Thursday, July 16, 2015

Crisp Cucumber Salsa.

While at the gym yesterday, one of my workout buddies asked me and Ryan what a good dip would be to bring on the boat with her this weekend. She wanted something cold and something that could hold up well after a few hours. This cucumber dip that I originally tried because my friend Caroline brought it to supper club, popped in my head and I shared it with Cayce immediately. If you're also looking for a light, fresh, and tasty dip to bring to your next get together, this is the one! 

Crisp Cucumber Salsa
Recipe originally from Simple & Delicious magazine

2 cups cucumber - peeled, seeded, and finely chopped
1/2 cup tomato - seeded and finely chopped
1/4 cup chopped red onion
2 Tbsp minced fresh parsley
1 jalapeno - seeded and chopped
4 1/2 tsp minced cilantro
1 minced garlic clove
1/4 cup sour cream (or plain Greek yogurt)
1 1/2 tsp lemon juice
1 1/2 tsp lime juice
1/4 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp salt

Combine the first seven ingredients in a bowl. In a separate bowl, combine the remaining ingredients. Pour the sour cream mixture over the cucumber mixture. Toss gently to coat. Serve with tortilla chips. 

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Thursday, July 9, 2015

Very Belated Home Updates.

This post is only, oh, 6 months belated. 

I had been wanting to repaint our living room for quite a while and what better time than Winter, when you're stuck inside bored out of your mind? The hardest part of the whole project was deciding on a paint color. Isn't that always the case?? I wanted a warm white color light enough to not look tan, but dark enough to contrast with the white trim and baseboards. After buying 6 or so samples, I wound up using the color in our master bathroom, but lightning it up quite a bit. Very happy with the results! But apologize that I still do not have a quality camera, thus have to rely on my Iphone. 

A little side by side comparison of the two colors. Bye bye beige!

Want to see something really funny? Check out this post where I showed the transition of the living room, starting from the day we closed on the house. 

Next up was to bring our master bedroom from college material to grown up material. Before, we had no headboard and mismatched end tables, both that we've had since college. Prettttty embarrassing. Now, I'm not nervous if anyone glances in our bedroom (unless I haven't picked up my pile of discarded clothes from when I can't decide what to wear). 

Originally I mentioned that I wanted a navy blue headboard, but I was too nervous to pull the trigger. Scared that it would be a little too bold and I would eventually get tired of it. I'm no interior designer, and a lot of times what I see in my head does not translate to real life. Ideally I'd like all white bedding, but I'm happy with what we have for now! The lamps are probably slightly too big for the end tables, but I don't care, I love them! And the end tables themselves are probably my favorite piece of the whole "makeover." It took me so long to find the right color, height, width, and style. Very happy with how it all came together! 

Headboard - Wayfair
Duvet cover - Pottery Barn (old)
End tables - Joss & Main
Lamps - Lamps Plus
Ring dish - Anthropologie (old)
Mirror - Lowe's (old)

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Sunday, July 5, 2015

Fly-By June.

Well, June sure did fly by! Work is a little crazy right now, which leaves little time for blogging. Here's what kept me busy otherwise. 

Cameron's parents bid on a private chef dinner at a private auction a couple of months ago and were kind enough to invite Cameron and I, as well as my parents, over to enjoy the experience and dinner! Chef Demal Mattson did such a great job showing us that a delicious meal does not have to be difficult.

The menu included a shortcut version of mini tomato pies (mini fillo shells, pimento cheese, and half of a grape tomato..that's it!), truffle mushroom tarts, summer melon salad, chateaubriand with a red wine reduction, roasted asparagus and potatoes, and chocolate caramel panna cotta. One of the best meals of my life! 

Hosted supper club at Cameron's parent's house on the river. Lots of fun!!

Celebrated June birthdays in my family - Sister's boyfriend, Sister, Husband, Mom, Grandad

Joined a group of bloggers at The Americano for cocktails and dinner. I ordered the Mexican Mule and the Yellowfin Tuna Tower. Both very tasty!

Celebrated Cameron's 31st birthday with burgers, bourbon, and cigars. 

Boss man treated the office to happy hour at Taco Boy. It's always fun to hang out with your co-workers outside of the office! 

Ended a long work day by checking out the Westbrook Brewery.

Finally went to 167 Raw to try out their lobster roll. Now I definitely see what all the talk is all about. It is AMAZING and I will definitely be back. (As a reference, this is a split portion.) And just a heads up, this puppy will run you $24. 

Still enjoying the boxed meal concepts! We have been going back and forth between Hello Fresh and Home Chef lately. To read a summary of the four different companies we tried, as well as get a discount on your first order, you can view my post here

On to July!

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