Friday Favorites

Happy Rainday, I mean, Friday!  I’m starting to think the rain is never going to end.  We’re on day 8 or 9 of rain (I can’t keep up) and I’m absolutely, positively, over it.  But I am going to be positive.  Today is Friday.  Tomorrow is Saturday.  My little brother is coming to visit. Today is Friday. We have a weekend full of incredible food planned.  Today is Friday.


Did I mention today is Friday?  So here are my favorites from the week!

Favorite PSL:  Pumkin Spice Latte Cookies.  I’m not really into PSLs (Pumpkin Spice Lattes).  I’m more of a coffee with cream kind of girl.  But I’m most definitely a cookie girl.


Favorite Non-Traditional:  Beef Enchiladas with Green Olives and Raisins.  I’m completely intrigued by this one.  But I totally dig anything sweet and salty.


Favorite Upgrade:  The gallery ledge.  Forget the gallery wall.  But don’t worry, Big Guy, I’m not redecorating anything right now.


Favorite Sunday:  Roasted Cauliflower and Mushroom Pizza.  Because pizza on Sunday is our thang.


Favorite Layers:  Oreo Cookie Layer Cake.  I don’t know a soul that wouldn’t want a bite of this deliciousness.


Favorite Bold:  Swing Peacoat in Pure Blue.  I am so not ready to pull out my winter coats.  But I am so obsessed with this color.


Favorite Flavors:  Creamy Miso Peanut Chicken Lettuce Wraps.  These need to be on the dinner menu.  And soon!


Favorite Side Dish:  Miso Dijon Green Bean Mushroom Salad.   These were almost the side dish for our steaks tonight.  And I must have a thing for miso this today.


Favorite Fall:  Cider Braised Chicken with Spiced Butternut Squash.   Apple Cider > PSLs


Favorite Game Day:  Cajun Chicken Sliders with Beer Battered Onion Rings.    I might need stretchy pants after this sammy.  And onion rings.  Lots of onion rings.


Favorite Fancy:  Fig and Rosemary Sparkling Cocktail.  Only I would go from talking about stretchy pants to fancy cocktails.  It’s how I roll.


Happy Rainday!




Friday Favorites

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Hello Friday!  OH, and hello to all you guys.  Can you believe that this weekend marks our 2 year anniversary?  Craziness.  Some day’s if feels as if it happened yesterday and other day’s it feels like decades ago.  But every day it feels pretty amazing to be married to someone that makes you laugh  Anyways, we’re celebrating our anniversary all weekend long with sunshine and sand but we did follow the “cotton” tradition when it came to gifts.  I got amazing new curtains for our living room makeover and he got new bath towels (hah!).

I hope you guys have a wonderful weekend and I think I’m going to go find a mojito.  See ya next week!

Favorite Lust:  I’m dying (in a good and bad way) over the print.  I simply can’t justify that amount for a piece of cloth that is going to get sandy and ultimately end up at the bottom of my beach bag.  Hey, Tory, why don’t you make a line just for Target.  (If you know me, you know I’m being incredibly sarcastic.)

Favorite Lessons:  5 Things I Learned from Working in  at Test Kitchen.  My dream job.

Favorite Wake-Up:  Havarti Breakfast Biscuits with Jalapeno, Bacon and Arugula.   This is SO happening in my house.  Preferably with a mimosa on the side.

Favorite Indulge:  Crispy Avocado Fries with Melty Cheese Dip.  Avocados are so healthy, why not trash ’em up?

Favorite Travel:  Spain is slowing inching it’s way up my list of “Travel the World” – especially after reading this article.  

Favorite Slice:  “Hot and Honey” Buffalo Chicken Pizza.  I know I’ve made pizza similar to this before but I just love pizza so much.

Favorite Flavors:  Sliders with Jalapeno Burger Sauce.  With homemade potato buns?  Stop it.

Favorite Fashion:  I’m kind of obsessing over this tank.

Favorite Sweet:  Banoffee Pie.  Just don’t tell Big Guy it’s vegan, gluten-free, and refined sugar-free.

Favorite Buzz:  Champagne Mojito.  Weekends are meant to be celebrated and mojitos are meant for warmer weather.


Friday Favorites

I am beyond “over” this week.  I don’t know what it is, but I’ve been in a funk for the past week and it’s quite ridiculous.  I partly blame the weather.  But it’s Friday and the end of the work week is in sight.  Despite the not-so-lovely weather, I’m determined to have an amazing weekend.  It’s going to be full of relaxing, wine and food.  Oh, and I plan on throwing in a kick-my-rear workout on Saturday morning.  #balance

So if you’re “over” this week, too, – I feel your pain.  And if you’ve been “happy as a clam” all week – send some of those joyful vibes my way.

Either way – here are my favorites of the week.

Favorite From Scratch:  Hummingbird Cake.  Appropriate for all Southern gatherings – but I think Easter would be the perfect time for me to break out the mixing bowls and spoons and make this gorgeous cake.

Favorite DIY:  Kool Aid Dyed Easter Eggs.  My love for dying Easter eggs will never go away.  And how cook and creative are these vibrant eggs?  (Don’t worry, Maggie, Haines and I will still be decorating eggs with ALL things Frozen!)

Favorite “Appy” Hour:  Blistered Shishitos with Buttermilk Dip.  Truth:  I’ve never tried shishitos.  And that trend needs to end.  And if you’re not familiar with shishitos, they are a hybrid between a jalapeno and bell pepper and not incredibly spicy.  I think they’d be addictive.

Favorite Flakes:  Proscuitto and Gruyere Croissants.  This week I added “homemade croissants” to my cooking bucket list.

Favorite Daydream:  On a beach.  With a book.  And not a worry in the world.


Favorite Fresh:  Green Goddess Hummus.  I fell off the hummus bandwagon a while back and I think it’s time I jump back on.

Favorite Flavors: Avocado and Heirloom Tomato Salad.  At the end of last summer I was so over tomatoes.  But now that we’ve survived the winter from you-know-where I’m ready for them again.  And there is nothing as delicious and beautiful as this simple salad.

Favorite Brunch:  Frico Eggs.  I am currently working to perfect the fried egg.  So let’s keep practicing but add in some crispy cheese to the pan.  And a little green avocado on the side for good measure.

Favorite Fashion:  white bottoms + bright tops = my warm weather outfit for just about any occassion


Favorite Slice:  Spring Onion Pizza.  A pizza with a few of my favorite things:  leeks, garlic, green onions, cheese and herbs.

Favorite Sip to Share:  Pineapple Sangria. Next weekend the family will be gathering for Easter weekend and it’s an unwritten expectation that I’ll have a cocktail recipe up my sleeve for the crowd.  Nothing seems more appropriate than this cocktail.



Friday Favorites

I’m ready to get this workday over and get my weekend started, how about you?  There is no snow in the forecast and that makes me happy.  And although we lose an hour of sleep this weekend, I welcome the extra hour of sunlight that I’ll have on Sunday evening.  We technically have a plan-free weekend so I’m hoping we get some of our “to-do” list knocked out while also relaxing and enjoying the weekend.  I won’t hold you back from the day any longer so here are my favorites of the past week (or two).

Favorite “Appy” Hour:  Beet Dip with Hazelnuts + Goat Cheese.  Not only is the color of this dip gorgeous but the flavor combination sounds too good to be true.  I just can’t seem to get beets off my mind since the salad at the Black House last Sunday.  I can’t help but think that a glass of  chardonnay from Sonoma would pair heavenly with this appetizer.

Favorite Up-Grade:  Brussels Sprouts Caesar with Crispy Pancetta.  Big Guy is probably drooling over this up-grade on the traditional Caesar salad that he loves so dearly.  I’m drooling over the pancetta.

Favorite Irresistible:  Brownie Cake with Salted Caramel + Peanut Topping.  I’m lusting over this cake.  And I’m pretty sure that one bite would make me fall in love.

Favorite Indulge:  Pepperoni Meatballs Spaghetti.  Sometimes you just need a plate of carbs.  And pepperoni.  All things Italian have been screaming my name since I made lasagna last week.

Favorite Daydream:  Spring Fashion! I could live in white pants, a tunic and wedges.

Favorite Spin:  BBQ Meatloaf with Grilled Fontina Cornbread Stacks.  Yes, please.  I would devour this meal.

Favorite Weeknight Dinner:  Oven-Baked Sesame Chicken.  This chicken dish is easy, inexpensive, and hard to mess up.  It’s the perfect dish for any night of the week.

Favorite Wake-Up:  Cheddar and Bacon Waffles.  This would make me jump out of bed on a Sunday morning.

Favorite Intrigued:  Tahini Date Shake.  This week I’ve been hooked on my go-to smoothie for breakfast.  I think I need to change it up and try something new.  I rarely find something that seems “weird” to me in the food world so I obviously must give it a try.

Favorite Cocktail:  Cucumber Basil Gimlet.  Not only does this drink scream Spring but it’s perfect for St. Patty’s Day.

Happy Weekend, friends!


STITCH FIX {fix #6}

After taking a little break from Stitch Fix, I decided I needed another “go” at utilizing a personal shopper.

Unfortunately, this box wasn’t my favorite.


Here’s what was in Fix #6:

Margaret Elizabeth Jewelry Dana Druzy Teardrop Necklace

Margaret Elizabeth Jewelry
Dana Druzy Teardrop Necklace


I loved this necklace.  And I do think it’s a timeless piece that would go with a lot of things but I like my jewelry to have sentimental value.  As in, Big Guy gave it to me (HAH!).

The necklace was returned.

Pomelo  Wrenn V-Neck Jersey Top

Wrenn V-Neck Jersey Top

Size Small – $44

So plain.  So boring.  So not flattering.  This was returned.

Mystree Benfeld Tiered Colorbrocked Mini Skirt

Benfeld Tiered Colorbrocked Mini Skirt

Size Medium – $58

First of all, this skirt would look adorable on my sister-in-law or my sister.  They have the figures for this type of skirt.  I do not.

Also, it’s not fun enough of a pattern for that price.  This was returned.

Margaret M Ariel Trouser

Margaret M
Ariel Trouser

Size 4 – $68.00

I have to be honest, I was so annoyed to open the box and see pants.  Pants are something I must try on to ensure that they fit.  I don’t like pants too low and I can’t do “skinny” jeans.

But guess what.  These fit perfectly!  And they are the perfect addition to my work wardrobe.  A keeper – though I might take them to the tailor to have the pockets removed for a cleaner front.

41 Hawthorn Amani Cowl Neck Sleeveless Blouse

41 Hawthorn
Amani Cowl Neck Sleeveless Blouse

Size Small – $48.00

After trying this shirt on, it went in the “maybe” pile.  I would wear the color (ECU Pirates!) but it just wasn’t my favorite.

And if it’s not a favorite, why spend money on it.  This shirt was returned.

Out of the 5 items in the box I only purchased one.  The pants were $68 (and I would totally pay that in store for work pants) but with my $20 styling fee I only had to pay $48.

Not my favorite box, but I still didn’t lose any money.

I’m hoping for better luck in April’s fix.

Want to give Stitch Fix a try for yourself?

Insta-Lately {snow, my first OOTN, date night and BBQ park}

Despite the fact that it’s been 70 degrees the past three days, it snowed on Wednesday night.  I posted this picture so that I could think happy, warm thoughts.  I’m just not a fan of the white flakes falling from the sky.

I have posted 623 pictures on Instagram.  This was my first OOTN (outfit of the night).  And it only happened because I was asked.  Thank you, Southern Swank, for the goods.

On Friday night, Big Guy took me out for a little date.  I had seen on Instagram earlier in the month that it was going to be “Game Week” at Capital Club 16.  Capital Club 16 is located in downtown Raleigh and it’s been on my “places to eat” list for a while.  I knew that if anything could convince Big Guy to go, “Game Week” could.  And it did.  Rumor has it they have the best Sunday brunch in town.  It’s a super small restaurant so get there early.  Or sit at the bar like we did.  We thought the service and food was top notch.

Just a little “date night” collage – a cheese plate at Capital Club 16, their decor (which Big Guy loved) and a night cap cocktail at Fox’s Liquor Bar. 

On Sunday we did a little exploring.  For work I had visited a park in R0cky Mount called “Barbecue Park.”  It’s located where the first sit-down inside BBQ restaurant in NC was.  Unfortunately, Melton’s BBQ joint was destroyed in the flood of 1999.  That’s the original smokehouse in this picture.  It’s been beautifully landscaped and is something you never know was there.  Until now.

Happy Monday!

Fall Fashion and Food {pinterest style}

It’s Friday!!!!  And it’s a long weekend!!!

I’m a happy girl.

Here are some pins that are inspiring my closet and my kitchen this fall…

(for the recipes, click on the picture and it’ll lead you to the original source)

J Crew Vest. I’m obsessing over vests this week with the colder weather.


butternut, mushroom and fontina nachos with crispy sage. I can’t even handle how delicious this looks.


polka dots and plaid


Shredded Brussels Sprouts with Pistachios, Cranberries and Parm – the perfect Thanksgiving side dish.


I’m in need of a fall clutch. And by need, I mean I really want a fall clutch.


Goat Cheese and Rosemary Fondue – hellllo, appy hour!


Hot Sweet Onion “Crack” Dip – and this is why I don’t mind football season.


Vineyard Vines Lobster Crewneck Sweater. So loving this right now.


Pomegranate, Kale and Wild Rice Salad with Walnuts and Feta. Because who can resist a fall-inspired salad?


Obviously it’s sweater weather around here.



What’s on your fall fashion and food radar?