend came down this weekend for the Waste Management Open. Last year I went with just my sister and it was so much fun! So we convinced them to come down for it this year as well. The weather was perfect and it was good to have them all in town for a bit! They don’t allow you to take any cameras in…so excuse the grainy iphone photos.

I used to play varsity golf in high school and ever since then my dad and I have really enjoyed going out to play together; It’s always fun to watch with him as well. my dad used to tell me that golf was such an important sport because, “you don’t go out and play basketball with your colleagues.” He used to go out and play golf with my grandfather and it makes me really happy that he can carry on that tradition with me. I someday hope to be able to go out and play with my daughters or sons as well. Plus, it was so much fun to see some of the most talented golfers in their element (my dad and I kind of freaked out when we encountered Phil Mickelson, but he’s a super nice guy).

Anyways, even though this is not your typical golf tournament, it’s super fun if you go with the right people. We ended up heading in pretty early on the second day and left right before all the craziness began. I heard that over 200,000 people were in attendance on saturday… that’s insane!!

Everyone is already back home, but my dad comes out again soon for the rest of the month! He’s trying decide if he might want to get a place here in Arizona. Nonetheless, it makes me happy to have him here.