Friday Favorites

This Friday is extra sweet because the only thing standing between me and a little “adult Spring Break” is teaching two classes this A.M.  Whether you’re taking a little time for yourself in the coming week or not, I hope you take the time to remember what Easter is really about.  While I’m the first to gush over being able to wear my white pants and spend the morning dying Easter eggs there’s so much more to this weekend.  He is Risen!

And with that, my favorites from the week:

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Favorite Obsessed:  Cadbury Mini Eggs Skillet Cookie.  When it comes to my Easter basket, there’s only ONE candy I want:  a mini bag of Cadbury Mini Eggs.  They are my favorite.  (Don’t worry, Big Guy, I bought you a pack or two to throw into my basket).  This cookie is basically my dream come true.

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Favorite Tropical:  Pineapple Ice Molds.  How cute are these?!?!?!

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Favorite Festive:  Toasted Sesame Sriracha Deviled Eggs.  I honestly have no intention of making deviled eggs this year…but these are making me want to change my tune.

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Favorite Read:  Slightly South of Simple:  A Novel.  This author is compared to one of my absolute favorite authors, Elin Hilderbrand.  It sounds like the perfect beach read.

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Favorite How To:  Sourdough Bread:  A Step-By-Step Guide for Home Bakers.  This is a fun addition to my “kitchen bucket list” and I love how approachable Jen made it with this tutorial.

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Favorite Fun:  Lemon Tree Earrings.  I’ve always loved unique earrings and these are just adorable.

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Favorite Dinner:  Roasted Rack of Lamb with Basil-Goat Cheese Sauce.  This will definitely be on the menu soon.

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Favorite List:  5 Dream Kitchen Must Haves.   When thinking of a new house, the kitchen is a top priority because of all the time we spend in that room.  I am totally on board with ALL five of these requirements.

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Favorite Dinner for One:  Shoyu Ahi Poke.  I cannot want to get my hands on some sushi-grade tuna and make this delightful bowl.

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Favorite Cocktail:  Frozen Mimosas.  Or in my world, FroMo.  I don’t think any other explanation is needed.

 

CHEERS!

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!

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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.

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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.

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Favorite Flavors:  Caramelized Wild Mushroom Pizza.  Pizza Sundays at home are my favorite,

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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.

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Favorite Tips:  Anatomy of a Well-Styled Bookshelf.  Once again, daydreaming of my next house.

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Favorite Rich and Buttery:  Puff Pastry Donuts.  I workout and eat well during the week so I can splurge on the weekend.

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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…

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Favorite Layers:  Mint Coconut Chocolate Cake.  Quite possibly the best flavor combination ever for a cake.

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Favorite Cocktail:  The Ginger Rogers.  Grapefruit + Ginger + Gin.  Super refreshing and super spring-y.

 

Cheers!

Friday Favorites

Hey friends!  If you’re not wearing green, consider this your PINCH.  I’ve never been one to go crazy over St. Patty’s Day.  I mean, I wear my green and if I’m on top of my game I plan a fun dinner but to be honest, I have no idea if I’ll eat anything remotely Irish today.  But I’m wearing my green.  Well, after I change out of my gym clothes.  I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and I’ll see you next week!

Here are my favorites from the week:

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Favorite Round Up:  St. Patrick’s Day Recipes.  Just in case you need some inspiration for your day of eats!

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Favorite Obsessed:  Samoas Ice Cream Sandwiches.  Y’all.  I haven’t had a Girls Scout cookie yet.  And now I want a samoa with ice cream squished in between.  Ooo, I bet thin mints would be good this way, too.

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Favorite Upgrade:  Rockingham Chelsea Boots.  The saying goes, “April showers bring May flowers.”  And while I love my Hunter boots, I’m in need of something shorter that’s easier to take on and off.

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Favorite Weeknight Dinner:  Slow Cooker Beef and Broccoli.  I love that this dish is made in a crock pot instead of a wok.

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Favorite Read:  “Why I Don’t Recommend Whole30.”  Preach.  I 100% agree with everything this blog post says.  Plus any diet that makes me take out foods that are good for you is just plain cray.

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Favorite Brunch:  Tater Tot Waffles with Bacon, Eggs and Truffle Oil.  Oh my.  Totally putting tater tots in my waffle iron ASAP.

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Favorite Craving:  Shrimp Cakes.  Someone find me some shrimp.  I’ve had a hankering for about two months now.

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Favorite Over Budget:  Fig Leaf Sconces.  I want to have a reason to need these.  I just love the print.

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Favorite DIP:  Avocado Hummus.  Two of my favorite things in the world – TOGETHER.

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Favorite Bring on Summer:  Sparkling Grapefruit Bikini Cocktail.  I can just see myself sipping this by the pool…

 

Cheers!

 

 

 

 

Friday Favorite

Morning!  I have a busy morning ahead but wanted to share some of my favorites from the week that might inspire you on this lovely Friday.  We’re bracing ourselves for the return of cold weather (enter frown here) and have a weekend filled with a mix of social happenings and nothingness.  So here we go….

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Favorite Wanderlust:  5 Favorite Spring Break Spots in the U.S.  As if you needed another excuse to want to plan a trip…

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Favorite Drool:  Mini Chocolate Peanut Butter Cinnamon Rolls.  These might be a little sweet for my usual 6:30am breakfast but I’m pretty sure I could make room for one or two after a weekend brunch.

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Favorite Shot:  Survive Cold Season without a Sniffle.  No alcohol is involved.  But this is not for the faint of heart.

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Favorite Flavor:  Lemon Layer Cake with Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting.  My face immediately becomes the heart eye emoji when I hear the word “lemon” in any recipe, especially dessert.

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Favorite Fashion:  Striped Sailor Pant.  Yesterday I received a text from a friend with a picture of a blogger in these pants and she deemed I needed them.  I agree.

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Favorite Sammy:  Healthy Pumpkin Seed and Avocado Pesto Chicken Salad Sandwich.  I want to pack this up and go on a picnic.

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Favorite Page Turner:  The One That Got Away.  And this book makes me wish for an afternoon by the pool with not a care in the world.

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Favorite Sunday:  Truffled Mushroom Bacon Pepperoni Pizza.  I’m hoping for a pizza Sunday this month.

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Favorite Big Game:  Slow Cooker Asian BBQ Pulled Chicken Sandwiches.  Perhaps I can get into March Madness with this lovely sandwich and some fun appetizers.

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Favorite Pour:  Pear Elderflower Champagne Cocktail.  No shaking and no stirring. Let’s be fancy.

Cheers to the weekend!

Friday Favorites

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!

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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.

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Favorite Dough:  White Pizza with Spinach and Lemon.  Pizza night!  We haven’t had one in awhile.

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Favorite Makeover:  DIY Campaign Dresser.   Love how this basic dresser is made incredibly glam.

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Favorite Cookie:  Oatmeal Raisin Snickerdoodles.  You either love raisins or you don’t.  I do.  And these cookies look amazing.

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Favorite Bookmark:  Southern Solstice by Sarah Sadler.  MUST READ!

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Favorite Buzzed:  Espresso Almond Cashew Butter. Coffee in my nut butter?  Sign me up.

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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.

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Favorite Craving:  Honey Walnut Shrimp.  I am sooooo looking forward to having fresh shrimp from the local seafood shack at Ocean Isle Beach.

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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.

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Favorite Fancy:  Lemon Raspberry Sorbet Prosecco Floats.  Sweet, tart and bubbly.  My kind of drink.

Cheers!

 

 

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday!  I’m feeling much more inspired by the internet this week.  I think it has something to do with the 70 degree weather here and it feeling like Spring.  Y’all know my aversion to winter. (shutter)  We’re having our usual low-key Friday night with dinner + DVR.  I teach on Saturday morning and then I’m hoping Big Guy will join me on a long walk.  I’m not quite sure what Saturday will hold but my sister, brother-in-law and the three kiddos will be here Saturday evening and I’m so excited to see them all.  It’ll be pizza for the kids and then a fun dinner for the adults.  Sunday is supposed to be a little cooler but I know we’ll enjoy our “day of rest” after having breakfast with our overnight guests (I’ve promised them cinnamon rolls and bacon!).  Have the best weekend ever and I’ll see you Monday!

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Favorite Bag Lady:  Hat Attack Embroidered Clutch in Cocktail.  Ummm, how adorable is this?

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Favorite From Scratch:  Peanut Butter Oreos.  I’m all about that peanut butter cream filling.  Whether it’s sandwiched between two chocolate cookies or eaten straight off the spoon.

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Favorite Lunch:  Brussels and Chickpea Salad in a Jar with Artichokes, Sun-dried Tomatoes and Asiago.  Totally happening next week.

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Favorite Shop:  Lulu & Georgia.  How am I just finding this online home decor store?  I’ll take this, and this, and this.

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Favorite Weeknight:  Sweet Potato Black Bean Enchiladas with Avocado Lime Crema.  We haven’t had enchiladas in awhile…

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Favorite DIY:  2 Easy Anti-Anging Face Masks Made with Grapes.   All ages can benefit from the anti-inflammatory properties, lightening agents, and sun damage reversal provided by grapes. BRING.IT.ON.

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Favorite Remedy:  Cold Chasers.  Y’all.  There is so much sickness going around right now. I plan on keeping this recipe in my back pocket for the next time I feel a little icky.

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Favorite Brunchy Bite:  French Toast Shooters.  Who wants to have a brunch party??!?!!

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Favorite Fashion:  Painted Stripe Maxi Dress.  I’m so over winter clothes.  Bring on the dresses and shorts and sandals.

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Favorite Intrigued:  Avocado and Lime Margarita.  A guacamole inspired drink – sign me up! (p.s. did anyone celebrate National Margarita Day on Wednesday?)

Cheers!

Friday Favorites

Hey friends!  I hope you all had a great week.  I’m so excited that my parents are coming to visit us this weekend.  We have some fun meals planned for them and my mom and I will be doing a few “arts and crafts” for my sister-in-laws upcoming baby shower.  Being the oldest of four, it’s rare to get one-on-one time with your parents for more than a few hours so I really cherish the moments when they make the trip east to see us.  I hope you all have a lovely weekend and I’ll see you next week!

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Favorite Unexpected:   Creamy Polenta with Roasted Beets.  What a fun combination of flavors and colors!  I could totally see us having this for a low-key Friday night dinner.

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Favorite Snack Attack:  Healthy No-Bake Cookie Dough Bites.  I actually have all the ingredients for these little nuggets in the kitchen right this moment…

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Favorite Southern Sunday:  Buttermilk Fried Chicken.   It’s been over two years since we last made fried chicken and I’m starting to get the itch to fry up another batch of crispy, crunchy goodness.

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Favorite Non-Food Item:  Milo Bubble Vase.  Like I said last week, the WWW has been quite uninspiring this month.  BUT I do love this vase.  I find it hard to put just a few flowers into a large mouth vase and this one is perfect. (p.s. it’s really affordable, too)

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Favorite Girls Night:  Poke Bowls with Sesame-Soy Almonds.    I could not pay Big Guy to eat this meal with me.  However, I have a friend or two who would devour this deliciousness right alongside me.

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Favorite Small Bite:  Rosemary Pineapple Mozzarella Bites.  I feel like this appetizer would be perfect for so many occasions.  Cocktail hour…baby shower..a plate by yourself…

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Favorite Breakfast:  Banana Bread Smoothie.  I’m so ready for warmer weather so I can bring back my smoothie bowls!

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Favorite Side Dish:  Cucumbers in Garlic Sauce.  We are a pickle-obsessed household.  And these cucumbers look amazing!

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Favorite Slice:  Super Fudgy Mocha Layer Cake.  Oh my.  I might need to bake a cake soon.

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Favorite Brunch:  Pineapple Mint Prosecco Punch.  What a fun combination!  A little departure from the usual brunch drink.

Cheers!