{friday 5}

Hello and Happy Memorial Day Weekend.  Whoop Whoop!  A weekend with a little taste of summer, that I always look so forward to.  In true long weekend fashion, I plan to celebrate the long sunny days with my family camping.  Whether you’re hanging out at home or heading to the lake, it’s one of the best laid back holidays where ice-cold beers and barbecues are the priority!

I’ve got 5 things on my mind…..

 

ONE – Dinner Al Fresco // We had our first backyard dinner last night.  And celebrated #nationalwineday!  I gotta say, it was a good day 🙂

For Mother’s Day, Bay got me new chairs for our outdoor table.  I’ve been waiting and ready to sit around the table and enjoy a dinner.  Annddd #chradsohard.  It was probably the most perfect night we’ve had so far this year.  I made grilled pizza and it was legit.  Go to #2!

Dinner al fresco was one of the items on my {spring to-do’s}.  I’ve got 25 days left of Spring to cross off more of my to-do’s.  But, let’s be real…I’m already drafting my Summer to-do’s at the moment…Ha!

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TWO – Grilled Pizza // I straight up, stepped up my pizza making game with this one.  Crispy, charred, cheesy goodness.  Once you have your toppings prepped, this comes together in just minutes.

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Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 lb pizza dough (Trader Joe’s is the only way to go)
  • 1 lb fresh mozzarella, sliced or shredded
  • 3/4 cup pizza sauce
  • 5 oz pepperoni
  • olive oil
  • flour

 

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Here’s what you do:

Remove pizza dough from package and allow to set for 30 minutes.  If you’re using Trader Joe’s.

Prepare toppings and have everything organized and ready.

Sprinkle a sheet pan with flour.  Using your hands, press or roll dough out into a thin rectangle.

To Prepare Grill: Using a paper towel soaked in oil, rub gates of your grill.

Carefully slide pizza dough onto grill over high direct heat.  Close the lid and cook 3 minutes.  Check to see if lightly brown.

Using tongs, flip the dough so it’s grilled side up.  Brush top of crust lightly with olive oil.  Spread pizza sauce.  Top with mozzarella and pepperoni.  Add additional toppings too!

Close grill and cook 2-3 minutes or until the bottom is crispy brown and cheese is melted.

As soon as you get the slide and flip motion down, it’s easy!

Try it!  Maybe over the weekend.

 

THREE – Lunchbox // Not just any lunchbox, say hello to the OmieBox.  A smart bento box for kids lunches.  You guys, I ordered this back in December.  It’s been out of stock for months.  Then it would become available, but only in blue.  I’m not that big of a pink snob…I just wanted what I ordered 5 freaking months ago.  So I waited.  It finally arrived and Bailey was a pretty happy girl!  Not only is it cute AF, but this is the first lunchbox with an insulated thermos that actually works and doesn’t leak.  I put it to the test.

Check it out…..

  • Thermal insulated bento lunch box with two temperature zones for storing hot and cold foods
  • Integrated stainless steel vacuum insulated thermos food jar provides powerful insulation for hot foods
  • Double walled, air insulated bento lunch box keeps fruits & vegetables cool and fresh
  • 3 separate leak-proof bento compartments keep food separated and visually appealing
  • Food grade safe, FDA-approved, BPA-free materials

 

OmieBox – Amazon

 

I didn’t realize that the thermos came out when I made her first lunch.  I shoved the sandwich in it…lol.  Bay couldn’t believe it when she opened her lunchbox at school that day.  She was cracking up when I picked her up, telling me what a blonde moment I had 🙂

Oh and the other good thing about it….dishwasher safe!!!

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FOUR – Target Top // Dramatic cold shoulder with embroidery?  Yesss!  And it’s $19 peeps.  The back is so good.  Scroll down (since I can’t take a picture of my back..Ha) and check out the image from Target’s website.  You can’t tell in this picture, but I paired this top with white denim and Tory Burch flip-flops.  This will be on repeat.  I can promise you that.  Just one more reason to make a Target trip this weekend ladies 🙂

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{a little of this + a little of that}

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Happy Thursday!!  Sorry, but I’m saving my “Whoop Whoop!” for tomorrow.

 

 

  • Exciting news: I’m going to be a Tia to a new baby niece/nephew in November ♥

 

  • I went to Target yesterday.  Surprise, surprise!  I bought a really cute top and a popcorn maker, like the old school air popper one and I’m super pumped about it!

 

  • My recurring snake dreams are at an all time high.  EVERY SINGLE NIGHT!  So I googled it: a fear or an unresolved issue.  WTF?

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{salmon blt sliders}

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I’ve always been a sucker for a BLT sandwich.  Or is it that I’m just a sucker for anything with bacon?  Hmm?!!?  BLT’s are amazing as is.  Bacon + lettuce + tomato between two slices of toasted sourdough bread.   You’re thinking…damn Stacy, you are right!

You know I like to jazz up all the classics.  It’s just the way I roll.  I like to put a fun spin on everything.  Including my BLT’s.  Soooo, how about a piece of freshly baked salmon between those buns?

Ha…that sounds so inappropriate.  I should probably backspace that whole sentence out, but just how I like to jazz things up, I love being somewhat inappropriate just as much.  So, clearly i’m going to leave it right there.

And to even spice it up a little more.  Chipotle mayo.  Want to know a secret?  I’m slightly obsessed with mayo!  Sometimes (all the times) when I make Bay’s sandwich for lunch, I lick the mayo off the knife.  Yep!  One time, yearrrrsss ago, I’m talking like 12 years old.  My friends and I made a reality show.  We used one of those big ol video cameras that held a VHS tape and really recorded it.  I was in-charge of the commercials.  Obviously I did a mayo commercial.  I ate a spoon of mayo on air.  At 12 years old, I didn’t see anything wrong with this.  I soon came to learn that peeps thought I was a freak.  lol.  Now I keep my mayo love under wraps.  I know you’re never going to look at me the same, and I’m completely ok with that 🙂  I’ve only met a handful of fellow mayo lovers.  Andrea being one of them.  She just gets it!

That right there below….that is chipotle mayo…yummm!  And some toppings too.

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Salmon BLT Sliders

Here’s what you’ll need:

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{eyelet flutter sleeves + distressed denim}

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Our eyelet flutter sleeve + distressed denim game is on fleek today!  #ootd

And our “smize” game too!  HA!  Bay’s a pro, she’s teaching me all her selfie tricks ♥

 

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Edgy yet feminine!  Eyelet flutter sleeves give it the girly flare.  Distressed denim for just a touch of edge!  One of my favorite combos ♥

It’s even better when your girl has the same combo and is down to take 100 selfies with you!!

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{weekend notes}

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Good morning and welcome to Monday’s Weekend Notes!  I woke up with a healthy dose of panic this morning.  My to-do list for the week is at an all time high in preparation for the long weekend.  Today I’m taking the advice I give Bay…..take it one step at a time and start with the most difficult item first.  Monday is always a bit of a beast, but Friday will be here before we know it and it will all be worth it!  Here’s to a productive day.  Hope you’re off to a great start!  Be a rebel and have a great day!

 

BALL PARK FRIDAY //

Love watching my nephews play ball.  Friday was Joe’s last game of the season.

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BAY THE BAKER //

Bailey was recruited to make the cake for Spencer’s Baptism Saturday.  She said YESSS, before she even knew what the baking task would be.

The naked carrot cake is back and more beautiful than ever.  I even invested in some new Wilton 8 inch pans.  Which made baking a breeze.

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I have become a professional taste tester…lol.

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BAPTISM //

Baby Spencer was baptized over the weekend.  We were so happy to be a part of the special day.  Even though I got lost on my way to the church.  Ha.  Only me.  How do you get lost in Winters?  The after party was a good one, as always.

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Bay + Spencer ♥

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