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How is it already Friday??? That is NOT  a complaint, trust me! This week flew right by which is never a bad thing! Cheeeerrsss to the freakin’ weekennnnn’…here are my latest musings from the wide world of pinterest and beyond!

Sooooooo I am obsessed with two things in life. Wine and Ice Cream. Look at these ADORABLE  Rosé and ice cream pairings illustrated by June Letters for Vanity Fair.

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This Blackberry Bramble Cocktail looks thirst quenching AND pretty…a win-win!

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I think Norman needs one of these

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I am looking for inspiration for our balcony and I think I found it here on this website!

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And then there is this Doughnut Crunch Candy Bark…at first I was confused, then intrigued and now infatuated.

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Three Bean Salad

I have a strange love for beans.

I think it all started with black beans in Chipotle burritos….

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Regardless of where the love began…I thought I would share this 3 bean salad with you!

Mikey and I are cleaning out our cabinets and I realized I had a ton of canned beans we need to use.

I used Kidney, Garbanzo and Cannellini but you could use any bean you like or have on hand!

This is a great, healthy salad that you can make ahead for lunches or dinner.

 

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I used a variety of veggies in my recipe but you could easily swap out whatever herbs and vegetables you have on hand!

I love how colorful this salad looks too. My mother-in-law is a Dietician and people are always asking her for advice. The simplest answer she always gives them is to make sure you eat all your colors. The more colors the better! My father-in-law then jokes that he already ate a bag of M&M’s so he is set for the day ;)

Hope you’re having a great week so far! Monday is over so at least we can be happy about that, right? Try this three bean salad and make sure that you get all your colors (when I say colors I obviously mean Skittles, M&M’s or Trix cereal, hehe).

OH, and if you like beans or the way this salad looks, check out my Mediterranean Chickpea Salad or this simple Chickpea Salad.

 

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I celebrated my Birthday this past Tuesday and it was filled with lots of love, food and drinks (just they way I like it). I thought I would share some fun birthday celebrating that went down so you can get a little glimpse into my life and the things I love and that make me most happy. Mikey always jokes that July is my birthday month…and I think he may be right. I kicked off the celebration last weekend with my family and friends and it has continued on since then! Mikey and I both did a sprint triathlon last weekend (his 4th, my first!) and we had a big party afterward. My Mom made an amazing birthday cake and we laughed and played games all night! The links below will give you a bit of an idea of how I have been celebrating and feeling overwhelmed by love this week! Check out this AMAZING yoga mat Mikey got me from Yoga Design Lab! I tried it out yesterday and it was great for a super sweaty hot yoga class! CHAD10339-copy Mikey and I had a wonderful birthday dinner at a new restaurant here in Chicago called Cicchetti. We sipped Lemoncello to finish off our dinner and It was such a refreshing digestif! Then (I’m spoiled!) my girlfriends took me out to an amazing bday dinner at a place we love called Nightwood where we laughed over bottles of wine and Prosecco. Since we are all a little obsessed with Prosecco and Mikey and I rediscovered our love for Limoncello… I thought I would share this Raspberry Limoncello Prosecco drink recipe! IMG_0440edit I also died of laughter when I opened this hilarious gift from my friend Kara. Not only is it an apron…but it has the lyrics to one of my favorite songs. When Mikey and I were first dating we listened to this song and it has become a joke in our family…such an amazing gift! I love how well my friends love me! 1399503546393-1138283876 What would a birthday be without dessert? I had my fair share of desserts over this past week (time for a detox!) but one stood out above the others! It was a Banana-Bread Bread Pudding (this is not the recipe but it was as close as I could find). I had a hard time finding a recipe that used actual banana bread, but this one seems close. I now know I need to make a version of it and share it with the world because it was so ooey gooey and out of this world! It was laced with chocolate chips and had toasted marshmallow fluff and vanilla malt ice cream…are you drooling yet? I promise to add this to my recipe list and share it with you as soon as I formulate something delicious! Caramel-Banana-Bread-Pudding-by-Bakers-Royale1 Mikey and I will soon be in the market for a new dining table and I received a gift card from my in-laws to West Elm. I am leaning towards something like this beautiful geometric base table.  img47o Mikey and I are headed up to a friends lake house in South Haven, Michigan for a wine tasting weekend. I am so excited to try some new wine and relax with great friends! Thank you all so much for all the birthday love!  

Key Lime Pie In A Jar

After making these little key lime pie’s in a jar…I want to make literally everything in Mason jars.

 

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We spent a weekend up at Mikey’s family’s cabin to celebrate his oldest brother’s birthday.

I was in charge of dessert and I knew I wanted to do something involving Key Lime Pie. Mikey’s whole family has a deep rooted love for key lime from all their time spent at the family condo in Marco Island, FL.

I found this recipe and knew right away it was the dessert for the occasion.

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These pies are super easy to make and come together quickly!

They were a complete hit and I plan to make them for many parties in the future! I also can’t wait to try some other types of pie and dessert ideas in a Mason Jar!

I have never been a big fan of key lime pie but these little gems changed my attitude. I am now a member of the key lime fan club! These are especially delicious on a hot summer day because you can serve them from the refrigerator and the tart lime is super refreshing.

Although the pies are a little big…the light flavor makes them disappear quickly!

I recommend you make these for your next party. Not only because everyone will love how delicious they are…but because they are the cutest pies in the world!

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This is my adorable nephew, Grady.

We were all cracking up because he wouldn’t stop scraping out the jars to try and get every last bite of sweetness.

See, even the littlest member of the family loved them!

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I have been dying to try these White Chocolate Blueberry Coconut Oatmeal Cookies from the Ambitious Kitchen blog.

They are made with coconut oil plus shredded coconut. Not to mention blueberries, oatmeal and white chocolate. That is a long list of things I love all rolled into one cookie. YUM!

 

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This is just hilarious. I love how hipsters are spray painting plastic dinosaurs and finding new uses for them.

I just discovered the blog, Home Decore and I am completely obsessed with it!

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Almond Lavender Bourbon Milk Punch…

I don’t necessarily know if I would put milk in a cocktail…but I would be willing to try it. Who knows? It may be the best drink in the whole world.

These pictures from the Kitchy Kitchen were so beautiful I just had to share. And I think that anything that looks this pretty must taste good.

 

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I like how simple this Flinders Lane Apartment from Dee Zeen Magazine is.

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I want to fall asleep and wake up in this room every day. This is the most magical wallpaper I have ever seen. Plus that bed looks so comfortable!

This wallpaper is from Bloom Papers and I found this picture on the beautiful blog, Decorology.

I am seriously looking in to putting something like this in my home someday. Breathtaking.

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