Another short & sweet post today- seems to be the name of my game lately! I can always make time to peruse the web for fashion inspiration!! I’m totally digging the off the shoulder trend but I’ve yet to try it out. Most of my spending money these days has been reserved for paint, furniture, yard tools and anything inside the walls of Home Depot. I think HD will be the only store I’ll be frequenting for quite some time… #adulting. The items above are on my radar (despite my nonexistent budget for clothes these days) and I think #5 & 6 might need to make their way into my closet. White & any shade of blue is such a classic combination for summer- they’re the perfect hues to show off your sun-kissed skin & beachy waves! I’d pair any of the tops above with white shorts or jeans (if it ever cools down) & cute sandals like this gladiator style, this metallic option or this fun neutral pair. Do you dare to bare your shoulders this summer?!
Hello again! It has been a LONG time since I’ve posted here. ChefQ and I were in the process of buying a house & moving so the past few months have been insanely busy! We are finally settled into our new place and are absolutely loving it! There are plenty of projects to be done to put our own personal spin on the house- which will be both fun and a learning experience for me. Luckily Q knows what he’s doing (he works in the construction arena) and can teach me all about home improvement. I’ll be sharing our finished masterpieces here, as we check each one off of our list. We have plans to build an outdoor shower, paint our kitchen cabinets (eeeek!), build some furniture pieces and spruce our space up a bit! So stay tuned for “before & afters”, DIYs, and what did and did not work for us in our adventures!
I missed this blog and sharing recipes & inspiration with you all. My goal is to be more consistent going forward; especially because I have a dedicated office in the new house- I feel like a real adult! 🙂 You can expect to see 2-3 blog posts each week from here on out. Comment below if there’s anything you’d like for me to share or feature-I’d love to hear from you!
Now that all that business is out of the way- onto 4th of July inspiration. It’s hard to believe it’s already here!! 4th of July is one of my favorite holidays and I’m sure almost everyone feels the same. We celebrate the freedom of our country and all of those that have fought for and continue to fight for it today! It’s fun to get together with family & friends, enjoy activities outside & cooking/grilling out or BBQing! We don’t have any major plans other than braving the crowds (early!) for the beach and grilling out plenty of good food. Hopefully we’ll catch some fireworks too!
We’re planning on enjoying plenty of fresh, local seafood this weekend and probably sticking to tradition and making hot dogs and hamburgers as well! It wouldn’t be the 4th without them. Below are some of my favorite food & cocktail recipes I used for inspiration for our holiday weekend menus!
We have plans to do a Seafood boil and I LOVE the unique idea of the spicy green dipping sauce! I’ll share our photos/thoughts over on instagram!
Personal FAVORITE- I love spicy drinks! Find it here
How cute & festive! Recipe here
Crowd pleaser Rosé Sangria
Can’t go wrong by combining Rosé & Margaritas to make this Mosé
What are you all planning for your menu and celebrations this weekend?! Remember to have a SAFE & happy Independence Day weekend and take time to honor all who make this holiday possible!
*all images linked to the site where they originated*
A quick post today to round up some recipe/meal ideas for this weekend. With Mother’s Day this weekend and the Kentucky Derby, I wanted to share some inspiration for both occasions!
For your Derby party menu planning, check out our Salmon Sliders from last year’s Kentucky Derby and Food & Wine’s recipe slideshow. We’re celebrating the Derby early with the Wilmington Wine & Food Festival’s Bourbon & BBQ Derby Cocktail Party! Be sure to follow along with me on Instagram for an inside peak at all of the delicious food & drinks!
Spoil your mom this Sunday by making her a home cooked meal. I recommend two of our favorite (& easiest!) recipes, Spring Pea Crostini & Sea Scallops with Grapefruit Beurre Blanc. I also love this simple crabcake recipe from Our State Magazine. Another recipe slideshow from Food & Wine is loaded with unique ideas as well as this one from Epicurious.
What are your favorite Kentucky Derby menu items?! What’s your favorite dish to cook for your mom?! Happy Mother’s Day to all mothers, I hope your day is as special as all of you are!