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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Fun times.

It's summer! Hope you're having as much fun as we are...

Monday, June 24, 2013


Chris was reading an ABC book to Owen on Saturday morning & got Owen to repeat back some letters of the alphabet.
He continues to impress us with how much he's learning every day...see for yourself!

Another winner.

I have another wonderful recipe to share...this time thanks to Pinterest.
Meet my new favorite risotto- Summer Squash Risotto with Fresh Garlic, Peas, & Basil.
I haven't made many risottos with Owen around because they require a good bit of attention while cooking. This one is easy, & it's as delicious as it sounds.
I also added fresh Parmesan which made it even better!


Friday, June 21, 2013

Fabulous recipe.

A dear friend shared this dish with me recently & I immediately knew that I must have the recipe.

It seriously is like eating so many of my favorite things all in one dish...feta cheese, fresh basil, craisins...it doesn't get much better than that!

It's an amazing summer pasta dish that pairs well with almost anything & is good room temperature or chilled. The recipe makes a gracious plenty (as we say here in the South!).

I can't recommend it enough.

Tri-Colore Orzo Salad

1 pound orzo pasta
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus 1/4 cup
2 cups fresh arugula (about 3 ounces)
3/4 cup crumbled ricotta salata cheese (or feta cheese)
1/2 cup dried cherries
12 fresh basil leaves, torn
1/4 cup toasted pine nuts
3 tablespoons lemon juice
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the pasta and cook until tender but still firm to the bite, stirring occasionally, about 8 to 10 minutes. Drain pasta and put the pasta on a large cookie sheet. Drizzle the pasta with 3 tablespoons olive oil, toss, spread out, and set aside to cool.

Once the orzo is cool, transfer to a large serving bowl. Add the remaining ingredients and toss gently to combine. Serve.


Thursday, June 6, 2013


Thought I'd share some things that I'm currently loving...

The Atlanta Braves...they're dominating their division & are playing great baseball that's just down right exciting to watch!

This cookbook (Dinner: A Love Story). I love the way that Jenny (I feel like I'm on a 1st-name basis with her after reading her stories) weaves her recipes throughout her family's stories. And I love that the premise of the book centers on the importance of family dinners which is something so important to me. I can't wait to try so many of her recipes. We've tried the pan seared scallops with the bacon corn hash...it's a must try!

I can't rave enough about my newest make-up find...NARS tinted moisturizer with SPF. I treated myself to a Cosmetic Market makeover one afternoon before Owen got out of school for the summer. I instantly loved the product & although it was a splurge, I'm so hooked on it that I don't think I'll go back to Clinique. I apply it with a foundation brush & it's enough coverage for me that I'm wearing it as a foundation & add powder on top. Love it!

Triscuit's new crackers made with brown rice & black beans are delicious. The Roasted Red Pepper ones are definitely my favorite. I love snacking on them, & interestingly enough, Owen loves them too!

I'd love to know some of your favorite recent finds!