Easter Weekend

Gotta love three day weekends! I've spent the day relaxing and catching up on things. It is so nice, I even took Gracie for a run outside. For those of you who had to work today, I am so sorry!

It's Easter weekend, so I have a lot of fun things planned. Tonight, B and I are going to the Rainbow Kitten Surprise concert and the tomorrow my sister comes in town. I can't wait to spend time with her and celebrate her getting a dream internship. On Sunday, we are going to church and then brunching at Mediterranea. I am excited to finally try this spot! I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

xxxx


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Wish List Wednesday

Best Easter Brunch Spots In ATL

This is a great, classy spot located in the Virginia Highlands neighborhood. I highly recommend the eggs Virginia Highland or the burger, but you can't go wrong with any of their items.

I went here last year for Easter Brunch. The food was great and the atmosphere on the patio was perfect for sunny days. I recommend the ESS benedict and the fried chicken biscuit. 

3. Parish
This is one of my favorite brunch spots. The interior is very unique and the food is amazing. I recommend the shrimp and grits, chicken benedict, corned beef hash and the chicken and waffles. It is southern food, so don't expect anything super healthy. This spot is also in the Dining Out Passbook. You can get BOGO entrees! Grab your book here and use code NOP18 to get it for $39 + free shipping.

Another one of my favorite brunch spots. Buttermilk Kitchen always has a long wait, so go in knowing that. I promise it is worth it! I recommend the buttermilk pancakes, fried chicken and waffles, pimento omelet, chicken biscuit and of course their biscuits. 

5. Bread & Butterfly
I went here this past weekend and really enjoyed it. The food was good and the interiors made it feel like I was back in Paris. I recommend the pancakes and the scrambled eggs and trout.

6. Mediterranea
I haven't tried this place yet, but this is where I will be brunching this Easter Sunday. They were named one of the hottest brunch spots in ATL by Eater back in December.

7. Sun In My Belly
Another one of my tried and true brunch spots. This place is adorable inside and they have a patio for warmer days. Some of my favorite dishes from here are the pimento cheese omelet, scrambled egg pressed panini, P.B.L.T and the belly benedict. 

8. Highland Bakery
This place is an Atlanta brunch staple. They have multiple locations, but my favorite is the Old Fourth Ward location. Some of my top pics from here are sweet potato pancakes, crab cake benedict, ham and cheese sandwich and the pimento cheese sandwich. 

Loaded BBQ Sweet Potato Fries

serves 3-4

What You Need
For The Sweet Potato Fries
2 sweet potatoes, washed and scrubbed
Olive oil
Paprika
Onion powder
Cayenne pepper
Cumin
Chili powder
Garlic powder
Salt

For The BBQ
6 LB Boston Butt
3 (15 oz) cans of crushed tomatoes, pureed in a food processor
4 1/2 TBS onion powder
3 TBS garlic powder
1 1/2 TBS cumin
3 TSP cinnamon
3 TSP chili powder
1 TSP cayenne
1 TSP salt

For The Coleslaw
1 1/2 cups green cabbage, shredded
1 1/2 cups red cabbage, shredded
1/2 cup carrots, shredded
1/3 cup cilantro, chopped
3 TBS mayo, I prefer paleo options like this
1/2 TSP salt
1/4 TSP pepper

Toppings
Green onions, sliced
Additional BBQ sauce, I prefer this kind

Directions
For The Sweet Potato Fries
1. Preheat oven to 400°. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or a reusable silicone sheet.
2. Cut your sweet potatoes into thin, long slices and then lay out onto the baking sheet.
Make sure they are laid out with space in-between and not on top of each other. This keeps them crispy.
3. Brush each piece with olive oil and then sprinkle with all the spices.
4. Bake in the oven for 25 minutes. Set aside and keep warm.

For The BBQ
1. Place the Boston Butt into the slow cooker.
2. In a medium sized bowl, mix together the tomatoes and spices.
3. Pour mixture over the Boston Butt and make sure the whole piece of meat is covered.
4. Cook on low for 6-7 hours. 

For The Coleslaw
1. Mix all the ingredients in a medium bowl until coated.
2. Place in fridge for 30 minutes.

Assembly
1. Place sweet potatoes onto dish.
2. Top with BBQ and any additional BBQ sauce.
3. Top with slaw.
4. Sprinkle with green onions and enjoy!

| BBQ via The Gracious Pantry
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Hello Friday!

I am so happy it is Friday and that it is so beautiful here in Atlanta! I have been working out on my porch all morning. It has been so nice! I'm really soaking in this nice weather before it either 1. gets cold again or 2. gets way too hot. Oh gotta love to Georgia weather!

This past week wasn't too crazy (thank god), but it did seem to drag on. I was just counting down the days, hours and minutes until Friday, because I have a lot of fun things planned. Today is my bf's birthday, so we are celebrating with massages, yoga and checking out Punch Bowl Social over at The Battery tomorrow. We're also trying a new brunch spot, that has yet to be determined. Any recommendations are greatly appreciated! See you all Monday!

xxxx


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8 Ways To Become More Eco Friendly

Happy Earth Day & first day of Spring! To celebrate, I wanted to share with you some easy ways to become more eco friendly. I still have a long way to go, but anything is a step in the right direction!

1. Use A Reusable Water Bottle
Cut back on plastic and save some money while you're at it! I absolutely love my Swell water bottle. It is light weight, fashionable and keeps my water cold for hours. 

2. Use Reusable Grocery Bags
Companies are always giving out free bags, so you have no excuse not to have any. Plus, these are way more sturdy for heavy loads and long walks. No more breaking bags while getting from your car up to your apartment! If you want a trendier bag, here is a great option.

3. Use Reusable Produce Bags
My sister introduced me to these (shoutout to @raw.simple.wright) and I love them! They cut down the use of all those pesky plastic produce bags.

4. Cut Back On Meat
I am such a meat lover, but I try to eliminate it from my diet one day a week. This helps reduce some of the waste that comes with producing meat and saves me some major money.

5. Recycle
I have two trashcans in my kitchen, one for waste and one for recycling. Be sure to know what you can and can't recycle in your area.

6. Reduce Your Shower Time
This is a hard one for a lot of people, because the shower is such a warm and relaxing place. A good way to start with this is to time yourself and then take a few minutes off each day until you get to a number under 10. 

7. Go Paperless 
If you aren't already doing this, you are very behind! Go ahead and set up your bank statements, bills and all other mail to be emailed to you instead of mailed. You should also do this for tickets to movies, airlines, shows, sporting events, etc.  

8. Add Some Greenery To Your Home
Go grab a brand new plant to bring into your home. It will help destress your home, while purifying the air. Some of my personal favorites are aloe plants, snake plants, fiddle leaf fig and jade plants.
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Cauliflower Fried Rice Bowl + Pork Meatballs

serves 4-6

What You Need
For The Cauliflower Fried Rice
1 medium head of cauliflower
1 TBS sesame oil
2 egg whites
1 egg
Pinch of salt
Olive oil
1/2 small onion, diced
1/2 cup frozen peas
1/2 cup carrots, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
5 scallions, diced, whites and greens separated
3 TBS soy sauce

For The Meatballs
1 LB ground pork
1 egg
1/3 cup grated carrot
1 TSP garlic, minced
1 TSP jalapeno, minced
2 TBS cilantro, chopped
1 TBS fresh lime juice
1 TBS coconut aminos
1 TSP olive oil

For The Veggies
1 bunch bok choy, sliced thinly
1 8 oz box of mushrooms, sliced thinly
1/2 sweet onion, sliced thinly
Olive oil
Salt
Pepper

Toppings
4-6 eggs, cooked to your preference
Green onions, sliced
Sriracha
Jalapeno, sliced
Sesame seeds

Directions
For The Cauliflower Fried Rice
1. Chop cauliflower into small florets. Add in increments to food processor and pulse until cauliflower resembles rice. 
2. Whisk egg and egg whites in a small bowl and season with salt.
3. Coat large pan with olive oil and place over medium heat. Once warm, add eggs and scramble until cooked fully. Set aside.
4. Using the same pan, add the sesame oil, onion, white scallions, peas, carrots and garlic and cook until soft, about 5-8 minutes. 
5. Turn heat up to medium-high and stir in cauliflower rice. Cover and allow to cook for 5-6 minutes stirring frequently. 
6. Add eggs to rice mixture and remove from heat. Mix in green scallions. 

For The Meatballs
1. In a bowl, combine all the ingredients other than the olive oil. I find it is easier to do this using my hands.
2. Form the mixture into small/medium sized balls.
3. Heat your olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add in the meatballs and cook 3-5 minutes and then flip and cook an additional 5-7 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 140°.
4. Once cooked through, set aside and keep warm.

For The Veggies
1. Preheat oven to 375°.
2. Place all veggies onto a rimmed baking sheet and toss with olive oil, salt and pepper.
3. Cook in the oven for 10-12 minutes or until all veggies are soft. Set aside and keep warm.

Assembly
1. Place your fried rice in a bowl, followed by your meatballs and veggies. 
2. Top with an egg, jalapeƱo, sliced green onions, sesame seeds and Sriracha. Enjoy!

| via Skinny Taste and Paleo Hacks |
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St. Patty's Day Weekend!

Happy Friday and happy St. Patty's Day weekend! I am having some major TGIF vibes today. It has been one of the craziest weeks in a LONG time. I was going nonstop from Tuesday through Thursday and didn't have a minute to breathe. Luckily, I have today completely free to work in the office and catch up. 

This weekend is going to be a fun one! My sister came home from college and we are celebrating her birthday a few days early. We are going to dinner tonight and then celebrating St. Patty's Day at SweetWater tomorrow. As long as the weather cooperates, it is going to be a great weekend! See ya Monday!

xxxx


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