Friday Favorites

How is it that there are only two weekends left of summer (summer ends when football season begins in my world)?  I’m not sure if it’s because I felt like I was in “hiding” for the months of June and July or if it’s because I’m just getting older.  Regardless, this summer went by so fast.  This weekend we’re soaking up some of the last moments of summer and hoping to check a few items off of my 2017 Summer Bucket List.  I’m not going to stress if I’m not able to check off everything but I do want to squeeze every drop that’s left in our summer.

Whenever your summer comes to an end in your mind, I hope that you have the best weekend with friends and family doing all the things you love.


Favorite Chill Out:  Potato Chip Ice Cream Sandwiches.  There’s just something about sweet and salty desserts that make me go nuts.  In a good way.


Favorite Meal Plan:  Thai Skillet Pork Chops with Coconut Rice.  Big Guy would LOVE this dinner.  He’s obsessed with thick pork chops and adored the coconut rice that I made last weekend.


Favorite Closet Update:  Ruffled Bolero Kimono.  I feel like I’m in a weird holding period with clothes.  I’m not quite sure when I’m going to “pop” nor do I know how our “fall” weather is going to pan out this year.  This kimono would be perfect for a growing belly but could also be worn next fall.


Favorite Tailgate:  BBQ Pulled Pork Rolls.  I’m so not ready for football season – but ready or not, it’s coming.  These savory rolls would be amazing for pre-game shenanigans.


Favorite Condiment:  How to Make Tzatziki.  If you haven’t mastered this Greek sauce, now is your chance.  I whipped up a batch to take to a friend this week and I wanted to sit there with some cut up veggies and pita and just eat it all.


Favorite Look:  Dreamy Blue Bath.  While we are hoping to start a few home renovations in the next few weeks, we are not redoing our guest bath.  However, I’m obsessed with this blue tile and the Greek key mirror.


Favorite Brunch:  Coffee Cake Cinnamon Rolls.  Yes.  Cinnamon Rolls topped with all the deliciousness of a coffee cake crumble.  Oh, to wake up to the smell of these baking.


Favorite Craving:  3-Cheese Everything Spice Grilled Cheese.  I haven’t had a lot of weird pregnancy “happenings.”  In fact, I feel pretty normal.  But grilled cheese has sounded amazing since the first couple of months.  And if you haven’t tried the Everything Spice from Trader Joe’s – stop what you’re doing now and go get it.


Favorite Holding Onto Summer:  Boozy Strawberry Peach Slushies.  Strawberries and peaches scream summer.  So do frozen drinks.  Especially when you’re drinking them on a beach.



Friday Favorites

The weekend is here!  I’m heading to the beach a little later this morning for our third annual Flamingo Fling.  That means I’m leaving Big Guy behind and I’m meeting my Momma and sister at the beach for some girl time (aka flamingling).  I’m excited to see them both and imagine there will be lots of “baby” talk while we’re together.  After taking two weeks off from Friday Favorites, I’m back!


Favorite Nostalgia:  Salted Peanut Butter Ice Cream Bars.  These sweet treats remind me so much of the ice cream Snickers bars I used to love growing up.


Favorite Date Night:  Creamed Corn Pasta with Fried Herbs.  We have so much corn and I would love nothing more than to pair it with some homemade pasta.


Favorite Splash:  Cha Cha Tassel Drop Earrings.  How pretty are these?  I adore the colors.


Favorite Meal Prep:  Crunchy Thai Peanut & Quinoa Salad.  Say hello to my lunch for next week.  I think this would be perfect to prep on Sunday and then eat all week long.


Favorite Addicting:  Grain Free Salted Chocolate Chip Pecan Blondies.  Ummm, I need these.  Homemade pecan butter gets transformed into bars that look ridiculously delicious.


Favorite Daydream:  44 Islands That Should Be at the Top of Your Travel Bucket List.  I could scroll through these pictures  #dreamingofournextvacation


Favorite Side Dish:  Mexican Street Corn Salad.  This would be perfect for a summer potluck!


Favorite Sunday:  Southwestern Taco Pizza.  I think I know what I’m making for our next Pizza Sunday.


Favorite “Appy” Hour:  Caprese Salad Platter.  Part of me wants to dig in because it looks so delicious and the other part of me wants to just stare at it because it’s so gorgeous.  (p.s. burrata for life)


Favorite Sip:  Pink Flamingo Punch Cocktail.  I couldn’t resist.  To make this a mocktail, I’d simply leave out the rum.


Friday Favorites

Plans this weekend revolve around keeping cool in this summer heat wave. Ways to stay cool:  go to the pool and stay IN the pool; staying home and cooking epic summer meals; or going out to lunch where the AC is blasting and cool drinks are flowing.

So while I’m trying to not think about the heat – here are my favorites from the week!


Favorite Sunday:  Strawberry Pizza with Bacon and Caramelized Onions.  We don’t have many plans set in stone this weekend (see above) however, “pizza Sunday” hasn’t happened in a couple of weeks so I’m thinking that needs to happen.


Favorite Craving:  Potato Chip Chocolate Chip Cookies.  These would be worth turning on the oven.  Salty. Sweet.  CHIPS IN COOKIES!


Favorite Dream House:  Katie Lee’s Hampton House is For Sale.  Rarely do I find a home in which I like everything.  Until now.  Everything about this house is perfection.  Except the price tag.


Favorite Dinner Party:  Go To Summer Menu – Bo Ssam Dinner Party.  Don’t let the name turn you away – it’s basically slow roasted pork that gets turned into lettuce wraps with ALL the toppings.  Delicious, right?
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Favorite Appetizer: Skillet Cheesy Corn Dip.  Would it be bad to eat this as diner?  Asking for a friend.


Favorite Summer:  Loaded Caprese Grilled Cheese.  Thick sourdough bread, melted mozzarella, fresh tomato and garlic sauce, and herbaceous pesto.  I can’t deal.


Favorite Food for Thought:  Marriage Isn’t About Your Happiness.  Because the more we give, the better we become. Real love is not self-seeking, and it will always cost you.


Favorite Weeknight Dinner:  Chipotle Black Bean Roasted Veggie Enchilada Casserole.  I need some Mexican-inspired food in my life.  This could do the trick.


Favorite Tips and Tricks:  How to Print Mix in Your Home.    I’m obsessed with Gray Malin’s photography and I dream of owning one of his prints.


Favorite Cocktail:  Rosé and Watermelon Sunshine Spritzers.  The best thing on a hot day is an ice cold drink.


Friday Favorites

FRI-YAY!  For some reason this week has felt incredibly long. I thought Sunday was Monday and that just continued all.week.long.  But it’s finally Friday and the weekend is within sight.  Our weekend plans include a date night, lunch with Big Guy’s sisters, perhaps some pool time and simply relaxing.  I hope you have something fun planned for this warm, summer weekend.  Here are my favorites from the week:


Favorite Summer:  Grilled Corn, Tomato, and Avocado Salad with Chimichurri.  I’m pretty sure I could live off salads similar to this on during the warm months of summer.


Favorite Lightened-Up:  Healthy Gluten-Free Lemon Bars. These are happening ASAP.  I’m obsessing over the almond flour crust.


Favorite Tip:  How to Freeze Zucchini.  I can never, ever use all the zucchini that comes out of our garden.  I love giving some away but I hate when I have so much it goes bad.  This is my new solution!


Favorite In Season:  Easy Cheesy Zucchini Roll-Ups.  Speaking of zucchini, here’s another way to use up all the garden bounty.  That cheese, though.


Favorite Round-Up:  7 Affordable Beach Cruisers.  WANT!  I’m really loving the coral bike with the basket.   


Favorite Salty and Sweet:  Saltine Cracker-Brownie Ice Cream Sandwiches.  Don’t twist my arm.  I absolutely adore this combo.


Favorite Toppings:  Grilled Burrata Pizza with Crispy Prosciutto and Fried Basil.   Y’all – I love burrata.  The creaminess is unreal.  That paired with crispy, salty prosciutto and crunchy basil sounds insane.  Simple but insane.


Favorite Unexpected:  Summery Chipotle Corn Chowder.  I know, I know.  HOT SOUP?  I get it.  It’s 90 degrees outside and the last thing you probably want is soup.  But this one sounds so good I might have to make a sacrifice and eat dinner in my bathing suit.


Favorite Ice Cold:  Frozen Mint Lemonade.  How refreshing!  I think I’d add a little gin or vodka for a kick.


Friday Favorites

Good morning, friends!  I’m sure many of you are incredibly excited for this upcoming weekend because 4th of July on a Tuesday = looooonnnnggggg weekend.  We’re considering next week our “summer vacation” and I’m excited to unplug (so I won’t be blogging!) and relax.  I bought two new books and I plan on getting through them both.  Stay safe and I’ll see you back here soon.


Favorite Red, White and Blue:  No Bake Frozen Cheesecake.  Not only does this look easy but it looks delicious.  Bonus:  no need to turn on the oven.


Favorite Round-up:  4th of July Menu.  Need ideas for long weekend celebrations?  Gaby’s got you covered.  I’m eyeing that cherry and peach panzanella like WHOA.


Favorite “Did You Know?”:  Why do jeans have that tiny pocket?  There is a reason. Spoiler alert:  a watch!


Favorite “Appy” Hour:  Lemon Feta Dip with Garlic Tomato Vinaigrette.  I could make dinner out of this platter.


Favorite Online Shopping:  J. Crew Factory.  I want it all.  But I’m especially liking all the comfy cotton dresses, some of the shorts, and simple tops.

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Favorite Drool:  Animal Style Cheeseburger Pizza.  Holy deliciousness.


Favorite Summer:  Best S’mores Bars.  Let’s be honest, it’s a little too warm to start the fire pit in July around here.  But these bars give you ALL the flavor and look amazing.


Favorite Makeover:  5 Tips for Creating a Beautifully Organized Pantry.  Hey Big Guy, you up for a trip to the Container Store????


Favorite Lunch or Dinner:  BLT Lettuce Wraps with Avocado Ranch.  NEED this in my life.    So flavorful, so crunchy, so, dare I say it, healthy.


Favorite Cool Down:  Watermelon Frosé.  This happened last Sunday and you need it in your life.

Cheers!  And Happy 4th of July!

Friday Favorites

I have two requirements for this weekend:  sun and fun.  Should be pretty easy to check those off the list.  I’m also thinking there’s a pizza night in our near future.  I hope you have a wonderful weekend!  p.s. Be sure to put SUN and FUN on your weekend list, too.


Favorite Round-Up:  18 Grilled Pizzas That Bring Pizza Night Outside.  YES to Grilled Lobster and Corn Pizza with Goat Cheese and Fresh Tomatoes.


Favorite Top:  Moon River Yellow Madeline Top.  How cute is this?  And it would be absolutely perfect for football season (sadly that will be here before we know it).


Favorite “Appy” Hour:  Caprese Burrata Garlic Bread.  This is happening as soon as our tomatoes are ready to come off the vine.


Favorite Sweet and Simple:  Cheesecake for Two.  Only five ingredients.  This would be perfect for date night in.


Favorite Reads:  2017 Summer Reading List.  Jessica and I (yes, we’re on a first name basis) have the same taste in books.  I can’t wait to get my hands on “The Identicals,” “Secrets in Summer,” and “The Sunshine Sisters.”


Favorite Cheese, Please:  Spicy Mexican Mac and Cheese.  I’ve been talking about “trashed up” mac and cheese for MONTHS now.  It’s about time I make it happen.


Favorite Lightened Up:  Turkey Enchilada Stuffed Poblanos Rellenos.  All I can say is “YUM.”  Going on the menu ASAP.


Favorite DIY:  Small Space Vertical Herb Garden.  If we were ever to have a smaller yard space, I could totally see myself wanting to make one of these.  How cute!


Favorite Obsessed:  Greek Nachos.  These look absolutely incredible.  I want it all.


Favorite Vacation:  Piña Colada Punch.  Perhaps I need to add this to my list for the weekend.  Fun. Sun. Vacation in a glass.




Friday Favorites

Weeks that “start” on Tuesday sure do go by fast!  It’s been a busy week trying to fit five days into four plus tying up a few loose ends for two events (one was last night and one is tonight).  What does your weekend have in store for you?  Tonight we’re co-hosting Supper Club and I’m so excited about the theme, “A Night in Havana.”  Bring on the mojitos!  My brother and SIL plus the babe are staying here the night and I cannot wait to snuggle my nephew a little more.  Saturday is wide open minus teaching at 8am and Sunday is pretty open minus a little gender reveal party we’re attending.  Perhaps I’ll find time to hit the pool and I’m certain I’ll find time to make something amazing in the kitchen and pour myself a glass of wine.  Have a good one, friends!


Favorite Spread:  A Late Spring Cheese Board with Beet Whipped Feta.  A platter of my dreams.


Favorite Layers:  Lemon Poppyseed Cake.  Lemon desserts are one of my favorites.  And it’s so beautiful.


Favorite Advice:  5 Real People on the Small Lifestyle Shifts They Made to Save Money.  Because saving money is easier said than done.


Favorite Weekend:  Chicken Burgers with Jicama and Candied Jalapeños.  I’m not usually a fan of chicken burgers but this looks insane.


Favorite Splurge:  Persifor Women’s Capri Riviera Kilpatrick Dress.  A little pricey considering it’s cotton but I love the print.


Favorite Craving:  Blackened Salmon Caprese Skewers.  I know Big Guy won’t touch these so I might need to fire up my grill pan inside.


Favorite Recipe to Save:  Chocolate Zucchini Muffins with Avocado.  The day will soon come when I’m up to my ears in zucchini…


Favorite Read:  Adulting.  So interesting and I can totally relate.


Favorite Salad That’s Not a Salad:  Spicy Peanut Soba Noodle Salad.  This looks delicious.  I love a good peanut sauce.


Favorite Sipper:  Pineapple Punch with Ginger Beer.  Say “hello” to my Saturday cocktail.