Wish List Wednesday

Places To Try: Rise-N-Dine

Want a brunch filled with rustic decor, wonderful lattes, and great service? The Rise-N-Dine needs to be next on your must visit list. This breakfast spot is located in Emory Village so students are all around and waits are long. Our wait was 45 minutes but the owner took our drink orders right when we put our names down, which made the wait way better. Their lattes are amazing and they do the foam art as you can see above. Because it was so crowded, we had to sit community style in a 6 seater booth. It was very interesting, and luckily we weren't talking about anything to juicy, but we were starving! Once we had a chance to chat and drink our lattes, we looked over the menu. We finally decided on the Nutella Pancakes and the Veggie Omelet with a side of Grilled Potatoes, yum! The omelet was definitely my favorite because the eggs were so fluffy and the potatoes were great. I definitely liked these Nutella pancakes better than Buttermilks because they weren't so sweet and I could eat more of them. For a sweet person, these should be your pick. It was practically a Nutella and banana sandwich but with big pancakes as bread (I wish I got a picture)! Perfect to share but  couldn't eat a whole dish to myself. If you're in the area definitely check this place out, I promise the wait is worth it! 

Glazed Blueberry Oatmeal Donuts

{Makes 12}

What You Need
For The Donuts
2 cups rolled oats
1 1/2 cups milk, any kind
1 1/2 cups flour
1 TBSP baking powder
1/2 TSP salt
1/4 TSP cinnamon
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1 TSP vanilla
3/4 cup blueberries

For The Glaze
2 cups powdered sugar
3 TBS lemon juice

For The Donuts 
1. Preheat oven to 400° and spray donut pan with nonstick cooking spray.  
2. Mix together oats and milk in bowl. Set aside.
3. In large bowl, mix together all the dry ingredients. Once combined, stir in the oat mixture and fold in blueberries.
4. fill donut molds all the way to the top with dough and bake 16 minutes or until toothpick inserted in middle comes out clean.
5. Let cool on cooling rack until ready to ice.

For The Glaze
1. Wait until donuts are completely cool to glaze.
2. Whisk together powdered sugar with lemon juice, adding 1 TBS at a time and adding more if not thin enough. 
3. Keeping donuts on wire rack, spoon icing over donuts until covered.
4. Let glaze completely harden and then serve. Enjoy!

Almost The Weekend!

We did it! We made it through another week and now it's time to enjoy the weekend. I don't have anything major planned this weekend so it will be a great low key weekend. Hopefully i'll make it out to the farmer's market Saturday morning to get all the fruits and veggies I need for the week. I hope you all had a wonderful week and have an exciting weekend ahead! 

Links From This Week
Want to step up your elliptical game? Try one of these ideas next time. 

Madewell is having an extra 40% off of their sale right now. It's great!

Need a dinner recipe? Try these veggie fajita noodles. They're healthy, clean, and my favorite dish from the week.

Enjoy the beautiful weather this weekend (mostly today & Sunday) by going to the Inman Park Festival

Piperlime Closing Sale Picks- Extra 40% Off

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

What You Need
2 cups flour
1 TSP baking soda
1/2 TSP cinnamon
3/4 TSP baking powder
3/4 TSP salt
1/3 cup milk or oil
1 1/2 TSP vanilla extract
1/2 cup + 1 TSP agave nectar, separated
1 1/2 TSP lemon juice
2 cups mashed banana, about 4 medium sized bananas
2/3 cup chocolate chips 

1. Perheat oven to 350° and grease loaf pan.
2. Combine all dry ingredients and mix well.
3. In separate bowl, combine all wet ingredients and mix well.
4. Mix wet ingredients into the dry ingredients siring until completely incorporated. 
5. Cook in preheated oven for 40-50 minutes or until a tooth inserted in center comes out clean. 
6. Let cool for 10 minutes and then slice and serve. Enjoy!
After first day, best kept in fridge or sliced and frozen for later. 

Cheers To The Weekend!

Another wonderful weekend is upon us! It's been a long week of traveling and working and I can't wait to relax and have no schedule. I've been feeling a little under the weather, so this weekend will be all about sleep and lounging around. I hope you all have had a good week and an even better weekend coming up! 

Links From This Week
Still need to do some Spring cleaning? Try these 5 ways to declutter your home

Want to do something fun this weekend? Go to 420 Fest or Root City's pop up market

Get some great deals from J. Crew Factory while they have 50% off now through the 22nd. 

This video will bring tears to your eyes but it is so inspirational, you've got to watch it. 

Need a dinner recipe? Make these ranch turkey burgers they are easy and amazing. 

Rainy Day Blues

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Wish List Wednesday

Black Bean & Corn Tacos With Roasted Salsa

{serves 8-10}

What You Need
For The Roasted Salsa
4 cups cherry tomatos
4 TBS olive oil
1 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
2 TSP sugar
6 cloves garlic, pressed
Salt & Pepper
2 TBS red onion, diced

For The Tacos
2 packages wheat tortillas 
1 can corn, drained
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
2 TBS taco seasoning
5 oz. queso fresco cheese, crumbled
Optional: sour cream, hot sauce, avocado, etc.

For The Roasted Salsa
1. Preheat oven to 400°. 
2. Place cherry tomatos on a pan. 
3. Drizzle with olive oil, 1/2 cup cilantro, salt & pepper, garlic, and sugar. Softly, mix ingredients until tomatoes are well coated. 
4. Bake for 40-50 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes. 
5. Once cool, add onion, jalapeño, and the remaining cilantro and slowly mix together. 

For The Tacos
1. Place beans and corn in stove pan and heat over medium heat.
2. Add in taco seasoning and stir. Cook until warm. 
3. Heat tortillas in microwave for 25 seconds each. 
4. To assemble: place bean and corn mixture on tortilla, top with salsa, cheese, and any other desired toppings. 
5. Enjoy!

Wedding Recap

What a weekend it was! I cannot believe my oldest cousin, Ashley, is married. It seems just like yesterday that we were playing barbies (forcing Austin) and being "Grannies of the South" every time our moms left the car. It is crazy how fast time flies! But, I couldn't be happier that Ashley met the man of her dreams and that they will be starting a wonderful life together. 
We went down Thursday afternoon and got in right before dinner time. The drive was long but luckily, I got to sit in the back seat the whole time and enjoy the scenery. Once we got into town, we checked into our house and unpacked. That night, close family got together at my aunt and uncles house to enjoy dinner and kick off the wedding weekend. We had an amazing dinner of chicken and steak kabobs with my new favorite salad, kale and broccoli slaw with sunflower seeds and cranberries. It was delicious! It was so good getting to know Brian's family and catching up with my own. We even got to make the Instagram chalk board sign. They used the hashtag #goinggreenwell if you want to see more pics by the way. 
The next day, my sister and I ran to the battery to explore the city a little more. We had such a busy weekend ahead and we wanted to do as much as we could which meant early mornings. We went around 8 AM, so there wasn't many people out. It was so peaceful and beautiful! 
Later that afternoon, Ashley had her bridal luncheon at a beautiful house thrown by her mom's friends. We had such a delicious assortment of food and champagne for the party. It was fun seeing everyone and hearing more wedding details!
That night we had the rehearsal dinner at High Cotton. We ran through the wedding, and Anna and I were reading a passage so we got to practice that. After, we had cocktails and enjoyed a wonderful dinner. I finally got to have some She Crab soup...yumm, it had been way too long! We kept the party going after dinner at Four Ninety Two on upper King Street. Everyone from the wedding was invited, so I got to see family members and friends. It was weird drinking with aunts, uncles, and distant cousins, but still so much fun. I made some great new memories to bring up at family holidays!
Finally to the big day! Anna and I picked up breakfast Saturday morning at Caviar & Bananas, which I had been to before and it was even better this time. They had expanded their menu, which included a side of parmesan potatoes (yum!). Then we headed to Tease to get our hair done. We both got loose curls but the stylist had to make them super tight so that they wouldn't fall before the wedding. We walked out looking like we belonged in the 1800's (Marie Antoinette style). After our hair, we headed to an apartment downtown to get ready with Ash and her bridesmaids. We all had matching shirts with our monograms on them, as you can see above. They were adorable and super comfy! While we were getting ready, there was a photographer and videographer taking pics and videos that I cannot wait to see. Once everyone was ready Ash got into her amazingly beautiful dress and we headed to the venue, The William Aiken House
Before the wedding, the bridesmaids, groomsmen, and the bride and groom took pictures. It called for rain the whole day, but luckily it had held out for us so far so they got some great pictures. To tie us in with the bouqets and wedding party, we wore flowers in our hair. They were a great touch! Right before the wedding, the wind started to pick up and the sky grew dark. We needed to start this wedding ASAP before it hit. Luckily, we finished about 10 minutes before it started pouring down rain. God was definitely watching over us and kept Ashley's day perfect because it only rained for 20ish minutes and then was completely beautiful. 
After the rain had passed, we took family pictures and celebrated the newly weds. The reception was filled with dancing, drinking, and eating great food. They had set up different food stations so you could try a little bit of everything. My favorite was the shrimp and grits station with fried green tomatoes! After dinner, the party was taken outside to a tent decked out in drapes and chandeliers. I can only dream that my wedding is as beautiful! We had a band and DJ to jam to all night as well as an open bar. It was such a long day that I was exhausted by the end of it. I had been wearing heels for hours and my feet were killing me. Some of my toes are still asleep from wearing/dancing in heels all night.
At the end of the night, we sent Ashley and Brian off with sparklers. It was prettier than I could ever imagine. Their getaway car was a rickshaw covered in flowers that matched the bouquets. The wedding was an amazing success and a great time. Cheers to Ashley and Brian on a prosperous and happy life together!