Friday Flotsam


Friday Flotsam / Bev Cooks

Greetings from Arkansasandia! Doesn’t quite have the same ring, does it?

We’re doing a little summer family-visiting vacay, hence the non-stop bathing suit photos on Insta. Speaking of, have you noticed people are just calling it Insta these days? It started off as Instagram, obviously. Then morphed to “the ‘Gram” for some. Then I thought we’d all pretty much collectively agreed on a simple, clean IG. And now all I hear/read is INSTA INSTA INSTA. Which is fine! You’re still a good person. What do you call it? IG? The ‘Gram? Insta? Instagram? The fiery gates of Time Suck Hell?

Friday Flotsam / Bev Cooks

I randomly decided late last night in bed that today’s Flotsam theme would be food. Not that there’s ever been a theme on Flotsam before. But since I’ve been massively lacking in recipes lately, I thought I’d semi make it up to you by showing you what I’ve been munchin’ on the last few weeks. They’ve been some pret.ty.dern. tasty weeks, I can assure you.

That tip-top photo is from my trip to Louisville, KY a few weeks back. When you’re in a city with no toddlers, no husband, no dog, and freshly washed hair, what do you do? I did what any young, warm-blooded American girl would, and found a swanky roof-top bar, sat freely and giddily alone and ate what *I* wanted to eat. And drank what *I* wanted to drink. A phat (<–sorry) sauv blanc, and a crazy delicious short rib empanada with a smoky chipotle drizzle. HOLLA. It was so divine my head exploded.

Friday Flotsam / Bev Cooks

Want to play a game before I get to photo two? Or do you me to tell you about the photo first and then get to the game? Fine, fine. Raspberries from our garden! We’re harvesting so much right now, we have about four jars of raspberry preserves in the fridge and FORGOT TO BRING THEM on our trip to give away. How annoying is that? We also forgot our pack ‘n play, but that’s another nightmare I can’t go into right now.

Okay so the puzzle! (I love games and puzzles) This was on NPR’s Sunday Puzzle last weekend. We religiously (no pun) listen to Sunday Puzzle every week to satiate our inner nerd.

Goes like this: I’ll give you two letters, and a clue. The two letters begin a made-up phrase that rhymes. For instance, if I say N L, with the clue being MOON, you’d say: Night Light. Get it? Make sense? And don’t over think it! Okay, I’ll give you five: two from Will Shortz (the host), and three that Aaron and I made up.

You’re x-ing out of this post, aren’t you?

1) P D (Pepto)

2) B R (semi truck)

3) P C (pig stopper)

4) K B (pop culture movie assassin)

5) S T (angular rip)

You better at least try! Okay we’ll move on.

Friday Flotsam / Bev Cooks

Oh yeah, and that food was from a fave local restaurant with with a fave friend. We both ordered the chicken sandwich with bacon jam, pesto, brie, peppadew, truffle aioli, pickled veggies and arugula, then proceeded to weep for an hour straight.

The salad above! OMG. For a few weeks now our Monday night routine has been Chicken Caesar Salads. It’s just so easy to KNOW what you’re having for dinner on a Monday night. While I make the dressing from scratch and switch up the way we prepare the chicken, it truly is a no-fuss suppah. Lately we’ve been blackening the chicken and adding avocado slices. It. is. divine. Want the recipe? If so, I’ll do an official post on it. If you don’t want the recipe, that’s okay, too. Just don’t tell my self-esteem.

Friday Flotsam / Bev Cooks

Weekend plans? We’re just popping around the state, visiting an array of family members. Grilling out, swimming, running through sprinklers, eating watermelon, drinking sangria, sucking down chimichurri. It’s basically out of control at this point.

Don’t forgot to hit up the fun Father’s Day giveaway I’ve got going on until next Wednesday! It’s undershirt-licious. (<–gross)

Also (!!!) I’ve got TWO new features I’m going to be introducing to the site in the coming weeks. I’m so stinkin’ excited. I think you’ll LOVE them. They’re not food related, either. OooooOOOOOooo the suspense.

That spread above is from my friend’s lovely baby shower a few weeks ago. She’s due any second! I feel like the entire world is about to have a baby, actually. I have like, thirteen friends all dilated at a 22 right now. They could probably just blow their nose or sneeze to get the job done. Okay this is getting weird.

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31 Responses to Friday Flotsam

  1. Emily June 12, 2015 at 7:31 am #
    Pink drink Big rig Pork cork Kill bill The last one is stumping me. I will be thinking all day
    • Megan June 12, 2015 at 9:31 am #
      Gah! Love these! The last one is stumping me, too.
      • Andrea June 13, 2015 at 9:07 pm #
        Square Tear!
    • Lyd June 12, 2015 at 9:50 am #
      spare tear?
    • Bev Weidner June 13, 2015 at 10:07 am #
      Nice job!! Last one - Square Tear!
  2. Chelsey June 12, 2015 at 8:23 am #
    Yes recipe please! and more baby pics!
  3. Danielle June 12, 2015 at 8:50 am #
    Duh. Yes to the recipe! :)
  4. Amanda June 12, 2015 at 8:57 am #
    I call it "IG" because it takes the least amount of effort to say or type. I am lazy.
  5. Julie June 12, 2015 at 9:35 am #
    Last one....square tear?
    • Emily June 12, 2015 at 8:51 pm #
      Yes! I think you're right.
    • Bev Weidner June 13, 2015 at 10:06 am #
      Yep!! Nicely done.
  6. Emily @ Life on Food June 12, 2015 at 9:51 am #
    Yes to the recipe!
  7. Amy D. June 12, 2015 at 10:26 am #
    Post the Caesar recipe! Please.
  8. Jodi-o June 12, 2015 at 10:29 am #
    5 is stumping me too! Glad you got some time away! Yes on recipe - dressings are my weakness.
  9. Sharana @ Living The Sweet Life Blog June 12, 2015 at 10:33 am #
    Hahahah ... all the food looks sooo good!! And I seriously feel like everyone in my circle of friends are either getting married, or about to pop a baby out .. I'm just all like, dude ... where's the ice cream?!
  10. Joni June 12, 2015 at 10:46 am #
    Square tear. Yes! Recipe for chicken caesar+ homemade dressing, please!
  11. Jesse June 12, 2015 at 11:24 am #
    I am so confused! How do two of your friends have the same EXACT kitchen (mamawatters & thenatos)???
    • Bev Weidner June 12, 2015 at 11:31 am #
      Oh!!! HAHAHA. Okay, so Jami lived in that house before Amanda and fam bought it last summer. So yep, same kitchen, different eras. :)
  12. Denita June 12, 2015 at 12:23 pm #
    Slash Gash? Angled Tear.
  13. sheila June 12, 2015 at 1:12 pm #
    I'm old fashioned and still say instagram, and social media, and Facebook, and every now and again I do this thing called a phone call. Safe travels!!
  14. Deb June 12, 2015 at 3:06 pm #
    Square tear? Couldn't get the others til I saw the comments, Duh!
  15. Dee @ The Kitchen Snob June 13, 2015 at 12:59 pm #
    As soon as you mentioned caesar salad I remembered this blackened chicken caesar I used to get at this restaurant that I miss so much. So YES please to putting that recipe on your blog!
  16. Andrea June 13, 2015 at 9:08 pm #
    Definitely share the salad recipe. It looks awesome! Also, Trader Joe's currently has the 40 count avocados for less than $1.50 so I'm trying to eat as many as humanly possible.
  17. Veronica Welch June 15, 2015 at 6:35 am #
    Nice pictures. Sounds delicious :)
  18. Ashley Renee June 15, 2015 at 9:42 pm #
    I actually NEED you to post that chicken ceasar salahhhd recipe. mainly because i'm super curious about the blackened chicken method. hollaaaaaaa. xoxo
  19. Alexiana June 16, 2015 at 7:32 am #
    Amazing photos!
  20. Shannon June 16, 2015 at 3:07 pm #
    RE.CI.PE PLEASE! At 9.5 weeks pregnant with my second (my first- my daughter Henley was born a couple of weeks after yours! 1-14-14) I literally ache with need of that recipe. Bonus and I'll be forever indebted to you if you can make it egg free so its safe and I can actually eat it ;)
  21. Al June 28, 2015 at 4:13 pm #
    Caesar recipe pls!!!
  22. phantom 32 channel hack for android February 24, 2017 at 11:56 am #
    Hey, that's a clever way of thinking about it.

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