Welcome to the weekend, my buddies! I’ve spent each morning this week listening to the birds sing, appreciating this spectacular climate, and pondering endlessly about how a lot I really like dwelling in Ohio. The truth that I get up each day in my favourite place on this planet is one thing I hope I’ll by no means take as a right.
I’m headed out to stroll with a pal this morning, adopted by (an easy) hike with Sean this afternoon and I’m fairly completely satisfied about each. My youngest son had his final day of college yesterday and we’re taking him to TN (simply the three of us) to have a good time his thirteenth birthday this coming week.
We’ve taken every of the boys on a visit by themselves for his or her thirteenth birthdays – you possibly can see these journeys here and here. I can hardly wait! Shoot me any ideas you might need for meals or enjoyable within the Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge areas.
ON THE BLOGS this week: This zesty Italian dressing is so easy to make, it’s prepared in only a few minutes! And I promise you it’s infinitely tastier than something store-bought.
When you’ve made the dressing, put this California spaghetti salad in your must-make listing for summer season. It’s full of contemporary greens, tangy Italian dressing, and pleasant twirls of pasta, you’ll wish to savor every chew.
Pot pie has by no means been simpler to make – all the irresistible flavors of classic chicken pot pie are here in an ideal stability of savory hen and healthful veggies, wrapped in a buttery crescent roll crust.
Three completely different sorts of beans simmer within the crockpot with loads of seasonings and scorching sauce to make one of many best facet dishes you possibly can placed on the desk. These spicy baked beans come along with barely 5 minutes of effort.
Crispy cauliflower, toasted bread crumbs, and nutty, savory parmesan are great collectively on this delicious facet. This roasted garlic parmesan cauliflower is snackable proper off the pan!
Tender and buttery, sauteed mushrooms and onions are a terrific facet dish on their very own. Nevertheless, in case you occur to get pleasure from them anyplace close to as a lot as I do, you’ll wish to pile them over your subsequent pan of steak bites or serve them with these roasted chicken thighs.
If you happen to’d advised me a few years in the past that at some point sooner or later I’d be air frying vegetables for a day snack, I probably would’ve laughed. Laborious. Nicely, quick ahead to immediately, and right here I’m happily eating air-fried green beans with bang bang sauce. And, they’re terrific.
Gentle, moist, and bursting with tart cherries, this cherry almond bread with a sweet almond glaze, is scrumptious and simple to make.
Strawberry Simple Syrup is straightforward to make with simply 3 substances and it may be utilized in so some ways! Add a splash of strawberry syrup to a glass of mint lemonade or to a pitcher of mojitos and also you simply would possibly discover your new favourite drink to sip this summer season. Pour it over my grandmother’s German pancakes for a breakfast that everybody will love.
Each scoop of this Twix ice cream is bursting with chunks of cookies, caramel, and chocolate. If you happen to love Twix sweet bars, this ice cream simply may be your latest favourite taste!
What I’m CRAVING: My pal Lori’s creamy, cheesy, shrimp and grits caught my eye this week and made my mouth water. I can’t wait to attempt them!
My FAVORITE THINGS this week are these cropped leggings. Whether or not I’m figuring out or lounging at dwelling, they’re tremendous snug, and even after a couple of years, they nonetheless look nice. The cropped size is my favourite and I simply ordered a pair extra pairs for summer season.
For individuals who care, these are high-waist leggings that by no means budge and so they even have nice pockets. They match like others that price far excess of these. (I discovered this model at TJ Maxx some time again and I hold a watch out for them now. Happily, the $72 leggings, typically with that tag hooked up, are nearly all the time accessible on Amazon for simply $22.)
What I’m WATCHING: Living. My oldest son satisfied me to observe this one with him and whereas it begins out very gradual, it’s a superb film and I used to be engrossed by the top. (The film is an adaptation of Kurosawa’s film, “Ikiru”. I’ll positively be watching the unique, subtitles and all, certainly one of nowadays.)
Invoice Nighy performs a paper-shuffling bureaucrat within the Fifties who finds out that he has most cancers and a restricted time to stay. This film is about what he does with the remainder of his life. Whereas not remotely thrilling, adventurous, or suspenseful, this film had my older sons and me glued to it and left us speaking about it later.
What I’m LISTENING to: Shovels & Rope. I bear in mind discovering their music a few years in the past and enjoying them on repeat for some time. A reader jogged my memory of them final week (Thanks, Amy!) and I instantly added them to my Nathaniel Rateliff / Houndmouth / Shaky Graves station. A few of their music is a bit grittier than the others and I like the combo quite a bit. They’re a little bit of conventional folks, rock and roll, and nation rock mixture.
“I’ve no larger pleasure than to listen to that my kids are strolling within the reality.” – 3 John 1:4 ESV
Wishing you a stunning week filled with little issues that make you smile!