Friday Favorites

Happy Friday!  This weekend has been a long time coming:  my niece is coming to visit!  We promised her when she turned 5 that she could come spend a weekend with Aunt Emmy and Uncle Chris all by herself and we finally coordinated our schedules so we could make it happen.  We have a fun weekend planned and can’t wait to spend some one-on-one time with my favorite 5 year old.

Here are my favorites from the week:


Favorite Layers:  Chocolate Layered Zebra Mousse Cake.  How fun is this cake?


Favorite Dip:  Curry Hummus.  What a perfect snack.  Or lunch.  Or dinner.


Favorite Tropical:  Hacienda Convertible Gown in Kauai Kisses.  The perfect summer dress in a fun palm print.


Favorite One-Pan Dinner:  Lemon Basil Chicken.  Because sometimes life is crazy and you need easy dinner ideas.


Favorite Carbs:  Breadsticks with Homemade Ranch and Pizza Sauce.  I need a night of nothing except catching up on DVR and breadsticks.


Favorite Spring Cleaning:  5 Strategies for Organizing Your Pantry (And Keeping it That Way).  I love nothing more than organized closets.  And drawers.  And rooms.


Favorite Date Night In:  Seared Scallops with Porcini Mushroom Risotto.   Drooling.  This dinner is begging for a bottle of white wine.


Favorite Purchase:  2017-2018 Simplified Planner.  After years of using the same planner, I’ve upgraded.  I love that every day has it’s own page which means lots of room for LISTS.


Favorite From Scratch:  Homemade Cinnamon Raisin Bread.  I adore cinnamon raisin bread but I’ve never tried to make it at home…


Favorite Poolside Sipper:  Strawberry Gin Lemonades.  Summer is right around the corner!


Jalapeño + Cilantro Margarita

After sharing two incredibly healthy (and delicious) dinners, I present to you a cocktail to get you through the week.  This might just be my new favorite margarita and it couldn’t be easier to make.  I made Big Guy and myself a couple of these on Friday night to celebrate cinco de mayo along with flank steak tacos topped with sliced radishes and quick pickled red onions.

These margaritas are spicy and tart – just the way I like ’em and the only sweetness comes from a small amount of triple sec.  I altered the recipe a little bit by cutting down the amount of alcohol and amping up the amount of lime juice (can’t get enough).


To make one margarita, muddle together a slice of jalapeño (with or without the seeds) and a few sprigs of fresh cilantro in the bottom of your shaker.  Add ice along with 1 part silver tequila, 1/2 part triple sec and 2 part lime juice.  Shake, shake, shake.

Rim a glass with salt (or sugar if you like it sweet) and add lots of ice and then pour your margarita in the glass.


And if don’t know about you but it feels like Friday and it’s only Wednesday…

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BIG WEEKEND!  Cinco de Mayo AND “the two most exciting minutes in sports” (aka the Kentucky Derby).  The funny thing is, we’ve declined all parties and gatherings this weekend so that we can just enjoy the weekend without feeling pulled in a million directions.  It’s beyond necessary after a crazy few weekends and some crazy weekends to come.  Don’t worry – we’re still going to have a few tacos and margaritas tonight and tomorrow I’m planning on toasting to the “good life” with a couple of girlfriends while Big Guy plants the garden.  But tomorrow evening and Sunday are going to be OUR hours.  Enjoy your weekend – whatever you may be doing.


Favorite Just Add Bourbon:  Nonnie’s Kentucky Derby Pie.  I’m not a fan of mint juleps (or any bourbon drink for that matter), but throw a shot into a pie and I’m in.


Favorite Unique:  Five of the Craziest Things We’ve Framed Lately.  I saw this on instagram the other day and I’m obsessed.  While we were in Charleston I collected a couple of matchbooks and one of them is darling.  I really want to get it framed.


Favorite Fiesta:  Jalapeño Queso Dip with Spiced Homemade Chips.  No plans tonight?  All you need is some cheese and chips and perhaps a delicious margarita to make it a party.


Favorite Refreshing:  Coconut + Mint Cooling Mineral Mist.  I’m loving my BeautyCounter rosewater spray (I used it post-washing, pre-moisturizing) and this face spray sounds incredible for the hot summer months.


Favorite Spring:  Coconut Flour Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins with Creamy Lemon Icing.  Must make for Big Guy!  I adore baked goods and desserts that are sweet and tart.


Favorite Wanderlust:  Gaby’s Guide to Cabo San Lucas.  Cabo is on the top of my list of places to visit and I love this round-up of places to go and food to eat.  When can I pack my bags?


Favorite Weeknight Dinner:  Crockpot Orange Chicken.  This healthier, lightened up version of one of my favorite Chinese takeout meals looks amazing.


Favorite Crossbody:  J.Crew Edit Bag.  I love cross body bags for travel and shopping – it holds all the necessary items and it frees up your hands.  I think the “frosty blossom” color is perfect for spring and unexpected yet still will match everything.


Favorite Burger Night:  Homemade Brioche Buns.  Warmer weather makes me crave a juicy burger.  But let’s take burger night to a whole new level with homemade buns.


Favorite Spicy:  Cilantro Jalapeño Margarita.  This is happening in less than 12 hours.


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This Friday is extra sweet because the only thing standing between me and a little “adult Spring Break” is teaching two classes this A.M.  Whether you’re taking a little time for yourself in the coming week or not, I hope you take the time to remember what Easter is really about.  While I’m the first to gush over being able to wear my white pants and spend the morning dying Easter eggs there’s so much more to this weekend.  He is Risen!

And with that, my favorites from the week:


Favorite Obsessed:  Cadbury Mini Eggs Skillet Cookie.  When it comes to my Easter basket, there’s only ONE candy I want:  a mini bag of Cadbury Mini Eggs.  They are my favorite.  (Don’t worry, Big Guy, I bought you a pack or two to throw into my basket).  This cookie is basically my dream come true.


Favorite Tropical:  Pineapple Ice Molds.  How cute are these?!?!?!


Favorite Festive:  Toasted Sesame Sriracha Deviled Eggs.  I honestly have no intention of making deviled eggs this year…but these are making me want to change my tune.


Favorite Read:  Slightly South of Simple:  A Novel.  This author is compared to one of my absolute favorite authors, Elin Hilderbrand.  It sounds like the perfect beach read.


Favorite How To:  Sourdough Bread:  A Step-By-Step Guide for Home Bakers.  This is a fun addition to my “kitchen bucket list” and I love how approachable Jen made it with this tutorial.


Favorite Fun:  Lemon Tree Earrings.  I’ve always loved unique earrings and these are just adorable.


Favorite Dinner:  Roasted Rack of Lamb with Basil-Goat Cheese Sauce.  This will definitely be on the menu soon.

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Favorite List:  5 Dream Kitchen Must Haves.   When thinking of a new house, the kitchen is a top priority because of all the time we spend in that room.  I am totally on board with ALL five of these requirements.


Favorite Dinner for One:  Shoyu Ahi Poke.  I cannot want to get my hands on some sushi-grade tuna and make this delightful bowl.


Favorite Cocktail:  Frozen Mimosas.  Or in my world, FroMo.  I don’t think any other explanation is needed.



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And here we are, the last day of March.  This past week one of my sister-in-laws popped into town for the night to go to my barre class as well as go to my morning class the next day.  It was such a treat to have her in town and I loved catching up with her on all the happenings in her much-more-exciting-than-mine 20-something life.  I hope to see more of her (plus the other three sisters) soon!  The rest of the week was pretty uneventful minus the fact that I found myself in the middle of a police chase on Wednesday afternoon.  True story.  It was incredibly scary but I drove away unharmed.  I have a full morning of teaching before getting myself ready for a whirlwind weekend in Charlotte.  I hope you all have a fantastic last day of March/first weekend of April and I’ll be back Monday with #WGCcookbookclub – woot woot!


Favorite Inspiration :  11 Outdoor Spaces to Inspire You This Spring.  Lately I find myself daydreaming about our next house (ignore this, Big Guy) and I’m currently obsessed with porches and patios.


Favorite Spring:  Strawberry Salsa.  Spring = Strawberries and I’m really hoping that I can get my hands on a few really juicy ones to make this delightful salsa.


Favorite Flavors:  Caramelized Wild Mushroom Pizza.  Pizza Sundays at home are my favorite,


Favorite Fashion:  Shoulder & Squares.  Love this look from a gal I went to school with growing up.  I’m so ready to pull out my white pants in a couple of weeks.


Favorite Procrastinating:  Do a Supermarket Shop and We’ll Reveal Your Deepest Desire. Apparently I want to be rich.


Favorite Tips:  Anatomy of a Well-Styled Bookshelf.  Once again, daydreaming of my next house.


Favorite Rich and Buttery:  Puff Pastry Donuts.  I workout and eat well during the week so I can splurge on the weekend.


Favorite Life Hack:  How to Get the Lingering Smell of Fried Food Out of Your Kitchen.  You can always tell when we’ve been home all weekend cooking…


Favorite Layers:  Mint Coconut Chocolate Cake.  Quite possibly the best flavor combination ever for a cake.


Favorite Cocktail:  The Ginger Rogers.  Grapefruit + Ginger + Gin.  Super refreshing and super spring-y.



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Oh, March!  When March rolls around I start craving springtime.  And honestly, we’ve had a lot of “spring” weather lately.  Anyways, this week has been a busy one!  I’ve been flying solo this week while Big Guy has been in California working and I honestly haven’t cooked a thing except for muffins and oatmeal.  #truth  I’m headed to Charlotte/Columbia this weekend to co-host my sister-in-laws baby shower and I’m excited to see family and catch up with my brother and SIL.  After a busy weekend with family, I’m looking forward to coming home to Big Guy on Sunday…he’s in charge of dinner but maybe he’ll let me help a little in the kitchen.  Or at least let me pick out the bottle of wine we can have with dinner.

Enjoy your first weekend of March!


Favorite Daydream:  Your Guide to a West Palm Beach Girls’ Weekend.  We’re in the middle of planning our “spring break”/anniversary trip for this year but I can’t help wanting to go on a “girls only” trip.  I think this would be a fun idea for my mom and sister and sister-in-laws once we get through the baby stages in the family.  p.s. you can feed flamingos and take pictures with them.


Favorite Dough:  White Pizza with Spinach and Lemon.  Pizza night!  We haven’t had one in awhile.


Favorite Makeover:  DIY Campaign Dresser.   Love how this basic dresser is made incredibly glam.


Favorite Cookie:  Oatmeal Raisin Snickerdoodles.  You either love raisins or you don’t.  I do.  And these cookies look amazing.


Favorite Bookmark:  Southern Solstice by Sarah Sadler.  MUST READ!


Favorite Buzzed:  Espresso Almond Cashew Butter. Coffee in my nut butter?  Sign me up.


Favorite Weeknight:  Skillet Lemon Chicken with Olives and Herbs.  I love that it’s one pan and dinner is done.  Light and bright and dinner perfection.


Favorite Craving:  Honey Walnut Shrimp.  I am sooooo looking forward to having fresh shrimp from the local seafood shack at Ocean Isle Beach.


Favorite Announcement:  March Cookbook Club!  Totally buying this NOW.  It’s been on my “want” list for a while and now I have a reason to buy it.


Favorite Fancy:  Lemon Raspberry Sorbet Prosecco Floats.  Sweet, tart and bubbly.  My kind of drink.




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16 sleeps until Christmas!  It’s been a busy week here plus  Big Guy has been in California this week so I’m welcoming the weekend with open arms.  I teach bright and early in the morning and then we have our first official Christmas celebration of the year with some of our family.  Like I said, we’re tackling a new-to-us recipe and I’m excited for the final result.  And on Sunday, Big Guy and I are actually spending some time together – just the two of us.  It seems like weeks since we’ve enjoyed time together without him having work hanging over his head.  Needless to say, I’m pumped about our Sun-Date.  Bring on the cheese, wine and steak.

I hope your weekend is festive and fun and I’ll see you back here next week!


Favorite Round-Up:  The 10 Best Holiday Movies to Watch this Month.  All of these are seriously my favorites.  I need a day to binge-watch Christmas movies!


Favorite Hug in a Bowl:  Lamb Meatballs with Manchego Polenta and Chimichurri.  Now this is comfort food.  So warm and inviting.


Favorite Festive:  Bow-Shoulder top from J.Crew.  This is the perfect top for the holidays.  Dress it up or dress it down.


Favorite Time Saver:  Slow Cooker Moroccan Chicken and Olive Tagine.   Crock-pot to the rescue!  Don’t let the business of the season keep you from enjoying a delicious and healthy dinner.


Favorite Obsessed:  Le Creuset Signature Cast-Iron Dutch Oven in French Grey.  I adore my Le Creuset Dutch Oven.  It is hands-down my favorite piece of cookware in our kitchen.  If I were to win the lottery, I would buy every one I know one.  And if I were ever to get another one (you can’t have too many, right?) I would totally want this gorgeous grey.


Favorite Baked:  Healthy Honey Flax Tahini Banana Bread.  Now if only my bananas would brown…


Favorite Red and Green:  Shredded Brussels Sprouts Salad.  The addition of pomegranate seeds, avocado, candied walnuts and parmesan makes this salad swoon-worthy.


Favorite Sparkle:  Kendra Scott “Tessa” Stone Stud Earrings.  Any girl would love to find these in her stocking.  The rose gold would go with just about anything.


Favorite Craving:  Bacon Butternut Arancini with Pumpkin Seed Pesto Dip.   I’ve been talking about making arancini again for months.  And now I’ve officially gone from wanting it to neeeeeeding it.


Favorite Cozy:  The North Pole Cocktail.  Santa might like this left with his cookies instead of milk.

Cheers to the most wonderful time of the year!