Just a few items of note:
1. Hot Fudge Pudding Cake
Oh my gracious! I made this for Fathers Day when we hosted the Walsh side for the holiday. I sent options to Pops and Josh and told them to vote, Josh claims all the boys in his family have the same taste buds, which is 100% true because they both choose this. It couldn’t have been easier to make, I baked it up right before everyone walked in the door, it held for an hour or two and then I served with vanilla ice cream. (Since I’m a gluten free baker, I used Bob’s Red Mill 1 to 1 flour mix, the texture was perfect and everyone raved!) Also, this reminds me of the Great British Baking show on Netflix, which I just started watching, because they were baking “self-saucing puds” (say that in your best british accent). I consider myself a very capable and comfortable cook, but after seeing this show, I’m like “Years of academy training wasted”. Apparently, I know nothing.
2. LOFT Chambray Jumpsuit
I’m not a big shopper. Honest. And I’ve been told I have otherworldly self-control. I never NEED something. Except this darn jumpsuit. And since its my blog and my poor husband is tired of hearing me rant about it (bless him!), I shall regale the entire story here. I saw this on Fancy Ashley’s insta-story, it was on sale, I like it, blah blah blah. I never go to LOFT, since I feel like their fit models are the exact opposite of my body type, but I was near one of the stores the next day and went to try it on. They only had the medium, which was too big (thank you breastfeeding, I love your calorie burning benefits), and all of the smalls were sold out. After sleeping on it another day I went from like to LOVE and called all 4 LOFT stores in my town (BHM women love them some Ann Taylor), all sold out. A week or so later, Ashley posts it again and I click over to see if they re-stocked, and lo and behold, they did! It’s sitting in my shopping cart and I’m in the middle of checking out when something came up and by the time I had a minute to come back to it, it was gone. (All I’m saying is that for this run-around, I’d better be seeing this jumpsuit on everyone and their sister). Fast forward, more days, I check one more time and PRAISE! It’s in stock! I place the order and text Josh (he’s like “thank goodness we can stop talking about this now”). It arrived last week and I’ve worn it a ton, and received lots of compliments. I love it, it’s light and summery, couldn’t be easier to wear, and everything I want to be.
3. Chicken Shwarma
We have an amazing Israeli cafe only a few minutes from us that makes such good food. I’m not even going to pretend that mine is on par, but I’ve added a quick Chicken Shwarma to our weekly meal rotation. I use a rough recipe and its never the same twice. I’ve linked a similar recipe for your reference, but I’m making it for dinner tonight and made a marinade of greek yogurt, limes, this Shwama seasoning and garlic salt (marinate for a few hours and bake in the oven, or grill it!). You can serve with pita as a sandwich or in a big bowl over lettuce or a rice pilaf. I do it bowl style (sadly, without pita bread) with rice, tomato salad, pickled onions, cucumbers and hummus. Whatever you have on hand and floats your boat. It’s very inauthentic, but it’s easy and delicious and fresh and I love it!
4. Southern Mama Guide Blog
I love this sweet blog. I found her on instgram because we live in the same city, but it has been such a fun account to follow. Great blog, lovely instagram account and she also has a Facebook group that is wonderful. Just a bunch of southern mamas talking about monogrammed things, pretty nurseries and birthday parties.
5. Londontown Nail Polish
One of my favorite things in the world is my Good Being Box. Every month I get a subscription box filled with natural and organic beauty items. I’ve been a subscriber for about 2 years and have only had a few items that I didnt love. It’s a really great value for what they include, high quality, and the products have gorgeous packaging. They’ve sent me two colors from this nail polish brand and I’m very impressed with the staying power (I’d say even better than OPI or essie). I always have my nails painted and I’m always doing something hands-on, so a polish that doesn’t chip for days is amazing! The colors are very pretty and I like that it’s a clean-ish formulation. $16 is on the pricey side for a nail polish, but I pay less than $24 per month for Good Being and they’ve included two full size bottles.