Five on Friday

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The most wonderful day of the week – am I right? Okay…maybe that title really goes to Saturday but there’s no need to get nit-picky. If a day of the week is also part of the weekend, it’s always winning.

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So – five things on my mind as this weekend starts…

One. Corn & Bacon Pasta – This recipe was in a recent edition of Women’s Day and it immediately caught my eye. I only started eating corn about a year ago (I know – what a weirdo, right?) and I’m a big lover of all things pasta, so this recipe seemed a little random but also incredibly tempting. So I made it. And well – it was fabulous! I tweaked it just a bit but I wanted to share the recipe below… if you love corn and pasta and bacon, you will just lap this stuff up!

  • 4 slices of bacon
  • salt & pepper
  • 6 ears of corn, shucked
  • 8 ounces of pasta (your choice)
  • 1/3 cup shredded cheese (I used Monterrey Jack)
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • 1 tsp. basil

Now – I’ll be real with you – I did not use 6 ears of corn that had been shucked. I used one can of White Shoepeg Corn, heated on the stove with 1/2 cup of real bacon bits (as opposed to 4 slices of bacon). I cooked the pasta according to the package directions and then held 1/2 cup of pasta water in reserve.

Transfer the cooked corn & bacon, the 1/2 cup of pasta water, salt, pepper, onion powder, basil and 1/3 cup of cheese to a blender & puree until smooth. Toss the pasta with the corn sauce and top with additional bacon pieces and cheese and devour! Y’all – this was so delicious and good – the sweetness of the corn, the smokiness of the bacon – I ate half of it for dinner and reheated the rest for lunch the next day! So divine!

Two. Perfectly Pumpkin Pampering – Perfectly Posh launched their Autumn/Spooky pampering products yesterday and they are made with fermented pumpkin…which I suppose might sound a little strange, but there are so many benefits to using fermented pumpkin in skincare! The products released yesterday were a body creme and a jelly shot face mask – both with a wonderful pumpkin scent that is perfect for Fall. You can get yours (limited release) at http://NatalieSummerlin.po.sh and I’ve shared some benefits of fermented pumpkin below!

  • Provides intense moisture
  • Helps minimize the size of pores
  • Reduces signs of aging while being gentle on skin
  • Full of fruit enzymes & Alpha Hydroxy acids, both powerful in increasing cell turnover
  • Contains vitamins A & C to boost collagen production
  • Increased levels of antioxidants which fight off free radicals, repair elasticity, ease inflammation, reduce breakouts & improve skin texture.

*The It’s A Fall World After All bath bombs will be released next week!

Three. Autumn is Making an Effort – It has been oppressively warm this week in Northern Virginia…much too warm for any area of the country that has Northern in the name and much too warm for September. *sigh* However, I stumbled upon a tree in the neighborhood yesterday that is really going above and beyond in the fall foliage category and is already almost completely turned – while all the other trees in the neighborhood are still green! Oh well, at least this tree is trying…

Four. Weekend Plans – They are actually fairly nonexistent! I had contemplated going to a Fall Open House at a nearby Orchard on Saturday and of course, I’ll go to church on Sunday and I’d thought about doing outdoor things because the weather was supposed to be much cooler…  Then I checked the weather forecast and well – there is an 80% chance of rain and thunderstorms today. There is a 90% chance of rain and thunderstorms tomorrow… and there is a 100% chance of rain and thunderstorms on Sunday. I’m thinking the Open House may be a no-go… and while church will still be on the docket, I’m not sure rain and outdoor activities are a good combination. So having said that…

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Five. Binge Watching – It’s been a spell since I binged something… I just started watching The Mindy Project on Hulu and I do love it, but I also just don’t know that I can sit on the couch and watch multiple hours of one thing. I don’t know. I cannot binge the way I did when I was in college – I feel lazy and useless, ha-ha!

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Having said that – if I feel the need to take a break from all things Mindy and Danny (I’m 100% here for that already…), does anyone have another show or movie that is worth checking out? I have Amazon Prime (HBO & Starz), Netflix and Hulu – so I feel like the possibilities might be endless…

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Well – that’s all I’ve got for this Friday. Perhaps when I pop back in on Monday, I’ll have had adventures I didn’t know I was up for… or perhaps I’ll have watched way too many episodes of The Mindy Project. Either way – onward to the weekend!

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