Monday, October 20, 2014
Eventful. This is the only way I could describe this past weekend.
I'm tired but in a good way. John and I headed out of town to Murfreesboro/Nashville for a quick getaway and to see some of John's friends from Middle Tennessee State University. The highlight of my weekend was the trip the Arrington Vineyards in Arrington, TN. Saturday night a group of us headed up to the vineyard and listened to a little jazz while enjoying some of the delicious wines from the vineyard. We had a wine tasting that I enjoyed so much that John and I ended up purchasing some of their rosé, which was delicious! This was seriously such a fun time! Now we're gearing up for Halloween - if we end up doing anything. In my column this week, you'll read my confession that Halloween is not really my thing but I pretend to participate like the cool kids.
Where do I even begin on where we frolicked this weekend? We tried Hattie B's Hot Chicken in Nashville - the music is so good. Pinewood Social is another restaurant I've been reading tons about and HAD to try while in Nashville and it didn't disappoint. Staff was awesome, drinks were great and the food was delicious.
Seriously, the coffee food truck outside of McKay Books was the cutest and the best thing! And it's cleverly named, The Trailer Perk. Awesome.
All in all, it was a great weekend!!
Friday, October 17, 2014
I love to peruse the internet. Here's what caught my attention over the last 7 days.
Married couples reveal what really happens on their wedding night - via Huffington Post
I mean...some these are pretty funny.
20 Shift Dresses - via Brit & Co
I love shift dresses - I own #11!
13 things you never knew about Pop Tarts - via Huffington Post
I used to LOOOOOVE Pop Tarts!
A refresher on basic table manners - via Food52
Because everyone needs a refresher every now and then.
Ahhhh! I loved everything about this wedding!
10 things to help you start living the life of your dreams - via Grease & Glamour
Some of these are common sense but things I definitely needed to be reminded of.
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Oh hello. Meet my new obsession: twice baked potatoes.
Let me explain a little bit. I've always loved potatoes; they're my favorite. Fried, baked, mashed, dipped in ketchup - doesn't matter. My initial love for twice baked potatoes started in Destin. We went to dinner one night and I had a twice baked potato that was so delicious, I probably could have eaten another one but I resisted the urge. Instead, I quickly searched for a good recipe that allowed me to recreate the greatness I had in Destin. Eventually, I found it.
I decided to go with non other than The Pioneer Woman. I love her. Her recipes are so helpful, useful and just plain 'ol delicious. She wrote about the twice baked potatoes on her blog but the link above goes to the Food Network where there's more of a precise recipe. Bottom line: I've made these
These would make a great addition to your Thanksgiving table too. Deelish.
Monday, October 13, 2014
The weekend was great besides the horrible sinus pressure headache I started my morning off with on Sunday. Friday was great because John and I did nothing. Absolutely nothing. Felt sort of nice. I chilled on the couch, watched a little Dateline, which I LOVE and had a little glass of sangria...oh and painted my mails. Very important. Saturday I cleaned and ran a few errands; we had people over for pizza and prosecco.
I've hosted a pizza and prosecco party before but it was just with my girls and we made all of our own pizzas. This time around, we decided to take the easy way out and buy pizza from Pizza Hut. This way, the oven isn't on all night and it's not hot in the house. Sunday, John and I had some brunch and our weekly wedding meeting, which he loves [sarcasm font]. Looking forward to a calming week - I hope.
You can see the left over prosecco bottles from Saturday night in my recycling bag - good grief. My awesome friend Sarah got us a gift to add to my bar and it looks so pretty. I've never toyed with Pimm's but I'm looking forward to it. We ended the weekend with delicious Indian food and my belly was so happy.
Friday, October 10, 2014
Welcome to the second edition of Wedding Watch; my monthly blog series updating you on the wedding planning process and all the jazz (drama) that comes along with it. Here's last month's in case you missed it.
This month, it's all about wardrobe because...I found my dress!! This was the biggest task to cross off of my to do list. About two weeks ago the bestie and I went dress shopping and we walked away with a dress. So happy to not have that worry anymore and so happy to have a dress! I'm not going to share the dress that I purchased (John reads the blog) but I am going to share some of the dresses that I was deeply inspired by and dresses that I love...and still love. Here we go.
When searching for a dress, though my style was little all over the place, I knew I wanted something that would be different. Different how? That was the million dollar question. I love dramatic bottoms, fitted bodices and a little sexiness in the back; I was even open to not necessarily wearing a crisp, white dress. White isn't for everyone and to be honest, besides my favorite white v-neck tees, I rarely (if ever) wear white. So, that was the issue the BFF and I had to solve: how different did I want to go.
In five months, you'll see if I decided to go against the grain or stick with a traditional dress.
Through this process, I did figure out that I absolutely adore Jenny Packham dresses, BHLDN and Amsale (duh).
Now, I'm toying with the idea of purchasing a reception dress. Yes, I know. It's a wedding not a fashion show BUT I've seen so many cute options that I'm almost convinced I want to and let's face it - this is the only time it's going to be acceptable for me to do a wardrobe change at a party, right? I haven't settled on anything yet, but here's some inspirational pieces.
Can you tell I like gold...and sequins? What do you think?
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
I need to eat salmon more often. It's delicious and extremely quick to cook. Who doesn't love a quick meal?! After a long day of work, coming home to cook seems like a daunting task unless you're making something easy...like honey balsamic glazed salmon. Let's explore how easy this dish is.
Start with about a pound of salmon.
In a small saucepan, combine 2 tablespoons of butter, 1/3 cup of balsamic vinegar, 1 tablespoon of honey and 2 chopped garlic cloves. Simmer for 5 minutes.
Place salmon, skin down, in a baking dish and season with salt and pepper. Spoon the balsamic glaze over the salmon and top with lemon slices.
Bake, uncovered, for 12-15 minutes on 400 degrees.
Found this ridiculously easy recipe on Renewing All Things.
Try it for dinner tonight!
Monday, October 6, 2014
The change in seasons has definitely reared its cool head. Not sure what really happened this weekend but there was definitely a shift in temperature and it was a little chilly. The days are warm but the nights are cool. It makes for a challenging way to get dressed in the mornings because by the time noon rolls around, it's 80 degrees outside. John and I followed the crowd this weekend and saw Gone Girl and prior to the movie, I had a delicious duck pasta from Hennen's; I'm surprised I didn't fall asleep in the movie from all the starch. The pasta was so good, I'm wondering if I can recreate it at home...hmmmm.
We spent the rest of the weekend having dinner with John's parents, having a little brunch and prepping for the week ahead. Just between us, I'm hoping this week goes by much faster than last week did.
Frozen hot chocolates are starting to really become a staple in my weekend. If the weather continues to cool down, this may have been the last weekend of me indulging in one of those.
Friday, October 3, 2014
A new series here, a new series there...Fall has proven to be very busy for the blog. Here's the latest of the new series group: Around the Web. I spend a lot of time on my computer, which is good and bad. Good because, well, I have to and bad because my massage therapist says I don't stretch enough and spend too much time on my computer. It's a catch 22, I guess. I'm always looking for eat.drink.frolic. related content to share on my blog and via social media; I do the same for work.
Around the Web is a series simply about sharing; sharing what I believe to be newsworthy articles about things related to food, drinks and just all around good stuff. Since I spend so much time behind a laptop, I might as well share some interesting reads. Hopefully I'm sharing things you haven't seen before or maybe you have! No matter what, maybe it'll spark a conversation. Here's the first round of what I've read Around the Web this week!
7 Made-For-Kids Drinks That Would Taste A Lot Better With Booze - via Huffington Post
I'm not a parent but I'm sure this thought will cross my mind one day.
20 of the South's Best Breakfast Joints - via Yahoo!
My goal? Eat my way through this list.
Kitchen Skills of TV Dads -via Bon Appetit
Remember Dr. Huxtable's chili?
Post-it Plus App - via Post-It
This is like heaven for someone like me who loves Post-its.
New USPS Chef Stamps - via The Kitchn
Send your friends who love to cook something in the mail.
Jon Favreau Movie Spawning Actual Restaurant - via Eater
Did you see the movie Chef? This makes me happy. I also like Jon Favreau.