Friday Favorites

**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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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

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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.

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

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

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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.

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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!

Cheers!

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:

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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.

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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.

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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?

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

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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.

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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.

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

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

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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)

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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.

Cheers!

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:

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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.

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

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

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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

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

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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.

Cheers!

Friday Favorites

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Oh, I just love when a Friday arrives.  We’re spending another weekend close to home and I can’t say I’m upset with the lack of “crazy” plans.  Life is busy enough so I’m savoring the slower weekends with Big Guy.  I hope your weekend involves some laughter, love and something delicious.

Here are my favorites from the week:

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Favorite Skillet Dinner: Spicy Sesame Roast Chicken.  I adore all of the ingredients and flavors in this not-so-complicated dinner.  Sweet honey, nutty tahini, salty soy, spicy Sriracha, and loads of deliciousness from garlic and ginger.

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Favorite Slice:  Banh Mi Pizza.  How colorful and unique is this pizza?

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Favorite Make Ahead:  Apple, Cranberry, Almond Mason Jar Salads with Greek Yogurt Poppy Seed Dressing.  I think it’s time I add this to the lunchtime rotation.

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Favorite Wish List:  Aerin Mediterranean Honeysuckle Perfume.  They had me at “escape to the sun-drenched, azure Mediterranean.”

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Favorite Intrigued:  Reverse Seared Steak with Garlic Herb Butter.  We make a pretty mean steak but I’m always willing to give new techniques a try.  This steak starts in the oven and then moves to the stovetop…interesting.

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Favorite Bright:  Whole Grain Olive Oil-Poppy Seed Loaf with Meyer Lemon Glaze.  All the sunshine earlier in the week reminded me of bright Meyer Lemons.  This bread is gorgeous and I adore the lemon-poppy seed combination.

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Favorite Mouthful:  Beer Caramelized Onion Burgers with Tarragon Honey Mustard.  I’m so mesmerized by this burger that I’m at a loss for words.

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Favorite Thought:  10 Choices to Make Today that You Won’t Regret Tomorrow.  Believing that tomorrow is a better day. You will never regret looking on the bright side, or being hopeful, or starting the day with a smile.

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Favorite Fashion:  Spring Forward.  With the arrival of Spring, I can’t help but think about pulling out all my favorite warm-weather clothes.  I also would like to update my closet with a few items: an off the shoulder shirt and a white dress.  And I pray the chambray trend never goes away!

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Favorite With Salt:  Palomas with Salty Chili Sugar.  I’m going to try to find a way to make this happen this weekend.

 

CHEERS!

 

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.

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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!

 

 

 

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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 every.single.day.  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.

Cheers.

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.

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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

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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.

Cheers!