Friday Favorites

We made it to Friday.  Woot woot!  We have a busy, busy (and fun!) weekend on tap but I’m hoping that Sunday ends with a relaxing summer evening at home with no one but Big Guy after his week in California.  Technically summer is coming to an end with the start of school on Monday but summer won’t end in my mind until football starts.  (Though the weather won’t feel like summer is over until October.)  Where did this summer go?!?!

I hope you all have a fantastic weekend and I’ll see you back here next week.


Favorite Drool:  BAE: Bacon Avocado Egg Sandwich.  Holy moly.  That cheese!!!!  This brunch sandwich is evvvvverything.


Favorite In Season:  Classic Caprese Salad.  Tomatoes are at their absolute best right now and there’s also a bounty of basil in gardens everywhere.


Favorite Lust:  Tassel Earrings.  The perfect summer accessory.  Though these have a better price tag.


Favorite Flavors:  Lemon Basil Shortbread Cookies.  I heart lemon.  And the basil infusion sounds glorious.


Favorite Sweet Treat:  Fudgy 100 Calorie Brownies.  Because sometimes you just need a bite of chocolate.


Favorite List:  The Best Sushi Restaurants in Every State in America.  I would LOVE to work my way through this list.  Though I have to disagree with the pick for NC…Mura is my absolute favorite.


Favorite Appy Hour:  How to Make a Next-Level Cheese Plate.  Cheese plates make me so happy.  Especially with a glass of wine.


Favorite Sandwich:  Grilled Blue Cheese with Honey and Walnut Pesto.  Salty, sweet, luxurious, buttery, nutty.  It has it all.


Favorite Cookies:  These New Girl Scout Cookies Might be Better than Thin Mints.  Thin mints are one of my favorites.  But I’d be willing (twist my arm) to try the S’mores cookie and Chocolate Graham Cracker cookie.


Favorite Cocktail:  Crushed Blackberry Moscow Mules.  Incredibly refreshing on a sweltering day like today.



Friday Favorites

Happy Friday, y’all!  Big plans for the weekend ahead?  We’re actually spending the weekend hanging out with my family to celebrate my grandmother’s (Mimi) 80th birthday.  Hopefully we’ll squeeze in a pool day with the coolest kids around on Sunday.  I’m trying to take advantage of any and all days filled with splashing in the pool and out in the sunshine because fall will be here before we know it (nooooooooo, I’m not ready).

Here are my favorites from the week:


Favorite Intrigued:  Bacon Wrapped Hot Dogs with Avocado Pickles.  The bacon is great and all but avocado pickles?!?  Say whaaaaaattttt?!?  This is a thing and I need to try it.


Favorite Break the Fast:  Cashew Ginger Granola with Dates and Sesame.  I rarely go a day or two without a Greek yogurt bowl.  And this granola would be the perfect yogurt topper.


Favorite Comfy:  Deck-Striped T-Shirt.  So I’m officially crazy.  I’m trying to figure out what to wear on our looooong flight to Greece and I’m thinking black leggings with tennis shoes (because have you tried keeping up with a 6 foot 4 man and also so I don’t have to pack the shoes) and a loose yet cute t-shirt.  Thoughts?


Favorite Entertaining:  Mix & Match Summer Crostini Bar.   This is such a fun appetizer idea.  Everyone can create their own flavor combo.


Favorite Craving:  Chicken Tinga Tacos with Grilled Corn Guacamole.  I haven’t had Mexican food in quite a while and these tacos (plus a watermelon marg) are calling my name.


Favorite Twist on a Classic:  Greek Wedge Salad.  Big Guy loves a wedge.  And I adore a Greek salad.  This is the best of both worlds – in my opinion.


Favorite Frozen:  Painkiller Cocktail Popsicles.   After a painfully hot week, I would love to have a (spiked) popsicle to cool off with.


Favorite Bite:  Crab Dip with Garlicky Gourgères.  Cheesy, crabby deliciousness.


Favorite Gentle:  Nourishing Cream Exfoliator.  I love to use an exfoliator in the shower on my face.  But some can be super harsh and full of not so friendly ingredients.  I’ve been using this for a couple of years now and it’s still my favorite face wash.  (p.s. it smells amazing, too)


Favorite In-Season:  Fresh Peach Daiquiri.  The ingredient list is simple but if you use high quality, in-season fruit this cocktail becomes something special.


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.