DIY: Burlap Football Wreath

Football season is upon us and that calls for festive decorations. Even if you are not much of a do-it-yourselfer, this door wreath/hanger is super easy and doesn't call for much supplies. You can make your's for any team and dress it up as much as you want. If you are a house divided or want to support both a college team & NFL team, you could make it double sided with both teams represented. The possibilities really are endless! 

Let's get started!

What You Need
Burlap
Chalk
Poster board
Sizzors
Paint & paint brushes
Stapler
Ribbon
Plastic bags

Step 1: Make a football using your poster board. Trace it onto the burlap using chalk and then cut the football out. 

Step 2: Using the chalk, sketch out your design. If you mess up, use your hand or a wet rag to erase the chalk.

Step 3: Paint over the chalk. Make sure to put something under the burlap so the paint doesn't leak through. Let the paint completely dry before continuing. 

Step 4: Next, overlap the two footballs. Measure out the ribbon and staple it onto the inside of the bottom (unpainted) football. 

Step 5: It should look like this. 

Step 6: Staple around the football, leaving some space to put the bag in. 

Step 7: Stuff the plastic bags into the football, making sure to spread it out inside. 

Step 8: Finish stapling, until the football is completely closed.


Step 9: Ta-da! Now hang on your door for everyone to see!

{via Amanda Jane Brown}

Chicken, Peach, Sausage, & Veggie Kabobs

{serves 4}

What You Need
2 chicken breasts, cut into small squares
2 sausages, cut into small rounds
2 peaches, sliced
1/2 sweet onion, cut into squares
1 pepper, cut into small pieces
1/4 olive oil
1 TBS white wine vinegar
1 TSP ground sage
1 TSP garlic salt
1/4 TSP red pepper flakes
Salt and pepper
BBQ sauce

Directions
1. If using wooden skewers, soak them in water for at least 30 minutes.
2. Cut all your ingredients into small cubes and assemble kabobs. 
3. In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil and white wine vinegar. Add spices and whisk again. Brush onto skewers and set on a plate. 
4. Heat grill to medium heat and add skewers once grill is hot enough.
5. Cook for 4-5 minutes each side, or until all meat is cooked through.
6. Once cooked, remove from grill and immediately brush on BBQ sauce.
7. Enjoy!

First Fall Friday!

It's Friday and it's Fall...one of the best combos ever! I am loving these cooler temperatures and am about to start breaking out the boots. The beginning of Fall made this week a little more exciting, because it is my absolute favorite season. Football, cold weather, fires, warm drinks, boots, sweaters, blankets, leaves changing...I mean I can go on forever but you get the point! My weekend plans consist of hanging out with friends and decking the house in Fall decor. I plan on doing a lot of DIYing and I can't wait! I hope you all have wonderful weekend plans!

Links From This Week

Pick up these Fall nail colors next time you are at the store to kick the season off in style. 

Trying to redecorate your house? Try these Ikea hacks to save some money while still getting high end looks. 

Give this slow cooker honey garlic check and veggies a try this weekend.

Need something fun to do? Head over to the Great American Beer Fest and try over 200 different types of beer. 

Tidbit Tuesday: Top Things To Do In Atlanta This Fall


Attempt to sample over 200 beers & watch football at the Great Atlanta Beer Fest (September 26th) 

Scream my head off at Serenbe's Sleepy Hollow Experience (October 1st-November 1st)

Wander through the beautiful area of Candler Park during their Fall Fest (October 3rd & 4th)

See over 100 scarecrows while sipping on some fall-themed beers at the Botanical Gardens (Thursdays, October 8-31st)

See ghosts, goblins, and ghouls at the Little 5 Points Halloween festival and parade (October 17th)

Listen to bluegrass while sampling some tasty chili at Cabbagetown's Chomp and Stomp (November 7th)

Enjoy the sunset with a picnic and music, all along the Chattahoochee River (September 24th)

Cheer on the Falcons at a home game (all of fall)

Make a trip up to Burt's Pumpkin Patch to pick out the perfect pumpkin (all of fall)

Hunt for one of a kind finds at the Scott Antique Market (October 8th-11th)

Eat as much cheese as possible at the Atlanta Cheese Festival (October 9th)

Celebrate Halloween in the Highlands (October 31st)

Loaded Carnitas Fries

Serves 4

What You Need
For Cranitas
Crockpot
1 lb pork butt
Garlic salt 
Paprika
Ancho chili powder
Cumin
Sea salt
Chicken stock
Hot sauce

For Loaded Fries
2 medium sweet potatoes
Tapioca starch (or cornstarch)
1/2 TSP paprika
1/2 TSP salt
1/2 TSP garlic powder
2 TBS olive oil

Additional Toppings
Avocado
Salsa
Cilantro
Sour Cream

Directions
For Carnitas
1. Season pork on all sides with spices. Make sure to really rub them in to incorporate all the flavors. Place in crockpot.
2. Pour chicken stock around the meat until there is about 1.5" of liquid. 
3. Sprinkle your desired amount of hot sauce over the pork.
4. Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours.
5. Remove from crockpot and pull apart meat. Let cool.
*Bonus: you will have a lot of leftovers for the week!*

For Loaded Fries
1. Preheat oven to 450° and line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. Cut sweet potatoes in half and then continue cutting in half until you get french fry like shapes. 
3. Place sweet potatoes into a zip lock bag and sprinkle with tapioca starch/cornstarch and shake until they are lightly covered.
4. Spread fries out onto baking sheet, leaving some room between them and brush with olive oil.
5. Mix spices in bowl and sprinkle over fries.
6. Bake for 25 minutes, flipping halfway through. 

For Assembly
1. Place fries on plate and top with carnitas. 
2. Add any additional toppings and enjoy!

Weekend Ready!

Friday has finally arrived and that means by the end of the day, i'll be jammin' out to some tunes while enjoying a cold Sweet Water beer (absolute perfection). Literally counting down the hours! The weather here in Atlanta has been absolutely beautiful, and i'm praying that it continues into the weekend for Music Midtown. I hope you all have something fun going on this weekend. See you Monday! 

Links From This Week

Watch Professors try to make sense of teen lingo. 

If you need a book to read, try one of these before they hit the big screen. 

Things you should know by 23. 

This airline is awesome because they are giving me free food at Music Midtown. 

Wish List Wednesday: Music Midtown

Tidbit Tuesday: Music Midtown Tips

Music Midtown is this weekend, and I cannot wait! I went last year and it was an absolute blast. Even though I am not too crazy about any of the bands playing this year, I am excited to spend my weekend in Piedmont Park listening to great music with friends. Since I went last year, I thought I would share with y'all some tips that I learned to help you survive the weekend. If anyone's going, come find me! 

1. If you are using Marta (which I recommend), buy your breeze card early, because the lines get crazy long. Last year, we decided to take Marta the first day (we headed to Marta around 5), but once we arrived and saw a line about 60 people deep at each machine, we had to take a taxi. It wasn't cheap and we got stuck in traffic. 

2. If you plan on taking Marta, remember how to get back to Marta when you are ready to go home. Last year, we couldn't figure out how to get back to Marta, so we wandered around for about an hour until we finally waved down a taxi to take us home. It caused a lot of arguments and cost a lot of money.


3. Explore all the shops and food. Music Midtown has some amazing food and merchandise vendors. Definitely take the time to wander through them all!

4. Stick together or set a meeting place. Service is absolutely terrible because thousands of people are using their phones in that small space. Your phone will die or be close to dying by the end of the night (mine had about 10% when I was trying to find people), so if you have a backup battery pack bring it. 

5. Uber and taxis are impossible to get once it ends. Unless you have already lined up a driver, it is so hard to get one. Everyone is leaving at the same time so people steal taxis and Ubers. Also, expect an Uber driver to cancel on you multiple times, because that's what happened to us the first night. 

6. Wear/bring sunscreen. It gets hot and very sunny inside the park, so wear and bring some sunscreen to apply throughout the day. It will save you from becoming a lobster.

7. Don't forget, if you want to leave and come back, make sure you scan your ticket before exiting. It's great that the festival lets you come and go as you please, but if you don't scan before you go out, they will not let you back in. You don't want to hear your favorite bands from outside the park, so don't forget. 

8. You can bring an unopened water bottle or an empty reusable water bottle. Because it is so hot and most people are drinking, it is smart to bring water or an empty water bottle. You can stay hydrated while still having a great time!

9. Bring cash. Some vendors only take cash so bring it. They will have ATM's on site if you desperately need to use them, but they will charge a service fee.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Cups


What You Need
Cookie dough (store bought or homemade)

Fillings:
Peanut butter
Chocolate frosting
Rolos

Toppings:
White chocolate shavings
Chocolate chips

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 350° and spray a muffin pan with non-stick cooking spray.
2. Stuff cookie dough into each spot, filling it up about 3/4 the way.
3. Cook in the oven for  12 minutes or until tooth pick inserted into middle comes out clean.
4. Let the cookies cool so that the tops cave in. If they don't, use a spoon to gently make a hole. 
5. While cookies are still slightly warm, fill with desired items and let completely cool before serving. 
6. Enjoy your sweet treat!

{Adapted via Baked Perfection

Time To Relax!

Happy Friday and happy almost weekend! I just love four day weeks, don't you? They go by so much faster, it's great! After a late night work session last night (equipped with wine of course), I am so happy the weekend is finally here. Since August, I have been traveling non-stop, but this weekend I finally get to have some time at home. Since summer is coming to an end, I plan on spending a lot of my time outside doing summery things (i.e. go to the park/pool, tan, get ice cream, etc). It is going to be wonderful! I hope you all have fun plans for the weekend! 

#NeverForget

Links From This Week
I can't stop watching this and I hate myself for it...#Belieber

Justin & Jill's Drunk History video is pretty hilarious.

There are some surprising color trends for this Fall. But I am kinda diggin them. 

Want a good laugh? Check out this customer service trolling page. 

If you are looking for something to do this weekend, Old Fourth Ward is having a Fall Fest and it looks pretty fun. 

Put your grill to good use by making this amazing grilled Italian platter with basil balsamic vinaigrette

Top Knot & Stripes

Tidbit Tuesday: DIY Fall Decorations

Happy Tuesday, everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful and relaxing Labor Day weekend. My time in Charleston was amazing! I spent time with family, shopped, and watched football. It was a great weekend! But now back to work and since fall is right around the corner, I am sharing some great Fall DIY decor. Fall is my favorite season, so I plan on making my house full of pumpkins and fall candles. I hope you enjoy! 

Long Weekend Ahead!

Happy Friday and happy Labor Day weekend everyone! Yesterday, I headed up to Charleston to spend the long weekend with family. I am so excited to be in one of my favorite cities! To celebrate this Labor Day, I plan on relaxing, shopping, and exploring more of Charleston. I will also be working on my tan, which is much needed. I hope you all have something fun planned for your long weekend. See ya Monday! 

Links From This Week

I wish I would of read this before my trip to Europe. It would of helped me get some more beauty sleep!

More adorable dog pictures to make your Friday even better. 

Brush up on your wine lingo so you can sound more like a wine connoisseur next time the subject comes up. 

Shop all the best end of summer sales to get some great deals this Labor Day.

Need something to bring to the tailgate this weekend? Find your perfect dish here