July 4th Party Ready!

This year I decided to link more items than just women's clothing! I couldn't leave the rest of the family out or essentials for your festivities! I love that little cooler below, so cute! 

We rarely have set plans for the Holiday weekend which I love because we usually go to the Country Club for their awesome fireworks and festivities plus our neighborhood has an epic party every year! Parents and children can play 😉

I absolutely love boating but the thought of owning one scares me because I would have to actually commit to using it more than just 1-2X per year....and I am not ready to do that, especially with my daughter just getting into activities, swimming and camps! So until then, we will just use our friends boats. Anyone have fun plans?

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60 Books to Read!

I am constantly asking for book recommendations from my Instagram followers over @ladyandredstyle but then when I finish one book, I forget the list of the others! So I guess this list is for all of us and if you know me.....I am a total list maker because I LOVE crossing things off like it is some sort of major accomplishment! I think I made a list once that said, "make a list" 😂

I just finished The Wife Between Us and the title does not even begin to describe it! I actually really enjoyed it and read in 2 days....I definitely recommend it!

Books to Read:

1.) Girl Wash your Face- Rachel Hollis

2.) One True Loves- Taylor Jenkins Reid

3.) The Nightingale- Kristin Hannah

4.) The Great Alone-Kristin Hannah

5.) Small Great Things- Jodi Picoult 

6.) The Zoo Keeper's Wife- Diane Ackerman

7.) After Anna- Lisa Scottoline 

8.) The Masterpiece- Francine Rivers

9.) Luckiest Girl Alive- Jessica Knoll 

10.) The Thousandth Floor- Katherine McGee

11.) Crazy Rich Asians- Kevin Kwan

12.) Sharp Objects- Gillian Flynn

13.) The Missing Ones- Patricia Gibney

14.) The Lost Child- Ann Troup

15.) Not That I Could Tell- Jessica Strawser

16.) Then She was Gone- Lisa Jewell

17.) The Girl Without a Name- Sandra Block

18.) The Shining- Stephen King

19.) The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo- Taylor Jenkins Reid

20.) White Girl Problems- Babe Walker

21.) What Alice Forgot- Liane Moriarty

22.) Behind her Eyes- Sarah Pinborough

23.) The Girl you Lost- Kathryn Croft

24.) The Dollhouse- Fiona Davis

25.) The Other Typist- Suzanne Rindell

26.) The Invaders- Karolina Waclawiak

27.) The Family Fang- Kevin Wilson

28.) Fractured- Karin Slaughter

29.) The Nest- Jon Klassen

30.) A Little Life- Hanya Yanagihara

31.) One of us is Lying- Karen M. McManus

32.) All the Missing Girls- Megan Miranda

33.) The Light we Lost- Jill Santopolo

34.) The Moonstone- Wilkie Collins

35.) Little Fires Everywhere- Celeste Ng

36.) Sing ,Unburied, Sing- Jesmyn Ward

37.) The Last Mrs. Parish- Liv Constantine

38.) Every Last Lie- Mary Kubica

39.) The Dry-Jane Harper

40.) Beartown- Fredrik Backman

41.) The Immortalists- Chloe Benjamin

42.) Home Fire- Kamila Shamsie

43.) A Stranger in the House- Shari Lapena

44.) Legacy of Spies- John Le Carré

45.) An American Marriage- Tayari Jones

46.) The Singles Game- Lauren Weisberger

47.) The Wife Between Us- Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen

48.) The Light Between Oceans- M.L. Stedman

49.) The Hate you Give- Angie Thomas

50.) Manhattan Beach- Jennifer Egan

51.) Escape Artist- Brad Meltzer

52.) Ready Player One- Ernest Cline

53.) Bonfire- Krysten Ritter

54.) The Woman in the Window- A.J. Finn

55.) My (not so) Perfect Life- Sophie Kinsella

56.) All the Ugly and Wonderful Things- Bryn Greenwood

57.) The Breakdown- B.A. Paris

58.) Don't Let Go- Harlan Coben

59.) Trust No One- Paul Cleave

60.) Stay with Me- Sandra Rodriguez Barron
 

Red, White & Blue Crisp

This recipe was supposed to be just a rhubarb and strawberry crisp because I harvested my first years crop of rhubarb! Well it turns out that I didn't have regular oats or strawberries so I improvised coming up with a new recipe! I used to bake all of the time and loved it, the only part I don't love is cleaning up. But my husband and I had an understanding if he wanted the goods, he did the clean up ☺️ it worked for a long time until we both decided we needed to stop eating so unhealthy!

I do not claim this recipe as healthy by any means, but I did decrease the butter and sugar in a few areas and that has to count for something right? Then....I doubled the recipe for the topping or the "crisp" as you call it. But you don't have to do that at all, I just love that part!

This recipe makes 1 pie dish of crisp! The recipe below is not doubled so if you want to double the topping like I did, than just factor that in!

Topping:

1/2 cup flour

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup oatmeal ( I have used both quick cooking and old fashion oats, as well as gluten free. All of them work great!)

2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 cup butter, softened not melted. If I double the topping mixture I only use 1 1/2 sticks not 2.

Measure out all toppings into a bowl, dry ingredients first, stir together. Then add in butter. I find it easier to crumble butter into dry mixture with my fingers. You just want to achieve that "crumble" texture. Set aside.

Filling:

3 small apples, such as gala peeled and chopped into bit size pieces

1 cup chopped rhubarb

1 cup blueberries

1/4 cup sugar ( I use less if my apples are sweeter)

Mix fruit with the sugar and pour into glass pie dish. Add crumble to the top.

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Bake at 350 degrees for 45-55 minutes depending on your oven! You want the fruit to be tender and the topping to be golden brown!

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Serve warm with ice cream!

I think another great substitution for the rhubarb, since is seasonal, would be the bing cherries or of course strawberries! You can adjust your sugar ratio to how sweet your fruit is. The sweeter the fruit, the less sugar you will need!

I hope you enjoy and I always love hearing about and seeing your photos re-creating my recipes! Cheers friends!

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Father's Day Gift Guide

Every year I am always scrambling to do something for Father's Day because it is the day after we get home from our annual family vacation to the Northwoods. So, I either have to be pro-active and get it all done before we leave....or scramble the night before 😬 Honestly, I am usually ordering a pizza for dinner and throwing in some brownies for dinner because it is easy! 

I have tried to come up with ideas for every kind of Dad out there! There are so many things to choose from and I tried to stay away from the "typical" things and maybe help you think outside of the box. Yes, some of these are typical but maybe not for your guy. I am a big fan of hand made cards so my daughter has that covered.

Do you have any Father's Day traditions in your house? I want to hear them! 

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