Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Summer Dill Corn

Fresh corn on the cob just screams summer!  I have three favorite ways to eat corn on the cob: the "original" way--boiled, butter, salt; grilled; and, dill corn.

This recipe was born years ago after we attended a wedding where they had a cold corn salad, and it was served with a dill vinaigrette.  I kept thinking about that salad & had to make it.  Well, I never made the salad.  But I did end up with an amazing side dish.  This is a great way to use leftover corn on the cob, too!

Dill Corn

1 ear of corn per person
1 teaspoon butter
1 teaspoon dried dill {about half if you're using fresh}
Salt & Pepper to taste

Start by cutting the corn off the cob.  Then, take a spoon & run it all along the cob, scraping out any juice and leftover kernels.  Melt butter in a pan over medium heat, and add in corn & "scrapings."  Sprinkle in salt, pepper and dill, and stir until the corn is coated in butter and seasonings.  
Cook for about 5-8 minutes, until it's heated through & sizzlin'

If you use more than one ear of corn, be sure to increase the butter and dill as well....three ears of corn would have three teaspoons of butter and 3 teaspoons of dill, etc.  You get it ;)

Monday, June 2, 2014

Weekend in Words

The weather was gorgeous all weekend & we took full advantage.  Grilling and a few drinks on the deck, getting some much needed sun on this pasty pale skin....a little too much sun, my left shoulder would tell you.  I stayed out there about 50 minutes longer than I should because I was wayyy too wrapped up reading Bossy Pants.  Hilarious--you should read it.

I decided to stay indoors on Sunday to get some things done & prepare for the week.  About an 1/8 of the things on my list got done before I noticed that the entire last season of Sex and the City was on my DVR.  Next thing I know, I saw Charlotte convert to Judaism, break up with Harry, marry Harry, battle infertility; Elizabeth Taylor win the dog show--on her period!;  Miranda get the chicken pox, meet the doctor, break up with the doctor, marry Steve, move to Brooklyn; Samantha with Smith, Samantha and cancer & Lil Kim's wig; Carrie with Burger, Carrie with the Russian Lovah, and then, finally, Carrie with Big.  Needless to say, I was a hot hormonal mess with a snoring dog, two loads of unwashed laundry, and only frozen meat.

It was pretty much the perfect Sunday.  I hope yours was equally as amazing.

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Anniversary Recap & Misc. Summer {Five on...Saturday?}

So glad to see another weekend roll around!  A little late linking up my Friday Five with April and the girls, but better late than never!

{one} We had a wonderful, low key anniversary!  We try to follow the traditional anniversary gifts by year, with a creative twist.  O did quite well the leather gift this year, giving me this beautiful leather Pandora bracelet!

I got him a new fishing rod...we'll pretend that has some leather on it somewhere ;)

{two} The anniversary festivities continued last night at our favorite Japanese Steakhouse!  We've accidentally made it a tradition to go there & celebrate each year.  We did it the first two, may as well keep it up.  I ate my weight in Yum Yum Sauce, flying Shrimp & Onion Volcanoes.

Let's talk about summer...first, two good things:

{three} Freshly painted Coral toes.  I'll most likely have this on my toe nails all summer long.

{four} Bare legs.  Which, if you're me, isn't always a good thing.  But I secretly started using O's Shave Butter from The Dollar Shave club, and I'll never use anything else.  Guess the secret's out ;)

AND, a bad summer moment from the week:

{five}  I'm COVERED in mosquito bites!  Arms, elbow, thigh, foot.  You name it, I've got a bite.  And they've sticking around even a week later.  Any ideas on how to make these disappear...AND, stop itching?!

Enjoy the weekend, friends!

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Three Years

Three years ago today, on a record hot day in Loudoun County, Virginia, we stood under the 5:00 evening sun and said our "I do's"

Time flies when you're having fun--I can't wait to see what year three holds for us!  Love you, O!

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Pineapple Craze

It must be true what they say about your taste buds changing every seven years..."they" do say that, right?  I've never been much of a pineapple girl {except when it's blended into a Pina Colada...} but I recently gave it another try and I CAN'T.GET.ENOUGH.

If you follow me on Instagram {@amparsons29}, you saw that I was having one heck of a time chopping that sucker up over the weekend.  I eventually got it all cut up...  I've been eating it diced up as a snack & even grilled.  But my latest pineapple obsession?  In the form of creamy Sorbet.

With the extra day this weekend & the amazing summer weather, I decided to dust off {literally...} the ice cream maker and turn my new favorite fruit into a healthy {??} dessert!

Pineapple Sorbet

2 cups fresh chunked pineapple
2 tablespoons honey
1/4 cup pineapple juice {or water, orange juice--any liquid!}

Put all ingredients in the blender or food processor, and blend until smooth.
Pour into ice cream maker* and blend for 7-12 minutes.  Pour into a freezer safe container &

The first time I made it, I attempted to make it a little healthier by using two tablespoons of honey in place of the simple syrup.  It was good, but there was a very noticeable honey after taste.  Which wasn't bad, but I was going for full on pineapple flavor.  The second try recipe, above, was the winner for me!

*We have the KitchenAid Ice Cream Attachment that fits our mixer & I LOVE it!  

Monday, May 26, 2014

Memorial Day Weekend

Talk about a relaxing, productive weekend!  I accomplished about 50% of the things I mentioned on Friday.  We did not make it to Taste of Cincinnati, I was off the hook for fishing {apparently, I talk too much...} and poor Iz still looks like a muppet.  But, we DID end up deep cleaning the whole house, grilling out, enjoying the weather & knocking out some DIY projects, which included:

Finishing up my latest door hanger,

We installed new lights on the deck,

AND we may have taken advantage of the Memorial Day Sale at Home Depot & bought a new fridge!!  This will finally finish up the kitchen & we'll have matching appliances for the first time since we've lived here!  I can't wait for it to be delivered next week.  I've already started thinking about how I'll organize it.  #nerdalert

I'm off to enjoy the last bit of sunshine on the deck, with freshly painted toe nails, a hot dog and a cold beverage ;)  Do we really have to go back to work tomorrow?!

Friday, May 23, 2014

Five on Friday

First, thank you to everyone who commented and emailed with kind words after my post yesterday :)  It's amazing the connections blogging will bring you, and more support from friends you've never actually met in person--y'all are the best!

NOW, let's talk about this three day weekend!  I am SO glad to have a few relaxing days off!  Linking up my low key weekend plans with April & the girls!

We might stroll downtown for the Taste of Cincinnati.

I plan to spend a lot of time on the deck, enjoying the gorgeous weather, and ONLY using our grill.  On the menu?  Grilled Flank Steak with Chimichurri Sauce

We're definitely getting a haircut for this fur ball, #baddogmom

Tackling a few DIY projects that have been lingering on my to-do list for far too long & doing a little belated spring cleaning.  I think this list should cover it...anything I should add?

And I may have promised to do a little fishing with the hubs....rewind to 2009, when I caught this big guy.
He might go alone...

I hope y'all have a wonderful LONG weekend!
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