August

August

August 24, 2016

COOL AND EASY ON -THE- GO BREAKFAST IDEAS



The darling is notorious for skipping breakfast most mornings!
I have done my very best this summer
to change that habit!
And...it appears to be working!
Here are some very quick and easy
ideas that we have enjoyed during these triple digit mornings!

This delicious breakfast smoothie might be
just the perfect little start to your morning!


One banana
4-5 slices of fresh mango
1 cup of Soy Vanilla Almond Milk
1/4 cup crushed ice


Place all ingredients in a blender.
Blend on low for 30 seconds.
Serve in a beautiful stemmed glass!


He LOVES this protein shake!
I dress it up a tad by adding a banana!
I add one scoop of whey protein, 
4-5 ounces of milk, crushed ice
and blend well with the banana!


This is so filling, it carries us through the morning
all the way to lunch. 
This has been especially great for him when he
has a day of business meetings back to back!


Who doesn't enjoy a beautiful
greek yogurt parfait?
I just layer fresh berries, with the yogurt of our favorite flavors,
then top with a yummy granola!


What's been on your breakfast table lately?

Hope y'all  enjoy your day!



August 23, 2016

SUMMER'S BEST PEACH BLUEBERRY COBBLER...IT'S SO GOOD!


The very best recipe in your kitchen this summer should be this cobbler!
Summer is just NOT summer 
without a fresh peach cobbler!
You know what can make it even BETTER?


Add fresh blueberries and a touch of cinnamon!
And...if you insist...
perhaps a scoop of Blue Bell Homemade Vanilla!!!!
The blueberry and peach juice just seeps into that yummy buttery crust...
yes, lovies..this is lovin' from your oven!


SUMMER'S BEST PEACH BLUEBERRY COBBLER
3/4 cup flour
2 t. baking powder
1 1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter
3/4 cup milk
1 t. cinnamon
3 fresh peaches, peeled and sliced
1 cup fresh blueberries



In a 9 " x 9" baking dish, add one stick of butter (1/2 cup).
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Melt butter in baking dish.

In a mixing bowl, blend together all dry ingredients.
Add the milk, and blend well.
Pour batter over melted butter.
Top with fresh peaches and blueberries. do not stir.

Bake at 350 degrees F. for 35-45 minutes.

August 22, 2016

NEW BEGINNINGS AND HOME FAVORITES


Finally...
The old Ford F150 was traded in for a brand new car!
For fourteen years, that old truck had been to three years of high school,
then back and forth to Texas A&M, then all the way to Dallas,
and finally down to Austin!
It served him well.
But now it was time for a change!
So proud of his new car!


If there is one thing Rob and the darling and I love to do
is to see a good movie!
We caught this "deliciously Texas flick" at a Sunday matinee!
I highly advise this movie!
Rob is our movie critic, so we rely on him heavily
to always rate movies...this is a definite two thumbs up!


Of all of my dinners....he 
requests my Tuna casserole!


Along with homemade blueberry muffins.....


The coming of Autumn must be near....
a new pillow can make all the difference!

What are your plans for the week?
Today is the first day of school in Texas....
here come the school buses!



August 21, 2016

BIRTHDAY NIGHT CELEBRATION!


We LOVE birthdays!



It was time to gather together 
for a night on the town to 
celebrate our sweet Jenn and her cousin Brandon!
They have the same birthdays which is beyond fun!


Time to choose an outfit for the evening.....


Always make it a point to
"smell like a dream........."


We met up at Shops of Legacy
for an exciting evening......


The whole area was buzzing about
with beautiful people strolling around
for cocktails, dinner and shopping!
We have had a few days of delicious rain
which has cooled temps off considerably!


I can see how Jenn and her cousin really enjoy
being together.....they have always been extremely close!
I love seeing the family ties that bind.....


Nuance......


The Queso was divine......


The cuisine has a spicy Latin flair......


Cupcakes for everyone.....
and
time to embarrass them both
with a round of singing 
Happy Birthday to you........


We had a ball....


Wishing you both a great year ahead....
Take time to celebrate those special moments in your life!

August 19, 2016

SUMMER READS....SAVE MY PLACE IN THE READING CORNER!


I love to give books as a surprise gift
when visiting Miss M or to just
send off to my sister, Miss Judy
to let her know I am thinking of her.
Along with the books, I enclose
a DIY book mark that just adds
a personal touch of whimsy!


It's just fun to take left over
scrapbooking papers and see
what little designs you can create!
Today it was my obsession with owls...
(I am always thinking of fall and decorating
for the holidays, aren't you?)


THE RIGHT THING

This first book review is all about
a long time friendship which
takes place in my home town of
Jackson, Mississippi.
The author is Amy Conner who
currently resides in New Orleans, but
grew up in Jackson. I knew it was going to be
"must read" for me!

It's just a breezy little novel of Southern women
and their long term friendship....it's a page turner for sure!
There is a sense of responsibility and always
striving to do the right thing throughout the story...
there are nods to everything I grew up with...
Ole Miss, Fortification Street and of course
the best descriptions of southern foods!
What's not to love here!!





A LONG TIME GONE

The second novel is by Karen White, 
a New York Times best-selling author 
who currently resides over in Atlanta!

I'll just bet you can finish this book in one afternoon...
yes, it's THAT good!
Again, it's about the culture of the South,
the powerful bond of family woven into
an incredible moving story.......
and.....
it all takes place in the Mississippi Delta!
I love reading about someone who returns 
to their home in which they grew up and begins 
to unravel all the secrets kept in their family for generations...
we all have them.
It begins in Indian Mound, Mississippi..
Whatever it was that drove her away from home
was never stronger than the pull of what
brought her back...that memory of the old house
and the stories within......



What's in your reading corner today?

August 17, 2016

AFTERNOON TEA....A LOVELY BLENDING OF CHOCOLATE AND BERRY


You are going to LOVE this!
I am not an avid tea drinker, unless it's iced tea, of course,
however it is fun to try different tea flavors for an afternoon pick me up!
I so admire the English for their tradition of 
afternoon tea.


I found a new flavor by
English Tea Shop
and
the very name had me a HELLO!
Chocolate Super Berry Burst!
I wanted to try it before I recommended this to you
and I just know y'all are gonna love it!


Firstly, I think the packaging is adorable!


The aroma is soft...it's definitely a sweet marriage
of chocolate and berries...more raspberry notes I think!


This is caffeine free which may mean something to some,
but not for me...the more caffeine the better in our house!



The true test at Estelle's is trying the tea HOT
and
also as an ICED TEA!


I can tell you it's going to be lovely for Fall and Winter,
But be sure to pick up some now and enjoy
a fabulous, refreshing iced tea!
Yes...it's still triple digit hot here in
The Great State of Texas!



Mae Mobley spends her days in this box...
she seems to love the snuggle in the sun puddle......

August 16, 2016

BUFFALO CHICKEN TACOS..THE BEST EASY SUMMER LUNCH EVER!



I am going to share with you
how to make the easiest, yummiest lunch ever!
It is perfect for hot summer days!


It's my specialty beach day lunch!


When we take our family beach vacations,
everyone takes turns at cooking breakfast, lunch or dinner.
We found that this works so well for our large group and
we all look forward to what the other's are treating us to!
Believe me...we EAT VERY WELL ON VACATIONS!
Jay was preparing his soft shell blue crabs for an evening meal!


Catherine served up her famous Spicy Spaghetti!


Even ole' Rob takes his turn at dessert....
a delicious Nutty Buddy!!!!
And...yes, I am doing my best to teach him to cook!


My Buffalo Chicken Tacos are delicious and requested
on every trip....they take just a few ingredients too!


One to Two Rotisserie chickens
One package of flour tortillas
One bunch celery, diced
One bottle of Frank's RedHot sauce
Blue Cheese Crumbles

Just slice your chicken. place pieces on your tortilla, sprinkle with 
Frank's Hot Sauce....add diced celery and blue cheese crumbles and
roll into your tortilla. You can add other cheeses, sour cream
or blue cheese dressing if you wish.We keep ours simple and 
it tastes divine! Everyone makes their own and believe me,
after a morning down on the beach...when lunchtime rolls
around, we are all famished!
 If you are feeding more than 8 people, like we do,
just double or triple the ingredients!
Hope y'all enjoy!!!!