Recipe // Late Summer Salad

Summer Late Salad

We’re a little under 3 weeks until the first official day of fall. So, it technically is late summer. I suppose. Am I the only one going back and forth between seasons? Beach days vs. sweater weather. My head is yelling, “Hold on to Summer!” while my heart is screaming, “Scarves! Boots! Cold weather! Pumpkin everything!!”. I can’t make up my mind but I think I’m leaning towards fall…

I can make up my mind about this salad. I’ve made it once before this past holiday weekend, which means it is really an all summer salad. It’s the perfect combination of sweet and tangy. The nectarines paired with grilled corn and toasted vinaigrette is mouth watering. Make it before the grilling season is over! In less than 30 minutes you’ll have a side dish so good there won’t be any leftovers. You will not be disappointed. (more…)

September Calendar //

Sunflower Calendar

Hello, September! This photo was from a Montreal trip with the Boyfriend. We had visited the Jardin Botanique and had a wonderful time. I am realizing now, I never shared those pictures. The sculptures and flowers were really somethin’ else. I’ll have to share those with you all soon. Anywho, it is one of my favorite pictures so, I decided to make a desktop calendar with it. It’s my way of holding on to summer for as long as possible. Even though, I’ve had quite the internal debate as of late. Part of me is ready for fall weather and everything that goes along with it (patiently waiting for cooler temps so I can thoroughly enjoy this). At the same time however, I’m not entirely ready to say goodbye to warm beach days and the sun setting later at night either. I suppose I can’t have it all. The Roommate says I need my own planet, which may be the only solution. So basically, there is no solution.

I’m off to take some pictures of Fiesta Hermosa and possibly buy a new Farmer’s Market tote I’ve had my eye on.

If you’d like to freshen up your desktop background click to download this September calendar.



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Sunday’s Best //

Sunday's Best //

Knowing you have one more day to your (long)weekend is a great feeling. This past week was a normal work week with a lot of runs sprinkled in. I’m officially one month into my half marathon training. I’m feeling confident with where I am at right now. I’m finally back into the “I actually like running. This feels good” mindset. This weekend is Fiesta Hermosa so, there are LOTS of people in our tiny beach community. It’s actually a fun time to people watch, look at the vendors and listen to some live music. A dear friend of mine came up to visit yesterday and I showed her around. It doesn’t hurt that the weekend weather has turned out to be perfect. I plan on getting some more relaxing in this weekend, catching up on my Feedly, and doing just a little bit of work. What do you have planned?

While you’re thinking about the rest of your weekend plans, here are some links I’ve been reading this week:

Reese Witherspoon brought back Elle Woods for a great cause, #TeamWill. After the millions of times I’ve watched it, I still love Legally Blonde. I’m sure Elle Woods had a little something to do with my attraction to law school when I was younger. So, this video holds a special place in my heart and it is just incredibly sweet.

Have you heard about the giant moving rocks in Death Valley? These rocks, weighing up to 200 pounds, somehow move along the lake bed leaving trails behind them. It seems that Scientists may have solved the mystery of the “sailing stones”.

More on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and Pete Frates: Brian Boyle of the Tampa Bay Lightning inspired by his friend’s role in the challenge.

This summer tomato & burrata fettuccine recipe by Cupcakes for Breakfast is on my list of things to make. Summer may be coming to a close but the warm weather doesn’t seem to be going anywhere and what’s better than an easy and quick dinner recipe on a warm night? Not much, that’s what.

And last but certainly not least, this Blueberry-Herb Lemonade Punch. It sounds (and looks) so refreshing. Add some vodka or your favorite light rum to spice things up a bit.

Enjoy the rest of the holiday weekend!



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NYC Sights //

Taxi Print

Who’s ready for a long weekend? I know I am! I can’t believe it has already been 3 weeks since I was last in NY. And come Monday, it’ll be September. Next month is going to be a fun one. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves and rush into it. August is where it’s at. Hot and humid August. The weather in NY was absolutely amazing when I was there last. It was more humid in Southern California (like, 20-30% more humid) than it was in NY. I still don’t understand what was going on but I was enjoying the better temps. I wanted to share some fun pictures with you from the trip that have been sitting on my computer, just waiting to be posted. Also – quick side note – I’m on Facebook! I’ve been sharing new posts and photos/links I’m enjoying so, if ya want, go ahead and give it a Like. :)