I'm not going to lie, this was a long week. I haven't been sleeping well, for one thing. And then after four months of working from home, on Wednesday I had a half-day work retreat and yesterday a full-day retreat. I always laugh when I think back to my first work retreat at my current job; when I was leaving for it, Les said, "Don't drink too much!" Hah! It's not that kind of retreat— it's like a big planning meeting for the year ahead. What made it a littttttle more taxing was that yesterday's all-day meeting happened to be at the Misselwood Estate in their tent, where Les and I should have been dancing at our wedding reception in about a month. Instead, I was sitting at my own 8ft table using a cone to communicate with my socially-distanced co-workers...during a thunderstorm that made it impossible to hear each other from across the tent. 2020 is weird.
The good news is, this has been one of my FAVORITE weeks in blogging. On Monday I shared my tips for wedding dress shopping, and on Wednesday I posted a favorite little outfit of mine. And I think this week's Friday Favorites round it out well! Enjoy, and have a great weekend!
1. Tory Burch Sarong
Normally when I love a look this much, I wait to feature it on "What I'm Wearing Weekly." But this time I couldn't wait!!! So just pretend I'm on a beach here. Do you ever see something online and think to yourself, "I love everything about that piece." That's how I felt about this sarong from Tory Burch's annual summer capsule. Actually, technically it's a "pareo," which I learned is a Tahitian version. Who knew?! I'm not sure if they just weren't on my radar before, or if they truly are a re-surging trend, but sarongs seem to be big this summer in particular. As far as cover-ups go, I'm normally in a dress or romper. But I can definitely get behind this look!!
2. Free People Top
This tube top is giving me Brittany Spears mid 90s vibes and I am here for it. I snagged this on sale at Free People and it also comes in black and a fun blue animal print! I live in my white jeans all spring and summer, especially for an evening outing, so I love a new top to pair them with. The back of this top is super cute, too!
3. L.L. Bean Slipper/Slides
This is another case of "I can't wait to show my people on Friday Favorites!!" and then the item sells out. I think from now on I'll try to pay better attention if something is low-stock and share it right away on my Instagram stories (a great reason to go follow me @lisalisabythesea)!
In any case, ever since quarantine started I have been BIG into wearing slippers around the house, more than ever before. I think it started when we were staying at my parent's house because it was March, it was Maine, and it was cold. Now that we've been back home, I found that my Ugg slippers were a bit too toasty, but my feet felt naked without anything on them. I found these L. L. Bean slides, and they're perfect! They keep me comfy without my feet over-heating. Is that too much information? When they came in the mail I asked Les how much he thought they cost. His guess: $80. Smart guy.. that's what I would have guessed too! But they were actually on sale for $34.99— a STEAL as far as L.L. Bean's Wicked Good Slippers go! This pair is super similar (actually really cute) and a good price as well.
4. Homemade Crumpets
So, don't ask me why he came up with the idea, but Les decided he wanted us to make homemade crumpets last weekend. And, as it turns out, I didn't really know what a crumpet was. I thought it was the same thing as an English Muffin, but it turns out it's more of a cross between a pancake and English Muffin. We happened to have all of the ingredients on hand— including yeast— because my sister's MIL is a baker and she gifted us a lot of essentials when quarantine started. It turns out that crumpets are pretty easy to make, and absolutely delicious! We followed the recipe on King Arthur's website, and the only note I'll add is that we had active dry yeast instead of instant yeast, so we had to dissolve it in a little bit of warm water first. It seemed to work fine! We wrapped the leftovers in some plastic wrap in pairs and enjoyed them all week by toasting them and adding a little butter or some apricot and raspberry jam. Now that I know how easy these are, we'll definitely be making them again! Just call me Mary Berry. Does that make Les Paul Hollywood? (If you've never watched The Great British Baking Show on Netflix, start binging. You can thank me later.)
Ok so that's your Sunday breakfast... how about a shrimpy summer Saturday dinner?
4. Hot & Peppery Shrimp Tacos
This was our dinner last Saturday night: hot and peppery shrimp tacos! We first whipped these together in Maine for dinner one night kind of last minute. My mom had actually made the shrimp as a toothpick appetizer for a Friday night... and then forgot to eat them after putting them in the fridge to marinate! So the next night when we were scrounging around the fridge for dinner, we decided to throw the already made and marinated shrimp into some tacos! We added shredded carrots and a sliced cucumber, and I whisked up a crema sauce with sour cream and lime juice. Such a great summer dinner! Here's the full recipe; this made four shrimp tacos (and we each ate two!).
Ingredients: 1/2 lb raw medium-sized shrimp, peeled and deveined (we bought a frozen bag) 1/4 cup chopped green onions 2 tsp grated lime peel 1/4 cup and 2 tsp lime juice
1 tbsp soy sauce 1/4 tsp black pepper 1/8 tsp crushed red pepper 2 finely chopped garlic globes 2 tsp sesame oil
1 cup shredded carrots 1 small cucumber, diced 1/2 cup sour cream Small flour tortillas
Thaw your shrimp; you can do this by running them under some cold water for a minute or two. Mix your chopped green onions, lime peel, 1/4 cup of lime juice, soy sauce, black pepper crushed red pepper, and garlic. Pour over your shrimp. Cover, and refrigerate for four hours to let marinate (warning: we didn't do this the second time and the shrimp definitely didn't have as much flavor!!! Don't skip the marinating).
Preheat your oven to 400° and spread your shrimp in a single layer on a greased baking sheet. Bake
for 10-12 minutes until shrimp are pink. Drizzle with sesame oil after taking them out of the oven.
Whisk your sour cream and 2 tsp of lime juice (or more to taste) to make your crema. If it's too thick, add a few drops of water, mixing until it's a drizzling consistency.
Warm your tortillas in a pan over the stove for around 45 seconds each, flipping once. Assemble your tacos: add shrimp, shredded carrots, and diced cucumbers. Drizzle with crema, and serve!
Note: we chopped the shrimp up the first time we made these before putting them in the taco, which Les preferred. The second time, I left them whole, which I liked better. Your preference! The shrimp are the real star of this meal, but I think you could get super creative with what else you put in your tacos. I hope you enjoy!!
Happy Friday :)