Happy Friday everyone! I swear I enjoy the shorter weeks following a long weekend more than I do actually having that extra day off! This week absolutely flew by. Steve’s sister is in town for a wedding this weekend so we will have our first house guest. Luckily it’s family because we are about 15% moved in and still painting. Our plans for the weekend include lots of work on our house, Atlanta Food and Wine Festival, Candler Park Food and Music festival and hopefully some time to relax at some point! Now on-to 5 things I’ve been loving this week.
ONE | Shine! I recently stumbled upon this app on Instagram and love the idea. Every morning you get a text that is some sort of motivation or affirmation and sometimes a funny GIF. It’s completely free and I’ve been loving them this week. Check it out!
TWO | Artichokes. My family has always been a big artichoke family. When we were growing up my mom would steam a few, melt some butter and we would go to town for snack time. I never really thought about it not being a super common snack until Maggie was asking me how to make/eat an artichoke. They’re a healthy and delish appetizer or snack and I highly recommend everyone tries it! One of our favorite restaurants in Atlanta, Houstons, serves grilled artichokes with an amazing remoulade dip. Last week we decided to recreate them at home and they turned out AMAZING.
5-6 small artichokes, steamed then cut in half (size of your fist of a little bigger, Trader Joes sells them in a bag)
2 tablespoons butter, melted and mixed with a little garlic power
We used this recipe for the remoulade sauce and left out anchovy and capers
Brush flat side of artichoke halves with the butter/garlic mixture. Take the steamed, halved artichokes and put on a hot grill for about 2-3 minutes until they have some slight char and grill lines. Serve hot with the remoulade sauce.
In case you need it, how to eat artichokes. Don’t forget the heart, its the best part!
THREE | The Plum Tree. I cannot stop with this book, it’s so so good. I am a little addicted to WWII novels and I’ve really loved this one because of the unique perspective of a German family just trying to get by in a small town in Germany. I highly recommend this book if you’re looking for a good read!
FOUR | Affordable Summer Sandals. I don’t like to spend a ton on sandals because usually by the end of summer they are destroyed from trips to the pool, beach, and getting caught in a summer shower. I love having a few affordable pairs I can throw on and go from pool to lunch and usually throw out at the end of the summer. Here are some of my favorites!
FIVE | Houzz. I may be late to the game but I’ve recently discovered Houzz and I’m loving it. It’s kind of like Pinterest just for home stuff. Similar to Pinterest, you can save pictures you like and shop from the pictures. We have a planter on each side of our front door that I wanted to spruce up with some flowers/plants or something. I wasn’t sure what I wanted or where to start so I went over to Houzz and searched front patio planters and got lots of ideas.
Enjoy your weekend!! xoxo