Saturday, July 19, 2014

Summer Sandwiches

I love visiting my parent's home during the summer and fall. Its funny, when I first visited their newly built house, I had a hard time calling it "home". Being born and raised in the same home, for 19 years in Chicago, it was tough seeing it sold & demolished. Moving to Kentucky was a HUGE adjustment for all of us. It seemed almost foreign seeing them in a new house.


 


Probably about a year ago, it finally felt like a home. Even though I have never "lived" there per say, it finally felt like it really was my parent's place. Its hard to explain. Even returning from my last trip from Chicago, I think that was the first time I felt as serene as I ever have coming back to Louisville. It feels good to call Kentucky home<3


 


 

The pictures of my parent's garden doesn't do it justice. It feels so serene and peaceful there<3 I can't wait until the day I can have my own garden lol. 

My parents always send us home with goodies, so I grabbed bag fulls Baby Beet greens & tons of other herbs and veggies.

 

 

With all of the veggies, and some deli meats I had, I decided to make us a sandwich for lunch. I stopped at Lucky's Market, and grabbed some their fresh Ciabatta bread.

 

Their bread was delicious!  I cut a few slices for sandwiches, and froze the rest of it. (Fyi, it worked out great! I just defrosted it in the microwave a few weeks later, and made garlic bread for our spaghetti night.)



This was so easy and simple to do. I used Arugula, Lettuce, Tomatoes, Avocado, Ham, Turkey, Cheddar Cheese, and Ciabatta Bread<3 This was probably one of my most favorite sammies I have ever made. So incredibly simple. Their Ciabatta bread somewhat reminded me of Panera's, I'll definitely be buying more of it soon.

What are your favorite sandwiches? Have you been to Lucky's Market? I'll probably do a post on stuff I've purchased there :-)

Lucky's Market
200 N Hurstbourne Pkwy
Louisville, Ky. 40222

 

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Back to School



In about a month, my 7 year old starts school again. Its always bittersweet... as much as my son enjoys school, I can't help but feel I'd rather keep him home with me. :-) It's awesome to see this compassionate, sweet little being growing into his own, but its sad because he's no longer a baby.

With only 4 weeks left until school, I'm still trying to tackle the rest of our summer list, but also starting to prepare our household for the school year that's quickly approaching. I've already tackled organizing our sons' room (my biggest job of the summer haha, so many toys we sorted through, it was ridiculous!) So hopefully after buying school supplies, it will all be down hill from there. Somehow, I never feel my day runs smoothly unless our home is organized.


Back to School "To Do finish" this month:
-Start Earlier Bedtimes (starting next Monday!)
-Finish Sorting through the boys' room (Goodwill!)
-Purchase Back to School Supplies
-Purchase New School Clothes
-Enforce New Chore Charts
-Plan First Day of School Morning "Special Feast"
-Purchase gifts for the Teacher's First Day of School
-Find Meal Plans for School
-Prepare Props for First Day of School Photos
-Prepare our School Cones (Schultuete)



Our back to school list is available on our school website, so I should probably go soon and catch the sales before everything gets sorted through. (We have already purchased the backpack, which is *his* most important purchase for school.)

 Here is a neat cone (Schultuete) tradition from Germany, for the first day of school. I LOVE this idea, and can't wait to do it this year. Basically you make a cone and fill it with goodies for their first day of school.


http://www.themotherhuddle.com/back-to-school-traditions-schultuete-school-cones/ 
-Awesome tutorial from The Mother Huddle-

  
I loved these Printables and ideas that I printed out as well, in case anyone was looking for some:


Here's my blog post from last year where I made Teacher Appreciation bags. I might do something similar this year :-)

Teacher Appreciation Bags


How are you preparing for back to school? Any special celebrations or traditions in your home?

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Local Louisville Etsy Stores

Every once in a while I like to round up a few of my favorite local Etsy Stores. Here are my favorites at the moment<3


 
{Via Etsy Store: Gregarianne


I love love love vintage jewelry. I personally collect a lot of old Avon Costume jewelry, but whenever I find something as ornate as this, I have a hard time passing it up. This gorgeous bangle cuff is available here for only $48. Isn't it beautiful? Mary Ann of "Gregarianne" has awesome taste when it comes to vintage goodies. If you're interested in finding some pretty antiques, I don't think you'll be disappointed.



 
{Via Etsy Store: TreasureTroveByTrish}


Here is a vintage bangle (according to the listing 70's) from "TreasureTroveByTish". Tish C. Sells a very large variety of bangles and other pieces of jewelry. This one is something I would pair with a white crochet dress<3 Cute stuff!



 
 {Via Etsy Store: BSquaredCreative}


I was once asked what type of decor I enjoy. Its a hard question, because I really do enjoy several types. I love everything from Modern to Vintage, Traditional to Provencal... its so hard to choose because I always feel like my taste is constantly evolving. The little girl in me wants to decorate everything pink and fluffy (My car is decked out in hello kitty lol), while the adult side wants me to evolve into more vintage & traditional pieces. Lately, I've been leaning towards more towards Parisian themed decor, with a few vintage-y pieces thrown in. The tool box above would give a neat rustic feel to a room, or maybe upcycled and painted into a vanity piece (Fancy caboodle box), Silveware keeper, Stationary organizer, Craft Box, Scrapbook Box, there are endless possibilities for something like this<3 Great Piece. $18 Found here.




 {Via Etsy Store: BSquaredCreative}

Here's another piece from the same seller above. Its a brass pedestal bowl, I think this would make a really pretty accent piece. I would personally use something like this in my washroom to hold rolled up white washcloths, maybe use it in my entrance as a catch all for car keys (Although maybe not because any catch all ends up a mini hoarders nest lol.), or maybe to sit pretty on my dining room table? I really do love ol gold colored pieces. $32 available here.

All of these beautiful pieces are available here locally, in Louisville, Kentucky. If you're looking for a gift, I highly suggest searching for one here in town (Or wherever you locally live!)  :-) Odds are you'll find something amazing.

Do you know of any Local stores that should be featured? I'd love to hear from you, leave a comment below.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Summer Picnic Ideas!

 
{Via: Pinterest}


My son had requested we go on a picnic (listed on our Summer "to do" list.). As we were discussing what we should take on our picnic, he asked where our "picnic blanket" was. I was about to tell him we'd just a grab a sheet, but he proceeded to ask "a picnic blanket, with red and white squares??" Oops. My 7 year old is very particular about how things should be done (that seems to be the norm with most children I've met with autism). I suppose he's probably seen red and white checker board printed picnic blankets on tv (Not really sure how that got branded as a "picnic blanket" lol), but alas, I had to find one. I tried looking at various places, but couldn't find a cloth picnic blanket like he wanted. While browsing through Target, I was lucky enough to find a plastic (single use) one in their dollar section. I still have to find a picnic basket (If anyone knows where to find an inexpensive one I'd love to hear recommendations), but maybe I can get away with just an open wicker basket. Now to planning our picnic!


{Via: Pinterest}






I was thinking of maybe making some cute pressed sandwiches. "Seasons & Suppers" has some has a neat recipe I plan on trying, you can find the recipe here (along with some other really great looking food). I wanted to make a pasta salad (My cousin Mari makes an awesome salad, so I'll probably just use her recipe.), I'll grab some pops from the world market, and make some kind of pastry. I'm thinking banana bread and some cookies? I haven't been on a picnic forever, but I'll be sure to take some stale bread to feed the ducks near the pond<3


 Picnic checklist:
  • Basket
  • Blanket
  • Sandwiches
  • Pasta Salad
  • Cheese & Grapes
  • Banana Bread
  • Sugar Cookies
  • Pop/ Lemonade
  • Plates
  • Utensills
  • Napkins
  • Stale Bread (Feeding ducks)
  • Sushi for mama {maybe lol.}


One less thing off of our summer list!

What do you have planned as summer ends?


Monday, July 7, 2014

Lyndon Farmer's Market

Typically, Farmer's Markets are something I tend to frequent on the weekends. When I found out that there was one close to me open on a weekday, I was pretty excited.

Although from the street it looks rather small, surprisingly, they do have a *lot* of things available.


 

Full Heart Farm had jams & breads. This stand had so much! I purchased a tiny container full of sweet honey.

 

Next time I'll probably pick of some jars of jam.

 

The granola looked really good, I'll probably add that to me next trip too.

 

The boys wanted some bread, so I grabbed a hot chocolate zucchini loaf. (!!!!!) It was good!

 

 

The boys loved their "Chocolate Cake" (My son was insistent it was chocolate cake, not bread... okay then, ha.), it was very chocolatey, and moist<3 I love all zucchini bread, but this was the first time I had ever had a chocolate flavored one.


 

Kandies of Kentucky was delicious! She had a long list of filled chocolates available, I tasted one that was pumpkin flavored, I believe it had either liqueur or bourbon in it, whatever it was, *these* were amazing. Just looking back at these pictures has me craving chocolates.

 

The Lyndon Market also had BBQ (either pick up to take home, or eat in :-) ), fruits, veggies, eggs, meats, baked goods, & sewn products.

I recommend stopping by if you can, they open on Thursdays 3:00pm to 6:00pm.

Lyndon Farmer's Market
7515 Westport Rd.
Louisville, Ky. 40222

Here's a link to their Facebook.
Here's a link to their Website.
Here's a link to seasonal produce in Kentucky.
And here's the link to their recent Newsletter.

Have you guys been to the Lyndon Farmer's Market? I'll probably be stopping by this week for more goodies.


Thursday, July 3, 2014

4th of July food Ideas!

I was scrolling through pinterest and found a few awesome pins that look delicious and easy for 4 the of July. Show some love to these sites and take a look at their recipes<3 Happy 4th of July!


 
So many great ideas here.


 


 




Are you making anything special this holiday?