Venison Meatballs with Pesto Pasta

Venison Meatball and Easy Pesto Pasta Recipe_Natalie Paramore

I can’t believe how rainy it’s been this June! I can’t complain because I’ll take any relief from the summer heat. These rainy nights those have had me wanting to stay in and curl up with some comfort food. Instead of rushing off to the grocery store, I rummaged through our freezer and picked some fresh herbs for this meal! Needless to say, this rain has my garden going crazy and I’ve been using that as an excuse to put pesto on just about anything. I use the term pesto very loosely. This actually might not be a pesto at all, since I skip the cheese and nuts, and opt for super fragrant herbs! It adds a ton of flavor without all the calories. I’ll change up this recipe for whatever is in season: spinach, arugula, oregano, jalapeños, basil, cilantro… whatever I can get my hands on!

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93 Things To Do In Austin, TX This Summer

Fun Things for Adults to do in Austin, TX this summerFun Things To Do In Austin This Summer_Blues on the GreenSunset at Blues on the Green

It’s officially the first day of summer! And we’ve hit 100 degrees so needless to say, summer is in full swing here in Austin. There are 93 days until fall and here are 93 fun things to do in Austin this summer! Most of the lists I looked at were packed with stuff to do with kids or toddlers, which is great, but why should kids get all the fun? I mean they are already out of school for three months after all. Since I am always looking for random, fun things to do during summer, here is a list I always wish I had on hand! It’s packed with fun festivals, music events, frozen boozy cocktails and some cool things to do in-between!

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Grilled Chicken Vermicelli Bowls

Grilled Chicken Bun Bowl_Natalie Paramore

I’ve been telling y’all how I am making an effort to cook more and recently I got together with a small group of friends and we made some delicious spring rolls! I love making spring rolls with friends because it’s simple and people can add whatever they want. Plus, it’s just a little bit interactive so people really feel like they are a part of the meal. This recipe though stemmed out of having a bunch of leftover ingredients from that dinner! I couldn’t let all those herbs and veggies go to waste and the perfect solution was to quickly whip up a vermicelli bowl for lunch one day. I thought you all might like this one too because you can easily make this ahead and have for lunch at work. 

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