Iced tea is combined with sparkling water for a light and refreshing summer drink. You can try out different types of teas as well. I made green tea, black tea and pomegranate tea versions.

Cherries were on sale this past week, which is one of the first things I look forward to in the summer. So now my mind is completely in summer mode.

I recently made my monthly trip to Trader Joe’s to buy some of their new products and items featured in the Fearless Flyer. Here are some of the things I got:

Coffee Bean Blast Ice Cream

I really love Trader Joe’s super premium ice cream line. The pumpkin spice and cookie butter are two of my favorites, so I was really excited by their newest flavor. Like all the their other ice creams, this one is super creamy and rich. It had a pretty strong coffee flavor, though I actually expected something a little more intense. It’s still good though and I don’t think it’ll last long in our house.

Bacon Jam

This is a low-carb and lightened up version of carbonara, one of my favorite pasta dishes.

My husband recently told me that he doesn’t really care for zucchini noodles. I, on the other hand, love them. Yes, they don’t replace traditional pasta, but they are a fun way to enjoy a lot of my favorite pasta dishes without all the heavy carbs.

Whenever I make carbonara, I can’t help but think of the first time I had it. It was our one year dating anniversary and my husband, having recently spent his winter vacation in Italy visiting his aunt, decided he would cook me dinner. His aunt had taught him to make carbonara and he couldn’t wait to show off his new-found cooking skills. Unfortunately, my husband is pretty slow and meticulous when he is in the kitchen. And if you know anything about carbonara, you know that you have to be quick. Hot pasta is tossed in a raw egg and cheese mixture, using the heat of the pasta to gently cook the egg for a creamy sauce. Well, his didn’t quite turn out that way.