june things

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Friday essentials / "homemade" cherry pie / will run for plants / best view around / birthday boy / who's more excited? / multitasking / orange / summer nights / 


sweetness of summer

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

oh don't worry, if you're confused that makes two of us.  Its the same girl behind the blog, but this little space of mine is going through a small transition.... working on things slowly & as time allows, but I hope you notice and love the new blog name as much as I do...

As for lately, well there has been a lot of celebrating: Graduations,1st birthday's, & anniversary's.  As well as relishing in the sweetness of summer: long days that turn into late summer nights, exhaustingly* wonderful boat days, backyard parties; as well as sunburns, fireflies, and the first garden tomato of the season.

Hating to be vague and redundant, but life is just plain busy lately.  But, I love it.  Funny how so much can change in a year.  I sure hope your summer is just as adventurous & full as our is turning out to be.  


Monday, June 10, 2013

This past Friday was a milestone for all of us you could say.  He graduated, and the rest of us{mom, dad, grandpa, older sis, older bro}tried not to cry or think too much about how old we are getting.  But we were all so glad to be there to celebrate his accomplishment, a proud family we are. This goofy guy is going away to college in the fall and I could not be more excited for him.  My baby brother is growing up and making this big sister feel quite old.  So after this summer our parents will be "empty nesters" a new chapter for them; another thing I am happy/excited about. This life sure is quite the adventure, for all of us.

berry traditional

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

 An old farm house, rows upon rows of that bright red fruit, the sweet smell of berries and dusty earth beneath your feet.  Buckets filled to the brim, sampling a fresh berry straight from the vine and that cute beagle pup who greets you with a tail wag and a chew on your flip flop.   The promise of jam, shortcakes overflowing, endless smoothies, daiquiri's, and strawberry margaritas! Truly anything made with this berry is pretty grand.  These are just a few of the things I cherrish about our yearly strawberry picking.  A Springtime tradition I love just as much as this delicious fruit.
And of course, our traditional brother/sister back-from-the-strawberry-patch picture, gosh times have changed.  But I sure do love this kid and that flat of berries.

What are some of your favorite Spring traditions?


black bean & corn salsa

Monday, June 3, 2013

Let's be honest, we eat Mexican food at leastttt once a week in our house.  I always seem to have fixin's for nachos, fajitas, or the like in my fridge, which is something I know I got from my mom.  Its easy for Chris to dress up chips or tortillas with said fixin's while I like to pile everything onto a bed of lettuce with my dressing of choice being hot sauce, preferably this one.

This past Cinco de Mayo I knew we would be eating Mexican food pretty much the entire weekend, I mean when this special Mexican holiday falls on a Sunday you celebrate as much as you can, right!? Chips, guac, margaritas?!? need I say more.  So I decided to whip up a healthy-ish salsa to go with said deliciousness.

Here is my recipe of sorts, but as usual, I don't really have measurements for you, that's just not how I roll.

Black bean & Corn salsa
{1} can black beans, drained
{1} can Rotell diced tomatoes w/ green chilies
{1} can white sweet corn, drained
{1/2} red onion, diced
handful of cilantro, chopped
handful of Green onions, chopped
Seasonings: Cumin, Cayenne pepper, sea salt, garlic powder, & onion powder
hot Sauce

Mix all together & enjoy!

The great thing about cooking is you can make things your own and substitute what you do or don't like.  With the seasonings & hot sauce we like things extra flavorful and spicy in our house, but make it how you see fit.  And if you are sharing with a crowd of wimps, Oh I mean people who don't like spicy food ;) just omit the hot sauce.