Friday Favorites

Friday, July 21, 2017

Happy Friday!! Someone pour me a tall glass of iced coffee or just tell me which way to bed. I'm exhausted, but also so excited for this weekend! We don't really have much planned, which makes me happy to have a low-key two days with my two favorite people. We've had a really simple week too, and with the weather so blistering hot we've mostly kept ourselves indoors except for some errands. I'd bring the baby pool out, but this mama has just had a lazy week. Anyone else with me? I don't know if it's the heat or if it's the mid-summer rut. My goal is to pull it out get husband to pull the pool out this weekend for a little backyard time.

On to some favorites this week....

  • I'm thinking that I want to add this salad to next week's dinner menu rotation. And then this bbq chicken naan too. 
  • The Nordstrom Anniversary sale is live for all! And you've probably heard a ton about by now. So check out all of my top picks for a little late night perusing! 
  • Twine & Cotton (the Etsy shop I run with husband for those who may not know) is releasing our line of fall candles for pre-order on Monday!! 
  • I think I might just be doing an hour-by-hour weekend this weekend. It's been WAY too long since I've shared a post like this, so I'm pretty excited about it! 
  • My nails are officially going dark. From here until next summer I'm using dark nail colors because they're my favorite and #bringonfall. Here's a color that I want to add to my collection!

Short and simple for this tired mama brain! I hope y'all have a lovely weekend, and I'll see you here next week. xo

July Around Here

Thursday, July 20, 2017

I said it last week, once July 4th has come and gone, I clock out of summer and let the excitement of fall take over. If you've been here for awhile, you know I would gladly live in a perpetual fall. There's nothing I don't love about it. In the meantime I'm living out the rest of summer, and trying to make the most of it (go away, hot weather!).

We've been knee-deep in house projects. Who would guess those took so long, especially when you've got a toddler to keep away from all the tools and still entertained? We've only hit the pool once and we need to get back before the summer is all but gone. We have quite the water baby on our hands. Our festive fourth included a trip downtown for a small fair and sparklers. The Hill house keeps getting rearranged (anyone else love moving furniture around as much as I do?). We're eating the light and stuffed-vegetables life over here. The peach orchard is starting to wonder just how many times we'll visit this summer. We've been on countless Target runs mostly because we can't say away. And we're on the countdown to our beach vacation next month (I need a tan in a bad way!), and hoping baby girl still fits in her swimsuits by then. She's growing like a weed (I kid you not) and has grown 5 inches since September (98th percentile all the way). And once we're back from our week-long beach life, I'll be pulling out the pumpkins! Don't tell me I'm the only one :)

What is on your bucket list for the rest of summer? I could use all the inspiration! Hope your July has been full of summery fun! xo

Tomato & Basil Bruschetta

Wednesday, July 19, 2017
One thing I cannot get enough of right now is fresh bruschetta. There's just something about the crunch of toasted garlic bread, the freshness of summer tomatoes, the hint of basil, and the sweetness of balsamic vinegar. It's magic in one bite, and I could eat it non-stop. This comes from someone who could go with or without tomatoes, and most often doesn't consider herself a huge fan. My love for bruschetta is saying a lot! 

I'm finding that it's perfect for weekend lunches, so add this to your weekend plans! We've been pairing it with fresh veggies dipped in ranch dip or fresh fruit. And even though I'm eating all the carbs, it feels light and just filling enough. Beyond just lunch, it would be great as an appetizer or to take to a cookout. It's simple to make and packs a huge taste. 

  • What You'll Need
    • 4 roma tomatoes
    • 8 basil leaves (plus a couple more for extra topping)
    • 2 TSP balsamic vinegar
    • Garlic salt
    • Bake-At-Home Baguette (at Kroger)
    • Butter

  • What You'll Do
    • Preheat the oven to 350°. Slice the baguette, about a 1/4" thickness, and layout on an aluminum foil-lined baking sheet. 
    • Slice the butter very thin and put a piece of butter in the sent of each piece of bread. Sprinkle with garlic salt. Cook for about 10-12 minutes or until the edges lightly browned. If you don't use a bake-at-home baguette, cut this time down by half or until the edges are slightly browned. 
    • Wash and de-seed the tomatoes. Dice them up and add to a bowl. 
    • Roll each basil leaf up tightly, from side to side, then cut (this gives the basil the crinkle look). Toss it into the bowl.
    • Add the balsamic vinegar and a dash or two of garlic salt (to you taste). Stir gently, until well-combined. 
    • Once the bread is cooked, top with the tomato mixture. You can heap us as much or as little as you like.

**This recipe makes 8 heavily, bruschetta-topped slice of toasted, buttery garlic bread. Heap less to make more or double the recipe to make more!

I promise it is as good as it looks! If you're not sure you'll like it, I say just go for it and give it a shot. You may miss out on a new favorite if you don't :)

p.s. Go grab some fresh basil and keep it in your kitchen window. We grabbed some at a local nursery a month or so ago, and there is nothing like picking fresh basil leaves and using them in your recipes. CANNOT get enough!

Welcome To Darling Do

Monday, July 17, 2017
I am SO excited to finally share the relaunch of my blog with you! Friends, welcome to Darling Do, a concept that I've been brewing and dreaming up for the last several months. And over the weekend, I finally took the plunge and made the change. It already feels much more like me, and I'm smitten with the new aesthetic and name; it captures the essence of the blog that I have been putting together over the last four and a half years.   

I hope you find this new site to be more user friendly. There's a new search bar (top right) so that if you're looking for something specific (a recipe you remember I shared, maybe a DIY, or even a random post) you can easily search using keywords. You can also browse through the navigation bar dropdown menu, which has categorized my posts by topics. And if you want to get an email to let you know when I've shared a new post, subscribe via email (to the right, on the sidebar).

The site is still a work-in-progress as I make tweaks here and there (don't click on the "About" section under "Home" because you'll currently find nothing!). So as I make these little changes, I would LOVE to know your thoughts on the new space and what you would like to read more of. What are you favorite posts and what content would you like to see. Is there a post I haven't done? Let me know in the comments! 

I can't adequately express how thankful I am for your readership. I have loved creating this space, and I'm excited for all the things to come. I hope you always find inspiration, encouragement, and a little bit of happy when you're here. 

Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts with me. I appreciate your input more than you know! xo