Recipe :: BLT Panzanella Salad

Chicken Panzanella Salad is one of our favorite easy weeknight recipes – when I saw this riff on it from Cooking Light (Bacon? Yes please!) we knew we had to give it a try. It was SUPER yum. Perhaps more of a summer recipe than one for January but I’m going with it!


BLT Panzanella Salad (Cooking Light)

1 T. unsalted butter
3 oz. Italian bread torn into 3/4 inch pieces
3/4 c. fresh corn kernels
4 large ripe tomatoes, diced
1 c. small cherry tomatoes, halved
2 t. balsamic vinegar
2 t. E.V.O.O.
1 c. baby arugula
3 T. canola mayo
1 T. fresh lemon juice
2 t. minced fresh chives
1/4 c. thinly sliced basil leaves
3 bacon slices, cooked and crumbled

Melt butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add bread and saute until toasted. Remove from heat; stir in corn. Sprinkle tomatoes with S&P and let stand 5 minutes. Combine S&P, vinegar, and oil in a large bowl. Add bread mixture and arugula; toss to coat. Combine mayo, lemon juice, and chives. Arrange tomatoes and bread mixture in a bowl. Drizzle w/mayo mixture and sprinkle evenly with basil & basil

Navy Digital Flushmount Album

Suzanne and Garrett have a little one on the way so before our little Norah arrived we put the finishing touches on their wedding album. They chose a 10×10 Digital Flushmount album with a top grain leather navy cover. Their names and the date were embossed on the cover and inside white pages were set off with black borders creating a clean and classic look.






Congratulations Suzanne & Garrett!

Favorite Photo :: Ryan & Amelia

Today’s favorite photo share comes from Amelia & Ryan who were married in a gorgeous Sperry Tent Wedding last summer. Last week they were featured on Style Me Pretty which you can see by clicking here.

Amelia & Ryan’s favorite photo is the same…

Amelia writes :: “After browsing our wedding album for the perfect photo in our first holiday card, this one stuck out to me. I stared at it longer. Of all our photos, this one looks like we’re truly in the moment- in love, and having fun. All the memories come flooding back in this one frozen second of time. All the dress alterations, the shoes, Ryan’s outfit, wedding party attire, the band, the venue, the weather (overcast and rainy in the morning, sunny for the ceremony and onwards)… it’s all shown here. But most of all, we surprised our guests by choreographing our first dance, which took countless rehearsals to get right. At this moment- Ryan and I are looking at each other and realize that all the planning has been executed seamlessly. This is what we’ve worked so hard for. And we’re having the time of our lives.”

Ryan writes :: “I love this picture because it really captures the happiness and the overall feel of the wedding day and specifically that moment. When I look at the picture it takes me back to that time and always makes me smile. Then I try to retrace our choreography to see if I still remember it. We worked hard on that dance! Really happy it all worked out in the end.”

Thanks for sharing, Amelia & Ryan!

Recommended :: The Litigators


The Litigators” is a typical Grisham novel – fast paced, good characters, lots of suspense – I always get excited when I see a new book out. I’ve been reading Grisham novels for as long as I remember and I never tire of them – they always keep me turning the page to see what happens next – I’d recommend this one!

The Amazon synopsis reads :: “The partners at Finley & Figg often refer to themselves as a “boutique law firm.” Boutique, as in chic, selective, and prosperous. Oscar Finley and Wally Figg are none of these things. They are a two-bit operation of ambulance chasers who bicker like an old married couple. Until change comes their way—or, more accurately, stumbles in. After leaving a fast-track career and going on a serious bender, David Zinc is sober, unemployed, and desperate enough to take a job at Finley & Figg.

Now the firm is ready to tackle a case that could make the partners rich—without requiring them to actually practice much law. A class action suit has been brought against Varrick Labs, a pharmaceutical giant with annual sales of $25 billion, alleging that Krayoxx, its most popular drug, causes heart attacks. Wally smells money. All Finley & Figg has to do is find a handful of Krayoxx users to join the suit. It almost seems too good to be true . . . and it is.”

Recipe :: Linguine with Tomatoes and Basil

Pete’s sweet Mother sent me this recipe from the Silver Palate cookbook – an easy yummy recipe….just my type! Note that you have to start the recipe about 2 1/2 hrs. before you want to eat. Thanks so much, Jennifer!!

Linguine with Tomatoes and Basil (Silver Palate Cookbook)

4 large ripe tomatoes, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
1 lb. brie cheese torn into irregular pieces
1 c. basil, cut into strips
3 garlic cloves, peeled and finely minced
1 c. + 1 T. olive oil
2 1/4 T. salt
1/2 t. pepper
1 1/2 lbs. linguine
Freshly grated parmesan

Combine ingredients through S&P in a large serving bowl. Prepare at least 2 hours in advance and set aside, covered, at room temperature. Boil pasts per directions. Drain pasta and immediately toss with sauce – garnish with pepper and parmesan