I hear the random bark. It’s the bark Sam does when she wants something. (A dog-mom knows.) I dismiss her and I continue texting. The random barks continue and I wonder if she’s hungry again. No, she’s not at her food bowl. I begin searching for her, not finding her anywhere. I go downstairs to our garden and then the patio. I finally find her in a corner plant too scared to jump out!
You can also see my lack of a green thumb!
Take time to have your morning beverage outside on the balcony or in the garden.
Wear your favorite perfume, even if you’re staying home.
Take a break from social media.
Use your best home items: towels, china, glasses, etc.
Wear a piece of your mother’s jewelry.
Instead of wine, have champagne.
Take a class and/or learn something new.
Have a piece of dark chocolate for dessert and stop at just one!
Keep a gratitude journal.
Fresh flowers for your home and/or office.
Written by a young, dying Neurosurgeon/scientist in the last months of his life. He tells you his story of becoming a doctor, his curiosity for the meaning of life, and his life with cancer. His honest portrayal of being diagnosed, treatments, and accepting the end is heartbreaking. I read this book in one sitting.
The second book I read was The Prophet.
This book needs no explanation.
I had a couple of zucchinis in my fridge going bad and this was an easy and quick recipe to do. It turns out zucchini chips are awesome.
BAKED THYME ZUCCHINI CHIPS
- 5 medium zucchini
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- 3 tbsp thyme leaves
- sea salt
- fresh ground pepper
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
- Cut the zucchini into 1/8” slices and place into a large bowl.
- Slowly pour the olive oil into the bowl while mixing the slices with your hand. Be careful not to overcoat any individual slices.
- On a parchment lined baking sheet, lay out a single layer of slices. Season with thyme, salt, and pepper. (Be careful not to over-salt! The zucchini will shrink while baking, so a little salt goes a long way. You can always add more at the end if necessary.)
- Bake slices for 30 minutes on one side, then remove from oven and flip. Season the second side with thyme, pepper, and salt as well, then bake for 10 more minutes.
- Keep an eye on the slices, as some will bake faster than others depending on thickness. You may have to remove the thinner ones from the baking sheet right after the first 30 minutes.
*My tip: Definitely go easy on the oil. My first batch was soft (still good), but not chip texture.
Found on camillestyles.com
Last year I was Rosé obsessed, this year it’s champagne. We’re already coming into summer heat mode here and cold champagne cocktails could not taste better. Here are 3 that I have on rotation right now and 1 disappointment.
- Limoncello + Frozen Berries
- Sugar + Mint
- Tablespoon of sorbet
- Kombucha (Pick your flavor!)
And the 1 champagne cocktail I wasn’t a fan of is the Aperol Spritz. I’ve been seeing this cocktail a lot on blogs (and Housewives), so I had high hopes. It turns out Aperol is not my thing.
I’m a Bravo-aholic and I love the reality shows on this channel. There…I said it. I admit it. And one of my favorites is Southern Charm with Patricia Altschul being the wealthy, refined mother giving advice and some great one liners to the other, younger cast mates.
If you’re a fan of Southern Charm, Patricia Altschul, or the refined southern lifestyle, then this book is for you.
I read a definition of backsliding as, “The conscience is awakened, but the mind is not changed.” Today this is where I am officially at. My healthy vegetarian eating has become non existent this passed month. I’m not beating myself up, it’s simply time to start again.
Time for a self reminder:
The best way to start healthy eating is to start adding, not subtracting. Add the fruits, vegetables, and grains on a daily basis, and the processed, unhealthy foods fade away on their own. Time to get to the grocery store.
I”m on visit number two to Sandy Toes. The condo upgrades/decor are very much in progress and I’m so pleased with the results. This is the kitchen so far. Light and bright.
My next visit will be painting the cabinets white and hopefully finding some wall decor for below, but no ideas are coming yet. If you have any, let me know!
I’ve also been struggling with a color scheme for the sala (living room) sticking basically with white/cream/gray/black for the furniture.
And then I saw her.
Accent colors have been solved. Now the search for pillows is on.