An Un-awsm Lost Week

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Yah, it’s like that. 

Between last Friday and today-Friday, I lost the week.  Too much to do, overwhelmed, and so my awsm writings came Unawsm-ly last.  Or to put a point on it, not at all.

Let’s see if I can nutshell my week…

As regards awsm clothes

I found a cute lil cotton-knit hi-lo dress by Mix&Co, in a geometric design of blue and teal, at Family Dollar store, for $12.50.  That’s been in heavy rotation this week, with a pair of sparkly flipflops from the local Dollar Tree.

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sorry, my pix all seem washed-out… That turquoise-blue bra (its matching panties are still in the dryer, I think, lol) is also a Family Dollar find

And about those Dollar Tree flip-flops?  I got’em all.

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I love the lil bit of sparkle, and since I have scads of them (not to mention the plain ones I already have, and other footwear), it’s not like I’ll be wearing any one pair enough to wear them out quickly.  And for $6, that’s a helluva a summer footwear bonanza!

My sister took me to her local thrifty, 2nd Avenue, and for under $25, I got a pile of things:

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A coupla sweet gauze tunics — the blue-and-green is from Old Navy, and the moss-green/tie-dye with the gem detailing is from Ashley Stewart — great with a chemise and capri’s, or over a swimsuit

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A peacock-teal chemise with gold trim for just a lil summer glam, and a ruffle-necked brown knit sundress by Bass.  These plain-tan flip-flops will get some stick-on gems from Michaels Crafts, to spiff them up, and that’s just some gold nailpolish from 5below.

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This Lands End sundress is fantastic!  A beautiful, flattering fit and so comfy!  The color’s a dark steel-blue/navy, with cream flowers.  The length is just above the knee, just right, and the criss-cross V neck adjusts from demure at its most closed to pretty sassy when arranged a bit lower.  Versatility, I like it!

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Lastly, this darling silver party-dress, with sequin detailing and spaghetti straps, still had its $56 Kohl’s tag attached!  Who knows when a girl will need a lil something special?

In addition, I got 2 cotton short-sleeved shirts, to pull over when my shoulders get chilled — one each in black and white.  The white has some nice tuxedo pintucks in the front.  If I can get some decent pix, I’ll share later.

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awsm Nomz this week?  Umm, not so much.

I was everywhere this week — at Mom’s on Monday, in Philly on Tuesday, back out to the burbs to hang-out with friends on Wednesday, back to Philly again on Thursday, and today I am work-work-working on about a dozen projects, so I can RELAX for the Memorial Day weekend!

Highlights:  Steak Tartare — or more accurately “Cannibal Bites”!

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I am a very big fan of raw meats

Mine did not look nearly this posh, and when I make a proper batch of Steak Tartare, I will post a picture.  My mom used to call it “Cannibal Bites” when I was a kid — we’d get a very good grade hamburger, and mix in milk, steak sauce, chopped onion, spices…  That and a lil rye-toast, and I’m good to go.  Ate this on Thursday around 11:30am, and did not need to eat again til today (Friday).  Rich, filling and delicious.

It was a burger-licious week, since on Sunday, My Guy and I also enjoyed “plain-old” burgers, topped with cheese and bacon bits, and served with a unique salad — mustard-greens gathered by Himself in a(n UN-pesticided) field near his workplace were the basis, and we added spinach, some cut-up cherry tomatoes, a lil shredded cheese and tossed it with Italian dressing.

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We frequently just share our plate, cuz it’s cozy!

There weren’t any awsm Events this week to speak of, and all is quiet on the Relationships front…  so that brings us to today, and a little Random awsm-ness…

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Phoenixville PA’s annual Dogwood Festival is walking distance from My Guy’s place, so we took a leisurely stroll to take in the sights…  Beautiful turn of the century (1900’s, that is) architecture throughout the town, a fun little carnival acrawl with families and teenagers, and a stroll down to Bridge street for some delightful Black Cherry Hard Cider at Bistro on Bridge, made for a mellow evening — and that’s pretty awsm!

Let’s hope I don’t lose any more time, going forward!

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Tuesday is NomzDay! Defaulting to Bacon

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I had originally thought to do my writings about Relationships on Tuesdays, with awsm Noms on Wednesdays, but as it turns out, switching them just works better for me.

And today being another ridiculously busy day, I am defaulting to Bacon.

These are Bacon Things I like:

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Bacon Shrimp: roll the shrimp in cajun spice and wrap in bacon, cook for 20min at 350

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Bacon Scallops: See Bacon Shrimp (toss with garlic butter instead of cajun, if you prefer). Make sure you sear in a pan when done baking, so that they get nice and golden (plus the caramelization tastes amazing)

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Brussels Sprouts with Onion and Bacon: Cut the sprouts in half, toss with olive oil nd minced garlic, place facedown on foil-lined cookie sheet.  Chunk-up an onion or 2, toss with olive oil and oregano, scatter amongst sprouts. Top with bacon that’s been cut into 1-2″ pieces.  Cook at 350-400 til the bacon’s starting to crisp, 30-40min. Serve with just a drizzle of balsamic vinegar.

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A couple of weeks ago, I made a Bacon-Wrapped Chicken.  With bacon stuffing.  I stuffed a mix of rosemary and sage under the skin pre-wrapping (note the festive basket weave!)  It was incredibly succulent and flavorful — much better than my photo makes it look!

A version of this receipe was recently featured in the Food Network's Magazine, Bacon issue!

A version of this receipe was recently featured in the Food Network’s Magazine, Bacon issue!

 The Bacon Apple Galette from last week’s Blog!!  So good, I had to feature it twice.

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Okay, this is just deranged, yall. 

Bacon Pineapple Upside Down Cake: Set pineapple rings on paper towel to dry a little bit (save the juice in the can!).  Generously butter a cakepan.  Melt 2-4 Tbl butter and add as much brown sugar as will still stay slightly liquid, maybe a cup or so.  This is basically 2-3times as much as any recipe will tell you to do. Spread that in the pan. Top with the pineapple rings, and fill the rings and spaces between with crumbled bacon.  Mix a box of cake-mix, replacing the water with pineapple juice and adding another 1-2 tsp oil.  Into the pan that goes, set it on a cookie sheet with foil — cuz it’s gonna bubble over and drip, and bake at 350 (or per box instructions), for 30-40min.  Check for doneness, because the juice of the pineapples may make it take longer.  Remove from oven, cook, and turn out onto a serving dish — all that brown sugar should be a thick caramelly coating!

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Bacon with Chocolate.   Just.  Do.  It.  I prefer a darker chocolate to offset the sweetness of the bacon.  Dip it, drizzle it, dunk it, just…  do… it.

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Found Outside: Fiddlehead Ferns, Wild Onions, and Apple-Bacon Galette

I can see I’m going to have to become one of those people who photographs my food!  That really would be the best accompaniment to this weekly page, and give me points of reference to recount whatever awsm Nomz I’ve had.

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mmm, food pr0n…

However, for this week, we’re just gonna hafta wing it.  New Blogger Blues, bear with me.  My inspirations this week came mostly from Nature and The Great Outdoors, as a jaunt to a natural area and a bit of leftover fruit found their way into my menu’s.

All of these recipes are KETO (ketogenic diet) – friendly!

Natural Noms by The Susquehanna Lock: Finding Fiddleheads:

Last Saturday, the Guy and I spent a glorious Spring day on a drive thru PA Dutch country (horse-drawn carts!) to the Susquehanna River Dam and Lock by Rt372.  We explored along the water’s edge upriver of the Dam and then wandered up into the woods beside a creek to some waterfalls.

Along that path, I spied Continue reading