20 questions

I have been in a bit of a blog slump recently so when I stumbled upon Christina's survey post a few days ago, I thought I would play along :)

1. What brings you the greatest joy? 
My family and friends, the smell of the pluff mud, the sound of the beach, Christmas, and a really good book.

2. What are your vices?
Cheese & champagne. And glitter.

3. What is on your nightstand? 
A pile of about 10 books, about 4 months worth of various magazine subscriptions, a giant glass of water, and my tiny jewelry box for my rings. And about 7,000 bobby pins.

4. Do you have a secret talent? 
I can play the flute--or at least I used to be able to-and was actually pretty good. One of these days I'll pick it up again...

5. What is your greatest indulgence? 
See #2

6. What should every woman try at least once in her life? 
Take a giant leap of faith. It can be for a job, for a guy, traveling somewhere unknown...anything. Do something that scares the shit out of you and makes you a better person because of it.

7. What makes you laugh? 
Pretty much everything. I laugh when I'm happy, I laugh when I'm nervous, and I laugh at really stupid jokes and really stupid movies.

8. What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you? 
While I'm outgoing and pretty loud and ridiculous, I'm only that way in front of total strangers or friends and family. If I run into someone I only somewhat know or haven't seen in a few years, I'll totally hide to avoid them. It's obnoxious, I know.

9. What is on your bucket list? 
Run a full marathon, travel the world, start my own business and about a million and a half other things.

10. What is on your feet right now? 
Nothing. If I could be barefoot all the time I could.

11. How did you make your first dollar? 
I worked in an alterations and bridal shop for my last two summers of high school. My ADD then kicked in and I managed to get about 10 different part time jobs under my belt before my first real job after college. I literally changed jobs almost every semester of college. Luckily, I've become more dependable since then.

12. What superstition do you believe in? 
A heads up penny brings good luck. Anytime I see one I pick it up.

13. What items in your closet do you wear the most?
Dresses/skirts if I'm working or going out. Running clothes any other time.

14. What is the best gift you’ve ever received? 
Vita, the puppy Santa Claus brought us. 21 years later, it's still the best Christmas memory ever.

15. What is on your liquor shelf? 
No shelf but instead a beautiful bar cart stocked with liquor as well as all the accoutrements for the perfect cocktail . There is a pretty good variety of booze but the most frequently used are vodka & tequila. 

16. What is on your kitchen counter? 
My most prized kitchen appliance, my KitchenAid mixer. Along with cookbooks, various utensil/spice jars, a coffee maker...too much stuff. It drives T nuts.

17. What would you never leave home without? 
My phone, Altoids & mascara.

18. What movie has the greatest ending? 
Shawshank Redemption. I remember catching the end of this on TV one night and my brother-in-law made me turn it off because he said I couldn't see the ending without watching the whole movie. Once I saw it, I totally understood why.

19. Who is on the guest list for your ideal dinner party?
This changes constantly depending on my mood but right now I would have to say Martha Stewart (she always makes the list), Audrey Hepburn, Leonardo DiCaprio ( also always on the list ), Alexander McQueen, Kelly Wearstler, Ellen Degeneres, and my grandparents. That's a really cohesive guest list, yes? {This is further proof that I am one random ass human being}

20. What is one thing you wish you had known when you were younger? 
Be yourself, embrace what makes you different and don't worry about what any one else thinks.


crab cakes w. buttermilk dressing | jalapeño coleslaw

This was such a good, easy meal! I made it on Sunday and luckily the weather was nice enough to leave the windows and doors open (to minimize that dreaded seafood smell that lingers in the house for days ). We paired it with a glass of Prosecco and finished with fresh berries for dessert. Yum!

crab cakes w. buttermilk dressing
adapted from cooking light 
serves 2
crab cakes:
1/8 C chopped fresh chives
1 TBS canola mayonnaise
1 TSP lemon rind, grated
1 TBS lemon juice
Fresh pepper, to taste
1/2 egg, beaten
(it's tricky to use 1/2 of an egg, but it doesn't have to be precise)
1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
1/2 LB lump crabmeat
2 TBS olive oil, divided

1/3 C low fat buttermilk
2 TBS canola mayonnaise
1 TSP fresh lemon juice
1/4 TSP fresh pepper
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 TBS chopped fresh chives, divided
1 TSP minced fresh dill, divided 
1 TSP minced fresh parsley, divided
Baby greens

For the crab cakes, combine first 6 ingredients (through egg) in a medium bowl, stirring well with a whisk. Stir in panko. Add crabmeat; stir gently to combine. Let mixture stand for 10 minutes.

Divide crab mixture into 8 equal portions ( if you want mini crab cakes) ; gently shape each portion into a 3/4-inch-thick patty. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add olive oil to the pan and swirl to coat. Add patties to pan; cook 3 to 4 minutes on each side or until golden.

For the dressing, combine buttermilk and next 4 ingredients (through garlic), stirring with a whisk. Stir in 1/2 teaspoon chives, 1/2 teaspoon parsley, and 1/2 teaspoon dill. 

Arrange greens on each plate; top with crab cakes. Spoon dressing over crab cakes; sprinkle with remaining herbs.

jalapeño coleslaw
adapted from rachel ray
serves 2-4
1/2 cup canola oil mayonnaise
2-3 TBS white wine vinegar
salt and freshly ground pepper
1/2 bag of coleslaw cabbage mix
1 jalapeño, seeded and diced
6 pieces of low-sodium turkey bacon

In a small bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, vinegar and salt a pepper. If you like it more tangy, add more vinegar. If you like it sweeter, add a little sugar.

In another bowl, combine coleslaw, jalapeño, and bacon. Add dressing and toss to combine. Refrigerate at least 30 minutes before serving.

The coleslaw was not pretty enough to photograph but oh was it delicious!


spring bucket list

A picnic in Hampton Park
{obviously after Easter because a picnic is no picnic without cheese }

Oysters at Bowens Island

Watch the sun set on the beach

Kick off a weekend with cocktails on the dock

Host a cook out

Go for a double digit run
{because I'm not training and I clearly need some motivation to do so}

Restart our herb garden

Go to the farmer's market

Cook a meal with the fresh vegetables from the farmer's market

Keep fresh peonies in the house

Bike to dinner


j. crew | april look book

Just in time for spring, J. Crew's newest look book arrived in the mail this past week and is filled with all kinds of wonderful pieces to usher in warmer temps.

The fun details on the blouses make them some of my favorite choices.

(I'm dying over that bow detail in the back)

But the shoes. Oh, wow.
(glitter AND a bow!)

Their swim collection was kind of underwhelming but this coverup is adorable!

And while I will never understand how J. Crew can get away with adding a few beads and paillettes to t-shirts and dresses and charging hundreds, this dress IS cute.

And just for fun...


friday five

1. Spring officially arrived yesterday. Thank the lord. I don't know if it's here for very long but it was beautiful yesterday and it looks like we've got a few nice days ahead of us. I can't even remember the last time I've seen this much sun--I actually think I walked around for an hour yesterday squinting because my eyes were so unaccustomed to sunshine.

2. And the warm weather reminds me... oh, shit. It's almost bathing suit season. I guess it's time to quit eating (and drinking) junk and stop making excuses to skip runs. Yuck.

3. And in more related news, this week I found a recipe for Jalapeño Pimento Cheese. Of course. Two weeks after I gave up cheese for Lent. I can totally bring these to Easter dinner, right?

4.  "A trip to Target is a lot like how I imagine heroin must be. There’s always a rush of excitement when you first walk inside, and most times you’re not even sure why you’re there to begin with, yet almost every time you leave with a feeling of remorse, guilt and a set of new track marks on your arms."

If you haven't already, you must read this article: " Inside a Woman's Head at Target". It's scary-and hilarious- how ridiculously true it is. 



friday five.

1. This year for lent I decided to give up cheese and fried foods. Like an idiot. A week in and I'm wishing I gave up alcohol like last year---it was a walk in the park compared to this. And then there was that time last week when we went on a pub crawl, forgot to eat dinner before, and afterwards I had to decide on something to eat that wasn't fried or didn't have cheese. Which I think are the only two food groups restaurants serve after 10 pm. Needless to say, all my chicken salad did was make me angry. Because it wasn't cheese sticks. 

I also am challenging myself to quit being so snarky/catty. This one's a toughie as well and I think will benefit me a lot more than eliminating cheese and fried foods in the long run. Unless the elimination of those two makes me lose 20 pounds by Easter.

2. I'm hoping by now that you've all experienced the train wreck that is Southern Charm. My, oh my, isn't T-Rav a charmer? It all makes Charleston just look so lovely. And yes, I know I should stop watching but I just can't. 

3. I'm still not convinced that summer will even come this year but on the off chance that it does (and if I can manage to shed these pounds I've accumulated while hibernating), I plan on spending every single waking second in the sun. And if I have something this cute to wear to the beach, I think I will enjoy it that much more.

4. I LOVE Pharrell's Happy. I discovered the music video this week and now I love it a million times more.