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We all know Barefoot Contessa from the Food Network.  I used to watch her cooking shows with a pen + paper in hand, writing down the recipe/tips as she cooked on TV.  Without a DVR.  You miss an ingredient or step, you’re screwed!  There was no rewind.  No pause button if you needed to refill your wine glass.  I can hardly believe that’s how I had to get my recipes?  Clearly before internet + google.  Or at least, before I knew how to google that shit.  Definitely before Pinterest.

This recipe, if I remember correctly, was one of Jeffrey’s favorite.  Jeffrey is her husband for all you non Food Network peeps.  I recall her making this recipe and thinking…..

Damn, someday when I grow up, I’m going to make this for a dinner party.  And set my table pretty.  And drink wine.

The very day I got my new dinning room table, guess what I did?

I had a dinner party.  Well, kinda.  It was Grandparents Day, so I invited my parents + GG over for dinner with Bay + I to celebrate.  Let’s call it a dinner party!!!

I set my new table real pretty.  And we drank wine.  That’s a dinner party in my book!

Ps…Grandparents Day is a real thing.  Swear.  I even googled it to prove it to you 🙂

National Grandparents Day

 

I’m totally not a fan of raw meat/chicken images on social media.  It looks nasty and salmonella-y.

But, is it just me, or do those raw chicken breasts pictured below look pretty bomb?!?!

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This recipe is SO easy.  SO delicious.  I promise you’re guests or family will enjoy it!  We ate the leftovers all week-long, without a single complaint.

 

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{weekend notes}

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Happy Monday friends!  I hope you all had a great weekend.

 

Intentions for the week:

  • donate more shit (again)
  • try oil pulling (Sarah and I tried…for maybe 15 seconds, does that count?)
  • organize my closet
  • write + send thank you notes (almost done)
  • plan backpacking trip
  • find the perfect white shower curtain
  • make room to park my car in the garage (this is going to be tricky) – Tried NOT going to happen 😦
  • have mom + dad over for dinner
  • resist over booking the weekend
  • change address on all my 1,837 online/personal accounts
  • make Ina Garten’s Lemon Chicken Breasts
  • play tennis with Bay
  • pick 2 new Whole 30 compliant recipes to try out

(I was able to cross off a couple of things already)  Whoop Whoop!

What’s on you’re list in intentions for the week?

 

And now, highlights from the weekend………

 

MAKING A HOUSE A HOME //

It’s finally beginning to feel like home.

I’ve got a table for my coffee!  Topped with white tulips, which make me smile every single time I walk in the living room!

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And this table runner can only mean ONE thing……

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I found a dinning room table!  No more living room floor picnics!

I sold my old dinning room table at our garage sale.  Probably sold it for what I paid for it too.  Considering I bought it back in 2001ish.  Swear!  It was time for something different.

I had NO idea how happy this table would make me.  I had a little extra pep in my step once I got it all put together and decorated.

I busted out the linen napkins.  Gold flatware.  Gold rimmed glasses.  Wicker chargers.

I’ll share more details later this week.  I got lots of Instagram messages wanting to see more pics!  Hold on tight.

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Oh, and we have the cutest morning guests at this house now 🙂 Claire just loves the babies.

 

FOOTBALL //

Not to be mistaken by the one on TV.  I only watch the one at Pioneer High.  The one where I can watch my nephew do what he loves!

Goooo Joe!!!

 

Bay spotted her friend Lauren too.  The MOST adorable cheerleader I’ve ever seen.  Except for the fact she looks like a teenager.

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PARTY TIME //

We celebrated cousin Danny’s 40th at Blue Note with the family ♥

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Boom cheers with GG!

Drank wine with Mom + watched Snatched!

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Bay + Ruby made gigantic milkshakes and danced

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The struggle is real!  And that’s all I gotta say about this day!

Ok, first off…..

Intentions for the week:

You can read last weeks Intentions here {weekend notes}.  Once again, I sucked at tracking my food on My Fitness Pal.  This week it’s on though.  You guys, after a month off from Kaia, I start back as of August 1st….that’s tomorrow!  I’m scared and excited.  More excited, I think.  I’ve got some goals to crush!

  • September budget spreadsheet
  • Track ALL food on My Fitness Pal (I tracked till Thursday…boo)
  • Go through my closet and donate/sale clothes
  • Lay off the vino….until Friday, of course (failed MISERABLY)
  • Plan SF hike/weekend
  • Make oven roasted tomatoes
  • Prepare for garage sale (FML)
  • Make my own coffee every morning (stay out of the Starbucks drive thru)
  • Do charcoal teeth whitening and tell you all about it…lol. (back on the list)
  • Make sheet pan eggs
  • Lunch break arboretum walk (too HOT for that shit)
  • Deep clean bathroom cabinets/drawers/makeup (throw shit away)

 

And for some weekend highlights….

Friday //

Can’t beat jalapeno margs at the Truitt’s!  Perfect way to kick off the weekend, if you ask me!!!

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Saturday //

Early breakfast date with my girl ♥

Morgan’s Mill is gorgeous.  The rustic brick building.  Succulent accents.  An outdoor patio with lights strung.  Not only is the building itself easy on the eyes….they serve good coffee.  Amazing cinnamon roll waffle.  That’s mascarpone cheese on top.  Heavenly.  The gluten-free chocolate muffin was Bay’s favorite.  And remember….”she doesn’t do that gluten-free stuff”…lol.

Oh and they made her a warm caramel apple cider drink.

We’ll be back!!

Hoping to pop in on an evening and sip a glass of chard on that patio!!

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Vegas//

Strait to Vegas, that is.  Remember last September the three of us (my besties) went to see the King in Vegas?  You can read about it here {weekend notes}

Well, we decided around December that we were going back.  Who knew the Cowboy was not ever going to ride away?  And continue to release more and more concert dates.

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Strait to Vegas exclusive world-wide engagements have hosted 10 at capacity shows since George retired the tour bus.

The 2016 shows he played his 60 #1’s in chronological order.  He did it by playing the first 1-30 #1’s Friday night.  Then the following 31-60 #1’s Saturday (the second night).  With the addition to the can’t miss classics…..”Fool Hearted Memory” “You Look So Good In Love” and so on.

In November of 2016 he announced the sold-out series would continue through 2017.

The last 6 shows, one of which we were at Saturday night, was once again “Two Nights of Number Ones”  He changed it up a little for these remaining shows.  Still the #1’s, just not in chronological order.

He claims the 4 shows left, he will be changing up the format even more.  Man, I wish I could snag another ticket to see what he’s got in store.

  • Friday, September 1st
  • Saturday, September 2nd
  • Friday, December 8th
  • Saturday, December 9th

So, if you haven’t already seen this show, you’ve still got a chance.  And let me tell you, this is a MUST!

Will the King of Country ride away after December 9th?  That is the question.  But, damn, I’m sure hoping not!!!

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Some of my favorites…..

“Here For A Good Time”

 

“All My Exes”

 

“Blue Clear Sky”

This song reminds me of my homegirl Zeb ♥

 

And then my phone died…

It was a sad thing!

Tall cans with mom!

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I even bought a George tall can coozie.  T-shirt.  And playing cards.  I couldn’t help myself.

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George played till midnight.  We sang and danced.  The BEST concert ever!

Fremont Street Experience //

After the concert we grabbed a cab and headed for Fremont Street.  Now I understand why they call it the “experience”

It’s nothing short of a crazy ass experience.

Maybe it was the 1am time-frame?  Maybe it’s always like this.  I couldn’t tell you.

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What. A. Week.  Not going to bore you too much with the nitty-gritty, but this week was a frickin whirlwind.  Today is FRIDAY and that makes me happy AF!  And this weekend is going to be pretty good.  Me + Mom + Kissey + George + Vegas….enough said!

So, let’s chat about 5 things on my mind…..

 

ONE – iPhone maps // Anyone else thinks it’s borderline creepy that you’re iPhone knows exactly where you’re headed?  I got this leaving the gym the other morning.  Every morning I get in my car, it tells me what time I’ll arrive at my office in Dixon.

I found out that deep inside your location services (under privacy) there is a feature called Frequent Locations.  When turned on, your phone will keep tack of places you visit on a regular basis.  After about a week it will begin automatically sending you travel time to destinations you frequent at that given time.  Weird.  Some peeps have asked how it works, or how to turn it on.  So there ya go.

My question….do you love it?  Or do you hate it?  I’m not a fan.

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TWO – Harry’s // Ladies + gentleman…do yourself a favor and throw away your razors.  Go to Target and grab a Harry’s.  I know they are designed for me, but trust me on this one…..You’ll get the best leg shave ever.  Smooth as a babies butt!  Harry’s get’s my full endorsement.

$10 for a the grip + 2 razors + travel cover.

• 1 Rubberized grip handle for control
• 2 Razor Blade Cartridges featuring 5 German razor blades, flex hinge, lubricating strip, and a precision trimmer
• 1 Travel Razor Blade Cover to protect your razor blades when you’re on-the-go

Harry’s Men’s Razor with 2 Razor Blades has everything you need for an exceptional shave.

Harry’s razor blade cartridges are engineered at its world-class German factory that has been producing some of the world’s finest blades for almost 100 years. Each cartridge features 5 razor blades with precision-honed edges that are both sharp and durable, a flex hinge that contours to your face, a lubricating strip for a smooth finish, and a precision trimmer for those hard-to-reach places.

The razor handle is designed with a rubberized matte exterior, texturized grip pattern, and weighted core for maximum grip and control. It may be the best-looking thing in your bathroom (other than you).

 

The branding is on point too, which I know all women like 🙂

Harry’s Men’s Razor with 2 Razor Blades – Forest Green

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THREE – Salsa Chicken // I posted these images on my Instagram stories last night.  Dinner delivery + meeting baby Cora ♥  3 week old Baby Cora was for sure a highlight of the week.  Bay’s already requesting to babysit 🙂  She’s the littlest, cutest baby.  Reminds me of Bay when she was 3 weeks old…about 11 years ago…OMG!

We also took dinner to Cora’s diaper changing, midnight feeding, parents.  I  got lots of messages asking for the chicken recipe.  It’s probably the most simple recipe ever.  And I’ve made it more times than I can count.  Make a great salad topper, taco filler, quesadilla stuffing.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • chunky salsa (I use Pace)

Place chicken in a crockpot.  Top with 1/2 jar or more of salsa.

Cook on high for 3-4 hours.

Shred with two forks in the crockpot.

That’s it!

Works great for a Sunday meal prep for lunches too.

Other highlights….cards with GG + Hand And Foot night.  That bone pile is impressive, and caused a really great chain of group texts the following day.  HAF = hungover AF?  LOL!  Always a good time.  I hope my hangover is gone by the next card night.

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{friday 5}

Happy Friday, friends!  What a whirlwind of a week.  The weekend has arrived and I’m happy AF about it.

Here’s what I’ve got on my mind…..

 

ONE – Notes // If you’ve been reading for a while, then you know how much I love notes. I came home from Tahoe Wednesday to find this on my counter. With grilled chicken in the fridge. Enough that I was able to live off it for lunch + dinner the rest of the week.  I plan to repay Dad next week with a delicious delivery in his fridge. And a note to go with it.

It really is the little things!!

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TWO – It’s a…..

 

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Serious case of the Holiday hangover going on over here.  Butttt, it is Wednesday (HAPPY HUMP DAY)…NOT Monday, so I’ll pound Starbucks all day and keep my complaining to a minimum.

How was your 4th?  The 4th is my favorite, but I think I’ve already told you that about 381 times now!  Summertime!  I feel like we tend to live a wilder life.  Don’t you think?  Stay up later than normal.  Cut out of work early on Friday’s!  Drive with the windows down.  Wake up with golden shoulders.  Dip in the Lake.  Drink a little more.  Road trips.  Adventures!  The summer just makes me feel alive!  I am desperately trying to live in the moment and soak up these sunny days the very best I can!

Annddd, who else wants to vote for 4-day weekends, year round?

We spent the last 4 days in Tahoe at our Family cabin on South Shore.  You guys….the weather was insanely beautiful.

I live for summer weekends like these…..

Strawberry Lodge Pit Stop //

Because it’s a tradition.  Always.  Even if you’re solo.  Luckily I noticed a car when I pulled in the parking lot Friday evening 🙂  Fancy seeing them here!!!  They have the very best jukebox.  We play Janis Joplin every single time.  And the bar sings along.

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Bear Greetings //

We were greeted by Cinnamon the neighborhood bear.  We named him that a couple of years ago.  I think Benny did actually.  Because of his cinnamon color!  We see him every trip.

 

Cards on the deck //

31 is played more times that I can count.  Clearly Joe was holding a shitty hand, like I was.  I didn’t walk away with a single win!

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Bike Rides //

I love that they still have bike parade decor on their bikes.  Even Bay’s balloon made it all the way from Woodland.  There is a cute little park a couple of blocks up the road.  That’s where you can find these kids!

Benny Bears helmet kills me 🙂

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My red solo cup runneth over!!  With chard!

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In the Kitchen //

Isn’t the kitchen always the main hub?  We cook, a lot.  Eat, alot.

Coffee out of Poop-A-Doop’s mug on the porch every morning.  One of the reasons I roll out of bed…around 8ish.  And the smell of breakfast cooking.

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We celebrated Kissey’s Birthday.  Chicken tortilla casserole + GG’s italian green beans + tomato + avocado salad + french bread…heaven!!

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Bay whipped up pretzel crust brownies.  Goole it!  BOMB.com!

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Lunch lady making beach sandwiches.

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Bacon wrapped hotdogs.  There were alright.  I need to perfect them, then many I’ll post more about these dogs.

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Beaches //

We live for beach days!  All of us ♥

Our all time favorite beach – Pope Beach!  Just up the road a few miles from our cabin.

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