Thursday, June 30, 2016

Broccoli & Tortellini Salad

*Sorry for the delay! My post was set to go live at 5am and didn't :( *


We enjoyed this super simple and yummy salad at a friend's house recently, and then again at home.
Honestly, I am sure most of you have had some type of this salad.
Here is how I made it, and we gobbled it up!

You will need one 1 lb. bag of frozen cheese tortellini.
I used the Kroger brand.
 I had one of these Fresh Selections packages of broccoli from Kroger and used about half of it.
1 cup of coleslaw dressing - this is the exact one I used.

Directions are super easy.
Cook the tortellini according to the package directions.
Rinse with cold water and strain.
Place in a serving dish with broccoli, and add the cole slaw dressing.
Stir until coated.
Store in the refrigerator for about an hour before serving.
The only additional item I added was some bacon pieces as I served it, but that is totally optional.
Other recipes call for cooked bacon.
I just used what I had on hand...

And that is it!
Like I said, super simple to make, yet so yummy!

What are some of your favorite summer salads to make?

Don't forget to link up your #ThinkingOutLoudThursday posts below,
and link back to X-tremely V & Penny's Passion!








Wednesday, June 29, 2016

What's Up Wednesday | June

Linking up with Mel, Shay & Sheaffer for another round of

June Edition

What we"re eating this week
Lots of watermelon and salads!
I forgot to take a picture, but I made a tortellini and broccoli salad that looks like this one.
Seriously super simple!
I will post it tomorrow :)


What I'm reminiscing about
Our first vacation (part 1 & 2) with friends 2 years ago.



All the photos keep popping up on Facebook from the On this day app!
I am now on a mission to plan another friend vacation soon!


What I'm loving
This is probably horrible to say, but having a nanny at home with X.
Not because he gets to be at home during the summer.
Not because he is getting some one-on-time with someone.
It is honestly because it forces me to keep the house picked up! lol!
See, I told you is sounds horrible!
During the school year dishes might pile up, or laundry might sit folded (sometimes not) on the couch waiting to be put away, toys are scattered throughout the house, etc.
With Alex there all day with X, I feel I have to keep things picked up.
I hope this feeling continues when school starts back up at the end of August!


What we've been up to
T-ball is officially over :( and :) 
We are celebrating with a little pizza party tonight (Tuesday night).
We have also been impatiently waiting for my niece to arrive!
She was due on the 22nd and still isn't here.
At the time of writing this 3:38pm on the 28th, my SIL as been in the hospital since yesterday morning.
They stated they were inducing her, but still no baby.
Strange if you ask me.


What I'm dreading
Our office getting audited :(
Every three years we have to go through one, and I literally panic the entire time until it is over.
I have always had jobs where things are picked over with a fine tooth comb.
While, knock on wood, things always seem to go well, I get freaked out until it is over.
Wish me luck! It can be anytime now :(


What I'm working on
Finalizing our vacation!
I know I have been talking about this forever, but it is so hard to nail down dates and where!
I believe we have narrowed it down to Destin, Florida and the dates :)
Now we just need to find the place we are staying and get it booked!
I mean, look at the color of that water!


What I'm excited about
Renovation ideas for our house.
August 1st will be one year since we kind of moved in --- full move in wasn't until November.
I am trying to envision where to move stuff, paint colors, etc.
The possibilities are endless at this point!


What I'm watching/reading 
You mean besides watching my Cleveland Cavaliers win the NBA Championship? ;)
Sorry Mel!
Most shows are on a summer hiatus thankfully, but Pretty Little Liars just began its final season last week.
Have any of you watched it?
Holy moly it creeped me out!


What I'm listening to
Lots Carrie Underwood or whatever is on 90's on 9 :)


What I'm wearing
When I am not at work I rocking shorts and tees. It has been in the 90's and super humid here.
But I am looking forward to receiving my first box from Trendsend at Evereve, and another box from Stitch Fix!
Expect reviews and such soon!


What I'm doing this weekend
It's a 3 day weekend!
We are planning on lots of cookouts, some swimming, and hopefully just relaxing.


What I'm looking forward to next month
Mic's 20th High School reunion.
How is he that old? lol!


What else is new
Nada


Bonus Question: What is your favorite July 4th tradition and/or recipe?
Just cooking out with friends and family during the day, and then going to see fireworks at night :)



Monday, June 27, 2016

Let's Talk | Red, White & Blue

From Memorial Day through Labor Day I become a little obsessed with all things Red, White & Blue.
Particularly clothing.
Those colors just scream summer to me!

So today my spin on the Let's Talk prompt is fun items to wear to your July 4th cookout, Labor Day celebration, or anytime this summer.





Of course I would complete the look with a cute hat and my white converse :)


And don't forget about nail polish!

Do you rock Red, White & Blue all summer long?
Where do you get your Americana gear?

Linking up with Andrea & Erika

And while your here, check out some of my other Red, White & Blue posts :)



Friday, June 24, 2016

Curse Reversed + Giveaway

Joining Andrea, Narci & Erika today :)



Let's get right to it!
This week has been a whirlwind of happiness!
Well, it actually started off crazy...
Yes, that is a giant frog in our pool!
Mic had thrown him over the cliff the day before and he made his way back to our pool!
Grrr!
And yes, I believe we still have a snake in our house.
Sounds like they can live for a couple months or so without food or water.
Looks like we won't be going down in the basement until the Fall.

Moving on to happier times :)
X and I headed north on Sunday to visit with my dad for Father's Day.
Mic asked for a day to himself, so that is exactly what he got!
It was a beautiful day! Hot, but beautiful.
We enjoyed lunch together, a few games of corn hole, and we even played catch :)
My dad and I topped it off with a quick ride on the motorcycle while X took his nap.
It was a really nice day.

And then it got even better!

I mean...



Honestly, I still can't believe it!
It has been 52 years since a Cleveland team has won a championship!
What makes that worse is our teams have been thisclose before, but unfortunately can't win it all :(
I have been suffering through this curse for my entire life.
Hence why I just can't seem to grasp that this is real.
I agree with LeBron...it feels like I am going to wake up and it will be game 4.
I am beyond proud to have grown up in the Cleveland area and for rooting for my Cleveland teams all these years.
This is truly bittersweet.


On Wednesday morning I hopped in my car and headed north to go to the parade with my dad and brother.


We walked around a little bit when we got there, but it was just insane!
I have never seen that many people in one place in my entire life!
They estimated over 1.3 million!!!!
Seriously?
That is nuts!




Look at that!
And this was just the area where the parade ended and the rally was being held!

While we weren't up close and personal with the team like I would have loved to be, it was a memorable day with my dad and brother :)
Let's just hope its not the only championship parade we get to attend in our lives!

Despite being burnt and tired, I headed home as quickly as I could because I had a t-ball game to coach!
It was our last game of the season and I did not want to miss it!
I tried to take a couple pictures as my favorite player was heading towards 3rd base.
Being a coach means no time for cell phone photos :(
But I loved getting to share this season with X!

We then did what every 4 year old looks forward to more than the game...we headed over to the playground :)




It has been an exhausting, but truly amazing week!

And just because we are talking sports and such...
The Cleveland Indians just closed out their June schedule at home with 11 straight wins!
Way to go Tribe!
#AllIn216

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!
I am looking forward to a fun evening out with friends tonight :)

Before you go, check out this giveaway!

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