Outfit Ideas | Floral & Turquoise

As you can see from the gallery at the end of this post, white shorts + a loose blouse make up a lot of my go-to summer outfits. I especially love these white shorts because they are a canvas material instead of a denim which makes them feel a little dressier for evenings out–a common occurrence in the summer!

Outfit Ideas | Floral & Turquoise

This blouse caught my eye in Loft because it’s so unlike anything else I have in my wardrobe. Without thinking, I always seem to gravitate towards solid colors or stripes in blouses and shirts, I think partly because I know exactly how to pair them with the other elements of my wardrobe. However, I have been trying to branch out and incorporate some actual prints, and this top was really a no-brainer.

Outfit Ideas | Floral & Turquoise

I’ve already gotten so much use out of it at work, usually paired with trouser jeans, but love that it can transition to more casual settings. Over the next few months, I want to try to focus less on purchasing the perfect piece to add to my wardrobe, and more time figuring out how to make more pieces I already own work for more settings.

Outfit Ideas | Floral & Turquoise

How do you find pieces that can be both professional enough for work, but also casual enough for a night out?

Floral Blouse: Loft (j.crew, sleeveless)

White Shorts: Gap Canvas (close, lace trim)

Brown Sandals: Kork Ease Della

Turquoise Necklace: Gift (splurge, multi-strand)

Other Outfits Featuring White Shorts:

Linking Up with Mix and Match Fashion, I Feel PrettyThe Modern AustenWork Clothes, I Suppose, Style Elixir, and Fizz and Frosting

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Fresh Recipes | Kale Almond Pesto

Folks, we have basil! I’ve been eagerly awaiting for our first basil of the season and our CSA farm thankfully included it in this week’s supply. I just love how the smell permeates everything–I didn’t even touch the actual basil until I got back home from the farm, but my hands + car totally smelled like it just from handling the bag.

Fresh Recipes | Kale Almond Pesto

So what’s a girl to do with her first fresh basil of the summer? Is that even a question? Pesto! I’ve made my fair share of pesto in my day, but this time, I really wanted to try to make it without my standard additions of pine nuts + feta or parmesan cheese. Jeff swore that it couldn’t be done, that it just wouldn’t taste right, but when I surprised him with a taste of this batch when he got home from work, he had no idea I’d even left anything out of the usual recipe!

I also wanted to add a little kale in with the basil this time, especially since we got a bunch with our veggies this week, and since I had a few leftover toasted almonds from Monday’s dinner, I threw those in as well. I was honestly a little shocked at just how good it turned out with the unusual ingredients, but I’m so excited it did!

Fresh Recipes | Kale Almond Pesto

And now, I have a glorious cup of fresh pesto in my fridge waiting to be used–be prepared, next week’s recipes just might all be pesto themed!

Have you ever changed up the standard pesto recipe? Find any other good combinations?

Fresh Recipes | Kale Almond Pesto

Kale Almond Pesto

Makes about 1 cup

Print recipe!

Ingredients:

3 cups kale, washed and de-stemmed

1.5 tablespoons almonds

3.5 cups basil

3 cloves garlic

1/2 lemon, juiced

1/2 cup + 1 tablespoon olive oil

salt, to taste

Steps:

Heat the tablespoon of olive oil over medium heat. Add kale and sautee until wilted, about 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat.

Place almonds in a cast iron pan and cook until toasted, turning often, about 3-4 minutes.

Combine kale, almonds, basil, garlic, lemon juice, remaining olive oil, and salt in a food processor. Pulse until combined, adding more olive oil or salt, if desired.

Store in an airtight container in the fridge or freeze for later use.

Enjoy!

Time: 15 minutes

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I stopped by our local T.J. Maxx yesterday, July 14th, for the first time in awhile, and no surprise here, they have so many cute home decor items! They seem to have moved beyond my fav nautical/beach inspired accents (tear) into more universal appealing accents, but they still manage to include so many unique looking items. My favs are definitely the teal wire side table–it would be so perfect as an accent piece in any room–and that blue trellis chair–obsessed!

Have you found anything great at your local discount stores lately?

 

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Fresh Recipes | Mediterranean Picnic Spread

Happy Monday, friends!

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! Our weekend was pretty low-key after the pre-anniversary celebrations of last weekend. It was also ridiculously hot and humid which made it difficult to really want to do anything. I did, however, try to spend as much time in the kitchen as was humanly tolerable without being forced to turn on the air conditioning. It just seems kinda silly to heat up the house with the oven, just to be forced to cool it off after.

Fresh Recipes | Mediterranean Picnic Spread

We receive our weekly CSA on Tuesdays, so it gets a little bit more difficult to create recipes as we near the end of one box and the start of the other. Plus, when it’s this hot outside, normal meals just don’t sound quite as appetizing–especially heavy ones. So, for dinner last night, we decided to put together a sort of mediterranean inspired picnic spread. While we didn’t actually picnic (did I mention how hot it is?), this meal would have been perfect for a lazy Sunday afternoon picnic.

Fresh Recipes | Mediterranean Picnic Spread

I’ve really only made normal–wheat, white, country–bread loaves in the bread machine so far, so on Sunday morning, I set out to make my first cheese inspired loaf: roasted garlic and dry jack cheese. Two heads of roasted garlic and 1/2 cup of cheese? Yes, please! Of course, our local grocery store didn’t have dry jack cheese, so we went with a flavorful gouda instead, which also is one of my favorite additions in my obsession from Wild Flour Bread in Freestone, CA. Other than that, I pretty much followed the recipe verbatim–here’s the cookbook if you’re interested. I haven’t tried either of these recipes, but they both look like they’d be great substitutes as well, either with a bread machine or without.

Fresh Recipes | Mediterranean Picnic Spread

Finally, we did our favorite simple veggie prep–olive oil + salt + pepper–before throwing them on the grill pan while also toasting some almonds and assembling the rest of the goodies. We used store-bought hummus this time, but this white bean version would go great as well. A perfectly varied spread for a perfectly sweltering night!

Fresh Recipes | Mediterranean Picnic Spread

Fresh Recipes | Mediterranean Picnic Spread

Mediterranean Picnic Spread

Serves 2

Print recipe!

Ingredients:

1 loaf roasted garlic cheese bread, sliced

1 large zucchini, thickly sliced

1 red bunch onion, halved

1/4 cup unsalted almonds

1/4 cup spicy hummus

6 ounces gouda cheese

8 slices salami

olive oil

salt

pepper

Steps:

Heat grill or grill pan over medium heat.

Lightly coat zucchini and red onion with olive oil, salt, and pepper.

Place on grill and cook until tender, about 2-3 minutes per side for the zucchini and 4-5 per side for the red onion. If the green of the red onion starts to overcook, place that part over the side of the grill pan or over less direct heat on the grill.

While the veggies cook, toast the almonds in a small cast iron pan over low heat for about 5-8 minutes.

Assemble your mediterranean picnic spread with roasted garlic cheese bread slices, grilled veggies, toasted almonds, hummus, gouda, and salami.

Enjoy!

Time: 25 minutes

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