Tuesday, July 25, 2017

On My Bookshelf [The Singles Game]

When The Singles Game came across my feed while I was watching Wimbledon I knew I would be adding it to my summer reading list.  It's penned by the same author as The Devil Wears Prada.  While it's certainly not at the same level, it was a quick, easy read and although predictable at times still entertaining overall.


Amazon says:
"The perfect beach read" (Booklist) from the New York Times bestselling author of The Devil Wears Prada - a dishy tell-all about a beautiful tennis prodigy who changes coaches and suddenly makes headlines on and off the court.

How far would you go to reach the top?

When America's sweetheart, Charlotte "Charlie" Silver, makes a pact with the devil -- the infamously brutal tennis coach Todd Feltner -- she finds herself catapulted into a world of celebrity stylists, private parties, charity matches aboard mega-yachts, and secret dates with Hollywood royalty.  Under Todd's new ruthless regime, Charlie the good girl is out.  Todd waants "Warrior Princess" Charlie all the way.  After all, no one ever wins big by playing nice.

Celebrity mags and gossip blogs go wild for Charlie as she jets around the globe, chasing Grand Slam titles and Page Six headlines.  But as the Warrior Princess's star rises on and off the court, it comes at a cost.  In a world obsessed with good looks and hot shots, is Charlie Silver willing to lose hersef to win it all?

I've been making a conscious effort to relax, slow down, and de-stress this summer.  As a result, I've been able to get a bit more reading in lately and I'm loving it!!  As always, I'd love to know what you recommend.  What's on your bookshelf??

Happy Reading!

Monday, July 24, 2017

Green Tea Lemonade

What's more refreshing on a summer day than a glass of sweet tea??  While that's my true love, I've been gravitating to the green tea lemonade lately.  It's a simple little twist on the old classic and doesn't have the exorbitant amount of sugar (no matter how yummy).


Green Tea Lemonade - The Easy Way

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 parts green tea
  • 1/4 part lemonade
"Directions" (If you can call them that....)
  • I brew up a big 'ole pitcher of sun tea, just using 5-6 green tea bags.  We've found we like the tea on the stronger side.  Certainly you can brew a cup the traditional way, too.
  • Make your own lemonade or use ready made.  We love to use the Minute Maid Lite to save calories.  We always add the juice of at least one fresh lemon to give it a little more punch.
  • Enjoy!
Happy Sipping!







Friday, July 21, 2017

Five on Friday [7.21.17]

Happy Friday!!  I can hardly believe it, but we only have one more week of summer break.  I'm going to try my hardest to relax and enjoy every last moment.  So, without further ado, here are this week's five:

ONE
Our garden is producing cucumbers like crazy!  We picked 20 in one day alone, not that we're complaining in the least!  We took the opportunity to whip up some quick refrigerator pickles and have enjoyed horiatiki (Greek salad) every night.



TWO
I hurried home each day this week in hopes of hiding the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale boxes before Hubby got home.  I missed this simple dress the first time around, but after trying on a friends just might have to order one myself.  It's perfect to dress up or wear casually with little flats. Anything with ruffles and I'm sold!  It would look pretty cute with this classic necklace from J.Crew, too!


THREE
While I did order a couple items from the #nsale, I must confess that I really scored some incredible deals at Nordstrom Rack!  This Bobeau cardigan is a fave.  So very soft and lightweight.  Perfect to layer in both cold weather and cold air conditioning.

FOUR
My mama would have celebrated a big birthday this week and while I'm missing her something fierce, I sometimes have to chuckle....sometimes I open my mouth and she comes out.  It never failes to make my heart smile.  How I wish she were here to hear it herself.


FIVE
I've been trying to convince Hubby to convert a hall closet into built-ins.  I've been unsuccessful so far, but have if you follow me on Pinterest you know I haven't given up yet.  This pin has me swooning and seems like something we could easily to ourselves.  (Well, handy Hubby could!)  Anyone have any tips or tricks??  Or have you done this same and regretted?  Hubby is convinced I'll regret it later....

Office built ins  DIY built ins with kitchen cabinets
Via Pinterest
Happy Friday!  Wishing y'all a wonderful weekend!  
Katie                                                 April

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

What's for Dinner [Salmon Burgers with Spinach and Feta]

It's no secret that we've been enjoying tons of salmon lately (grilled, honey-soy-glazed, and most recently like this).   While I could eat it every day of the week, Hubby tires of it.  This was my attempt to change things up and it was a huge success!


Salmon Burgers with Spinach and Feta

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb salmon, cut into large cubes
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1/2 cup Feta cheese (roughly)
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • salt and pepper to taste
Directions:
  • Pulse spinach in a food processor until roughly chopped.  
  • Add salmon cubes and pulse until slightly blended.  
  • Add remaining ingredients and mix by hand.  Form into patties.  (The mixutre is soft.  If grilling chill in a fridge for 15 minutes until firmer.)
  • Add drizzle of olive oil to saute pan and heat.  Brown patties on each side and enjoy!
Notes:
  • We served plain, but this would be delish on a bun with lemon mayo (1 c. mayo, 1-2 T lemon juice, 2 t zest, garlic if desired).
  • For health reasons we omitted a binding agent like egg or bread crumbs.  While we didn't miss either, you could easily include one or the other!
  • We served with a simple mix of sauteed squash from the garden.
Happy Cooking!

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Mama

Today I'm simply popping in to say I'm thining of my sweet mama.  Not a day goes by that I don't think of her or that I'm reminded of how very lucky I was to have such an incredible influence and role model in my life.  There is simply no one else like her.


Tuesday, July 18, 2017

On My Bookshelf [Beach Town]

You can always count on Mary Kay Andrews for a fun beach (or pool, if you're in Indiana) read.  While Beach Town isn't my favorite of her works, it was still a easy read, perfect for a sunny summer book!



Monday, July 17, 2017

Greek Villiage Salad [Horiatiki]

Well friends, I hate to break it to you, but a Greek salad doesn't have lettuce.  Don't get me wrong, I'll eat one because, quite simply, add feta and olives, which is really all anyone really does, and it's good.  But, all those Greek salads you've had?  They've been a poor imitation of the real deal.  A true Greek salad is so very simple, yet a thing of beauty.  It's truly one of my favorite dishes and served fresh from the garden it just can't be beat.  So without further ado.....



Sunday, July 16, 2017

Sip and Shop Sunday [Hydrating Mask]

Happy Sunday!!  Today we're keeping things simple and sipping on some lemon water.  I start every day with a couple glasses of water (one of them always lemon) followed by a cup of coffee.  You can read about the benefits of lemon water here.  Although full confession:  I just can't do it warm, always cold.


Friday, July 14, 2017

Five on Friday [7.14.17]

Happy Friday!!  While I'm so happy that it's Friday, with each passing one I'm again reminded that the end of summer is near.  I'm quite simply not yet ready to go back to school.  But until then, I'm holdin on tight....

ONE
Hubby and I celebrated his birthday last night with a quiet dinner at home.  I tried to talk him into going out, but as the thunder boomed and the streets flooded with all the rain, we were quite happy with our decision.  It's just as the saying goes...I love him more than yesterday, but not as much as tomorrow.

TWO
The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale started yesterday, too.  I snagged some good deals and shared some of my wishlist items, but am kind of kicking myself for not picking up this Mac Look in a Box deal....although the sale's not over yet....


Thursday, July 13, 2017

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

Today's the day, y'all!!!  The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale starts today for cardholders!  I did a little online shopping this morning and they have some incredible deals!  Santa may have even scored a few good deals to knock somethings off his list, too.

Here are some of my favorite finds:

What's on your wishlist??  I'm excited to see everyone's lists!!  Such terrific deals this go-round!

Happy Shopping!

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Sunday, July 9, 2017

Sip and Shop Sunday [Kate Spade on Sale]

Happy Sunday!  It's a beautiful, sunny day here.  Spent much of the day lounging at the pool enjoying a good book, good company, and some sweet treats from the "Summer Bash".  Pretty perfect.

Sweet friend AK alerted me to some too good not to share deals on Kate Spade this afternoon.  So, I'm popping in with the "shopping" portion of Sip and Shop Sunday today.

Cobble Hill Mayra
Gorgeous shade of blue, a little larger than a purse, but not as big as a messenger bag, and marked down AND it's half off!!  You read that right -- half off!


Leewood Place Rainn Medium Tote
Love the sweet scallops on this one!

Lombard Street Bradie
The tile (a pretty pale) blue is especially pretty.



On Purpose 
While this one isn't on sale, but the pink and bow combo has me swooning!!  They have a wrislet, too!

Hope you have had a terrific weekend!!

Happy Shopping!

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Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Ina's Fruit Salad with Limoncello

Happy Belated Independence Day!  I hope you and yours had a wonderful 4th and holiday weekend!  It seems the older I get, the more emotional and the more significant things become...grateful doesn't even begin to describe my feelings as an American.

But, I digress....really popping in today was all about sharing the delicious dessert recipe from the weekend!  There's not a recipe we've ever made from Ina that hasn't been delish! In an effort to eat a little healthier, we stunbled upon it while searching fruit desserts.  With that in mind, we did adapt it a bit and, honestly, I don't think we missed anything!  It will definitely be enjoyed again, likely soon when our blackberies begin to ripen!




Tuesday, June 27, 2017

What's for Dinner: [Grilled Salmon]

Salmon is one of my favoite foods!  I could eat salmon every day of the week and be one very happy camper.  I love it as sushi, lox, poached, and my very favorite grilled just like this.  This simple seasoning mix is certainly a tasty addition.



Monday, June 26, 2017

PSA: Kroger ClickList

Well, friends, it's been quite a start to the summer.  The first week of the tennis program started off with a bang and while I thought it was just that stress that was causing me to feel like my heart was going to explode, I landed in the ICU the second week.  All is great now though!!  After a little shock (literally) my heart is back in rythm and it finally feels like summer can begin.

After all this excitement, Hubby and I just needed a few days to rest, relax, and take it easy.  With that in mind, we decided to try Kroger ClickList and boy were we glad we did!  It was incredibly easy, convenient, and allowed us to stock the fridge quickly with very little effort.



How it works:
Simply login to your Kroger account and click ClickList.  From there you can complete your shopping by adding items to your cart.  If you use a Kroger Plus card, there will be a special section for items you buy frequently.  If you're anything like me, this will speed things along as I tend to buy the same items over and over.  You can also shop sale items, by category, or simply search the item your seeking.


Within your selections you can give instructions, for instance green bananas or ripe avocados.  You can also choose whether or not to allow substitutions.


After your cart is full, simply choose your pickup day and time and head to the store.  (Hubby did this, and when I asked him to snap a few pics he looked at me like I had complely lost my mind. So, no photos....)



There are designated ClickList spots to park.  Call the number on the sign and within minutes your groceries are being loaded into your car.  They will alert you as to whether anything has been substituted and you have the option to decline the substitution.

This was absolutely perfect for our situation, especially considering the service fee is waived for your first three orders.  This would also be perfect for the busy working mom, ordering for a sick friend who lives far away, or when you arrive home from vacation to an empty fridge, not to mention when you just don't feel like shopping.

Now that the fridge is full, it's time to head to the pool for some more R and R....doctors orders, right?!?  ;)

Happy Shopping!

*This is not a sponsored post, just something that made life easier that I wanted to share with you!

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Peanut Butter and Banana Energy Bites

Sweet friend KB has recently been raving about her new power ball breakfasts consisting of oats, bananas, and all sorts of other yummies she throws in there.  So when Hubby and I had a bunch of bananas that were on their last legs we thought we'd go for it.  I eat breakfast every day, but have a habit of running late so thought these would fit the bill nicely.


After scouring the internet I decided just to go for it without a real recipe.  We don't have flax seed and don't really care for chia seeds so we kept to what we could find in the pantry.  The end result was pretty yummy and they're so easy to keep on hand!  

Peanut Butter and Banana Energy Bites

Ingredients:
  • 2 large bananas, mashed (it ended up being about a cup)
  • 2 cups oats, uncooked
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • couple squeezes honey
  • 1/4-1/2 t cinnamon
  • small handful mini chocolate chips (we used semisweet because that's what we had)
Directions:
  • Mash bananas in a bowl large enough to hold all the ingredients.
  • Add remaining ingredients and mix well.
  • Refrigerate mixture for about 30 minutes or until you're able to roll into balls.
  • Roll into 1 inch balls.
  • Refrigerate to store.
Notes:
  • Throw in whatever sounds good to you!  We've made them a few times and found that in this hive we like the cinnamon on the lighter side.  Sometimes we add more banana, sometimes we leave out the chocolate, it all really just depends on what's on hand.
  • You can make a large batch to keep in the freezer and just pull out a few at a time.  Freeze individually on a cookie sheet before putting into a giant Ziploc.  They defrost quickly.
  • Use a scoop to form the balls quickly and uniformly!

Monday, June 5, 2017

On My Bookshelf [The Hypnotist's Love Story]

Typically I love Liane Moriarty's books, as I've shared before with Big Little Lies and The Husband's Secret, however, I found this one fell just a bit short.  The Hypnotist's Love Story had such promise, but for whatever reason, it wasn't quite as gripping as the others.  All in all, however, it was still a decent, easy read.


Amazon says:
Ellen O'Farrell is a professional hynotherapist who work out of the eccentric beachfront home she inherited from her grandparents.  It's a nice life, except for her tumultuous relationship history.  She's stoic about it but at this point, Ellen wouldn't mind a lasting one.  When she meets Patrick, she's optimistic.  He's attractive, single, employed, and best of all, he seems to like her back.  Then comes that dreaded moment: He thinks they should have a talk.

Braced for the worst, Ellen is pleasantly surprised.  It turns out that Patrick's ex-girlfriend is stalking him.  Ellen thinks, Actually, that's kind of interesting.  She's dating someone worth stalking.  She's intrigued by the woman's motives.  In fact, she'd even love to meet her.

Ellen doesn't know it, but she already has.

I'd love to know what's on your bookshelf!!  I'm always looking for a good read, especially now that I'll be spending some time pool side!!

Happy Reading!

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Sip and Shop Sunday [Nordstrom's Sale]

Happy Sunday!  I must have been living under a rock (or more like I've been working insane hours getting the tennis program started) but today is the last day to shop Nordstrom' Half Yearly Sale.  With that in mind I've picked out some favorites.  So....

Today I'm sipping....

This Mojito-esque cocktail is so light and refreshing...the perfect sweet treat on a hot day.  Stepping out to the garden to pick the mint seems to make it that much more like summer.



I'm shopping the Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale.  I'm a little late in joining the game, but there are still some terrific deals to be had!

Ruffle Sleeve Blouse



Ruffle Crepe Top (Comes in a lovely pink blossom!)








What did you find during the sale??  Anything spectacular land in your cart??  

Happy Shopping!

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

What Makes Me Happy with The Uptown Acorn

I'm beyond excited to be sharing What Makes Me Happy with Ron of The Uptown Acorn today!


Hop on over to see the little things that bring me great joy!  I've been a long time reader of The Uptown Acorn and I can assure you, Ron has impeccable taste and a spectacularly beautiful home!  I'm honored to be included in his series.  

If you've popped over from Ron's blog, welcome!!  I'm thrilled to have you visiting!

HaPpY Wednesday!!

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Sip and Shop Sunday [Floral Maxi]

Happy Sunday!  With Summer quickly approaching, the weather becoming more and more beautiful, and the flowers blooming, I've been swooning over the floral maxi.  They're so reminiscent of my coveted Laura Ashley dresses from back in the day.  (Full disclosure: they may or may not still be hanging in the back of my closet...)

With the summer happy hour nearing, I'm sipping a Pink Sunset Delight....



...and I'm shopping for a floral maxi dress.
Nordstrom


http://shopstyle.it/l/vtq
Nordstrom


Asos

Happy Sipping and Shopping!

Friday, May 12, 2017

Five on Friday [512.17]

Happy Friday!!  Time is simply flying by so quickly!  The end of the school year is nearly upon us and things are just busier than ever.  Here are a few things that have been happening around our happy little hive:

ONE
We are counting down the days until the pool opens.  I mean, were counting down until the last day of school, too, but the pool just as important. Ha.  These Ralph Lauren beach towels are on sale!  I'm a sucker for stripes!


TWO
Dear Friend B surprised me with this darling little coozie.  I can hardly wait to use it on the boat this summer.  And let's just face it, everything is better with a monogram (especially if you combine it with pink and a bow)!!  She knows me well!



THREE
I've been carrying this pink delight since our trip to Florida.  I went a little crazy at the Kate Spade outlet, but it really was an amazing deal.  I LOVE the size.  It's big enough, but just not too big.  Although this one is a little different, it's very similar.   #happybirthdaytome



FOUR
Things have been crazy around here.  Cooking and grocery shopping have fallen by the wayside.  However, we whipped up this yummy little dish the other day.  Seriously so easy!  Perfect for the busy weeknight!



FIVE
Dear friend MDR treated us to a dinner featuring these beauties.  Such a special spring time treat.  My usual secret spots for finding morels hasn't been as productive this year, but we sure enjoyed these.  




Wishing y'all a wonderful weekend!  
Today I'm linking up with:




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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

What's for Dinner [Smoked Sausage and Veggies]

Things have been awfully busy around here with the end of the school year and the beginning of the summer tennis program both quickly approaching.  Sadly, dinner has been at the short end of stick.   Add in the never ending rain and I haven't been to the store in a bit. (Seriously, y'all it rained every day last week and is raining again this morning - some serious flooding, too).  Ultimately, we had a little of this and a little of that on hand, but nothing to make a "true" meal.  As a result, however, we discovered this super easy and super yummy dish.


I really did just clean out the fridge for this one....little bits of bell peppers, part of a zucchini, a hunk of onion, a couple left over potato chunks, you get the idea.  That's just what we happened to have on hand this time, but I can't wait to try it with beans or okra from the garden, brussels sprouts, or broccoli.  Hubby was skeptical as it was going into the oven, but by the end of the meal, agreed that it could definitely go on the permanent rotation. So much so, that he started grabbing bites straight out of the oven - before I could even snap a quick pic.

Smoked Sausage and Veggies

  • 1 pkg smoked sausage (we used turkey)
  • 1 1/2 bell peppers, large diced
  • 1 onion, large diced
  • zucchini, large diced
  • potatoes, large diced 
  • 2 t. dried parsley
  • 2 t. dried oregano
  • 1/2 t. garlic powder
  • 1/4 t. pepper
  • olive oil
  • Parmesan cheese
Directions:
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Chop veggies.  I tried to keep roughly the same size, so they would require a similar cooking time.
  • Slice the smoked sausage into coins.
  • Mix veggies and sausage.  Drizzle with olive oil.  Add spices and mix well.
  • Bake 15 minutes.  Flip/Stir ingredients.  Bake 15-20 minutes longer, until slightly browned.  
  • Top with a sprinkle of  Parmesan cheese, if desired.  
Notes:
  • Our potatoes were leftovers and previously cooked.  I would parboil any raw potatoes or put in ahead of other ingredients to allow enough time for them to cook.  Red potatoes would be delicious in this recipe!
  • Some sausage pieces were a little toasty.  We like them that way, but if you don't, just put the veggies in first and add the sausage part way through the cooking time.
  • We omitted additional salt because of the sausage and didn't miss it in the end result. 
  • This is the perfect weeknight meal.  While it didn't take much time to throw together, you could make it even easier by prepping all the veggies on Sunday and putting in a ziplock.  Just throw them on the cookie sheet and you're good to go!
Happy Cooking!



Monday, April 17, 2017

This is 40!

Although I'm a little late in posting, I was lucky enough to spend my birthday in Destin, Florida this year and I must admit it was heavenly...couldn't have been more perfect.  Growing up my family visited Destin many times over the years and it is a place that holds many, many special memories.  To be able to ring in this new decade in a place that evokes such special thoughts of dear loved ones (some no longer with us) while looking forward to the future, was a bit overwhelming at points, but I wouldn't have changed a thing.

Old habits are hard to break, so I was up early and was rather anxious to head to the beach, making it just in time for a spectacular sunset.  The beauty of God's creation was truly awe inspiring....


....headed "home" for coffee and breakfast by our pool with Bestie KP (any time with Bestie KP is guaranteed to be a good time!!).....


.....spent some more time soaking in the rays and relishing the view....


.....enjoyed a spectacular dinner of fresh caught fish on the water, while enjoying another spectacular view and the first sunset of the trip.....


.....and was surprised with a beautiful cake and sweet treats from loving friends.

To top the night off, I crawled into bed, pulled up Instagram, and discovered I was the winner of a fabulous giveawy hosted by the talented Natalie Chang!


If the first day of the new decade is any indication of what's in store, then I'm a very happy camper and so very grateful!

Happy New Decade!
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