Friday Favorites

Yesterday morning as we were getting ready for the day, Big Guy said “How am I supposed to act today?”  I found the question a little strange but at the same time I totally understand.  Today Big Guy will come back home after being away for almost two weeks and we’ll go back to our routine.  But I want us to remember her daily and keep her spirit alive in our lives.  And because she loved my blog and loved Friday as much I do, I’m going to go back to my usual Friday Favorites today.  And tonight I’ll get back in the kitchen.  Perhaps I’ll even pour us a glass of wine and be grateful for the amount of love that our friends and family have shown us over the past two weeks.


Favorite “Appy” Hour:  Honey Lemon Goat Cheese Crostini with Blueberry Salsa.  The combo of honey, lemon and goat cheese gets me every time.


Favorite Carbs and Cheese:  White Pizza with Garlic Sauce and Garden Herbs.  I’m in major need of a pizza night.


Favorite Cook, Eat and Color: A Cozy Coloring Cookbook. How genius is this?  A cookbook and a coloring book all in one.  Amazing.


Favorite Crock-Pot Dinner:  Salisbury Steak Meatballs.  This needs to be added to the menu plan.  I haven’t used my crock-pot all summer and I think it feels unloved.


Favorite Date Night:  Sweet Corn Risotto with Cajun Shrimp.  Sweet, creamy and rich.  I have the perfect bottle of wine for this dinner.


Favorite Fresh:  Corn, Cucumber, Peach and Avocado Salad.  This totally refreshing salad would be perfect for any backyard barbecue that you have coming up.


Favorite Tip:  How to Avoid Bitter Cucumbers.  Simply cut off the ends before you peel the cuke.  Call me intrigued.


Favorite Bubbles:  Watermelon Mimosa. Oh my gosh, oh my gosh, oh my gosh.  I simply cannot wait for our watermelons to be ready in the garden!


Cheers to the weekend!

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!


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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).


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!!!!

Friday Favorites

The last weekend of June and the first official weekend of summer has arrived.  I’m looking forward to supper club this evening with friends followed by a Saturday and Sunday full of fun and sun.  I’m going to soak up every second of this low-key weekend because after this, the summer schedule starts to look a little cray-cray (in the best way possible).

No matter where you are –  I hope your weekend is full of all the good things that summer brings.

Here are my favorites from the week:


Favorite Grilled:  Chicken, Burst Tomato, and Artichoke Skewers with Goat Cheese Dip.  As soon as I have homegrown tomatoes, this is ON.  And I think I’ll take her advice and open a bottle of wine plus grill some garlic bread for the side.


Favorite Scoop:  Lemon Poppy Seed Ice Cream.  I have a feeling we’re going to be pulling out the ice cream maker quite a lot this summer.


Favorite List:  13 Books Everyone will be Talking About This Summer.  I just started reading “Here’s To Us” by Elin Hildebrand yesterday. And I’m totally adding “First Comes Love” by Emily Griffin and “The Singles Game” by Lauren Weisberger to my summer reading list.


Favorite Simple:  Grilled Peach and Prosciutto Pizza.  The key here is to use quality ingredients.  Local peaches, the best prosciutto you can find, high quality mozzarella and a homemade crust (duh).


Favorite Summer Dinner:  Grilled Romaine, Corn and Chicken Salad with Salsa Dressing.  I could probably eat this salad Monday through Thursday and be completely happy in life.


Favorite Accessory:  Shiraleah Natural Carmelita Pom Pom Clutch.  WANT!  And it’s totally affordable.


Favorite In Season:  Sweet Corn Pesto Tossed with Pappardelle and Zucchini Noodles.  I’m going to really need the squash bugs to leave my garden so that I still have zucchini when it’s time to harvest the corn so that I can then make this bowl of deliciousness.  Thankyouverymuch.


Favorite Break:  Grape and Herb Chicken Salad. A perfect Saturday in the summer starts with a long walk and coffee followed by heading out to the pool with a good book.  At about 1pm, you head inside for lunch, maybe your first cocktail of the day.  And then you go back outside for a couple of more hours before showering for your evening of fun.  This would be the perfect lunch break.  Simple yet satisfying.


Favorite Jaw Drop:  An Epic Maine Home.  I love EVERYTHING about this house.  And can we talk about the pool?!?!  (No, seriously, you have to click over and look at this house.)


Favorite Umbrella Drink:  Creamy Coconut Margarita. I constantly live in a fantasy world (just ask Big Guy).  And my currently wanderlust daydream is Cabo.  I’m fairly certain I could live off this drink plus guacamole and chips for a month.

Cheers to the weekend!

(and don’t forget to wear SPF)



Friday Favorites

I feel like I haven’t done a traditional “Friday Favorites” in forever!  Technically it’s only been two weeks but boy have I hoarded some favorites.  This week it’s felt like March or April and I’m so over it.  Bring on the flowers and sunshine.  We have quite the busy weekend but it should be a fun one.

But before I get to my favorites, Happy Momma’s Day to all the Mothers, Moms, Mommies, Mamas and Mommas out there.  And an especially Happy Day to my own dear, sweet Momma and my two mother-in-laws that I love dearly.

Happy almost-Weekend, y’all!


Favorite Combo:  Burrata + Strawberries.  If you’ve never had burrata, you’re missing out.  Unfortunately it’s like the hardest ingredient to find but it’s divine.  On the outside burrata is simply mozzarella, but on the inside, oh on the inside, there’s fresh curd and cream and is absolutely luscious.


Favorite Fashion:  Gingham Halter Top. Gingham is SO hot right now.  This top plus white pants would be my dream Memorial Day outfit.


Favorite Obsessed:  Pimiento Cheese Chicken Salad on Honey Butter Biscuits.  If I were throwing a Derby Party tomorrow night, THESE would be on the menu.  No questions asked.


Favorite Tropical: Piña Colada Blondies.  We totally just got back from a mini-vacation but I can’t help but dream of a tropical vacation.  I guess I’ll just escape in a dreamland with one of these in my hand.


Favorite List:  The Best Wine to Drink on a Boat.  I also think any of these wines would be perfect on the back deck, next to a pool or at the beach.


Favorite Dip:  Loaded Hummus.  I’ve been craving a homemade hummus.  Whipped until smooth and silky.  And yes, peeling the chickpeas does make a difference!


Favorite Details:  Lindsey’s Kitchen:  The Final Reveal.  I love everything about this kitchen. The textures, the colors, the…everything!


Favorite Belated Celebration:  Steak Fajitas with Chimichurri and Cucumber Salsa.  Social media was blowing up yesterday with alllllllllll the margaritas, tacos and guacamole.  And I feel like I missed out.


Favorite Ingredient:  Lemon Brioche Pull-Apart Bread.  I love lemons.  I really, really do.  I love the juice, I love the zest – I love them in savory dishes and sweet treats.  I always have at least one lemon on hand.  This bread would be the perfect slow Sunday breakfast.


Favorite Weekend:  Pineapple Mint Julep Margarita.  Can’t decide what to celebrate this weekend?  Celebrate it all!  It’s a little more margarita than julep – but that’s how I like it.


Friday Favorites

Hey, hey!  We made it to Friday.  The beginning of the week was like a turtle but the end of the week was super busy and went by in a flash.  We have a busy weekend but I have a feeling that’s going to be the trend throughout the Spring and Summer.  Speaking of which, where in the world is my warm weather?!?!  I wanted to cry yesterday morning when I was waiting outside the gym.  So over the 40 degree weather.  So over it. (p.s. I just saw the weather and next week is looking niiiiiice!)

I hope you have a lovely weekend full of all things amazing.  Here are my favorites from the week:


Favorite From Scratch:  Homemade Corn Tortillas. Big Guy mentioned margaritas the other night and now I’m craving a Mexican-inspired Saturday.  Salt on the rim, please.


Favorite Upgrade: Folding Fans Pillow. I most certainly don’t need new pillows but these would be perfect for our living room.


Favorite Wake Up:  Cheddar Bacon Scones.  Sweet and salty.  Bacon.  That crispy cheddar outside.


Favorite Quest for the Best:  Chocolate Chip Cookies.  This journey to find the best chocolate chip cookie is amazing.  And I kind of want to try them all.  But first:  the 72-hour chocolate chip cookie.


Favorite Date Night:  Greek Marinated Flank Steak and Hummus Plate.  The next time I’m in control of date night, this is totally going down.  So many of my favorite things are happening.


Favorite Fashion:  Candy Stripe Romper.  I have a thing for rompers.


Favorite Weeknight:  Skillet Chicken in Tomato-Chipotle Sauce with Avocado Crema.  Just because this dinner is fast doesn’t mean it isn’t full of flavor.


Favorite Add an Egg:  Shaved Asparagus and Prosciutto Pizza.  Totally Springy.


Favorite Unexpected:  Lobster Bisque Fondue.  My favorite way to eat.  Lots of flavors and different bites.


Favorite Tropical:  Pineapple-Vanilla Breeze.  This cocktails takes me back to our honeymoon.  But since I won’t be on an Island far away any time soon, I’d settle for a warm day and sunshine with this in my hand.


Friday Favorites

TGIF!  It’s been quite the busy week but busy typically means that the week flies by so I’m not complaining.  Big Guy has been in California all week so I am more than excited to see him later tonight.  Unfortunately my timing of my barre training meant we’ve spent about 3 hours together in the past 11 days.  Obviously Saturday is all about us hanging out and catching up on lost time.  Oh, and cooking delicious food.  But tonight is GNO (girls night out) and I’m excited to head to Art in Bloom at the NC Art Museum as well as dinner at a restaurant that’s been on my list of places to eat for several months.  I’ve been told I’m watching the Masters on Sunday…we’ll see about that.

Whatever you’re doing, I hope you have a great weekend.  Here are my favorites (almost all food!) from the week:


Favorite Old School:  Meatloaf Sliders with Bacon, Pepper Jack and Frizzled Onions.  My brain has been fixated on meatloaf the past few weeks and this is the perfect mix of “old school” meatloaf in a “new school” way.


Favorite Loaf:  Blueberry Lemon and Muffin Bread.  I am totally baking a batch of this bread.  And it’s totally happening today.


Favorite “Don’t Throw it Away”:  Pickle-Brined Baked Chicken Tenders.  We’re obsessed with pickles.  As in, there are probably no less than 5 jars of pickles in the fridge.  And now I don’t have to throw away the juice.


Favorite Over-the-Top:  Bourbon & Peanut Butter Chocolate Cake with Salted Caramel Drizzle. Holy moly.  I want to face plant into this cake.


Favorite Platter of Food:  Chicken Shawarma Fries with Mediterranean Salsa and Garlic Sauce. So maybe you could convince me to watch the Masters on Sunday if this was sitting in front of me.


Favorite From Scratch:  Creamy Sweet Pea Pesto Agnolotti.  This pasta dish screams “SPRING” and I adore the envelope shape of these little bites of pasta.


Favorite “To Do” List:  Kitchen Spring Cleaning.  While my kitchen looks spic and span, I need to carve out a few hours next week to clean in places no one every looks – like the cabinets and the fridge.  And don’t even get me started on how bad my oven needs to be cleaned.


Favorite Southern:  The Masters Egg Salad. The two most popular sandwiches at the Masters are pimiento cheese sandwich and the egg salad sandwich.  Both are served on white bread and both are $1.50.


Favorite Twist:  Grilled Avocado-Barbecue Chicken Naan Pizza.  Instead of your typically pizza dough, why not make a pizza on naan bread.  But I think we’ll have to take it to the next level and try to make homemade naan bread.


Favorite Weekend:  Triple Citrus Gin Spritzer.  Light, bright and refreshing.  My perfect cocktail.


Friday Favorites

Happy Friday and first day of April!  I have quite the busy weekend ahead.  Last night I drove to Greensboro for a quick “pit stop” (aka – dinner with one of my favorites) and I’m currently on my way to Charlotte for the weekend.  Unfortunately I won’t be spending much time with my family but it’s for a good reason – I’m in Charlotte for a 3-day, 16-hour Core Barre training.  I’m anxious and nervous but mostly excited.  Hopefully I’ll be able to sneak in a dinner or two with my family and perhaps even breakfast on Saturday with my Mimi.  This is one of the few weekends that’s less play and more work but I’m hoping to learn a ton and really hoping I pass the exam.  So…I’m off to the barre.

Here are my favorites from the week:


Favorite Egg On Top:  Burrata Breakfast Pizza.  Oh man.  Cheesy, melty deliciousness.


Favorite Reminder:  So true.


Favorite Refreshing:  Cashew and Basil Chicken Lettuce Wraps.  The perfect Tuesday night dinner.


Favorite Crave:  Spring Cheese Board.  Candied Meyer Lemons!!!  Pickled Green Onions!!!!


Favorite Fascinating:  Palms Springs house untouched since 1969 hits the market.  I’m obsessed with the pool and back yard and I love the vibrant green throughout the house.


Favorite From Scratch:  Roasted Beet Ravioli with Goat Cheese and Herbs.  Absolutely gorgeous.  We’re planning a pasta night in the near future and this is definitely a contender.


Favorite Light and Airy:  Lemon Poppyseed Macaroons.  The flavors in this little sweet treat makes me want to run to kitchen and bake.


Favorite Want: A Look Inside the Homes of the City’s Coolest Collectors.  I am lusting over this eating area.  Especially the flamingo print.  I die.


Favorite Unexpected:  Savory Cheesecake with Roasted Vegetables.  This makes me so excited for the garden to be flourishing.  How amazing would this be for an “appy” hour al fresco?


Favorite Night Cap:  Coconut Milk White Russian.  The perfect end to a perfect date night at home.