fridays with oscar | nacho chicken tostada

beth from Style at a Certain Age wears white girlfriend chinos, white muscle tee, gray cardigan, and brown sandals

screen porch life

it’s porch time, gang, where life takes on a slower pace. there’s nothing better than warm temps and a screened porch where you can plop on a chair and while the day away. don’t forget a glass of iced tea! when april arrives on the scene, we’re counting the days until we fling the windows and doors open wide and ease on into spring. what a glorious time of year.

oscar and ollie are on hand today enjoying life and ready to ring in the weekend. of course, i’m sharing a simple recipe with y’all that’s an easy take on nachos. the recipe is from skinnytaste one of my favorite food bloggers turned cookbook author. to date, i’ve collected skinnytaste One and Done, skinnytaste Fast and Slow, and The skinnytaste Cookbook.

bar cart

the bar cart is prepping for the weekend too!

margarita glasses

pitcher | glasses | vase

porch life

dining chairs | plates | glass

kate spade charlotte dishes

placemat | similar napkin | plates | glasses

kate spade charlotte dishes

placemat | similar napkin | plates | glasses

nacho chicken tostada

today’s recipe takes my love for nachos for a spin. this dish is easy to throw together and perfect for a warm spring night. the salsa and avocado mash are added at the end as well as the chopped jalapenos.

nacho chicken tostada

"Nacho" Chicken Tostada
A great way to take nachos and turn them into a main dish.
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Total Time
15 min
Total Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. 4 tostada shells
  2. 1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  3. ½ cup reduced fat shredded Mexican blend cheese (I used Sargento)
  4. 1/2 cup mashed avocado (about 1 small)
  5. 1 medium lime, halved
  6. Kosher salt
  7. 1 cup chopped tomato
  8. ¼ cup chopped white onion
  9. 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  10. Freshly ground black pepper
  11. 7 ounces cooked boneless, skinless chicken breast, cubed*
  12. 1/3 cup canned drained black beans, rinsed
  13. 1 jalapeno, sliced thin
  14. 2 tbsp sliced black olives
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl, combine the cheeses.
  2. In another small bowl, combine avocado, juice from half the lime, and a pinch of salt.
  3. In one more bowl, combine tomatoes, onion, cilantro, juice from the other lime half, ¼ teaspoon salt and black pepper, to taste.
  4. To assemble: Layer each with 1/3 cup chicken, 1 tbsp black beans, and sprinkle with 2 1/2 tbsp cheese. Broil for 2-3 minutes or until the cheese is melted. Top each with a dollop of avocado and a spoonful of the tomato salsa, jalapeno black olives. Top each with a small sprinkle of salt.
Adapted from skinnytaste
Adapted from skinnytaste
Style at a Certain Age https://www.styleatacertainage.com/
nacho chicken tostada

nacho chicken tostada

classic daiquiris

cocktail shaker | bar tools | glasses

use only the freshest ingredients with your daiquiris. you’ll notice the difference right away. since i added cocktails to the blog, i have become ever vigilante about fresh ingredients. a great tasting cocktail requires the best ingredients. so don’t fudge by grabbing a pre-made mix.

classic daiquiris

classic daiquiris

Classic Daiquiris
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup sugar, plus extra for dipping the glasses
  2. 1 lime, cut in half
  3. 1 1/3 cups freshly squeezed lime juice (9 limes)
  4. 1 1/3 cups Bacardi Gold dark rum
  5. Very thin whole slices of lime, for serving
Instructions
  1. Combine the sugar with 1 cup water in a small saucepan and heat until the sugar dissolves completely. Set aside to cool or refrigerate for up to 2 weeks.
  2. When ready to make the cocktails, rub the cut lime on the rims of 6 glasses and lightly dip the rims in a plate of sugar. Turn the glasses upright and set aside to dry.
  3. Combine the lime juice, 1 cup of sugar syrup, and the rum in a pitcher. Fill a cocktail shaker 1/4 full with ice, pour in enough cocktail mixture to cover the ice, place the lid on the shaker, and shake for a full 30 seconds, until very cold. Fill the prepared glasses 3/4 full with ice and strain the daiquiris into the glasses, garnish with the lime slices, and serve ice cold. Repeat until you've used all the cocktail mixture.
Adapted from Ina Garten cook like a pro
Adapted from Ina Garten cook like a pro
Style at a Certain Age https://www.styleatacertainage.com/
classic daiquiris

beth from Style at a Certain Age wears white girlfriend chinos, white muscle tee, gray cardigan, and brown sandals

cheers to the weekend, gang! nothing better than ushering in friday with my crew on hand and sipping a cocktail.

today’s ootd is anchored in white. white girlfriend chinos in a size 8 from Talbots and a medium white mock neck muscle tee from Everlane. both items fit true to size. a lightweight gray duster size medium from Talbots is a perfect addition. and i love to pair brown leather accessories with white. it’s a chic summer color combo. sandals are from Tory Burch and similar belt from Ralph Lauren.

beth from Style at a Certain Age wears white girlfriend chinos, white muscle tee, gray cardigan, and brown sandals

beth from Style at a Certain Age wears white girlfriend chinos, white muscle tee, gray cardigan, and brown sandals

chinos | tee | duster | similar belt | sandals | similar watch | gold bracelet | similar wrap bracelet

beth from Style at a Certain Age wears white girlfriend chinos, white muscle tee, gray cardigan, and brown sandals

beth from Style at a Certain Age wears white girlfriend chinos, white muscle tee, gray cardigan, and brown sandals

chinos | tee | duster | similar belt | sandals | similar watch | gold bracelet | similar wrap bracelet

beth from Style at a Certain Age wears white girlfriend chinos, white muscle tee, gray cardigan, and brown sandals

all right, ladies, it’s time to get this party started. oscar, ollie and i wish each of you a lovely weekend! cheers.

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  • Becky
    April 12, 2019 at 9:24 am

    Hi Beth,
    Happy Spring! Your blog is filled with beautiful clothes, great recipes and charming critters. I wish you would add decor references too. I love your porch furniture! Where did you purchase it?

  • Pam
    April 12, 2019 at 9:38 am

    No porch time for us yet. The pollen is measurable on everything. Yuck. Your porch looks lovely.

  • Marian McCarthy
    April 12, 2019 at 10:46 am

    Hi Beth,

    I follow your page and enjoy all your looks! I especially like Fridays with Oscar and Ollie–and cocktails!

    I’m a novelist and author of “Beneath the Wild Blue,” a fictional look at a military family in the 1950s and 1960s. It’s told in the viewpoint of the strong mother, Fritzi Stoddard, who is an independent, strong protagonist and a fierce fashionista despite her limited budget.

    I’d appreciate it if you would consider it for a future book club selection. Several book clubs in Oklahoma (where I live) are reading it, and I’m going on a little book tour throughout the state later this month. Any ideas for book signing attire?

    marianmccarthy.com

    Many thanks–the fashion never stops, no matter how old we get!
    Marian McCarthy

  • Lael Arrington
    April 12, 2019 at 10:54 am

    Loving your porch, Beth. You’re inspiring me to wash off the rest of the “yellow scourge,” get the cushions out and rehabilitate our screened porch. We are exactly the same latitude as you over here in Columbia, SC and I’ve so enjoyed seeing everything leaf out this week. The canopy is back! I’ve realized too that sharing the same daily weather is another reason why I so enjoy your blog…your ootds are always spot on for the weather we’re having here. Grateful for the creative ideas you share.

  • Suzi Pattillo
    April 12, 2019 at 11:03 am

    This recipe not only sounds delicious, it appears to be nice and easy. Fun table decorations complete the entire plan for a relaxing spring evening on the porch.

  • Lin Taylor
    April 12, 2019 at 11:38 am

    When I see you cat on the. table and the dog leaning against your white pants, in addition to your creative but down to earth style, I think: That’s a woman who I could be friends with. Thanks for your posts.

  • Julie Mycock
    April 12, 2019 at 11:39 am

    Hi Beth, I love your porch, we don’t have anything like that in England, people do add what we call Conservatories on the side or the back of the house, they usually have glass windows in them and this makes them very hot even in the winter if the sun is out. Covered conservatories are the best with a proper roof which is what we would have it we had the room. Your porch looks so homely, light and airy and is decorated beautifully. The clothes you’re wearing look great, some lovely relaxing pictures. Happy Friday 😎 x

  • Carla
    April 12, 2019 at 12:02 pm

    Your porch is lovely and so inviting!

  • Jody
    April 12, 2019 at 12:04 pm

    I am amazed your porch isn’t pollen-filled like mine is in Alpharetta!

  • Meredith Fair
    April 12, 2019 at 2:14 pm

    You give me hope for spring weather. Here in Minnesota it is snowing like crazy! We are tired of winter weather. Enjoy your blog!

  • Jill
    April 15, 2019 at 11:32 am

    So relaxing..Mhhh porch furniture..pretty
    LUV it..

  • TK
    April 16, 2019 at 1:10 pm

    Thanks much for including the sizes! That muscle tee looks great on you & Im thinking of getting one.

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