DIY: Rock Wine Cork

These super easy DIY wine corks make wonderful gifts, as well as great decorative pieces to dress up your opened bottles of wine!

What You Need:
Plain corks
Decorative rocks 
Hot glue gun

1. Decide which side of the rock you want to glue the cork to
Tip: The flattest side of the rock is the easiest
2. Heat up your glue gun
3.  Attach the correct sides together 
4. Let the rock set for a few minutes and voila!

Places To Try: Sun In My Belly

My sister was home from college for the weekend and we thought it would be a perfect time to try out a new lunch spot. We researched and researched and decided on Sun In My Belly, located in an old hardware building in Kirkwood. I mean, how can you not love a place with the name Sun In My Belly? It's perfect for a sit down meal, a grab-and-go, or just a place to relax with your computer and some coffee. The space is so warm and welcoming, I could of stayed for hours. This time, we decided to dine in so we could get the full experience. When we go out to eat, we usually pick different dishes and share so we can try multiple items off the menu. We decided to go with the Scrambled Egg Pressed Panini, the Napoleon Complex, and the Best Pimento Cheese. Each dish was amazing but if I had to rank them, I would say 1. Best Pimento Cheese 2. Scrambled Egg Pressed Panini 3. Napoleon Complex and if you're in the mood to splurge, you must try the Hash Potatoes because they're delicious. I recommend everyone try and stop in, especially for brunch because they have an absolutely ah-mazing brunch and some great mimosas.

Visit their website to see the full menu and bright colorful pictures with mason jars!

Italian Stuffed Eggplant

Thank goodness we made enough to have leftovers, because this is amazing! This healthy Italian dish would go perfect with any side and is just as delicious the next day. Warning: if you are in a hurry, meal prep before because it has to cook in the oven for one hour!

What You Need
2 small eggplants
1/2 lb italian ground chicken sausage
Salt & pepper
1 small red onion, diced
1 green pepper, diced
5 cloves of garlic
1/2 cup parsley leaves, chopped
3/4 cup basil leaves, chopped
3/4 cup grated Pecorino Romano 
1/4 cup bread crumbs
1 egg
1/2 cup marinara 
2 roma tomatos, diced

1. Preheat oven to 350° and line baking sheet with parchment paper
2. Slice eggplants in half and scoop out center
3. Bring 4 cups of water to boil and add flesh of the eggplant, cook for 12 minutes
4. When cooked pat dry and chop
5. Add 1 TBS EVOO to medium sized pan over medium heat 
6. Add ground chicken and cook until brown, set aside
7. In another pan over medium heat, add 1 TBS EVOO and sauté peppers and onion for 5 minutes
7. Add garlic and cook for another minute, set aside
8. In large bowl, combine cooked eggplant, sautéed vegetables, cooked ground chicken, parsley, basil, 1/2 cup Pecorino Romano, bread crumbs, and egg
9. Place hollow eggplants on prepared pan and fill with mixture 
10. Top with marinara, chopped tomatoes, remaining cheese, and season with salt and pepper 
11. Bake in oven for 1 hour and let cool when done
12. Enjoy!

Full recipe can be found here 

Weekend Update

I hope everyone had an amazing weekend, I know I did! I survived #MM2014 and had a blast listening to some amazing artists with great friends. Food choices were slim, so I survived off beer, corn dogs, and funnel cakes (aka fair food). The weather was absolutely perfect, and I luckily got some much needed vitamin D. Even though there was no cell phone service and cab rides were nearly impossible to find, I will 100% be going back next year (more prepared), so fingers crossed the line up is just as good. Also, a tip for anyone considering flash tats: 1. They are awesome and should be worn more often 2. They stay on forever so make sure you don't have anywhere important to be the next day. All in all it was a great weekend and I hope yours was just as wonderful! 


Music Midtown Pieces

 1. Jen's Pirate Booty Neuvo Tinkerbell Dress  2. ASOS New Look Floral Fringe Kimono  3. Free People Stone Midi Ring Set  4. H By Hudson Horrigan Leather Ankle Boots  5. Alaga Fedora  6. Zahra Flash Tattoos  7. Tory Burch Thea Crossbody Saddle Bag

Strawberry, Avocado, and Poppyseed Salad

First off, this salad is absolutely amazing. The blend of blue cheese, avocados, and strawberries, topped off with poppyseed dressing is a match made in heaven. This salad would be perfect to take to any event and can be easily thrown together in under 10 minutes. 

What You Need
6 cups spinach
16 oz strawberries, sliced
1 avocado, diced
4 oz blue cheese crumbles
1/4 cup sliced almonds
1/2 red onion, sliced
Poppyseed dressing (see below)

Poppyseed Dressing
1/2 cup olive oil
3 TBS apple cider vinegar
2 TBS honey
1 TBS poppy seeds
Pinch of ground dry mustard
Salt and pepper to taste

1. Whisk poppyseed dressing ingredients together until combined
2. Mix all ingredients in a bowl and top with desired amount of poppyseed dressing
3. Serve with family and friends!

The full recipe can be found here

Top Things To Do In Atlanta This Fall

1. See the city from above at Skyview Atlanta 
2. Watch a movie from the car at Starlight Six drive-in theatre
3. Cheer on the Braves at their last home game of the season
4. Hunt for unique treasures on Chamblee's Antique Row
5. Road trip to Helen for Oktoberfest
6. Have a #TBT at Roswell's Southern Trilogy
7. See a show at the Fox before it hits Broadway 
8. Get a crepe from Julianna's
9. Cheer on the dirty birds 
10. Sample chili and listen to tunes at Chomp and Stomp
11. Make it through a scary movie at the Atlanta Horror Film Festival
12. Tour and sip at Red Brick Brewing Co.
13. Visit with the dead at Oakland cemetery's Halloween tour
14. Watch the leaves change at the Botanical Gardens 
15. See The Rocky Horror Picture show at the Plaza Theatre
16. Get lost in a corn maze at Uncle Shucks
17. Enjoy real southern hospitality at Mary Mac's tea room
18. Visit Serenbe Farm for brunch and exploring
19. Picnic in Old Fourth Ward Park
20. Get spooked at a haunted house
21. Indulge in craft donuts at Sublime
22. Try new things at the Atlanta Food Truck Park
23. Relive my childhood at the North Georgia State Fair
24. Visit a winery in North Georgia
25. Get coffee at Octane in Grant Park
26. See my version of heaven at the Atlanta Cheese Festival
27. Spend a Sunday shopping local at the Grant Park Farmers Market
28. Explore Atlanta by foot on the Atlanta Beltline
29. Jam out at the Deep Roots Festival in Milledgeville
30. Celebrate Halloween with the Buckhead Creepy Crawl

My Fall Wish List

1. Tory Burch Eau De Parfum Spray 1.7 oz  2. Kate Spade Seriously Darling iPhone 5 case  
3. Red Plaid Infinity Scarf  4. Kelsi Dagger Brooklyn 'Jupiter' Bootie  5. Autumn Comfort WoodWick Trilogy Candle  6. Patagonia Women's Better Sweater  7. Clare V. Supreme Haircalf Fold Over Clutch

Southern Staple: Shrimp and Grits

Being from the south, I have always had a major love affair with shrimp and grits. Since I'm also a cheese fanatic, my grits always consist of an unhealthy amount of cheese. Being topped with bacon and parsley, this dish is absolutely amazing for all times of the year and is a must try for everyone. 

What You Need
4 cups H2O
Salt & pepper
1 cup grits
3 TBS butter
2 cups cheddar cheese
1 lb shrimp, peeled & deveined 
6 slices of bacon, crumbled
4 TSP lemon juice
2 TBS chopped parsley
1 cup scallions, thinly sliced
1 garlic clove

1. Bring H2O to boil and add salt and pepper
2. Add grits and cook for 20-25 minutes, until thick
3. Remove grits from heat, add butter and cheese
4. Fry bacon in large skillet and transfer to paper towel once cooked
5. In bacon grease, add shrimp and cook until pink
6. Then add lemon juice, bacon, parsley, scallions, and garlic and sauté for 3 minutes
7. Spoon grits into desired dish and top with shrimp mixture
8. Enjoy!

Find the full recipe here. Happy Tuesday!

Welcome To My Workspace

I wanted to give a house tour but since my house isn't completely finished being built, I thought I would give y'all a sneak peek at my work area. This little space, is where all the blogging happens. The ceiling to floor windows keep it bright all day and it's an amazing spot to watch a storm (one of my favorite things to do). This workspace also doubles as a vanity for when I get ready everyday. Once my house is finished, I will do a full house tour so you can see all my favorite spots!

Tidbits About My Area:
1. A candle is a must (even better if it's a WoodWick)
2. I have two planners and a daily planer (a little ocd)
3. That desk was the most difficult thing to put together and take apart
4. That's my car in the window 

Grilled Grouper From Garden & Gun Magazine

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I've been dying to try out this grilled fish recipe and Labor Day weekend was the perfect opportunity. This is a great dish after a busy day out on the lake or on the beach because you can just throw it on the grill and then voilà, it's ready! 

What You Need:
2 large Vidalia onions, cut into 1-inch slices
1/4 cup olive oil
1 TBS kosher salt
2 1/2 TSP black pepper
4 large, heirloom tomatoes, cut into 1-inch slices
4 avocados, cut into 1/2-inch slices
2/3 cup basil leaves
1 cup lime juice
1 cup EVOO
6 (6 oz.) grouper fillets
Arugula for topping

1. Heat grill to 400°F-450°F
2.Place onions on baking sheet, brush with EVOO and season with salt and pepper
3. Grill onions 4-5 minutes on each side
4. Place in bowl and add tomatoes and avocado
5. In separate bowl, whisk together lime juice, EVOO and basil
6. Toss liquid mixture with onion, tomato and avocado mixture and let marinate
7. Season fish with salt and pepper and place on grill for 6-7 minutes
8. Flip fish over and cook an additional 4-5 minutes
9. Evenly arrange plates with the onion, tomato and avocado mixture and top with fish
10. Top with arugula and enjoy!

You can find the full recipe here. I hope you all enjoyed your extra long weekend, I know I did! 

Happy Labor Day!

I'll be celebrating by relaxing at the lake all day, no labor involved. 
Everyone enjoy their day off!

P.S. check back tomorrow for an amazing grill recipe!