Friday, July 31, 2015

Prosciutto-Asparagus Bundles

It can't say enough about this delicious side dish.  It pairs perfectly with burgers, chicken or really any of your favorite entrees.  It would also be great for a party because it is just as good at room temperature as it is hot!  This is an Ina Garten recipe that I only had to change a bit.  I had truffle oil at home so I used that instead of truffle butter and olive oil.  
2 lbs asparagus, trimmed
6 oz prosciutto 
1/2 cup gruyere cheese, shredded
2 tbsp truffle oil
salt & pepper, to taste
Preheat oven to 400.  Blanche the asparagus in boiling water for 2 minutes.  Plunge immediately into ice cold water.  Let cool for two minutes and remove a lay on paper towels to dry completely. Take 6 or 7 stalks of asparagus and wrap one piece of prosciutto around the middle of it.  Place on baking sheet  lined with parchment paper (opening side down).  Sprinkle gruyere cheese, salt and pepper over the bundles.  Drizzle truffle oil over top.  Bake until cheese is melted- about 12-15 minutes.  Enjoy- This is a new favorite in our house!

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Grilled Romaine

3 hearts of Romaine lettuce, cut in half
1-2 tbsp olive oil
salt & pepper, to taste
2 ears of corn on the cob, grilled and cut of the cob
1 avocado, diced
1/2 can of hearts of palm, diced
1/4 cup basil leaves, julienned
2 tbsp maple syrup
2 1/2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
2 1/2 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp rice wine vinegar
1 tbsp dijon mustard
2 garlic cloves, minced
Put all ingredients in mini food processor or blender and combine.

In a bowl, combine avocado, corn, basil and hearts of palm.  Pour 3 tablespoons of the dressing over and stir well.  The lemon juice will keep the avocado from going brown.  Put in the refrigerator.
Drizzle olive oil over both sides of romaine. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.  Place romaine cut- side down on the grill.  Cook for 2 minutes then turn and cook for additional 2 minutes on other side. Remove from grilled.  Top each half of grilled romaine with corn mixture and drizzle with additional dressing.  I served ours with JalapeƱo Chicken Burgers without buns for a healthy delicious meal.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Being an Aunt!

If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook you know by now that I am an aunt.  My sister, Madeline, gave birth to her twins in June 30th.  They were early so that had to spend some time in the NICU.  When my sister first told me that she was in fact pregnant and even when she told me there were two, I was excited for her.  I didn't really think about me or what it was going to be like for me.  I have 3 children and love them more than I could ever begin to express.  I worry about them constantly. So, I was just glad that she was going to get to experience those feelings and emotions (especially since she gives me such a hard time about not being a more laid-back parent!). 
When I got to meet and hold Eloise and James and when I got to see Madeline hold them, I sobbed.  It was a unexpected emotion for me to have at that time.  I would think that it is similar to becoming a grandparent- feeling so in love with the babies and also so extremely proud of their parents and for them.  My sister created these 2 incredible little lives and I get to be a part of their lives forever.  I am so thankful for some new life in our family.  After reading a friends Facebook post, it really has made me ponder the circle of life.  My sister and I have lost both of our parents.  It sounds crazy but, James looks like our dad and Eloise like our mom (even did so on the ultrasound!).  They are our angels looking down on us and they blessed us with these 2 new little lives. Since losing both of our parents, Mine and Madeline's relationship has become even stronger.  Little fights and disagreements don't seem to matter.  I am more thankful now that we have each other and that our children have each other.   
Over the next couple of weeks I had the privilege of visiting Eloise and James in the NICU and Progressive Care Nurseries almost everyday.  Madeline and Dave let me visit them, snuggle them and feed them.  When James was released 9 days before Eloise, I got to babysit him so that they could go spend time with Eloise.  I was time that I absolutely cherished!  Jackson, Nat and Hollins are thrilled to have new cousins to "babysit".  They enjoy just staring at the twins and letting them hold their fingers.  I am looking forward to many more play dates at Aunt Josie's house! We all feel blessed beyond measure.
How sweet are these babies?!?

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Some of My Favorite Summer Dresses

If I've not been at the pool this summer I have been living in loose, comfortable dresses.  I have not even taken the tags off of my fabulous flare white jeans yet! It has just been so unbearably hot here.  I break out in a sweat just thinking about putting on a pair of pants.  Here are a few of my current favorite summer dresses!

Every time I step out in this cute dress I have been asked where it is from. It can be found at Belk and Nordstrom.  I can't even count how many times I have worn it.  So many that I just ordered it in another color!!  I figure it'll be great for fall with a fur vest and some booties or boots. As with a lot of Free People things, it runs big but also short.  I'm 5'7" and the XS is perfect on me.
This dress is from Scout & Molly's.  The brand is Sincerely Mary.  I have worn it as a dress but it would also work as a great cover-up.
I wore this navy and white dress on the 4th of July.  Actually I think it is suppose to be a shirt but I went up a size and it worked great as a dress for me.  It is lightweight and loose so it worked perfectly for a especially hot night outside!
Anthropologie Percy Swing Tunic
Hollins Dress- Pink Chicken New York

Stay Cool!