So, I figured, “Why not make this whole ‘It’s Friday, I’m in Love’ thing official?” No reason really came to mind, so it’s official, I’m going to give my weekly favorites on Fridays. I like the number five, but I may not always stick to it. Previous Friday loves here and here.
Peach, Red Onion, and Basil Salad
I realize this doesn’t sound like foods that complement one another, but I promise they do. I made this on a whim a few days ago, and Edmond and I loved it so much I made it again last night. We’re lucky to get fresh peaches from a road-side stand (so very much better than those from the grocery store), red onions from the local market, and basil from our herb garden. If you can come by some tasty peaches, definitely put this on your to-eat list. It is excellent and super-duper healthy. Recipe here.
Bar Designs for the Home
Edmond and I would love to have a pretty (okay, so he would probably say “awesome” instead of “pretty”) bar area. My wishes: neatly lined bottles, pretty, vintage glasses, mirrors. His wishes: a kegerator, tap handles, and wall-mount bottle opener. We have some design kinks to work out, but we’ll get there. I’m loving this re-do from Home Design with Kevin Sharkey (before and after pictures through the link).
Moxie and Oliver
I wrote about this Etsy shop a few weeks ago, and sweet Husband bought me the above clutch for our anniversary (3rd year gift is leather). Just in case you’re interested, I got him one of these. We’re both really happy with our gifts. I’m especially thrilled with the bird on mine! We went out for brunch on Sunday, and I felt very hip with my cute little clutch.
Sony Cybershot DSC-W570
For Christmas, Edmond and I received some American Express gift cards and have been trying to figure out just what we wanted to buy with them. We’ve thought of just about everything short of a trip to the moon but finally settled on a new digital camera. We’re both suckers for the real-film kind but never carry ours anywhere because it’s too big and bulky. Also, our old digital camera was about 10 years old and had seen better days (and at only 4-megapixel capability, we were in need of an upgrade). So, we found this camera on Amazon and decided we’d like to have it (also we had an Amazon gift card that we could attribute to the cost). Plus, the camera was originally priced at $349, and was marked down to $199. With our $75 Amazon credit, we could snag it for $125. So, we tried, but Amazon doesn’t allow split payments, meaning we couldn’t use our American Express gift cards. So, we thought, “We’ll put it on the credit card and then use the AE cards to pay the credit card,” but Chase wouldn’t allow that. So, we were stuck. We eventually went down to Walmart (my least favorite place in the entire world but the only camera source in our town) to see if they had the camera. They didn’t, but they did have the Cybershot DSC-W570, and were happy to let us use two gift cards. We aren’t tech saavy enough to really know the difference in cameras, but this one is so much better than the one we had. (The salad picture above is one of our first pictures with the new camera.)
Shiner Ruby Redbird
I’m loving the summer seasonal Shiner beer. It’s refreshing, which is especially good in the summer. And it has a grapefruit flavor, which will sell me on anything. I’ve been drinking it for weeks and will be oh so sad when it’s discontinued. Some might consider it a girly beer (like Sierra Nevada Pale Ale), but those people are just being lazy about judging beer, i.e., light in color and grapefruity must be girly. (Side note: For a real girly beer, try Abita Strawberry. Good but definitely girly). The husband, who is quite an authority on beer and writes about it here, isn’t such a fan of Ruby Redbird. That’s okay, though. Just means more for me. Also, isn’t that such a pretty label and cap? I sure think so.
There you have it, folks. What are you loving these days?