I made this appetizer in anticipation of Labor Day weekend. It’s super easy and tasty. It’s also a great way to enjoy pizza while cutting down on the carbs.

It’s best to use larger mushrooms so you have more surface area to work with. Costco sells the oversized mushrooms for a really good price. I used brown bella mushrooms.

I got the idea after seeing it on Table for Two’s instagram. I’ve also seen versions with zucchini and other vegetables.

Recently I was invited to an Island’s Restaurant event to try out some of their new menu items.

The thought of Island’s does make me a little nostalgic as it was a common hangout during my UCSD days.

We started with three new cocktails: Paradise Mai Tai, Maker’s Wedge and Jager Bay. The highlights for me were the Mai Tai and the Jager Bay. The Mai Tai comes in a tall skinny glass and the sweet pink cocktail is only 149 calories.

The Jager Bay was really sweet, much sweeter than I expected. It’s quite potent but you can’t tell when drinking it, so you do need to be a little careful.

Next up were some new appetizer sliders, topped with caramelized onions and bacon.

Aside from the caramelized bacon, these were your typical sliders. I thought the meat was a little on the dry side.

This weekend I had to say goodbye to a good friend. She moved to the east coast for a new job venture. We had one last lunch together before she left and I decided to bake up some treats for her, a care package if you will.

With my leftover wedding supplies, I was also able to put it in a nice box and tie a pretty bow. This was my first time making these cookies and I was really pleased with how they look.