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August 4, 2018

Welcome to the weekend, my friends! This has been the first full week I’ve been home in a while and it has been glorious. This coming week I’m headed to NYC for a few days, followed by a week in NM. I’m looking forward to all of it, but this week at home really has been lovely.

If you have any favorite places in NYC, Santa Fe, or Albuqerque, I’d love to hear about them as I plan these trips!

On the blog this week: Thai Steak and Green Bean Stir Fry is one of Sean’s favorite dinners. Fresh green beans, ginger, and garlic are quickly sauteed with tender strips of beef before being tossed in a light savory sauce to create this easy stir fry.

Sweet and Spicy Apple Coleslaw is an excellent summer salad that I have made many times over the past few years. With an unexpected ingredient, there’s just enough salty crunch to make this one memorable.

What I’m CRAVING: Spinach Couscous Salad with Chicken and Cranberries from The Weeknight Dinner Cookbook (link HERE). Out of all the salads I make, I crave that salad more than most. There’s just something awesome about that combination of flavors.

My middle son came home from camp last week and these Fish Tacos with Creamy Jalapeno Lime Sauce by Your Homebased Mom are are already on the meal plan. They're one of his favorite dinners.

Cheesy Chicken with Potatoes by Taste and Tell is a dinner hit every time I make it. I’ve been planning a few recipes a week from my cookbooks because they’re truly some of the easiest meals I make. (Shameless promotion? Maybe, but very true and hopefully helpful too!)

My FAVORITE THING this week is this body polish (link HERE). It’s an ultra moisturizing body scrub and it’s kind of incredible how soft it leaves your skin. A friend recommended it and I’ve been really impressed. Even just as a hand scrub, it’s amazing.

Also, that body polish is super affordable and you should be able to find it at Target, Walmart, or wherever else you shop. Me, I’m an Amazon kind of shopper for most things. (Plus, it’s a million degrees outside and Amazon will deliver to my door.)

What I’m READING: ugh, nothing amazing. I’d love more suggestions!

What I’m WATCHING: I’m finally catching up on NCIS. (link HERE) And oh, you guys, I just can’t with this show right now. Season 15 is on Netlfix now and while I was late to start watching it years ago, I’ve followed each new season faithfully. I can’t even imagine what next year is going to look like on that show. Anyone else feeling the same way????

“The magic thing about home is that it feels good to leave, and it feels even better to come back.” - Wendy Wunder

Wishing you a beautiful week full of little things that make you smile!
Mary

P.S. Oh! Have you tried these things??? I swear, I turned 40 and suddenly the circles under my eyes never go away. I'd dearly love to find a product that actually helps with that.