Crab cakes

We splurged on our Saturday night dinner cooking and upgraded our typical tuna or salmon (from the can) to fresh crab cakes. I kept it really simple to focus on the crab, only panko, eggs, fresh chopped parsley, lemon zest, and a bit of salt & pepper. I only mixed enough of the extra five ingredients to hold the crab together. Then I fried it in a bit of canola oil (about 4 minutes per side), and we served it on fresh bib lettuce and arugula (from our garden!). It was amazing! So tasty. And I made honey rolls to go on the side:

A delicious Saturday night dinner! And we watched a Saturday storm roll in and debated if the power was going to go out while we ate every last bite!

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Most likely to publish an award winning novel

A had his end of the year superlative party and he won “most likely to publish an award winning novel”. He was so pleased to win this award and it shows not only his love of writing, but also how well his teacher knows him!

And here is an example of some of his future award winning work, his current project is a guide to playing and winning Plants vs. Zombies:

Notice the careful detail to the illustrations and the multiple strategy breakdown. Super proud of A’s hard work and creativity!

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Friday Favorites

Matchbox and Hot Wheel competition is the theme of our week. It seems like everything is a competition these days with the boys, especially J. Who can buckle their seatbelt the fastest, get their shoes the fastest, etc. You’d think it would mean we get out of the house quicker, but it really doesn’t. Insert my face every morning, here:

There it is. Now on to some of my favorites of the week:

The wavy hair I rocked for most of the week…and then one day looked like Hermoine Granger when the humidity got too high:

Thanks a lot Southern weather.

I love, love, love beachy surf style, so even though I don’t have a beach house, I’m putting a book on my list for a little surf style at home:

A’s second grade teacher has been awesome, and she’s also an artist, so the kids have done some really unique and cool art projects this year and this one may be my favorite:

I was inspired to start replenishing art supplies for fun activities for the boys this summer!

Creating a cozy bedroom through layering….I’m trying to figure out where to layer in a print that I think the boys would find hilarious, and have endless debates about. These are the the things you think of in a house full of boys…how can I make them laugh?

Ideas on teaching kids to have giving hearts. Love this!

And finally, adding Positano to my bucket list with the boys. So lovely!

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This and that

This is the pie that my sister made for Mother’s Day and I immediately requested for my birthday:


These are the planter pots that I saw on my instagram stories and texted B that they are added to our Disney shopping list:


This is my current pool view that is my goal-orientation for getting work done in the morning, so the boys and I can go in the afternoon:


And this is what I’m currently working on while I’m not “working” (which essentially means not teaching for two months, but working like mad to prep for the fall):


This is our other current afternoon view as we are on an activities lull, so we’re sipping smoothies and playing out back:


And this is J schooling A and I in Monopoly, Jr. the other night:

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My favorite summer meal

This is going to quickly become my go to summer dish! It’s so simple and tasty!

Ingredients

1lb uncooked, peeled, and deveined shrimp

The kernels from 4 ears of corn

1 container of grape tomatoes

1 bunch of arugula

salt, pepper, olive oil

Directions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Combine shrimp, corn, tomatoes in a large bowl and toss with salt, pepper, and olive oil. Pour out onto a large foil lined pan. Roast 15-20 minutes until shrimp is cooked through and tomatoes begin to burst. Remove from oven and toss on pan with arugula. Serve with warm, crusty bread. (See tips below!)

Tips: Slice tomatoes in half to cut down cooking time (and chance of spraying the tomato across the room). If you want to roast the veggies longer than the shrimp, place them in the oven 5-10 minutes before adding the shrimp. Need to make it even easier? Use frozen corn.

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Botanical gardens field trip

This past week I went with A on his final field trip of the year. His class visited our local botanical gardens, which has been magnificently updated since the last time we’ve been! We had a scavenger hunt in the butterfly area, saw the new dinosaur exhibit, and the kids ran about in the play area.


I had a blast spending the day with A!

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Friday Favorites

Love cuddling up with the boys after bath time and watching Iron Chef before books and bed.

Things people don’t discuss in business, but should. Great for my biz com students!

Weatherproofing outdoor chairs, on my list for our outdoor chairs this summer.

Coordinating colors for our bedroom wingback chairs.

Lemon ice box pie with golden Oreos, perfect Spring/Summer dessert.

Gorgeous summer dress and I’m already trying to figure out how to re-create her hairstyle.

I’ve got Hawaii on my bucket list for vacations with the boys. Maybe, Maui?

An alternative to the pencil skirt for the office.

Creating beautiful balconies in small spaces.

Hilariously readings of bad yelp reviews.

Y’all know I’m obsessed with bread and baking bread. I’m thinking about incorporating it with a Between the Lions episode this summer with the boys.

And finally, a kid friendly Fitbit that I’m betting will wind up on A’s Christmas list.

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This and that

This is one if my favorite parts of every morning. J comes in with his daily menagerie of peeps cuddles up at the end of our bed and likes me to pat his back while he wakes up:


This is a picture of our neighborhood geese that had babies! Check out their goslings:

Hopefully they stay together, unlike Jon and Kate.
This is the stack of library books that I picked up this week to try to attempt to keep up with A’s reading (and a few books for J and The Lion King DVD):


This is how J spent his time before TBall practice on Tuesday:

And this is how A spent his time:

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Hiking gear musts

Whenever we go hiking we have some must haves to bring and wear. First up what I wear:

Light weight tank & leggings, hat, sunglasses, and quality shoes that I don’t mind getting dirty. You honestly don’t catch B and I outside without sunglasses on. It’s not because it’s sunny all the time (which it is a lot here), but it’s because it prevents allergens from getting in our eyes. Seriously. I don’t know if you’ve been to the south, but allergies here are no joke. I keep trying to convince the boys to wear sunnies by buying them new ones constantly. It hasn’t worked great, as you can see above. Hats are also a must to prevent ticks from getting in your hair (insert wide eyed scary face here).

The boys wear athletic gear (our favorites are under armour and champion) and lightweight shoes that are washable.

Our must haves to carry (besides lots of trail mix!) are:

All of these are on the Cub Scout list if hiking essentials. We’ve convinced A that we have a map and compass on our phone, so we don’t need to bring those as well, however we also carry a battery pack charger for our phones. And if you need extra help you could always read our go to guide:

Just kidding! However, this is one that’s great for our area:

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