Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp ♥

Hello Friends!  How are you? 


It's been an exciting week in our house!  For one - the Downton Abbey movie trailer was released today.  I have watched it at least 5 times already and I am so excited! It's going to be an eternity until the movie comes out in September. I literally cannot wait!! 

Hearing the theme song gave me chills! 






John is over the moon because the final Toy Story 4 movie trailer also came out today.  Although, he's lucky - his movies comes out next month.  We are super excited for that too!





And then there's Rob who's happy because the Bruins have made it to the Stanley Cup finals, so next week will be exciting and stressful at the same time. 

I think I need to bake some yellow and black cupcakes to celebrate!  





I always say it's the little things, and as you can see it doesn't take much to make us happy around here! : ) 


I can hardly believe that Memorial Day is this weekend!  How did we get to the end of May so quickly?  On the way to school this morning John and I were saying how all of a sudden it feels like it's almost summer.  The school year is winding down, which I always have mixed feelings about. 
(Yup, I'm that mom who always cries on the last day of school.  Another year gone by, another year older, another inch taller....but that's another post entirely! lol ) 


 Not only that, it got HOT!  Here I am complaining all spring about the rain and yesterday it was 85 degrees! Time to get a pedicure, asap!  

I continually have to remind myself to enjoy and be present each and everyday - rain or shine - because they pass so quickly.  


And so with that, and with Memorial Day coming up I wanted to share with you one of my favorite spring/summer dessert recipes.  I've posted this recipe before but because it's so tasty and maybe some of you might want to make it this weekend I thought I would repost it.


Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp! 


After all, what else to you do with all the delicious rhubarb that's in grocery stores right now?  Bake away, my friends!  It's so sweet and yummy! 





*Recipe from Martha Stewart ♥



2 cups strawberries - hulled and cut in half (quarters if large)

2 cups rhubarb - cut into 1/2 inch pieces

1/2 cup sugar

1 tbsp. cornstarch

1/4 tsp. salt


For the topping:

1 cup rolled oats

1/4 cup flour

1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, melted

1/4 cup brown sugar

dash of salt


Preheat oven to 375 degrees.


In an 8 inch baking dish combine fruit, sugar, cornstarch, and salt.  Toss until all the fruit is coated.

In a medium bowl combine oats, flour, butter, brown sugar, and salt.  Stir until combined and sprinkle over fruit. 

Bake until golden brown, about 45 minutes. 



The juices will be bubbly and delicious!









I like to serve mine with ice cream AND whip cream! Rebel that I am! : ) 



This dessert is definitely on my menu this weekend! : )  



And in case you're wondering - if  you are weird like me and like to eat desserts for breakfast, this is amazing cold at 8am with coffee.  Just so you know  





I hope you are having a wonderful, sunny, blue skies kind of week!


Thank you for visiting today! I'll talk to you soon! xo 




Friday, May 17, 2019

Weekly wrap up ♥

Hello Friends!
 
 
 Friday already! I hope you all had a lovely week.  It's been a busy one for us.  John has about a month of school left and they've just started preparing for finals.  Finals in the 6th grade? Can you imagine?  Things have definitely changed since I was in sixth grade : )
 
We've been having a mix of sun and rain all week.  One day rainy and gloomy and the next sunny and beautiful.  It's crazy, but that's spring!  I've been binging on a new crop of Hallmark movies, all spring themed (gotta love Hallmark for that!) aaaand I just got a haircut which I'm not sure I like yet.   I need some time to warm up to it.  My hairdresser went rouge on my head and cut a little more that I would have liked. Don't you just hate it when they do that? 
 
Anyhoo, here are a few random pictures from my week ♥
 
 
John and I planted some flowers for Mother's Day. 
 
We had fun working in the yard together.
 
 

 
On Sunday we had cake and I was very grateful for time spent with my family.


 
 

 
 
This is my 11th year celebrating Mother's Day as a mother. 
 
Time goes by so quickly.
 

 
 
One of the advantages to all the rain we've been having is the flowers are loving it. 
 
My mom's lilies of the valley are blooming!
 








 
 
It's so nice to finally see and smell all the spring flowers.  I've been taking walks at lunchtime (if it's not raining) and it's felt wonderful to be outside.

Getting away from my desk for a quick 15 minute walk makes a huge difference in my day.  Luckily we have some nice walking paths around my office.
 
 
 
 
Spring is finally here! ♥





The other day my friend Billie Jo wrote a post on her blog about how she visits with us.  Have you ever wondered about that?  I have, so I wanted to show you where I am most of the time, when I blog. 
 
It's here. 




Sitting on my bed, with a cup of tea on the nightstand, and the TV on. 
 
It's where I am right now....♥
 
 


And finally, a car selfie because I just discovered portrait mode on my phone!

This was before the haircut...lol
 


 
 
Have a great weekend! We don't have much planned and I'm quite happy about that! 
 
I know I'm making pancakes in the morning and that's about it ♥
 
 
Thanks for stopping by, friends! Talk to you soon! xo
 
 


Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Doris Day ♥


Yesterday heaven gained one of Hollywood's brightest stars. 

Doris Day 






One of my all time favorites, I've loved her ever since I was a little girl saw her and Rock Hudson in Pillow Talk on TV one Saturday afternoon.  I thought she was so beautiful and funny and I loved how she sang.  I grew up listening to "Everybody Loves a Lover" and "Secret Love". "Que Sera Sera" became my life's motto.

To this day I still love those songs and whenever I hear her voice it makes me happy.  She was a role model to me and so many others.  Lover of humans, protector of animals, and might I add fashion inspiration : )  























Throughout my life I've always dreamed of being a  modern day Doris Day.
I will continue that dream 

~ Rest in peace ~ 


Love,
Danielle 



Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Easy Weeknight Meal: Chicken Piccata

Hello There! 

I used to love Rachael Ray's cooking show "30 Minute Meals".  This recipe reminds of me of something Racheal would have made back in the day because it really does come together in under 30 minutes.  I got the recipe many years ago from my friend Lynn.  I loved it so much and it's been a favorite of mine ever since.  Letting the chicken simmer in the chicken broth makes the chicken tender and gives it so much flavor.  Lynn served hers over rice but I usually prefer pasta.  The broth and lemon juice make a delicious sauce that is so yummy!  Good for leftovers the next day too! 

This is perfect for a busy weeknight, when you want something hearty and homemade but you only have 30 minutes until your hungry hubby comes home... : ) 





Here's how to make it ~ 


2 eggs
2 tbs lemon juice
1/2 cup flour
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp paprika
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (I always use tenders)
1/4 cup butter
2 cups chicken broth
salt & pepper
herbs to garnish


Beat together eggs and 1 tbs of lemon juice.  In a separate bowl combine flour, garlic powder, and paprika.  Salt & pepper the chicken. Melt butter in a skillet or electric fry pan over med-high heat. Dip each piece of chicken in the egg mixture, and then the flour mixture. Brown in the butter, about 5 minutes on each side.  Add the chicken broth and remaining tbs of lemon juice.  Reduce heat.  Cover and simmer for about 20 minutes.  Garnish with fresh herbs and serve of rice or pasta. 





That's it!  (in under 30 mins....Rachael would be proud! ) 






Enjoy!  XO 



Monday, May 6, 2019

Monday Funnies ♥

Hello Friends! Is it Monday already?  Where does the weekend go? 

I thought I would start this week out of with a few little funnies to keep things light....because let's face it.  Monday's are a drag.  

Scrolling through Facebook and Pinterest I found a few gems that I just had to share.  Tell me, can you relate? 





This was me yesterday.  Sometimes you feel like it and sometimes you don't : ) 





Truth! 



Another truth! 




If anyone has a miracle product please let me know! 




This is just common sense! Why risk the humiliation of trying to wiggle in there only to give up and drive away in shame? 

me.every.time. 




And sometimes I even forget to take my vitamin.  Rebel that I am! LOL 




Umm...why? 




And finally this.... because I already can't wait! 

 If you can relate to any of these we should definitely be best friends!


Have a great week everyone!  Thanks for stopping by! 

xo 


Wednesday, May 1, 2019

May ♥

Happy May 1st! 

It's been raining for what feels like weeks with only little pockets of sun here and there.  The ground is constantly wet and the flowers dewy. Happily, it's not as cold and only slightly chilly in the morning.  I've ditched my heavy coat for a light sweater so I know things are-a-changing! : ) 





It's the month of Mother's Day and Memorial Day and John has begun the countdown to the last day of school (which is June 14th).  I'm starting to think about summer plans, and barbeques, and visiting friends.  I'm happy we've come through the cold winter with blooming colors and warmer days are right around the corner. 

Happy first day of a new month, friends!


I hope the sun is shining on you today and you smell sweet flowers wherever you go! xoxo 






Thursday, April 25, 2019

Toasted Marshmallow Milkshake!

Hello Friends! 

Happy Thursday!  Today I am going to share with you a tip that if you don't already know about, you should definitely know!

Are you aware you can put toasted marshmallows in milkshakes?!?!?  Friends, it's a thing and it's delicious!!!   

I recently saw it online and have been dying to try it.  For the sake of the blog I did it for you guys! You're welcome! lol





Start with some creamy ice cream. I chose vanilla, but any flavor would work!

(I think strawberry would be epic!) 




A few scoops will do ya.... 




Into the blender it goes with a bit of milk. 




Now the fun part 




Toast a few marshmallow to desired doneness.  I like mine charred...aka...burnt!

I may have gone a little overboard with the lighter, but that's ok.  They were still yummy! : ) 





Add them to the ice cream & milk and blend!  




The end result is a creamy, delicious, marshmallow milkshake!!!

I thought about garnishing it with another toasted marshmallow, which would have looked nice, but I didn't want to take the time to do.  I just wanted to dig in and taste it! 


It's soooo good! You can really taste the marshmallow.  It reminded me of sitting around a campfire on a summer evening making s'mores! 


Sip away and let all the summer feels wash over you! lol 




I decided to take mine out to the back porch and enjoy the sunshine. It's been raining for days and today it finally stopped! 

Well, that was my life tip of the week! I hope the next time you make a milkshake you'll give this a try.  I have a feeling I'll be making more of these this summer! I am curious to try it with different flavors 

Have a good day, everyone!  Smile because tomorrow is Friday!!!  

xoxo