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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Monday, August 7, 2017

Garden Beet Juice

During a recent lunch Aunt MRM and I enjoyed a juice sampler.  I fell in love with the beet ginger juice.  It was absolutely delicious and I knew immediately I would be trying to replicate it at home.  While it takes a lot of veggies for a bit of juice, it's so yummy it's worth it.



Garden Beet Juice

Ingredients:

  • 1-2 beets (Fresh Thyme has cooked beets in the refrigerated section, so easy!!)
  • 1 carrot, peeled
  • 1 stalk celery
  • 3-4 leaves kale
  • 1 apple, cored
  • 1 inch fresh ginger root, peeled
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • water as needed
Directions:
  • Put all ingredients in blender, with kale on the top. 
  • Blend until all ingredients are well combined and "juiced".  Be sure to add a little water as needed to keep things "moving".  We use the liquify setting.
  • Strain using a fine mesh strainer.  
  • Serve cold.  (I even like over ice.)
Notes:
  • While it might look like a smoothie fresh from the blender, don't make the same mistake I did and take a sip.  Be sure not to skip the straining step!
  • Be careful with the beet, they have the ability to stain!  I use parchment paper to cover cutting boards, etc.
Happy Juicing!

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Sip and Shop Sunday [Planners, Back to School]

Happy Sunday!  We've been busy little bees today planning for the week: lunches are packed, clothes laid out, and dinners planned and prepped!  Makes things run so smoothly during the week.  While I sometimes dread doing it, I'm always grateful I did.

Speaking of planning and organizing, today I'm shopping for new planners.  I love starting the new year off with new supplies, and a new planner is no exception.  While I do schedule things on my phone's calendar, I'm oldschool and still enjoy taking pen to paper.

So, today I'm sipping Frappe....


...and shopping for planners.  My favorite is the upper left -- to know me is to know that I'm alway running just a tad bit late - fashionably, of course.

Happy Sipping and Shopping!

Friday, August 4, 2017

Five on Friday [8.4.17]

Happy Friday!  We like to celebrate the little things around this hive, but, to be completely honest, this week we're celebrating that we made it through the first week of school!  Now, without further ado, here's this week's five:

ONE
I was so very happy to see my kiddos this week!  While I enjoy not having school, I sure do miss them.  However, it's crazy how exhausting the first few days are.  How do I forget this from year to year??  Hubby surprised me with a little trip for ice cream after school as a sweet surprise.



TWO
I ordered this cardigan from Nordstrom Rack (at nearly $60 off!!!) and I can almost hardly wait for the cooler temperatures.  (Almost....for now I'm still enjoying every minute at the pool....)


THREE
We tried zoodles for the first time last night.  While the verdict is still out, and we're still perfecting them before sharing a recipe, we certainly see potential.  Hubby loved them and it might be kind of nice to sneak in some extra veggies.  Anyone have a go-to recipe they use?

FOUR
Aunt MRM and I visited The Garden Table recently featuring delicious local food, yummy juices, and a darling atmosphere.  The visit even inspired our own juicing affair with great success.  Definitely worth a stop if you're in the area.



FIVE
This is completely random, but we've tried absolutely everything to clean the grout in our kitchen, to no avail.  But last weekend we finally discovered something that worked!!  While it was slightly time consuming, it was easy and yielded great results.  Working in sections, spread Clorox Clinging Bleach Gel over grout and let it sit for 10 minutes.  Scrub with a toothbrush.  Let sit for five more minutes.  Wipe clean with a damp cloth or papertowel.  Mop floor when finished.  I did try a litle inconspicuous section in the mudroom before tackling the whole kitchen to confirm no damage to the tile itself.  We didn't have any problem.  I'd post a before and after picture, but I'm too embarrased to share.....just trust me, it really did work!


Wishing you a wonderful weekend!
Katie                                              April


Thursday, August 3, 2017

Composting 101

Hubby and I scored a major deal on a double bin composter last weekend and I couldn't be more excited!!  (You know you're old when get excited over something like that...)  It's a beaut with two 50 gallon bins that each rotate separately.  When our sweet neighbor who is moving next week set it out with a for sale sign on it, we didn't hesitate to jump on it.  This means that our yard will end up looking as lovely as their impeccably beautiful landscape, right??
While I grew up composting (and quite honestly, thought that's just what one did) Hubby clearly did not.  He's been throwing a little of everything in there, while I keep pulling things out.  Composting is really pretty simple, once you know the dos and the don'ts.  For a successful compost pile, you need a combination of browns and greens. 

BROWNS include cardboard, dry leaves and grass clippings, straw, shredded paper, newspaper, cardboard egg cartons, and egg shells (not including walnut).

GREENS include vegetable and fruit scraps (think peels, strawberry tops, melon rinds), tea bags, coffee grounds, spent flower bouquets, and weeds.

DO NOT compost meats, fish, bones, dairy products, pet waste, cooked food waste, oils and fats, glossy paper, and charcoal.

Typically a good mix is one part green to two parts brown.  Make sure to mix and turn your compost once a week and water so that it's just moist.  Once it turns dark and is like soil you're ready to use the black gold in the garden.  

In the meantime, I found the cutest small compost bucket for the kitchen that almost matches my beloved Portmeirion.  While I currently don't mind going out to the big tumbler every night, I know that once winter hits I won't be quite as enthused.  This allows us to continue composting while keeping the kitchen looking cute and not freezing to death either.


Happy Composting!

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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Citrus Kale, Pineapple, and Mixed Berry Smoothie

My sweet Aunt MRM and I spent an absolutely lovely day together last weekend.  She fixed an utterly delicious (more to come on that later), we floated while basking in the abundant sunshine (that's literally what the forecast said - abundant sunshine), and tried out her new Nutribullet.  We threw in a little of this and a little of that and ended up with something quite delicous, filling, and healthy.  It was, without a doubt, a win!


Citrus Kale, Pineapple, and Mixed Berry Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup kale, thick stems removed
  • 1/4 - 1/2 cup spinach, stems removed
  • 1 cup fresh pineapple, diced
  • 1 cup mixed berrried (we used strawberries and blackberries)
  • 1/2 lemon, peeled
  • 1/2 lime, peeled
  • 1/2 - 1 cup water
  • Ice
Directions:
  • Layer the ingredients in the Nutribullet or blender (berries, pineapple, citrus, and finally greens on top.  Add water.
  • Blend until smooth.


Notes:

  • We loved the convenience of the Nutribullet.  It's small, compact, and easy to clean.  You could even pack the ingredients in the cup the night before and be all set for breakfast the next day.  That being said, I've tried the recipe since then in my blender, and it turned out beautifully.  
  • It's best cold.  You can add ice, or use frozen berries.
  • Hubby is picky, so I sometimes strain to remove the berry seeds, although they don't bother me a bit.  
Happy Blending!

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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

On My Bookshelf [The Love Season]

While The Love Season is different than the other novels penned by Elin Hilderbrand, Nantucket (one of my personal favorite places) still serves as the setting and almost a character in and of itself.  Quite simply, the island is stunningly beautiful, although a bit standoffish, and is the perfect backdrop for the story.

Amazon says:
It's a hot August Saturday on Nantucket Island.  Over the course of the next 24 hours, two lives will be transformed forever.

Marguerite Beale, former chef of culinary hot spot Les Parapluies, has been out of the public eye for over a decade.  This all changes with a phone call from Marguerite's goddaughter, Renata Knox.  Marguerite has not seen Renata since the death of Renata's mother, Candace Harris Knox, fourteen years earlier.  And now that Renata is on Nantucket visiting the family of her new fiance, she takes the opportunity, against her father's wishes, to contact Marguerite in hopes of learning the story of her mother's life -- and death.  But the events of the day spiral hopelessly out of control for both women, and nothing ends up as planned.

Welcome to The Love Season -- a riveting story that takes place in one day and spans decades; a story that embraces the charming, pristine island of Nantucket, as well and Manhattan, Paris and Morocco.  Elin Hilderbrand's most ambitious novel to date chronicles the famous couplings of real lives: love and friendship, food and wine, deception and betrayal -- and forgiveness and healing.

While admitedly it took me a bit to get into the book and I didn't love the ending, it as an overall good read, especially poolside.  As always, I'd love to know what's on your bookshelf!!  I've been so happy to get so much reading in this summer - and can only hope it continues as the craziness of the school year sets in quickly.

Happy Reading!

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Monday, July 31, 2017

DIY: Dirty Chai Tea Latte

Well.  It's official.  Summer is over.  Today is the first teacher report day for the 2017-2018 school year.  While I do still work full time (and then some) during the summer running the tennis program, my hours are somewhat flexible and I'm able to do some work from home.  Needless to say, I'm going to need a little extra zip of caffine today.  The homemade Chai Tea Latte is the perfect little treat for a day like today -- think espresso latte with chai tea yumminess.

I use my stovetop espresso maker (which I really love!) and the same method as the homemade vanilla and pumpkin lattes.


Dirty Chai Tea Latte

Ingredients:

  • 1 bag chai tea
  • 1/3 cup water, boiling
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2-3 shots espresso
  • 1 t vanilla
  • sugar, to taste
  • cinnamon
Directions:
  • Bring water to a boil and add chai tea bag.  Allow to steep for a couple minutes.
  • Brew espresso.
  • While espresso is brewing pour milk and vanilla into a jar.  Seal tightly and shake until milk doubles in volume.  Heat in microwave for 1 minute, or until hot.
  • Spoon sugar into large coffee mug.  Pour espresso and chai tea into mug.  Stir to dissolve sugar.  Top with heated milk, foam, and sprinkle with cinnamon.  Enjoy!
Happy Sipping!

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Sunday, July 30, 2017

Sip and Shop Sunday [Lunchboxes]

There's something about a fresh, new start that I love.  The start of a new school year is no different.  I still love to browse the school supply aisles and this year that includes lunch boxes.  I have all sorts of plans to pack my lunch for the week on Sunday (today for the first time this year) and the prospect of a cute lunch box makes that all the more appealing.  So, without further ado....

...today I'm sipping Greek Coffee...


....and shopping for lunch boxes. I especially love the idea of monogramming for a kiddo.  Let's face it, they all misplace theirs at some point (usually left on the playground) and making it easily identified could only help -- not to mention how cute they look!



Happy Sipping and Shopping!

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Friday, July 28, 2017

Five on Friday [7.28.17]

Happy Friday!  This is the first Friday in a long time that I'm feeling a little blue.  Number one will explain why....

ONE
We start school on Monday and I am soooo not ready.  This summer seemed to fly by and with my little hospital stay and health stuff that's been going on, I don't really feel like it's time for it to be over.  But, ready or not, we go Monday and the kiddos will join us Wednesday.  It will be great to see them.  If only we could say hi and then get a few more weeks off :).

TWO
I don't know if I've been living under a rock, but just in case you haven't heard of them either, I've discovered Okulai shoes.  So. very. comfortable.

THREE
Hubby and I enjoyed a spectacular dinner last weekend with dear friends MDR and SK at Ruth's Chris.  It was absolutely delicious, the company just terrific, and an extended little b-day celebration for Hubby.  I must admit after being "heart healthy" for over a month the steak was pretty divine.


FOUR
This isn't all that exciting, but for me anything that makes a bowl of oatmeal a little more tolerable is....I've been adding dates to my morning bowl with a drizzle of honey.  Such an easy twist to the traditional.


FIVE
A little perspective as schedules are about to get more hectic:

Sometimes it takes a set back to realize we need to slow down and replenish, we can't do it all, here's an honest from the heart post about creative burnout
Via


Wishing you a wonderful weekend!
Katie                                              April

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!
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