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Friday, June 14, 2019

Fab Friday Faves 6.14.19

Happy Friday Everyone! It has been a quick week, Stephanie and Steve's visit has flown by.  We have done quite a bit, but it has literally rained every day since they have been here.  Nine Inches since last Friday to be exact. Josh hurt his back on Monday and has been pretty much laid up since then, I got him to get some cupping done and go to the doctor, he is feeling better now.  They were all able to go on a deep sea fishing charter today and came home with a few fish so I am happy about that.  We aren't sure what we are up to this week with Josh's back and me not feeling well, but hopefully we can do something exciting!  Have a great weekend, all!



This weeks crazy weather gave me some beautiful cloud pictures on the Dunedin Causeway and Honeymoon Island.  Sadly, no pot of gold reported.


We went to our first Yankees farm team game at Steinbrenner Field on the weekend.  The Tampa Tarpons played the Georgia Fire Frogs.  It was really cool and the stadium is modeled after Yankee Stadium.


It was nail day on Wednesday, I decided on a pretty, classy, Tiffany inspired designed.


I got this pretty Chakra diffuser bracelet in the mail today from Blue Raven Handcrafted, out of Maryland.  She is moving and had all of her bracelets on sale earlier this week.  I love it! 


Stephanie and I went for pedicures at Happy Nails on Monday, much needed!

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Friday, June 7, 2019

Fab Friday Faves 6.7.19

Happy Friday All!  It has been a pretty quiet week, we said goodbye to our foster bunnies on Sunday, which has made the week pretty sad, we got pretty attached after having them for 6 months.  But, I hope they are happy in their new forever home!   Steve and Stephanie arrived a few hours ago for a 10 day visit, so that will make the next week or so fly by.  We ordered pizza and are going fishing in the morning and then to a baseball game tomorrow night.  Everyone have a great weekend!



I got a package in the mail yesterday from my mom with this beautiful pineapple lanterns and this Flamingo print.  It's so nice to get mail especially things that I love so much!


Speaking of mail, I got this awesome care package in the mail last Friday from my awesome friend Nicole with a Connecticut Starbucks mug, some artwork from Jackson and lots of other fun stuff.


Our last picture with the bunnies :(



We went to St. Pete on Saturday to check out a few breweries and to go to Beans and Barlour for a Lucky Charms milkshake. We had lunch at The Avenue where we had some great food and I tried the Chambong and a Bloody Mary Shot. We also wandered around a bit in the insane heat but I got some great mural photos.


We went kayaking on Saturday morning on the Anclote River and had such  a nice morning, despite the heat.  We saw lots of animals and even had a manatee surface right in between our kayaks.


I love homemade tortillas, but I have always been terrible at rolling them out.  Until, I got this tortilla press from Zulily a few weeks ago.  Game changer! This makes them so easy! and so delicious.

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Friday, May 31, 2019

Fab Friday Faves 5.31.19

Happy last day of May, everyone! It's been another scorching, dry week in South Florida but, it hasn't been that bad, I think I'm getting used to it.  The pool is at the point where it is no longer refreshing, but it's still pretty lovely. I spent a few hours at the beach this morning, it is such a nice change from my normal morning walk, not to mention if I get to hot I just go for a swim.  We went to Chad and Chrissy's in Orlando on Sunday for a Memorial Day cookout and visit, we had a great time, but it was even hotter there!  It has been a short week so not much to report besides some great acupuncture, yard work and like I said, the heat. The last day of school here was Wednesday, so things are already a little crazier in the day, and I'm enjoying having all the kids around the neighborhood out and playing all day, it really makes everything seem happier.  Enjoy your weekend all!



My Plumeria are bluming again, nothing crazy, but one beautiful bunch.  Two winters ago I lost all of my Plumeria in a hard frost, and they are finally just coming back.  I'm so happy because these are my favorite.  I have also had some new ones come into my possession, so hoping next year I will have three or four new colors.



Some beach pictures from this morning at Honeymoon.


Smudge.


Thomas and Oreo. I am so happy I still have them but they are looking for their forever home still, even after all the interest in them a couple weeks ago at the adoption event. 



Sips by, a great custom curated tea box,  had a deal on to get your first box for $5 a few weeks ago, so I thought I would try it out, and I am SO happy with their selection for me.  I got tea bags as well as some loose leaf and they even sent disposable tea bags for the loose leaf.  I've tried a couple of the teas and I can't wait to try the rest. If you would like to try this box, use this Code to get $5 off your first box!


I got some eggs this week and I know it's weird but I just loved there colors together!


So I have had some good luck this week, I won this Scentsy warmer and melts from Leo Group Real Estate. I also won a raffle at the 81 Bay Brewing Market that we went to on Saturday, I have no idea what yet as I have not been able to go pick it up.  Then, last night I get an email from Bump Club and Beyond, and I won a Chicco NextFit Zip Max, top of the line carseat, a 369.99 value. I've had some great luck the last few months!


When Josh got back from Chicago last Friday, he brought me my Starbucks mug of course, love it!


National Burger week was this week, and I have to share a burger from one of my new favorite places (I've been wanting to go here for a year), Burger Culture Tampa. It's a permanent food truck in the parking lot of on of the Harley dealerships in Tampa. It has a super cute little seating area set up, and a ton of different, delicious burgers. This was the Breakfast Burger with an egg (my favorite burger topping), bacon, cheese and a hash brown, with just a little bit of honey. So Good!



We also went to 81 Bay Brewing in Tampa (where I won the unknown raffle prize). They have my favorite beer, and once a month they have an awesome market.  I had my favorites and also got a super cute dress at the market.

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Friday, May 24, 2019

Fab Friday Faves 5.24.19

Happy Friday everyone!  We are going into this weekend more than likely breaking some heat records here. Some places may even hit 100F for the first time ever (not just Memorial Day weekend, like, ever ever) . We are going to Chad and Chrissy's in Orlando on Sunday for a Memorial Day cookout. We will probably hang out in the pool the rest of the weekend, too hot to do anything that doesn't involve AC! Everyone have a safe and fun Memorial Day weekend, and thank you to everyone that has served to make this country safe. 


My giant cactus, (it's about 6 feet tall) has been growing blooms for a few weeks now, and this week, they decided to bloom.  Unfortunately, I didn't know that they bloom at night and close and wither by morning.  I missed the four that bloomed the first night, but I caught the last 2 and they were about 8 inches wide and so beautiful! 

On Saturday, Josh and I went to PetSmart in Brandon with the bunnies for an adoption event.  We got to meet a bunch more bunnies that are with the rescue as well as some cats and dogs that need homes.   If anyone reading this is interested in adopting, fostering or volunteering with Tampa Bay House Rabbit Rescue, look them up on Facebook or Petfinder.  All of these rabbits are house trained, fixed and very well socialized.
Chad and Chrissy came out for the day on Sunday, we went to the beach and then hung out in the pool for the afternoon. We had such a great time, it s so nice to have some friends close by now. 


I got my nails done this week, and got some simple diamond sparkle.  It is impossible to capture how pretty these actually are! 




On Saturday, Target released their collaboration with Vineyard Vines, and I managed to find some left when I went at 10 am.  I picked up some baby clothes, a nice dress for me and a few other little gifty things.  It is a great collection if you happen to find any of it left anywhere.

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Thursday, May 23, 2019

*Recipe* The Best Basil Pesto

For years, I have been buying the big jars of Pesto From Costco, for about $8.  This is actually the best that I have found, and it is delicious, and so good on chicken, salads and other dishes. But, I had a huge amount of Basil on my basil plants and everything is better fresh and homemade right?  In this case, yes, the pesto is soooo good, and really easy to make.  The only downfall is, you really need a lot of Basil to make it.  Now I'm craving more and I will have to go buy some fresh basil to make it!



Ingredients

  • 4oz Pine Nuts 
  • 4 cups fresh basil (I did some research, only use the leaves and soft stems, not the flowers and hard stems)
my basil plants before I hacked them up
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 cup coarsely grated parmesan cheese (I used a mix of fresh and the kid from the jar, but I don't think it matters)
  • 1 tbsp lemon zest
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste


Directions 

  • Add the pine nuts to a small skillet over medium heat and toast until golden brown, 2-3 minutes.
  • In the bowl of a food processor, add half the pine nuts, 3 cups basil, 2 garlic cloves, 1/2 cup cheese, and lemon zest. Process the ingredients for about 30 seconds, or until they are finely chopped.
  • While it is still running, on slow speed, slowly drizzle in 3/4 cup olive oil and continue processing until a smooth paste begins to form. Stop and scrape down the sides. 
  • Add the remaining pine nuts, basil, garlic and cheese. Pulse until it is finely chopped.  You want to still have some chunks in it! 
  • Transfer the pesto to a bowl and stir in remaining olive oil. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • The pesto is best fresh but can be stored in the fridge for 5 days. 

Thanks to thesuburbansoapbox.com for the recipe

Friday, May 17, 2019

Fab Friday Faves 5.17.19

Hello Friday! Coming to you live from scorching hot Florida. We are on track to break some records next week.  Not super excited for it, but it is good excuse to stay home in the pool. Speaking of the pool, Sunday, we spent the day prepping and painting the pool deck and I continued to finish it up over the week (one coat was ruined with one of our famous unforcasted Florida showers). It turned out great.  Here are a couple pictures (not everything is back in place yet).



I also spent a day out at the beach this week, which was lovely.  I took the ferry out to Caladesi Island, which I only do a couple times as year.  We said goodbye to the Big Bang Theory last night... I'm pretty sad.  It has been one of my favorite shows for the last 12 years, and it was one of the first shows Josh and I ever watched together and have continued to watch together since we started dating. This weekend, we are having Chad and Chrissy and the kids over for some beach/pool time. They recently moved to Orlando so we are looking forward to spending lots of time with them.

Alright, everyone enjoy your weekend! Happy May Long to all my Canada people, be safe!

I also have to do a special goodbye, to one of the OG internet cats, and one of my favorites, Tardar Sauce aka Grumpy Cat.  You were just a baby and you will be missed.




My Desert Rose bloomed this week.  It is so beautiful! I have only had it a few months and it must really love its spot in the yard.


Last week, Jessica and I made plans to get all dressed up and go to the new Gen-X 80s/90s bar in Tampa.  When we were both already pretty much there, they posted on their Facebook that they were going to be closed most of the day.  SO we went to one of my favorite restaurants, Datz.  I got their new Steak and grits dish which was one of the best things I've ever eaten.  Jess got the donut burger that I got last time, and we shared the Mac and Cheese (I'm not a mac and cheese fan, but this was pretty much the best I've ever had).  When we were done we went and ogled the desert section. 


I got a Groupon for 9-10" canvasses for $35 a couple months ago and I realized the day before it expired that I better use it.  They actually turned out great. (They are still wrapped in plastic here). The top 6 are the six places we have lived together. (SK, Alaska, Peru, NY/NJ, Maryland and Florida).


I found this Cool Whip at Walmart the other day.  It is soooooo good!


I finished my puzzle, all by myself, in just over 2 weeks.  I love it and it was really fun puzzle to do.  It is Modge Podged and will be hung up somewhere in the house once I find a frame.


Yesterday was National Caesar Day in Canada.  A day to celebrate the best drink there is and mine was yummy (and my afternoon snack.)


I got my two beauty boxes in the mail today (I'm actually a little sad that thy came on the same day). The top one is my Sephora Play box and included my very favorite Bite Beauty lipstick in Chai and and my favorite Coola sunscreen.  Can't wait to try everything else too.

The bottom one is my FabFitFun box.  I usually only get one of these a year but it is my all time favorite.  I got a beautiful beach towel, Ahava foot cream, Murad eye cream, Lavido body lotion, a gorgeous opal necklace, cuticle cream, Tarte mascara and a cute little ceramic tray.


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Monday, May 13, 2019

*Recipe* Thai Chicken Coconut Curry

It seems I have a cooking theme lately... I'm loving the Thai dishes.  I love curry and the spice and the bold flavors and this dish is soooo easy.  This recipe is no different, and was a huge hit.  It is creamy with a great amount of spice and texture.  I think when I make it again I will add more curry paste and a bit more lime juice, maybe even some red pepper flakes for a bit more heat, but this is a great place to start if you aren't sure how much you can handle.  I served it over quinoa but rice would be just as good.



Ingredients

  • 3 tbsp coconut oil (or olive oil)
  • 1 Vidalia onion
  • 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breast
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 3 tsp ground ginger
  • 2 tsp ground coriander
  • 13 oz (1 can) coconut milk
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded carrot
  • 1 bell pepper (red. orange, yellow)
  • 3 tbsp red curry paste (or to taste)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 3 cups spinach leaves
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro
  • rice, quinoa, naan for serving 
Directions

To a large skillet, add the oil and onion and sauté over medium high heat, until the onion begins to soften, about 5 minutes.


Add the chicken and cook about 5 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through. Stir often!

Add the garlic, ginger, coriander and cook for about 1 minute, until fragrant. 


Add the coconut milk, carrots, bell pepper, Thai curry paste, salt and pepper and stir to combine. Reduce heat to medium and allow mixture to gently boil for about 5 minutes or until liquid volume has reduced to desired thickness. 


Add the spinach and lime juice and store to combine. Stir until spinach is wilted and tender, 1 to 2 minutes. 

Taste and if you want, add additional curry paste, salt, pepper etc. 

Evenly sprinkle with cilantro if desired and serve immediately. It is best fresh but can be kept in the fridge for a few days. 


Thank you to Averiecooks.com for the recipe.