Scenes from the Weekend

Hi lovelies! I hope that you all had a wonderful weekend. I was originally supposed to go away this past weekend but given my recent health issues, I decided that it was best to stay home and relax. I’ve been trying to really decrease my activities lately so that I can recover from this and my hope is that soon I’ll be back on my feet and going full steam ahead like I’m used to. In the interim though, I’m trying to focus on resting! One great resting activities is going to the movies and I was really excited to see Admission this weekend. I read the book and enjoyed so I was looking forward to seeing Paul Rudd and Tina Fey’s interpretation. I must say that I didn’t really like it. I mean it was ok, but if you read the book it was kind of the polar opposite. The book is almost 500 pages, serious in nature and there are secrets that aren’t revealed until 2/3rds of the way through. The movie however took a much lighter perspective, would only give a line about what in the book was a complex story and introduced the secrets in the very beginning of the movie. It wasn’t that it was bad, but it was just kind of a disappointment. To counter that though, I watched my absolute favorite book-turned movie, One Day. If you haven’t seen it, put it on your to-see list because it is fabulous! With Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess, the movie and book explores the characters relationship on one day over the course of twenty years. It’s just amazing. And now that I’ve rambled a bit, let me show you some other scenes from the weekend.

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With the warm weather I’ve once again become addicted to Unsweetened Passion teas… I’ve had one every day this weekend! But considering I haven’t had coffee since November I think this is an ok indulgence!

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A fabulous Saturday afternoon pedicure with great reading material and an even better friend by my side… my mom!

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A wonderful Palm Sunday at church celebrating the first day of Holy Week

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Adorable bunny topiary made it feel like Spring!

One other event that was unpictured was watching the first Indy race of the season in St. Petersburg, Florida! I rushed home from church to catch the second half on tv (my dvr hasn’t been working, ugh) and it was such an amazing race! My favorite driver Scott Dixon did an amazing job and it was an exciting race all around! I’ve been missing Indy in my life and I’m so glad that the season has finally started. Just don’t ask me about March Madness because I don’t know a thing about it… I’m too busy watching Indy!

Questions:

-What did you do this weekend?

-How do you feel about books being turned into movies?

Healthy Summer Ratatouille

Hi lovelies! I hope that you all had an absolutely wonderful weekend! Mine was great as on Saturday I got to style the new LOFT Fall collection and take some pictures that I’ll reveal soon. The new merchandise is amazing with so many bold, rich colors and prints. I have a feeling that the gorgeous Bordeaux shade is going to be my favorite for the season. Then yesterday I got to attend the Indy Grand Prix in Sonoma with my fam! It was a fantastic race with even better company, and we ended the perfect Sunday by going to one of my favorite restaurants in Sonoma, where we went for my birthday last year.

Since I’ve been gone a lot recently, I haven’t been doing a whole lot of cooking at home. But the other night I knew that I wanted something fresh and easy while using up some of the produce I had in the refrigerator that was on its last leg. I decided to create an easy, healthy delicious meal.

Healthy Summer Ratatouille

Ingredients:

  • 2 Small Sweet White Onions
  • 2 Cloves Minced Garlic
  • 3 Zucchini
  • 3 Yellow Squash
  • 4 Carrots
  • 1 T. Olive Oil
  • 1 C. Tomato Basil Sauce/Marinara
  • 1 T. Dried Basil
  • 1 T. Thyme

Directions:

  1. Finely chop onion (should have about 2 cups worth chopped) and mince garlic
  2. In a large pot, combine olive oil, garlic and onion. Saute for about 5 minutes, stirring often.
  3. Chop zucchini, yellow squash and carrots in chunks and add to pot. Let the veggies cook down for about 10-15 minutes or until soft.
  4. Salt and pepper to taste and add herbs, stirring until well combined.
  5. Add tomato sauce to coat all ingredients, allowing it to heat for about 5 minutes.
  6. Serve and enjoy!

This is such a delicious recipe and so incredibly easy. It tastes delicious on its own but I served mine over quick-cooking brown rice to create a complete meal. It would also be great with quinoa or even just a fresh, crusty bread. This would be also be the perfect, easy dish to make for unexpected company as it tastes much more complicated than it actually is to make!

Questions:

-What dishes do you make when your veggies are on their last leg?

-Do you like ratatouille?