Wednesday, July 09, 2014

July Goals


+ Make spending time with Jesus a priority. Still workin' on it.

+ Join a gym with my hubby. Yep! We've been going 3-4x each week.

+ Purchase a violin / start online lessons. Got the violin, haven't started lessons.

+ Make homemade ice cream. We made peach ice cream and it was delicious.

+ Sew a set of throw pillows for our bedroom. Negative. I had no time for sewing.

+ Meet an online friend in person. Nope. Our schedules were too conflicting.

+ Finish the 3 books I've started reading. I finished 1, if that counts for anything!

+ Go to the beach at least once. Between work + the rain we've had, that's a no-go.


Like I said last month, this will always be on my goal list. I tend to be of a worshiper. I connect with God best through music, but I need to find a balance and spend time reading His Word and praying as well. I need to make all 3 a priority, really.

I have a list of thrift stores in the area that I'd like to check out. I know I won't make it to all of them this month, but that's okay. I've been going a lot more ever since my friend, Lauren, moved back from Germany last month. She's my thrifting buddy now.

G and I try to go to the gym at least 4x a week. We normally take the weekends off. Though I haven't seen any changes in my actual weight, I have noticed that my clothes are looser and my muscles are getting bigger! Bump what the scale says.

I feel like I'm so behind, but I don't want to give it up completely. I just need to sit down, edit and share. But, that's easier said than done! Hoping to be all caught up and back-posted by the end of July.

Since I didn't get to go the beach in June, it's only right that I try again this month. Anna Maria Island has been calling my name!

I'm not sure why it's taken me so long to try to this, but I figured summertime would be the perfect time to give it a whirl. I mean, if we can ever catch a break with this darn rain. There's a ton of sun tea recipes on Pinterest to choose from too.

This is something I've been wanting to try for a long time now. Wine and painting. What's not to love about that combination?

What are you hoping to accomplish this month?

Monday, July 07, 2014

Playing Catch-up

Well, hey there, peeps! In case you were wondering, I haven't gone missing or anything. June seemed to zip right on by and life was throwing us one curve ball after another. After my mama injured herself a few weeks ago, I came down with a pretty bad infection myself. Needless to say, it was a rough month. In those rare moments that I managed to steal away and put aside for myself, I wanted nothing more than to curl up in bed and watch shows on Netflix or waste time scrolling through Pinterest. We all know how that is, but now it's time to play a bit of catch-up. I feel like I've fallen behind on so many things, so, here goes!

Let's rewind to July 3rd. Remember when I shared about going to see Lindsey Stirling in concert? Well, it happened! And despite standing in the pouring rain, having beer spilled on me and dealing with obnoxious drunk folks, it was amazing! By the time the 3rd rolled around, my antibiotics had kicked in (thank you, Jesus) and I was feeling 100x better. Being able to witness such a talented violinist play live was truly a blessing. The girl knows how to work a bow! G and I really enjoyed ourselves.

Here's a couple grainy iPhone videos I captured for your viewing pleasure:

The 4th of July was spent at my brother's house, which seems to be the gathering spot for all major holidays. We feasted on tacos and a bangin' banana split brownie ice cream cake that my sissy-in-law whipped up. Not your typical Independence Day fare, but boy was it good. It was raining the whole day, so fireworks were a no-go. Though we did see a bunch while driving home. The 4th also would have been my mom and dad's 44th anniversary, which is bittersweet since he's no longer with us.

Besides those 2 rather eventful days, I've got nothin' for ya. I've been catching up with work and things around the house, but that's about it. And the weather we've been having lately is crazy. Summer in Florida = rainstorms galore. We're waterlogged.

Hope you all are doing well! Can't wait to get back into sharing more with y'all.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Loving Lately

1. HART OF DIXIE. I quickly got sucked into this show after my friend suggested I watch it. It's about a doctor named Zoe who moves from NYC to a tiny town in the south and the shenanigans that take place while she's there. Thanks to Netflix, my mama and I have been watching it nonstop. We're almost through season 2, so I'm hoping they'll add season 3 soon.

2. FROZEN YOGURT. I know, I know. Frozen yogurt has been all the rage for the past couple of years now. Not quite sure why I stopped eating it, but I hadn't had any in about a year. Well, Yogurtland just opened up by our house and we stopped in to grab some on Sunday afternoon. I've totally been missing out! FYI, coconut + popping bobas + strawberries + dark chocolate = yum.

3. 'SCREAM' BY PURE ICE. I feel like I spend so much time trying to figure out which shades of nail polish I like best. I'd been on the prowl for a nice teal for summer — not too dark, not too light. I picked up a bottle of 'Scream' by Pure Ice while I was shopping at Target Walmart (not even gonna lie) the other day and it's perfect. I've gotten a few compliments on the color too.

4. MY iPHONE 5S. Alright, so I know I did a lot of complaining whenever I first got my iPhone. It was so hard for me to switch from carrying around a brick to a normal sized phone (I had been using the Note 2 for over a year). The iPhone's itty-bitty screen kept throwing me off. But, now, I'm proud to say that all of those feelings have passed and I doubt I'll ever go back.

5. KIMONOS. Like everyone else, I've fallen in love with the kimono trend. They're just so stinkin' comfortable and very easy to piece together in an outfit. And, since I live in Florida, I'll more than likely be sporting my ever-growing collection year round! Besides the 1-2 weeks of "cooler" weather we may or may not receive later this year. It's always hit and miss down here.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Skillet Turkey Burgers

For the longest time, ground turkey made me want to gag. The taste, the smell, the texture. Ew, just ew. No lie. And I'm not even sure when or why it happened, but I'm glad I finally got over it. About a month ago, I decided to give the turkey another shot and it's delicious (as long as it's seasoned well). I had been wanting to try out a really good burger recipe and took to Pinterest for some inspiration, but surprisingly I couldn't find exactly what I was looking for. So, as usual, I simply took bits and pieces from a few different recipes and violà! These skillet turkey burgers were created and added into our dinner rotation. They're so tasty!

1 tbsp coconut oil
1lb of 85% lean ground turkey
½ cup of bread crumbs
2 tsp of dijon mustard
2 tbsp of worcestershire sauce
¼ of a red bell pepper (finely chopped)
1 tbsp of garlic powder
1 tsp of onion powder
1 tsp of tumeric
2 tsp of oregano
salt + pepper

In a large bowl, add in all of your ingredients (minus the coconut oil). Using your hands, mix until everything is well blended. I know, it can be messy, but it's the best method. Portion the mixture into 4 sections, rolling each into a ball. Flatten each ball to form your burgers, then place them on a plate and set them aside for a moment. Heat your coconut oil over medium-high heat in an oven safe skillet, such as a cast iron skillet. Once the oil is hot, carefully place each burger into the skillet. Now you should preheat your oven to 350°. Cook for 3-4 minutes on each side, then move to the oven for an additional 8-12 minutes.

Juicy, flavorful, healthy and quick. In other words, my favorite kinda meal!