Top Things To Do In Atlanta This July

Explore the Botanical Gardens at Cocktails in the Garden, packed with music, games, cocktails and more. Now through September (tickets $21+)

Catch a concert at the Botanical GardensNow through August (tickets $38+)

Head to BeetleCat for their 2nd annual Taco Luau. They're putting a Hawaiian twist on their menu and will have a DJ spinning tunes. July 3rd (tickets $28)

Spend your 4th of July at Georgia Aquarium's Red, White & Brew party with beluga whales, manta rays and whale sharks. July 4th (tickets $50+)

Celebrate 4th of July on top of Ponce City Market with fireworks and BBQ. July 4th (tickets $30+)

Throw it back to the 90s/2000s and jam out to the Barenaked Ladies at Chastain Park. July 7th (tickets $29+)

Taste UrbanTree Cidery's new Rosé cider and different ATL food trucks at their Rosé All Day event. July 8th (free entry)

Grab some good deals at the Alternative Apparel warehouse sale. July 21st-22nd (free entry)

It's officially Summer! Why not celebrate with ice cream at the Atlanta Ice Cream FestivalJuly 28th (free entry)

Grab your cooler and blanket and head to Chastain Park for DispatchJuly 28th (tickets $15+)

Shrimp Chow Mein

serves 4-6

What You Need
For The Shrimp
1 LB shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 TBS olive oil
2 garlic cloves
Salt and pepper, to taste

For The Chow Mein

1 large spaghetti squash, cooked and shredded
1/2 cup coconut aminos
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 TBS fresh ginger
1/2 TSP pepper
2 TBS olive oil
1 sweet onion, diced
3 celery stalks, sliced
1 cup frozen carrots and peas

For The Bok Choy

1 bunch of bok choy
2 TBS olive oil
Salt and pepper, to taste

Toppings
Cilantro, chopped
Sesame Seeds

Directions
For The Shrimp
1. Heat olive oil in a medium pan. Once warm, add in the shrimp and season with garlic, salt and pepper.
2. Cook until no longer pink. Keep warm.

For The Chow Mein

1. Whisk together the coconut aminos, garlic, ginger and pepper. Set aside.
2. Heat olive oil in a medium pan. Once warm, add in the onion, celery and carrot and pea mix. Cook for 5 minutes or until onion is translucent.
3. Stir in spaghetti squash and mix everything together. Pour sauce over everything and then give another good stir, so that everything is combined. Keep warm.

For The Bok Choy

1. Heat olive oil in a medium pan. Add in the bok choy and season with salt and pepper. Cook for 3-5 minutes or until wilted and leaves are bright green. Keep warm.

Assembly
1. Put spaghetti squash on saving plate. Top with shrimp and bok choy.
2. Top everything with cilantro and sesame seeds. Enjoy!

| adapted from Little Bits Of |

Flutter Sleeve x Wide Legged Pants





Places To Visit: Steel City Pops


Last night, I finally got to check out Steel City Pops in Decatur. I had been wanting to try this place for the longest time and I was so happy I finally got to. They just released their Summer menu, so we got to sample some of the delicious new flavors!


These pops are filled with all the best things!



Don't forget that you can customize your own pop with all different kinds of toppings or you can pick one of their customized pops off the menu. I've gotta go back and try the Salted Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup!


The Banana Split is one of their customized pops. It is their banana pop dipped in milk chocolate, topped with peanuts and drizzled with caramel. It was so good!


The Piña Colada is one of their creamy pops made with fresh pineapple and coconut milk. This was refreshing and would go great in a poolside cocktail!


Coffee Brownie is one of their cookie pops...because duh it has a whole brownie inside! This was one of my favorites of the night, but I am also a sucker for cookies. It is filled with East Pole Coffee Co (brewed in ATL) espresso, East Pole Coffee Co coffee and a house-made gluten-free brownie. 


Another one of my favorites was the Peach Cream. The plain Peach pop was good, but the cream in this made it even better! It is made with fresh Georgia peaches from Pearson Farm and local cream. 


Another pop I tried was the Strawberry Cream topped with a little milk chocolate and white chocolate drizzle. This pop is made with fresh strawberries and local cream. For all you strawberry ice cream lovers out there, this is the pop for you!

If you haven't tried Steel City Pops out yet, you need to add them to your must visit list! Plus, they are right in downtown Decatur for the perfect dessert after a delicious dinner at Iberian Pig, No. 246 or The White Bull.

Mexican Chorizo Frittata

serves 6-8

Happy Monday! I had a great weekend filled with relaxing, celebrating an old family friend's engagement and Father's Day. Now I am recharged and ready to tackle the work week! Luckily, this week will be mostly filled with office days which is much needed after traveling last week. Time to play catchup with all my emails!

Enough about me...you've come here for the food and I don't blame you! Just look at that delicious frittata! It is filled with peppers, green chilies, onion, chorizo and eggs that are all baked inside of a crispy sweet potato crust. Top it with avocado, green onions, pico de gallo and some fresh cilantro for the perfect breakfast or lunch!

What You Need
2 TBS ghee + more if needed
1 1/2 large sweet potatoes, thinly sliced into rounds (I used a mandolin slicer)
1/2 red pepper, diced
1/2 green pepper, diced
1/2 red onion, diced
1(9 oz) beef chorizo
8 eggs
Salt and pepper to taste

Toppings
Avocado, sliced
Pico de gallo
Green onions, sliced
Cilantro, chopped

Directions
1. Preheat the oven to 400°.
2. Heat 1 TBS ghee in a large pan over medium heat. Once warm, add a layer of sweet potato rounds. Cook for 3 minutes on first side and then flip an cook an additional 2 minutes. Place on a paper towel lined plate and repeat with remaining rounds.
3. Once sweet potatoes are cooled, line a casserole dish with them (bottom and sides). Be sure to not leave any space between them. 
4. Using the same pan, heat 1 TBS more of ghee. Add in the diced peppers and onion. Cook until translucent and then add to the casserole dish.
5. Next, cook the chorizo until broken apart. Add to the casserole dish.
6. In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs and add salt and pepper to taste. Then, pour them on top of everything in the casserole dish. 
7. Bake in the oven for 35-40 minutes or until the eggs are set. Let cool for 10 minutes and then slice up and enjoy!

Father's Day Weekend!

Happy Friday! What a busy week it was! I spent the first half of the week here in Atlanta and then the second half in Nashville for work. I am falling more and more in love with that city each time I go!  Luckily, work is booming there so we get to go every other month. This time we stayed in East Nashville at the cutest Airbnb and got to explore the area for a few days.

This weekend will be pretty low key for me. I'll be trying out a workout class at Krog Street thanks to Recess, celebrating the engagement of one of my best friends sister and celebrating my dad for Father's Day. It's going to be a busy but fun weekend! See ya Monday!

xxxx


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It's the last day for the Shopbop sale! Take an extra 25% off sale items with code SCORE18.
Some of my favorites: these pom-pom hoop earrings, this colorful clutch and these Onzie leggings.

Splendid is having a warehouse sale!
Some of my favorites: this olive button down, this stripe t-shirt maxi and this workout tank.

Free People Crocheted Tank





Weekend Trips Near Atlanta

1. Staycation

Why not ditch driving long distances and stay in the city? You can play tourist, seeing things you've never taken the time to see. 

Attractions:
Go to a Braves or Atlanta United game
Visit the High Museum of Art
Browse though the Atlanta Botanical Gardens
Go see a show at the Fox Theatre
Bike around Piedmont Park
Try some food at Ponce City Market or Krog Street Market
Taste some locally made Atlanta beer at one of the many breweries in the city
Go to a comedy show


2. Amicaloloa Falls

Venture just north of the city to spend time hiking in the great outdoors, while enjoying beautiful mountain views.

Attractions:
Hike Amicaloloa Falls and the trails around it
Hike Springer Mountain
Enjoy wine and music at Cartecay Vineyards
Take a day trip to Dahlonega, Dawsonville or Elijay

Places To Stay:
The Hike Inn
Amicalola Lodge

3. Reynolds Plantation

If your budget isn't a factor, head down to Reynolds Plantation for some ritzy time on Lake Oconee.

Attractions:
Have a spa day at The Ritz
Play some golf
Rent a boat and have a lake day
Try out the Oconee Brewing Company

Places To Stay:

4. Savannah

Visit Georgia's oldest city and explore the cobblestone streets or take a trip out to the beach.

Attractions:
Have a picnic in Forsyth Park
Browse around the historic district
Drive down to Tybee Island for the day
Shop the City Market
Bar hop around River Street
Visit Warmsloe Historic sight

Places To Stay:
Forsyth Park
Downtown Carriage House
Pulaski Square Carriage House
Historical Church Conversion Loft
Victorian Off Forsyth Park
Loft Near River Street

Balsamic Basil Watermelon Salad

serves 2

What You Need
For The Salad
1/2 - 3/4 LB chicken strips
Salt 
Pepper
Olive oil
Italian seasoning, to taste
1 cup watermelon
1/4 cup almonds, chopped
Soft cheese (I used a soft cheese from my farmers market), broken into crumbs
1/2 cup basil, chopped
1 (5 oz) package of power greens, you won't use the whole thing

For The Dressing
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
2 TBS olive oil
1/2 TSP dijon mustard
1/2 TSP minced garlic
1/2 TSP maple syrup
1/4 TSP salt
1/4 TSP Italian seasoning

Directions
For The Salad
1. Preheat your oven to 400°
2. Place chicken in baking dish and coat with olive oil, salt and pepper. Give it all a good toss.
3. Sprinkle with Italian seasoning and then bake in the oven for 10-15 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 160°.
4. While the chicken is cooking, cut and chop up everything.
5. Once chicken is done cooking, let cool for 5 minutes and then cut into cubes.
6. While the chicken is cooling, assemble the salad.
7. Place your lettuce on your serving plate and top with basil, watermelon, chicken, almonds and cheese crumbles.
8. Top with dressing and enjoy your healthy Summer salad!

For The Dressing
1. In a mason jar or bowl, combine all of the above ingredients. Whisk or shake so all ingredients are mixed together.
2. Save leftovers for future salads.

TGIF

Happy Friday! I am so ready for the weekend to start. I cannot focus on anything work related right now. Luckily, we only have a few more hours in the work day! This weekend is suppose to be pretty nice here in Atlanta and I plan on taking full advantage. Tonight, i'm headed over to The Battery with B and some other couples to hangout and watch the NBA finals game. 

Saturday, I plan on checking out the Virginia Highland Summerfest right down the street from me. If anyone else is going, let me know! Other than that, I plan on relaxing by the pool and hopefully getting in some KOP yoga on Sunday. What are y'all up to this weekend?

xxxx


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Someone needs to make these and invite me over ASAP.

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Nordstrom now carries Reformation. 
Some of my favorites: these high waisted denim shorts, this graphic tee and this denim skirt.

Gingham Button Down x Denim Skirt





5 Pieces That Will Take You From Spring To Summer

Summer is just around the corner, but here in Atlanta it is basically already here. Gotta love living in the South, am I right?! I'm sharing 5 transitional pieces that will help make going from Spring to Summer that much more comfortable, while still looking great!

1. Midi Dress



2. Straw Bag


3. Sweater Tank



4. High Waist Trousers



5. Woven Flats

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Chickpea Cucumber Bowl

serves 4

What You Need
For The Chickpeas
1/2 TBS olive oil
2 TBS onion, diced
1 garlic clove, minced
1/2 TBS chili powder
1/2 TBS cumin
1/2 TSP turmeric
1/2 TSP garam masala
1/2 TSP salt
Cinnamon, to taste
Cayenne, to taste
1 can (14 oz) chickpeas
1 can (14 oz) fire roasted diced tomatoes

For The Cucumber
2-3 cucumbers, spiralized 
2 TBS mint, chopped
2 TBS cilantro, chopped

For The Cauliflower Rice
1/2 head cauliflower, riced
1/2 TBS ghee 
Salt and pepper, to taste

Directions
For The Chickpeas
1. Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Once warm, add in the onion and sauté until translucent. 
2. Add garlic, spices and chickpeas and stir well. 
3. Add in the tomatoes and turn heat down to a simmer. Let cook for 20 minutes.

For The Cucumber
1. Spiralize your cucumbers and place into a bowl.
2. Add in the mint and cilantro and toss everything together. Place in fridge.

For The Cauliflower Rice
1. Rice your cauliflower using a food processor. 
2. Heat the ghee in a pan over medium heat. Once melted, add in the cauliflower rice and season with salt and pepper.
3. Cook for about 5 minutes and then keep warm.

Assembly
1. Place cauliflower rice, cucumber salad and chickpeas into your serving dish.
2. Top with additional cilantro and enjoy!

| via Pinch of Yum