The Air & Water Show By Sea

 

 

I love the Air and Water show. I do not love the crowds at the beach.

This year, I crossed a major To Do off of my bucket list, and joined 18 friends on a boat for an incredible summer Sunday that I will never, ever forget. There’s a thumb in the picture of me diving into the water in my shorts and tank top (we thought it was going to be too cold to swim), but you better believe that happened.

 

Happy Friday!

> images via thelondoner.me

Between the Olympics and our new favorite blog, The Londoner, we have major London fever. We’ve alternated spending the week stalking Rosie’s drool-worthy food posts (and shoes!) and crying over Gabby Douglas’ amazing win.

Another hot weekend coming up that we intend to spend trying new restaurants, soaking up the sun at Ali’s pool, and getting some R&R.

Enjoy yours! :)

 

Pretzel granola bars

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As you know, we’re roughing it this weekend in Wisconsin with some friends – and yes, by roughing it I mean sleeping in beds in a multi-bedroom cabin in the woods with running water, electricity and wifi.  Sue us – we like nice things!  True also, we have plans to tube down rivers, jetski in lakes and swim our little hearts out, so I figured we might need a snack.

These pretzel granola bars seemed perfect: fortified with flaxseed and wheat flour and sweetened with chocolate and peanut butter, I hoped they would be a total crowd pleaser.  And they’re portable – enough said!  I found this recipe on howsweeteats.com and knew it was the one for me.  Money-saving tip: buy whole flaxseed kernels – not only can you use them in a number of other dishes, but it tends to be cheaper to buy them whole and grind ‘em up in your trusty (if not dirty!) coffee grinder.

Pretzel Granola Bars (www.howsweeteats.com)

1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats

1 cup puffed rice cereal

1 cup crushed salted pretzels

1/4 cup ground flaxseed

1/4 cup brown sugar

1/4 cup whole wheat flour

1/2 cup chopped dry roasted peanuts

2/3 cup creamy peanut butter

3 tablespoons butter, melted

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1/3 cup + 1 tablespoon honey (agave should work too)

2/3 cup mini chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a bowl, combine oats, flour, puffed cereal, pretzels, brown sugar, peanuts, and flaxseed, and stir to combine. Add in peanut butter, and mix with a spoon to break it up and create a “dough,” mixing it in as much as you can for at least 5 minutes. Mix melted butter with vanilla extract and add to dough, then mix. Add in honey and stir to moisten completely. Fold in chocolate chips.

Spray a 9 x 13 inch baking dish with non-stick spray and press the dough into the pan. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the top is golden brown. Remove and let cool completely before cutting – there may be minimal crumbling but they should hold together completely. If you find they are crumbling, stick them in the fridge to chill for a few minutes and try again.

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Honey Chipotle BBQ Chicken Tacos

 

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Has anyone ever heard of Ms. P’s Electric Cock?  Hysterical and controversial name aside, I watched her cook the most delicious looking fried chicken on the Cooking Channel the other day, and have been craving chicken since.  Since I don’t think my frying skills could quite match hers, and since I hadn’t perfected her “fry that chicken!” chant, I decided to go the bbq route.  Barbeque is such a quintessential summer flavor and these tacos – with a bit of spicy chipotle heat, the creaminess of the avocado and the bite of the lime – could be the quintessential way to enjoy the classic sauce.

Honey Chipotle Barbeque Sauce

  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons chipotle chiles in adobo
  • 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt (to taste)
  • 1 pinch ground pepper, to taste

Combine all ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth.  This sauce requires no cooking – just refrigerate until ready to use!

I used a slow cooker to slowly stew a few boneless skinless chicken thighs and breasts in the sauce and shredded the cooled chicken.  I mixed a light coleslaw of chopped cabbage and poppyseed salad dressing and chopped a bit of lime and avocado.  I toasted corn tortillas in a lightly oiled pan for a few minutes until they were warm, chewy and absolutely delicious.  My only regret was a slight grocery shopping mishap that haunted me every bite – no cilantro for topping!

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boho rhapsody

Don’t me wrong, I usually make fun of hippies as a rule, but this summer I’m finding myself faily obsessed with the classic boho style.  I suppose that phrase almost contradicts itself – possibly the most interesting aspect of boho style is the sheer variety of accessories, stylings and pairings.  A bit of inspiration from pinterest below…

Black and white tatoo idea airplane

Black and White girl in bandana

Black and White rocker

Follow that dream parkway

Black and White sunglasses

fishtail braid

Hippy Van picture

images via pinterest

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A little soul in our lives

Though it was a Monday – a hot and muggy Monday, long anticipated and dreaded in the way solely reserved for Mondays – we packed our work bags accordingly and vowed to make it to the weekly opening concert in the Pritzker Pavilion in Millenium Park.  We weren’t quite sure how we would feel about the “Screaming Eagle of Soul,” Charles Bradley but were immediately charmed  by his incredible passion and equally incredible voice. Armed with wine and snacks (jalepeno hummus, organic strawberries and blackberries) and our trusty towel for two, we headed over to the steamy park for some Monday night entertainment.  Amazed and delighted (and at times – let’s keep it honest, sister – dismayed) by the variety of fashion, shoesorlackthereof and hairstyles, we settled in for a night of good music and better people watching.

Pritzker pavilion 2

Pritzker Pavilion Concert 2

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Picnic Snacks

Pritzker Pavilion Concert

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Big strawberry – tiny stem-hat!  I was obsessed Smile

Chicago River Kayak

Chicago river kayakers on my walk home.

Weekend without words

 

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This weekend doesn’t need many words to describe it – it was all about food, wine and family – and a bit about bribing the cat to love me.  It hasn’t worked for 12 years, I don’t know why I just can’t let it go! 

We spent the weekend relaxing in a glorious manner: with our awesome family and more than a few drinks.  Though Laura was stranded in anairportwhichshallnotbenamedbecauseofthehorriblecustomerservice on Friday and didn’t make it until Saturday, the evening of her arrival we feasted on a delicious grilled lamb roast with rosemary, garlic and lemon and the spinach salad I continue to rave about!  There’s just something about sitting outside on a warm summer evening with family and good conversation we just can’t get enough of.  We hope you had an amazing weekend as well, and look forward to hearing about it!

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Life Lately

Chicago Oak Street Beach Picture

Oak street beach – early morning – Friday off of work.  Enough said.

Stacked Mint and Gold Bracelets

Stacked gold and mint bracelets, so perfect for summer and that wear-everywhere lbd.

Chicago Skyline at Sunset Picture

An incredibly muggy Chicago on an amazing Sunday funday eve.

Lake Geneva Lakefront Photo

An escape to Lake Geneva with family for the Fourth of July – what could be better?

Skeleton Key Coat Hook Picture

Skeleton key coat hanger – currently storing my scarves for a chillier month.

Man in the Sea Photo

My favorite Nat Geo photo – a man, a legend, said to live in the sea, drink only seawater and eat only fish.

Summer Umbrella Photo

The perfect way to spend a hot afternoon – my sister, an umbrella and some incredible sunshine.

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