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Friday, March 17, 2017

Friday Favorites: All The Green Things (And A Little Madness)

Hey, Gang!

It's Friday and it's St. Patrick's Day! And it's the first full day of school here since Monday! So many reasons for all the !!!! Here are my 5 Friday Favorites for this week.

1. The Chick Fil A "In a Rut" Commercial

I would guess I've been in a rut for about three months now which is not unusual for me in the winter, but the funny thing is that I think the snowstorm got me out of it. After lamenting for the 75th day in a row about my rut, my husband tipped me off to this commercial from Chick-Fil-A. 
I've watched it about ten times because it cracked me right up. I also sent it to numerous friends because being in a rut seems to be epidemic right now. Maybe all we need is a perspective change? Maybe we're not in a rut, but we're actually in a groove? Maybe we just need some chicken minis from Chick-Fil-A?

2. Warm Spinach and Basil Salad

Well, it's officially St. Patrick's Day and since we had two and a 1/2 days off from school for snow, I went on a baking frenzy and have already eaten all the green mint chocolate things I could get my hands on. This morning I made these St. Patrick's Day green pancakes. I think the rest of the day and maybe the next few weeks calls for a detox of sorts so I'm turning to other green things like this spinach salad. My mother-in-law told me about it many years ago. This is so easy and so good.

6 cups spinach
2 cups basil leaves
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1/2 cup olive oil
1/2 cup pine nuts
4 oz. prosciutto, diced
salt and pepper to taste
3/4 cup grated parmesean cheese

Toss spinach and basil together in a large salad bowl. Heat oil in medium size skilled over medium heat. Add garlic and pine nuts and saute until nuts begin to brown slightly. Stir in prosciutto and cook one minute more. Season with salt and pepper. Toss spinach and basil with warm dressing and sprinkle with parmesean.

3. March Madness

Well, it's all about Bracketology and Basketball and March Madness in SkinnerWorld right now. Not to say that we haven't been watching basketball on tv for what seems like 124 months, but even I'm focused now. I'm feeling good about my bracket this year because the Texas Longhorns did not even make the tournament. I know that sounds like sacrilege, but the point is that this eliminates my need to push them all the way to Final Four as I do every blasted year while my boys roll their eyes and utter phrases under their breath which basically boil down to  "Are you high, Mom?"

Last year, I was the "Biggest Loser" in my Chicks Only pool with my college girlfriends so I got my $20 back. This year I intend to win the big money. I did use my far reaching basketball knowledge to pick Northwestern to win last night because I found out that Julia Louis-Dreyfus's son is on the team. They did win, so you're welcome because now we will see Elaine Benes again in the next round and I think America needs some Elaine about now. Also, Go Louisville. I've no idea why I picked them to win the thing. I just did. 

4. All the Green Plaid Things

As I've mentioned a time or six, I love me some green St. Paddy's Day cheer and I can't seem to get enough plaid in my life lately.  There are so many cute green plaid button down shirts around, so even if you don't get one in time for today, they are still fun for spring time which I think will show up any minute now. Fingers crossed.

I've been eyeing this JCrew Plaid Popover for awhile now and it's on sale for 30% off right now with the code BYEWINTER.

This is also a cute Plaid Tie Front Shirt from Nordstrom.

I zipped into Target yesterday for a couple of things and somehow this Merona Women's Favorite Plaid Shirt jumped into my cart. It's only something like $22.00 though. I practically saved money, right?

5. High School Musicals or (THE High School Musical at Freedom High)

Last night we went to see our high school's production of High School Musical and it was delightful. I so regret that I haven't been to see previous productions at our local schools. Our students did an amazing job and I know they've been working so hard. I sent this photo to my sister because I was giddy with excitement and we loved the movies so much. She happened to be at her high school's production of Legally Blonde this week in California. I highly recommend going out to your high schools and supporting their musicals, plays and concerts. And if you're in my area you can see High School Musical and some really talented kids tonight at 7:00 pm, Saturday at 7:00 pm or Sunday at 3:00 pm at Freedom High School. And then you can get back to me and let me know if it was as hard for you as it was for me to not sing all the songs at the top of your lungs and dance in your seat. #troyandgabriellaforever

Have a very happy St. Patrick's Day, Friends!

May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face;
and the rains fall soft upon your fields
and until we meet again,
may God hold you in the palm of His hand.

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