Sunday, September 9, 2012

In Between the Busy.

I'm sitting outside right now.  And I'm a little bit cold.

After the summer that we have had this is a pretty profound statement.  Along with the rest of the South, I was excited to look at the weather report and welcome cooler temperatures for the weekend.  Speaking of weekends... its become this crazy habit that Caleb and I squeeze in every little bit activity possible between Friday evening and Sunday evening.  This is one of the first times that I have sat down with nothing to do but relax.

Friday we had our very first dinner guests {aside from family when they helped us move in}.  Caleb grilled his famous chicken on the grill and I took the opportunity it make some recipes I found on Pinterest that I had been dying to try.  I made:

Hasselback Potatoes
Recipe and picture via Seasaltwithfood

They were delish, but I kinda skimped on the butter.  Lesson learned.

Better than fries! Cut potatoes almost all the way through, drizzle olive oil, butter, some sea salt, and pepper over top and bake @ 425 for 40 minutes.

Roasted Okra
Recipe via All Recipes

And this recipe is double yum.  When I told my friend that I was going to roast the okra she was worried that it would turn out slimy, but if you roast it long enough its perfect.  It has a little bit of a crisp and is perfectly salty.  Definitely is keeper.

Snickers Salad.  So good!
Recipe via One Good Thing.

Since I was using the oven for both of my sides and I needed something relatively quick, this was perfection.  It was a hit and I'll definitely be making it again.  The best part is that you only need a few ingredients.

Image from

Saturday I was invited to brunch with some ladies that are married to Caleb's co-workers, we went on a bus trip to Jacksonville State for the UTC football game {lets not even talk about that... UGH!}, and then concluded our weekend activities by meeting up to watch the Colts/Bears game this afternoon and buying a new sofa and love seat.  Phew!  Busy Busy!

In between all that craziness, Caleb and I found time to enjoy the pretty weather out on our deck.  There aren't many things better than Sunday brunch and relaxing with a good book.

What did you do this weekend?

P.S.  If you haven't already, check out Operation Beautiful over at Shane's blog Whispering Sweet Nothings!  Its all about learning to appreciate the simple things about yourself.  She will be featuring each woman who enters.  Love it!

I also linked up with Sami's Shenanigans Weekend Update!


  1. Ahh perfect weekend (and food!). Hasselback potatoes are delicious. I've only made them once...used a lot of garlic and olive oil and a little butter. They were supposed to have some kind of spinach cashew pesto too, but I didn't have ingredients for it. I think the recipe was from Smitten Kitchen if you want to check it out!

    1. Btw - you didn't mention that you were featured on Operation Beautiful! LOVE it :).

  2. So happy to have you a part of Operation Beautiful darling!!

    xo Shane

    1. I LOVE your blog! Thanks so much for having me!

  3. Found you through Operation Beautiful and I'm pretty much in love with your blog now!

  4. I'm jealous that you've been enjoying some cooler weather! Here in Utah we're still in the 90s- although today looks like it might be just a bit cooler. Dying for some lower temps. Oh, and my husband loves Game of Thrones! It's his all time favorite book! Just found your blog and have enjoyed getting to know. I'm excited to follow along!

    new follower :)

  5. The potatoes look Delish! New Follower too.
    Hugs, Jen @ frazzled 5
    Would love to have you at

    1. Yes, they were very yummy!!! I'm your newest follower!

  6. I've been dying to try the roasted Okra and I've had that snickers recipe pinned since I first signed up for Pinterest. Definitely going to be trying both of them soon! I'm kinda scared of the Snickers recipe because I'm scared I will like it TOO much! haha!

    1. The Snickers recipe is sooooo easy... its definitely dangerous! The roasted okra is now a weekly (or more) dish in our house!


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