olive june: March 2013

bridal pins

moroccan-style roast potatoes with coriander yogurt

simply fresh recipe 

6 large potatoes (whole), par-boiled for about 20-25 minutes
125 g Medi Deli Casablanca Pesto
6 T (90 ml) extra virgin olive oil
salt flakes and freshly ground black pepper
175 ml plain yogurt
half a punnet of fresh coriander leaves (about 15 g)


1 Slice par-boiled potatoes into large wedges.
2 Mix pesto and olive oil well, then drizzle over potatoes and toss to coat well. Don’t worry if potatoes break apart a little bit.
3 Season coated potatoes well with salt and pepper, then place in a pre-heated oven at 200 C for 15-20 minutes, or until browned on the edges. Serve hot with coriander dressing.
4 For coriander yogurt dressing: chop the coriander leaves finely, then mix with the yogurt and season with salt and pepper.

march book club and the easter bunny

last night, i met with my fantastic book club to discuss the book, 'the fault in our stars.' i really enjoyed the book and would recommend :) in addition, when i got home tonight from work, i was surprised to see that the sneaky easter bunny came early... thank you, tim! so beautiful and appreciated. a great surprise- as i begin spring break 2013! wahoo.
so true- love this.

 obsessed with mint green.

  perfect card- along with a poem and our 'forgiveness glass'
such a special gift...
thank you, jess! 

march book club highlights: 
picture source: pottery barn 

homemade carmel corn- such a great job, lisa- thank you so much!!
we left with a cute easter favor :)

box set

i love to organize.... how wonderful are these!

'words of wisdom' wednesday

“the easiest thing to be in the world is you. the most difficult thing to be is what other people want you to be. don’t let them put you in that position.” 
- leo f. buscaglia

a love for audrey

those that know me well, know that i have a very devoted 
love & 
passion for the great audrey hepburn...

one of my favorite boutiques, shabby apple, posted these pictures on their blog today- 
... perfect inspiration for this part of my life... 
source: http://blog.shabbyapple.com/2013/03/flower-crown-inspiration.html 

... i also came across this tidbit of love today- how amazing!!

John and Ann Betar of Connecticut have just been named the longest married couple in the U.S.! 
He's 101 and she's 97, and have been married 80 years. 

frozen peach bellini

6 ounces spumanti, Astt, to taste
1 ounce peach schnapps, to taste
frozen peaches, sliced

1. Add a few frozen peach slices and liquor to blender and puree. The mixture should be taking on a slushy type texture.
2. Taste and add more liquor or peaches as needed. Add ice and continue to blend until a nice frozen texture is acquired. Pour into glasses and garnish with peaches.


chore chart

for families: 

here's a great diy chore chart idea from tipjunkie

southern inspired ham sandwiches

here is the- very much requested- ham sandwich recipe from my bridal shower last week:  
2 packages of sweet hawaiian rolls (the small dinner roll looking ones) 

1 1/2 lbs of virginia ham (not honey ham) 
12 slices swiss cheese 

1 stick of real butter

2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce 

1 teaspoon Garlic Powder

1 teaspoon Onion Powder

1 teaspoon poppy seeds

You will need two 9 x 13 pans. Place the bottoms of 12 rolls in each pan. Place ham (about 2 shaved slices or so) on the rolls. Cut the cheese slices into 4 parts and place 2 small pieces on each sandwich. Put the dinner roll tops on. In a sauce pan, mix butter, worcestershire sauce, onion powder, garlic powder and poppy seeds. Wait until all butter is melted and then brush the melted mixture over the ham sandwiches. Cover with foil and let sit in fridge for 1 hour or over night. (If you want to bake them right away, you can also.) Preheat oven to 375 and bake for 15 minutes or until cheese is melted. Serve. They are great hot and even at room temperature 


ham reminds me of easter at my gram's~ looking for eggs on the farm with all 11 cousins...
thankful i get to travel home this year- i can't remember the last time i was able to do this!
here's to an easter inspired look from ruche.com 

monday morning notes

this morning, i walked into my classroom for the third monday in a row to a perfectly clean and fresh smelling room- two of my students (sometimes a few others) have been taking the time to clean and organize my room for me during club friday/end of the week.
in addition to the cleaning love, they have been leaving me cute notes on my computer and even brought me some 'healthy' cookies on friday - because their moms know that i am getting married. 
very much appreciated. 
helps make a monday morning a little better. 

lately, i have been loving the site~ southernfriedchicks.com~ 
how beautiful is this bracelet? $24.99
*today i went on an 8th grade field trip to the Levine Museum of the New South 
in uptown Charlotte... 
if you've never been, i definitely recommend going... 
 *it was amazing to see how Charlotte has transformed... along with so many interactive activities and displays about segregation and the civil rights movement throughout the south and in Charlotte particularly. 

very informational and greatly enjoyed! 
here are just a few pictures:
they have a mock set-up of tryon street from the mid 1900's ... this was the belk store...
in addition, there was a duke energy display, radio/music shop, church, lance popcorn cart, car, barber shop, and a theater.  


fun in the barber shop

in 1936, FDR came and spoke in Charlotte about the New Deals

love this- from diy ideas- as we dream about summer- enjoy this idea - serving sorbet in lemon peels

fantastic new 79 cent bag from whole foods- perfect for school/home travels

favorite inspiring look at the moment- thanks anthro :) 

how many did you pick?! 
ps: go buckeyes!
sweet 16.
miami memories
 beautiful picture from the oh-so-romantic 
upham hall on campus
engraved over the arch: “Ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free." 
the miami legend says that if you kiss under the arch, you will marry and your bond will never be broken. 
... i never kissed under the arch in college. 

one more thing:
  fell in love with this wedding today~
... how cute is the 'because i am in love with a jersey girl' sign and amazing transportation! 
i wanted a trolley... but with no AC - not happending in june. in the south. :(