happy first friday in march! lots going on today with fridays with oscar. i’m gushing over the always pan, this cute faux leather jacket that’s back in action, and the gorgeous temps’ mother nature decided to deliver. let me tell you, the weather has been oh so delightful this week. in fact, it’s been so nice that my backyard landscape project has picked up steam. yes, we are looking at the finish line even as i type. today’s photos were taken a week ago, so the landscapers had just planted the bushes. can’t wait to share how a-ma-zing both front and backyards look.
is it time to head to my local nursery and pull my gardening clogs from storage? not yet, but we’re inching closer. spring cannot come quickly enough, especially after the year we’ve all endured. but hope springs eternal, and spring is a reminder of all things new and wonderful. i can assure you nothing beats spring in the south. hello, dogwoods! hello, crepe myrtles! hello, gardenias! it’s been a while since we last saw you.
y’all know fridays are hands down my favorite day of the week. one reason is my favorite german shepherd is on hand to usher in the weekend. another reason is whipping up a delicious cocktail and sharing a healthy recipe with you. so come on in and sit a spell.
as you can see, oscar enjoys his yard no matter what. add a ball into the mix, and this guy is one happy camper. sometimes, i have to hide his football to get some peace. this dog rarely wears out! but i’m happy to spend time outdoors with him even if i throw the ball one hundred and ninety-nine times. believe you me, i am no tom brady when it comes to accuracy or distance. but i do my best.
many of you might remember this adorable faux leather jacket from Walmart that i trotted out earlier in the week. today, i paired it with an animal print blouse also from Walmart. didn’t i tell you the Scoop brand is adorable? the blouse has a matching skirt which i also purchased. one more reason i can’t wait for spring to arrive. today the blouse and faux leather jacket are perfect to wear with a pair of bootcut jeans (limited sizes similar here, here, and here) from J.Crew and a pair of booties from Nordstrom last seen here.
today, i am gushing over a new pan that arrived a month or so ago. many of you might be familiar with the always pan from our place. someone had emailed me recently asking for my opinion of this pan. if that was you here are my thoughts: where have you been all my life?! not only does the always pan save space in your cupboard with its multi-purpose uses: fryer, skillet, steamer, colander, and fry pan. but it has a handy dandy built-in spoon rest on the pan for the accompanying spatula, two easy-pour spouts, and a stay-cool handle. what i love the most is how easy clean-up is with this ceramic pan. definitely a wise purchase considering the price.
Place sausage in the skillet with 1 tbsp olive oil. Cook until done.
Add 2 cans of cannellini beans.
Add bag of spinach and cook until wilted.
Pour chilled Prosecco and Hpnotiq into a coupe glass and top with cranberry juice. Add a lemon peel for garnish. Serves 2.
today’s cocktail came from Cocktails for Book Lovers. they claim literature and libations go hand-in-hand. who am i to argue? if you haven’t heard Style at a Certain Age hosts book club for Style an online book club. click on this link to join. this month we’re reading The Daughters of Kobani. come join us.
oscar and i wish each of you a lovely weekend!