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Everyday Dress

Everyday Dress

This summer, I’m all about dresses.  Dresses that I can wear every single day in this heat.  Dresses that can be dressed up or down & that don’t break the bank.  I’ve stashed a couple away this summer, liking some more than others, but this by far is my newest favorite & so naturally I thought you should know about it.  I ordered it from ASOS before I left for vacation, hoping it would arrive before hand, but sadly it did not.  Instead it was like a little gift, that I gave myself, waiting for me when I returned.

I’m an avid online shopper, but I really only frequent a couple online stores because I know the fit & quality & I like to play it safe.  I found this dress for a steal on ASOS & figured I’d give it a shot, but not really holding my breath.  I’m only 5 feet tall, so my height is usually my biggest problem, especially with dresses.  It’s not uncommon for clothes to arrive & it look like I am a 12-year-old playing dress up.
I was really surprised how well this fit, add to it that I don’t have to wear anything under it, or over it & I have full range of motion without it falling off? win. win. win.

Everyday Dress

It’s great to dress up, but works even better barefoot in the kitchen, with kids on the counter, while I make grilled cheese for dinner.  So glam.  But pretty sure I’ll be snagging a few more.  My favorites:

here, here & here, all under $75.

Bear Lake: the Lake

Bear lake

We are finally home from all of our travels & I’m just now getting around to sorting pictures.  I love being able to relive all the fun through photos.   This year, we spent some time at the actual lake, which I know sounds obvious, but in year’s past we usually spend more time in the mountains.  I’m glad we were at the lake, it made for fun times, good memories & even better pictures.  win. win. win.

Bear Lake
We had quite a crew.  There are some awesome beaches at Bear Lake where the kids can walk out so so so far because the water stays shallow. 
Bear Lake
Bear Lake
Bear Lake
Bear Lake

July 4

 

Typically, we have a big poolside barbecue at my parent’s on this holiday of America.  But this year?  Well we were all heading out of town early the next morning & so…well we still swam, but we just ordered pizza & called it a night early.

This however, did not stop the two pyros in my family from purchasing & launching fireworks that night.  Nor did it stop me, from grabbing my camera.  You’ll really dig all our coordinated outfits & picturesque locale.

July 4

Her gold vest is a real nice touch — she made it herself & I’m sure you’ll see some more appearances from it as she dons it quite regularly.

July 4
You’ll notice we all got real dressed up for the occasion — right.  After swimming all afternoon & packing all evening, this is where we were at & while the thought crossed my mind to have everyone change into decent looking clothes, I quickly decided I liked real life much better.

July 4
He thought these poppers were the most funny thing, which made us all think they were pretty funny.
July 4

Some of us liked to be right in the action…

July 4
while others, weren’t quite so sure.
July 4
July 4
July 4
I’m not sure who enjoyed the show the very most, but I have a sinking suspicion it was the biggest kid of them all.  Happy America.  I love this land & I love teaching my kids about it.

Recipes: Black Bean BBQ Tostadas

Mexican Food Recipes

This recipe is so fresh & easy, you’ll come back to it time & time again.  You’ll need:

2-3 chicken breasts

barbecue sauce {sweet baby ray’s is the best!}

black beans, drained & slightly mashed

monterrey jack/colby blend cheese, shredded

corn tortillas

sour cream

pico de gallo {see previous post}

Cook your chicken on the stovetop with a little olive oil &  1/2 c. barbeque sauce — add to desire.  Once cooked, shred & set aside.   Place corn tortillas on cookie sheet & build your tostadas: corn tortilla, mashed black beans {I leave mine a little chunky}, bbq chicken, cheese.  Broil for 5-10 minutes until desired crunchiness.  Remove & top with sour cream & pico de gallo.

Recipes: Pico De Gallo

Salsa Recipe
Traveling over the summer left me wanting more fresh foods than ever & over my travels I learned this great recipe from my sister.  It’s easy, yummy & I’ve convinced myself, healthy.  I don’t have specific measurements, but its like making guacamole, taste as you go & tweak each time until you get it just right.  You’ll need:

tomato

red onion

cilantro

salt

pepper

olive oil

balsamic vinegar

Salsa Recipe

Chop your tomato & red onion first, get the pieces nice & small, but not mashed.  Then season with salt & pepper.  Depending on how salting your chips are, add a little salt & then taste at the end & if you need more, keep adding until satisfied.

Salsa Recipe
Next add your cilantro.  I added almost a whole bunch.  Cut it up with kitchen shears.
Salsa Recipe
Add your olive oil — start with about 1TB

Salsa Recipe
Then your balsamic…about 1.5 TB, but add until desired consistency.

Chill & serve.

After you’ve chilled it, your juices may have settled, don’t panic, just drain some of them out.  Let me know what you think & feel free to share!

Tomorrow, the perfect dish to top with this pico.