Friday, April 18

Rustic Cuff


A little bit of steel cable added with a mesh buckle and you have a pretty pair of bracelets to add to your arm.  Did you know Rustic Cuff does more than just cuffs? If you have been a follower for any amount of time then you know my love for Jill and Rustic Cuff.  If your new to Peridot Skys, welcome and I am glad you're here.  Be prepared to fall in love with her designs.  These bracelets are great to mix and match with your other bracelets or wear them just with each other.  I personally love the cable bracelet and the mesh buckle is an understated piece to add  a gold or silver tone to your arm. She also personalizes the Hazel bracelet with your initials! What a great gift that would make. 







Want to add one of these to your arm?  I know I wish I could keep a set for myself, but I would rather share them with you.  Can't decide between black, gold or silver?  I can help you out!  Enter to win one of set of Rustic Cuff bracelets by using the rafflecopter form below and I will choose three winners.  One will receive the gold set, another the silver set, and another winner will receive the black set....

Easy peasy for you!  Don't forget to follow the instruction in the rafflecopter below and Good Luck!


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Thursday, April 17

Blues for Spring

Its time for the winter blues to disappear once and for all.  This past weekend the farmers market opened for the season and I was ready for it!  We headed out for a quick breakfast then off to the market with my tote in hand. We had never been to the farmers market on opening day and my expectations were a bit different that reality.  I expected to stroll thru making tough choices between fresh beans, or red potatoes.  Maybe pick up some berries and a cantaloupe.  Ha!  So lets just say the first day of the Farmers market is for people who are looking for starter plants to grow their own garden.  The crops have not flourished yet!  I have to admit, I did wonder what would be available as it didn't seem anything would be in season quite yet! So, we will wait a few more weeks to go back, but we plan on making it a habit for the weekends thru the season. 
 





With the farmers market a bust, we headed to Whole Foods and Sprouts to get fresh fruits and veges.  I picked up these gorgeous yellow tulips complimenting my outfit and added them to my tote.  Love the blue and yellow!  Gigi NY sent me this tote.  I have been eyeing it for sometime.  I cannot tell you how beautiful the blue is in person.  There was a part of me that leaned towards choosing the white or black tote... staying well in the comfort zone of course, but the blue was so fun, and is a bit out of my comfort zone.  I am so glad I did it!  Monogramming it was a no brainer for me... the gold letters on the blue make a subtle statement.  I like that.  I have to admit, when I posted last year that I wanted to add more blue to my wardrobe I honestly didn't think I would add as much, as often, and love it the way I do.  I still don't have navy shoes, or slacks and I don't have any skirts with blue, but there time for that!  Are you a blue person?  What color do you feel is your comfort color? 


Bracelet stack ~ Accessory Mercado c/o / Top ~ Soft Surroundings / Tank ~ Ann Taylor / Tote ~ GigiNY c/o / Jeans ~ Karen Kane c/o / Loafers ~ Nordstrom / Bracelet ~ Loren Hope /




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Wednesday, April 16

Easter Favorites



Happy Wednesday lovelies!  I am traveling home this weekend to see family and celebrate Easter.  When my kids were little, one of my favorite things for Easter was decorating eggs.  Now that they are all grown I have started looking for other methods to decorate them.  These  Eggs  are the cutest and I love the polka dots of course!  Filled Easter baskets with candy is a dangerous thing, so a few nibble of ears off this dark chocolate fella may be all the  Bunny and  my diet can handle with a few handfuls of  Jelly Beans!

Easter is always a time to show off your new spring outfits when your a kid and as an adult that tradition should continue with this perfectly spring  Dress, and don't forget your Easter Hat !


 
Linking up here and here too!

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Monday, April 14

National Pecan Day

Whether you say pee-can or peh-kahn, I'm pronouncing these pecan recipes as some taste treats indeed. Today is National Pecan day and I am sharing a few of my favorites with you.  I love pecans to snack on, and even better in a salad,  added to a dessert, or sugar coat them and they are so good!   Enjoy! 


Apple Pear Salad with Pecans

I like to use spring mix for my salad base but you can use whatever you enjoy
1 gala apple diced
1 Anjou pear diced
1/2 C sugar pecans
Crumbled blue cheese (Add this to taste)
1/3 C dried cherry's or cranberry's
Balsamic dressing to taste

Dice up your apple and pear and toss it in your bowl with your greens.  Add the sugar pecans, blue cheese, and dried fruit.  Toss with the dressing and serves 3.  Delish!




Banana Pecan Smoothie



  • 1 1/2 cups low-fat vanilla yogurt
  • 2 large ripe bananas, frozen  
  • 1 cup ice
  • 1/2 cup sugar pecans
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Directions

Add all your ingredients in your blender in the listed order and blend until smooth.  I use a Vitamix and it gets pretty darn smooth.  I'm not sure how smooth a regular blender will get so you may have to blend it a little longer to chop the ice and pecans.  If using a regular blender I suggest using pecan pieces to help out with the chopping in the blender. 


While it's not big on color... it's big on taste!  




A favorite snack of mine is Sugar Coated Pecans




1 egg white
1 Tbsp. water
1 lb. pecan halves
1C white sugar
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon   

Directions

 Preheat oven to 250 degrees F (120 degrees C). Grease your baking sheet.  In a mixing bowl, whip together the egg white and water until frothy. In a separate bowl, mix together sugar, salt, and cinnamon.




Add pecans to frothy egg whites, stir to coat the nuts evenly. Be careful to not break the pecans when stirring.


Remove the nuts, and toss them in the sugar mixture until coated. I just poured the sugar mixture on top of my nuts in the same bowl.  Again... gently toss to not break the pecans.  I  know they taste better when not broken!  haha!

Spread the nuts out on the prepared baking sheet.
Bake at 250 degrees F (120 degrees C) for 1 hour. Stir every 15 minutes.  

 
Let them cool.  Then hide them from your kids!  
Store in an airtight container... if they last that long.  Seriously, they are addicting!
What are some of your favorite pecan recipes? 

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      Thursday, April 10

      Wish List



       
      You didn't for one hot minute think I wouldn't be wishing for something pink this spring did you?  Lets start with this dahhhhling  pink tunic/dress.  I slash it because depending on your age and height it would fall in both categories. For me I would wear it as a dress maybe with flats, and as a tunic with leggings.  I want to add a few colorful blazers to my spring line up and although this one is a bit to fuchsia or orchid  for me I love the cut of it and would snag it up in a brighter pink and perhaps a coral!  Yes please, to a good boyfriend jean.  Where have you had the best luck finding a good pair? I don't want a bunch of distressing on them either and pairing them with this graphic tee sounds like a perfect running errands kinda day!   Just about anything snakeskin is a go in my book... now this my friends is a backpack!!!  I have loved this statement necklace for a while... I think its time to snag it!  
       
      You know my stand on glitter!  But let me break this down for you.... these are trimmed in pink, pretty silver, stacked heel, and limited edition Miss Piggy Del Toro slippers!  Nuff said 'bout these... other than get in my closet!
       
       
      What are you wishing for this spring?   What are you wanting to add to your wardrobe?




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      Tuesday, April 8

      Four Favorites



      Happy Wednesday lovelies!  It certainly is April and the showers have arrived.  You know what they say... April showers brings May flowers!   

      The only thing I can truly say I dislike about showers is the humidity.  I have thick hair and it tends to get full in humid weather.  This Bando Twist Scarf is perfect for taming your locks!!  I always have a twist tie handy in my bag, on my desk, and I can even whip my hair up with a pencil!  Yea... I'm old school!  

      I don't own a pair of rain boots, but if I did these  Welly's would certainly be the ones I would want.  With the darling bow at the back what's not to love!   

      Getting caught in the rain when you weren't expecting it is always a bummer.  This  Umbrella is a compact and super cute perfect for keeping in your car.  I keep two under my car seat.  I'm not about to share mine so I always keep two!!! 

      I mentioned in my wardrobe Investment  post hereTrench is something to invest in.  Now this one is a big investment, but I know you can find more affordable versions.  They are a classic item and I own a black and a white trench.  

      What are your April Favorites? 
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      Turquoise and Leopard

      Smiling... not smiling!  Sometimes you think your smiling when in fact you look at the pictures to find it's not quite there!  I promise I thought I smiled in all these pictures but when I got home there was only a half smile in a couple of them.  I have no idea what I was thinking other than I was trying to not get blown away with the high winds. Ha!  We enjoyed lunch on the Plaza  last Sunday afternoon and this is what I wore.  It was sunny but the winds brought a chill still.  I am so glad I opted for the long sleeve sweater.  The nice weather brought out a lot of people and the sidewalks and patios were full.  It is so good to see life form again after the winter that would never end. 




       
      Sweater Ann Taylor ~ Scarf Target ~ Jeans Target ~ Belt Nordstrom ~ Shoes Tory Burch ~ Bag LV Leather wrap bracelet Rustic Cuff c/o ~

      Oh finally... a smile!!!  Creature of habit that I am... we enjoyed sushi again.  I promise we are switching it up next time and we are going to try a new to me restaurant so I can mark this of my list here!  I think it's more lazy than wanting to try a new place. Either way we are definitely making a change...promise!  Speaking of change, I am giving a lot of thought to moving.  I know it takes a lot of planning, and there is so much that has to happen before there can even be a sign in my yard.  But in reality the time is drawing closer for us to finally take the next move... Kinfolk said "Jed move away from there"
      Said "Californy is the place you ought to be"
      So they loaded up the truck and moved to Beverly.

      Hills, that is. Swimmin pools, movie stars.

       
      Ha, sorry, my love of corny 70's shows flashed thru right there!  No California isn't where we want to be, but we don't think the Midwest is either.  Its a process and it will take time, but I have to start vocalizing it to really grasp it I think.  I remember moving to Kansas 9 years ago and building my home.  It was stressful but I am so thankful I did it.  So if you hear me mention moving a few more times and start asking a few questions about certain locations... bear with me!  I'm not leaving ya, heavens no, I have grown to love you and appreciate you all way too much for that.   we're moving together!



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