Summer Life Update – S’mores Parties and More!

Check out the jewelry I’ve been loving lately in this little life update! Plus, you’ll love the delicious way I’ve been making s’mores this summer!arrow earrings altard state

Life Update & Current Favorites

1. Dangly Earring Obsession

How fun are these arrow earrings?? I am dying. I saw them at one of my favorite clothing stores here in Alabama and knew I had to bring them home with me. I heart them!

Here is a link to their online store: Altar’d State.

I don’t see these particular earrings on their site, but they do have a ton of really cute clothes (especially dresses and tops) and jewelry that are totally worth checking out. I did a major shopping spree there before speaking at BlogHer in Chicago last month!


2. What I’ve Been Doing This Summer

ritz reeses peanut butter cup smores

We’ve been having a weekly pool, pizza, and s’mores party with our neighbors. It’s my favorite night of the week. I set out the usual s’mores fixings: graham crackers, chocolate bars, and marshmallows, but also add Ritz crackers and tons of fun spreads like Nutella, Biscoff, Salted Caramel, and White Chocolate Peanut Butter to enhance the s’mores experience. :)

I am totally a Ritz S’mores convert. I can’t go back to graham crackers! The salty sweet combo sends s’mores over the top. I’m obsessed. Besides, who can say no to a salty, buttery Ritz cracker dunked in Nutella and topped with a warm, toasted, gooey marshmallow?? :) I think no one. ;)

Anyway, we have all really gotten into the whole gourmet s’mores thing, and last week my neighbor brought over Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups to try with our s’mores. Omg. I have found my new favorite S’mores ingredients! Best combo everrrrr. :)

My fellow Alabama blogger Katie (who has the cutest cake and cookie decorating blog, and who really knows her sweets) came this week and made this combo AND added salted caramel. Dying. So good!! :)


3. Bittersweet

Today the Salvation Army came and picked up our red couch and chair from the living room in our first house. We have new furniture here in the new house, and we just had no room for it anymore. It was old, and worn, and faded, and dirty. But I’ve been a little mopey about it all morning. It was the first big thing we ever bought together. I loved that couch and chair.


4. Things I Text

Below is just one of the many examples of the sort of melodramatic, the-world-is-coming-to-an-end texts I send my food blogging friends on a daily basis.

pretzel convo with shelly cookiesandcups

And it’s also an example of why you should probably never give me your phone number.

Btw, Earthfare DID have the pretzel buns and they were TOTALLY worth the massive bun-hunt. So yum! I made a recipe with them that I cannot WAIT to share with you. :) :) :) Kevin took one bite and said “Can we have this again tomorrow night??” We’ve had it two nights in a row, and I’m really thinking about making it again tonight, lol. Kevin also took it to work for lunch two days in a row, which means he’s had it for four meals now.

And he still asked if we could have it again for dinner tonight!

Keep an eye out for the recipe on Monday! :)


5. Most Embarrassing Moment

Annnnd, just in case you guys think I always look at least somewhat presentable, our furniture delivery man would like to disagree with you.

So the other day, seconds after I poured the milk into my bowl of cereal for lunch — Okay, let me just say, seriously, why does stuff always go down seconds after the milk hits the cereal? It can’t be right *before* I pour it, so at least the cereal could be saved for later?? Whatever. I hear a knock at the door. We’re getting furniture delivered today. They’re supposed to call first and give me a 20 minute warning before they show up. So presumably I would *not* be mid-munch of a bowl of cereal as I haplessly open the door. They didn’t call. They’re here!

So, I fully admit that I was hungry and was interrupted from eating when this all went down.

Anyway, I open the door and the guy is like:

“Uhh… Did I wake you up?”

Remember, this was at lunch. It was past noon.

Me, looking down at my FULLY DRESSED clothes (jeans and a cute top! I wasn’t even wearing yoga pants and a tshirt!), reply flatly: “Yeah. I normally sleep fully dressed.” *murdering him with my eyes*

Him, stammering, “Oh, uh, you, just, uh, look like you just woke up.”

Great. Thanks. Awesome! Just what every girl wants to hear!

Happy Friday! ;)

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42 Responses
  1. TidyMom

    too funny!! hey……..I get pretzel buns at Costco!! sooooo goood!!!!

    and I can’t wait to make S’mores with Ritz crackers!!

  2. Karly

    Is it weird that I desperately want to give you my phone number now? Ha!

    And my water delivery guy has never, not once, seen me in anything other than pajamas and he usually comes around lunch time. It’s getting ridiculous. I should probably just cancel the service and quit drinking water altogether.

  3. michi

    I totally feel you about your couch! I have a similar red one which I love and am having pouting fits when I think about getting a new one ( which I really need lol) I’m glad I am not the only one that feels this way!

  4. Jessica

    Love this post! I have been reading your blog for years after stumbling across it many moons ago. I love all of your topics – and may I just say that my favorites are when you just talk about life on the daily and share funny stories like these. Love reading your blog, Amanda, and thanks for sharing with all of us! :-)

  5. michelle

    That story of did I wake you cracked me up. I have gotten that before like at 3pm! Inlaws will call and say sorry did I wake you? I want to say so bad yeah because I sleep every day till 3 pm. lol just because I dont get the phone by the third ring does not mean I am sleeping. Rolling eyes. LOL And I get you on letting go of the furniture. I have a entertainment center the very first thing we bought together all solid wood but only fits old style tvs. I love it but because of its style I have to keep the big 42 on top of it and use the tv spot for storage. I keep wanting to get a different one but I just dont want to let go of it cause its the very first thing we bought. And it is solid wood which you cant find these days. But it really is not working for us these days. Maybe one of these days will get the nerve up to get a new one and let it go.

  6. Jenn

    Haha. I don’t think I’ve ever answered the door for UPS or FedEx looking presentable. If they saw me in makeup with shoes on my feet they’d think they had the wrong house.
    Cute way to photograph earrings!

  7. cheryl

    That is just too funny!!! Pretzel lint…..really????? Small southern towns, you gotta love em!!! OH….and the s’mores additions sound awesome!!!

  8. JennyO

    When I saw the Ritz for Smores, I thought – FLIPSides, you know the pretzel flat ritz cracker? YUM… Love your wake up with the furniture guys story

  9. Tanya

    Hi Amanda and Kevin,
    I don’t know how I happend to find your awesome virtual space. But I’ve read some of your post (and those last one is really funny). I live in italy…and I guess from now on will try to find those pretzel buns in the local shop here :) never tried it.
    Thanks for all the photography posts. You’ve a new fan. Have a wonderful summer !

  10. Nikki

    Don’t you love when people stick their foot in their mouth. I had delivery guy give a remark about our brick paver patio and how whoever did it royally screwed it up. I told him my husband does this for a living and the brick happened to sink in that area because it was put in 12 years ago. He shut up real quick.

  11. Katie

    Yay! I made one of the famous Amanda blog posts!! I had so much fun with y’all this past week … AND you cracked me up about the delivery man. Gotta say, though, who doesn’t love soggy cereal!? ;)

  12. Rosemary Hayes

    What an SOB a/k in the south as “Sweet Ol Boy”. Glad you found your buns or he would have been in SERIOUS trouble.

  13. Southern Gal

    Fun stuff! And let me just say I wholeheartedly agree with the Ritz obsession. Nothing like a Ritz s’mores. I tried it one day when I was out of graham crackers. We always have Ritz because my boys will eat them with peanut butter 24/7 if I’d let them. ;) Have a great weekend!

  14. Cody Doll

    Oh and I love those ear rings, not that I have my ear pierced. I can’t wait til you share that recipe on Monday. Sorry about your couch. I know it’s hard to move on to something new when you spent so much money.
    hahaha. I laughing so much. I would totally love to funny texts like that. So cute. And isn’t that always true about deliveries? I have had to met the FedX man in my pjay buttons and unmatching tank. Way unflattering. And I still have worse.

  15. Julia @ hungryandconfused

    Bahahaha! I would definitely let you have my number, just so you could send me crazy texts about pretzel buns! Love it.

  16. Sandy_in_MD

    Oh my goodness – you have me laughing here. The Ritz cracker smores combo sounds delicious. I will need to give that a try this weekend.

  17. Anele @ Success Along the Weigh

    LOVING those earrings…trying the s’mores because they look too good (maybe club crackers?)…if the delivery dude said that to me, he might not have gotten away without a small welt across the chops. :-P

  18. Emily B

    Dying over your pretzel bun predicament! If it makes you feel any better I was at the grocery store the other day buying wine and the clerk checking my groceries didn’t even card me. Mind you I am 25. I have never felt so old/frumpy in my life. I promptly went home and drank my wine. :)

  19. SammaMichelle

    OMG those Ritz Crackers on Smores may be the greatest idea ever!!! We’ve had a Smore station set up in the middle of the kitchen table all summer long, because well you never know when a craving for a Smore will hit. Now I’m running to the pantry to dig out some Ritz to add to the table!! You are genius!!!

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