Monday, November 23, 2015


We had a pretty relaxing weekend.
On Saturday morning, my mom came into town and we spent a lot of time walking some land she is thinking about putting an offer in on.

 We also spent some time researching plants that keep mosquitoes away because they were everywhere. I didn't get bit but my poor mom had like 5 bites on her face! 

After our walk in the woods, we headed to Perfectly Frank's for lunch.
I attended the Charleston Food Film Festival recently  and was in the mood for another yummy Frank Cuda dog.

After eating, we headed over to look at some model homes so my mom could get some ideas for the house she is going have built.

Sunday was spent making pumpkin pancakes, baking cookies and staying in my pjs all day watching football.
How was your weekend? Anything fun planned for this week?

Linking up with Biana and Meghan. You should too!

Friday, November 20, 2015

five on friday


 Depending on where you live, you might not have heard about Megan Hiatt (above holding her twin babies). Megan, with the help of her father Jimmy (a friend of my mom's), was moving out of the house she had been sharing with her 5 month old twins and (ex) boyfriend while the boyfriend was at work. A family member of the boyfriend contacted him, apparently, and let him know she was packing up. The boyfriend left work early (he was in the Navy), came home, shot and killed Jimmy, forced Megan to hold her babies while he shot and killed them, shot Megan multiple times and then shot and killed himself.

Megan is going into her 5th surgery today. A friend of the family has set up a GoFundMe page to help with medical expenses. There is also another page set up to help with Jimmy's funeral and burial expenses. You can read more about what happened here, though there are some inaccuracies in the article.


  I made this Chocolate-Bourbon Pecan Pie (also called a Kentucky Bourbon Pie) this week and it was amazing. I used Maker's Mark bourbon because I read that was the best one to use.


 My husband and I visited Hampton Park in downtown Charleston the other day. It has a running/bike lane around the park plus plenty of walking paths within the grounds. We really liked it and will definitely be back.

 My husband tried out Anna Bell's a few weeks ago in North Charleston with some buddies from work and he hasn't stopped talking about it so we made a stop on Wednesday. I had the Southwestern burger and it was pretty good. I especially love their seasoned fries.

I have been wearing this necklace non-stop that I got from my bestie back in Texas for my birthday. Now I just need the matching earrings ;)

Hope y'all have a great weekend! 

Linking up with Sept. Farm for oh hey friday

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

The Weekend

Last Thursday my husband and I attended the Charleston Food Film Festival after I won tickets from Sydney's blog. This was our first time attending and it was so much fun.
We showed up for the VIP access where we were treated to yummy appetizers and drinks from local restaurants and breweries.
 Image via Sydney's Instagram

All of my pictures turned out so blurry but here was me and my husband at the festival

Once the general admission started, people quickly took their seats and the films began.  As you're watching the short films, food and/or drinks are brought out on a tray and passed down each row. The first film, Cuda, was about Perfectly Frank's in Summerville. The Cuda is one of the hot dogs served there so they passed down dogs for us to try.

Next up was Cultured Craft Beer so we sampled six local breweries. The third film, my favorite, was Growing Local: Seeding a Dream. It wasn't about a local business but instead about a farm in Maine. The owners of the farm brought organic carrots for us to try. Up next was Sollo, a film from Spain. The food for this was a pork & sturgeon morcilla which was my least favorite food of the night. The final short film was Ain't That a Blessing about two local camp meeting sites produced by the local paper, The Post and Courier. Chick's Fry House made some delicious fried chicken thighs with B&B pickles and hot pepper jelly as an homage to the film and the food shown.

After the films were over, the after party started. There were so many delicious drinks and foods to be sampled. My favorite was a cake sample from Twenty Six Divine. If I ever need a cake to be made, I am definitely going there! After all the food before, during and after the film, we pretty much had to roll ourselves to the car! The Food Film Festival was such a great time and I definitely hope to go again next year!

On Saturday we headed to Cupcake Camp: Charleston at the Aloft near the airport. Basically you just show up and try free cupcakes. They were accepting donations to benefit the Charleston Animal Society so we were excited about that since one of our animals was adopted from there.

That cupcake on the back  right was ahhhhmazing. It was a sweet potato pie cupcake with marshmallow frosting...sooo soo good! After getting our fill of cupcakes we headed to Starbucks for one last BOGO free holiday drinks!

 Peppermint mocha frappucinos are my fav. What's your favorite Starbucks holiday drink?

Did you do anything exciting this past weekend?!


Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Can I just move in?

We stopped by a beautiful model home in Summerville a couple of weeks ago at the new Summers Corner neighborhood.  I should've taken more pictures (the kitchen was amazing) but here are a few so you can get an idea of how awesome it was!
 The entryway
 The living room
 The eat-in kitchen/dining room
 The upstairs landing/hallway
 Master bedroom sitting area
 Sitting area outside the front door
 How cute is this holiday decor?? 

There were several other model homes open for tours but this one was my favorite. The neighborhood recently opened so there is lots going on. If you like touring homes, I would definitely suggest visiting. They also have a cafe in the neighborhood so you can grab a coffee or a bite to eat!

Have you toured any cute model homes lately?


Friday, November 6, 2015

five on friday

Happy hour at O-Ku with Meg, Kelsey and Jacquelyn on Wednesday followed by a muddy, wet kickball game. It doesn't get much better than that :)

Salted Caramel Chocolate and Samoa cupcakes last night at Cupcakes DownSouth with Meg before the Yelp event at HoM

 Mirror selfie at West Elm last night. Obsessed with the new necklace that my sister-in-law gave me for my birthday!

 They were putting up Christmas lights on King Street last night so Meg and I hurried over to take some pics after checking out the new Beckett boutique.


Image via
Obsessed with I cannoli wear OPI nail color. This picture doesn't do it justice though- it's a pale bluish/grayish/white color.

Hope y'all have a great weekend!!


Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Citrus: Sweet & Savory Sun-kissed Recipes {A Review}

Here is something you may not know about me: I would never consider myself a cook. I am not necessarily a beginner but I'm definitely not anywhere near intermediate.  I can boil eggs, make tacos, pan-fry pork chops and more. Nevermind that I just learned how to dice tomatoes a month ago (thanks, youtube)!

I am a member of Blogging for Books, where you choose a book to review on your blog (no, you don't get paid but for a book lover, like me, it is the coolest program). My first two book reviews have been historical non-fiction- one about the Lusitania and the other about Wrigley Field and the Chicago Cubs. I decided I would switch it up this time and go for a cookbook.

Citrus by Valerie Aikman-Smith and Victoria Pearson caught my eye immediately with a mouth-watering cover shot of their Orange & Rosemary Polenta Cake. 
When the book arrived, I immediately picked out several of the seventy-five recipes that looked like they were on my cooking level. By my cooking level, I mean I knew what all the ingredients were and the instructions seemed doable.

The book is divided by fruit: lemon, lime, orange, tangerine, grapefruit and the rest (kumquats and yuzu, for example). While most of the recipes do have pictures, there are quite a few that don't have any photo. I am not a confident home chef so I need that picture to I feel like I'm kind of doing something right!

I like that the table of contents also has dishes divided by course. You can choose from breakfast, starters, main courses, salads, soups, sides, desserts, drinks and pantry staples (think citrus salt or oil). There is also a short segment at the beginning for Citrus Basics.  Did you know you should roll citrus fruits before juicing?  I didn't. Each chapter also begins with background on the specific fruit highlighted and talks about different types of that fruit.

I decided to make the Key Lime Pie because you can't review a cookbook without actually cooking one of the recipes.
 First I'd like to note that I cheated and I used a store bought graham cracker pie crust. I also thought I had unsweetened coconut flakes at home but I had sweetened sooo I skipped putting that on top. I also attempted the nice garnish but it was not quite right.

The recipe was really easy to follow. I do regret not having a hand juicer for the key limes when I made the pie, though one has since been purchased for future cooking purposes. My husband and I hand to squeeze each key lime until we got to 1/2 cup (insert laughing/crying emojis here).

My topping wasn't as nice as the picture but I likely didn't beat the heavy cream long enough. It still tasted good though! I was really excited about how well the pie turned out. It tasted like something I'd buy at a restaurant. 

I have several other recipes I am going to be making soon. I am definitely going to try the Lemon Gateau next which has 7 ingredients...all stuff that I already have (eggs, sugar, flour, etc.).

Overall, I really enjoyed this cookbook. Most of the recipes have ingredients that I would have around my house or would be easy to obtain. I loved the pictures though there were some that could have been less messy (visible crumbs off to the side).

Have you seen this cookbook? What did you think? Do you like cooking with citrus fruits? Which are your favorite?

Disclaimer: I did receive Citrus courtesy of Blogging for Books in exchange for a review. All pictures on this post and opinions provided are my own.


Monday, November 2, 2015

Two weeks of weekending!!!

The last two weeks have been super busy!
 I celebrated my birthday with family and friends!
 Went to Wild Blue Ropes with my husband, Meg and her husband

Went to Charlotte with my husband, Meg and her husband for a Carolina Panthers game (and a visit to Ikea). 
 Attended a Charleston Blog Society event at The Spectator. More to come on that later this week!
 Visited the coolest model home ever!! Will be posting more pics later this week too!
 Took my in-laws to Fort Moultrie on Sullivan's Island

Introduced my in-laws to the awesomeness that is Poe's Tavern
Shared a meal with family at Five Loaves Cafe
Took my in-laws to the Colonial Dorchester State Historic Site in Summerville
 Visited Riverfront Park in North Charleston for the first time
 Ate some yummy mahi tacos at Mex 1
 Went to the Citadel football game
And took my son trick or treating.... He was so excited to find another Stay Puft Marshmallow Man!
Wheeeew!!! It has been a busy two weeks! I am ready to relax and catch up on all my DVR'd shows. How was your weekend?!

Linking up with Ashley and Biana! You should too!