What I Want // Summer Sneakers

The search for shoes perfectly fit for dog walking, market strolling, and errand running has been a long one. I know the main criteria: comfortable and versatile. BUT do I want to go sporty, basic, or bright and colorful? Help lead me in the right direction! Or maybe I just get one of each? Justin would just love that solution.

sneakers2sporty: red/black | basic: burlap/coral | graphic: dots/hexagons/palms
floral: flowers/lemons | spotted: left/right | striped: blue/red

Recipe // Cheesy Potatoes & Baked Beans

Cheesy_Potatoes-2No backyard barbecue is complete without baked beans and cheesy potatoes. The side dishes are just as important as the main dish and these two are family classics. As much as I love these cheesy potatoes, if they come in direct contact with the baked beans (which I despise) they are immediately spooned onto Justin’s always welcoming plate. Absolutely no combining of foods, let alone even touching on my plate. I’m the girl who still prefers those separated plates from my distant childhood. Are you the type of person who mashes it all together with the “it’s all going to the same place” mentality or are you the OCD type who manages to keep all foods a safe distance from one another? I’m totally type two but wish I was type one. Completely normal, right?

BakedBeansMom’s Cheesy Potatoes:

1 bag frozen hash browns (cubed or shredded your choice)
2 cups sour cream
2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded
1 can cream of celery soup

Mix all ingredients together and bake in a buttered 9×13″ pan at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.

Baked Beans:

42 ounces baked beans with pork
1/4 cup molasses
1/4 cup chopped onions
4 tbsp brown sugar
1 tbsp mustard
2 tbsp ketchup
2 slices bacon, chopped (or use the cheater bacon bits)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix baked beans with pork, molasses, onions, brown sugar, and ketchup together and put in greased casserole dish. Top with bacon, cover and bake for 3 hours or until thick.

Thrifty Threads: Black Maxi Day to Night

The black maxi dress is a summer staple for numerous reasons.  One, it is flattering, slimming, and oh so comfortable.  Two, it goes with absolutely anything and everything.  Three, it can be accessorized for a casual day of brunch and the market or for a night on the town for dinner and drinks with girlfriends or that special someone in your life.  How do you wear your maxi dress in the summer?

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Thrifty Threads: Summer Shopping

My goal for summer shopping:  INVEST in classic pieces and ADD color and prints to my wardrobe (no more black or grey).  What’s at the top of your summer wish list?  Am I missing any key summer items that you recommend I add?

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Black Bean, Corn, and Avocado Salad

Image and recipe via Eclectic Recipes

As the weather heats up, my desire to heat up the kitchen with hot ovens and skillets goes way down.  Enter this black bean, avocado, and corn salad that is perfect for dinner any day of the week!  Simply dice up all the vegetables, pour on the dressing, combine, and serve over a bed of tossed greens.  Simple, healthy, and refreshing..it doesn’t get much better.

Ingredients:

1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 can mexi-corn, rinsed and drained
2-3 avocados, diced
1 cucumber, diced
1/2 red onion, diced
1 tomato, diced

for the dressing:
juice of 1 lime
2 tbsp olive oil
2-3 sprigs fresh oregano
1/2 tsp cumin
salt/pepper to taste

Directions:

Simply add all the diced vegetables and oregano to a large bowl and mix well with dressing.  Refrigerate until ready to serve over tossed greens!