Heirloom Tomato, Nectarine, Goat Cheese, and Arugula Salad with Avocado Toast + Fried Egg (!!)

I mean, need I say more???  I was inspired to make this salad by the amazing Danielle Kartes from Rustic Joyful Food.  She posted a similar salad on Intagram about 45 minutes before I was supposed to make dinner.  I had everything on hand, but substituted arugula where she used spinach, and then accidentally forgot to put balsamic vinegar on-didn’t need it!!

I paired it with my total stand by when the Huz is traveling (fried egg on avocado toast), and…YUM!!

So easy and refreshing-healthy too!!Blog Heirloom Tomato Nectarine Goat Cheese and Arugula Salad with Avocado Toast and Fried Egg-1Ingredients

Salad

  • Handful of arugula or spinach for however many people you have
  • Nectarine sliced
  • Heirloom tomato sliced
  • Drizzle of olive oil
  • Goat cheese
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Toast

  • Slice of artisan bread (can use gluten free option if needed)
  • Avocado
  • Eggs
  • Chili Flakes, and Salt and Pepper to taste

What to do…

Layer everything on the salad greens and enjoy-how easy is that?!!

For the toast.  I lightly toast my bread, mash the avocado on with a fork, and then fry up your egg.  I tend to only cook mine for 5-6 minutes (with a lid on), so the yolk is still runny.  There’s something so decadent about a runny yolk…

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Honeydew-Lemongrass Agua Fresca

Aguas frescas (or Spanish “cool waters”) are made by combining fruits, flavors, sometimes seeds and flowers with a bit of sugar and water to make a light non-alcoholic beverages. They are popular in Latin American countries – and I’ve been trying some recipes since Seattle is back in the close to 90 degree range. This Honeydew-Lemongrass version is totally refreshing!

Don’t have lemongrass? No problem, try a tablespoon chopped basil, mint or tarragon!

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Ingredients

  • 2 1/4 cups water, divided
  • 1/8 – 1/4 cup sugar (I used 1 Tbsp agave syrup instead, but I like less sweet)
  • 1 stalk lemongrass, lightly smashed
  • 2 pounds honeydew – peeled, seeded and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • Ice, for serving

Preparation

  • Combine 1/4 cup water, sugar or agave and lemongrass in a saucepan; simmer for 3 minutes. Remove from the heat, cover and steep for 15 minutes. Remove lemongrass.
  • Blend together honeydew, lime juice and remaining water. Add sugar syrup, to taste. Strain and serve over ice.

Thanks PCC Natural Markets

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Maui Vacation | Day 2

 Well…we finally made it!  The first day here was a little crazy, but day 2 was so good.

It started with us going to the pool.  Maya used to LOVE swimming.  She wanted to go all the time on vacation, and always wanted to go to the pool at the gym.  Then…I put her in swim lessons.  She did SO well the first day.  Even went under water and kiiiind of swam to the wall.  The instructor was so cool!  Then…they switched instructors on us, and Maya wouldn’t even get in the water.  I managed to get her to go with me on non lesson days for a few weeks and then…not at all.  She wouldn’t even get in with me.  I kept asking here and there, and her response “I’m NOT GOING SWIMMING!”  I was more than a little nervous that she would refuse to get in the water on this vacation, which would make it a loooooong 11 days…

Our first day here, we decided to just go walk by the pool.  Maya immediately said she wanted to go swimming.  REALLY??  YES!  So, the next morning we went, and I couldn’t get her out!!

SO HAPPY!!

I posted a little video on my personal Instagram page.

The even better part?  She passed out and took a 2.5 hour nap-whoo hoo!!

Later…I took this of her playing with her My Little Ponies…

Blog Maui 7-27-2015-1Then we met my brother and his family down on the beach. Blog Maui 7-27-2015-2 Blog Maui 7-27-2015-3She is always the happiest the minute her feet hit the sand…or don’t hit the sand :) Blog Maui 7-27-2015-4 Blog Maui 7-27-2015-5Here’s a few iPhone Shots that my mom took. Blog Maui 7-27-2015-6 Blog Maui 7-27-2015-7 Blog Maui 7-27-2015-8 Blog Maui 7-27-2015-9 Blog Maui 7-27-2015-10And then my dad got these with my camera.Blog Maui 7-27-2015-11  Of course it took all of about 5 minutes for her to be completely soaked. :) Blog Maui 7-27-2015-12 Blog Maui 7-27-2015-13This was after the sun had completely gone down. Blog Maui 7-27-2015-14And, another iphone shot during our picnic in the dark.  The sun sets around 7 here. Blog Maui 7-27-2015-15

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The Maxi Dress I will be LIVING in…and a letter to Maya.

 I’m sure you can tell just by looking at it.  This dress is so unbelievably comfortable!  Not only is it like wearing a nightgown, but a super soft stretchy one-WIN!!Blog Gray Splendid Racerback Maxi Dress Pink Patent Leather Converse-1Blog Gray Splendid Racerback Maxi Dress Pink Patent Leather Converse-3I attempted to twirl to show you how cool and flowy it is…I failed haha, but trust me. ;) Blog Gray Splendid Racerback Maxi Dress Pink Patent Leather Converse-2 I’ll leave the twirling to Maya :) Blog Gray Splendid Racerback Maxi Dress Pink Patent Leather Converse-5Blog Gray Splendid Racerback Maxi Dress Pink Patent Leather Converse-4 Blog Gray Splendid Racerback Maxi Dress Pink Patent Leather Converse-6 Blog Gray Splendid Racerback Maxi Dress Pink Patent Leather Converse-7 Blog Gray Splendid Racerback Maxi Dress Pink Patent Leather Converse-8 Blog YoBaby Dress Brown Converse-1 Her hair…that natural sun kissed, never been cut, ombre that people pay a a buttload to get.  LOVE!Blog YoBaby Dress Brown Converse-2 Blog YoBaby Dress Brown Converse-3 Blog YoBaby Dress Brown Converse-4 Blog YoBaby Dress Brown Converse-5 Blog YoBaby Dress Brown Converse-6 Blog YoBaby Dress Brown Converse-7 Blog YoBaby Dress Brown Converse-8 Blog YoBaby Dress Brown Converse-9 Living next to my parents and being able to take our eveing walks with them…priceless.Blog YoBaby Dress Brown Converse-10On me…

Dress- Splendid
Shoes- Converse (thrifted, but similar here)
On Maya…
Dress- YoBaby (found via Zulily)
Shoes- Converse (thrifted, but similar here)
Keeping it Real…
SO….we were supposed to catch a flight to Maui for my parents 45th wedding anniversary.  We drove out with my parents (the Huz and boys are meeting us later this week and my brother and his family flew in from Portland).  There was a huge traffic delay, even bigger delay at security, a missed train to the gate, and me and Maya missed our flight by minutes.  THANKFULLY my parents made it!!  But…through it all Maya was a total champ!!!  Never once whined, complained, or anything except make me smile.  She ran when I told her we needed to run.  Sat in the umbrella stroller quickly and quietly when I told her she needed to, and pulled me off the ledge when I almost had a breakdown at the gate.  She was my rock and my savior.  I fell in love with her HARD even more after that experience, and for that…I guess I’m thankful.  I wrote this as a post on social media…
I didn’t think I could be more proud to be your Mama or love you any more than I already do. But today…at the airport, when I nearly lost my sh*t looking at our airplane sitting in front of us… The gate slowly pulling away from the door… The plane that held our luggage, your car seat, and Meme and BOPO… YOU were the epitome of positive attitude and sweetness. Saying one thing after another that lifted my spirit and reminded me that everything will be ok. “Just take a deep breath, Mama.  It will all be ok!”  Not once did you cry, even though I was on the verge. Not once did you complain, yet I did… I’m embarrassed that I got so worked up, when in reality… as long as I have you, I’m better off than most. Love you so much Peanut!!! Tomorrow-Maui here we come. No, really…I mean it this time :)”
She is amazing.
(all pictures taken with a self timer and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren

One of our favorite beaches…at low tide (LOVE!)

 This is one of our favorite beaches to go to, but we’ve never managed to time it during low tide! Blog Enza Costa Striped Tee Vince Destroyed Skinny Jeans F21 Sandals-1Blog Constellation Park West SeattleMaya loves looking for crab carcasses :) Blog Enza Costa Striped Tee Vince Destroyed Skinny Jeans F21 Sandals-2 Blog Enza Costa Striped Tee Vince Destroyed Skinny Jeans F21 Sandals-3 Blog Enza Costa Striped Tee Vince Destroyed Skinny Jeans F21 Sandals-4The best part of the beach is the walkway down to it.  It’s an ever evolving art exhibit.  People add things here and there.  It’s soooo cool!! Blog GapKids White Denim Jacket Mini Boden Polka Dot Tunic Joes Jeans Jeggings Brown Converse-1 Blog GapKids White Denim Jacket Mini Boden Polka Dot Tunic Joes Jeans Jeggings Brown Converse-2 Blog GapKids White Denim Jacket Mini Boden Polka Dot Tunic Joes Jeans Jeggings Brown Converse-3 Blog GapKids White Denim Jacket Mini Boden Polka Dot Tunic Joes Jeans Jeggings Brown Converse-4 Blog GapKids White Denim Jacket Mini Boden Polka Dot Tunic Joes Jeans Jeggings Brown Converse-5Um…how cool is this!?!?  I ginormous tire that at low tide is a tide pool :)Blog GapKids White Denim Jacket Mini Boden Polka Dot Tunic Joes Jeans Jeggings Brown Converse-6 Blog GapKids White Denim Jacket Mini Boden Polka Dot Tunic Joes Jeans Jeggings Brown Converse-7 Blog GapKids White Denim Jacket Mini Boden Polka Dot Tunic Joes Jeans Jeggings Brown Converse-8 Blog GapKids White Denim Jacket Mini Boden Polka Dot Tunic Joes Jeans Jeggings Brown Converse-9On me…

Top- Enza Costa (sold out, similar here)
Jeans- Vince (thrifted, similar here)
Sandals- Forever 21 (sold out, similar here)
On Maya…
Jacket- GapKids (thrifted, but similar here)
Top- Mini Boden (thrifted)
Jeans- Joe’s Jeans (thrifted, but similar here)
Shoes- Converse (thrifted, but similar here)
Keeping it Real…
I had all these ideas about taking shots up above on the side walk.  Yeah….that didn’t happen ;)
Blog Outtake
(all pictures taken with a self timer and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren

Strawberry Margarita

Like a classic margarita? Here you take the best of the Classic Margarita, add some Strawberry Granita, and there you go – a wonderful summer drink! Perfect combo when strawberries are ripe and in season.

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Ingredients

  • 2 oz. Tequila (Patron Silver. It’s worth it!)
  • 1 oz. Triple Sec
  • 1 oz. fresh squeezed lime juice
  • 1 oz. Strawberry Granita
  • Lime wedges for garnish
  • Ice

Directions

  • Combine ingredients in a shaker with ice
  • Shake up and strain into a glass filled with ice
  • Garnish with lime wedge

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Boho Tops + DIY Cutoffs + Espadrilles…summer staples!

 I live in cut offs in the summer.  Most of which are made from thrifted denim that I hack with my scissors.  It’s quite addicting!  And super cheap!  I know I’ve talked about it before, but you can usually find designer denim for less than $10 at thrift stores.  l think boot cut styles work the best, because they are looser in the leg.  I’ve had this particular pair for probably 10 years?  They had these funky buttons up the leg, so…off with the leg!  :)Blog Free People Dandelion Lace Pointelle Top COH DIY Cutoffs ShoeMint Christie Espadrilles-1 Blog Free People Dandelion Lace Pointelle Top COH DIY Cutoffs ShoeMint Christie Espadrilles-2 Blog Free People Dandelion Lace Pointelle Top COH DIY Cutoffs ShoeMint Christie Espadrilles-3 Blog Free People Dandelion Lace Pointelle Top COH DIY Cutoffs ShoeMint Christie Espadrilles-4 Blog Free People Dandelion Lace Pointelle Top COH DIY Cutoffs ShoeMint Christie Espadrilles-5 Blog Free People Dandelion Lace Pointelle Top COH DIY Cutoffs ShoeMint Christie Espadrilles-6 Blog Free People Dandelion Lace Pointelle Top COH DIY Cutoffs ShoeMint Christie Espadrilles-7She kept flinging her legs out when I threw her!!  Made for some pretty funny outtakes at the bottom ;) Blog Free People Dandelion Lace Pointelle Top COH DIY Cutoffs ShoeMint Christie Espadrilles-8 Blog Free People Dandelion Lace Pointelle Top COH DIY Cutoffs ShoeMint Christie Espadrilles-9 Blog Free People Dandelion Lace Pointelle Top COH DIY Cutoffs ShoeMint Christie Espadrilles-10Blog Butterfly Mignone Dress White Saltwater Sandals-1THIS…this is so her right now.  She will run up and down this sidewalk 30 times.  So funny…Blog Butterfly Mignone Dress White Saltwater Sandals-2OR…this one :)Blog Butterfly Mignone Dress White Saltwater Sandals-3Blog Butterfly Mignone Dress White Saltwater Sandals-4And…it gets hot running up and down hills, so of course the sprinkler at the top felt good :)Blog Butterfly Mignone Dress White Saltwater Sandals-5Blog Butterfly Mignone Dress White Saltwater Sandals-6Blog Butterfly Mignone Dress White Saltwater Sandals-7Blog Butterfly Mignone Dress White Saltwater Sandals-8Blog Butterfly Mignone Dress White Saltwater Sandals-9Blog Butterfly Mignone Dress White Saltwater Sandals-10Blog Butterfly Mignone Dress White Saltwater Sandals-11Oh, and then we went to go look at this…Blog Sunset 1Blog Sunset 2On me…

Top- Free People (sold out, loving this long sleeve one here)
Jeans- Citizens of Humanity (DIY cut off, similar here)
On Maya…
Dress- Mignone (thrifted, but love this one here)
Shoes- Saltwater Sandals (thrifted for $1.50!!)
Keeping it Real…
Ummm….  Thank GOODNESS there was nobody in front of me since her legs kicked my shirt almost up over my head hahaha.  And then she kept coming down and wrapping her legs around my neck!  I think we watched too many Dancing with the Stars episodes when she was younger ;)Blog Outtake
(all pictures taken with a self timer and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren