Friday, July 25, 2014

Friday Five

Fridays in the summer are always bittersweet. Each one that passes marks another week closer to school starting. I am always glad to have more friends to hang out with during the weekend though! Here are a few things I'm loving this week to get this Friday started.

{One} Reading. French Women for All Seasons: A Year of Secrets, Recipes, & Pleasure by Mireille Guiliano. I picked up this book last week at the library after reading her first book, French Women Don't Get Fat. In the book, Mireille highlights living life to the fullest while still maintaining a svelte figure. She emphasizes using in season produce for a healthy lifestyle. This book may be a bit of an oldie but a good nutrition plan advice never really ages.

{Two} Eating. Capanota is an antipasto with eggplant, tomatoes, capers and olives. Jamie Oliver's Italian cookbook that I blogged about here has a great recipe for capanota that rivals the dishes I enjoyed while in Rome. You can check out the recipe here if you want to try it at home. I've been local ingredients from the farmers market and could eat this for dinner each night!

{Three} Wishlist Worthy. The Nordstrom anniversary sale is still going on y'all if you have not checked it out do your wallet a favor and hop on over! Some things in my shopping cart are this bracelet by Moon and Lola, these leggings by Zella and these adorable bow flats.

{Four} Currently Watching.  I have found myself being sucked into Sunday nights on Food Network. I feel like such an old lady but I just love watching Alton Brown and Giada De Laurentiis (major girl crush) on the Next Food Network Star and Cutthroat Kitchen. Does anyone else watch TV shows that feel way out of their age range?

{Five} Just love this quote. It reminds me to be in the moment and make the most of each day.


Thursday, July 24, 2014

Mediterranean Cruise: Amalfi Coast & Pompeii

Our last port on the cruise was Naples, Italy. From Naples we took a short bus ride to Sorrento where we boarded small boat to tour the Amalfi coast.


The views of the coast from the water were spectacular. The view of the beaches and resorts were from a completely different perspective than from the road. From the water, the hotels appeared to be rising out of the side of the cliffs. Some hotels had elevators to take guests down to the beach!


The Amalfi Coast is known for their lemon crop which is used to make delicious limoncello. Due to the hilly terrain they grow the produce on terraces.  

 We stopped at the town of Almafi for shopping and exploring. At the entrance of the town, there was a beautiful cathedral that dates back to the 11th century.   

We explored the shops and bakeries in the town. I stumbled across a pastry shop after my own heart. Check out the size of those pastries. They were larger than your head!  

We also found an astronomically large lemon as well as some delicious limoncello.  

 We visited a local craftsman that created hand carved cameos from local shells.  The man in the picture makes each cameo by hand. It was a family run business that had been in operation for over 50 years. He makes traditional portrait cameos as well as floral designs. 

After our boat tour, we visited the ancient city of Pompeii. The ruins were amazing to see in person. No amount of reading about it in books or recent movies prepares you for the massive scale of the city. Only  two-thirds of the city has been excavated. The ruins are well preserved underground but once exposed to the air and elements begin to deteriorate. They have decided to keep the remaining part of the city underground to preserve it for future generations. 

Prior to it's eruption, Mt. Vesuvius was one giant mountain. After it's catastrophic explosion two smaller mounds were formed. 

We spent a full two hours exploring Pompeii and I thought that was just enough time. We used a tour guide for this trip and I am thankful we did since there was so much history to take in with such a short amount of time. The tour guide kept us on track and on time! 


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Owning It

Elise @ Cheers Y'all wrote an great post on owning it that hit home. Owning that no one is perfect, everyone has their struggles and quirks and it's okay to be different. It's important to strive for progress not perfection. So today, I'm owning where I am today and sharing some of my quirks with you.

Some of the things I boldly own:
- I'm a only child to a tee, there is no denying it.
- Making simple decisions such as what movie to see or entree at a restaurant is a big struggle. I approach every restaurant meal like it might be my last meal. Talk about pressure huh?
- I'm a extreme multi-tasker. Right now I have five other windows open on my computer and a word document. I am also watching the news.
- As much as I try and tame it I have a major sweet tooth. I could eat sweets for breakfast, lunch and dinner with little regret.
- I take a ridiculous about of pictures of our dog. I know it is going to be worse when we have kids.
- Even though I commute over an hour for work, I hate driving. I make an excellent and entertaining passenger.
-Pants make me uncomfortable. Maybe I've never found the right pair, but I loath wearing jeans. I live in dresses and skirts and would not have it any other way.
- I love running races, but I don't like competition.
- I grew up in the south, but don't like the taste of sweet tea.
- I know little to nothing about football. Going to a high school and college that did not have a football team I never learned about the sport. I love a good tailgate and try and am slowly learning since we are now in the heart of football country.
- I'm an introvert that desperately wants to become more of an extrovert. It was hard moving to a new city not knowing anyone and I am always trying to force myself out of my comfort zone.

I'd love to hear from you! Share some things you boldly own.