Thursday, March 26, 2015

Around the Web


I have a new internet obsession: Google Feud.


Food podcasts to listen to! - via PopSugar

Simple tips for success - via Design Sponge

Have you seen this little boy who meets his heros? The garbage men. So sweet. - via Huffington Post

Google Feud will keep me busy when I need a little entertainment - via Google Feud

The South's best bars! - via Tasting Table

Naps are good for you - via Elite Daily


Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Chocolate Soufflé



John and I got the 'holy grail' of wedding gifts...a Kitchen Aid mixer. I'm way too excited to make things with it and buy random attachments for it. I didn't break out the mixer for this little baking project but trust me, you'll definitely see me using that beautiful appliance lots on the blog. Anyway, I baked on Saturday and chocolate souffle was the outcome. I've made souffles before but it was years ago. It turned out fantastic but I never really bothered to make it again. Not too sure why.

This isn't an original recipe (sad face); I found it on Pinterest via the Artful Desperado. This blog is awesome. Beautiful photos and great recipes. I can be honest here, right? This is a safe place. Though the souffles were great, my Earl Grey cream didn't exactly have the consistency that it was supposed to have; I have no idea what happened. Because I'm not hiding anything here, I included a picture of what the cream looked like on my souffles. Definitely not the fluffy cream that Artful Desperado showcased.

Sigh.

I will say this: even though the consistency was completely off, the flavor was SO GOOD. I'm definitely going to make Earl Grey infused cream for other kitchen adventures. It's so easy. I was actually surprised at how well the Earl Grey flavor went with the chocolate souffles. It was perfection even if it didn't look like perfection. Oh well.



See.

The cream. It just doesn't...it didn't. It was just there. So sad. So pitiful. It didn't look that great but wow did it taste good. The cream was as easy as heating some heavy cream and adding two bags of Earl Grey and a small piece of skin from a lemon. Let it steep and then let it cool in the fridge.

Yum.


Look at these gold spoons. Beautiful, right? Two of my friends got me an amazing set of flatware for my bridal shower. It made me forget about my sad Earl Grey cream.




I made no changes to this recipe so find the original over at Artful Desperado. I think I'll try this again...maybe with a lavender cream?

I forgot to mention that making a souffle is on my New Year's resolution Popsugar challenge; I'm making a little progress with that challenge...not really.

Monday, March 23, 2015

The Weekend


I read an article this weekend on the subject post wedding depression. To sum it up, it talked about how much time the bride and groom spends from the engagement to planning a wedding then after it's all done there's nothing to do. No more meetings with vendors and venues, no more RSVP cards coming in the mail...that's just it. That emptiness can lead to depression apparently. Depression is a serious subject, no doubt, but I don't know who these couples are that are seriously depressed from not planning a wedding anymore. I'll admit, yes, there was a bit of: oh. What do we do now? Is there anything else I can plan? Then you snap out of it and realize you made it to the wedding day without killing each other or friends and family who refused to RSVP (don't get me started) and you go about your day. Depressed is the last word I would use to describe how John and I felt after it was over. We were just both super-excited to not have to write anymore checks.

I say all of this to say: our wedding was one of the best days of our lives but we're definitely far from depressed due to the end of the wedding planning process. Sounds like the couples in the article need new friends to keep them busy.

Anyway, this was a good weekend. I made some progress in our apartment in getting it somewhat organized. We've been married for 2 weeks now and we're still trying to catch up, clean and organize gifts. If there's anything we've realized is that we're tremendously blessed from the support and gifts we received...not depressed. The organization process is going to be a long road though. Sheesh.






I can tell I'm back to my 'normal self' because I baked on Saturday! That definitely felt good. John and I had a little brunch on Sunday and I'm surprised and quite impressed at the Bloody Mary he made while we were at brunch. The apartment is slowly coming together so I decided to reward the progress with some fresh flowers. Fresh flowers always make everything better, don't you think?

Happy Monday!

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Around the Web


Back to my normal, web surfing scheduled. Feels good.


Things to consider when planning a trip overseas - via The Everygirl

See what the Facebook cafeteria looks like (omg) - via Huffington Post Taste

I already follow her but here's 42 reasons to follow Chrissy Teigen on Instagram - via PopSugar

How being a bride can teach you how to be a better wedding guest - via Huffington Post Weddings

What song was #1 when you were born? - via PlaybackFM

How to plate like a pro - via Food52


Wednesday, March 18, 2015

2015 Swimsuit Lust List


I may be getting ahead of myself but I like to think that Spring has sprung! Yes, I know it's still winter but Mother Nature has been showing off lately and I'm not complaining. Sunshine and warm temperatures make me very happy. When I wake up in the morning to the sound of birds chirping, I can't help but celebrate that I (barely) made it through winter and now I can rejoice because one of my favorite seasons has finally showed up! Warm weather makes me think of summer vacations filled with trips to the beach. Naturally, beach daydreams lead me to think of swimsuits! I love swimsuit shopping. Though sometimes it can be a little trying and takes a lot of my patience (sizing problems sometimes) I'm usually always happy with the outcome.

Now, I like to splurge on certain items but typically, swimsuits aren't one of them; that's probably why I have a sizing problem. Maybe if I spent a little more dough on the suits, they'd fit better. Whatever.

Because the rising temps has me with beach on the brain, I've rounded up just a few of my favorite swimsuits (and coverups) that I'm currently lusting over and "needing" for the summer. I'm usually a two-piece girl but for some reason, I'm loving all of the one-piece swimsuits this year. All of them.

 Ok, little info about these beauties (clockwise):

Striped Kate Spade ($160) - available at Neiman Marcus

Olive & black Flora one-piece ($246) - available at Free People

Mesh cover up ($60) - available at Nasty Gal

Marysia skirted one piece ($339) - available at Anthropologie

Melissa Odabash black caftan ($203) - available at Saks Fifth Avenue

Metallic gold scoopback swimsuit ($118) - available at J.Crew


Cheers to swimsuit season!


Monday, March 16, 2015

The Weekend


I'm back!

I feel like I haven't blogged in so long; I've missed it! Well, if you follow me on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook, you know I got married last weekend...yay! Because of the wedding and all the things that come along with it, I took a week off from blogging for the whole marriage thing and to enjoy a little break with my Johnny husband; also known as a mini-honeymoon. Of course, when the wedding photos are in, I'll be sharing them on the blog along with 'wedding week' themed posts geared to help you or someone you know plan a wedding. It's basically just tips and things that I learned throughout the process.

So this past weekend was our first 'real' weekend being back to our regularly scheduled program and it felt nice. It feels weird not having a wedding to plan but I'm oh so glad to have some free time back to focus on cooking, planning our trip to Paris and all other things I'm trying to accomplish this year - I'm ready to get to it!





John and I (along with a few friends) tried out a recently opened restaurant/bowling alley. Seems cool...it's only been open for a week so I'll re-visit this place soon and give a full report. We went to the movies this weekend to see Focus - the Will Smith movie. I won't say too much about the movie but it's about con-artists and since seeing the movie, I've been thinking people are stealing from me all weekend. Wonderful.

I made this cocktail for our cocktail hour at home on Sunday but switched the rosemary with thyme and we tried to catch up on all the things we missed on our DVR.

How was your weekend?


Monday, March 2, 2015

The Weekend


Oh the weekend. I love you so much.

This weekend I attempted to clean and organize things for the wedding. We met up with friends this weekend for late dinner and drinks and met John's parents for a delicious lunch on Sunday. I tried to run a few errands on Saturday and be productive; I think I succeeded. John (and everyone else) must think I'm nuts because of all of my lists and checklists that I have to prepare for all the craziness that will happen soon but I'm sure they'll all thank me later. I'm also coming off of event mode for work (and about get back into it...again) so I'm super task-oriented right now; it's hard to break that little habit. One exciting thing that happened on Friday afternoon: we got our marriage license! Not as daunting as I imagined. I also got my first Rocksbox in the mail! So exciting! Scroll through the post to see what was in my Rocksbox!




Obsessed with this necklace!



So Rocksbox is a jewelry subscription service that sends 3 pieces of jewels to your doorstep. The jewelry is based on your style profile so you're sure to get pieces that you'll wear. I've worn the necklace that was in my box pretty much every day this weekend. You can send back what you don't want and then 3 new pieces are sent you. Whatever you want to keep, you'll be charged for it...it's that easy. It's only $19 a month but with a special code (eatdrinkfrolicxoxo) you can get an entire month free!

I also tried an Icelandic beer this weekend...while wearing my new favorite necklace. So there's that.

Happy Monday!

Friday, February 27, 2015

Maple Bourbon Cocktail


Winter can't be over fast enough for me. Even though I live in the South and winter hasn't been as bad here as it has been for my friends up north, I'm still way over it. My friends in Boston and Chicago laughed at me when I sent them a photo of the "snow" we got last week. Well, this week was a different story. We actually got a legit amount of snow. Not enough to call home about (as I type this, it's almost all melted away) but enough to have a day at home, which is always really nice.

I'm one of those people that *usually* switches up my cocktails as the seasons change. In the winter months, I lean more towards warmer liquors like whiskeys and bourbons and summer is dedicated to gins and sometimes a little bubbly. At any rate, I'm on Instagram a few days ago and a blogger that I follow (Local Haven) shared a photo of a cocktail that looked ridiculously delicious and seemed really easy; most of the ingredients I already had in my kitchen! I was a little interested in drinking maple and bourbon together so off I went to recreate this cocktail.

This drink was perfect for being 'snowed in'.


All you need:
1oz (or 2) of bourbon
1/2 of a lemon, juiced
1 tablespoon of maple syrup
rosemary

In a cocktail shaker add: ice, bourbon, lemon juice and a rosemary sprig. Local Haven suggests that you spank the rosemary before putting it in the shaker. I've mentioned "spanking" herbs here before. It makes it more aromatic and brings out more flavor.

Shake it up. The shaker should be nice and frosty.

Pour it into a glass and add ice. Add lemon or rosemary as a garnish.

Enjoy! I see another one in my future this weekend!


Happy Friday!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Around the Web


No mention of Giuliana + Zendaya drama over here.


21 of the best places for fried chicken - via Yahoo

[gasp] Pimp My Ride was fake - via Huffington Post Entertainment

Inspiring African-American women in the tech industry - via Brit+Co.

Things you didn't know about Gilmore Girls (best show ever) - via Buzzfeed

What does your favorite fast food restaurant say about out? - via Huffington Post Taste

Do you know how to pronounce Burberry? Hint: it's not a "berry" - via The Everygirl


Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Preparing for Marriage


We're close to the finish line. Not quite there but gosh are we really close. As we get ready to begin this little adventure, we asked 4 questions to each other (nothing too serious) but just questions to help us remember why we fell in love and just to take a minute from the wedding planning process and breath.


John's answers:

One trait about your soon-to-be spouse that made you fall in love: 

She's very fun-loving.

Something you've learned about the other person while living together (yes, we're living together currently):

She. Plans. Everything.

How do you think your relationship will change once you're married:

Our focus on planning for retirement will be more intense than it has been.

Our first year of marriage is approaching. What are we doing to celebrate?

A trip overseas!



My turn!

One trait about your soon-to-be spouse that made you fall in love:

He's so kind and has the biggest heart!

Something you've learned about the other person while living together:

Socks can sometimes also be used as tissues. Barf.

How do you think your relationship will change once you're married:

I think we'll travel more and help each other reach our professional goals.

Our first year of marriage is approaching. What are we doing to celebrate?

Drinking a strong, frozen drink somewhere on a beach!


xoxo

Monday, February 23, 2015

The Weekend


The calm before the storm...

By storm, I mean busy...not anything bad, of course. This weekend I had no commitments, no plans, no obligations and it felt amazing; it also shows in this post. I have hardly anything to show for it but I'm OK with that. It was quiet around these parts and I *finally* got a chance to clean! We've been so busy lately that we've pretty much neglected normal chores so it was nice to spend a little time cleaning and organizing our "wedding corner". The wedding corner is the area in the apartment that is to travel with us during wedding weekend. Decor, liquor and other randomness. The wedding corner was becoming out of control so I took it upon myself to get it organized using my favorite: post-it notes. Call me OCD but whatever. Tomorrow, I have an annual fundraiser for work and as soon as that's over, I think I'll be able to breath more easily. This has been probably the busiest time of my life and I'm hoping and praying for calmness today and tomorrow.

FYI: planning a wedding and a fundraiser at the same time actually isn't that much fun.


You've seen this exact same meal for the last 3 weeks on this blog. It is obviously my favorite. It's a pancetta sandwich which a delicious pear jam on it and it was our go-to meal after the movies Saturday evening. We went and saw Still Alice; Julianne Moore was great and the Oscar she won last night was well-deserved.

I hope that your week is a calm one, happy Monday!

Friday, February 20, 2015

Favorite Wedding Movies


I couldn't be planning all these wedding shenanigans without thinking of all of my our favorite wedding movies. I mean, it's only natural, right? So I thought about it and I narrowed it down to five wedding movies that I love and adore. Then I thought...let's see what John thinks too, which was interesting trying to narrow his down and explain what I real wedding movie is. Then an argument ensued about Lethal Weapon 4. Anyway, I love wedding movies (well some of them) here are five of my favorites...


The Wedding Date
Sex in the City
The Best Man
Rachel Getting Married
Bridesmaids


John's favorite wedding movies:
The Best Man
The Wood
Bridesmaids
Meet the Parents
The Hangover


What are your favorite wedding movies?

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Around the Web


Warm and fuzzy things filled the internet this week.


Hot toddies are the only decent thing about winter - via Huffington Post Taste

Rate everything with this new app - via Brit. & Co.

Things that kids these days will never understand - via Hello Giggles

Have you seen the cute friendship between this little girl and her pig!? - via Hello Giggles

How to store and buy coffee beans - via Tasting Table

How to save when planning your next trip - via The Everygirl


Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Traveling to Charleston


In just a few weeks, John and I are headed to Charleston for what we're calling our "mini-moon"; we are so crazy excited. Don't get me wrong, we're definitely looking forward to our wedding and marriage but we are both so ready for a little rest and relaxation. We've been nonstop and it's not slowing down. I have a fundraiser for work next week and we're both trying to finish all the little wedding details that still need our attention.

But enough of that...

We are beyond ready for Charleston and even more excited about doing absolutely nothing. Naturally, we have a few things that are already on our radar that we can't wait to explore:


Food

Charleston has so many food options, I can barely contain myself. We have a reservation at Husk (can't wait...we had a reservation before we even had a hotel booked) but there are so many other places that I'm dying to try like: Poe's Tavern, Hominy Grill and Martha Lou's Kitchen.


Architecture

Charleston has some beautiful buildings and I can't wait to see them and take some photos. I'm dying to see the Pink House because...duh...it's pink. Also it's historical. So there's that.


Drinks

We can't go to Charleston without food and DRINKS. We've already had our eye on The Gin Joint and a friend who has been to The Gin Joint, supports that decision. Also on the list: Proof and The Belmont.


Our hotel

I think we hit the jackpot on this one. One thing we're definitely looking forward to is relaxing in our hotel. We're staying at the French Quarter Inn and I can't wait! Champagne upon arrival (every hotel should do this), wine and cheese reception every night and fresh baked cookies in the evening...SCORE! Oh and there's a gourmet breakfast every morning. So ready.


Not sure how many places we'll actually be able to see but we'd love to hear your recommendations if you have any!

Monday, February 16, 2015

The Weekend + Bridal Shower


Confusing weather reports made for an interesting and crazy weekend. Will it snow, will it sleet? No one knows but on this Monday morning (President's Day) I'm working from home...just in case...and I'm loving it. To be completely honest, I'm way more productive on my work from home days than in the office; does that make sense? At any rate, this was a busy weekend. We're just weeks away from walking down the aisle and I'm very excited but I'm also just making sure we dot every i and cross every t, you know?

Valentine's Day was this weekend and we had a lovely and quiet dinner. It was nice to not talk about wedding planning for 2 seconds. Friday night, we had a little wedding/coffee date and I had a repeat of the same meal I had last weekend...at the same coffee shop. It's so delicious, I wouldn't be mad if I ate it every Friday night. On the afternoon of Valentine's Day, I hung out with my friend Jennifer and took a trip to Sam's Club...how romantic! I've been battling a sore throat since Friday and even though I feel much better, I'm still trying so hard to NOT GET SICK. This is not the time! Sunday, I went to Atlanta for my bridal shower! Such a beautiful afternoon spent with some of my most favorite women.








When my BFF was planning my bridal shower, we decided on a bridal brunch, which was a fantastic decision! The setting was beautiful at Wahoo! Grill in Decatur and the brunch buffet is so good!




Beautiful flowers and my favorite cake (strawberry cake from A Piece of Cake). So ridiculously good! I'm just so thankful that I do not work down the street from them anymore BUT they are also in the Atlanta airport now if you get a hankering before you fly!


I know I spent all of that time going over inspiration for what I would wear to the shower but I ended up going with a simple, blue shift dress from...Forever 21 - shocker! I paired the dress with what are quickly becoming my favorite pink, Jessica Simpson pumps. No clear pic of the shoes...sorry. Shop the dress if you're interested...







Fantastic weekend and it ended beautifully! Now I'm ready to party!


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