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for some dreamy summer night…

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April 3rd, 2015 · Print Print

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A few weeks ago, I had some girlfriends over to our house, and of course, I had to give a full tour to one of them who hadn’t been over before.  The tour ended in my closet (obviously!) and one of them zeroed in on a dress that was hanging there

“What’s that for?”  She asked me, obviously anticipating some super-glam event coming up on my calendar.

But… nope!  Aside from a quick vacation coming up in a few weeks, Chad and I have exactly nothing big planned for the next few months.  Chances are, we’ll be spending a lot of Saturday nights ordering takeout and watching the baby monitor. 

On the other hand, I’m almost tempted to plan something extra-special just to wear this dress.  I have some daytime events on the horizon but can’t quite bring myself to break out a ballgown in the middle of the day.  But I keep finding myself scoping out possibilities for a really over-the-top night out, just an excuse to break this dress out of the closet!

I love to buy new dresses for special occasions, but I hate the pressure that comes with needing something right now, which inevitably means that I’ll spend a whole day shopping and not find anything I like.  So now I make an effort to find dresses I love before I need them, so that I have something on hand in a pinch!

What about you guys?  Any swanky black tie galas or chic wedding parties coming up this summer? 

Gifted eDressMe dress, Carolee necklace, BHLDN Luna bracelet.

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shrimp and corn chowder

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March 30th, 2015 · Print Print

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Spring hit Texas last week, although I know it’s been slow to arrive on other parts of the country!  But this dish is a pretty good compromise — it has the lightness of a summer chowder, but it’s warm and substantial for those last few chilly days.

These last few weeks have been insanely busy, but in a really good way!  Starting my law practice means that when I’m swamped with work, I’m actually happy about it — which is a pretty cool feeling.  However, it means that I have to be extra organized and motivated to make sure I can accomplish what I need to every day.  (Especially with a baby involved, that’s no small feat!) It’s been a huge challenge, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything.

But, onto this recipe: I wouldn’t say it’s exactly as “easy” as my usual slow cooker staples, although the effort is definitely worth it.  This is the kind of dish that’s great to make on Friday night, so you can have leftovers all weekend.  Chad really liked it, and it’ll be back in our rotation again soon! 

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Shrimp and Corn Chowder

INGREDIENTS
1 16-ounce package of frozen corn
4 slices turkey bacon, diced
8 scallions, thinly sliced
2 medium potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
2 tablespoons flour
3 cups 2% milk
1 teaspoon Old Bay
1/2 teaspoon thyme
1 pound peeled and deveined shrimp
Salt and Pepper

DIRECTIONS

In a large stock pot, saute the turkey bacon until fully cooked, and set aside.  Combine 1 tbsp milk with the flour and heat together to create a roux, then add the rest of the milk, potatoes, scallions, seasoning, shrimp, and corn.  Simmer for about 2 hours.

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happy weekend!

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March 27th, 2015 · Print Print

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You guys!  This week got away from me.  It was an amazing one, but one that left me with exactly zero time for blogging.  Boo!  Next week, I’ll be back on track.

What do y’all have planned this weekend?  I am super excited about ours — Chad’s brother, his wife, and their two-year-old son are coming to Houston for a visit!  Bear met his cousin Evan at Christmas, but he’s so much bigger and more aware of everything now, and I’m super excited for them to actually get to play together!  We got them on FaceTime a few weeks ago and Evan kept saying “Hi Baby Bear!”  It was SO cute!

Every time I see older kids now, I get so excited to watch Bear grow up and to see all the new things he’ll learn.  I can’t wait until he’s old enough to talk!  Right now, he says Mama and Dada and not much else, but I know they start advancing in leaps and bounds the second year.  I can’t wait!

Also, this weekend, I’m going to get on the ball about planning Bear’s first birthday party!  It’s only a few weeks away (eek!) and I’ve done exactly nothing so far.  (Double eek!) That’s not totally true — we ordered our invitations and thought a lot about the theme, but there are a lot of details that need to come together in the next few weeks, and I have to get on the ball!  It’s going to be a ton of fun. 

And thank you all so much for the vacation ideas!  I want to go everywhere.  One of my favorite things about living in Houston is how many easy beach destinations are just a few hours away — I can’t wait to explore more of them!

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