Friday, September 15, 2017

Five on Friday [9.15.17]

Happy Friday!  It's been quite a week, so without further ado, here are this week's five:

ONE
Hubby and I celebrated our 9th wedding anniversary this week.  How time flies.



TWO
We took our 4th grade kiddos on a field trip to the Indianapolis Museum of Art. It's incredible to see things through the eyes of a child.  One might think "boring art museum" but they loved it.  Our art teacher is clearly doing a great job.


THREE
These three have visited me a couple times this week on my morning walk.


The moon shines on the first half of my walk.  Then I turn the corner and the sun is rising on the second half.  It's pretty awesome, actually.


FOUR
The Le Creuset Oulet opens today!  This could mean trouble, friends.  I may have even mentioned something to Hubby about getting a job there.....



FIVE
Trying to remember...

via Pinterest


Wishing you a wonderful weekend!
Katie                                              April


Thursday, September 14, 2017

Le Creuset Love

A few weeks ago a little invitation arrived in my inbox and I was absolutely giddy!!  A Le Creuset outlet is opening here in Indianapolis and I was invited to attend a special little event.  Tonight, I jumped at the chance.


I first visited the outlet in Destin while on vacation, and although this store seems slightly smaller, it certainly did not disappoint.  The shelves were packed with beautiful pieces of all sorts, in both function and pricing.



The majority of my pieces are in flame, save a few pieces of my grandfather's that are Caribbean.  While I'm a devoted traditionalist with the flame, this evening the pink caught my eye.  A mug may or may not have ended up in my basket which will, no doubt, bring a smile to my face each time I use it.


I would love to share the other pieces I snagged, but started my Christmas shopping and just can't spoil the surprises.  Instead, here are a few of my favorites.  In this hive, the Le Creuset gets daily use, and even though some of it is as old as I am, you would never guess.

My very favorite, and most versitile piece, is the dutch oven.  The possibilities are endless with this one...soups, stews, braised meats, roasted chicken, you name it, you can do it.







I'm certain there will be many more trips to the new store before Christmas (and let's be honest after Christmas, too)!  Do you, too, share a love of Le Creuset?  What color have you chosen?  What pieces are your favorites?

Happy Shopping!

*While Le Creuset kindly invited me to the opening this evening, this is not a sponsored post.  All opinions are strictly my own.  I have, however, included affiliate links for some pieces.  Thank you for supporting The Happy Little Hive.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Nine Years

Nine years ago today Hubby and I said I do!  While some days it seems like just yesterday, some days it seems like I can't remember life without him.  



 Happy Anniversary, Hubby!  I love the life we've built together and can't wait to see what's in store.



 So, as the saying goes, grow old along with me, the best is yet to be.


Happy Anniversary, Hubby!

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Pumpkin Love

We love all things pumpkin in this hive and are so excited that along with fall temperatures comes all sorts of pumpkin goodness.  I picked up several cans of pumpkin this weekend and am anxious to whip some old favorites!  Our top three favorites (at the moment) are:

Homemade Pumpkin Latte



Pumpkin Crisp



Pumpkin Dip



We love the non-edible pumpkins, too, like this easy DIY monoram pumpkin.



We will also be cooking up some brownies, soup, and some other goodies, so stay tuned.  What's your favorite pumpkin goodie??

Happy Fall!

Monday, September 11, 2017

Look for the Helpers

Just like most Americans, I remember exactly where I was on this day all those years ago.  I had actually just returned from a visit to New York for the US Open, but was at school that day.  We watched the horror on the small tv in the teachers' lounge.  While we didn't say much to the kids that day, we talked a lot in the days following.  We assured them of their safety, we gave a lot of love, and we followed Mr. Roger's lead, telling them to look for the helpers.

As our country braces for another natural disaster today, we are once again reminded to look for the helpers.  (Although this, of course, is a completely different kind of horror.)  There were so very many selfless helpers that day, just as there has been recently in Texas, and just as I'm sure there will be in Florida in the days to come.  So as we watch the memorials and relive the devastation, don't forget to look for the helpers.


Sunday, September 10, 2017

Sip and Shop Sunday [Throws]

As the weather begins to turn we're slowly changing our hive around from light and airy to warm and cozy.  The easiest way is adding throws.  We keep our home pretty chilly, so not only do they add the look of coziness, they're necessary, too.

So this morning we're channeling fall and sipping Salted Caramel Mochas....



....and shopping for throws.

Plaid
Love the plaid and that it can be monogrammed!



Herringbone
Believe it or not, this one is $10!!




While this might not be the prettiest option, it's probably the coziest.  Hubby and I have been debating adding a heated throw to our collection.  


While I'm not quite ready for winter, I sure do love the change of season.  We will, however, be keeping Florida in our prayers and continue to pray for the recovery in Texas.  Hoping the weathermen are wrong - like they often are.  

Happy Sipping and Shopping!

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Whole Roasted Okra

Happy September!  While everyone is pumpkin happy (myself included, just wait until tomorrow's post) we're enjoying whole roasted okra with every meal.  I love okra in any form, especially fried and even stewed, roasting it whole is a new found love.  It's so easy and gives a little healthier, but still crunchy, spin on breaded and fried.  Give it a try -- I promise it's not slimy in the least!



Whole Roasted Okra
Ingredients:
  • 1 pound okra, whole
  • 1 T olive oil
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 1/4 t pepper
Directions:
  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees and line cookie sheet with parchment paper for easy clean up.
  • Drizzle okra with oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.  Mix until all pieces are coated.  
  • Make sure okra is in a single layer and bake for 20-30 minutes, shaking pan a few times, until slightly brown and crisp. 
Notes:
  • I've only tried this with fresh okra, as it's readily available this time of year.  (If you're in the Midwest, Fresh Thyme has it!)
  • It's so good that I have a feeling I will try frozen, but defrosed, okra this winter.....
Happy Cooking!

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Sip and Shop Sunday [Greek Key]

Happy Sunday!  It's been quite a weekend! This weekend is my church's annual Greek Festival.  Think lots and lots of food, dancing, pastries, and our community's enormous sense of pride.  It's one of my favorite weekends of the year!

In honor of that Greek pride, today I'm sharing a true favorite - the Greek key.  Pretty much if it has a monogram or the Greek key, I'm sold.  It's just so classic. So, without further ado....

....today I'm sipping a chilled glass of Roditis.....
....and shopping for all things Greek key.

Pillivuyt makes such beautiful china.  While my Queen Anne is my favorite, this pattern is just lovely and so very classic (and currently on sale).


This tray is so versitile.



Towels





More china - because, my to Hubby's chagrin, I'm a firm believer you can never have enough china! 

 

Happy Sipping and Shopping!

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Please find my full disclosure policy here.  

Monday, August 21, 2017

On My Bookshelf [The World According to Mr. Rogers]

With all that is going on in our country and world lately, Mr. Rogers helps to put things into perspective.  It might sound trite or naive, but it's true.  He is a true favorite of mine and pulling his book off the shelf the other night helped to remind me of all the good that is in each of us.

 

The World According to Mister Rogers: Important Things to Remember was a gift from a dear friend who knows what huge fan I am.  It's also one I have given several times as gifts, either for graduation or a loving little pick me up.  This particular evening, the chapter entitled "We Are All Neighbors" was particularly poignant.

Amazon says:
A timeless collection of wisom on love, friendship, respect, individuality, and honesty from the man who has been a friend to generations of Americans.

There are few personalities who evoke such universal feelings of warmth as Fred Rogers.  An enduring presence in Amercan homes for over 30 years, his plainspoken wisdom continues to guide and comfort many.  The World According to Mister Rogers distills the legacy and singular worldview of this beloved American figure.  An inspiring collection of stories, anecdotes, and insights -- with sections devoted to love, friendship, respect, individuality, and honesty, The World According to Mister Rogers reminds us that there is much more in life that unites us than divides us.

Culled from Fred Rogers' speeches, program transcripts, books, letter, and interviews, along with some of his never-before-published writings, The World According to Mister Rogers is a testament to the legacy of a man who served and continues to serve as a role model to millions.

Happy Reading!

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Sip and Shop Sunday [Happy Bee Day!]

In honor of National Bee Day yesterday today's Sip and Shop will feature all things of our beloved honey bees!  I explained my affinity for bees here, but since then we've encountered a bit of a problem, as Hubby has developed a severe allergy to them (as in we've made a couple trips to the ER).  Althouh we're still trying to decide exactly what to do, it doesn't dampen our love for them!

So today we're sipping honey lattes....(more to come on that later this week!)....

....and shopping all things bee....

Sam Edelman


Williams Sonoma

Honey Pot

Cosmetic Pouch


It's not just about the adorablness though.  The plight of the bee is troubled.  Beekeepers worldwide are struggling with sudden mass losses of hives. We've lost a few ourselves.  This image is a striking reality check for a potential life without bees.

Image result for our grocery without bees

There are somethings all of us can do to help.  Try to embrace the weeds and refrain from using chemicals and pesticides, and plant a bee garden (more info here).  Just remember....the bees are our friends :).

Happy Bee Day!

Thursday, August 17, 2017

SkinnyPop Happy Hour

Although school is back in session, we're still holding on to Summer with all we've got.  When the folks at SkinnyPop reached out to ask if I'd be interested in pairing their delicious popcorn with summery cocktails, I knew it would be the perfect opportunity to enjoy relaxing in the sunshine a little longer.


We love popcorn in this hive and at 43 (depending on the flavor) calories per cup it's the perfect little treat, but without the guilt.  The other reasons to love SkinnyPop? It has NO artificial ingredients, it's non-GMO, gluten free, peanut free (perfect for school treats), tree nut free, preservative free and has zero trans fats.  What I didn't already know, but love, is that most of their products are dairy free, even the White Cheddar, which is our fave.


I took the oppportunity to set up a little "summer isn't over yet" happy hour on our buffet.  Along with our standard favorite (the cheddar) we picked up a bag of salt and pepper to pair with our summer adult beverages.

We took SkinnyPop's lead pairing both flavors with berries, but got a little creative and mixed up our own Berry Gin Fizzes.  It was the perfect combination, both light and refreshing and certainly fun!

Berry Gin Fizz

Ingredients (per glass):

  • 4-5 berries (we used blueberries, but blackberries would be terrific, too)
  • Sprinkle of sugar
  • 2 oz gin
  • 2 oz berry sparkling water
  • lemon wedge to garnish
Directions
  • Muddle berries and sugar in bottom of glass until sugar dissolves.
  • Fill glass with ice cubes.
  • Add gin and sparkling water to taste.
  • Garnish with squeeze of lemon.

As I said, while I'm not yet ready for summer to end, my wheels are naturally turning toward our next season and all the popcorn pairing possibilities (hard cider, mulled wine, the possibilities are endless....).  Until then, you can find us sipping and snacking the summer combos!

Happy Skinny Pop Happy Hour!

Monday, August 14, 2017

Greek Style Whole Grilled Fish

Hubby and I enjoyed an absolutely delicous meal of whole roasted fish and horiatiki freshly picked from the garden over the weekend.  I was reminded of how incredible bright, simple flavors can be and just how very much I love whole fish.  It makes for an impressive, but still delicious, presentation with minimal prep.  This is actually the perfect weeknight meal, quick and easy with big flavor.



Greek Style Whole Grilled Fish

Ingredients:

  • Whole fish of choice (We used trout here, snapper and branzino are also delicous!!)
  • Lemon, sliced and halved (crescents)
  • Oregano, 4-8 sprigs fresh (or dried)
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
Latholemono:
  • Mix 1 part fresh lemon juice to 2 parts olive oil.
Directions:
  • Rinse fish and pat dry.
  • Score flesh of fish on both sides a couple times.
  • Drizzle fish with olive oil, both inside and out.
  • Liberally sprinkle fish with salt, pepper, and oregano, if using dried, including the cavity of the fish. 
  • Stuff cavity of fish with lemon crescents and oregano, if using fresh.  
  • Grill over medium high heat for 4-5 minutes per side. 
  • Serve with latholemono or lemon wedges.
Notes:
  • Can tie fish closed, if desired.
  • Brush grill with olive oil to help prevent sticking (use a paper towl and tongs for ease).  Fish flips easily, when it's ready.
  • Serve with horiatiki, spakakorizo, or simple boiled greens with olive oil.
Happy Cooking!

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

On My Bookshelf [Borderline]

In this series Anna Pigeon, National Park Ranger, travels to many National Parks around the country solving mysteries and crimes.  She is, without a doubt, a daring overachiever.  I chose this particular book, Borderline  because of the setting, Big Bend National Park where my Bestie MHDRL lives.  I've been lucky enough to have visited the park twice and was rather excited to read a story set in such a beautiful and striking place.



While I did enjoy this story, I'm not entirely sure how believable it was.  About 50 pages in I looked up and shared with Hubby all the excitment she had already encountered.  He shook his head and said, all that already?  That being said, I'm anxious to read the stories set in other parks I've visited.  



Amazon says:
Hoping a raft trip in Big Bend National Park will lift her spirits, Anna Pigeon and her husband Paul go to southwest Texas, where the Rio Grande is running high.  The beauty of the Chihuahuan Desert and the power of the river work their magic --until the raft is lost in the rapids and a yound college student makes a grisly discovery.  Caught in a strainer between two boulders -- and more dead than alive -- is a pregnant woman.  Anna will soon discover that nature isn't the only one who wants to see the woman and her baby dead...


It's no accident I'm sharing this particular novel today -- I'd like to take a minute to wish Bestie MHDRL a wonderful birthday tomorrow!!!  Hubby and I are both so incredibly lucky to have you in our lives.  We love you, Sis, and wish you your best year yet!

As always, I'd love to know what's on your bookshelf!  My goal for the year is to continue to read as much as I've been able to this summer.  It's such a treat, one that I just don't want to give up.

Happy Reading!

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