{friday 5}

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Happy Friday Senoritas!  This week was a doozy.  So tired.  So annoyed.  So grumpy.  For absolutely NO reason at all.  Hence the {floral + herb smudge stick diy}  For the record, it worked!  Feeling 100 again.  Friday might have a little something to do with it?!?!?  Weekend agenda: nada.  Zip.  Zilch.  Nada.  Well, kinda.  We are celebrating GG’s 93rd Birthday tonight, so that’s for sure something.  And the royal wedding…obvi.  Maybe lay out by the pool.  Drink some wine?  Sure, why not.  It’s a weekend dedicated to do what ever the hell we want.  And it happened just when we needed it the most.

Before we part for the weekend, let’s chat about 5 things.  Real quick…..

 

ONE – The Royal Wedding // Who’s getting up at the butt-crack of dawn to watch the Royal Wedding?  I originally said “hell yes,” but the more I think about it….kinda depends on how many cervezas I consume at GG’s fiesta tonight.  Just keepin it real.  DVR is locked and loaded in case I hit snooze.

Then I found this fun drinking game.  Basically, you’d be drunk by 5am if you play during actual time.  Not even sure I’m down with that.  Maybe I’ll play with my cup of coffee + Bailey’s?  Hmmm!  Mimosas?

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TWO – Friday Starbucks Date // Back in the day, I’m talking when Bay was around 5 years old, maybe?  We used to do Starbucks dates every Friday morning.  Bay would get the mini vanilla scones, two of them.  I always got a frapp.  Well, last Friday we randomly decided to go to Starbucks at 6am (I skipped the gym, hungover AF)  We ordered drinks + breakfast and sat together and talked about random life shit.  Like the fact she has a crush on this boy….OMG, kill me now!  It was so nice to have a little one-on-one date with my girl.  Before the hectic work/school day begins.  So, we’ve made a pact to make it our new Friday morning thing.  And you better believe she popped out of bed at 6am for our date this morning ♥

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THREE – Clean Fridge //  I’ve told you before that Thursday nights are my cleaning nights.  I’m a crazy routine person.  I have certain things I do on certain days.  Like the carwash.  Grocery shopping.  Banking.  Peeps think I’m so crazy, but I live for routine + schedule.  Keeps me organized and happy!  Last night, for some odd reason, I had a burst of energy around 10pm.  (I was like, where the fuck did that come from?)  After most of my cleaning was done.  So, obvi I stayed up till midnight to clean out the fridge.  Pulled everything out.  Threw out anything expired.  Wiped down all the shelves and drawers.  Woke up at 4:30 am tired AF and my workout was almost impossible due to lack of sleep.  But, when I opened my sparkly clean fridge this morning, I realized it was all worth it.  And I’m officially and OLD, because I find this to be so incredibly rewarding.  Ha!

And yes, I have a second fridge in the garage to house all my booze + La Croix.

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{strawberry + beet salad}

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Mother’s Day is THIS WEEKEND peeps!  Did you scoop up a little something for your Mom yet?  Check out my {gift guide: mother’s day} for some fun ideas.  Have you booked brunch resies at her favorite spot?  Or planned a delish menu to celebrate your Mama?

If you’re going the hostess route, I’ve got something you MUST add to the menu.

This could quite possibly, not only be the most gorgeous salad I’ve ever made, but it’s fucking delicious too!

I’ve even added steps to simplify and make it a little more semi-homemade.  This will blow your Mama’s socks off.  You will definitely become her “favorite!”

You can thank me later 🙂

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{orange table setting}

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Oranges + kumquat!  Nothing brightens up a room better than fresh fruits.  Totally stylish.  Super affordable.  And delicious too!  I envisioned using fresh produce of some sort in lieu of flowers for a change.  Honestly I wasn’t sure if I could pull it off.  I bought fresh stems at TJ’s as a backup plan…Ha!

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The oranges + kumquat both complement the spring + summer color palette perfectly.  Such an easy pop of color.  I’m typically not a HUGE color fan.  I like to keep it pretty neutral.  But, this is so pleasing to the eye, that I fell in love.

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The centerpiece consists of oranges + greenery (that I pulled from a bouquet my homegirl Nikki brought me) + Eucalyptus filler that I picked up from Target yesterday.  $7.99 for 3 bunches.  Originally I bought them for a different spot in the house and threw them in here last-minute.  Wouldn’t they look so cute in a bud vase?  They are super versatile and almost look real!

BIG shout out to Jamie Carroll + Allison Rose for the orange + kumquat delivery.  Thank you for making my table dreams come true ♥

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We have to take a moment to chat about these glasses.  I fell in love the moment I laid my eyes on these beauties.  They are vintage so I can’t link them or tell you where you can find some.  Sorry!  They look real pretty filled with rosé….I had to test it out the day I brought them home.  I’m thinking pretty desserts next.  But for now, they are showing off on my dinning room table and they make me uber happy!

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This $9 wine decanter was another Target find a few months back.  Filled with sliced oranges + water.  That’s what I’ll do.  I tried chardonnay and it looked kinda like urine…lol.  So, we’ll stick with water for now.

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Whenever I want to change-up the dinning room table, the first thing I do is linen napkins.  It’s impressive what a simple napkin can do for a table.  I picked up this white stripe 4-pack for $7 at Target yesterday.  They are a simple + classic, so they will be used over and over again.

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I think lemons + lavender would also be such a great combo.  Who knows, maybe I’ll try that next 🙂

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Tied a piece of greenery around the back of the white chairs.  It’s the little details that always get me.  Super simple and so pretty!

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Ok, here’s all the details:

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{avocado toast 4 ways}

 

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My love for avocado toast is deep.  Like soooo deep, I made 4 different types of avo toasts over the weekend.  We’re just gonna go ahead and call it avo toast, k?  It’s kinda my Saturday + Sunday jam!

But before we dive into avo toast, let’s get down to the basics……

How to pick a ripe avo.

There is nothing better than cutting into a perfect avo.  Am I right?  Especially when you just spent $3.99 for each of those little fuckers.

I even wrote a post about it!  {avocado love affair} Haha!  Which brought to my attention, that I’ve been making avo toast since 2015.  That’s before avo toast was even cool.

I buy about 4 avocados a week.  All different stages of ripeness.  That way they last me all week.  Cause I don’t want a hard ass avo.  And I also don’t want a brown-ish mushy one either.

Here’s what you do:

Remove the stem of the avocado to reveal the ripeness……

Green – under ripe

It may feel OK from the outside, but the inside will be hard as a rock…..no bueno.

Dark Brown – overripe

When you cut the avocado open it will be brownish, sometimes smelly and super squishy with the pit un-intact …gross!

Yellowish – just right

Avocado perfection.  The pit will be intact and it will have the perfect shade of green!!

I leave my avo’s in a bowl on the counter.  If you want an avo to ripen sooner, place it in a paper bag.  Always room temp!!!

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And don’t think this is just something I make for breakfast.  Avocado toast is completely acceptable any time of the day, in my book.

Wake up hangry or hungover?  Avo toast!

Looking for an easy snack?  Avo toast!

Dinner when you don’t feel like cooking?  You guessed it….Avo toast!

 

To begin, there is ONE GOLDEN RULE!

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{mexican hot pot}

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M O N D A Y // back to work after 10 days of Spring Break. It’s bittersweet. I’m craving my routine + schedule, but feel like just one more day would sure be nice lol. Anyone else with me? And the rain in the forecast, I can’t. But it gives me a reason to share this soup recipe I’ve been saving…..

I’m sure by now we are all familiar with Pho.  That shit is delish.  And the Pho restaurant closest to us is called Pho King.  So, depending on how you pronounce Pho (“fuh”), the name of the restaurant if kinda fun to say.  Fuh-king.

Anyway, if you dig Pho, then you’ll dig this!  A hot pot is traditionally a Chinese soup containing Asian ingredient.  It’s prepared at the dinning table in a simmering pot of soup stock.  While the stock is simmering, ingredients are added.  Like, thinly sliced meats + veggies + seafood.  Then ladled over noodles, like Pho.

Sounds good huh?

Then you throw a mexican twist and ladle over rice.  Boom!  You’ve got a mexican hot pot.

Bay devoured this soup!  My Mom (the official taste tester) gave it a thumbs up.  So, it’s basically a keeper.  And a sharer.

This hot pot would be a fun dish to make for company.  Especially picky eaters.  Each soup bowl can be customized with favorite toppings.

I’m BIG on toppings.  The more the merrier.  Bay just a little cotija + lime and she’s good to go.

And you can’t forget the avocado crema.  OMG.  Crema is my jam.  Stir it in last-minute and you’ll be a happy camper.

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I was finally able to give my Martha Stewart cookware a run for it’s money.  Best gift ever.  Thanks Mom!!!

Here’s what you’ll need:

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{weekend notes}

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Hello, Monday!

We’re at it again.  Another start to a new week.  We had a super low-key weekend.  Lots of sleeping in and relaxing.  Extra cups of  coffee.  Not much on the calendar for the week (unlike last week) And I’m really happy about it.

Hope you had a great weekend.  And here’s to a new week!

Intentions for the week:

  • Delete photos to clear up space on my computer + iPhoneI feel lighter
  • Make someone happyActually makes you feel happier too
  • Create a springy mood + inspiration boardCheck it out here: {spring to-do’s}
  • Drink 75 oz of water each dayharder than you think 
  • Set a pretty Easter tableDone, but no help from insta stories…lol. 
  • Balance checkbook (I’m off $1.83…makes me crazy)863 hours later…damn redbox screwed me up
  • Finish up our Spring To-Do listdid you read it?  {spring to-do’s}
  • Asparagus soupDecided on an asparagus tart instead…stay tuned.
  • Easter brunch menupossibly not happening 😦 

Last weeks Intentions: {weekend notes}

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Highlights from the weekend……

Friday night Beers + adult Connect Four tournament

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When the Fricke’s drop off loads of asparagus

I’ve been googling asparagus everything today.

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Happy St Patrick’s Day!

Green beer + green top

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{spring table + rose napkin fold}

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In celebration of March, today I’m sharing my Spring table setting.  Setting a pretty table has become one of my favorite seasonal projects.  Simple + clean.  Lots of white.  And it’s always fun to shop my own house for different pieces to finish the table off.
A set table makes the home feel so welcoming.
And nothing sets the Spring tone like a bright cheery room.
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Bay even helped me with this one too!  I’m rubbing off on her…Ha!
She rolled all the rose napkins.  Perfectly.  She knows how I roll….lol.
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Farmers Market flowers were my favorite find last Saturday.  Super unique.
Once these begin to wilt, I’ll probably grab a couple of bunches of eucalyptus to replace it.
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Fresh rosemary + thyme tied with bakers twine.  As soon as the candle was lit, I could smell the fresh herbs.  Such a fun touch.  The thyme wilts quickly.  If you decide to try this at home.  Either stick with rosemary for a longer lasting look.  Or do this the day of, if you’re having peeps over.  Either way, I love using anything fresh I can get my hands on.  I have rosemary planted out back.  Fresh thyme was leftover from a recipe.  I also love using up things I already have in the fridge.
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I wanted a layered look without chargers or extra on the table.  I bought this plate set at Walmart yearrrrsss ago.  It’s from the Better Homes and Garden collection.  Which is still available.  I have 2 sets making an 8 piece place setting.  They are great quality and don’t have a single chip.
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