Last-minute BBQ recipe roundup

Hi! Happy Labor Day and Happy September! I hope your day includes as little labor as possible πŸ˜‰ (Any mamas out there with a due date of today?! Labor day ON Labor day? I know, I’m lame haha.)

We’ve had an awesome weekend. Our cousins came up for a big family party, and my nana came with them! Needless to say, it’s been pretty wonderful to have two nanas in the house within the past week.

W nana

We had a delightful dinner at Tender Greens (which has quickly become a favorite spot) and all day Sunday at the beach. Livi is quite the little beach baby; she loves building castles, jumping over waves and lounging in the tent. 

Some pics from lately:

Green juice12

Cat shoes


Ocean  1 of 1 4

Pizza port

Are you grilling tonight? Here are some of my favorite summer party dishes if you’re looking for last-minute ideas!

The best pasta salad you will ever have in your life

Pasta salad  1 of 1

Fruit salad with honey and orange zest


Vegan soba sushi

Soba noodle sushi  1 of 1 3

Grilled pizza

Grilled pizza  1 of 1 3

Sur la table dinner party recipes

Molten  1 of 1

Berry crumble in a jar


Crumble  1 of 1 2

Have a wonderful day <3



*A few have asked about Liv’s kitty cat shoes. They’re Mini Melissa and can be found here. <3

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  1. Linda @ Fit Fed and Happy on September 1, 2014 at 7:40 am

    Ooof, I ate way too much this weekend make me hungry all over again!

  2. lucie on September 1, 2014 at 8:08 am

    Great recipes!! I remember the berry crumble in a jar – need to get my hands on that one!

  3. Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious on September 1, 2014 at 8:37 am

    No grilling here, it’s still too hot and the gas in grill is out and I have no desire to get a new one until it cools off. That berry crumble looks perfect for a hot day.

  4. Brynn on September 1, 2014 at 8:38 am

    Grilling pizza is so good! I need to make these this week.

  5. Crystal on September 1, 2014 at 8:47 am

    Sounds like a fun weekend! I love Livi’s little cat shoes…lol so cute. We’ll be BBQing w/ friends tonight, ahh the official end of summer.

    PS I made that pasta salad last week, and my husband declared that it blew all other pasta salads out of the water.

    • Fitnessista on September 1, 2014 at 11:08 am

      so awesome!!! πŸ™‚

  6. Erin on September 1, 2014 at 9:05 am

    Your weekend seems like so much fun! We had a family BBQ and I always try to bring something healthier for myself to munch on, so I brought a greens, pear, pine nut, and goat cheese salad with a honey, pear infused vinegar, and EVOO salad dressing.

    • Fitnessista on September 1, 2014 at 11:08 am

      that sounds INCREDIBLE

  7. Domi @ Eat, Pray, Lift on September 1, 2014 at 9:12 am

    That pasta salad. Stop. My carb-loving heart can’t even handle it. <3

    I'm working today, then heading out paddleboarding. Wild, I know. πŸ˜‰ Hope yall have a great time enjoying the long weekend!

  8. Stephanie B. on September 1, 2014 at 9:19 am

    Great family picture of you three πŸ™‚ Livi is so sweet. Happy Labor Day!

  9. Debbie on September 1, 2014 at 9:34 am

    I actually made your pasta salad for a cookout yesterday and it was amazing! Will definitely be making it again! Thank you for the awesome recipe! πŸ™‚

    • Fitnessista on September 1, 2014 at 11:08 am

      so happy to hear you liked it! πŸ™‚

  10. Jessica M J on September 1, 2014 at 10:17 am

    No grilling here but we have been eating our way through our new city this weekend.
    I would love to know where you got Livi’s shoes!

    • Fitnessista on September 1, 2014 at 11:08 am

      i got them from a girl on instagram that sells shoes -also got my birks from her!- but here’s the link to find them online: liv loves them

  11. Alex @ True Femme on September 1, 2014 at 11:14 am

    Livi is SUCH a cutie. I think you could totally be a model and she’s just going to get more gorgeous over the years too! Glad you got to spend some time with your family. Have a great day!

    • Fitnessista on September 1, 2014 at 6:44 pm

      thank you so much! hope you had a great weekend, too!

  12. Lauren on September 1, 2014 at 11:17 am

    I’m pregnant, my due date is Friday. Wondering if I’ll go into labor early on labor day, hahah!

  13. april on September 1, 2014 at 12:33 pm

    livi’s cat shoes are so cute!

    i really want to try making your pasta salad recipe sometime. i’m planning on taking advantage of this beautiful weather and grilling salmon for dinner tonight (my favorite!).

    hope you have a wonderful labor day! πŸ™‚

  14. Anita on September 1, 2014 at 1:20 pm

    I recently ate at Tender Greens and LOVED it… next up on the list is Seasons 52! πŸ™‚

    Happy Labor Day!

    Always, Anita

  15. Lauren @ The Bikini Experiment on September 1, 2014 at 2:56 pm

    Looks like a nice weekend! Love the shoes. πŸ™‚ Happy Labor Day!

  16. Sam @ PancakeWarriors on September 1, 2014 at 6:26 pm

    The pasta salad just made me drool! Oh looks so good! With an ingredient list like that is MUST be amazing! I love the simplicity in the dish (not a lot of chopping or ingredients) but the flavor packed in those few items delish! I’ll pin this for the next time I’m having a cookout! Thanks for sharing!

  17. tiffany on September 1, 2014 at 8:02 pm

    gooodness, livi is going to be breaking hearts left and right when she grows up!!

  18. Lauren @ ihadabiglunch on September 1, 2014 at 8:11 pm

    I’ve never been a huge fan of pasta salad but yours looks awesome! I think it’s the size of the noodles that gets me…this looks like a great balance of all the ingredients. Beautiful family photo!!

  19. Jessie on September 1, 2014 at 9:24 pm

    Ahh San Diego… Where I grew up:) looks like you had a great weekend and it’s always nice when family gets to visit! Livi is too cute. Happy Labor Day!!

  20. Erin on September 1, 2014 at 9:43 pm

    We absolutely LOVE your Best Pasta Salad Ever at our house! My husband started eating salads about six months ago and he now requests it be in our fridge when we have busy weeks/weekends to have something healthy to eat. Thanks for sharing!

  21. Leah on September 2, 2014 at 12:21 am

    I hope you had a great day! The cat shoes are too cute! Your beach pictures make me want to move. Looks like such a nice area.

  22. shaina on September 2, 2014 at 12:41 am

    STOP IT with those shoes.

    We had some friends/family over for a BBQ and it was my first official day back in the workout saddle. Yeehaw! Day of PiYo and squat challenge done!

    Also, in the spirit of your lame-but-I-laughed-anyway Labor Day joke, did you see Carrie Underwood announced she’s pregnant?! That excites me because I have a huge girl crush on her haha.

  23. sandy on September 2, 2014 at 2:52 am

    so much adorableness in that first picture, but Caro takes the prize back there!

    I know someone whose due date is tomorrow 9/2, and I said to her last week: hey, what if you go into labor on Labor Day!! hehe

  24. Reghan on September 2, 2014 at 3:38 pm

    I have a friend who was due Sept 1st and had her baby on her due date πŸ™‚ I was due today! But my little girl decided to come August 24th πŸ˜‰

  25. Melodie on September 2, 2014 at 5:24 pm

    i have signed up for my first half marathon and it is in december. my husband and i are signed up together. we are taking an anniversary road trip and making a weekend out of it to celebrate 12 years! yay! i also bought a BBW fall candle today to ring in the season. i bought pumpkin pecan waffles and it makes me want to eat it!

    • Melodie on September 2, 2014 at 6:23 pm

      and maybe you noticed I commented on the wrong post. oh well. πŸ˜‰

      • Fitnessista on September 2, 2014 at 7:54 pm


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