Now I hope you’re ready to chat about what we’re loving most this week because it’s time for your usual Things I’m Loving Friday blog post! Below you will find a short roundup of things that are making me smile right now and, as always, I’d love to hear a little bit about what you’re loving in the comments section of this post.
Have a great weekend!!
Things I’m Loving Friday
- Mimi’s Peel-And-Eat Shrimp Recipe
I shared my grandma’s peel-and-eat shrimp recipe on Instagram yesterday, but it’s so easy and delicious that I had to share it here, too! We made it for dinner on Wednesday night and I ended up making another batch on Thursday during Chase’s morning nap just so I could have some tasty shrimp on hand to grab throughout the rest of the week when I wanted a high-protein snack or a tasty salad topper.
Here are the recipe details:
Combine 1 tbsp salt, 1 tbsp + 1 tsp Old Bay seasoning, 1 tsp dry mustard, 1 tsp celery seed, 1/4 cup vinegar, 3/4 can beer and 1 cup water. Bring to a boil and add two pounds large, shrimp. Reduce heat and simmer for approximately 10 minutes. Drain, allowed to cool slightly, peel and enjoy!
- Finally Finishing The Last Anniversary… And Starting A New Book
Ugh. This book. I should’ve taken the advice I’ve heard over and over again and stopped reading The Last Anniversary when I realized about halfway through that it just wasn’t very good, but I forged on and finally finished it. I’ve LOVED Liane Moriarty’s other novels (What Alice Forgot, The Husband’s Secret and Big Little Lies are all fantastic!), but this one was a dud. I’m glad it’s over. I kept waiting for something grand to happen that would make me love it, but that never happened. (There was a twist, but by the time it happened, I was so over the book that I didn’t even care.) Now I’m psyched to start a NEW book and just bought The Girl With All The Gifts to begin reading this weekend. Hoping this one is better!
- My Mom
My mom deserves far more than a simple shout out in a TILF post, but I just had to include a brief mention of her in today’s round up of things I am loving because she really is the best. Though she left yesterday, having her here with me this past week was such a treat. Her genuine love and enthusiasm for her grandson melts my heart and having someone here to help with Chase during the day so I can get things done has been a big blessing. She also did such a wonderful job of making my birthday extra special by decorating the kitchen before I woke up and making me a tasty cookie cake. I felt like I was 13 again! Plus, my mom is so much fun to talk to and always helps me feel better when my new mom mind starts to wander and worry. I love you, Mama!
- Kilwin’s Toasted Coconut Ice Cream Cake
I know I’ve blogged about my love for this cake before, but since it’s not something I get to enjoy very often, I had to give it a shout out today since Ryan and my mom surprised me with it on my birthday on Wednesday evening. I cannot recommend this cake enough if you happen to love coconut and ice cream. It reminds me a lot of an ice cream version of a Samoa Girl Scout Cookie but with the most incredibly fluffy marshmallow topping. It’s unreal and such a great treat for a special occasion.
- Jogger Pants
A few of you guys asked about the pants I wore to Discovery Place KIDS last weekend so I wanted to be sure to share the details. They’re basically glorified pajama pants – super comfy joggers with an elastic waistband and soft, lightweight fabric – so they’re perfect for running around when you’re looking for something casual, comfortable and forgiving. I actually received them in a Golden Tote shipment a while ago and the brand is Lime & Chili. I cannot find them online anymore, but here are a few patterned jogger pants I think are similar and adorable:
- Friday Flashbacks
Watermelon Pineapple Popsicles (With summertime approaching quickly, you must make these popsicles ASAP! I couldn’t get enough watermelon when I was pregnant and fell in love with these popsicles last year. Bonus: They only require THREE ingredients – watermelon, pineapple and mint – and are so refreshing!)
55 Minute Treadmill Walk/Run Workout (The workout only includes 15 total minutes of running but the running is spread out throughout the workout, so if you’re not a big fan of running on the treadmill, this workout doesn’t include a ton of it! But don’t be fooled… The inclines are TOUGH.)
Question of the Day
- What is one thing you are loving this week?