Friday, May 27, 2016

Taco 'Bout Book Club

If you know me IRL you probably know all about book club. However, for those of you that are new around here -I'm in a monthly book club where my closest friends and I get together to discuss whatever book we've selected to read that month. Of course, we also enjoy a fabulous pot-luck style dinner and wine (lots and lots of wine)'s something I look forward to every month.

There are 13 girls in book club -which is perfect because each of us will host one month out of the year! Last night I hosted book club at my house and it was so much fun!

Of course, I love a good theme (remember my Asian theme last year? The candy sushi is still one of my favorite creations!) anyway, this year I went with a taco bar! Such an easy pot-luck idea and delicious to boot!

I couldn't resist snapping a few photos of the decor (all found on clearance at Target after Cinco De Mayo!)

I kept all the decorations contained in the breakfast nook. No need to decorate the entire house!

For the dinner, I provided the meat (this crock pot recipe...sooo good!) and my guests brought the toppings. It doesn't get much easier than that!

This month we read The Year We Turned Forty: A Novel by Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke. It's about three best friends who travel back in time to the year they turned forty -a year that altered the course of their lives. On a mission to correct bad choices and do better, will their efforts lead to happier lives or create new problems? In the end, they have to decide to stay or go back to present day...

Everyone LOVED this book (myself included)! It was a quick read -perfect for those summer days by the pool!

I hope you all have a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend! I will be at the Artesian Arts Festival! :-)

Happy Friday!

Friday, May 6, 2016

Small Things

Now that it's been five and a half years two months since my last blog post, I figured I should probably give a quick update. On one hand, I look back on the last two months and think to myself, "I have nothing to report ...wake, work, eat, sleep, repeat."  Isn't that what we're all doing these days? Just surviving...barely. The daily grind has a way of taking over, we become stagnant and consumed by mindless tasks and responsibilities. Forgetting to savor the small things...

Like lime snow cones infused with salt, reminding you that summer is almost here.

The smell of chicken kabobs on the grill, marinated in your mother's special sauce. Anticipating that first bite of charred pineapple, guaranteed to melt in your mouth.

A wind blown-sunshiny-day exploring the Oklahoma countryside.

Learning to make your favorite (caprese) salad, using fresh herbs -there's nothing better than fresh herbs.

Beautiful roses delivered to your doorstep, just because.

A serendipitous shopping trip, which resulted in bringing home that item you've been pining for for months (at a discount no less).

The perfect date night: front row parking, dining over the sunset on Lake Hefner and dancing the night away under a shower of confetti and the familiarity of old tunes.

So many wonderful small things.