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!  
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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!

Friday, March 17, 2017

Friday Five [3.17.17]

Happy Friday!!  It's been a pretty terrific week and we're one week closer to Spring Break.  I can hardly wait!  Now for this week's five:

ONE
While I'm loving this Lilly Pulitzer cover up, I'm thinking this Target special might be the budget friendly find for Spring Break and Summer!



TWO
Bestie MHDRL popped in unexpectedly from Texas for her mom's big b-day this week.  It was such an incredible surprise and I'm soaking up every minute with her and her boys.  My heart is so full!!

THREE
I see this sweet, little reminder on the way to get my hair done.  Never fails to make me smile.


FOUR
Speaking of the new do, my hair is always especially curly after a fresh cut.  One of my darling 3rd graders said, "Mrs. Fitch you have hair like my sister.  I'm so lucky I didn't get it and I have straight hair."  From the mouths of babes...

FIVE
My love of honey bees is no secret.  While we've tried with a few new hives over the last few years, they never manage to make it through the winter.  Sadly, this year is no exception.  Just another example of how in danger they really are.  Cheerios is trying to help though.  They are giving away wildflower seeds in hopes of bringing back the bees!  You can get your seeds here.


Wishing y'all a wonderful weekend!  
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Sunday, March 5, 2017

Sip and Shop Sunday [Coffee Edition]

Happy Sunday!  Today I'm sipping on a basic cup of coffee, brewed in our Chemex, with cream and sugar.  I'm a traditionalist and, in my humble opinion, it brews the very best cup of coffee.


During the week we use our Cuisinart for ease and the programmable setting, but on the weekends we pull out the trusty 'ole Chemex and slow brew a tasty pot.  Using their filters slowly pour the water over the grounds, allowing time for them to bloom.  The pot can be kept warm over a low gas flame.


If I had my druthers we'd have the Ottomatic , which does the slow drip for you, and use it daily, but the price tag is too high at this point.  I'll just keep enjoying the manual pour and the look of the carafe on the stove.

Hope you have had a wonderful weekend!  Cheers!


Happy Sipping and Shopping!

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