Friday Favorites

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Smoothie bowls. I made my first one earlier this week and it was soooo good and sooo refreshing! I see more of these in my future as the weather warms up!

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Paper Crowns. They are so so easy to make and provide days of entertainment at our house! Let them decorate it on their own, play dress up with them, so much fun. I love the idea of creating your own type glamour out of something plain and simple. Anything to get their creativity going!

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Fresh herbs. I have been cooking more with fresh herbs and have really been tasting the difference! Sometimes dried it better if you want a hint of flavor, but I’ve been finding that especially in creating your own rubs and when roasting fresh is best. I can’t wait until it’s warm enough to start our herb garden up again!

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Photos. It’s no secret I love to document things. This week however, I find myself all the more thankful for them when my Uncle passed away earlier this week. He had been fighting Leukemia for some time and now that he is no longer with us, I am so so grateful to have these pictures to look back on. To be able to live in a moment from the past, even if it is just for a moment. To be transported back to a moment in time is such a wonderful gift.

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Lidia’s Favorites Cookbook. I got this cookbook a while ago but didn’t break it out until this week and loved what I found! So many recipes remind me of my family and dinners we’ve had together. If you’re looking for some great traditional Italian recipes, I highly recommend this one,  I can’t wait to give them all a try!

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Date Night with the Husband. They don’t happen as often as we like but it is so so nice every once in a while to dedicate a night to just us. To the us before kids, to feel like we are kids again and just relax and enjoy each other’s company. It is so important not to forget to date your spouse. I am making it a goal for us to start doing this once a month. Doesn’t have to be to fancy or expensive but some time dedicated to reconnecting just the two of us. This time tho, we went big to celebrate 13 years together! We met our friends Sarah and Derek at my fave restaurant La Merenda for a dinner full of yummy tapas, great conversation and amazing sangria. Then we were off to see the Lumineers! We had been looking forward to this night for so long and we had the.best.time. Shout out to the in laws for watching the kiddos! We ended the night at Insomnia cookies which was perfect! So glad that place wasnt around when we lived on the Eastside because boy would I have taken advantage of that back in the college days! lol

Monday Meal Planning

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Monday: Rosemary Lemon Baked Chicken and Risotto

Chicken recipe here

For the risotto: I usually just get a bag of risotto rice and just cook according to the package and then add salt pepper and lots of parm in at the end 🙂

Tuesday: Creamed Corn and Bacon Pasta

I made a risotto version of this a while ago and the pasta version sounds just as good.

Recipe here

Wednesday: Roasted Stuffed Pork Loin and White Sage Rice 

Pork recipe here. I still havent decided if I want to try it with prunes or sub something like sun-dried tomatoes….

Thursday: Pot Roast with Potatoes, Carrots and Kale

Recipe here just add kale at the end or make kale chips!

Friday: Make your own french bread pizza night

 

Friday Favorites

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The rosemary mint body butter and lemon vanilla whipped body butter I made last weekend! I have been using the lemon vanilla one after I shower everyday and love how soft and smooth my skin is feeling! The scent goes great with the grapefruit sugar body scrub I made the week before too! The rosemary mint butter I have been using as a foot cream at night before bed. Also loving that one!

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Sam Hunt’s new song Body Like A Back Road. I’ve loved his songs since I first heard him on the radio and there isn’t a song on the album Montevallo I don’t like, but this song is my jaaaam lately! I see it being played all spring and summer long too. So good! Love the whole story behind his album Montevallo too and so happy they got back together and are engaged now! Yay for love 🙂

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Spring!! Spring has officially begun! I have had a countdown on my etch a sketch at my desk at work for a solid 90 days but it’s here! It’a really here! The weather has been kinda wonky this week with some days in the low 50s/upper 40s and others in the 30s 😦 Rude. We made sure to get outside for a walk on the warmer days and even spotted little buds on some of the trees and bushes in the neighborhood. I can’t wait for the weather to start warming up, but for now I’ll take the longer days and sunshine.

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The meatloaf and panini recipes I made earlier this week. They were both delish and will be repeated for sure.

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Spring Cleaning! I totally caught the clean, organize and purge bug….now if only I found the time to execute all these plans of mine…. I took Monday off next week and have some big plans for me and the kids clothes and toy bins lol. Dont worry, I’ll throw some “Mama time” in there as well 😉 Just picture me in this video basically.

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This swimsuit I got for the Bahamas! So so excited and was in need of a one-piece!