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Summer days/Summer nights.

Hey y’all, just wanted to share a few pictures and fun stuff from the last couple of weeks. No rhyme, nor reason…just a trip to Bowling Green, K.Y. and the ol’ fourth of juLY! Ok so maybe some rhyme.

Chet and I met in Bowling Green when he was getting his masters and I was working for the WKU forensics team so fueled by the promise of nostalgia and some beloved familiar faces we decided to load up the Subaru and swing down to Warren County for a couple of days. In true BG fashion we did a LOT of casual family dining at various restaurants new and old (thumbs up to 643, thumbs down to Novo Dolce and always and forever my ❤ belongs to the Ichibanians).

Hilariously, our friends Ben and Chad clued us in to a hidden secret: The best coffee in Bowling Green can be found at Olive Garden. Wacky, right? But I’ve gotta hand it to them…we went and tried it out and both agreed our cup(s) of joe were super on point. Just ask to sit in the bar area (there are cozy lil booths and the service is snappy) order up a carafe or two and get a round of tiny desserts. So random but surprisingly a decadent experience. Only in BG…HA!

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We also hit up a bunch of consignment stores. There seems to be one of these establishments on every block in the beege but unfortunately, the consignment game in Lexington is considerably lacking. We scored a red coat wrack with shiny silver hooks and a Mark Twain voodoo doll from Consignment Corner. The former is looking fantastic hung by my back door and the latter is resting happily atop a bookshelf. At Labold and Sons, Chet and I clocked this sweet print from Print Mafia as soon as we walked in the door.

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We took these lil babes home, along with a Polaroid camera that would, later in life, inspire the design for the Instagram logo.

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Chet found a recipe for some magical solution proclaiming to work wonders on whitening and brightening old electronics. I’d like to see if we can’t get this thing looking sparkly and new!

We had such a wonderful time catching up with our BG pals (and watching COPIOUS amounts of drag queen videos) that we needed a LOT of fuel to make it back to Lex…some more fuel than others.

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Now, jumping ahead a week or so! I had to work on The Fourth of July which was sort of a huge bummer because it’s a favorite of mine. Luckily, I came home to a sparkler party! What a save!!!

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Just serving some patriotic, Lady Liberty realness (did I mention we’ve been binge watching Rupaul’s Drag Race since returning from BG…that Ben…what an influence!)

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So happy to spend my Fourth with this one. He’s pretty much the cutest…and takes all my requests for front-facing camera selfies in stride, even when they involve holding fire.

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Picturesque Fruit Plates.

Happy 4th of July, y’all! If you’re headed out to a family BBQ, neighborhood block party or hosting a get together with friends this holiday weekend and NOT feeling like devoting a lot of time in a hot kitchen, this lazy-girl has got you covered. Go grab some fruit from the grocery and get to slicing…with a little bit of creative arranging you can serve up a dish that’s gonna look JUST impressive enough that everyone will forget you didn’t actually bring the green bean casserole you originally signed on for. WHOOPS! Change of plans, kittens….BUT LOOK, this dish is in the shape of A FLAG! GOD BLESS AMERICA!!! Added bonus: produce is cheap (especially in the Summer) and something like this is gonna be far healthier for guests to mindlessly nibble away at all night.

Look how pretty this is…and SO ready for munchin’…and looks like it would transport pretty seamlessly…

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kebabs version…

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and with cheese…fruitandcheese

Looking for the less obvious choice in plating? How about a little tropical escape…

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or over the rainbow realness…

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I hope everyone has a safe, fun-filled and fantastic fourth! Grill up some burgers, light a sparkler, run around in a sprinkler…let me know how you celebrated in the comments below.