Friday, July 18, 2014

Fun Facts Friday

1. My new favorite app these days is Oyster. It is basically the equivalent of Netflix for books. For $10 a month, you get unlimited access to a wide variety of books. Sign up using this link and we will both get a $15 credit!

2. This.

3. I'm not going to know what to do with my Monday nights after this season of the Bachelorette ends.

4. I stumbled upon this list of life changing ways to eat a chocolate chip cookie. I love that two bloggers who I follow are included!

5. I finished Season 4 of Friday Night Lights. Clear eyes, full hearts, can't lose. 

6. We watched They Came Together this week. It was laugh out loud funny.

7. Sara and I hosted book club. The book was The Hundred Foot Journey and our spread rivaled some of the dishes described in the book.

8. Twice this week, we popped bottles of champagne. Sometimes you just need to celebrate Tuesday.

9. We've been listening to Stay with Me and Problem on repeat recently. One of our interns asked if these were the only songs we listened to. My response "If you aren't going to stay with me, then I've got one less problem without you."

10. Can we talk about Tory Burch's new line for Fit Bit? When I first heard about it I was pretty excited, since my sister always tells me to take off my Fit Bit since it isn't the most attractive thing. Now, I want to know who can justify spending $200 on a gold bracelet to conceal their Fit Bit. Not this girl.

11. Happy Friday!

Friday, July 11, 2014

The Friday Five

1. Reading:
I read this one in two days!
From Amazon: A touching new novel from bestselling author Elin Hilderbrand in which a woman sets out to find love for those closest to her - before it's too late. 

2. Watching:
I needed some Tami Taylor in my life, so I started Season 4 of Friday Night Lights this week. I'm a few episodes in but am not sure how I feel about this season.

3. Listening to:
Needtobreathe - "Multiplied"

4. Recipe I'm bookmarking:
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This Asparagus, Egg, and Bacon Salad from Skinny Taste. I made it last night and served it over mixed baby greens with red onion, mushrooms, and chicken.

5. Loving:
 My new phone case that I got from the J. Crew Outlet for $5!
 The setup of this home office. 
And this living room!
Happy Friday!

Monday, July 7, 2014

Fourth Recap

Last weekend, I headed to the beach for a much needed vacation. After three events in two weeks, I was looking forward to some time away with the family. Here is a recap of my time away.
We spent the week taking lots of long walks both on the road and on the beach.
Mom, Dad, and I took a night off from cooking and went to the Chive Blossom for dinner. I branched out and had the grilled tuna with wasabi slaw, mustard-soy vinaigrette, and crispy noodles. It was one of the best meals I have ever had at a restaurant.
We stayed on the beach for as long as possible. I finally finished reading After You and started another book.
Hurricane Arthur brought bad weather on Thursday but gave me an excuse to spend lots of time in the kitchen. 
I made a corn dip, caramel brownies, and guacamole. The corn dip is super easy to make: one bag of frozen corn thawed, a block of cream cheese, and diced jalapenos. Mix together and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
I spent lots of quality time with this cutie. I love her so much.
On Thursday night, my two handsome dates took us to Party on the Moon. Their vintage Lilly pants were a hit.
I love when the five of us are all together.
We danced the night away. 
Friday morning, we were up bright and early for the parade. My cousin went all out getting everything ready. The parade has turned into quite the water fight. We were completely drenched by the time we made it back to the house.
It really was a great week away. I hope everyone had a great fourth! 

Friday, June 20, 2014

The Friday Five

1. Reading:
From Amazon: Ellie's life is turned upside down when her best friend, Lucy, is murdered. She drops everything to travel to London to pick up the pieces, desperate to help Lucy's traumatized child, who has simply stopped speaking. Ellie turns to the book that gave her comfort as a child - THE SECRET GARDEN. And while its story of hurt, magic and healing blooms around them, so too do the secrets Lucy kept hidden, even from her best friend. As Ellie peels back the layers of her friend's life, she's forced to confront her own as well. Suddenly her carefully constructed existence spins out of control in a chain of events that will transform her life - and the lives of those around her - for ever.

2. Eating:
For my birthday, Sara gave me some green chile infused olive oil from Olive and Then Some. We drizzled it over the pizza we made and earlier this week I made roasted broccoli with it. It definitely has a kick to it but it is so good.

3. Listening to:
Sam Smith - "Stay with Me"

4. Recipe I'm bookmarking:
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You don't really need a recipe to make this Peach Caprese Salad but add it to your summer menu.

5. Loving:

These cookies!

I need to start the next season of Friday Night Lights. 

Happy Friday!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Weekend Recap

The birthday celebrations continued over the weekend. On Thursday, Davidson and I had a joint birthday party at RJ Rockers with a bunch of friends. It's been a while since I've been to Rockers and we had a great time being together. 
On Friday morning, Sara, Ashley and I packed our bags and headed to DeBordieu for a weekend getaway. We could not have asked for better weather and spent the afternoon on the beach. Even Collins came to celebrate my birthday.
Saturday, we got in as much beach time as possible before heading to the Beach Club for dinner. If we hadn't had dinner reservations, we could have stayed on the beach all night. The ocean front view and fresh tuna tarter made up for being inside. 
 
Sunday, we got in a few more hours of sun before heading back to Sparkle city. It was so fun to have friends at the beach with my parents. I'm so thankful that these weekends can be a reality now that the beach is within driving distance.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Weekly Eats

Ashley and I spent last week in Chicago for a conference and our time in the city inspired me to get back in the kitchen. I am working on a post about our adventures but in the meantime here is a look at some recipes I made this week. 

I've posted this before but this is a classic summer recipe. Few ingredients and easy to make. 

Shaved Asparagus and Whipped Ricotta Pizza
I love all of Jessica's recipes from How Sweet Eats. Sara and Ashley stalked my pinterest and then her blog to figure out what to make me for my birthday dinner. They subbed the proscuitto for tomatoes to keep it vegetarian. So good.

Summer Veggie Pasta Skillet 
I was trying to figure out how to use all my veggies before going out of town this weekend when I saw this recipe. I left out the corn and added in some leftover shaved asparagus. This might be my new favorite summer meal. It was so light and fresh.
Needless to say, I made quite the mess in the kitchen this week but I loved every minute of it. And no, I am not going vegetarian even though these pictures suggest otherwise.