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...)
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:
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!
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!
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
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!
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.
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
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.
Top with a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese, if desired.
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!
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!
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!!
I see this sweet, little reminder on the way to get my hair done. Never fails to make me smile.
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...
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.
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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Happy Friday! Happy March!! March is one of my favorite months. It's prospect of warmer weather, spring flowers, and summer being just around the corner. This year is no different. It's going to be a big month...BIG things happening with the tennis program, a girls' trip to the beach, Brother #3 is celebrating a BIG birthday, and, if I'm being honest, I'm celebrating an even bigger (or just plain older??) birthday. But before we get to all of those, here's this week's five
I've been debating on a pair of Birkenstocks forever, but just can't seem to decide. If you have a favorite pair I'd love to hear about them! I think I have it narrowed to this pair or this pair, but am open to suggestions!
I recently started the The Greek Diet (and have received relentless teasing about the fact that the Greek girl needed to read a book about the Greek diet...it's really just a plan friends, a plan....to eat all those things I grew up eating and loving). The book talks a lot about Greek Mountain Tea (and the older generations of both my friends and family swear by it). I ordered some from Amazon and have been sipping on it every afternoon. I like mine with a bit of honey or lemon. Honestly, it reminds me of all those times growing up sipping (begrudgingly at that point) on chamomile, another Greek staple.
While I'm actually loving the new eating plan, there are points in which:
However, if you're going to eat a salad, eat this one. Jacques Pepin's recipes never disappoint and this one is no exception.
The 3rd grade boys were in a fit of absolute giggles the other day. One, in particular, was pretty tickled with himself.
A little extra something this week...but who's counting?
Y'all have I got a recipe for you today. I swear this is so delicious I could eat it with a spoon! There has yet to be a Jacques Pepin recipe I haven't absolutely loved and this certainly didn't disappoint.
We served along side baked cod and used a bit to drizzle over the fish, too.
Jacques Pepin's Greens with Quick Cream Dressing
1/4 cup heavy cream
1/4 t. salt
1/4 t. freshly ground black pepper
1 1/2 t. red wine vinegar
8 cups loosely packed young Boston lettuce, washed and dried
Put the cream, salt, and pepper in a salad bowl and whip for about 15 seconds, or just until frothy. Stir in the vinegar.
Add lettuce, toss briefly, and serve immediately.
Note: If it's too thick dilute with 1T of water before tossing with lettuce.
Whew! What a week! Happy Friday!! Here are this week's Five on Friday:
My new favorite cardigan has all the comfort of your favorite cozy sweatshirt, while still looking a bit more pulled together. I have a feeling it will be perfect for layering this spring when Mother Nature just can't decide what she wants to do.
Speaking of Mother Nature we have had the most spectacular weather this week!! Sunny and in the 60s and 70s. However, tomorrow's high is 32. I'm not complaining though, we've been so lucky to have this little treat in the middle of February.
One of my sweet kiddos invited me to her Irish dance recital. It was so very impressive. I love dance of any form and seeing her darling smiling face made it all that much more terrific.
Some of my other kiddos participated in Math Bowl last night and came in 2nd. It was a riveting and exciting night of math problem. I jest, but in all seriousness, I'm so proud of them! They've worked hard and were so supportive of each other!
FIVE We did end up keeping Little Pup for one more week. Hubby was completely convinced that our Old Man Stan would come around. He certainly didn't. It's quiet and to be completely honest, I miss him, but Stan is so happy his life has gone back to normal.
With Valentine's Day approaching I'm again reminded of how grateful I am to be going through this journey with Hubby and especially happy that he's still here and doing so well. We are truly lucky.
For our last anniversary I knew I wanted to incorporate the quote "grow old along with me, the best is yet to be." What could possibly be more fitting after the year we had had together? I searched Etsy and discovered ModifiedMetals who specializes in beautiful metal gifts and is based in nearby Crawfordsville. The local connection convinced me it was perfect. I must admit, after chatting with shop owner David a bit about my order, I knew the stars had aligned perfectly. It was a true delight working with him.
Although they do custom work and will use your favorite saying or verse, I chose the "Grow Old Along with Me" sign measuring 22 x 22. It fits perfectly over the gate leg table (a birthday gift from Hubby, who knew I've always wanted one) in our bedroom. The quality is terrific and is a quiet little reminder about what truly is important in life.
There are a few other signs which caught my eye as well. This Tree of Life is lovely.
How adorable would this moon be hanging in a nursery? They have the same saying, in a couple different versions and fonts.
There are many that would serve as the perfect wedding or shower gift or a too. (Or even a last minute Valentine's Day gift...it wouldn't be the first time I wrapped a picture of the actual gift.) Take a minute to pop over and see for yourself. The craftsmanship really is beautiful.
*Please note I was not compensated for this post....I merely just loved the shop and the product and wanted to share.
Valentine's Day is quickly approaching! What else would we focus on than champagne and kissable lips ;)?
How about a blood orange mimosa?? Instead of mixing the champs with the traditional orange juice use the juice of a few blood oranges.
I've recently rediscovered my favorite lip stick, Clinique's Almost Lipstick in Black Honey. It's lightweight, glossy but not sticky, and the perfect shade (although it deceptively looks purple in the picture, trust me it's not). It's the perfect balance between natural and color....your Valentine won't be able to resist.
Happy Valentine Sipping and Shopping!
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Happy Friday!! This week has flown by so quickly!! Here are this week's five:
Things are a little blue in our hive today. Although I was terribly frustrated when Hubby brought home Little Pup, he has stolen my heart. (I refused to name him in hopes of not becoming too attached. Clearly, it didn't work.) It is going to be terribly difficult to give him up today, but our Old Man Stan just isn't having it. He's become so depressed he stopped eating (and he is never one to pass on a meal). I've always toyed with the idea of fostering pups. This definitively tells me I wouldn't be able to do it. We'd end up keeping every pup! (Just to be clear, Little Pup was a stray. He was absolutely filthy, thin, and starving. We immediately took him to be scanned for a chip (there wasn't one) and the vet to be checked. We didn't adopt him with the intent of keeping him, although he's a sweetie and would make a great pet for anyone looking!)
TWO I've discovered Bitmoji and I'm quite certain I'm driving everyone nuts with it. I can't help it, I think it takes texting to another level. Ha.
THREE Earlier this week I shared my new very favorite shoes. They are so incredibly comfortable. Insanely so.
FOUR We served these apple nachos for the Super Bowl and, quite honestly, whipped some up a couple times this week for an after school snack. Part of the fun is you're able to mix up the toppings. It can be different every time.
FIVE If you haven't yet tried the new drink from Starbuck, it's delish! The perfect amount of sweetness.
Since we were already having chicken wings, pepperoncini beef sliders, and other assorted goodies during the Super Bowl, these apple nachos were the perfect sweet little treat with a little less guilt.
Really the sky is the limit with the toppings you choose. These were a bit less daunting to eat than a traditional caramel apple, but with all the same yummy goodness.
Granny Smith Apples, sliced
white chocolate chips
Slice apples and layer on a plate.
Top with your favorite toppings.
I used a different variety apple, but think the Granny Smith would hold up better.
We preferred the mini chips - easier to manage.
In hindsight, peanut butter chips would have been delicious.
I would make this the day of your event, not before.
Happy Superbowl Sunday! Our team didn't even make it to the play offs this year, but we will be rooting for the Falcons tonight. We still claim Dwight Freeney as our own and are hoping to see him sack a certain (not well liked in this hive) Patriot quarterback.
Today is the perfect day to sip a Panache - one of my favorite things I sipped while in Paris, so light and refreshing. It's a simple as mixing half(ish) part French sparkling lemonade, such as Lorina, with one part Lager. I haven't tried it yet with Sparkling Ice Lemonade, but think it would probably work well. Trader Joe's also has a French Market version. Mix to your personal taste - I like it just a bit over 1/4 lemonade. Just make sure to use a light beer, perfect the Superbowl tonight.
Brother #3 gifted me with the Keen Sienna Mary Jane for Christmas and I've worn them nearly every day since. They are darker in person and are the most comfortable shoes!! I go all day at school and my feet still feel good when I finally crawl into bed at night. (Which is saying something for my picky, pain-prone feet.)
This isn't the first pair of Keens Brother #3 has given me...in fact, it's the third. Knowing how much I have loved the first two pairs of sandals (the first of which are 10 years old and are still kicking) and being sick of seeing me in them in the dead of winter even, he decided it was finally time for me to have a winter version. (I have a purple pair and a pair that are the color of the pink stripe. Nordstrom carries other colors as well as different styles.)
I promise you...your feet won't be sorry! Who will you be rooting for this evening??
Happy Sipping and Shopping!
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