Outfit Ideas | Wedding Attire

by on August 21, 2014

Outfit Ideas | Wedding Attire

Outfit Ideas | Wedding Attire

Outfit Ideas | Wedding Attire

Outfit Ideas | Wedding Attire

Outfit Ideas | Wedding Attire

Dress: Target (same style)

Shoes: Payless, old (fun wedgessplurge)

Necklace: Groopdealz (smaller, sunburst)

Clutch: BeeGee Bags (a la this look and this look)

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Fresh Recipes | Pesto Potato Salad

Man, you just really cannot go wrong cooking in the summer!

Although, I do seem like a bit of a broken record these days: fresh CSA veggies + pesto. And repeat! It really is amazing just how versatile those ingredients have been of me this summer–I don’t think I could ever get sick of them!

Fresh Recipes | Pesto Potato Salad

I love this potato salad because even though it does have mayo, it seems super light and easy to eat as a side with any meal. The fresh green beans add the perfect crunch to balance out the softer texture of the eggs and potatoes while the feta cheese just elevates it to a different level. It’s just a bit dressier, fancier than the traditional recipe.

Fresh Recipes | Pesto Potato Salad

Potato salad is also just great to have in the fridge to use as a quick side addition to dinner and lunch. We had it with this sandwich, veggie burgers, and as a snack pretty much any time the fridge was opened. It definitely was a crowd pleaser!

Fresh Recipes | Pesto Potato Salad

Pesto Potato Salad

Makes 4-5 servings

Print recipe!

Ingredients:

1.5 pounds small red potatoes, washed and peeled (about 4 total)

3 hard boiled eggs, peeled

1/2 cup fresh corn kernels

1/2 pound green beans, rinsed and chopped

1/4 cup pesto

1/4 red onion, sliced

2 tablespoons mayonnaise

1/4 cup feta cheese

salt, to taste

pepper, to taste

Steps:

Bring water in a large pot to boil. Add potatoes and continue to boil until soft, about 10 minutes. Drain and set aside.

Meanwhile, place hard boiled eggs in a large bowl and mash using a potato masher or fork. Add potatoes, green beans, and corn, red onion, and mix well.

Mix in the pesto, mayonnaise, and feta cheese, adding salt and pepper to taste.

Refrigerate at least 1 hour, or until ready to serve.

Enjoy!

Time: 30 minutes (about 90 with cooling time)

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California Trip Recap | San Francisco

What a trip! It was so wonderful to be in California for the last week of summer, even if it was a bit of a whirlwind vacation. It’s so easy to get back into the swing of things while we’re there–it just feels like home!

We spent a few days in San Francisco as Jeff was there for a chemistry conference. I took advantage of having my days free to visit family and shop and eat my way through the city, which was pretty much perfection!

California Trip Recap | San Francisco

One of our first stops, as per usual, was the ferry building. I’m obsessed with all of the cute shops and handcrafted, local items. And, of course, we had to have lunch at Mijita overlooking the bay. I had the Mijita quesadilla: Mexico city style fresh masa turn-over with a  mixture of Mexican cheeses, epazote and roasted chiles, fried, topped with salsa and guacamole. 

California Trip Recap | San Francisco

It’s pretty much one of the most amazing creations ever!

California Trip Recap | San Francisco

California Trip Recap | San Francisco

Jeff’s family also came to visit while we were there, so we took a ride on the classic cable cars to Fisherman’s Wharf and Pier 39. We also had a few pre-dinner drinks + snacks at Neptune’s to take in the gorgeous ocean front view of Alcatraz.

California Trip Recap | San Francisco

California Trip Recap | San Francisco

After a few nights in SF, we headed to San Luis Obispo to visit friends and old haunts–stay tuned for an update on Friday!

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Fresh Recipes | Grilled Veggie Panini with Pesto Aioli

Happy Monday, friends! I hope you all had a fabulous weekend!

We’re back from our weeklong visit to California and it’s back to work for the both of us today. I’m hoping to have a trip post up for you tomorrow, but for now, let’s dive into the food, shall we?

This is another creation I made while forced to take it easy around the house while I healed. As always, it seems, I grabbed some fresh pesto I had made earlier in the week out of the freezer and this time, turned it into a little pesto aioli for a fancy lunchtime panini.

Fresh Recipes | Grilled Veggie Panini with Pesto Aioli

I love that this panini is created almost entirely with ingredients from our CSA program–the basil, garlic, squash, tomatoes, and red onion are all local! Plus, I made loaf of country bread in the bread machine (sorta like a sourdough but without the trouble of using a starter), and it was perfect to hold together all of the goodness of this panini.

Fresh Recipes | Grilled Veggie Panini with Pesto Aioli

Since we’ve been gone so much, we opted out of the CSA program for August, but I can’t wait to start up again in September!

Grilled Veggie Panini with Pesto Aioli

Makes 1 panini

Print recipe!

Ingredients:

For the pesto aioli:

1 tablespoon fresh pesto

3 cloves garlic, roasted

1 tablespoon mayonnaise

1 teaspoon lemon juice

salt, to taste

pepper, to taste

For the panini:

2 slices sourdough bread

2-3 slices pepper jack cheese

2 slices tomato

4-5 slices red onion

1 small squash, sliced

olive oil

salt

pepper

Steps:

Combine the pesto, garlic, mayonnaise, and lemon juice in a small bowl and combine, adding salt and pepper to taste.

Meanwhile, heat olive oil in a large frying pan. Place squash in pan and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Coke until done, about 3-4 minutes per side.

Assemble sandwich by spreading pesto aioli on the sourdough and then layering with the squash, pepper jack cheese, tomato, and red onion and top with other slice of sourdough.

Using a panini press and griddle, or panini maker, heat panini until bread is toasted and cheese is melted, about 5-7 minutes total.

Serve immediately and enjoy!

Time: 20 minutes

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Outfit Ideas | Rehearsal Dinner Maxi Dress

Greetings from sunny San Luis Obispo! I can’t believe we’re actually here!

Since we don’t have much time left on our Cali vacay, I’ll keep this short and to the point. This look was what I wore to a friend’s wedding rehearsal dinner last weekend in Philadelphia. And, actually, it’s also what I wore to my sister’s rehearsal dinner last year in Keystone, Colorado. I guess I kinda like it for that occasion, no?

Outfit Ideas | Rehearsal Dinner Maxi Dress

I love the colors and pattern in this maxi dress and though it’s a bit hard to see in the photos, there’s a slit up each side that makes it super easy to walk in. I dressed it up with a fun bead strand necklace from Charming Charlie and my fav Kork Ease wedges to complete the look.

Outfit Ideas | Rehearsal Dinner Maxi Dress

Hope you’re all having a wonderful week!

Outfit Ideas | Rehearsal Dinner Maxi Dress

Maxi Dress: T.J. Maxx (similar style, cute option)

Wedges: Kork Ease Della (lighter color–now $29.99!)

Necklace: Charming Charlie (pearl tassel, love this)

Other Looks Featuring These Sandals:

Linking up with Mix and Match Fashion and Style Elixir

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Fresh Recipes | Cherry Almond Smoothie

While I was recovering, I was lucky enough to have family come down to VA to visit for a weekend and pamper me with goodies like these cherries. Jeff’s not a huge cherry fan, so I set about devouring them in as many ways as I could–not a problem for me!

One of those cherry creations was this cherry almond smoothie. I swear, it’s almost too healthy to look this tasty. The cherries are loaded with antioxidants and fiber and then with the added almonds, flax, and chia, this smoothie definitely makes for a great start to your day, or a great pick-me-up afternoon snack.

Fresh Recipes | Cherry Almond Smoothie

I was a little hesitant to add the blueberry yogurt into the mix, but to be honest, it was all I had in the fridge and since my head injury wouldn’t allow me to go to the store, I had to make do with what I had on hand. But, true to form, I loved the sweet/tart flavor it added! Smoothie ingredients just seem to never go wrong.

Fresh Recipes | Cherry Almond Smoothie

I also added a little coconut almond milk to play up the whole almonds addition, but regular or even vanilla almond milk would work as well.

Fresh Recipes | Cherry Almond Smoothie

Do you put cherry season to good use?

Cherry Almond Smoothie

Serves 1

Print Recipe!

Ingredients:

1 cup pitted cherries (about 7 total)

2.5 ounces blueberry yogurt (about 1/4 cup)

10 almonds

1 teaspoon honey

1 teaspoon flaxseed

1 teaspoon chia seeds

1 cup coconut almond milk

Steps:

Combine all ingredients in a blender and pulse to mix well.

Pour into a glass and enjoy!

Time: 5 minutes

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