Charcuterie Board Dinner

The Ultimate Appetizer Board

Taste: 5/5
Ease of Making: 5/5
Dishes: 3/5

Inspired by What’s Gaby Cooking, and a memorable thrown-together dinner on our honeymoon two years ago, Sunday night’s dinner had a charcuterie board theme. While this is not the cheapest dinner I have ever put together, it was incredibly tasty and thoroughly enjoyed. Here are some pictures from our meal!


The spread!

Irish Guinness Cheddar and black olives

Irish Guinness Cheddar and black olives. Also, olives are a vegetable, right?


Wagener’s Mexican salami, Sopressata with Prosciutto, Smoked Oka cheese, Mission extra virgin olive oil, Pear balsamic vinegar (it was so sweet, it tasted like jam!).

2015 Fielding Estate Riesling

French bread loaf and a 2015 Fielding Estate Riesling

For the ease of putting it all together, and the taste, I give this a rating of 5/5. Next time though, I have to remember to include a vegetable or fruit… thank goodness we had carrots in those cookies for dessert!

Carrot Oatmeal Cookies

Taste: 5/5
Ease of Making: 3/5
Dishes: 2/5

This recipe is taken from It appealed to me because:

  • I like to incorporate vegetables into my baking
  • I had an entire bag of quick oats to use

The recipe was fairly straight-forward and the only modification that I made was using slightly less walnuts due to the amount I had on-hand.

Here are some pictures from my time baking these!

carrot oatmeal cookies

The final product!

carrot oatmeal cookies

Stackable cooling racks are key for small kitchens!

carrot oatmeal cookies

All the cookies!

All in all, I give this recipe five out of five stars for taste.

Week One Meal Plan

This week, our meal plan consists of:

Snack: Carrot Oatmeal Cookies from Yummy Healthy Easy

Sunday: The Ultimate Appetizer Board from What’s Gaby Cooking
Monday: Breakfast Quiche from Skinny Kitchen
Tuesday: Beef and Bean Burritos from The Pioneer Woman
Wednesday: Slow Cooker Mongolian Chicken from Carl’s Bad Cravings
Thursday: Mr. Bowjangles from the Looneyspoons cookbook, pg. 125
Friday: Dinner out

See below from some anticipatory photos and stay tuned for reviews!

Carrot Oatmeal Cookies

Carrot Oatmeal Cookies from Yummy Healthy Easy


The Ultimate Appetizer Board from (@whatsgabycookin)

The Ultimate Appetizer Board from What’s Gaby Cooking



Breakfast Quiche from Skinny Kitchen


Beef and Bean Burritos

Beef and Bean Burritos from The Pioneer Woman


Slow Cooker Mongolian Chicken

Slow Cooker Mongolian Chicken from Carl’s Bad Cravings



Hello world!

I’m very excited to get this new project underway! I’ve been considering chronicling my Pinterest experiments for a couple of years (!) now, so I hope that this inspires you to meal plan and to try something new!