Blueberry Lemon Ricotta Pancakes with Blueberry Compote

I definitely think that I have a pancake problem.  I never had one before, but lately whenever I'm going to splurge, I think of pancakes.  Breakfast has never been one of those meals that I just had to have until about 2 years ago.  Growing up my Dad made a huge breakfast every Saturday and Sunday morning.  My best friend, Robin always got up with him and had breakfast.  I always chose to sleep in.  But now, I always have breakfast.  At least 5 days a week.  

Baked Feta with Rosemary, Lemons, & Olives

Give me all the cheese.  Seriously I don't think that I've ever come across a cheese that I didn't like.  Oh and Feta, it's probably one of my absolute favorites.  I love the salty creaminess.  I love it crumbled over a salad, but I really love it baked with lemons, olives, and herbs best.  My husband and I had this appetizer all over Athens, usually served with pita bread.  It's so simple and so amazing.

Happy Hour- Dragon Fruit Mojitos

Sometimes I do our grocery shopping, but usually, it falls to my husband.  My sweet mother-in-law lives in an independent living apartment and my husband is her go-to for grocery shopping.  So why not have him pick up the things on my list as well.  I feel super lucky that he happily does the shopping (he also does the laundry and vacuums). But every once in a while, I find myself wandering through the grocery store, picking up all kinds of things that we probably really don't need.  That's how this cocktail started off.

Travel Diary--Athens, Greece

View of the Temple of Olympian Zeus from the Acropolis
Athens definitely stole my heart.  I've never thought that I would love it as much as I did.  I was completely overwhelmed at the history and beauty of the city.  We spent a little over two days in Athens and loved each and every minute of it.

(This map was provided by New Hotel and helped us find our way around the city)

Chocolate Dipped Figs with Sea Salt

Our fig tree has literally exploded with figs.  There are so many that the birds and I are freely sharing.  I can't even keep up with them all.  It's a good problem to have.

I made these figs for my husband's birthday celebration and they were definitely a hit. The recipe is embarrassingly easy.  I'm really only sharing this because they are just so dang good and so beautiful.  

Summer Travel Beauty Favorites

Today I thought I would share with you all a few of my favorite items that I can't leave home without.     If you are like me you want to bring your entire bathroom cabinet with you on a trip (I wish!!), but since I'm also trying to bring my entire closet I can't fit ten pounds of toiletries in my suitcase--just kidding!  Also, makeup tends to weigh ALOT so I try my best to use items that multi-task.  I also try my best to bring travel size prodcuts if possible.  My last trip was for 17 days so I knew that I needed mostly full-size products.  

Happy Hour--Passion Fruit (Porn Star) Martini

I know, I know... I don't necessarily like the name either, but it is what it is.  And what it is, is seriously delicious.

I first had this cocktail here--and I loved it.  I was unable to find fresh passionfruit in our little area of Louisiana so I had to make due with syrup, juice, and liqueur. Oh, woe is me.