Sunday, July 20, 2014

Naples, Florida

For the last few summers, I have longed to take a vacation.  But we are terrible planners.  And it just didn't happen.  This summer started off no differently.  Then one Monday morning we got up, went to the Allegiant website, and booked a trip.

Finally beaches and palm trees would be in my future.

I was a little skeptical of booking everything (down to the car) on one site, but after the fact, I would do it again and again.  Everything went so smoothly!  We even got a free upgrade on our rental (and it happened to be a brand new Challenger ~ which is my current car crush).

Naples, Florida was everything.  

Dolphins, alligators, pristine white sand beaches, dinner on the beach at sunset, sailboat excursions, airboat swamp tours.....

We enjoyed lots of beach time with our pick of spots (it wasn't crowded), lots of great food, the pier, and a few fun boat excursions.

I could go on and on. 

We will definitely go back.  And we would definitely use the Allegiant site for booking again.  This trip cost less than one plane ticket to Hawaii (which is where we went on our honeymoon).  We had no issues with reservations or flights.  Our hotel was amazing too!

This trip went beyond my expectations.  It was more than I could have hoped for.  I am so thankful we were able to go.

We love Naples, Florida (hit play for more photos)........

(You can find my bathing suit in the slideshow HERE.)

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Sunday, July 6, 2014

Cream Cheese Pesto Spread

Ever need a quick, easy, go-to appetizer for parties?

I've got you covered.

This recipe fits the bill.  It is SO tasty.  And it makes for a pretty presentation..........

 Cream Cheese Pesto Spread

8 oz. package of cream cheese
1/4 cup of pesto
1/4 cup of mozzarella
1 small tomato, diced
Triscuits or French bread

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Line a baking dish with foil.  Place the brick of cream cheese in the center of the foil.  Top with pesto, mozzarella, and tomato.  Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the mozzarella is melted (but the cream cheese is still holding its shape).  Carefully transfer the spread, keeping it in the foil, to a platter.  On the platter, surround foil with crackers or slices of French bread!  It will spread easily with a butter knife. 

*My scalloped bread was made by baking refrigerated French bread dough in a Pampered Chef bread tube

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A friend introduced me to this recipe years ago, and it has been a party staple ever since.  It can be thrown together in NO TIME!  Clean up is minimal!  

And I can promise you, there won't be any leftover.

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Monday, June 30, 2014

Thrifting Frenzy

I might as well just come out and say it.

Only one of these finds was intended for resale.

The rest were immediately snatched up for the sole purpose of hoarding.  Because you cannot sell quilts like this.........

Or pitchers with white flowers........

Or glasses like these.......

Sometimes though, things that you love just don't work into your space.......

So while I enjoy a mirrored brassy table, it made no sense in any of my rooms.  It's already for sale in the booth.

And speaking of making sense.

Doesn't it make perfect sense to have a mechanic dolly?

I sure thought so.

I blame the buffalo.

still being [molly]

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Instagram Roundup

June and July are my favorite.  I mean, I am a teacher.  And this summer, I'm determined to make it one for the books.

That means getting my house ship shape.  For good!!! 

One room I've really struggled with is what my friends call "The Special Room."  This perpetually messy guest bedroom is now and forever clean.......

Cleaning that room was also in preparation for the annual friends' garage sale......

Lots of laughs.  Lots of sales.  Always a favorite summer event.

But I have a feeling that my most favorite summer event hasn't even happened yet........

The mister and I planned a getaway!!!  Naples, Florida!!!  If you've been, we'd love recommendations of things to do or places to visit!

Maybe I'll have some time on the beach to get ahead on my thick stack of books......

After finishing Looking for Alaska, I happened to win a book giveaway (Thank you Amanda)!!!!  So I have plenty to read from now til school starts.

That is if this little baby will let me........

He loves evening cuddles, and it usually means I have to put my book down because he wants to be cradled right on my middle! 

Not a bad way to end the day.

Those Florida sunsets won't be too shabby either!

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Sunday, June 22, 2014

Cilantro Lime Tilapia Tacos

I love cilantro.  I love lime.  So putting the two together is even better.

I'm no stranger to that combo.  My cilantro-lime chicken tacos are a regular around here.  We love to stuff peppers with a cilantro-lime mixture too.

What I had never tried making is fish tacos.  But after ordering the most delicious fish tacos ever at a restaurant, I knew I needed to try them at home. 

Another food experiment that worked........with credit going to my friend Schlager for the fajita seasoning idea........

Cilantro Lime Tilapia Tacos

4 tilapia filets (about 3 to 4 oz. each)
1 packet of fajita seasoning
1 Tbsp olive oil
2 limes
corn tortillas

To garnish:
shredded red cabbage
chopped cilantro
avocado slices
feta cheese

Warm a tablespoon of olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat.  Pour the fajita seasoning on a plate (or in a Ziploc bag).  Coat the tilapia on both sides with the fajita seasoning.  Cook the tilapia for about 3 to 4 minutes.  Squirt the juice of one lime onto the fish while cooking.  Flip filets and cook for 3 to 4 more minutes.  The fish should flake easily when done.  In the skillet, use a spatula to separate the filets into smaller strips for serving (roughly four strips per filet).

Prepare the corn tortillas as directed on packaging.  Divide the remaining lime into wedges for garnishing.  Top fish with shredded red cabbage, chopped cilantro, feta cheese, avocado slices, and another squirt of lime.  

Makes 4 to 6 tacos, depending on how much fish you add to each taco.

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Since the maiden-cilantro-lime-tilapia-voyage, we've added them to our summer rotation and made them at least two more times!  

You could probably even cook the fish on a grill!  

Maybe we'll try that next time!

The Chicken Chick

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Sunday, June 15, 2014

Thrifting Frenzy

Lately in the land of thrifting, I've found some fun goodies.  But since I'm bound and determined to purge my own stash this summer, most of this will hopefully end up in the booth.

Like this afghan.....

Already in the booth! 

It just gets tough when you love a color.  Like jadeite.

Now I think I should collect jadeite Tupperware.......

But since they don't have lids, I think I'll part with them.

I'm pretty sure I'll part with this stuff too.......

Even though winky-owl-business-card-holder is pretty cute.

Sometimes though, you just have to draw the line.

When you find an oddity like working double fans with a turquoise frame.........

I mean, come on.  When will I see one again?


And when will I evvverrrr come across a mint condition southwest inspired purse.....

For fifty cents, no less.


The mister says I overpaid.

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Friday, June 13, 2014

Happy Things (via Instagram)

Recently, the mister and I celebrated our fifth wedding anniversary.  I had but one request that day.

To document the milestone.

The mister said yes.

I wanted to visit our wedding venue and recreate a wedding photo.......

Five years to the day.  Same spot.  This side-by-side makes me all kinds of happy.

So does the mister's way with kids.......

He visited my classroom last week.  He is the child whisperer. 

Something else that makes me happy......

Playing with the parachute on our rained out-plan b-field day.  It just never gets old.

Neither does packing up the classroom for the summer.........

Good-bye work!

Hello summer!!!!

Time for pools and reading til midnight and sleeping in.

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