Thursday Things

Happy Thursday! So I took a longer vacation from blogging than I’d hoped, but today I just had the itch to write. This summer has turned out 10 times busier than I thought it would be. Remember those carefree summer days from childhood? Yeah, what are those? :)  Nearly every weekend we’ve had plans. Weekdays seem to be flying by with work, working out, being Oliver’s mom, freelancing and just generally running from here to there. So without further ado, here are some of my latest musings.

1) On Saturday I went to my friend and fellow blogger Sun’s house for a “My Favorite Things” party. In addition to our regular potluck-style spread, we each brought 4 of our favorite things under $5 (I’m guessing there were about 10 of us girls there). Since one of my favorite things is cooking, I brought some of my favorite spice blends from Penzy’s. In return, I got a bunch of cool gifts from other girls. One of Laura’s favorite things is Trader Joe’s Sweet and Spicy Pecans.


Since taking my first bite, I have been completely obsessed. I never (read NEVER) snack on nuts, but these are amazing. Along with my cookie butter and TJ’s sushi, I will always add these into my cart.

2. Farmers market season is here! I went to my first market of the season in Greendale (a suburb of Milwaukee) on Saturday and it was hopping. And no, I don’t care if I sound like a grandma using that word. Everyone and their dog was out and about. Brenton was out of town for a bachelor party, so I treated myself to lots of fresh veggies and lilies.

The best part? They were only $5!

3. I am beyond excited for Laurie’s wedding on Saturday! I’ve been hoping for good weather for her and James all week. Supposedly this heat wave is supposed to break, so that’s a blessing in itself! Either way, I know their wedding will be absolutely gorgeous. Her shower a few weeks ago even gave me an idea for my newspaper column.

This month’s Gatherings was all about hosting a bridal shower. The food and photos were some of the best that Brenton and I have done since starting Gatherings in June 2012. I got that aqua pitcher at our church rummage sale and I am in love with it. What it’s holding is even better, a fruit salad sangria. To. Die. For. I especially love the boozy fruit that sinks to the bottom when all the sangria is gone. I may or may not have had that for breakfast the next day.

Question: What are you looking forward to this weekend?

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