Friday Favorites | Grilling Time

Happy Friday! Can we get a hallelujah?! I am looking forward to this weekend mostly because I don’t have any real plans!! I have to work on my lawn but that is about it. I plan to turn on my grill and probably go hiking but it will be low key, at least that is the plan. You never know though because I can’t sit still. Let’s get on, with some Friday favorites!  

Favorite Quote: I just think this is super cute. 

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Favorite Recipe: Grilled Zucchini with Lemon salt. Yum! 

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Favorite DIY: This console table is so pretty, it might just have to be my next project. I would replace the faux drawers with actual drawers though. 

Favorite Floor Plan: One of these days I will have a staircase this beautiful!! 

wow..love how open this house is.

Favorite Funnies: Don’t lie you know that’s true! Ha! 

Funny Girl Eating Chips

 

I lol'd because this is so true!

 

Do what you love. 

 

do what you love

What are your weekend plans?

Linking up with Amanda

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Also linking up with Natasha for 5 on Friday.

 

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Paleo Apple Date Chicken Salad

I picked up a few new cookbooks this weekend that I am excited to try out. All are paleo recipe books, as I am trying to get back to eating healthier but I think the recipes are for anyone wanting to try a few new healthier recipes. The stress at work threw me off for awhile but looking forward to getting back to a healthier lifestyle again.

The first book I tried out was The Paleo Kitchen, and I have already tagged more than a few pages of recipes I want to try. I made the Meatloaf, and the Cranberry chicken salad, with a few modifications. Here is my version. 

Paleo-kitchen
Ingredients: 1 (9.75oz) can  chicken breast, drained ~ 1 (5oz) can of tuna in water, drained ~ 1/2 cup dates ~ 1 cup shredded carrots ~ 1/2 green apple, diced ~ 1/2 cup mayo ~ 1/2 cup pecans, crushed ~ 1/2 tsp garlic salt ~ 1/2 tsp onion powder ~ salt and pepper to taste

Mayo: 1 large egg ~ 1 TSP lemon juice ~ 1 TBSP Dijon mustard ~ 3/4 cup of Coconut Oil 

Directions: Combine all ingredients into a bowl leaving the mayo for last. Mix in the mayo, coating all the ingredients. Place on a few romaine leaves, some tomato slices and serve. 

Mayo: Blend all ingredients together using an immersion blender or a mixer, pulsing for about 15-20 seconds. You can certainly do it by hand it will just take a little longer to blend. 

Chicken Salad
I added some pickles to it for my lunch the next day for a little added crunch, and it was amazing!

 

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Martinis & Bikinis
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5.0 from 3 reviews
Paleo Chicken Salad
 
Ingredients
  • 1 (9.75oz) can chicken breast, drained ~ 1 (5oz) can of tuna in water, drained ~ ½ cup dates ~ 1 cup shredded carrots ~ ½ green apple, diced ~ ½ cup mayo ~ ½ cup pecans, crushed ~ ½ tsp garlic salt ~ ½ tsp onion powder ~ salt and pepper to taste
  • Mayo:
  • 1 large egg ~ 1 TSP lemon juice ~ 1 TBSP Dijon mustard ~ ¾ cup of Coconut Oil
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients into a bowl leaving the mayo for last. Mix in the mayo, coating all the ingredients. Place on a few romaine leaves, some tomato slices and serve.
  2. Mayo:
  3. Blend all ingredients together using an immersion blender or a mixer, pulsing for about 15-20 seconds.

Weekend Happenings

What a weekend!  It was a whirlwind but I feel like I got a lot of things done and I am ready for this week to begin. That hasn’t been the case in awhile so I feel good. I also have a free weekend next week so I am looking forward to finishing up my office and doing a final reveal. Excited for that project to be completed, more projects coming for sure. 

I Did

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+ Friday night I fell asleep at 8:45pm. On the couch. In the clothes I wore to work. #reallife

+ I hate having my picture taken but my hair was decent, the sun was out and I hadn’t taken one in months so it happened. 

+ My brother and my niece (his daughter) share a birthday and the party was on Saturday. It was a princess theme. The birthday girl was Cinderella, and her sister was Elsa. They are just so precious. 

 

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+ The shirt I got for my brother. We are a sarcastic bunch. 

+ That face! She was so excited for cake. She totally licked a few parts of the cake. 

+ This kid does not appreciate clothes! She grabbed the whole stack and dropped them on the floor! Haha! My sister-in-law was very appreciative though. Girl is grwing like a weed. 

+ On the way home I stopped at Barnes and Noble for some new cookbooks. Trying to get back into Paleo eating. So excited to make some of the recipes. 

 

landscaping
 

+ My lawn is pathetically dead after Winter. I need help, grow grass grow. My Hostas are coming in though. 

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+After I came in from raking the lawn I started food prep for the week. I made Chorizo egg muffins, Chicken Salad with pecans, apples and dates. The meatloaf was next and I also made some Chocolate chip banana bread (not pictured). 

+ While everything was baking I placed another order with Elm Street Studios. I just love her mugs. I know I need to stop. It’s a sickness. The Punch Today In The Face and Rise and Grind are coming home to me though. 

+ The rest of the night was finishing up cleaning, watching the Blacklist, and blogging. 

Seamus Sightings

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+ He just melts my heart. I played with him outside since I knew I was going to be gone for a few hours. Love him! 

 

 How was your weekend? 

Linking up with Biana from B Loved Boston.

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Friday Favorites |

Happy Friday!! We made it through another week. Work has been intense so I have been a little under the radar but hopefully after next week it will lighten up a little bit. Onward and upward. This weekend is my niece/goddaughter’s birthday party, so I am excited to be heading down to celebrate. I hear she has been a little bit of a terror lately. Stubborn like the rest of her family! 😉 Let’s get to some Friday favorites to make the day go quickly.

Favorite Quote: I wish more people would head this advice. 

Less you respond to negative people Quote | Black Business Card

Favorite Recipe: This sounds amazing, ranch, lettuce, tomato, corn, shredded cheese, blue cheese and bacon. Pretty amazing! I may need to have a picnic so I have an excuse to make this dip! 

Cobb Dip - SO delicious with tortilla chips!
Favorite Outfit: This is a cute way to dress up casual jeans for a night out. Click on the picture for a link to other cute ways to dress up boyfriend jeans. 

how to wear boyfriend jeans

Favorite DIY Inspiration:  While that countertop may not be my next DIY it still is one that I am thinking of doing in my kitchen. 

Favorite Funnies:

 

 Nailed it!!! 

 

16 People Who Didn't Quite Rise To The Challenge
 

This ancient lore, passed down from generation to generation:
 

 Have a great weekend!!  Any fun plans? 

 

Linking up with Amanda

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 Also linking up with Natasha for 5 on Friday.

 

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The Person I Want To Be

There are books that make you laugh, cry, fall in love, think, feel, relate, hate and empathize. After reading a book that wasn’t great, not because of the story per se but because it made me lose faith in humanity, in people even if for just the week that I read it. I don’t want to live that way, thinking the worst of people. While I know there is ugly in the world, I’ve seen it and lived it at times I don’t always want to immerse myself in it. 

 I was so grateful for Kristen gifting me with The Girl On The Train, but I had such a hard time between the multiple person point of view, the changes in time frames and also the characters themselves. Out of them all not one was likable, and most displayed huge lapses in judgement and morals. It took me a few days to pinpoint why I didn’t like it overall. Maybe I wasn’t in the frame of mind to be impartial or that I was expecting too much but I think when I read it, I wanted it to leave me feeling better, not worse. 

While I know that evil exists as does evil people I don’t want to live in that darkness. I would rather see the good in people, the perseverance, the grit and the determination. I’d rather reach for adventure than revenge. 

Then I picked up a new book from my kindle bookshelf, Where The Road Takes Me, and my faith was restored. 

 

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To quote one of my good friends Steph’s favorite movie…. 

 ….somebody who’s taught me about the kinda person I want to be.  – Dirty Dancing. 

 

Neither character came from perfect beginnings but it was how they were choosing to live now that mattered. Chloe may have grand designs to run away after graduation, fearing that she is doomed to the same fate as her Aunt and Mother, but she did live with an open heart. She is trying to protect the people she loves, even the foster family that seems to love her even when she told them not to.

Blake is a promising Basketball star but he fights his own battles too. While choices are made they still live with an honesty that is refreshing. You also have the best friend who is a young single dad trying to raise his son, and adds in some comic relief. When choices are placed in front of them, they may make choices in fear but they also follow their hearts. Some scenes and situations are a little cliche but I would much rather live my life the way these characters do. I want to live with my heart open even when it’s been stepped on. 

When a book makes me feel and care enough to cry, I know it is a book worth recommending. I hope you give this book a shot. A happily ever after awaits. 

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The next book on my to read list is a little bit grittier of a family tale, The Far End Of Happy which is coming out on May 5th and based on the authors real life tragedy. 

 

ABOUT THE FAR END OF HAPPY:

The Far End of Happy is a powerful new novel based on author Kathryn Craft’s personal experience with a stand-off involving her husband.  Here Craft delivers “real, raw emotion” (Library Journal) exploring a marriage unraveled by mental illness; and one man’s spiral towards a violent conclusion that tests the courage, love, and hope of the three women he leaves behind.

When the emotionally troubled Jeff engages police in a deadly stand-off, his wife, mother-in-law, and mother struggle to understand why the man they love has turned his back on the life they have given him, the one they all believe is still worth living.

“Framing the novel within a 12-hour period keeps the pages turning (Library Journal).” Narrating from the alternating perspectives of three women, whose lives will be forever altered by Jeff Farnham, gives an intimate look at the steps a woman will take to get the help her husband so urgently needs while desperately trying to keep her children safe.

ABOUT KATHRYN CRAFT:

A former dance critic who wrote for The Morning Call daily newspaper in Allentown, Pennsylvania, for nineteen years. Craft wrote exclusively nonfiction until she was plunged in the kind of real-life drama that demands attention. In 1997, after fifteen years of marriage, her husband committed suicide in a police standoff, leaving her and their two young sons.

The Far End of Happy was born from Craft’s need to make sense of what her husband had done. Kathryn has been a leader in the southeastern Pennsylvania writing scene for more than a decade and is also the author of The Art of Falling. She lives in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. Website: www.kathryncraft.com

 


 

 

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