Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Sesame Glazed Salmon

last night for dinner I made sesame glazed salmon with baked "fried" green tomatos


[i've been working on my food art]
[[it still needs a lot of work]]

For the Salmon:
preheat oven to 350 degrees
i bought right over 1 pound and it fed one hungry man and two little ladies perfect
in a mixing bowl mix:
1 cup soy sauce
3 tablespoons brown sugar
sprinkle with sesame seeds


taste the mixture - it should taste similar to a teriyaki - add more soy sauce for a salter taste or more brown sugar for a sweeter 

pour over salmon filet in oiled baking dish...i let sit skin side up for about 30 minutes while the tomatoes baked
flip over salmon to skin side down and bake until it flakes when cut (about 20 minutes)

this is the recipe i used for the baked "fried" green tomatoes
these are one of those mind set foods...if you go into it thinking it's going to taste like a yummy greasy fried green tomato you may be disappointed BUT if you let it get good and crispy in the oven you will really love it!

quinoa and brown rice blend was one side which unfortunately i did not enjoy...i wish i did but i just didn't! on to test another brand?

and then a simple salad - i buy the organic girl 50/50 blend
i get bored with salad dressing easily so finding something new and tasty really excites me


you know that salad dressing at the Japanese restaurants that looks like a clump of baby food? i love it!! and this tastes just like it!

what are some for your favorite salmon recipes?

try this one, you'll love it!

C

Monday, March 30, 2015

tar-jay finds

it's no secret i love target
but these gold slides just validated that even more for me

you can find them in most target locations or online here -currently 20% off making them a $19.99 you can not say no to
also i just stumbled upon these when retrieving the link for the slides...
i might have to snag these for a formal that's coming up! 

here are a few other pretty things i saw at target over the weekend



a few of these gardening tools may appear in my easter basket post later this week 



Carlie was really loving the pink and navy nautical room accessories 


while i was loving these peach, green, and turquoise accessories 


i also liked the print on this overnight bag

thank you for brightening my sunday afternoon target, and happy monday friends!
C

Saturday, March 28, 2015

saturday browsing

saturday morning is the time for browsing my favorite blogs or websites and daydreaming about wishful purchases 

1. hello - lilly pulitzer for target is looking awesome; i'm really not into lots of lilly prints but the gold espadrilles, pineapple sandals, yellow romper, navy beach bag, and bar accessories are some of the things i will be lining up for when it is available april 19th 

2. one of my favorite Instagram accounts to follow is @teilduncanart . she is an amazing oil painter based in Charleston, SC . i would love love love to have one of her beach scenes and cow paintings one day - see her prints at www.teilduncan.com 

3. i also drool over all of Zoe Chicco's rings i would freak over a small stack of dainty gold rings

4. after a week of unhealthy eating at the beach i am ready to get back into the swing of my clean eating - i have been browsing www.whole30.com - they always have great recipes on their website and Instagram page

5. i want this suit in my swimsuit collection

6. and i want this easter setting in my china collection 

7. hours of my saturday mornings are wasted away looking at house plans and day dreaming about a cozy cottage in the woods

8. after reading this article from loony magazine i am almost certain that Molly Sims and i would be best friends. I love her home and her want for a good couch over a good dress!

9. i became a fan of Sadie Robertson when she was on dancing with the stars. after watching this video she posted on youtube i am an even bigger fan!

what are some of your favorite blogs and websites?
i love hearing from you!

happy saturday,
C

Friday, March 27, 2015

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday!
it's spring break and I just got back from a great low key trip to the bay with a few friends

after a week in the sun here are a few quick fashion favorites that i couldn't have lived without



i wore my straw hat and krewe sunnies all week | these sunglasses are great! they are made in New Orleans (plus) and are super light weight (plus) - they also came with a hand written note welcoming me to the "Krewe" that is some good marketing | and for the man in your life, Madison loves his Maui Jim Red Sands , they are also super light weight 


i also lived in these shorts and these wedges 
i'm all about comfortable and practical clothes no matter where i go!

happy weekend,
C



Friday, March 13, 2015

TGIF

Happy Friday Friends!!
the weekend is finally here and i am so excited! tomorrow night is my very last 
parents weekend ever
I always have so much fun at this event -it's like having all of my favorite people in one room <3

I decided to use this friday favorites post to share my favorite cocktail that i'll be sipping on at the festivities this weekend (insert martini emoji here)

Moscow Mule


1 shot of vodka
1/2 can of ginger beer
Juice of 1/2 a lime
(best served in a copper mug - that is at the top of my bar cart wish list)

the most refreshing drink you are sure to love!


another favorite from this week - Gap is having a great 40% off sale with the friends and family email code FFBEST or 30% for all other shoppers with the code SPRING - here are a few of my favorites i couldn't live without this spring




happy weekend!
C


Thursday, March 12, 2015

heathy breakfast favorite


lately the theme of the blog seems to be fast yet healthy food options
today i am sharing one of my favorite on-the-go breakfasts you can make ahead



this dip is great with green apples but i'm sure it would be great with pretzels or other fruit

apple dip:
1 tablespoon peanut butter
1 tablespoon plain greek yogurt
1/2 tablespoon honey
a few dashes of cinnamon 


i like to have mine with a slice of multigrain avocado toast

avocado spread:
1/2 one avocado
red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper to taste

sometimes i'll switch out the apple/dip combo for half of a grapefruit
or sometimes i'll do my organic honey cinnamon cereal instead of toast

enjoy,
C



Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Pizza Please

one of the hardest things i face when trying to eat clean is all of the 
deliciously, terribly, unhealthy foods i am missing out on
-don't get me wrong i still have things in moderation so i don't go crazy one day and eat an entire pizza- 
a happy meal from chick fil a will normally do the trick!


i have a few easy recipes i'm going to share over the next few days 
that i have been loving so far on this healthy eating kick




so i jumped on the cauliflower crust pizza wagon and i have to say it did not disappoint!!

at this point in your healthy eating i'm sure you have already discovered it's all about your mind set - if you go into something like a cauliflower pizza thinking papa johns, you are going to be disappointed. if you go into it thinking this is something healthy that is good for me and wont leave me bloated and miserable you will be pleasantly surprised!


-for the crust i riced the cauliflower by cutting the heads off of 1 cauliflower and pulsing them in the food processor until it looks like rice
-then place in a microwave safe blow and cook in microwave for about 5 minutes *do not add water the cauliflower will create its own moisture
-mix cauliflower with two eggs
-and 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese

pat out the mixture and shape onto your pizza stone

cook on 400 degrees until lightly brown
(i brushed mine with a little olive oil before putting in the oven)

remove from oven and add desired toppings 

i found a great organic pizza sauce that i really liked
mushrooms
onions
tomatos
peppers
parmesan cheese
add whatever you like!

place back in the oven until cheese is melted and vegetables are tender

enjoy!
C

Friday, March 6, 2015

Friday Favorites

happy friday folks,

so i came here and told you i was going to start eating cleaner and healthier and then i disappeared again - well i have been busy recipe testing and i am back today to share a fast and easy on-the-go salad you are sure to love!
i found something like it while i was stalking health blogs last weekend and decided to try it. not having everything on hand i just whipped up my own version and it was amazeballs!!

the shrimp is just left over from dinner the night before that i like to save for a cold salad the next day

what you will need for the tuna salad:

1 pouch (or can) of tuna in olive oil
2 hard boiled eggs diced
about 3 tablespoons of diced onion
1/2 of an avocado diced  
1 tablespoon of dijon mustered
1/2 tablespoon mayonnaise
salt and pepper to taste


this is the mustered and mayonnaise i used but i'm sure whatever 
you have on hand would be fine

it is super filling for a make ahead lunch on the go with crackers or a spoon :)
enjoy!


in style news i have been online browsing this morning preparing for spring <3
i love spring time, the warm weather, and bright colors

Anthropologie is having 20% off spring dresses right now - so i pulled together a few that i and loving





















i think i would live in this denim shift dress all spring and summer, and this bird swing dress is everything - i have a thing for birds and the colors navy and purple <3 i wish i would have spotted this earlier we have my favorite event of the year next weekend (phi mu parents weekend) and i would have definitely worn this beaut, i wish i had somewhere to wear this sweetheart roses dress , it's so great!

they also have a few great deals on their sales rack - i have my eye on these two things to carry over for next fall
 


i normally look through the site, add things i love to my cart, and close my laptop without buying a thing - thankfully i can get enough satisfaction out of looking and being inspired to create outfits out of my our closet - sometimes after a few days if i can't get my mind off of an item ill go back and buy

happy browsing

C