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links and things | bowl of cherries{bowl of cherries}

With long work days, R and I have been somewhat night owls and leaving the house around 9 to soak up some summer evening fun. It’s been so exciting making spontaneous trips out for ice cream, coffee and cocktails. Last night we enjoyed some live music, and sipped on a few cold concoctions as an impromptu date night at this shady spot. As for the weekend, I’m looking forward to spend my evening in! Hope you have a lovely last day of July and a fantastic weekend! Keep reading for more links and things…

links and things | drinks at the caddy shack{Drinks at the Caddy Shack}

links and things | can't get enough of zucchini fries

{can’t get enough of zucchini fries!}

 

Eyeing this skirt and these sneakers… you could say I’m having an orange moment.

Three ways to sport my new LOB!

At home with Tata Harper.

Nutella S’mores Puff Pastry Pop Tarts… bet that caught your attention!

One place 20 images.

DIY : rockin’ paperweights

DIY | rockin' paperweightsGoing on hikes and walks always leaves me feeling inspired and while usually I come home with a head full of ideas, a few hikes back a handful of rocks came home as well. I love the idea of bringing the outside in, in terms of décor and had originally planned on keeping them on my bookshelf, but that didn’t last long after a breezy afternoon was spent working outside trying to keep papers in place. So, I came up with a super easy and colorful way to keep things from flying away with these rockin’ paperweights! It’s a fun afternoon project (especially if you get the kiddos involved), and kept my design simple but bold with a color scheme that will give my monochromatic workspace a pop of color. Keep reading for the instructions…

DIY | rockin' paperweights | materials

 

Rockin’ Paperweights

Materials

  • paints
  • brushes
  • rocks (rinsed and dried)

DIY | rockin' paperweights | instructions

 

Instructions

  1. Squeeze a dime size amount of paint onto one side of the rock.
  2. Paint the entire surface.
  3. Set out in the sun to dry for 30 minutes.
  4. Repeat with a second layer of paint for a deeper color.

 

 

simple savorings : zucchini fries

simple savorings | zucchini friesI adore about every variety of squash, but I have to admit zucchini tops my list as a favorite. There is just so much that can be done with this summer green vegetable, from grilling to homemade zucchini bread. After a trip to the farmers’ market over the weekend, I decided to grab a handful to incorporate into our Sunday night meal. Instead of my usual roasting, I opted to have a little fun in the kitchen and made some crisp delicious fries. Coated with panko and parmesan cheese these little guys were a hit, and of course I had a side of mayo for dipping! Keep reading for the recipe…

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Zucchini Fries

*serves 4

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)
  • 3/4 cup shredded Parmesan
  • coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 large zucchini , halved crosswise and cut into 1/4-inch wedges

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees, with racks in upper and lower thirds.
  2. Line two rimmed baking sheets with cooling racks.
  3.  In a wide, shallow dish, mix together panko, Parmesan, 3/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.
  4. In a medium bowl, lightly beat eggs.
  5. Working with one at a time, dip zucchini wedges in eggs, then breadcrumb mixture, pressing to adhere.
  6. Arrange coated zucchini on sheets (lined with cooling racks) in a single layer. Bake until coating is golden brown and crisp, about 20 minutes, rotating sheets halfway through.
  7. Season to taste with salt, pepper, and a generous extra helping of shredded parmesan.

 

links and things

links and things | evening exploring{evening exploring}

For me this week seemed to drag on a bit and I can’t wait for the weekend to start! Although I’m entering these next couple of days with a full agenda, like tackling our guest room for a major spruce up, I will be sure to take a couple of me moments… as we all know those little moments can make a big difference. Have a great weekend! And keep reading for my favorite links…

links and things | mid-summer blooms{mid-summer blooms}

links and things | rosé and magazine time{unwinding with a little rosé and magazine time}

Perfect Parisian-Inspired Picnic.

My kind of Sunday.

Might have to DIY this wall art soon!

Summer cocktail round-up.

One gorgeous feminine kitchen.

with a twist : classic iced tea

with a twist | classic iced teaBefore summer arrived, I set out a goal to conquer making and perfecting classic iced tea. And much like having the perfect cup of coffee recipe in your repertoire, one for iced tea is needed as well… especially in the warmer months. Now I know there is a great divide between unsweetened and those who prefer it sweetened. Personally I fall under the unsweetened category, so my classic iced tea recipe is without sugar, but that doesn’t mean you can’t add some simple syrup for a sweet kick. Keep reading for the recipe…

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Classic Iced Tea

*makes about 8 cups

Ingredients

  • 8 bags black tea
  • 8 cups boiling water
  • ice
  • lemon slices (optional)

Instructions

  1. In a large pot, combine black tea and boiling water.
  2. Let steep 8 minutes.
  3. Remove tea bags and let cool to room temperature, about 2 hours.
  4. Serve over ice with lemon slices if desired.

simple savorings : bananas foster

simple savorings | bananas fosterYou didn’t think I would let National Ice Cream Month pass without dishing out a little something encompassing that frozen sweet treat, did you? Even though ice cream is not the star in this recipe, it makes a necessary cameo because what would Bananas Foster be without it. Naturally, I gave this classic a little southern twist and opted for bourbon rather than the traditional rum. I like to set out the ice cream to soften and scoop it into bowls while I’m making the bananas and sauce so they are prepped and ready to go. Warm bananas and bourbon caramel sauce melting into the soft ice cream creating a sweet creamy concoction… not only is this my favorite way to serve this but a delicious one as well.  Keep reading for the recipe…

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Bananas Foster

*serves 4

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup dark-brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup bourbon
  • 3 bananas, peeled, halved crosswise and then lengthwise
  • vanilla ice cream

Instructions

  1. Scoop ice cream into bowls, and set aside.
  2. In a large skillet, heat butter, and sugar over medium-low.
  3. Cook, swirling skillet occasionally, until color deepens, about 3 minutes. Add bananas, cut side down.
  4. Swirl occasionally to make sure bananas are coated, 3 1/2 minutes. Flip bananas, and cook 2 1/2 minutes more.
  5. Remove skillet from the heat and add bourbon.
  6. Return skillet to medium heat, and cook about 10 seconds allowing bourbon to heat up.
  7. To ignite, light the bourbon with a long match. (if using a gas stove, tip the pan away from you until the vapors from the bourbon ignite)
  8. When the flames subside, remove pan from heat.
  9.  Top prepped bowls of ice cream with bananas and bourbon sauce. Serve immediately.

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