Fried Green Tomatoes | In Olive Oil

Fried Green Tomatoes 2When I was a little girl, my mom introduced me to the movie Fried Green Tomatoes. It was (and still is) one of her favorites and it quickly became one of mine as well. I’ve always wondered how those fried green tomatoes tasted and coming from a family who lives in the South, I’m still wondering how I’ve gotten by with never having this very southern dish. So when I got to pick some fresh tomatoes straight off the vine with my dad earlier in the month, we made sure to grab quite a few of those green ones so I could try it out! Now, we did wait a little too long grabbing the ingredients to make this dish and some of them began to ripen, but that didn’t stop me from frying them anyway!

Colorful TomatoesI knew that I didn’t want to fry the tomatoes in vegetable oil (personal choice) and wanted to find a recipe that called for olive oil instead. Between google and pinterest, I found a fantastic recipe that I would love to share with you! I know the season is coming to a close, so if you grow your own tomatoes or if you can get your hands on some green tomatoes, hopefully you can grab a few to try this recipe and enjoy! You can do this with red tomatoes as well, but green ones are much more sturdy to fry. Believe me on this one!

Green TomatoesOkay, first of all, how gorgeous are these tomatoes? I loved when I cut into the ones that were beginning to ripen and could see some of the red beginning to spread throughout. So beautiful. Never thought I’d think that about a tomato, but there you have it!

What You’ll Need:

  • tomatoes for fryin’, cut thin
  • 1 tsp salt (or more to taste)
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 cup corn meal
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • olive oil

Fried Tomato IngredientsCombine the corn meal and flour. Then season your tomatoes with the salt and pepper. Heat a large pan over medium heat. Pour your olive oil in the pan (the recipe suggests 1/3 cup for a 12 inch pan). Coat (or “dust” as the recipe says…yeah right…) your tomatoes with the cornmeal and flour mixture and lay into the pan. Do not crowd the tomatoes. Cook 3-4 minutes on each side or until well browned. Add more oil if needed (I did and fried them in batches, as well). Place on a paper towel for draining. Sprinkle with extra salt (I did).

Salt and pepper tomatoesFlour and CornmealFrying Green TomatoesFried Red TomatoesThis recipe was so much fun to do, not to mention super easy and quick! I think my first batch turned out slightly over done, but they still tasted great! If you’ve never had them before, the best way I can describe them is like eating a french fry covered in ketchup.

I hope I can get my hands on some more green tomatoes next year and make this again. It’s too yummy not to!

Fried Green TomatoesTowanda!

My Fall Beauty Collection

Fall Beauty CollectionI’m back out on the front porch this evening sipping apple cider and enjoying the cooler weather while writing this post. Today has inspired me to share with the beauty girls out there some of my fall beauty items. Half of this I already had from last year and I’ve acquired just a few more items over the year that I’ve been saving for the season.

Spice it Up & Half Red Mac CosmeticsSpice It Up! from MAC has been on my list to get for quite a while and was inspired by one of my favorite YouTuber’s, Elle Fowler. She wears this in many of her Fall and Winter videos and I always catch myself staring at her lips throughout the whole video! I don’t typically buy MAC Cosmetics, but considering how much they’re raved about, the quality, and the fact that I’m trying to stay away from certain chemicals found in drug store makeup (more on that in a later post), this might be the beginning of a collection. I paired this with MAC’s lip pencil in Half-Red, and love the results. It’s a deep burgundy color that I think is pretty flattering on and great to wear for both the Fall and Winter seasons.

Fall Eye ShadowThe NAKED Urban Decay eyeshadow palette has been in my collection for a few years now, and, like most girls, I love it. I found that last year I only used it in the Fall due to it’s warm colors and used the color Toasted and Smog a lot.

Last year I was craving a wine or burgundy colored eyeshadow and finally found one by NYX in the color Skinny Dip. I’ll admit, I’m a little nervous of how I’m going to wear this color. In the crease? All over the lid? I’m sure I can do both, but with a dark color like that, it’s so easy to look like you’ve been punched in the eye and I’m trying to avoid that. Wish me luck and let me know if you have any tips!

Sugar Scrubs 1Oh man. These sugar scrubs were love at first sniff. The Brazilian Nut sugar scrub I’ve been using since the summer and love the smell. It reminds me of a type of coffee scent. I’d like to say hazelnut comes to mind but at the same time I don’t think that’s quite it.

Sugar Scrub 2Then at the beginning of September, Ulta released some yummy Fall scents in their sugar scrub line and I almost couldn’t resist. Both the pumpkin and apple scents are so scrumptious you could almost eat them. They exfoliate wonderfully and the best part about it is there’s no parabens! The only con is the price. Luckily I got them on a Buy 2 Get 2 sale. It was a little more justifiable then. My first tub went pretty quickly, so having two of the same scent works out for me since I stocked up!

Fall Nail PolishI found this O.P.I nail polish in the shade I Sing in Color, at Ulta one day in the Summer and grabbed it at a major sale price. I may have gotten it for less than $2. I had eyed it for ages and finally caved in knowing it would be a great vampy shade of red on my nails for the Autumn. I’m itching to get it on my nails! I can’t wait.

The middle shade is Chocolate Kiss, by Ulta, and sadly, I can’t find a link to it and think it may be discontinued. I bought this last year in November, and it’s such a beautiful chocolate color I had to include it in the event they bring it back.

Sunset Bronze nail polish by Ulta, I also bought last year and thought would be great to include for this post. It has gorgeous shades of red and brown mixed in it that make me think of apples and turning leaves. Another one I can’t wait to wear!

Okay beauty lovers! What colors will you be adorning this season?

 

Sunday Morning

Sunday Moring CoffeeThis morning has been the best laid back Sunday Morning I’ve had in a while. Just sharing a moment with my love on the front porch with some toast, coffee, and my husband singing made up words to the tune of “On the Road Again”, by Willie Nelson, and much laughter between us. It’s the first morning we’ve had that feels crisp and perfect with no humidity. Exactly what I’ve been waiting for. The mug, of course, has an added festive touch (from Michaels Craft Store).

Hope you’re having a wonderful Sunday, too! Here’s a little soundtrack for your Sunday!

A New Blog Theme

Old vs New HeaderThe other day I figured it was time for a change. The blog needed a fresh look and I was on the hunt in the WordPress theme archives for just that since I am definitely not building the blog myself. Worpress makes it so easy! When I found this one, I fell in love with the header image and only wish I had taken it myself! While it’s not mine, I’m thinking I’ll use it for quite a while until I can come up with something of my own. It’s too awesome to change! I think it gives the blog a more mature feel.

What do you think?

Bidding Farewell To Summer

I’m fully prepared that this might be the last day we see 90 degree weather this year. Looking ahead into the next week, it looks like we’ll be greeted with pre-Fall 70 degree weather and I find myself mixed with emotions. I love Fall (everyone knows that by now), but we had such a cold and snowy winter and it makes me wonder if I’m really ready to start bundling up yet. Sure, I’m ready to wear my scarfs and boots again, but it’s what’s after Fall that I’m not looking forward to.

For now, as we bid good-bye to Summer, here are some pictures to remember it by!

IMG_2829My oh-so-hot hubby casually playing Lacrosse

IMG_2875Donut Day

IMG_3020Okay, I might actually miss my husbands yummy burgers on the grill. And the grilled zucchini.

IMG_3022IMG_3025IMG_3032Summer is always a good excuse for my Father-in-law’s Mojitos. “It’s five o’clock somewhere,” he’d say! The chips and salsa aren’t bad, either…

IMG_3034Walks around the neighborhood with my love in warm weather…although I cannot tell you why he’s wearing a hoodie in this picture…What a weirdo!

IMG_3051IMG_3053Gorgeous bridesmaid bouquet I had in my friend’s wedding back in August.

IMG_3130Honey Bee…

IMG_3148IMG_3151Home grown tomatoes that were so incredibly delicious, I want to eat this picture!

IMG_3179And learning how to make Fried Green Tomatoes was probably one of my last Hoorah. I was so excited to make these that I might do a quick post on them soon!

Hope you all had a great summer and looking forward to what the Fall season brings you!

My Go-To Natural Sick Day Remedies

Natural Sick Day RemediesEarlier in the week it felt like I had a little cold coming on. If I ever have anything going on with my sinuses (thanks Dad for passing sinus trouble on to me!), or a cold is brewing, I like to try and kick it in the bud with some natural remedies. I’ve been using a few of these products over the last few years, adding some as recently as this past summer, and I always notice they seem to cut my colds in half or the symptoms aren’t as severe if I catch it in the beginning stages.

Organic Virgin Coconut Oil:

Organic Virgin Coconut OilA friend a few years back gave me the idea of using coconut oil for a number of things (literally, it’s like liquid gold and mystical in all that it can cure) and now I keep it on hand for those days when my immune system needs it most. The way I ingest it is by putting it in my hot drinks. This means that morning cup of coffee doesn’t just wake me up but it also can help heal me, too! If I’m feeling a cold come on, after I have my coffee I’ll switch to having a mug or two of hot tea. In my opinion, you can do any hot tea, but if it’s an herbal tea with healing abilities, like, peppermint, cinnamon, or ginger, it’s a bonus. And if I’m being honest, I don’t always do herbal. Oh well!

When you do coconut oil, Organic Virigin Coconut Oil is best. If you live in a place where this isn’t accessible, here’s an Amazon link to the Trader Joe’s brand.

Local HoneyWhen I make my tea, I love it with honey. I used to do sugar and switched to honey ages ago and it seems to taste better. Plus, honey has healing benefits of it’s own. It’s antibacterial and it can help tame a cough. If you do local honey, it can help you with your pesky seasonal allergies. I personally love getting local Wildflower Honey, as that’s said to have more benefits from Clover Honey, which is what you typically find in most stores.

IMG_3106I usually put three spoonfuls of honey in my tea. It might be too much for some, but that’s the way I like it!

IMG_3107I usually put half a spoonful or a whole spoonful of coconut oil in my tea (depending on my mood and taste) after the honey has dissolved. Then I stir in the coconut oil until it has dissolved as well.

IMG_3109Then put in your tea bag or loose leaf tea, steep, and enjoy!

Yummy TeaYummy Tea 2Elderberry Syrup:

Elderberry SyrupI love, love, love this stuff! You can actually make your own Elderberry Syrup, which I’ll share with you in the upcoming months, but if you’re not the type to make your own, this stuff is awesome, by Nature’s Way. I specifically get the Flu Care blend every time rather than the regular Elderberry syrup, because this stuff really works and helps get whatever your fighting out of your system! It tastes like candy and it’s so easy to go down. I think you can take this every four hours, but if you are really fighting the flu, I think you can toss back this stuff every 1-2 hours. Just remember the bottle is only 4 oz. It’s small but it’s worked for me in the past.

Here’s the Amazon link: Sambucus Elderberry Syrup!

Organic Apple Cider Vinegar (with the Mother):

Apple Cider VinegarThis is another one of those liquid gold products that I should use everyday but sadly don’t. I started using this in the late Spring of this year and love all of the things it can do. It’s important to note that if you get apple cider vinegar, you have to get the one with “The Mother” in it (that weird stuff floating around in the bottle), which is just good bacteria. This can help lower blood sugar levels, help with digestive issues, you can use it to clean and disinfect your home, and helps you fight colds! I’ve used this when I felt a little something start to brew and it’s helped kick it out of my system.

You’ll want to dilute the vinegar, although some have been known to drink it straight, but most are sensitive to it and it may burn going down. You’ll just need to add 1 tablespoon of ACV into about 8 oz of water. And chug. Or drink it slow…whatever you prefer! I usually do this at least twice a day.

You can usually find BRAGG’s Apple Cider Vinegar in the grocery store (maybe in that itty bitty organic section), but just in case you can’t find it, here’s the Amazon link!

Wild Orange Essential Oil by doTerra:

doTerra Wild Orange Essential OilI’m pretty sad I’ve run out of this stuff. It’s amazing and I love the doTerra brand. With Wild Orange essential oil, you can put a few drops on on your hands and rub it in on your chest or you can add a few drops into water. Since it’s orange, it gives you an immune boost and again, helps fight that cold for you!

Amazon link: Wild Orange by doTerra

Eucalyptus Essential Oil:

Eucalyptus OilWhen thinking of Eucalyptus, think Vicks Rub from your childhood (which has Eucalyptus in it). This helps break up mucus in the chest. It’s also antibacterial and anti-inflammatory. This particular brand, I had actually found in T.J. Maxx, which was a nice surprise and it’s worked great. One thing I’ve liked about this oil is that it absorbed really quickly.

Amazon link: Plantlife Eucalyptus Essential Oil

Have a natural remedy of your own? Let me know in the comments!

*these are the natural remedies that have personally worked for me and obviously may not work for everyone the same way. In no way should these replace seeing a doctor for severe symptoms of any kind.

Hello, There, September!

Hello SeptemberCan I just say – finally? I’ve been waiting for you…

The leaves are already starting to turn, which is always exciting to see. I’m prepping for my first ever Welcome Fall party for the end of the month, with pictures to come, of course. Fall festivals are on the calendar. We’re totally in the pre-fall zone here and I cannot wait for my very first cup of warm apple cider.

#fallfreak

Are you?

Summer Gems | Crystal Necklaces

Summer GemsWhen I was little I went through a phase when I was obsessed with looking at gems and crystals and occasionally the craving still hits me but it translates in a whole new way as an adult. Some days, I just want to channel my earthy side and what better way than these necklaces! Recently while on vacation these crystals and gems happened to catch my eye and I thought they were so unique and fun, I had to share for those who might want to capture that part within themselves as well.

Quartz NecklaceSimilar: Silver Plated Quartz Cluster Pendant, Amethyst Cluster Necklace

Aventurine Tree of Life NecklaceSimilar: Aventurine Tree of Life Pendant

Amethyst Geode NecklaceSimilar: Amethyst Slice Necklace Geode Pendant, Amethyst Geode

Some may even say that crystals have healing abilities, which I sometimes find fascinating. Here’s just a few tidbits if you’re a bit inquisitive like I am on what they might mean:

Clear Quartz: Can get rid of negative energy and purifies. It can also purify the thought process and bring inspiration and creativity as well as spiritual growth.

Adventurine: Can help aide in manifesting prosperity and wealth. It also releases old patterns, habits and disappointments. It can help bring forth optimism as well.

Amethyst: Can help with meditation. Helps bring positive energy and can help with emotional stability.

Were you interested in gems as a kid, too? Have any favorite crystals you wear? Let me know in the comments!

Stuck In My Head Triple Feature | NEEDTOBREATHE

Thanks to Pandora, I discovered a new-to-me band, NEEDTOBREATHE (yes, all caps. No spaces. Apparently it was a marketing thing). I have just about fallen in love with them – not to mention to lead singer’s voice. To me, they’re a bit of a mixed sound of a little rock, a little county, a little soulful, and a little inspirational. For me and my hears, it’s the perfect mix! When I need a little pick-me-up, I have a handful of downloaded songs by them easily accessible on my phone and just play them over and over. Here are a few of my favorites for your listening pleasure!

The Reckoning:

Something Beautiful:

Something Beautiful acoustic version (loved this version they did at a radio station and had to include it!):

Lay ‘Em Down: