Pretty Prudent Home Y’All

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What the heck Summer!?! What’s the hurry? It seems like just yesterday I was kicking off our Pretty Prudent Home book tour (and Summer) with a little party at Read Between the Lines, my new most favorite home and gift and stationary shop here in Dallas with 50 0f my closest friends, and a few brand new friends too! It was a top ten night in my life for sure. A top 5 of nights without Jaime. Obvs there are only a few good nights without Jaime. Here are a few pics of this fabulous night!

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Toast Tuesday: Watermelon & Feta

Toast Tuesday | Watermelon & Feta This ended up more like a full salad (maybe a take on Panzanella?), I mean you can barely see the toast. But so delicious and just perfect for warm summer days.

Start with your toast as per usual. Add some greens (I didn’t have any arugula on hand so I went with mixed baby greens and raddicchio, but the peppery flavor of arugula is amazing with watermelon), then pile on watermelon cubes. Top with crumbled feta and a drizzle of balsamic glaze (regular balsamic vinegar will also do). This is one I know you will want to repeat, with or without the toast.

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The Easiest Salmon Cornet Recipe

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Today I am going to show you an easy cheat for making these delicious salmon cornets.

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But first, I want to tell you what inspired this recipe.

On our last Caribbean cruise, Jacinda and I had the pleasure of experiencing the Carnival Chef’s Table dinner.

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It was an 8-course extravaganza featuring a tour of the kitchens, one-on-one time with the head chef, and plate after plate of delectable delicacies.

Check out the behind-the-scenes cruise ship fun and get my easy cheat Salmon Cornet Recipe after the jump… (more…)

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We Love the Make-A-Wish® Foundation

We love the Make-A-Wish® foundation, so when Subway and Social Moms invited us to be part of the “You Share. We Share.” program, we were thrilled to take one day to talk about this great organization and how you can help it, and other local charities in your neck of the woods. From now through August 31st, SUBWAY® Restaurants are partnering with local charities to give back to their communities. When you eat at SUBWAY® Restaurants on the weekends this summer, a percentage of sales up to $100,000 will go to your local charity. In Los Angeles, that charity is the Make-A-Wish® Foundation. Learn more about the program here.

I want to share a bit about the wishes granted by the Make-A-Wish® Foundation of Greater Los Angeles. On April 1, 1983 the Los Angeles chapter received its charter and granted its first wish that month to 11-year-old Gary from Ventura. The simple “I Wish to Have…a VCR” was accompanied by a year of free video rentals. For the last 32 years, our local chapter has made some magical wishes come true…

While Chris, 18 years old, spent time in the hospital, he had the time to explore and refine his song-writing talents with the help of a music therapist. All the while writing lyrics and putting down tracks on his iPad, he was inspired by his musical idol – Ne-Yo. Chris’ wish to meet Ne-Yo resulted in a two-hour musical jam session in Burbank….listening both to Chris’ tracks and several un-released Ne-Yo songs.
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Jasmine’s (10 years old) love of dolphins, the ocean and Hawaiian culture intersected when she made her wish to have a luau birthday bash. She had her own private cabana at the annual Alfred’s Beach House Tiki Festival complete with everything from hula dancing and ukulele playing to face painting and tropical ice cream eating.
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At 16, Samantha from Pomona had a liver transplant. One year later, her wish to go to Liverpool to have a “Beatles Experience” came true when she boarded a plane for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. It took her a year of healing for her doctors to approve her international Make-A-Wish® travel and stamp her passport.
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Alexandra, 15, wished to go to Antarctica during her battle with lymphoma. She wrote a beautiful essay about the experience that you can read here.
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The Make-A-Wish® foundation grants wishes to children ages 2 1/2 to 18 who are confronting life threatening medical conditions. Some facts about the wishes they grant:
– Make-A-Wish grants a wish, on average, every 38 minutes and, on average, a child is referred for a wish every 28 minutes.
– Make-A-Wish has more than 25,000 active volunteers in the United States.
– Nearly 70 percent of wish experiences involve travel.
– As of March 2010, the average cost of a wish was $7,025.
– Make-A-Wish granted nearly 14,000 wishes in 2011 alone.

As of 2011, according to the Wish Impact Study:
– Ninety-nine percent of parents reported that the wish experience gave their children increased feelings of happiness and 96 percent said that the wish experience strengthened their families.
– A combined 89 percent of doctors, nurses and health professionals surveyed say they believe a wish experience can influence wish kids’ physical health.
– Ninety-five percent of community volunteers reported an increased sense of compassion and 84 percent felt an increased faith in humanity.

I am so moved by these kids’ resilience and the power these wishes have. So I implore all of our Angeleno readers to go eat a delicious sandwich at a locally owned and operated SUBWAY® Restaurants franchise (find your store here) this summer in support of this organization. Follow the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Greater Los Angeles on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube and learn more about SUBWAY’s “You Share. We Share.” initiative here.
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