Saturday, July 29, 2017

{the wedding} part one

N + K
05.22.17

We have wedding pictures!!!! I can hardly wait to get them framed!
I also can't wait to do a few blog posts to document their special day!


the sweet couple at the rehearsal <3

Swain Memorial United Methodist Church


Kayla wanted the church simple, mostly greenery and baby's breath with white ribbon, 
but wanted her bouquet to include pink peonies, which turned out beautifully.


Her rings are stunning! And I love the black band that Nathan chose.

Blush Heels <3


THE DRESS <3 <3 <3
Her dress was gorgeous and so classy. The perfect choice!


Blush for the Bridesmaids

memorial candles for grandfathers



It's wedding time!!! <3


Thursday, July 27, 2017

Grilled Chicken Caprese Salad

~Grilled Chicken Caprese Salad~

SALAD:

2-3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts -marinate, grill, slice
1 avocado - slice
grape tomatoes - cut in half
fresh mozzarella balls 
romaine lettuce -cut in small pieces
fresh basil -chopped

DRESSING/MARINADE:

1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
2 T olive oil
1-2 T brown sugar (sweeten to taste-I used 2T)
1 tsp. minced garlic
1 tsp. dried basil
1 tsp. salt


Whisk together marinade/dressing. Pour 4 T. over chicken (in gallon ziploc bag)
and refrigerate until ready to grill. Store remaining dressing for drizzling on salad later. 

Grill chicken, then slice. 

Assemble salad: a bed of romaine, sliced avocado, tomatoes, mozzarella, grilled chicken.

Drizzle with dressing, garnish with fresh basil, and serve.

Love, Love, this super easy-very delicious summer salad!

YUMMMMMM!!!!!!

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Martha & Marley Spoon: Steak & Potatoes


Streak & Potatoes w/ Green Bean Vinaigrette


This was the last of three meals from my Martha & Marley Spoon shipment and I saved the best for last!!! While the Shrimp Tortilla Soup and the Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad were yummy, this one topped them both!! The steak was simply prepared, just a little salt and pepper, but it was very tasty and melted in your mouth. The twist on classic potato salad was delicious as well, just a simple vinaigrette added to the potatoes and green beans. 
I think the thing that amazes me most about these meals is how so much flavor can come from such few ingredients! Who would think such an amazing meal could come from 2 potatoes, a little whole grain mustard, some white wine vinegar, a shallot, and a few green beans??? And the steaks.....they were delicious....and only salt and pepper as the seasoning.


RECIPE {HERE}

Again, I can't say enough about these boxed meals. If you love good food and don't mind doing a little cooking, I recommend giving them a try! I have tried several, and this one is one of my favorites! 

Take advantage of a $50 discount...$25 off your first (2) shipments ($36.50 for 6 meals!!), then pause for as many weeks as you want or cancel at any time. Can't beat that! :O)


It's Peppa Pig!!!!


This little girls LOVES Peppa!!!! She loves her stuffed Peppa (and her little brother George), she loves to watch Peppa, one of her first words was Peppa, she even has her own Peppa bathroom....



so what do you do if you actually got the chance to see the real, live Peppa Pig????

You drive to the Delaware State Fair on the hottest day in July and meet Peppa!!!!

I'll let the pictures tell how it went.....




blowing kisses.....













They ended up getting in line 3 times....Kamry was sooooo excited!!!
Lindsey said it was super hottttt but worth every drop of sweat to see this sweet girl's reaction to meeting her favorite pig!!! What a great memory!!! <3 <3 <3

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Martha & Marley Spoon: Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad

Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad

Meal #2 from my latest subscription meal box Martha & Marley Spoon  was delicious! But then again, how can you go wrong with a Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad? My first meal, Shrimp Tortilla Soup didn't disappoint, so I was anxious to try another meal from the box. GCSS is often my go-to meal at a restaurant so I knew I'd love this, the only way it could have been any better is if I had cooked the chicken on the grill.


INGREDIENTS:
romaine hearts
dijon mustard
lemons
sherry vinegar
garlic
ciabatta roll
parmesan cheese
boneless, skinless chicken breast

RECIPE {HERE

YUM!!!!


11 weeks to go!


11 weeks to go.....this was as far as I got on my countdown chalkboard last time!
It's still scary thinking back to Kamry's early arrival and the whirlwind months that followed.
Praying that Rowen is content to stay in mommy's tummy until it's time!! <3






Friday, July 21, 2017

{july day book}

Friday
07.21.17

{outside my window}

sunny & HOTTTTTT
Today it hit the mid-90's with a heat index of 103!!! 
Even with the heat, I have actually LOVED summer this year!!! 
I work pretty much every day, but thanks to my new housekeeper, Tina, and adding hostessing to my work schedule while Peter is gone, my job has been wayyy more fun and I've been happier at work this summer!
When you work in the tourist business, summertime is just work, work, work, and no time to enjoy all the fun things summer has to offer. I'm trying to learn to make more time for fun, friends, and family every chance I get. I also don't love this heat, but I haven't even minded that as much this year (although a/c is my best friend!!!). We really enjoy our Summer Bucket List! At least we fit in a few fun things!

Here's a look outside my window at work while making beds in one of the guest rooms....


Logan sent pics from his work view yesterday (from the GULF)..nothing but water any way you look....these views will take your breath away!!!!





{current status}
feeling grateful....


{ootd}
my usual summer go-to....capris & a tee

{in the kitchen}

Trying out Martha & Marley Spoon subscription meal box this week. I made the Shrimp Tortilla Soup on Wednesday and the Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad today. YUMMMM!! 


Latest recipe/review coming up!



{what's on tv}

nothing!!!!

Coming SEPTEMBER 26th.....SEASON 2 of THIS IS US!!!!

Clever and Entertaining New Show.

{favorite quote of the week}

Show those lemons what you’re made of.
#thisisus

{from the Pinterest board}

I would love to make one of these DIY growth charts for both of the grandbabies!!

DIY Growth ruler for kids! Such a fun way to keep track of children's height.

A modern, rustic growth chart ruler is the perfect accessory to any childs room. Track your childs height as they grow by using a sharpie or paint pen. No more painting over wall marks or leaving marks behind when you move! Growth chart stands 6 ft tall, though measurement starts at 8 inches to accommodate being hung above a standard size baseboard. Makes a great baby shower gift! Item is shown in Special Walnut, but can be made a shade darker in Dark Walnut also. Numbers are 3 dimensional...DIY giant ruler growth chart!

$5 + 30 Minute Wooden Growth Chart

{one of my favorite things}

a crab melt from Four Brothers!!!! yummmm

{july}
7/04 - Happy 4th!!! **
7/12 - crew change [go back]
7/17 - Lindsey's Birthday!!
4 days - 7/26 - crew change [home] :O)

{august}
14 days - 8/05 - Kayla graduates :O)
17 days - 8/08 - crew change [go back]
19 days - 8/10 - Nathan & Kayla move back!!!!!!
20 days - 8/11 & 8/12 - Homecoming!
32 days - 8/23 - crew change [home]

{september}
43 days - 9/03 - Logan's Birthday!!
44 days - 9/04 - Labor Day
45 days - 9/05 - Back to School
45 days - 9/05 - crew change [go back]
 60 days - 9/20 - crew change [home]
62 days - 9/22 - 1st day of FALL 
68 days - 9/28 - BABY!?!?!?!? :O) :O) 
70 days - 9/30 - last night at bed & breakfast!!! :O)