Starting My Weekend Early

Happy Thursday, you're almost there! Today, i'm headed off to Saint Simons for the big Georgia/Florida weekend. I can't wait to be beachin' it with my closet friends and family while cheering on the Dawgs. Since i'll be spending most of my weekend tailgating, I decided to post some of my favorite tailgating recipes. I hope these come in handy! 

If you like wings, these are a must try

Homemade sweet potato fries make a great side dish

Need a dip? This is perfect for all my cheese lovers

Give these skinny pigs in a blanket a try

For a dessert, get festive with these adorable football ice cream sandwiches

Wednesday Wish List

1. Chunky Knit Check Cardigan  2. Tan Cheetah Calf Hair 'Day Dreaming' Flats  3. Zip Nylon Jewelry Case  4. Time Floats By Watch  5. Thank You Kraft Note Card Set  6. Slate Cheese Board 

Best Okra Recipe

Over the weekend, I went to the farmer's market and bought some okra. I didn't even know what I was going to make but I wanted to try it, because all I've ever had was fried. While browsing on Pinterest, I came across a baked okra recipe and voila, I found one of my new favorite recipes. This recipe is so much better than the fried stuff and you don't have the guilt afterwards, so what's not to love?

What You Need
1 lb okra, rinsed and dried
1/2 TSP salt
1/4 TSP pepper
1/2-1 TSP red pepper flakes
1/4 cup olive oil

1. Preheat the oven to 400ยบ
2. Cut off the tops and pointy bottoms of the okra and then cut them in half, lengthwise 
3. Combine salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, and olive oil in large bowl
4. Toss okra with mixture until well combined
5. Spread out the tossed okra on a rimmed (so the oil doesn't drip off) baking sheet and cook for 15-20 minutes, or until brown
6. Enjoy guilt free okra!

Favorite Fall Libations

1. The Drunkin Pumpkin
What You Need (serves 1)
2 parts RumChata 
1 part Pinnacle pumpkin pie vodka
Cinnamon stick

1. Combine above ingredients into a shaker with ice
2. Shake well 
3. Serve in chilled glass or over ice 
4. Garnish with cinnamon stick

2. Apple Cider Moscow Mule 
What You Need (serves 1)
Copper mug
2 oz vodka
2 oz apple cider
Juice of 1 small lime wedge
Ginger beer
Cinnamon stick

1. Fill copper mug with vodka, apple cider, and lime juice
2. Fill glass with ice
3. Sprinkle cinnamon over ice 
4. Top off with ginger beer 
5. Stir well
6. Garnish with apple slice and cinnamon stick 

3. Hot Caramel Apple Cider
What You Need (serves 4)
32 oz apple cider
16 oz caramel vodka 
1 TBS cinnamon
Brown sugar
Cinnamon stick

1. Combine apple cider and cinnamon in pot on stove and heat to desired temperature
2. Add vodka and turn heat down to low
3. Rim glasses with brown sugar
4. Pour mix into glasses and garnish with cinnamon stick

4. Vanilla, Pear, & Vodka Cocktail 
What You Need (serves 4)
12 oz pear juice
6 oz vodka
1/2 vanilla bean
1 cup ice

1. Mix pear juice and vodka in pitcher
2. Split open vanilla bean and put seeds into mixture
3. Add ice and stir well
4. Garnish glasses with sugar rim
5. Serve over ice 
6. Garnish with apple slice

{via Two Tarts}

5. Cider Bellini
What You Need (serves 1)
Sparkling wine
1/2 oz apple cider
Fresh rosemary

1. Pour cider into champagne flute
2. Top with desired amount of sparkling wine
3. Garnish with fresh rosemary sprig

It's Finally Friday

Pop the bubbly, it's Friday! For me, this week lacked some major sleep and I can't wait to relax and finally catch up on it. For those of y'all still trying to figure out your plans, this weekend is filled with all kinds of events. Grab and friend and check them out!

Tonight, culture yourself by attending Fernbank Museum's Martinis and IMAX. They will be playing Goose Bumps! The Science of Fear, exploring the physiological, neurological, and sociological aspects of fear, on their IMAX screen. Enjoy a speciality cocktail menu, small plates, live entertainment, dancing, and more.

Taste of Atlanta starts today in Midtown at Tech Square and goes through Sunday. Featuring over 300 tastes, chefs from all over Atlanta come to whip up their favorite dishes for you to try. Watch chef demos, take a cooking class, or just enjoy the sights while tasting some of the best food Atlanta has to offer.

Head up to Stone Mountain Park today through Sunday for the Country Living Fair. Country Living Magazine only has this fair in two other cities in the US so people travel from all over. This fair has vintage and brand new items ranging from accessories, home decor, clothing, and food. They also offer seminars, demonstrations, and a chance to meet the magazine's editors. Get to thrifting!

This Saturday, throw on your best Halloween costume and take on the Buckhead Creepy Crawl 3. Your ticket will get you complementary drinks and shots, a slice of pizza, food and drink specials, and entered into a Halloween contest with tons of great prizes. The Creepy Crawl bars include 5 Paces, Pool Hall, Your Pie, Dive Bar, Stout, and Hangovers, with the costume contest at East Andrews.

For all the beer lovers out there, you can't miss the Georgia Craft Beer Festival happening this Saturday at Candler Park. This festival will include craft beer from over 30 of Georgia's top breweries, games, live entertainment, arts and crafts, and food trucks galore. A ticket gets you a souvenir sampling glass, festival guide, and samples of 100+ craft beers. Although, you don't need a ticket to get in to enjoy the live music and food trucks. If you take Uber, use promo code ATLCRAFTBEER14 and save $30 on your first ride because parking is limited. 

Wednesday Wish list

1. Frye 'Molly' Gore Leather Boot  2. Fashionably Late Tee  3. Blueberry Ikat Short Pajama Set  4. Three Knot Bangle Bracelet  5. Golden Glow Booster

DIY Halloween Costumes

Boo! Halloween isn't too far away and if you haven't picked your costume out yet, I am here to help. Here are some DIY costumes with everything you need. Most of these costumes can be made with items you have lying around the house or you can easily find at Goodwill. Good luck and Happy Halloween! 

1. Bodycon Tank Dress  2. Fabric Glue  3. Different Colors of Crepe Paper  4. Party Hat  
5. Colored Heels

Find the full DIY tutorial here 

1. Scarecrow Makeup Tutorial  2. Plaid Shirt  3. Weaved Large Brimmed Floppy Hat  4. Distressed Brown Cowboy Boots  5. Distressed Denim Shorts Overalls 

1. Skeleton Costume Template  2. Jersey Leggings  3. Black Tank  4. White Fabric Paint  
5. Black Converse 

1. Black Knee High Boots  2. Top Gun Patch  3. Leather Bomber Jacket  4. Grommet Leather Belt  5. Mini Army Green Skirt  6. American Flag Patch  7. Aviator Sunglasses 

Happy Weekend

We finally made it to Friday! This weekend, i'll be headed to Milledgeville for the Deep Roots Festival. I can't wait to go back to my alma mater for the weekend and see old friends! I hope you all have something fun planned, because it's suppose to be beautiful. Don't know what to make this weekend? Here are some dishes to help!

Have a sweet tooth? Try this or this

Celebrate national pasta day with this great dish

Not a pasta person? Give this quinoa dish a try

Goat cheese + blackberries & honey make for a great app

Taco Skillet

Mexican. One pan. Avocado. All these items + easy clean up make this dish beyond amazing. Did I mention it only uses one pan? One pan! That means you can spend all your normal cleaning time doing more enjoyable things (like drink wine and watch your favorite tv shows).  Also, with temperatures starting to drop, this hearty meal will keep you full for hours. 

What You Need
1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 can yellow corn, drained
1 bell pepper, diced
1 tomato, diced
1 cup ground turkey, already cooked
3/4 cup salsa
1 can tomato sauce
1 TSP garlic
Avocado for topping, diced
Cilantro for topping, chopped
Cheddar cheese for topping, shredded

1. Cook ground turkey in skillet until no longer pink
2. Combine black beans, corn, bell pepper, tomato, and garlic into the same skillet and heat over medium heat for 3-5 minutes
3. Add salsa and tomato sauce and continue to cook for 15 minutes over medium heat
4. Place in desired bowls and top with avocado, cilantro, and cheese
5. Enjoy!

Recipe from A Million Moments

Inspiring Spaces: Bar Carts

The newest part of the house is finally complete (hip hip hooray!), and it's time to start decorating. Bar carts have been popular recently and I decided that one would be a great addition to the new space. While I go through the process of putting together my perfect cart, I decided to share some of my favorites to help others get inspired. 

Happy Friday!

It's finally Friday (wahooo)! I can't wait to hangout with family & friends and enjoy this beautiful weather. Still don't know what you're going to do? Why not try some of these events happening in the Atlanta area this weekend! 

Cheer on the Atlanta Falcons against the Chicago Bears in the Georgia Dome #RiseUp

If you are looking to get your brunch on this weekend, look no further: Flap Jacks and All That Jazz @ The Atlanta Food Truck Park 

I'll be at the Brookhaven Chili Cook Off enjoying plenty of chili, beer, and music

If you want a true fair experience and don't want to drive to Perry, the Cumming Fair is the place to go, it's filled with turkey legs, rides, good music, and great people watching

Wednesday Wish List

1. The Oversized Plaid Scarf In Beige  2. Shake By Eric Prum & Josh Williams 3. The Vintage Tote Bag  4. Lip Tease Mug  5. Alta Floppy Hat     

Places To Visit: Jaemor Farms

Farmer's markets are one of my favorite activities. Especially in the fall, because that means pumpkins, fresh veggies, and homemade food. Since Halloween is right around the corner, I've wanted to get some pumpkins and what better place to go then Jaemor Farms. I've been to plenty of farmers markets in Atlanta but this is a "true" farmers market, unlike any in the city. It has pumpkins, a corn maze, BBQ, fried pies, tons of fruits and veggies, and good ole southern hospitality. I highly recommend going if not just for the experience. You can pick up fresh ingredients for upcoming meals and peruse the aisles for any other goodies you might want to take home. One of my favorite takeaways from this trip is the mango salsa. I've had others, but Jaemor's is the absolute best. If you truly want to experience fall you should pay Jaemor's a visit. Check out their website for hours and more details on the farm.

10 House Warming Gifts

Something that comes with being a post grad, is house warming gifts. With everyone starting new careers and moving into new homes, you've got to have an idea of what to take over the first time you stop by. Luckily for all my friends, i'm still living at home, but to help ease this worry, I decided to brainstorm 10 gift ideas that would make wonderful additions to any new home. 

1. Wreath
This would be perfect for someone moving into a house or an apartment, because it would distinguish their front door from their neighbors (easier for you to find next time). You could DIY or buy one from a nearby store.

2. Wine & Cheese 
Let's admit it, who doesn't love the perfect combination of wine and cheese? The answer should be no one. Pair your wine and cheese set with a cutting board and you've got the best possible combination for a house warming gift. 

3. DIY Painted Kitchen Towels
Whip it good. Just eat it. Chop it like it's hot. Too great! These are perfect for anyone who spends a decent amount of their time in the kitchen. These towels will also be great conversation pieces for any party. Click here to get instructions on how to make these crafty works of art. 

4. Take A Break & Get Hammered
As you can see, wine is a reoccurring theme on my list. This witty gift gives you an opportunity to put your own personal touch through the note. The gift is simple: all it requires is a bottle of wine, a hammer, a humorous note, and a bow.

5. Kitchen Kit
For any of the cooking connoisseurs, or just anyone who loves food, this is the perfect gift. You can use a baking mitt, a mixing bowl, or whatever holder you think would work best. Then, add in items that your friend would enjoy most and voila. Maybe you can even convince them to cook for you with their new utensils. 

6. Soup In A Jar
Who doesn't love a big bowl of soup to warm them up in the fall? This would be perfect for someone who just moved in and doesn't quite have everything they need. For the first night (or week), dinner is on you. Find the recipe here

7. A Plant
Plants make homes very cozy, and bonus points if it's a plant they can use. Plants like Basil, Parsley, and Cilantro are used frequently in my house and in many recipes, so those are good starters. Put the plant in a cute pot and you've got a gift that keeps giving. Click here for directions on how to make a chalkboard pot (featured above). 

8. Welcome Mat
Nothing says welcome more than a great welcome mat. If you can find the perfect mat to fit your friends personality, then you're golden. Start your search at places like TJ Maxx, Homegoods, Pier 1, and other home stores. 

9. Candle
Candles are a necessity in every home because they smell amazing and are visually appealing. If your friend doesn't have one, then you need to help them out ASAP. My favorite brand of candles is WoodWick, because it sounds like a crackling fire (the absolute best), but Anthropologie also has some really cute decorative ones. You can find the candle above here

10. Baked Goods
Lastly, the most simple of all, baked goods. Nothing says welcome to your new home more than a batch of homemade cookies (or packaged if baking isn't your thing). Any type of baked good would work: muffins, banana bread, cupcakes, brownies, candy, etc. Package your goods with these adorable printables (shown above) and you're ready to take on any housewarming party.