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We put off home buying to have a little fun this year and to pay down our debt a bit more. While I’m desperate for more space, a co-worker suggested renting in the neighborhood we’re thinking about buying in first. I think it’s brilliant! Our lease isn’t up for a while, but we’ve started looking. The one thing I’d love this time around is a true dining room. Two years back when we moved into our current apartment, we didn’t see ourselves entertaining much. Particularly during the holiday season, I’d love the chance and the space to host a dinner party!  And I have the new year’s on my mind…

dinner party party

good times / DIY glitter mason jars / dot garland / champagne lollipops

How was your weekend? My birthday is coming up this week, so we had a little celebration on Saturday. Just a casual get together, floating on a lake then a bit of BBQ… my favorite way to spend a warm day. Today we lounged about the house, doing a whole lot of nothing – my second favorite
way to spend a weekend day. Husband and I are starting to prepare for our adventure next month,
a long weekend in Vegas. I’m not much for gambling, but I’m really looking forward to the sun, great
food and a whole lot of down time. Now to just pick out a few new travel outfits… and maybe a few other lovely things…

summertime sangria
sweet little floral dress
this amazing thread of tuna salad recipes
how to make your own lampshade
a panty party!
the wise words of julia child
the softest tees and tanks
a perfect tote
birthday cake pancakes

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Phew! Well, my sister’s engagement party went off yesterday without a hitch. We went for a swanky americana theme – a summer barbecue with a bit of class. I think the bloody mary bar was the biggest hit! You can’t see them all in the picture below, but we had about 10 different kinds of pickled vegetables to add, and they were all so delicious.

It was so much fun, and everyone pitched in. Husband and I made kabobs with steak, chicken and a variety of veggies – and my now famous potato salad. It’s a pretty simple salad, but with a great balance of flavors and what I call the ‘secret ingredient,’ white wine vinegar! It adds just the right amount of tang and gives the creaminess just a bit of a bite. And I add a little more celery, because I love the extra crunch.

Creamy Potato Salad with Bacon
via real simple food

3 pounds small red new potatoes (about 24)
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
8 slices bacon
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup sour cream
3 tablespoons white wine vinegar
6 stalks celery, thinly sliced
1/2 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
1/4 cup chopped fresh tarragon

Place the potatoes in a large pot. Add enough cold water to cover and bring to a boil. Add 1 teaspoon salt, reduce heat, and simmer until tender, 15 to 18 minutes. Drain and run under cold water to cool. Cut into quarters.
Meanwhile, cook the bacon in a large skillet over medium heat until crisp, 6 to 8 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate. Let cool, then break into pieces.
In a large bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, sour cream, vinegar, the 2nd teaspoon of salt, and pepper. Add the potatoes and celery and toss to coat. Fold in the parsley, tarragon, and bacon before serving.

We finally don’t have a million things going on this weekend and I’m thrilled. We are dog sitting and have some brunch plans, but compared to the last few weekends, it feels like endless free time.
And although that mostly means we’ll get a little house cleaning done (yay for spring cleaning!),
I’m really hoping we’ll start our little garden – since it stopped snowing here. Finally.

Hope your weekend is just lovely!

Here are some of my recent favorites from around the web:

Panna Cotta is my new favorite dessert and this one looks fantastic.
Funny bit about living alone.
How to dip dye baskets.
The power of a photograph.
Maps for your walls.
The dream scarf.
A guide to champagne cocktails. Yum.
I adore brick walls.
The cutest little wine bottle stoppers.
Quickly pickled veggies.

image via the pursuit aesthetic