Happy Weekend!

First of all, HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Taylor!!!!

I just wanted to pop in and say a quick HELLO before logging off for the weekend.  We made the decision to head to the beach a few days early and it’s been glorious.  We got to enjoy some beach music and wine on Wednesday evening and then yesterday was spend just soaking up the gorgeous weather and spending time with family.  I hope you all have a wonderful long weekend and I promise things will get back to normal around here soon.

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Cheese, Rum Cake and Honey

Hi friends!  It’s a short work week for me and I am so excited to spend some time with family and simple relax.  This past weekend wasn’t the most fun weekend since I worked close to 40 hours.  BUT good did come out of the weekend – I discovered some amazing companies (local!) that I want to share with you.  At the start of the Got to Be NC Food Food, Wine and Beer fair, I decided that I was going to purchase something from a vendor each day.  So here’s what I ended up with:

Cape Fear Rum Cakes

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This husband and wife team were actually right next to our booth so we chatted a lot over the three days.  Their rum cakes are ALL homemade in small batches.  They currently can be found in Southern Season, Whole Foods and you can order online.  I brought a few home and I can’t wait to share some with the family this weekend.

Goat Lady Dairy

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I’ve had Goat Lady Dairy before as it’s available in Whole Foods.  But I had to stop by and grab some to bring home.  I also stocked up on goat cheese logs as well as the Providence Tallegio style cheese.  I’m so excited to snack on cheese and olives this Wednesday – we have a picnic planned!

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Honey isn’t something I have freaked out about…until recently.  I love honey on Greek yogurt and on cheese plates.  Big Guy joined me Sunday at the fair and we chose four different honeys to bring home.  I am going to be sure to savor the Bourbon Infused honey, the Ghost Pepper whipped honey, Lemon whipped honey (for sure adding to the cheese plate on Wednesdayt!), and some Sourwood Honey.  So sweet!

 

I hope you all are having a great week and while thing are a little quite around here this week – I promise to have some recipes later in the week or next week.

 

Chicken Thighs with Ginger-Sesame Glaze + Asparagus with Sesame & Citrus Vinaigrette

The next couple of weeks are cray-zeeeee.  Fun but crazy.  There’s going to be a lot of go-go-go-ing.  And I’m fairly certain I’m not the only one.  For those of you with kids in school, well, summer is right around the corner.  And for those of you with little ones, well, life always seems crazy.  And for those of you without children, the start of the summer more often than not brings about a jam-packed social calendar.

So regardless of which category you fall in – this easy, 20-minute dinner is the ticket to ease your weeknight, dinner worries.  You can mix together the glaze in the morning and then all you have to do come dinner time is warm up the grill pan and pull together the asparagus.  

The glaze is a mixture of green onions, brown sugar, soy sauce, sesame oil, garlic, ginger, sesame seeds and sambal oelek.  Basically the glaze = flavor.  The chicken thighs are marinated in half of the mixture while the other half is saved for glazing the chicken before serving.

The asparagus are simply roasted and then tossed with orange segments, a little fresh orange juice, sesame oil, salt, pepper and then sprinkled with sesame seeds.

I loved the the brightness that the orange juice and pieces brought to a salty, savory and slightly spicy dinner.

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So good!  So flavorful!

Let the craziness begin….

Wednesday Things.

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1. I totally stole this idea from How Sweet It Is.

2. I have two new product finds that are not only delicious but great for snacking:  Just Beets and Cucumber Hummus.

3. Big Guy is better at making beds than I am.  It’s true.

4. He is also obsessive about removing stickers off bananas.  He says they weren’t grown in nature with stickers.

5. We watch a handful of shows regularly.  And one of them just got cancelled.  So since we won’t be watching Nashville anymore, I need something new to start DVRing.  Because let’s be honest – I don’t watch anything in real time.

6. Does anyone use their home phone anymore?!?!

7. Speaking of phones, I think it’s time for an upgrade of my iPhone.

8. This list makes me want to plan a road trip to every.single.state so that I can eat pizza.

9. We currently have about 12 years of pickled something in our fridge:  carrots, grapes, cukes (times 6), jalapeños….

10. I’m praying that our week of BLAH means a week of SUNSHINE next week.

11. I don’t want strawberry season to end.  (But I’m totally ready for tomatoes, cucumbers and fresh herbs!!!!)

 

Sausage, Bacon and Burrata Pizza

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Don’t we all wish we were on a tropical island with palm trees, sunshine and drinks in coconuts?

Thankfully the fun weekend we just had will get me through today.  My brother and sister-in-law were in town and we had an absolute blast.  I still can’t believe how much we squeezed into the 36 hours there were here.

After they left yesterday, we headed out for a long walk because it was GORGEOUS here.  Post-walk, we simple relaxed and enjoyed the day.  Perhaps I even had a glass of wine.

We went back to our pizza tradition and put together a burrata breakfast pizza.   But according to Big Guy we’re referring to it as the sausage, bacon and burrata pizza since we most definitely ate it for dinner and not breakfast.  Though it would be a pretty amazing pizza to have with mimosas at about 11:30am on a Saturday or Sunday.  Just saying.

I was able to find burrata at Trader Joes.  Like I’ve mentioned before it’s a little more difficult to find but totally worth the search.  It is the only cheese on the pizza and it’s truly cheesy and dreamy.

On top, eggs that are slightly runny.  You can totally leave them off but we used quail eggs because we’re different and weird.  But I love being different and weird – especially with pizza.

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Make this week a good one!

Friday Favorites

Dang.  I am so excited to see Friday.  It was an incredibly long week around here but it’s Friday and we have weekend guests coming to stay with us.  Woot Woot.  I’ve been pestering my brother and sister-in-law to come visit for years (not even kidding) and it’s finally happening.  After several cancelled trips since our wedding (oh, life) they’re really making the trek to come see us.  Obviously I’ve promised good food and good wine.  What more could you want?  So let’s get to my favorites so I can finish preparing for their arrival, mmmm kay?!?!

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Favorite Yummy:  Coconut Shrimp with Raspberry Blood Orange Chile Sauce.  I love coconut shrimp yet I can’t remember the last time I had any.  That needs to change.

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Favorite Every Day in May:  The 2016 Ultimate Plank Challenge.  I love a good personal challenge.  I can’t wait to see how much longer my plank is on May 31 vs. May 1.

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Favorite Indulgence:  Cream Cheese Red Velvet Cake Ice Cream.  Just stop.  I can’t even.

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Favorite Simple:  Cashew Butter Granola.  Most days I have a yogurt bowl for breakfast or lunch.  It’s simple, portable, delicious and fills me up.  Maybe I should shake it up with some homemade granola.

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Favorite Classy:  Scalloped V-Neck One Piece. Swimsuit season is weeks away.  And I’m on the hunt for a new one.

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Favorite Craving:  Lox and Fixings Spread.  Since our bagel brunch last weekend, I can’t stop thinking about smoked salmon.

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Favorite Summer:  Kayu Bali Moulded Clutch. How perfect is this little bag for summer?

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Favorite Wake Up:  The Only Cold Brew Coffee Recipe You’ll Ever Need. Every year about this time I say I want to make cold brew.  And I never do.  I need to.

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Favorite Drool:  Salted Caramel Peanut Brownie Bombs. I literally want to lick my screen.

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Favorite Upgrade:  Watermelon Salty Dogs. Yes. Yes. Yes.  And yes.

Happy Friday!

Currently.

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Eating / 0% greek yogurt with multigrain cheerios, chia seeds and peanut butter.

Drinking / coffee. coffee.  coffee.

Practicing / more core barre!  i’m hoping to submit my practical exam in the next month.

Mastering / flexibility with my schedule.

Learning / to pickle more than just cucumbers.

Trying / to get 12,000 steps in a day.

Playing / outside.  so exited that warmer weather is finally here to stay.

Finishing / my to do list.  which includes grocery shopping, vacuuming and cleaning the guest bathroom before our weekend guests arrive tomorrow!

Reading / proverbs every morning on the current SheReadsTruth plan

Remembering / that life is so precious so live in the moment.

Wearing / lots and lots of workout clothes.

Cooking / homemade pasta!

Working / for the weekends.

Traveling / in my mind on a daily basis.

Wanting / weekends to be 3 days and work weeks to be 4 days.