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Spanish Garlic Shrimp

Hi everyone! I’ve been a little behind on the blog lately, but I’m bringing things back with a bang with this AMAZING shrimp recipe. To me, tapas make the perfect meal. As many shareable veggie and protein dishes as you heart desires, along with a ton of bread to soak up the delicious sauces…what’s not to love? Shrimp and garlic, or gambas al ajillo, is one of our favorites at our go-to Spanish date night spot: Si Tapas.

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Gambas al ajillo AKA garlic shrimp.

With a little help from Food & Wine‘s recent travel issue highlighting a few classic Spanish recipes, I made gambas al ajillo at home and it was a big hit (and a nice departure from our usual Monday night salmon and veggies). Hope you love it as much as we do!

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Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread

It’s too early for chocolate chip pumpkin bread, but not to worry. I have a solution. I’m celebrating summer squash season (and Game of Thrones season) with this chocolate chip ZUCCHINI bread! This recipe contains two entire zucchinis, so I’m considering it a health food.

Chocolate chip zucchini bread plated

Is butter a carb?

This recipe is just about as easy as baking gets, but you wouldn’t know it! No mixer required. And, it does not taste like zucchini. I found this gem over on Love & Lemons, where you can also find instructions for a vegan version.

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Shopping List: Time to Fiesta!

Summer is full of opportunities to fiesta….AKA opportunities to wear this fun pom pom skirt from Adeline! One major opportunity to unwind after work is Adeline’s grand reopening party coming up on August 10 from 6-8pm! My favorite Dallas boutique is moving just a few doors down from its current location and will be unveiling a whole new experience and even more brands…in style, of course!

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Give me all the pom poms!

Adeline is offering all guests 15% off all purchases, along with exclusive giveaways, complimentary cocktails, and braids by new local business Mermaid Braid Bar! Because what’s better than a braid to keep you cool on a 90+ degree summer day in Dallas? Not much, and I already mentioned cocktails.

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This party also happens to be the perfect pregame for a dinner at newly opened Hudson House, also conveniently located on Lovers Lane. Lots of opportunities for pineapple-themed snaps (and a menu that’s easy to fall in love with). OR go to Chip’s and have a burger and fries. Your call!

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Roasted Portobello Caps

A delicious, super healthy meal that is ready in under an hour and requires less than 10 ingredients? Yes please! TBH, I’m typically not a mushroom person. I have a hard time accepting them as a protein substitute (although they’re often positioned that way to vegetarians)! However, that was before I discovered this recipe. We are about to have these roasted portobellos for dinner for the third week in a row!

Roasted portobellos with asparagus

I love a simple recipe and this is the definition of simple. The portobellos soak up all the delicious flavor of the marinade and make a perfect main when paired with roasted asparagus. They would also be absolutely delicious grilled, but I do love the convenience of throwing both the mushrooms and the asparagus in the oven and serving dinner in under 30.

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Victory Park Victory Lap

Hunter and I lived in Downtown Dallas’ Victory Park neighborhood for three years, and have (finally) moved into our new home in North Dallas. We loved our little downtown apartment! We got engaged on its rooftop terrace, littered the floor with invitations to our wedding last September, and spent many a sunny afternoon at the pool with friends.

While I’m in love with our new home and can’t wait to post photos and progress updates, it would just be sad if I didn’t pay tribute to our Victory Park apartment beforehand! We (I) put together a list of the things we’d always wanted to do while we lived downtown, but never quite did (until last month, that is). I named it our “Victory Park Victory Lap,” as one does.

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Naturally, one of the first items on the list involved going to dinner. But not just any dinner – dinner served straight from a wheel of cheese.

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Four Better Beauty Brands

I recently decided to make the move over to cleaner skincare and beauty products. When it comes to what I eat, I always try to buy organic and read labels, so I figured it was time to do the same with the products I put on my skin!

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Photo: @Glossier via Instagram

New natural skincare and beauty product lines launch every day, and it can be tricky to find high performing products that are also safe, so today I’m sharing four of my favorites!

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Shopping List: Spring Frosé Date

Time for the first Shopping List post in a minute! You guys know I love a good frosé, and The Standard Pour’s happy hour special hit the spot last week. Also, I’ve been dying to go check out the adorable new rewardStyle mural. The outfit I’m featuring today features a bodysuit from Adeline. Yes, a bodysuit. Your summer outfits just got WAY easier.

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This ruffle bodysuit also comes in a variety of colors! I decided to go with my fave (black, neutral).

Bodysuits are seriously bringing me back to my ballet days…I paired this one with a J. Crew skirt and pair of leopard sandals. Throw on a fun pair of earrings like these tassel hoops I picked up at FleaStyle and you’ve got a winning outfit. Check out the other bodysuit colors here.

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Flea Style Dallas Recap

I had the opportunity to attend FLEA STYLE for the very first time last weekend, and it is decidedly not to be missed! Mimosas and a big variety of Texas-based artisans and retailers make for a fabulous time. Hunter and I just purchased our first home, and I’ve realized that moving to a four bedroom ranch style from a tiny (however much loved) downtown apartment requires a lot of new decor.

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Give me all of the Southwestern flair!

I always like to support local companies, and many of these shops also make philanthropy and giving back to the local community a priority. I loved meeting some of the owners and hearing their stories!

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White Bean and Asparagus Flatbread

If you are a big hummus fan like me, this white bean and asparagus flatbread recipe is for you! Hunter says this may even be his new favorite meal (it has a healthy dose of carbs with toasted whole wheat naan, and is topped with pine nuts and feta so what’s not to like?). I’ll definitely be celebrating spring weather and spring ingredients on the patio with these little gems and a big green salad.

White bean asparagus flatbreads

We like our red pepper flakes.

As you can see from my recent posts, white beans have pretty much become a staple for us. This kale, white bean and sweet potato noodle bake is another recipe that consistently makes an appearance in our weeknight dinner rotation. Legumes are a great way to make vegetarian meals more filling!

The original version of this recipe can be found in the Love & Lemons cookbook – which I highly recommend you invest in if you enjoy plant based meals! The recipes are fresh and flavorful and always utilize seasonal ingredients.

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Chipotle Shrimp Taco Salad

Taco salad combines two of my favorite things, and this chipotle shrimp version is not to be missed! You guys were loving this recipe on Snapchat Tuesday night so here it is…and if you love this, you definitely need to check out my spicy shrimp taco recipe for when a salad just won’t cut it.

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Topped with a generous helping of cilantro avocado dressing, of course!

We’ve had a couple of 80 degree days in Dallas lately, so a salad with spicy shrimp and refreshing avocado and herb dressing was calling my name this week. And, this dish is pretty easy to throw together. I typically make the cilantro avocado dressing a day or two in advance and use it in as many lunches and dinners as possible because it is amazing. This week, I saved some extra dressing and made a loaded sweet potato with peppers, black beans and feta.

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