Friday Favorites

Happy July 1st! And most importantly, happy Friday!  It’s a long weekend around here and I couldn’t be more excited.  We have fun Saturday plans with friends and then we have a few days that will be family-filled.  Hopefully we’ll see a few fireworks, enjoy a glass or two of wine and devour a hotdog or hamburger.

Here are my favorites from the week!

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Favorite Cookout:  Crispy Bacon Pasta Salad with Fresh Herbs. I would like to have a big helping of this summer salad next to my hamburger or hotdog for our 4th of July celebration.  Bacon.

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Favorite Appy Hour:  Grilled Grape Tomato Crostini with Honeyed Whipped Feta. Carbs + Cheese will forever and always be on the top of the list of my favorite appetizers.  But let’s take it up a notch and add in-season grilled tomatoes.

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Favorite Drool:  Fudge Brownie Mudslide Ice Cream Cake.  Since we’re on the topic of menu planning, here’s an epic dessert I would absolutely devour.

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Favorite Relaxed:  Pineapple Tee + Gingham Shorts + Gold Sandals. After a day in the sun, this adorable yet comfortable outfit would be perfection.  Well, after showering off all the SPF.

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Favorite Ingredients:  Honey Garlic Shrimp in  Coconut Milk.  Fresh, local shrimp.  Sweet, floral honey. Lots of flavorful garlic and ginger.  Sweet and creamy coconut milk.  Herbaceous homegrown basil.  Fried plantains.  Dreamy avocado.

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Favorite Southern:  Fried Chicken BLT with Jalapeño Honey. I had to take  moment of silence when I came across this recipe.  Holy cow.  I want this for Sunday Brunch.

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Favorite DIY:  Citronella and Eucalyptus Candle.  Perfect for the long summer nights we’ve been spending out on the deck.

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Favorite Rainy Sunday:  Sweet Potato Curly Fries with Yogurt, Sriracha and Cilantro.  Don’t get me wrong – I adore summer and sunshine and everything along with it (except flies and other annoying creatures).  But I don’t hate a rainy Sunday every once in a while where I can snuggle up with a movie (and a platter of fries).

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Favorite Muddled:  Ginger-Mint Watermelon Mojitos.  So Big Guy planted watermelons this year.  And if we actually harvest a watermelon, I’m totally doing this with it.

Cheers and Happy 4th of July!!!!

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