Summer Recipes

Hey y'all! I know I promised a recipe post for today and today was a little crazy so I'm just Now getting around to finishing up my post. Better than than never, right? 

First up is the Sheet Pan Dinner I shared on yesterday's Life Lately Post. I've been this a few times lately and it has turned out so good. And it's SO easy.
What you need: 
Italian Sausage
Shrimp
Veggies (I used carrots, potatoes, squash, and asparagus)
Italian Seasoming
Garlic Salt
Olive Oil

What to do:
Cut up sausage and veggies and spread out evenly on your baking sheet, drizzle with olive oil, add your seasonings (I don't measure, I usually just sprinkle both the Italian seasoning and garlic salt all over), and bake on 400 for 30 minutes (I usually take it out after about 15 and stir everything up). That's it! Like I said, so easy and so good!

These next two recipes are not mine, I found them on Pinterest and have linked the websites with both recipes. I've tried them both within the last few weeks and they were delicious! 
I made this Grilled California Avocado Chicken this past Monday and it's a new favorite of ours. It was SO good. It's definitely going to be on our menu again very soon.

I've made this Squash Casserole  a few times here lately as a side dish and it was great! This is one of Chase's new favorites. It's the perfect summer recipe!

Life Lately

Hey y'all! It's been almost two weeks since I've written a blog post and I'm so glad to be back. Last week I picked up my school keys and went to a couple of Professional Development trainings and this week I'm heading to my classroom to start getting it ready for the school year. I seriously can't believe it's already time to start thinking about school again. While I'm excited for a new school year,  I'm still trying to soak up the last few weeks of summer break.  

Today I'm sharing a little life lately with y'all...

I mentioned that I picked up my school keys last week. I'm at a new school this year and it happens to be a few minutes away from one of the cutest little towns with one of the best restaurants. My momma came with me to pick up my keys and then we headed to lunch at The Whistle Stop.

Seriously some of the best “home cooked” food there is. I see a lot of visits here in the future.

I've been trying my best to head to the gym at least 2 days a week. I usually head to the pool right after the gym

I made a sheet pan dinner with sausage, shrimp, and veggies last week and it was delicious.

I've been spending a lot of time with my SIL while we're both off work. Here we were waiting for Chase to finish up mowing the yard so we could head to the lake. Snapchat filters are always a fun way to pass time. ;)
 

We've been spending our weekends at the lake and we cant get enough.

And this past weekend we celebrated my father-in-law's birthday with a big family cookout.

 
On Monday I spent the day organizing our cabinets and cleaning out my closets.I hadn't organized our cabinets since last summer and it was getting BAD. I also got rid of 4 huge bags of clothes.
Here's a little "before" picture of the cabinet we keep a lot of our Tupperware and Pyrex in. There were lids everywhere and I couldn't find anything I needed.

And the “after” photo…SO much better!

I've also spent a little bit of time shopping the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. I've ordered a few things that I plan to share with y'all when it all comes in. This was my first year shopping the sale and now I'm hooked. It was so hard to limit myself to just a few things.

Tuesday was a busy day. I was up early to get "processed" for my new teaching position. I spent my afternoon working out with my mom, getting lunch at Panera, and dropping off some clothes at Plato Closet (I always take my name brand clothing to Plato's after cleaning out my closet to get a little extra cash).
I've been getting Panera's Southwest Chile Lime Ranch Salad with Chicken and it's SO good y'all.

That's it for today! I'll be back tomorrow sharing some of my favorite recipes from here lately.
XOXO

 

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday y'all! Today I'm linking up with Andrea, Erika, and Narci to share some of my favorites from here lately. It's been a while since I've done a Friday Favorites so I have a lot to share today!
 
I finally finished working at our school's summer program last Friday so I am officially on summer break. It's crazy to think that it's already July, and there are only a few weeks left until I'll have to start getting my new classroom ready.
 
We spent our 4th of July weekend at the Lake with Chase's family. Lake days are always our FAVORITE.

 My SIL and I had fun hanging out together with our boys.

Sunday after church we headed to the lake again.

And Sunday night we watched fireworks with my BIL, SIL, and some friends.
 
We had a rainy 4th of July on Tuesday so Chase and I had a lazy day at home watching Harry Potter movies. Lazy days and Harry Potter are our FAVORITE.
 
One of my FAVORITE days from this past week was a girls day in spent exploring Nashville with my SIL.
 
We finally got to visit Five Daughter's Bakery, and it was seriously the cutest.
 
Their donuts were definitely a FAVORITE of ours. I've been thinking about taking a trip to Nashville just for their donuts ever since. ;)
 
Hope y'all have a great weekend!
XOXO
 

 

Girls Day Out in Nashville

Yesterday my SIL and I spent the day out in Nashville exploring the city. We had been planning on doing a girls day in Nashville for a while and were so excited to spend the day exploring. She just finished up beauty school and has the rest of July off until she starts her new job and since I'm officially on summer break, this week ended up being perfect. 

 
Our morning started with breakfast at Five Daughter's Bakery. We'd both been wanting to try out their donuts for a while and were so excited to finally get to go.

The donuts did not disappoint.

After breakfast, we spent some time walking around 12th South.

 
 
There were so many pretty murals on the sides of the buildings on this street.


After 12th South, we went to the mall to do a little shopping. We did some damage in Sephora, and looked around at a few other places before heading to lunch.
 
We tried out The Pharmacy for a late lunch and it was SO good y'all. After lunch we were worn out so we headed home.

We had the BEST girls day.

What's Up Wednesday

Happy Wednesday y'all! Today is the last Wednesday of the month, which means I'm linking up with Shay for What's Up Wednesday.
 
Like usual, we're answering these questions...
 
 
Let me just start by saying.. How is it possible that June is almost over?! This month has gone by SO fast. Thankfully, this is my last week of summer school and then I'll have about four weeks left to really enjoy some time off this summer before school starts back in August.
 
WHAT WE'RE EATING...
Over the weekend we went to a friend's wedding and had some awesome BBQ.
 
And on Sunday after church we stopped by my FAVORITE café for lunch and I had the Caprese Pizza and it was delicious.
 
I also made these Mexican Stuffed Shells recently and they were a hit!
 
WHAT I'M REMINSCING ABOUT...
We celebrated our 1 year anniversary on June 18th and I've been reminiscing about our wedding day all month long.
 
Reminiscing back on our wedding day has me also reminiscing on our honeymoon. We LOVE 30A.  I need a beach trip in the near future!
 
WHAT I'M LOVING...
I've been getting up early enough in the mornings to watch the sun rise and I LOVE seeing this pretty view.
 
 

And I know y'all are probably getting tired of my sunset pictures, but I've been loving watching the sunset in the evenings as well.
 
WHAT WE'VE BEEN UP TO...
We've been making the most of our summer here lately..
We visited gorgeous Cummins Falls a few weeks ago.
 
Celebrated our Anniversary in Nashville.
 

And had the best time this past weekend with my BIL and SIL at one of our friend's weddings. Chase and his brother were both groomsmen so my sister-in-law and I had a pool day, got ready together, and hung out a the wedding until the boys were free. ;) 
 
WHAT I'M DREADING...
Nothing at the moment.
 
WHAT I'M WORKING ON...
I've spent my summer working at our schools' summer program. We've taken weekly field trips, learned all about maps and traveling, taken walks around town, and had rainy popcorn and movie days. It's been a great experience, but I am READY to get to enjoy the last few weeks of summer.
 
WHAT I'M EXCITED ABOUT...
The end of summer school! After this week I will officially be starting my summer. I plan on sleeping in, spending my days by the pool, and possibly a short girls trip.
 
WHAT I'M WATCHING/READING...
I've been eating lunch and watching Fixer Upper on the afternoons when I only work half a day of summer school. Watching the newest season has me dying to go back to Waco ASAP.
 
WHAT I'M LISTENING TO...
Summertime always puts me in a 90s music kinda mood. Summer Hits of the 90s has been my go-to Pandora station here lately.
 
WHAT I'M WEARING...
I'm loving the off the shoulder/cold shoulder trend this summer.
This top is so cute paired with white jeans..
 
or shorts..
 
I wore this dress to a wedding over the weekend and again to church on Sunday and got so many compliments. I'm 5'2 and can rarely find a maxi dress that isn't way too long on me so I was pumped when I found this one and it was the perfect length.
 
Both my top and dress are from Francesca's.
 
WHAT I'M DOING THIS WEEKEND...
This weekend we're having a little 4th of July get-together at our house with some of our closest friends and we are so excited.
 
WHAT I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO NEXT MONTH...
Finally being able to enjoy my summer.
 
WHAT ELSE IS NEW...
Not much is new around here.
 
BONUS QUESTION: WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE 4TH OF JULY TRADITION...
Last year we hosted a 4th of July party at our house with all of our closest friends, we grilled out, and then spent the rest of the evening by the fire just talking and hanging out and we're doing the exact same thing again this weekend. I'm hoping this will become our yearly tradition. ;)
 
Hope y'all have the best day!
XOXO