Wednesday, May 30, 2018

{Wordless Wednesday} 05.30.18

Peering off the side of the deck I saw this beautiful nest. I have a birds eye view of it and you know I'll be watching from a safe distance.
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Tuesday, May 29, 2018

{Entertaining} Grad Party Sneak Peek

 It's T-minus 5 days until Miss High School graduates and we're in full on party prep around here.  We've got a sneak peek of the color scheme of the party. It all started with the little snack cups at the top of the photo (found in the Target Dollar Spot). They became her color inspiration for the rest of the party.  The party will have an 80's color theme without being an actual 80's themed party.
We found the straws and napkins at Ikea. The graduation cap bubbles are from Dollar Tree and the candy is from Oriental Trading Co. More to come...
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Friday, May 25, 2018

Four On Friday

How is it Friday already? I don't know but I'll take it! Here's what I've been...

1)Admiring...this cute fairy house in the library garden (made out of a tree stump!).
2) Fan-girling over....Hubs and Daughter got to meet Henry Winkler at Wizard World(a local comic-con).  I love him as Barry Zuckerkorn in Arrested Development and we've been watching him and his co-horts in Better Late Than Never.
3)Enjoying... my only clematis bloom, but isn't she a beaut?
4)Getting used new hair cut! I love the shorter length and new high/low lights but everything looks even better with a cute Snapchat filter!
Have a lovely Memorial Day weekend! We're off on a little road trip--follow on me on Instagram to see where we go!
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Thursday, May 24, 2018

{Recipe} Soy Curl Fajitas

I was excited to find some Butler Soy Curls at the Pop Up Vegan Flea Market but I wasn't sure what to make with them.
 Soy curls are a meat alternative made from non-GMO soybeans.   Most of the recipes I found used them as a chicken replacement so I decided to make "Chicken" Fajitas.
 This is what they look like right out of the bag (in their dried form).
 They have to be hydrated in hot water for about 10 minutes before use.( I used half of the bag of soy curls.) Now they really look like chicken strips!
 After I drained the soy curls, I added them to a pan with 2 sliced bell peppers and half of an onion.  I cooked them on medium high, adding some No-Chicken Veggie broth to cook them and keep them from sticking to the pan. I also added poultry seasoning, garlic powder, onion powder, cumin, dash of chili powder & liquid aminos.
 To serve: I warmed up some corn tortillas and added some Chao cheese, scallions and a squeeze of fresh lime.
The second batch got some red cabbage too. Delish!
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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Açai Bowls at Costco

I had just read an article about the amazing açai bowls that Costco was serving at their snack bars and was in total shock. What? How? I did a quick search for which Costcos had the bowls and found out that they were only on the West Coast. whomp whomp.

We happened to be headed to Costco a few days later and I was telling Mr. Click about the mythical açai bowls that our Costco would probably never get.
 Well wouldn't you know as we were checking out I saw THIS!  There they were! Cue the angels! I sprinted got out of line to go check it out and of course I had to order one.
 The bowl is generously sized and comes covered in fresh (not frozen) fruit and granola.  It comes in at 330 calories which isn't too bad.  What do you think? Are you as excited as I am about the açai bowls at Costco?

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Monday, May 21, 2018

{Shopping} Even More Trader Joe's Finds!

I know that I love seeing what other people find and buy at their Trader Joe's so I'm sharing a few more of my finds and favorites.
 Their tea selection is pretty good and tends to change with the seasons. I can usually always find Earl Grey but the Spiced Chai isn't always there.  Their Mango Black  tea is another favorite of ours.
 Bagels! The artisan kettle boiled bagels taste like they just came out of a bagel shop.
I needed a new serum because my last bottle of TJ's serum fell and broke all over the sink. :(   The Antioxidant Facial Serum another product in their Nourish line.
You know I love their baking products and here's another favorite. The organic coconut sugar is great in baked goods (and my Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal too).
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Friday, May 18, 2018

Four On Friday

Cheers to the (almost) weekend my friends! Do you have anything fun planned? We're in graduation party prep mode so hopefully we'll make some progress on that this weekend.

Here's what I've been....
1)Amazed at...this photo Miss High School captured of a rainbow and lightning!
 2. Eating...a big bowl of goodness: cauliflower rice, baked marinated tofu, greens, shredded carrots, grape tomatoes, pineapple, marinated chickpea salad, red cabbage, kimchi and hummus.
 3. Not getting done...planting my annuals. We've had so much rain this week that I hadn't been able to plant them but I did finally get them done last night!
4. Proud with this guy!
What have you been up to?
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Thursday, May 17, 2018

{Get Thrifty} Thursday

It felt good to get back to the thrift store (this time, Goodwill) and to actually find some good pieces.
 Here's my most recent haul:
1) Jones of New York dress
2)White Mountain sandals (look like Birkenstocks!)
3) Banana Republic peplum tank
4) Old Navy striped tank
5) Pizza t-shirt
6) Heavy duty stainless steel bowl
7) White planter
8) Air pop popcorn maker
 I think I made out really well!
Yes, I got the t-shirt from this past week's Four On Friday. It's fun and I'll probably only wear it for bed but I love the stripes on the sleeves.
Here's the dress. It's a possibility for Miss High School's graduation.
I've already tried out the popcorn popper and the bowl.  Both are awesome! I've worn the sandals and the blue & white tank top too. The planter is holding a real fern out on the deck. It's perfect.
Have you been thrifting lately?
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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

{Entertaining} Book Club for Sourdough

Recently I hosted book club and the book I had chosen was Sourdough by Robin Sloan.  From the author's website: "This book is about Lois Cleary, a talented young programmer from Michigan who follows a job to California, only to be drawn into the weird world of food that waits there. It's about work, eating, robots and microbes, independence and ambition."
 We take turns hosting book club and the host chooses the book, the food and the entire theme of the night.  I try and find something from the book to serve but I usually have other snacks to munch on too.
 For a little fun, I made up name tags for the girls.  In the book, Lois attends a few "Lois Club" meetings and these were some of the nicknames. She became Lois The Baker
 My letter board got in on the fun too.
 The book starts out with Lois ordering take out from a restaurant with no store front but excellent food. She always orders a spicy soup so I did my best to come up with one by making Kimchi Vegetable Soup.  Everyone liked it even though it was a bit spicy!
 Wine is the most  an important part of book club and I always start out with a few bottle but everyone brings a bottle as well.  Sometimes there's a signature cocktail that is from the book but this time I couldn't think of one.  (The employees at Lois' company drink something called a 'slurry' for sustenance but it didn't sound that good to me).
Of course I had to serve some sourdough bread. I thought about making my own but the book puts a lot of pressure on sourdough bread baking so I went the safe route and bought mine. I toasted it up on the panini maker with a little olive oil.  We had beautiful weather and sat out on the deck for most of book club. It was a great night! 
Are you in a book club? What are you reading these days?
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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

May's Daily Goodie Box

[Disclaimer: I was given a Daily Goodie Box to review but all opinions are mine.]

This month's Daily Goodie Box just arrived and as usual it's full of goodies (like the name says!)
Daily Goodie Box. It's more than just Free Samples!  Let's see what's in the box.
Real Chemistry - Deluxe Luminous 3 Minute Peel
This protein peel removes excess dead skin cells. I'm all about that!

Bug Protector - Mosquito Repellent
Derived from nature with ingredients like geranium, lemon grass and cinnamon, this formula repels mosquitows, gnats and other biting insects naturally.

Enfusia - Bath Bomb
The bath bomb I received is lavender and it smells heavenly.  I can't wait to try it out in the tub.

DayClear - Pain Reliever
I like the idea of pain reliever in a one dose fast-acting liquid.  It contains no alcohol, dyes or artificial colors.

Herbal Zap - Digestive Support Herbal Supplement
Nourishing and soothing support for the digestive system.  Vegan, non-GMO, gluten free and kosher.

Liquid Ice - Energy Drinks
This tastes like a blue raspberry snow cone!

Good Natured - Baked Ranch Vegetable Crisps
Contains spinach, carrots and red bell peppers and contain a half serving of veggies in every serving.

Ultima Replenisher - Electrolyte Powder
Get your hydration on the go with these single serving packs, contains a perfect balance of six electrolytes plus support minerals.

Evo Hemp - Cashew Cacao Hemp Protein Bar
These provide an antioxidant rich chocolatey fruity twist that are great for breakfast, snack or dessert.

You can get your own Daily Goodie Box by signing up here.  No credit card is ever required!

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Friday, May 11, 2018

Four On Friday

Happy Friday!! Here's what I've been....
 1.) Celebrating...and channeling Wonder Woman at a graduation party.
 2.) Contemplating at the thrift store...did I buy it?
 3.) Admiring..the irises at the park.
4.) Marveling... at the beautiful sunsets.

What have you been up to?
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Thursday, May 10, 2018

Scenes from Prom #2 (2018)

In my last Four on Friday post I gave you a little sneak peek of Miss High School's second and final prom but today I'm giving you all of the details.
At the salon...
The shoes...we searched high and low for these!
The flowers and nails (those are KISS artificial nails all from the same pack-pastel, metallic and glitter!).
She wanted sunflowers with pops of green.
She definitely had a vision for her look after we found this amazing Monique Lhuillier ball gown (for 75% off!).  Look, it has pockets!
Showing off her sassy side.
The velvet choker was a last minute switch and it really made the whole outfit come together.
The weather wasn't great but at least it had stopped raining for photos.  I love seeing all of the dress choices.
This one reminds me of a painting.
And she's off!!  Do you remember your prom?
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