I know everyone is going crazy over Pumpkin Spice Lattes being back in Starbucks stores, but I just can’t get on board with that yet. It’s not October. I can, however, slurp down the deliciousness that is the Salted Caramel Mocha. Whoa, is that thing good. It’s a total overdose on sugar (how could it not be?) and I couldn’t recall from last year what my preferred pump number was (number of pumps of syrup they put in the drink…did you know a grande usually gets 4??) I’m not sure if that means the Salted Caramel Mocha gets double, but I asked them to half the number of pumps and the side of my cup still says 2pm 2ptn (read: 2 pumps mocha, 2 pumps toffee nut). I’ll have to ask for just one of each next time. And I probably shouldn’t have splurged on the whipped cream either. But, it made my day.
You know what else made my day? Seeing this hammered rose gold tumbler!
Isn’t she gorgeous!? I really regret not buying her when I saw her sitting pretty on the shelf. Hopefully it’ll still be around for a while so I can snag one when I head back to Starbucks for my first Pumpkin Spice Latte of the season.
Mumbles, bless his heart, has been such a loving husband — making meals and snacks, cleaning the house, taking Baxter for walks…all so I can get as much rest as possible, eat well and stay calm, happy and relaxed while our son is growing inside me (p.s. still so weird to think that I’ve got a human in me!). The other day, Mumbles devoted about 40 minutes of prep time in the kitchen to prepare a delicious meal of veggies and pork that were set to marinate overnight and cook the next day in the crock pot. We had a quick cautionary joke between the two of us about the last time he tried to make a crock pot meal and in the hustle of getting out the door for work that morning, forgot to plug in the crock pot before he left. Ahh! Such a sad, sad realization when you come home expecting your house to be filled with delicious aromas only to find unsafe, uncooked pork and veggies that have been sitting out all day lukewarm. What a waste!
Well, I wish I could say the same thing didn’t happen to us again a few days ago, but I’d be lying. He did plug it in this time but he thinks perhaps when reaching for something on the counter nearby that he knocked the plug loose. Either that or our crock pot is just too old (it was a hand-me-down from his mom in all its vintage navy, orange and yellow flowery awesomeness).
All that happened and the next day I saw Target Does It Again post this photo on Instagram of a delightful new Target collaboration with French Bull and I immediately knew I had to have the crock pot. Had to. Seeing that it wasn’t available in stores near me, I ordered it right away. I can’t wait to surprise Mumbles with it!
If you’re looking to spice up your kitchen with some appliance flair, the French Bull line at Target also includes a toaster, K-cup single cup brewing system, and a blender. So fun!
Do you love bacon as much as I do? How about presenting it in extraordinary fashion as a gift? Ranging from $22-28, a package of bacon in a velvet lined jewelry display case plus cufflinks, a money clip, or mutli-use tool. Father’s Day? Done. You’re welcome.
P.S. Different brand, but have you tried Jalapeño Bacon yet? I’m obsessed!
Doesn’t this recipe sound so delicious? Maybe I’m just hungry…figs, sausage, brie, puff pastry…all things I love. Sounds spectacular.
I’ve had a fairly easy pregnancy as far as not getting sick, but the one big bummer has been that any sort of sugar gives me a headache almost immediately. So I’ve had to say sayonara to sweets but luckily, I’ve been pretty safe with lots of fruit so that’s usually where I turn to get something sugary. I think this recipe sounds like a fantastic dessert idea for me! (bourbon flavored maple syrup…am I allowed to have that? I bet it’s divine.)
Doesn’t Blake Lively just seem like such a lovely lady to be baking with in your kitchen, tearing off pieces of bread, chatting and sipping lemonade? I love to hear her tell the story about her sister tiling her bathroom in Louboutins, and if you stick around through the 2:30 mark, you’ll get a close up shot of her stunner of an engagement ring. Whoa.
lime shrimp and coconut rice via Williams-Sonoma
Whenever I need to treat myself (or friends) to a nice dinner, this is always the recipe I think of first. Why, you ask? Because it’s delicious and I love the coconut-lime combo. Do yourself a flavor favor: grab the necessary ingredients and give this one a go for yourself. You’ll thank me later! Oh, and don’t forget to put on Harry Connick Jr.’s “A Wink and a Smile” while you’re prepping…it always puts me in a good mood!
Here’s the recipe (via Williams-Sonoma), and if you’re a coconut lover like me, I recommend sprinkling in a generous handful of shredded coconut to the cooked rice to give it even more of a coconut kick! To round out the plate, we usually add a side of healthy black beans, which makes a great combo for a delectable day-after burrito (that’s if you’ve got any left over!).
What are your favorite go-to recipes?