Recipe Roundup

After traveling for a few days + lots of restaurant food, it was nice to get home + be back in the kitchen. We love cooking with each other + being home. We’ll take it any day over a night out at a restaurant. Here are a few of the recipes that have hit the table since being home:

Perfect Pancakes via A Beautiful Mess with Slow-Cooked Hoisen + Ginger Pork via TheKitchn + basic scrambled eggs ~ Husby loves pancakes! We didn’t have buttermilk at the house, so I ended up substituting regular milk with white vinegar. A trick I found online + they tasted great.


Chilled Summer Rolls via Skunkboy Blog with Slow-Cooked Hoisen + Ginger Pork via TheKitchn ~ It took me a few tries to find rice paper wrappers, but did finally find them at Fresh Market. Husby + I had soo much fun making these together on a Sunday afternoon for lunch. I’ll definitely be keeping these in rotation this summer!


Spicy Citrus Fish Tacos + Lemon Lime Shrimp Tacos via instructables with grilled eggplant + zucchini ~ the fish tacos called for a chili rub, but didn’t specify any particular type. We used the Sweet Chili Rub via the Marinades & Rubs book.  The shrimp tacos turned out great, but I think we were iffy on the fish tacos. Maybe it was the rub that we chose, not quite sure. I have yet to find a great recipe for non-breaded fish tacos.


Do you have a great recipe for fish tacos? I’d love to hear your suggestions!


Travels + Rockets

Last week I drove to Alabama to spend a long weekend with my husband, who was there for work. Since he travels for work often + I work from home, I try to travel with him whenever I can. I mean, what is the difference between working in my living room or working in a hotel room? None!

I set out on my 7 hour drive after dropping off the puppies for a weekend play date with Jax. Toki + Jax became good friends.

Photo via Sarah (sarzamendi on Instagram)

I’ve never tried audio books before + thought I’d give it a go. I listened to Mandy Kaling’s Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)I picked this book because I love “The Office” + Mandy’s sense of comedic timing on the show is hysterical. I love the fact that she narrated the book herself + she did a great job. I loved her story, from childhood to where she is now, covering all things girls think about.

Husby took me to James Steakhouse where we had an amazing dinner. We started with a pork belly confit bruschetta on sriracha cornbread. Trying pork belly was a first for both of us + we agree that it is delicious. I’d almost liken it to tuna. I’ll definitely be trying to mimic the sriracha cornbread at home… maybe a recipe post soon! Husby had the Red Snapper Risotto (saffron, grape tomatoes, shrimp, steamed mussels, lump crab), while I had the Grilled Salmon with Herb Parmesan Risotto, sauteed mushrooms + truffle sabayon. It was all delicious. I would highly recommend this place if you are in the area.

We went hiking at Monte Sano State Park which was a nice change from attempting to hike in Georgia where it seems everything is out to kill you.

Along the trails we found snails, a fire tower + a resting area.

We had lunch at Sam +Greg’s Pizzeria Gelateria, which also boasts the tag line, “Alabama’s only Haunted Pizzeria.” We didn’t encounter any ghosts, but their Gummy Bear Punch Gelato was dare I say, to die for.

On my last day in Alabama we visited the U.S. Space & Rocket Center where they are currently exhibiting 100 Years of Von Braun: His American Journey. I knew nothing of Dr. Wernher von Braun… let alone had I ever even heard his name before. I guess that shows my attention span in history class. He certainly had a lot of great achievements with NASA, the Army + private sector. He is also featured in several movies (none of which I’ve seen, so again would explain my lack of knowledge of him): I Aim at the Stars; October Sky; and The Right Stuff to name a few. 

Finally it was time to go home + say bye to Husby for the time being. He is in Alabama for another week, but it was amazing to spend time with him, try new things + see new places together. I missed him the instant he was out of sight + can’t wait to be with him again in a few days.

I listened to Chelsea Handler’s Are you there, vodka? It’s me, Chelsea on the way home, which definitely kept me more than entertained the entire trip. I think I’ll stick with audio books on long road trips from now on. It passed the time easily + the 7 hours seemed to fly by.

The dogs were happy to see me, but sad to leave their new friend. Now we are all back at home, nestled in + waiting for Husby to return to us.


Traveling to New Places

Husby had to travel to Alabama for work, so I decided that I’d tag along for a long weekend myself in order to check out a state I’ve never been to before.

I dropped off the puppies with some friends + started my 7 hour drive. I didn’t arrive until after dark last night, so I can’t tell you much about Alabama so far. Except for this lovely view from the hotel room, where I’ve been working all day.

Nothing like a nice view of the hotel roof, huh? At least it looks bright + sunny on the other side of that concrete!

I’ve also been enjoying some local news as background noise while I work. It definitely makes me glad that we don’t have cable at home. I don’t miss TV at all. However, I have been drawn in by a show documenting how Harmony gummy bears are made. I’m always a sucker for a documentary… especially one about my favorite candy!

Hopefully I’ll have something more impressive to show you of Alabama tomorrow! For now, just glad to see my sweet husband’s face + spend some time with him.


Monday Must-Haves! Bathing Suits

It never really got cold enough here to not wear a bathing suit, but now that the grass is turning from brown to green, spring + warmer weather is sure to be here in no time. I love bathing suits, but have had a hard time finding a good one in the last few years. I’ve been wearing the same Victoria’s Secret bathing suit for at least 6 years now.

I’m dreading having to find a maternity swim suit + am pretty sure I will just stick with a regular bikini. I say if you don’t want to see a pregnant woman in a bikini, you should stay away from the beach!

Here are some cute finds from Etsy:

Classic Navy High Wasited Retro Bikini via BeBops ~ I love the retro look + the cute little star button!


Tuxedo One Piece Bathing Suit via PutOnThatDress ~ This is definitely one classy step up from the tuxedo t-shirt.


Ruffle Bikini via LoveLucyBea ~ The ruffles give this a really cute, sexy feel.


Miss White Cream Bikini via EleonoraEsposito ~ I love the idea of a crochet bikini… but does it actually hold up when swimming?


Skulls Teeny Bikini via SoCalBabyClothing ~ Cute little skull bikini to bring your little girl to the beach with you


~ katie