Friday Favorites

There’s a bobcat in our midst! J earned his first rank in Cub Scouts this past week. We are so proud of him!

J loves puzzles, so I’ve got this pizza one on my list for him for Christmas.

The hiking backpack I have on my Christmas list.

Lunch next week.

Since my work commute is now taking about an hour I’ve started listening to podcasts. One of my favorites so far is In Good Company and now I’ve got Genevieve Gorder’s new Netflix series on my list, too.

Pattern mixing for Fall.

Melting potatoes and apple pot pies.

Cozy light filled home with lots of plants.

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Under the lights.

J is playing his fourth season of soccer. He is our first to make it all the way to U8 soccer and he is loving it! His favorite position is sweeper, and he really wants to play goalie eventually. His team officially started games this week, so we are busy cheering them on in between school, homework, work, and Cub Scouts. He’s got a game this weekend, we’ve got a fall garden to plant, and some general recouping to do after this week, including watching the new season of Great British Baking Show and I’ll be reading The Secret Rooms and Pasta, Pane, Vino.

A study and homework space that dreams are made of! Trying to figure out if I could recreate this in our own study. Along with some great printables to decorate the walls…








Currently dreaming about soups for Fall…









Including a sweet corn and pepper soup and a Thai coconut soup. I love that both of these (with just removing the onions) are allergy friendly for all of us! It’s hard to find a soup that is these days.

And finally, loving these two fall looks with skinny jeans, a lovely top, and neutral loafers…

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Five new things for our Disney trip

We’ve learned a few things over our past two trips to Disney, so I thought I’d share five new things that we are either bringing on our next trip!

First up is new raincoats for the boys. Their raincoats from the last trip worked fine, but they complained about how sticky they were with the humidity, so I’ve purchased some sturdier coats that still fold up well.


Second, is Teva sandals. On our past two trips they’ve worn closed toe shoes, like these, but now that they are older, they wanted to wear flip flops, and Teva sandals were our compromise.


Third, is Disney gift cards. If you have a Target Card you can get Disney gift cards at a five percent discount. This means a set limit for souvenirs for the boys and hopefully a lot less complaining.


Fourth, is new cushioned flip flops for me because I wore out the soles on my old reef flip flops on our last trip:

Fifth, is AT LEAST four extra outfits for each person beyond outfits for everyday. There are some days that it is so hot, or you get soaked on a ride that you need to change back at the hotel. Both of our previous trips I have run out of clothes for everyone by the end of the trip.

This day was the hottest day of any of the trips we’ve been on. We went back to the hotel, changed, and went back out on this day.

And that’s our top five new things we’re bringing to Disney this year! We’re counting down the weeks!!

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Red wine marinated steak salad


This is our quintessential it’s almost fall, but still feels like summer meal. A grilled flank steak, marinated all day, combined with roasted sweet potatoes, on top of fresh leafy greens takes us from summer to fall.

So the first thing your going to do is make your marinade. We use this recipe. I typically put the steak in the marinade in the morning before work, so it’s ready when we all get home.

The other ingredients (besides flank steak) you’ll need are:

Green leaf lettuce

Two sweet potatoes, peeled and diced

4 oz shredded cheddar cheese

1 tomato, diced

Olive oil

Balsamic glaze *optional


Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Roast sweet potatoes (drizzled with a bit of olive oil, kosher salt, and pepper) for forty minutes. Meanwhile, grill the steak for about 5-6 minutes per side (depending on the thickness of the steak), until preferred doneness (we aim for about 155 in the middle). Top green leafy lettuce with tomatoes, steak, sweet potatoes, cheese, and a drizzle of balsamic. Enjoy!!

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This and that

I would love to say everyone on our house is on the mend, but I’m really afraid of jinxing it at this point, so I’m just going to say nothing and continue on with some happenings around here.

First up, B and I are officially the same age again:

We didn’t celebrate like we had intended since A caught J’s croup by the end of the week, but the four of us had fun nonetheless:

I made Halloween candied popcorn, mainly so we could drown our Auburn loss sorrows in it…ha!

I can’t say enough how much I love my work. In part because my hybrid courses have given me the flexibility to join the boys on field trips that aren’t on Fridays. I went with J’s class to learn about animals and plants:

And we saw a goat that was the GOAT:

I went to pick up some items from Target and came upon this:

The only time a Target worker hasn’t asked if I need help with anything.

And the boys got to have donuts with Granna that they were very excited about:

The boys love that Granna teaches at their school and so do we!

Lastly, our final countdown to Disney is on now that our magic bands arrived:

I’m so ready for this trip!! We are praying for everyone to be healthy and for good weather!!

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This and that

Okay the sickness in our house needs to go away. Stat! I’m currently running around like:

As soon as one person gets well, somebody else gets sick. So I’ve been cleaning everything and then cleaning it all again, and then saying a whole bunch of prayers that this week we are officially on the mend.

In between all that, J had a soccer scrimmage:

We harvested hydroponic basil that is literally the size of your fist:

This is my new favorite hat:

The hat is Codeword hats and the donate a percentage of their profits to children’s hospitals in that area code.

And despite the fact that it’s still 90 plus degrees I’ve been doing some fall online shopping and picked up this top from Nordstrom:

And finally the boys are obsessed with battlebots, so I already started Christmas shopping:

It’s never too early, right? Ha!

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How is it that a long weekend makes the week feel too long? It’s almost like we had too much recovery time and now we can’t handle it, ha!  This weekend we are having dinner with friends, soccer practice, Cub Scouts, and hopefully also get the boys’ piano lessons in as well. And sleeping in! I mean for us, sleeping in is 7:30 a.m., but I’ll take it!

These hammered leaf prints would be a lovely fall craft.

Destination Hawaii.

The Secret Lives of Color.

Chilled dough makes the best chocolate chip cookies.

“Lies, all lies!”

Cinnamon raisin bagels.

Sweatshirt I’m adding to my Christmas list. For that one week it’ll be cold here.

We learned the hard way last year that fall tasks are important.

Romantic and flannel = two things that don’t seem to work, but do.

Sheet pan chicken, with a bonus recipe!

Lovely light filled house.

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Salmon with tomato relish

This recipe starts with, I went to Costco this weekend and bought all the meat. Then I came home and spent a good hour with our food saver getting it all ready to go in the freezer. I bought ground beef, ground bison, rotisserie chicken, pork tenderloin, flank steak, sirloin steak, and salmon. I also bought a big package of peppers and diced or sliced them and used the food saver with them as well…

With all of this we have at least several months worth of meat. In addition, because Costco typically provides larger portions, many of these meals (tacos, roast tenderloin, chili, etc.) I will then freeze the leftovers for an additional meal (or two!). So for our first meal I made a salmon fillet (I purchased their one with butter in the cold food section and froze each fillet individually) with one freezer pepper package, and fresh cherry tomatoes (brought over by our neighbor!).

So I defrosted the salmon overnight first. Then I started by sautéing the peppers in just a little olive oil (from frozen, no need to thaw) on medium heat for about 3 minutes:

Then I added the salmon:

And put a lid on it (and cooked for about five minutes), then I took the lid off, flipped the salmon, added the cherry tomatoes and cooked it for an additional five minutes (or until done):

I also cooked up this rice:

It is not as good as the rice B makes, but it’s decent and works well in a pinch.

I made the entire dish (start to finish) in less than twenty minutes:

After the salmon was done, I took it out of the pan to rest then quickly sautéed the veggies on medium high heat just a minute more with a few dashes of balsamic vinegar. And that’s it! So simple, and tasty.

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It’s a boiling 100 heat index here, friends….somebody send Fall, stat! Oh, and I turned 36 this week, so there’s that.

The new Mary Poppins books’ illustrator is my current favorite Instagram.

Loving the video of Magnolia getting set-up for Fall.

The flats I want for Fall (I’m noticing a theme starting).

A and I both read Where the Mountain Meets the Moon and really enjoyed it!

Currently searching for pens for my new square Moleskin journal.

The five minute make-up tutorial that I’m currently watching.

You do not have to be perfect. Current mantra on repeat.

Say it ain’t soho reminds me of one of my favorite polishes from high school, and since they’re bringing everything 90s back, I might as well jump in!

Something to make with our home grown tomatoes.

And finally, color. My boys would love this!

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