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Happy Friday lovely friends! I'm relieved the weekend is here to relax a little but also entertain my in-laws as this is the first...

Friday Faves


Happy Friday lovely friends!

I'm relieved the weekend is here to relax a little but also entertain my in-laws as this is the first time they're visiting our new home. I had a late start at putting this post together so I'll keep it short and sweet just like I hope today plays out in anticipation of the weekend.

Ladies Night
Yesterday evening I met up with a good friend to catch up at a local winery I've been dying to visit.




New Reads
 After spending the last few weeks reading the Fifty Shades Trilogy, I've changed the pace and just got started "audio reading" A Man Called Ove on my commute to work. Let me know your thoughts for those who have already read the book.



Pineapple Delight
I shared some adorable Poolside Pineapple inspiration on Wednesday. It's supposed to hit almost 100 degrees in Florida today so you bet I'll be spending lots of time by the pool in the upcoming weekends.

Sweet Surprises
My gorgeous friend Andrea featured my OTS Swing Dress on the Blended Blog for their Fashion Files this week and it was such a sweet surprise since I don't consider myself a fashion blogger. I have started dipping my toes in the world of fashion blogging but don't think I'm quite there yet so a big thank you to Andrea for the encouragement, especially coming from the fashion queen herself


Party Planning
I'm hosting a small get-together for a friend on Sunday to celebrate her first pregnancy. I spent most of this week planning the details since the gender is unknown...more details to come on that next week!


Have a great weekend everyone!

Pineapples make me think of warm sunny days by the pool and I keep stumbling on new things to add to my wish list. In anticipation of all...

Poolside Pineapples

Pineapples make me think of warm sunny days by the pool and I keep stumbling on new things to add to my wish list. In anticipation of all the sunny days ahead lounging by the pool, I'm sharing my poolside pineapple favorites plus some refreshing drinks/cocktails to sweeten the deal.

Inflatable Double Drink Holder










Poolside Refreshments





Pineapple Coconut Mojito


And now I wish I was on a pineapple float lounging in the sun with a refreshing drink to cool me down!

Happy Hump Day....we're almost there!

I've had this recipe post sitting in my drafts since Christmas which the last time I baked a ham and decided to wait to post it ri...

Don't Waste The Easter Ham Bone


I've had this recipe post sitting in my drafts since Christmas which the last time I baked a ham and decided to wait to post it right before Easter which clearly didn't happen. SkinnyTaste beat me to the punch by posting their Pressure Cooker Split Pea Soup with Ham last week which is almost identical to my recipe (except their photos look much more appealing).

This is not a photogenic type of soup but it definitely is a delicious and hearty soup that allows you to make use of the leftover ham bone from Christmas or Easter.


Total Cook Time: 7 hours on high

Ingredients:
Ham bone with leftover meat
16 oz. dried split peas, rinsed well and drained
6 -7 cups low-sodium chicken broth
1 medium white onion, chopped
2 carrots, peeled and chopped
2 ribs celery, chopped
2 tbsp. minced garlic
1/3 cup chopped parsley
Ground pepper & salt, to taste
Cooking Spray or crockpot liner


The leftover ham bone usually still has a significant amount of meat that falls off the bone when you slow cook it into a soup. You can always improvise with store-bought cubed boneless ham.


What To Do:
1. Rinse peas under cold water and drain.
2. Use a crockpot liner or cooking spray to lightly coat inside of the crockpot.
3. Layer peas, carrots, celery, onions and minced garlic in the crockpot. Place the ham bone on top of ingredients pour chicken broth evenly in the crockpot (save some broth for later).
4. Cover and cook on high for 7 hours, stirring occasionally during cooking time.





5. About 6 hours into cooking, remove ham bone and place on a cutting board to tear/cut off all leftover ham. Discard the ham bone.
6. Add salt and black pepper to taste and mix well into the soup.
7. Use a wooden spoon to gently mash the peas, return pieces of ham to the crockpot and add more broth, if needed.

Photo from SkinnyTaste.com


Enjoy!

It was a weekend of sweet relaxation and not much on the agenda except a ladies night. Most of Saturday was spent relaxing and doing st...

Weekending


It was a weekend of sweet relaxation and not much on the agenda except a ladies night. Most of Saturday was spent relaxing and doing stuff around the house and then lounging at the pool even though it was a little overcast.


Saturday night was ladies night at my neighbor's house.  Cheese is my weakness so I offered to bring a cheese plate and decorated it with strawberries. All the while, Lola was just staring at me hoping some food would drop on the floor so she could vacuum it up.





We nibbled on some finger foods, drank way too much wine, played Taboo Midnight, and laughed the night away.



These ladies are so fun and funny to hang out with, I'm already thinking of hosting the next ladies night at my house sometime soon.


Lola woke me up way too early on Sunday but thankfully I felt rested and surprisingly didn't have a hangover.  I took the 4-hour online traffic school course for the stupid speeding ticket I got (my first speeding ticket ever) right outside my office. I paid the $175 ticket and opted to take the course to avoid getting 3 points on my driving record. Lesson learned!

Once I passed the exam, we made breakfast and I had a celebratory pineapple mimosa! K put together this Slow Cooker Honey Pork Roast recipe in the crockpot to cook for dinner and I did all the Sunday things - blogging, food prep, laundry, cleaning etc.

We ventured out in the afternoon to check out Boggy Creek Resort Park which is a hidden gem near to our home. It has cottages, a restaurant, cute novelty shop, a marina on the lake, and lots of campground for RVs etc.







Joining the lovely Biana for her Weekending linkup.

As always I'm relieved it's Friday! I can't even complain that I had a crazy week or anything because it was quite stress-fr...

Friday Faves


As always I'm relieved it's Friday! I can't even complain that I had a crazy week or anything because it was quite stress-free for a change. I'm just looking forward to a fairly quiet weekend with no big plans or traveling so I can enjoy some downtime at home.

Other than work, some things I've been up to lately and of course faves to share...

Boston on My Mind
I'm always counting down until our next vacation and the next stop is Boston, a city I've been dying to explore for some years now. It's a quick trip next month but we have some fun plans lined up to hopefully see and do as much as possible.

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Fashion Department
I've really started enjoying doing some more fashion posts recently. It's not something I will do very often but I loved reading all the sweet comments and feedback from my recent Off The Shoulder Swing Dress outfit I shared on Wednesday. Thank you for the encouragement!



Latest Reads
I just finished the Fifty Shades of Grey Trilogy which was a roller-coaster ride from start to finish! Although there were many parts that were disturbing, I was pleasantly surprised by the final outcome of the story.



Fun in My City
My company recently rented a suite for the Orlando Magic vs. Detroit Lions game. Since K was out of town my sweet friend came as my guest and we had one super hell of a fun Wednesday night!



Mouthwatering Recipes
These Grilled Chicken and Avocado Street Tacos look amazing! The ingredients are already on my grocery shopping list for this weekend.



Wishing everyone a wonderful weekend!

A little black dress isn't exactly the Spring or Summer fashion "look" but this dress comes in a variety of colors from...

Off The Shoulder Swing Dress




A little black dress isn't exactly the Spring or Summer fashion "look" but this dress comes in a variety of colors from stripes to florals. The smocked off-the-shoulder neckline and super soft, stretchy fabric is perfect for the warmer months.



Among all the options, I decided to go with the plain black dress so I'm not limited to the different accessories, shoes, purses and such that can transform it from a causal day dress to something a little more dressy for dinner at night.




  



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