Friday, July 20, 2018

3 Fresh Peach Recipes for Summer

Happy Friday!!  My kids have been sick so we had a low key week.  Thankfully, everyone is on the mend and I have several new recipes to share with you today.

My friend showed up at my door Sunday morning with a box of Georgia peaches for me!  It was such a fun surprise.  I couldn't wait to dig in.  I haven't been able to find delicious peaches all Summer so this was a real treat.  We ate them so many ways this week.  I can't wait to share these fresh peach recipes with you today.

I'm dying to know... do you peel your peaches??  I used to peel them, but now I don't have the patience for it.  I just eat the skin right along with the peach.  What do you do??

Fresh Peach Crisp
My husband LOVES apple crisp.  I knew I had to give peach crisp a go.  He declared this dessert "The best thing I have ever tasted!" and prompted put his name on the leftovers to reserve them for the following day.  It was that good!  We all loved it and it'll be a summer staple at our house.

The best part... it's really easy to make.

4 peaches washed and sliced
3 T brown sugar
1 T sugar
1 t cinnamon
sprinkle of salt
1 T butter

1/4 c quick cook oatmeal
1/2 c flour
1/2 c sugar
1/2 t cinnamon
6 T butter

Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

Prep peaches.  Line a greased 9x9 pan with peaches.  Top with sugars, cinnamon, salt and dot with butter.  Mix topping in a small bowl until well combined and pour over peaches.  Bake at 350 for 40-50 minutes (until topping is browned and bubbly)

Peaches A La Mode
Slice a peach, add a scoop of delicious vanilla bean ice cream and sprinkle on some ground cinnamon.  So good and such an easy dessert to throw together last minute.  This requires no baking and almost no cooking skills to pull off :)

Peach Lemonade
Muddle some peaches, add ice cubes, your favorite lemonade and peach slices.  Stir and enjoy!  It was so refreshing and delicious.

What do you do with peaches in the Summer?

I'd love to master a good fresh peach pie recipe, add some peaches to a salad, maybe try some peach muffins or peach jam.  Stay tuned...

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!!

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Ocean Days

We headed South for our yearly trip to the ocean at the end of June.  We had a great time and I finally got myself organized to write about it.  We headed to the Destin area and stayed in Ft Walton Beach this year.  We have gone down to Naples, FL for the past several years.  This year we opted to drive down and Destin (12ish hours) is much more driveable than Naples (19ish hours) from Indiana.

We missed the beaches, the smaller crowds, the shopping, the zoo and the shells in Naples.

The Ft Walton Beach area was VERY crowded so we tried our best to avoid the traffic by staying at the ocean/condo most of the time.  There were no shells, lots of algae and we'd rethink going back to this area in June/July for next year.

We love going to the ocean and look forward to it every year.  We all enjoy it.  I didn't grow up going to the ocean, but I've learned to love it.  This was the first year that  we went to the ocean six days in a row.  The weather was almost perfect.  It only rained once in the evening.  We couldn't have asked for nicer weather.

Here are my favorites out of six days of ocean pictures:

We rolled into town just as the sun was setting!  We were thrilled to get to see the ocean after a long day of driving.  The kids did AMAZING on the drive down.  We only stopped three times and none of them were for kid emergencies. 

Good morning, Ocean!  I rolled over in bed to see this view.

The kids loved playing in the ocean.  Both were good about wearing sun hats so they barely burned.

Kevin and Fletcher being brave.  The algae water was extra green.

I LOVED this DUDE hat from The Dollar Spot.  People kept saying Hey Little Dude to him all day.  He just smiled and thought people were being friendly.

Her favorite game... I'm a mermaid.

This was the first year that the kids were old enough/stayed up late enough to enjoy sunsets at the ocean.  We'd walk down after dinner and see the most gorgeous sunsets. 

My mom got the kids these water guns from Dollar Tree and I found the shovels from Meijer.  Both were big hits.

Kevin bought the kids a boat.  They had the best time playing in it in the condo, but only Olive enjoyed riding in it in the ocean.  The waves were really strong.

We were so happy to have this guy around everyday all day for the week.  He taught several online classes this summer so his work was portable :)

Both kids loved building sand castles.

Kevin's brother, Eric, packed a dinosaur costume to surprise the kids with.  They've always called him Rex so he loves to pretend to be a dinosaur.  He texted me one evening and said to bring the kids down to the ocean in just a few minutes.  Surprise!  Giant dinosaur roaming at the ocean.

Olive LOVED it.  She thought it was hilarious.  She had no clue it was her uncle and really thought there was a dino at the ocean.  She hugged him. fed him sand and chased him all over.

Fletcher was TERRIFIED.  He cried and cried so I held him at a safe distance from the dinosaur.  Then he talked about it for the rest of the week.  He thought it was funny to chat about.

It was such a gorgeous night!!  Look at those rays coming off the moon behind us.

The algae cleared and calm waters arrived for our very last day at the beach.  It was beautiful!!  See Kevin and Olive going way out - I spy her white sun hat.

A big thumb's up to another great trip to the ocean!!

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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Great Additions to Your Wardrobe for under $12

I wasn't going to blog today, but since we're friends, I had to pass on these amazing Wal-Mart fashion finds ASAP!!  I also realize that this is a funny post in the middle of the onslaught of Nordstrom Anniversary Sale posts that are currently bombarding the internet.  The reality is that I do far more shopping at Wal-Mart than I do at Nordstrom.  Enjoy all the great deals for under $12!!

1. Peplum Tops
I love peplum tops.  I always have an probably always will.  I currently don't, and may never have a super flat stomach, so these peplum tops are such a flattering look.  They're flowy and forgiving in the middle and look great on so many people.  I'd encourage you to give the peplum trend a try if you never have.  All peplum tops aren't created equally.  Keep trying them on to find a top that looks great on you!

Back to these tops.  They were all just $11.86!!

Checked, striped, pattern mixed and embroidered.

The brand is called Time and Tru.  I really love all the things in this line!
They fit true to size.  They're prettier in person, modest, flattering and would be great with a jean jacket for Fall.

I already worn them several times and only owned them for about a week.  I wore this for our date night on Friday and Kevin said he LOVED it.

2. Plaid bow flats
I stumbled on these in store and LOVE them.  They're true to size and just $5.78 a pair!!!  Again, they're from the Time and Tru brand.  I know they won't last forever, but they'll be super cute for at least one season.  They had them in denim, coral, black and plaid.

3. Bandana Scarves
These seem to be all the rage this season and I love them!!  I'm basically on board with any scarf so it's no surprise that I love these for Summer.  My Wal-Mart had a large selection of colors at patterns for $1!!!  I stuck with colors I thought I'd get a lot of wear out of and love them.  Don't pay lots for fun accessories like these.  I've seen them in popular stores for around $12 - yikes!!

Are you surprised to see these cute things were from Walmart???