Friday, November 6, 2015

The Friday Five

1. Reading:
From Nicholas Sparks' website: A chance encounter on a rain swept road will alter the course of both Colin and Maria's lives, challenging deeply held assumptions about each other and ultimately, themselves.  As love unexpectedly takes hold between them, they dare to envision what a future together could possibly look like . . . until menacing reminders of events in Maria's past begin to surface.

2. Eating:
Kalettes = a kale and Brussels sprouts hybrid.
You can roast, steam, microwave, or eat them raw.

3. Listening to:
Adele's Hello
All. The. Feels.

4. Recipe I'm pinning:
This Chopped Fall Salad with Maple Dijon Vinaigrette from Designer Bags and Dirty Diapers. Bacon, brie, butternut squash. What more do you need? I had this twice for dinner last week with salmon instead of chicken. It was so good!

5. Things making me laugh:
Thanksgiving doesn't get enough love in my opinion.

Happy Friday!

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Books, Books, and More Books

Here are some of the books I've read recently: 
This one kept me guessing until the end.
One of my all time favorites.
 I'm pretty sure I've recommended this book to everyone.
An easy read about loss, love, and seizing the day.
 This one was pretty dark and twisted.
 I stayed up way past my bedtime bawling finishing this one. 
I can't wait to see the movie but I will definitely be taking Kleenex with me.
This one was silly but fun to read. 

Monday, October 26, 2015


I spent a weekend in Charleston and witnessed this stunning sunset.
 Colleen and I drove to Charlotte to see Randy Houser and Luke Bryan. 
A little rain couldn't keep us away. 
 Mom and Dad came up for Parents' Weekend. 
I felt like I was back in college and I loved every minute of it. 
 I've been reading a ton and will share some of my new favorites this week. 
 I went to Beaufort over fall break and spent most of the time in the kitchen.
It was glorious.
I've been loving all the fall colors, especially in these flower arrangements I made for an event. 
I got to see Lee Brice at Live on the Green.
I survived homecoming week. 
And had the best time being with this dear friend. 
These are just a few things that have been happening lately. 

Monday, October 19, 2015

What I Baked on Sunday

This is my new favorite salmon recipe. It comes together in no time and is just as good leftover. Make the recipe for dinner one night and then have the leftovers for lunch. You can also easily divide or multiply this recipe depending on the number of people you are feeding.

Salmon with Dill Sauce
Recipe from Full Moon, High Tide

2 1/2 - 3 pounds whole salmon fillet, skinned
1/4 cup mayo
1/4 cup milk
1/4 cup sherry
1/4 cup Parmesan
1/8-1/4 cup chopped fresh dill
1/4 cup small capers, rinsed and drained
Dill sprigs and grape tomatoes for garnish

  • Coat salmon with mayo and set aside.
  • Combine milk and sherry in 9x13 glass casserole dish; place salmon in dish.
  • Sprinkle salmon with Parmesan, dill and capers. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-30 minutes.
  • Place fish on serving platter. Garnish with dill sprigs and grape tomatoes.

Dill Sauce
1 (16 ounce) container sour cream
1/2 cup chopped fresh dill
1/2-1 teaspoon horseradish
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
1/2 teaspoon seasoning salt

  • Combine sour cream and remaining ingredients, mixing well. Serve sauce chilled or at room temperature on the side.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Thought on Thursday

I highly recommend that you read today's post from She Reads Truth
It was just what I needed this morning. 

Friday, August 7, 2015

Fun Facts Friday

1. Two weekends ago, Claudia and I headed to Beaufort for Waterfestival. I originally thought about recreating Norris 09 with a big group but it was nice to have a low key weekend at home.
2. My office has been freezing cold in the mornings - as in my nose starts running and my fingers are so cold it is hard to write. It warms up by the afternoon but the mornings are rough. I've started wrapping up in a blanket to prevent frostbite.

3. I was under the impression that the summer was going to be slower in higher ed. While I've certainly taken my fair share of vacation, my to do list just seems to grow. At one point last week, I couldn't see my desk. ML suggested that I fill my champagne glass.
4. Pure Barre ran a new client special in July so I jumped on board for 6 weeks of unlimited classes. I'm loving it so far.

5. They finally finished straightening Main Street. The only problem is that all that parking spots are now for parallel parking. It's comical to watch some people try to park.

6. My allergies have been going crazy the past few days. I don't know what could possibly be blooming in this heat but something is.

7. I went through my calendar earlier this week marking move in day, work events, weekend getaways and weddings. It's going to be a busy fall but I'm looking forward to it.

8. With the start of the semester right around the corner, I'm thinking that it may be time to resurrect the Fitbit. Now I just need to find it. I'm hoping work will run more challenges this year.

9. I finally downloaded the 1989 bonus tracks and have been listening to Wonderland and You are in Love on repeat. No shame here.

10. Happy Friday!