Tag Archives: Summer

mango salsa sandwich

This chicken, bacon and mango salsa sandwich screams summer and I’m dying for summer to arrive but spring hasn’t really sprung around here so summer feels like it’s a ways away. Honestly we could just skip spring all together and go straight to summer. I love summer; it’s by far my favourite season of all. I love the heat, the light clothes, long nights, eating alfresco, the beach, and the amazing memories that are made each summer. Continue reading

diy: blue LOVE clutch

This  DIY blue LOVE clutch was inspired by a We Are Knitters (WAK) pattern they were handing out at the Beefeater London Market in Madrid this spring. The pattern was for a mega clutch in WAK’s fabric yarn. The pattern was cool but it wasn’t exactly what I wanted however it did inspire me to make my own clutch. This is my first DIY project on LLK and what started out as just a quick knit turned into something more elaborate but the end result was totally worth it.   I don’t know why I have a tendency to overdo it, well actually I do, it’s called perfectionism (my number one frenemy). Continue reading

grilled vegetables

Honestly, I feel kinda silly writing this recipe because it seems so basic to me however I thought that some people just aren’t that into cooking and what might seem ham and cheese sandwich simple to me may not be the case for others.  I used to pretty much follow recipes to the letter when I started living on my own and as time went on with every recipe I started to gain confidence and I would veer a little from the recipe and so on until I stopped relying solely on recipes.  I still use recipes all the time especially with my “special occasion” food but our go to meals during the week are things that we throw together that result in healthy, nutritious, simple dishes that cover all the bases.   I also take advantage of making extra so that I have decent stuff to eat at lunch everyday during the week at work.  

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books, books, books


Books books books photo

I love to read and I’m always looking for something new to read. One of the things I miss about living in my hometown is walking through Chapters bookstore and just wandering through the stacks and browsing all the books. Of course there are plenty of bookstores in Madrid but the majority of the books are in Spanish and it’s just not the same; I can browse the English book section in about 5 minutes.

A frequent question among my friends is “what should I read next?” and I thought I’d share some of favorites. I definitely love the summer beach read and unfortunately I’m not as well read as I’d like to be (I struggle with the classics).

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summer Buys

 Summer Love Palm Tree photo

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I love to shop however I don’t do it very often because it could be very dangerous to my wallet!  I’m actually pretty restrained; I’ve figured out that if I don’t go into a store then I’m safe.  I just can’t go into a store because then I’ll definitely buy something.  I’m also not someone who likes to just look for the sake of looking.  I like to shop which means I like to buy and spend my money so it’s easier for me not to go into stores because unless something’s caught my eye, I’ll just keep on walking.

I don’t do a lot of online shopping because I don’t know how I could buy clothes without trying them on first however I do buy things for the house, kitchen, and shoes, oh so many shoes online.   Online shopping is dangerous, very dangerous, because it’s just so easy to click and it’s done!!!  Here are few things I’ve picked up for the summer that I thought I’d share with you.  Continue reading

deluxe grilled chicken fajitas

Fajitas on the table 

I hope everyone has been enjoying their weekend.  It looks like the good weather is here to stay, finally!!!  One of the bonuses of living in Madrid is that you can grill all year round.  Sure in the winter it means M has to wear his winter coat but it’s completely doable especially since Madrid is really dry and rain doesn’t happen very often.  Now M can enjoy the grilling without having his ski jacket smelling like BBQ smoke!

These fajitas are one of our favourite meals.  I used to make fajitas the “old fashioned way” (in the skillet with that fajita powder mix) however I tried making them once on the BBQ and we haven’t gone back since.  I’m sure you can follow this recipe and simply cook the chicken breasts in a sauté pan over high heat so they get well marked on the outside.  The veggies can be cooked in the same sauté pan but you’d want to add a little bit of liquid like water.  I haven’t tried this method yet so if you do, I’d love to hear how they worked out for you.  Continue reading