Friday, July 21, 2017

{july day book}


{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....

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}


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.

{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

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

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]

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) 

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Martha & Marley Spoon: Shrimp Tortilla Soup

Shrimp Tortilla Soup w/ Corn & Chipotle

I tried yet another subscription box meal service, this time Martha Stewart's 
I found a $50 discount code ( $25 off your first and second box) and paid only $36.50 for for my shipment of 6 meals. I chose a steak meal, a chicken meal, and this one! This recipe was super easy to make and soooo delicious! I'm a fan!!


2 yellow corn tortillas
2 large cloves garlic
2 small or 1 medium yellow onions
1 chipotle in adobo
1 packet chicken broth concentrate
2 ears of corn
10 oz. medium shrimp
*1/4 oz. fresh cilantro (I omit, I'm not a fan)

*course salt

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cut tortillas in thin strips. 
Toss them in 1 tsp. olive oil, season with salt. 
Spread out on baking sheet and bake until golden brown- about 8 mins.

Halve, peel, and finely chop the onion.
Peel and finely chop the garlic.
Finely chop the chipotle.
Shuck corn and cut off kernels.

Heat 1 T olive oil in a large pot over medium heat.
Add corn, onion, and garlic- season with salt.
Cook until onion softens-about 5 mins or more.
Add 1 tsp. chipotle and cook until fragrant.
 (more or less depending on amount of heat you want)
Add broth packet to 1 cup water (or use 1 cup chicken broth)
Bring to a simmer and cook until corn is tender - about 3-5 minutes.

Add shrimp and cook until opaque about 1-2 minutes.

Pick cilantro leaves from stems. 
Serve soup with tortilla strips and garnish with cilantro.


This recipe was DELISH!!! 

Can't wait to try meal #2 ~ a favorite of mine, Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad. 

Monday, July 17, 2017

{seems like old times}

Baseball has always been a huge deal on TI. As a kid, I remember evenings on the school ground, eating a snowball and hanging out, probably not watching much of the game, but loving that the whole community got together several evenings a week to play ball and have FUN! 

When Peter and I got married, he joined one of the teams, The Lemons....(now that just sounds like a losing team doesn't it?) and most of the time they did lose, but one year, they actually did win a championship against the Pibbs. The whole team along with their wives took an overnight trip to O.C. (a trip we still laugh about 30-some years later.) 

Over the years, baseball fizzled out, and when the new school was built on the site of our beloved ball field, baseball as we knew it was no more! Neither of my boys had the opportunity to play on a team. We all tried to get a ball field, but for some reason or another, it just never came. I still have a letter I wrote and read at one of the school board meetings when Logan was still in high school and Nathan was in elementary. We would come away from those meetings with hope that this time, the promises that were made would actually come true, but we would see yet another year come and go, and be let down once again. Logan did get in on playing a few games at SI during the summer months, but Nathan only played pick up games during his school years. So disappointing!

Finally, after much begging and asking and calling and letter writing, we have a BALL FIELD!!!!
:O) :O) :O) :O) :O)

The first game between the TVFD and the TOWN was scheduled for Saturday. Nathan was beyond excited!!! Unfortunately, the much needed rain decided to drench the field on Friday night, and the game was moved to Monday, Nathan would miss it! He was so sad! He had waited soooo long and while he has played several pick up games on the new field, he really wanted to be a part of the first official game.

The turn out was awesome, the food delicious (or so I heard), the weather was perfect, and everyone seemed so excited to finally have baseball back!!! :O)

TVFD won the first game, the TOWN won the second. 
I am looking forward to many, many more fun evenings down at the ball field!

Seems like old times!!!

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Stitch Fix #9 - July 2017

Stitch Fix #9 - July 2017

My stylist was Kristina again this month, and while I really liked the selections Litsa picked for me in previous months, the past few have overall been more my style. I really liked everything in this month's fix, but only ended up keeping one item for one reason or another. 

I like the cute notes I get each month from my stylist.....

This month I had requested capris, summer tops, sandals, and a navy or black and white striped's what I got....


41Hawthorn Juanis V-Neck Blouse - $64.00

This top was cute, but not the biggest fan of elastic waistbands. Also, it was cut a little tight under my arms.


Lila Ryan Kent Capri Skinny Jean - $98.00

I got a similar pair of pants/capris a few months ago, and at $98 these were a no go!


Status Lorraine Poncho Style Blouse - $48.00

I loved this top! I love the fit and the color, butttt....I kept a similar top (different colors) last month, so in the end, I let it go back.


Laila Jayde Taranto Button Back Knit Top - $58.00

I asked for a navy/white striped top and my stylist delivered. I love the button detail on the back. I decided to ask for another striped top, because I wasn't the biggest fan of the stretchy fabric.


MIA Asella Strappy Sandal - $49.00

These were what I kept this month...LOVE!!!! 

Of course, the $20 a month styling fee is deducted from whatever I end up purchasing.

Thoughts: I am enjoying, Kristina, my stylist. I really lovd everything in the box, and feel like the choices are more suitable for my age and style. I loved everything in this fix but only kept 1 of the 5 items! I am still loving Stitch Fix and get very excited when my monthly box arrives!! Can't wait for next month's fix!!

If you decide to sign up for STITCH FIX - please use my referral!!!