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{friday 5}

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F R I D A Y!!!  Weekend to-do list:  Sleep-in √  Catch-up on my DVR √  Sit in the sun √ Drink wine √

I hope your to-do list looks a little something like this too!!

Friday 5…….

 

 

ONE – Bailey straw //  I saw one of these on instagram, googled it, bought it.  So fun, right?  To company is called Krazy Straws.  You select what you want it to say…anything.  I kinda want to get myself one that says bitch 🙂  And they are only $4.99 a pop.  Get you’re kiddo one and they will love you forever.  At least that’s what Bay told me when she opened the package 🙂

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Krazy Straws

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TWO – When last nights festivities leave you feeling subpar….you know it was a good time.  Who plays hand and foot till midnight on a Thursday?  Clearly we do.  Today’s group text messages + emails are pretty great!  Sleeping with earplug.  Birth stories.  Stolen sunglasses.  Little bear.  I could go on and on…Haha.  But the coolest thing, was the wine bottle opener Andrea got Nicole (who’s pregnant).  If you follow me on snapchat you know what I’m talking about..lol.  Cork Pops!  You insert the needle into the cork.  Press the top and it pops out using compressed air.

Cork Pops…The fastest, easiest way to open a bottle of wine! Simply insert the needle straight down through the cork, press once on the top of the low pressure propellant cartridge, and the cork is lifted out with a celebratory “POP”! What could be easier? Each cartridge will open approximately 60-80 bottles before requiring a replacement.

I bet you want one too, huh?  I will be placing my order…I’m sold!

Cork Pops Bottle Opener

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Ps…wish I would have put my sunglasses on for this one 🙂

 

THREE – New York Times No-Knead Bread // I posted a picture of this beauty on Instagram a couple of weeks ago…and since have been asked by a couple ladies to please share the recipe.  So here ya go!  You must try this recipe.  I repeat, you Must try this recipe.  It’s simple.  No bread machine required.  All you need is patience.  21 hours (of patience) and you’ll dive into pure carb bliss!  This is my second time making this bread and I can vouch it is worth it!

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Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon instant yeast
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • cornmeal

 

Here’s what you do:

In a large bowl combine flour + yeast + salt.  Add 1 5/8 cups water and stir until blended.  Dough will be shaggy and sticky.  Cover bowl with plastic wrap and let rest at least 12 hours at room temperature.  I waited 18 hours this time.  SOOOO LONG.

Dough is ready when its surface is dotted with bubbles.  Lightly flour a work surface and place dough on it.  Sprinkle with a little more flour and fold it over on itself twice.  Cover loosely with plastic wrap and let reset about 15 minutes

Using just enough flour to keep dough from sticking to work surface and your hands, gently and quickly shape dough into a ball.  Generously coat a cotton kitchen towel (not terry cloth) with more flour + cornmeal.  Cover with another cotton towel and let rise for 2 hours.  When it is ready, dough will be more than double in size and will not readily spring back when poked with a finger.  (weird, I know…but you’ll get it when you try this)

At least 1/2 hour before dough is ready, heat oven to 450 degrees.  Stick your 8 quart pot (cast iron or Pyrex will  work too) in oven as it heats.  When dough is ready, carefully remove pot from oven.  Slide your hand under the towel and turn dough over into pot, seam side up.  It will look messy, but that is ok.  Give the pot a shake till dough is evenly distributed.  Cover with lid and bake 30 minutes.  Remove lid and bake an additional 15-30 minutes, until loaf is beautifully browned.

Cool and enjoy!!!

 

 

FOUR – Just another reason to make a Target trip this weekend!  You need this crochet tank top.  Altough this is Mossimo, now through Tomorrow….buy 1 get 1 50% off Xhilaration clothing.  They’ve got some cute shit right now.  I’ll pray for you!!

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Mossimo Crochet Tank

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{pink pom-pom sweatshirt}

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This year, the color of spring is PINK!  Yes ladies, pink is officially chic.  Ha!!  When I think pink, the first thing that comes to mind is Barbie doll pink.  Nooo!  Not just any pink.  I’m talking dusty rose.  Pastel pink.  Pale pink.

 

This perfect pink seriously the easiest color to style.  It goes with anything and everything you already own.  Trust me!  Every online clothing site I shop has pink featured all over their website.  Black + Pink…yesss!  White + pink…always safe.  Denim + pink…forever.  How about green + pink?  I vote yes!  Pink + stripes.  Pink + Navy…I could go on and on……

 

Here are some of my pink picks….

Pink Bomber Jacket // Linen Lace V-neck Tank //  Strappy Ankle Tie Sandal // Pink Stripe Tie-Front Shirt // Spaghetti-Strap Bodysuit // Off the Shoulder Tee

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Cooking · Food · foodie · Healthy · Kaia · Recipe

{sheet pan sausage + veggies}

 

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Kaia girls (or any girls, really), I’ve got a killer clean recipe for you!  With BRIK right around the corner, I know you’re all busy working on your meal plan for week #1.  Not only is this recipe healthy and delicious, but clean up is a breeze.  Literally!

Perfect for a quick week night meal.  Or meal prep for a healthy lunches for the week.

You can customize this dish with your favorite veggie combos.  Your go-to seasonings.  Or the sausage your family digs.  So many options.  I used veggies I had on hand.  I love throwing in tomatoes at the end…so good!  This recipe can me made with or without potatoes too.  Totally up to you!  Bay hates tomatoes (so I left them out) and LOVES red potatoes, so I added them this time around.  The options are endless!!

 

Here’s what you’ll need:

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{a little of this + a little of that}

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{photo cred: Tio}

Raise your hand if you’re rollin into Tuesday like Bay?  My hand is up in the air…High!

Since I’m tired AF, lets chat about a little of this + a little of that……

  • Bay told me last night that she knows what AF stands for.  She also added, that she used the term AF many times yesterday too!  Lovely!

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{weekend notes}

 

The weekend came and the weekend went.  Just like that.  Back to work.  Back to school.  Back to the weekly grind.  And I’m ready for it.

How was your weekend?  Too fast?  Yep, ours too.  Here are some of the highlights……

 

Friday night at Blue Note Brewery.   This has become our Friday night meeting spot.  Beers + catch up sesh with the family.  And I love it.

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Tio + the kids played hookie and went to Six Flags.  No ASES camp for these little crazies.  Perfect ending to Spring Break.

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Pizza Pizza!  And wine.  Have I mentioned that I love pizza?  Kidding….lol!  Everyone knows my love for pizza is real.  Real BIG!  Especially Steve’s pizza.

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Bay on the roof…FML!

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Watching Joe + his travel ball team play.  Joe got his first hit.  Racking up $100.  Not bad kiddo, not bad.  He text me “where you at” after his game to collect.  Love him!!!

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Strawberry picking at Pacific Star Gardens.  Have you ever checked  this place out?  It’s the little tented produce stand on Co Rd 99.  Pacific Star announced last week that their certified organic Chandler strawberries were ready for picking.  And Bay found a strawberry shortcake trifle recipe that she was dying to try out.  It was meant to be!!

Grab one of these buckets.  Follow the strawberry signs out to the berry field.  Pick as many as your heart desires.  I guess the key is go early.  We were later in the afternoon, but still plenty of ripe berries for these kids to pick.

When you go back under the tent to return your bucket, there is a scale to weigh the berries.  At $3/lb you really can’t beat it.  Stick cash in the slot and your good to go!

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Melons and tomatoes are coming soon!  Go “like” Pacific Star Gardens on Facebook to stay updated on what’s available for picking.

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Impromptu Easter egg hunt.  When you’ve got filled eggs, you throw them out in the grassy field on Gibson and let the kids loose.

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DK’s Pizza fun!  Pizza two nights in a row?  Sure, why not?  And they all needed a turn to spin the wheel!

 

As you can see, Charley won an ice cream cone.  That face though!!!

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Riding with Papa.  Loaded up the bikes and headed to Prarie City for the morning.  My Dad has all three grandkids on dirt bikes now.  They love it.

My girl!!!

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Benny and those training wheels ♥

 

Bay baked!  Well, kind of.  More like assembled.  Strawberry Shortcake Trifles.

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Taste testing the homemade whip cream.  As you can see, it was pretty damn good!

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{friday 5}

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We made it!  It’s Friday!  And is it just me, or is today perfect beer drinking weather?  Cheers to the weekend!!!

 

First, I’ve got 5 things on my mind…….

 

ONE – Circle Beach Towel // I’ve been on the hunt for an affordable beach roundie for far too long.  I originally fell in love with The Beach People Towels at Nordy’s.  $110 for a beach towel?  Nahh!  My homegirl (not really) at Living In Yellow posted this super cute, super in-expensive version from American Eagle last week.  Shit you not, I paid $11 + free shipping for this beauty.  The towel not the kid 🙂  I’m obsessed with tie-dye and the hot pink tassel trim doesn’t hurt either.  This color is sold out, but the pink tie-dye with yellow tassels is equally as good!  And it’s currently full price….boo!  $19 is still a damn good deal considering I’ve done my roundie research and this is the lowest I’ve ever seem them.

I can already picture us kickin it at Pope Beach with our roundie this summer!!!

AEO TIE-DYE CIRCLE BEACH TOWEL

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TWO – Pineapple Pizzas // Or do I call them Mini Hawaiian Pizzas?  Either way, this pizza will knock your socks off.  I saw this on Cooking Light instagram this week and thought, interesting.  Then last night, as I was enjoying a Rold Gold Pretzel dinner…..I realized that I had all the ingredients to make this pizza.  Leftover ham from Easter for dayyysss.  Can of pineapple slices (it’s one of the ONLY fruits that I kinda like).  Mozzarella cheese.  And sauce.  I was so impressed with the finished product that I had my baby daddy try it to make sure I wasn’t loosing my fucking mind.  He agreed!  His response “you better put this on that blog thingy that you do.”  Haha!

 

 

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Here’s what you’ll need:

  • large can of pineapple slices (I’m sure fresh would be great)
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • 8 slices of ham (Canadian bacon would be killer)
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced red onion
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup pizza sauce
  • sliced black olives
  • 3 tablespoons basil, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

 

Here’s what you do:

Heat a grill pan over medium-high.  Coat liberally with non-stick cooking spray.  Place pineapple slices on grill pan and cook for 3 minutes on each side.  Transfer to a lined baking sheet.

Heat olive oil + butter in a pan over medium heat.  Add onion and cook untill browned and sticking to the pan.  About 10-15 minutes.

Top each pineapple slice in this order:

1 tablespoon mozzarella cheese

Slice of ham

1 tablespoon pizza sauce

1 tablespoon mozzarella cheese

Caramelized onion

Olives

Broil on High for 5 minutes.  Watching carefully so they don’t burn.

Sprinkle with chopped basil + crushed red pepper flakes.

 

Try not to eat 6 slices, like I did 🙂

So So Good.  I’m a major pizza girl and I have to admit, I impressed my damn self with these mini pizzas!!

 

THREE – Spring Show // Bay and I wrote her 2017 Buyers Letter this week.  Then it dawned on me that Spring Show is TWO weeks away.  Exactly 14 days!  Holy shit.  Barbecue is right on track at a whoppin 245 lbs. (as of last week)  He is Some Pig!  Ha.  Bay has worked her little butt off feeding, cleaning and walking Barbecue since January.  Not only that, she has paid 100% out of her own pocket this year.  Pig + feed + shavings + vaccinations.  You better believe she’s also kept track of every penny too.   Last year, her first year, we footed the bill.  I love seeing how proud she is.  Investing her own money in this project has made the experience a little different this year.  It’s crazy to think it’s almost over.  Sorry, I’m getting all sappy!

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{cold-shoulder maxi dress}

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When you get a Yaya email that says “come in your spring best” you must go shopping!

So I went to Target the other day (okay, fine….like three times this week)…..

I was in awe over all the new spring dresses.  I’m not a big dress wearing gal.  You’re more likely to catch me in a pair of denim this time of year.  Or pretty much any time of year, let’s be real.

I couldn’t help myself though.  So many cute options.  Maxi dresses.  Off the shoulder dresses.  Rompers….tons of rompers.  I bought one of those too.

This dress was my favorite purchase of the week…so far.  Ha!

 

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This dress has a little bit of everything.

Cold-shoulder

Tassels

Perfect length

Fitted

Comfy AF

$29.99

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{starbucks unicorn frappuccino}

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Starbucks new Unicorn Frappuccino is the overnight Instagram sensation.  Clearly, we had to see what the buzz was all about.  I mean, it looks cool and all.  Butttt, how does it taste?

I placed my order for pick up as we were leaving the house this morning.  I didn’t tell Bay that I also ordered her something too.  I’m the lazy ass Mom that pulls up and sends my 10 year-old in the store to fetch my grande pike in a venti cup with a stopper.  I’m sure if you’re a regular at Starbucks on Ashley Ave, then you’ve seen my girl run in a few times!

She came running out…..

With the Unicorn Frapp in hand 🙂

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