Dress Well (and Eat Well): Sunday at the Farmer's Market

J. Crew sweatshirt, UnderArmor leggings

Natalie, the hardcore coffee drinker: that's a decaf almond milk latte in my hand. You know, the hard stuff.

July has fully lived up to its reputation this year. This past weekend, just like all other weekends this July, was cold, gray, and foggy. Every time my husband and I stepped outside, one of us said, "it's like it's November!" because this weekend's weather felt exactly like November in Texas. We didn't let a little fog interrupt our weekend routine, though - we still got up, bundled up, and walked over to our neighborhood farmer's market. Here's a small peak into our standard weekend:

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And this is what those dahlias look like when you get them home. Aren't they beautiful?

DSC_6351Nothing too exciting from this past weekend to report. Our Friday night dinner at AQ was wholly underwhelming. I loved the meal we had the first time we went, but almost every course this time missed the mark. Disappointing. On Saturday we got in a little shopping before coming home because I was feeling pretty sick. Sunday we braved the fog for a bit, cooked a big brunch (more on that later this week!) then lazed around the house. As you can see, I wasn't lying when I said I had nothing exciting to report...

Next weekend we're off to Texas for a friend's wedding. While we'll only be in Dallas for slightly over 24 hours, I'm ready to trade some Texas summer sun for this San Francisco summer fog! Between work and some fun dinners with friends this upcoming week, I'm sure the trip will be here before I know it.

Have a great Monday, everyone!

Eat Well: Gone Glamping

Collage 2You read that right - I am currently out "glamping" with shopkick in celebration of the company's fourth birthday (so cool, right?). As a result, you guys are being treated to shots from my life recently. Of course, I didn't realize that 99% of the shots of my life lately are of food...sorry I'm not sorry?

P.S. - Did you see me featured on Kendra Scott jewlery's Facebook page this week? I'm now also in their Blogger Fans section of their website...go check it out!

Happy Friday - have a great weekend!

Eat Well: Oven Roasted Tomatoes with Burrata Cheese

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This past Saturday we were invited to a dinner party at a friend's apartment where they asked us to bring an appetizer that could double as a side. After one of my friends suggested that I bring a caprese salad, it occurred to me that this was the perfect opportunity to try oven-roasting some tomatoes. I followed Victoria's instructions for the tomato base of my take on caprese. In addition to seasoning my tomatoes with salt and pepper, I used Herbs de Provence, an herb blend that I already had in my spice drawer. I then topped the roasted tomatoes with burrata cheese (you can find it at Whole Foods or you can use regular mozzarella), chopped fresh basil, a drizzle of olive oil, and salt and pepper. I think they came out very well, if I do say so myself - and the whole dish was so easy!

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DSC_7399I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. It was definitely a good one over here. Despite getting a pretty bad sunburn after reading on the roof yesterday afternoon (when will I learn?) I really enjoyed the warm weather and good meals with good friends. There's really no reason for me to lament the passing of the weekend, though - this week is my last week at Bank of America, I'm starting a new CrossFit class today, and I'm headed to Houston for a friend's wedding at the end of the week! With so much excitement packed into five days, I know I'm in for a wonderful week. I hope you are too - happy Monday!