November 3, 2014

The Side Dish: Lately {Volume 8}

Happy November!

My goodness, it feels like I blinked and October is over. As our new house nears completion, life is getting busier, but it's been so much fun...with a healthy dose of construction frustration thrown in for good measure, but it's all good. We're excited!

We are finally enjoying true Fall weather here in Houston and it's glorious. We are having bluebird days, crisp mornings and cool nights. We don't have trees with changing foliage, but I'm living vicariously through many of my blogging friend's leaf-peeping Instagram photos, so I'm happy!

Peter and I recently went on a mini-vacation. Finally! It's been almost two years since we went on vacation and we really needed the get-away. We went to Hilton Head, South Carolina. Every year, a business organization Peter belongs to holds an annual meeting at a high-end resort. The spouses are always invited and over the years, I have been lucky to make friends with several of the wives in the group, so this trip is always a highlight for us. Peter had meetings in the morning and then we had every afternoon free. It was wonderful! We loved doing absolutely nothing but relaxing. The only decision we had to make each day was "pool or beach?" That's my kind of dilemma! 

Pool?
 

Or beach?
 

I loved my poolside pina coladas!

 

On October 9th, Peter and I celebrated our 15th wedding anniversary. We had a lovely dinner at one of our favorite resaurants. Happy Anniversary to us!
 

A few weeks ago, we spent the weekend at my in-law's country house. Sienna was in her glory running around the back yard and playing fetch with her tennis ball. She has been such a trooper these last few months while we live in the rental apartment. I can't wait to give her a back yard to romp around in again! We will be back out at the country house for Thanksgiving, so she'll get more time outdoors to run to her heart's content.
 

Speaking of Thanksgiving...the latest issue of Bon Appetit magazine is making me seriously hungry.
 

I had a happy mail day the other day! My 2015 planner arrived along with Ina Garten's newest cookbook (because there was no way I was waiting until Christmas to get my hands on it!).

I came across some great articles and links last month. There is so much fabulousness out there on the Internet!

  • This video of what happens when second graders are treated to a seven-course, $220 tasting meal. Oh my goodness, the cuteness overload!
  • This lovely post from my friend Sandy on the difference between eating and dining together. 
  • Why you need escarole in your life this Fall. 
  • This article on Ina Garten. Just when I thought I couldn't love her more.
  • THIS is mozzarella.
  • Afraid of criticism? How to insult-proof your ego so the haters don't get to you. Amen!
  • 10 Things Happy People Understand. Such an inspiring and important read.

Happy Monday!

 

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