Friday, July 10, 2015

Friday Favorites

I'm welcoming this Friday with open arms because this is another three day weekend for us.  I love three day weekends all the time but there's just something extra about them in the summer.  Although, this past Monday was a rough one trying to get back into the swing of things after such a fun fourth of july long weekend.

I'm taking a little blog break today to enjoy a weekend with my husband and family exploring a place a few degrees cooler than here - which is nice because we're hitting the 90's all weekend around here! We spent more time than needed moving my plants under cover and the dog sitter will be watering away.  Who knew I'd enjoy this gardening stuff so much?!  On a side note - I counted thirty tomatoes starting to show on my one little $2.99 plant this week.  THIRTY.  I can't wait until it's time to enjoy them.  Okay, enough about the plants - if you'd like to follow along with my travels, you can do so here and if not I'll see you Monday!

 Linking up today with April, Karli, Amanda and Erika

{O N E} Love
Through the past few weeks Kate,  Erin and Pinky have tagged me in love/hate and I haven't gotten around to doing it but like the idea so I figured I'd throw it into today.  Ten things I love, Ten things I hate, ten other bloggers to do the same. Other than the given of being obsessed with loving my husband, pup, family & friends, here are some other loves… 

1. Wine
2. Cupcakes
3. Monograms
4. Lipstick
5. The feeling & excitement you get before a vacation
6. Long weekends
7. Going to weddings 
8. College football season
*About two more months and we'll be back to weekends in State College cheering on the Nittany Lions 
9. Mexican food.  All of it.
10. Holidays and everything about them 

{T W O} Hate
On that not, onto the "hates."  To be honest, there are very few things in life that I actually hate.  So this list is kind of more like I could do without/don't really care for.

1. Feeling rushed/behind
2. When people act like something they aren't (own it)
3. Being Tired.  Also waking up and not being able to fall back asleep
4. Forgetting my reusable grocery bags when I go into the store (borrowed this one from Meg)
5. Traveling in the car for more than three hours
6. When people lack positivity
7. Living away from many of our close friends
8. Dishes in the sink
9. The day after Christams
10. Sushi. I know everyone loves it, I just can't get on board. I DO however like sushi places - they have delicious apps and non-sushi meals.

Okay, up next - Jenn at Going the Distance, B & M at The Sequin Notebook,  Ashley at Hanging with the Hirsts, Karly at Miss in the Midwest, Chesson at A Southern Twenty-five, Owen at The Davis Duo, Kristina at Medicine and Manicures, Shelby at Recent Somethings, Sarah at Meet the Shaneyfelts, Emily at A Little Bit of Emily

{T H R E E} Favorite Recipe - Crockpot Queso
We love dips and are always looking for new ones - they are the best appetizers.  A couple weeks ago we tried a recipe for crockpot queso which was pretty delicious! Also, like anything I make, it was so easy - you just throw the ingredients in a small crockpot, set it and forget it.

16 oz. velveeta cheese
1 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon pepper
2 teaspoons paprika
1 teaspoon salt
15 oz. can no-bean chili
3 teaspoons chili powder
2 teaspoons cumin
1 tablespoon lime juice

+ Cut velveeta into cubes
+ Put all indigents into crockpot
+Heat on low for two hours, stir until everything comes together and keep heating on low or warm until time to serve (switch to "keep warm" if serving over 30 minutes later)
+ Serve with tostito chips 

{F O U R} Favorite Pin
How perfect are these little flamingo coasters that can hold your drink while you float in the pool or on the lake?  I think I need to get my hands on a set before summer is over.

{F I V E} Christmas in July
Has anyone been watching Christmas in July on Hallmark Channel?  I cannot turn it off!  I just got into the Hallmark Christmas movies this past season (before that it was all about the 25 days of Christmas on ABC family) so a lot of these are new to me and my DVR is filled with movies. I'm already dreaming about Christmas but today I'm sharing some Christmas in July ideas over on Pinky's blog today while she finishes up her vacation.

Happy Weekend!


  1. I love those adorable flamingo coasters! I could see them floating around in a pool haha.
    Thanks for the tag in the Love Hate--I'll try and get to it soon! :)
    Have a great weekend in your cooler space! I hope it's great and can't wait to hear about it!!

  2. The love/hate idea is so cute and fun! Girlll, dat queso doe! I think mexican food is my love language. I need those flamingo cupholders too! love!

    not a mom

  3. I'm such a fan of queso but have never tried it at home - need to make it from your recipe!! I hope you have a great 3 day weekend - yay! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

  4. Love those flamingo coasters!! Have a fun weekend exploring!

  5. Love flamingo coasters are AMAZING! I need them in my life. And yes to the Hallmark Channel. It's actually on my blog today. I LOVE IT!
    Enjoy your wknd!!

  6. A girl after my own heart! No long car rides, no sushi, but I'll take a load of quest {with a margarita, of course!}! Have FUN on your trip!!

  7. Jealous of your 3 day weekend - they're the best aren't they?! And those flamingos are way too cute, I definitely need those for my pool :-D

    Happy Friday <3

  8. MEXICAN!!! ALL the Mexican! Haha! I need that queso right now... like for breakfast haha! And I got the palm tree version of the flamingo drink floats and they didn't stay upright very well when your drink got to a certain point. Hopefully the flamingos are better! Have a great weekend girl!

    <3, Pamela
    Sequins & Sea Breezes

  9. Mexican food and margaritas are what I live for! Can't. Get. Enough. I almost bought the flamingo drink coasters, but overall they had bad reviews. If you end up getting them, I would love to hear how they work for you. If nothing else they're super cute! Have a great weekend!

  10. We love a lot of the same things!!!! And I hate sushi, too, but my husband loves it. I just can't see how anyone could eat it! Enjoy your weekend of relaxation!
    Sarah at MeetTheShaneyfelts

  11. reading your list of hates I have to agree with most of them but number 10 is the best...I hate sushi too you are not alone in that!!

  12. Have an awesome weekend!!!! I'm not a sushi person either - and I thought I was the only one! We went to Kona on Monday night for reverse happy hour and everyone there was killing the 1/2 price sushi, and it didn't even look remotely appealing to me!!

  13. You should totally get those flamingo floats!!! They're awesome!!! I'm with you on most of your loves except for the college football haha. I am however with you on all of your dislikes. :-) I hope that you have a wonderful weekend!!! :-)

  14. Those flamingos coaster are so awesome. I think I need to get them. Enjoy your long weekend.

  15. ahhh those flamingos are so cute! I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

  16. The day after Christmas is SO is the end of an era basically haha. Love the queso....sounds delish! Happy Friday!!! xo

  17. We totally have similar loves and hates!!! haha Of course I've been watching the Christmas in July movies on Hallmark, whoever thought of that whole idea is a genius! It totally breaks things up and makes it feel like the holidays! :)

  18. YUM I love queso so I am all for that recipe!

  19. Totally agree with all your love items! Those flamingo coasters are absolutely adorable :) I love Hallmark Christmas movies, they are seriously the best!!! Christmas is my favorite season by far and watching those movies just makes it even better :) Have a great weekend!

  20. I love all your favorites! Super exciting about your tomato plants! I am pretty apartment complex is redoing our balconies and it has been taking forever. I had to bring my pot inside and now everything is almost dead. Fingers crossed they are able to finish soon so I can revive my plant! Super excited to do the loves/hates! The dip sounds fab...queso is one of my favorites. I love the flamingo floats - so clever! And I totally forgot about Christmas in July...on my to do list for the weekend. Have a great trip!

  21. I love cupcakes! That queso looks really good too!

  22. Cannot wait to be back in Beaver Stadium- this time as an alum. Tear! lol. Are you going up for arts fest?

  23. I need those coasters in my life immediately! So so cute! Great find!

  24. Mmmmm queso is my favorite! I love all of those cheesy Christmas movies - they are always on in the background when I'm tackling a craft project!

  25. Ohhh super jealous of your long weekend! Just a tip though, I saw those adorable floats and looked up reviews and people say they won't actually float your drink unless it's like 2/3 done. More of an adorable koozie than anything else.

  26. Oh how I need those flamingos!!! Enjoy your long weekend lady!

  27. That queso LOOKS AMAZING....Ugh, being allergic to lactose is so sad sometimes.

  28. Have a great weekend!! 3 day weekends are the best - they should definitely become permanent ;)

  29. Wow I am literally making that queso dip TOMORROW. My mouth is watering. Thanks for the tag, such a fun post that I am excited to do :) Happy 3-day weekend! Xoxo

  30. Love the Hallmark Chrismas movies! There is a new one on this Saturday! That queso dip looks delicious!

  31. Girlfriend, YES! I'm so glad to have finally met someone else who doesn't like sushi!! I personally think it's disgusting, and all of my friends think I'm a lunatic!

    Hope you guys have a great 3-day weekend!

  32. Those coasters are too cute and the dip, yum! Also love that wine is #1 On your list - duh :)

  33. We are so much alike with our loves and hates. Ha ha! And yes I have been watching Christmas in July on Hallmark channel. It gets me so excited for the holiday season. :)

  34. Can't wait for college football season!! So fun! That dip sounds delicious. Thanks for sharing!

  35. That love/hate list is a fun idea! Mmm, I love queso! Might need to make some (our crockpot came with a little mini fondue pot, so it'd be perfect for a small portion). Those flamingo cupholders are genius AND adorable. A win-win.

  36. I don't like sushi either, so you're not the only one!

  37. I have been watching the hallmark Christmas movies nonstop too!!! I just can't help myself lol!!! And that crockpot queso is going on my make ASAP list!! Thanks for sharing!! Great post!!!


  38. Thanks for the tag, girlfriend! I'll definitely add that to my calendar. :) I hope you're having a nice weekend - those flamingo coasters are an absolute must before summer is over!

  39. Look at you and your 30 (!) tomatoes! What is your secret?? I need the scoop.

  40. Crockpost queso?!! You're a girl after my own heart... delish!!

  41. I am with you on the day after Christmas and wine! :) I'm going to have to try that Crock Pot Queso!

  42. Haha yes! I hate forgetting my reusable bags when I go into the grocery store. And I've really been wanting some floating things for my drink in the pool/lake. Those look pretty awesome. I did see some 'no spill' ones on Shark Tank one that I need to find!