Friday Favorites

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!

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Happy Friday!  And welcome to December.  It’s officially the most wonderful time of the year.  As soon as I’m done teaching and making myself look presentable this morning I’m heading to Charlotte to see the newest love of my life, Braxton.  Not only that, but the timing of my visit is perfect in that I’ll be able to go to my sister-in-law’s gender reveal.  Basically it’s a weekend full of baby stuff.  I’m flying solo this weekend and while I’m not wishing the weekend away, I can’t wait to see Big Guy on Monday -he’s been in Texas all week.  I hope your December kick-off is full of laugher and all things merry.


Favorite Bundt:  Eggnog Buttered Rum Cake.  Y’all know I love making bundt cakes.  The combination of buttered rum plus eggnog sounds magical.


Favorite “Appy” Hour:  Polenta Bites with Crispy Brussels Sprouts, Ricotta and Chutney.  Instead of the go-to crostini, why not amp up your appetizer with polenta?  I’m excited to give this a try.


Favorite Reason for the Season:  The White Envelope.  I might have shed a tear while reading this story.


Favorite Meatless Monday:  Sweet Potato Tacos with Apple Radish Slaw.  In between all the sweets and treats and cheesy appetizers, I need to squeeze in some healthy meals.  Plus, I have lots and lots of sweet potatoes from the garden.


Favorite From Scratch:  Sourdough Bagels.  This past weekend I had a cinnamon crunch bagel and remembered how much I love bagels.  So let’s make some at home!


Favorite Fashion:  Holiday Travel Outfit.  I’m really into capes and ponchos this year.  And this outfit looks incredibly comfy yet stylish.


Favorite Drool:  Cranberry Brie Pull Apart Bread.  I can’t even handle this concept.  In a good way, obviously.


Favorite Slow Cooker:  Crock Pot Chicken Enchilada Soup.  All the goodness of an enchilada in a belly warming soup.  And I already know when I’m making this.


Favorite Cocktail:  Honey Vanilla Pear Margaritas.  This + the Christmas tree + a Hallmark movie + guacamole would rock my world.


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So I just realized I totally forgot to post yesterday.  My bad.  I promise you a BRUNCH tailgating recipe next week – it’s delicious.  And no one will know it’s healthy.

Halloween has come and gone so bring on the most wonderful time of the year.  I adore November and December.  This month I’m focusing on being grateful – not necessarily for physical, tangible things but for moments that I so easily let pass by without second thought.

We’ll be with family this weekend – an 80th birthday dinner followed by a little “sprinkle” shower for my sister (my 5 year old niece really wants to throw Mommy a shower – so that’s what we’re doing).  Hope you all have the most amazing first weekend of November!


Favorite From Scratch:  Homemade Apple Cider.  From cocktails to braised beef, I use a lot of apple cider this time of year.  I think I need to step up my game with some of the homemade stuff.

Favorite List:  13 Rules for Female Friendships.  Yes. Yes. Yes.  Every single one of these rules deserves a YES.


Favorite Pull Out the Crock Pot:  Slow Cooker Thai Peanut Chicken.  This looks so dang delicious.  And you don’t even have to sear the chicken.


Favorite Upgrade:  Jewelry Storage. Two words:  life altering.


Favorite Intrigued:  Popcorn Polenta with Mushroom Jus.  Let me repeat, popcorn polenta.  Like, you make the polenta from popped popcorn.  Whhhhhaaatt?!?!


Favorite Never Have I Ever:  Mojo Clams.    I’ve never made clams at home.  Sign me up!


Favorite Date Night:  Butternut Squash Mezzuluna.  I’m kind of obsessed with homemade pasta at this moment.


Favorite Looking Ahead:  2017 One-Year Intentional Goal Planner.    I already have a planner but I love the idea of this – AKA I love it because I’m obsessed with planning.


Favorite Classic:  Craig Claiborne’s Chicken Salad Sandwich.  I have no idea who Craig is but his recipe appeared in The New York Times in 1981 and they just republished it.  Therefore it must be worthy of trying.


Favorite Spiked:  Pomegranate Orange Punch.  I’m finding an excuse to make this gorgeous drink this month.


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**My thoughts and prayers are with everyone recovering from the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew.  While we were in the midst of the mess, we remained unharmed by the damaging winds and high water.  Our small town of Rocky Mount is a mess, our family in Lumberton remains under water and it’s going to be quite a while until our college town of Greenville is back to normal.**

It feels like fall!  And we have a fun filled fall weekend on tap with friends.  I can’t wait to recap our shenanigans but until then I leave you with some of my favorites (fall inspired) from the week!


Favorite Tailgate:  Game Day Beer Chili.  I’m crossing my fingers it gets cool enough for Big Guy to agree to chili sometime over the next month.  I have so many chili recipes I want to try and this one is high on the list.


Favorite Idea:  Cookbook Club.  Since this is virtual, I am totally going to participate.  Here’s how it works:  “Each month [Gaby will] announce the cookbook of the month and then we can buy it, borrow it, check it out from the library and cook! Cook by yourself, invite your friends over, host your own cookbook club with the assigned book, whatever floats your boat. The idea is for us all to cook recipes from the same book in the same month.”   This month:  Alton Brown – EveryDayCook.


Favorite Crock Pot Meal:  Slow Cooker Chicken Taco Chili.   SkinnyTaste just came out with a new cookbook and I can’t wait to get my hands on it!  This taco chili looks totally comforting while also being healthy.  The perfect weeknight dinner.


Favorite Transition:  Fall Candles.    It’s time for me to switch out my candles.  Bring on the apples, pumpkins and all things fall smelling.


Favorite Date Night:  Creamy Goat Cheese and Sun-Dried Tomato Pasta with Roasted Garlic and Mushrooms.  Creamy, tangy, salty, rich.  Evvvvvverything.


Favorite Comfy:  Signature Cotton Fisherman Tunic Sweater.    Not going to lie, I’d love to be wearing this sweater with leggings curled up on the couch eating the above carb-filled plate along with a glass of wine.


Favorite Sunday:  Roasted Butternut Squash Apple Burrata Pizza.    I can’t find anything wrong with this pizza.


Favorite Chewy:  Never Fail Blondie Bars.  I think I a platter of these sweet treats needs to happen next weekend.


Favorite Trend:  The Striped Turtleneck.  Except it’s not really a trend to me – it’s a fall staple.  And I’m in need of an updated version.


Favorite Cocktail:  Fall All Over.  This drink reminds me of a moscow mule but with gin instead of vodka.  Let’s give it a try!


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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.