September blues...

Saturday, September 21, 2013

That water, that sky; refreshing & crisp, just like the cool breezes September has brought with her.  These are surely the kind of blues that can stick around for as long as they want.

 How I haven't realized September's beauty until now, is completely beyond me.

Another Sunday on the water, my cowboy, venturing farther out in the bay every time.  Fishing for him, reading for me & then lunch, bloody's and football.  Not a bad way to end the weekend.

And repeat.


farmer's market, in September

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Is there anything better than the farmer's market in September? On a Saturday afternoon, where the weather is just seasonal enough to strut around in jeans & cowboy boots.  We loaded up on gourds & petite white pumpkins, but kicking myself for not adding those beautiful green tomatoes & "bone suckin' sauce" to my basket.  Oh, and buffalo burgers.

I must say, I am irrevocably in love; in love with September & Fall.

Anyone else feeling this as well?


September miscellany {part 1}

Monday, September 16, 2013

Sunday afternoon perfection / bloody's+boat+Ban's = weekend brunch / bay view / picking /
/ weeknight dinner / boat smile / blue & green / homemade & delicious

Have I mentioned yet how much I am in love with September?


sunset photo shoot

Friday, September 13, 2013

Oh you know, just a photo shoot on the boat, out in the bay...totally normal.

I'm crazy about this sweater.  Perfect for these cool September mornings and evening sunsets on the water.  Cut-off shorts, flip-flops, and RayBan's have been my go-to boat attire this summer, I'm all about ease & comfort. 

But transitioning my "boat look" into Fall will be fun.  On the lookout for the perfect pair of boyfriend jeans & [of course] a great pair of Sperry's.  And searching [always] for another comfy sweater [or two] for Fall.  I found this one at Esme, a local boutique here in Virginia Beach. 

A fun evening on the water with my guy, our boat, and that sunset.  September, if I could give you a great big bear hug & a kiss on the cheek I would.  You are turning out to be pretty great so far.



recipes as of late

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Fresh cut fruit salad
Can you even call it a recipe if it is just fresh fruit cut up & mixed altogether in a giant bowl?!  A lazy girls fruit salad, if you will -- has been my go-to "recipe" for fruit salads this summer.

All the best seasonal Summer fruits as well as my two favorite staples: a golden delicious apple & a banana, mixed together to make a crisp & simple Summer salad.

Caprese Salad
Another staple in our fridge this summer has been caprese salads.  Really, I'm just trying to use up the tomatoes & basil from our overly productive garden this year [I have even neglected my watering duties as of late, shocking I know].

No measurements in this "recipe" either: just slice up the tomatoes you have on hand, chop up as much basil as you prefer [we like a lot], add cubes of fresh mozzarella, and dress with balsamic vinegar, Extra Virgin olive oil, sea salt, & fresh ground black pepper.  Fresh, light, and delicious-- oh and super easy.

Thai Coconut Chicken soup
Craving Thai coconut chicken soup, always.  It is seriously the best thing in the world.  So I tried this recipe and thought it was a great success.  I added more coconut milk and [the entire jar] of red curry paste, oh and of course topped it off with a little sriracha [always], but keeping mostly to the recipe it was super easy and quite delicious.  Chris' suggestions for next time were: "less vegetables, more meat, & more broth", such a man....

Cucumber lemon "Infused" water
A craving of my husbands lately has been this cucumber-lemon infused water.  I say "infused" but really, thats just fancy for, "sliced lemons & cucumbers thrown together in a pitcher of ice water", very sophisticated indeed.  But if it makes my husband happy, and I get to use my favorite pitcher & offer guests infused water, then so be it.

With Summer fading away into Fall I'm sure my recipes will do the same.  More chili's, stews, and roasted things; I'm eager & happy for the flavor change.  Excited to warm up my kitchen with our overly hot oven and attempt to bake pumpkin into anything I can think of.  An exciting & mostly likely my favorite cooking season will be here before I know it.  Happiness indeed.

But first, are there any Summer recipes I need to try before the season is gone for certain?


you know you're "boat people" when...

Friday, September 6, 2013

.....You can stock coolers full of beer, snacks, waters and the like in a matter of minutes.  We've got this boat packing thing down to a science.  The only thing forgotten lately is the memory card for the camera [typical].

.....The men at the bait & tackle shop know you by name and the bartender at your favorite dock-up restaurant waves goodbye with a, "See ya'll next time!".

....The best compliment you've gotten lately is, "you really do look like a boat Princess!!" [cut off shorts, boat bikini, hair braided]

....Two boating days two weekends in a row?!  Attempting to make it a third?

Lots of "boat posts" & pictures this summer, but what can I say, its just what we're into.   This past weekend  was no different.  The only laboring we did was a little bit of boat cleaning and a lot of fishing.  Very labor-intensive actives indeed.

There were friends on the boat,  fun was had, wake boarding was done, and I only fell off the dock once [utterly embarrassing].  Another sunset and early morning fishing, both out in the bay and a driving lesson turned into a wheel take-over where I even docked her up all on my own!

Welcoming September accordingly with a pumpkin ale out in the bay and bundling up in a cozy, over-sized sweater once the sun set, were wonderfully sweet signs that the season I love so, so much is almost upon us.


pancakes...a love story

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

"Maybe we can sleep in
Make you banana pancakes
Pretend like its the weekend now...."

I don't know about you but I can't eat banana pancakes with out singing Jack Johnson....

One of our favorite weekend rituals is to have a big Sunday morning breakfast; and I would be lying if I said I haven't made these pancakes for the past couple weekends in a row.  Topped with bananas, whipped cream, and a pinch of cinnamon is my favorite, while Chris prefers his topped with strawberries; but honestly, topped with anything or nothing at all and I will still devour the entire stack.

To fuel my [obsessive] craving for pancakes I've had as of late, I bought a healthy, whole wheat-organic pancake mix at Whole Foods.  The pancakes are deliciously filling, healthy, and a great way to fuel up for a long run.

Other than banana topped, we have tried them topped with: pecans & maple syrup, a berry mixture [black, straw, & blue] and when I just can't hold out anymore I will give in and top them with mini semi-sweet chocolate chips & walnuts! le sigh.

Hoping to experiment and add a little pumpkin puree to the mix during the cooler months to collide my latest obsession [pancakes] with my true passion [Fall].

I find it funny, I was never one for pancakes before I started running, but now I just can't seem to get enough; of the pancakes and the running.

So tell me, are you a pancake lover? and how do you eat yours?