Summer Bucket List

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After writing my Spring Bucket List, I felt it was necessary to create one each season. Making a list of all the things I want to do or accomplish makes them seem more concrete. It’s sort of a check and balances system. I have to do them just so I can check them off my list. My Summer Bucket List mainly revolves around the water. I can’t wait to spend a day floating on a lazy river, beer in hand, soaking up the sun. I’m also looking forward to taking more weekend trips. My job is currently on Summer hours and I plan on taking advantage of my long weekends with a few short getaways. I’m sure I could come up with a 100 things I want to do, but I chose my top 10 to share:

  1. Shoot the Hooch.
  2. Make homemade peach ice cream.
  3. See a firework show-preferably after a Braves game.
  4. Take a weekend trip to one of the cities in this book. I’m thinking Nashville.
  5. Try oysters. Although, I don’t think I could stomach it. It’s a texture thing.
  6. Go fishing. It’s my boyfriend’s favorite sport and I haven’t been since my brother hooked my ear when we were kids.
  7. Spend a day at the beach. That’s a given.
  8. Run in this colorful 5K.
  9. Drink a Nitro Martini from Elevation Chophouse.
  10. Celebrate my two year anniversary.
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S’mores Pie

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Summer has officially begun and I couldn’t wait for my first s’more of the season. But, since I wouldn’t be attending a campfire anytime soon, I decided to whip up a S’mores Pie for Memorial Day weekend. S’mores plus pie? I couldn’t think of a more American dessert. I chose this recipe since it used a traditional pie crust and it turned out flawless. The rich milk chocolate filling topped with broiled marshmallow combined all the flavors of my favorite campfire treat into one little slice. Just add a sprinkle of graham cracker crumbs to the top and you have the ideal summer time snack. I prefer to eat my s’mores with shredded coconut, so I garnished my slice of pie with some for a more personal touch.

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Atlanta Eats: Marietta Diner

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A few weeks back my boyfriend and I had plans to attend the Marietta Greek Festival, but bad weather put a damper on our plans. Literally! It rained all weekend and while we could have made an effort to attend, wet baklava just didn’t seem appetizing. So, we headed to the next best location for Greek fare-the Marietta Diner. You may have seen this gem on the Food Network, the Marietta Diner specializes in homemade Greek food but also serves a variety of cuisines. The menu has everything from spanikopita and souvlaki to patty melts and omelets. After the complimentary spanikopita, I enjoyed warm matzo ball soup followed by the Chicken St. Marie, a chicken breast rubbed in oregano then sauteed in a lemon sauce. I was so stuffed from dinner that I didn’t have any room for dessert, although the cheesecake selection looked amazing. If you are ever in Marietta, I highly recommend you give this place a try. We were able to get our fill of delicious Greek food and the best part-we didn’t have to sit in the rain to do it!

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{Famous Spanikopita Appetizer}

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{Matzo Ball Soup}

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{Grilled chicken in a lemon and oregano sauce served with steamed vegetables}

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Memorial Day Weekend

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{Flag lined fountain in Marietta Square}

This past weekend was definitely a relaxing one. I was able to soak up some much needed sun (it was 75 and sunny all weekend), finally got my car washed, and even took advantage of the Memorial Day sales. I got this tunic from J.Crew that I’ve been lusting over for quite a while and this Madewell sweater on super sale (SCORE)! However, my weekend mainly revolved around eating lots of delicious food. I attended several barbecues, baked a S’mores pie (recipe to follow), and made these Watermelon Mint Tequila popsicles. They were so refreshing after a long day at the pool. The weekend ended with a stroll through Marietta Square, where they had flag lined streets in honor of all the fallen soldiers. It was truly a reminder of what Memorial Day is really about. I am so thankful to all the brave men and women that serve or have served our country so that we may enjoy our everyday freedom. I am so blessed to live in this beautiful nation!

{Strawberry Abita, Corn on the Cob & Shishkabobs=Best BBQ Ever!)

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{Put my Topshop cover up to good use at the pool}

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{Berry salad prep for a Sunday night BBQ}

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{Followed by a S’mores Pie}

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Watermelon Mint Tequila Popsicles

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Ever since my experience with King of Pops back in April, I’ve been wanting to make my own popsicles at home. I immediately went out and bought my own popsicle mold, but didn’t put it to good use until this Memorial Day weekend. The arrival of watermelon at the grocery store always marks the beginning of Summer for me, so I decided on making  these Watermelon Mint Tequila Popsicles as a way to kick off the Summer. I used this mold from World Market and the results couldn’t have been better. The watermelon was juicy, the tequila added a nice little kick, and they were such a refreshing treat after lounging at the pool all day. I  definitely foresee many more boozy popsicles this Summer.

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Gatsby Glam

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I’ve always been a fan of The Great Gatsby (I’ve read it over 14 times), so when I heard that Baz Luhrmann was remaking this classic, I had to see it. Last Tuesday, my boyfriend and I saw it for our usual date night and it exceeded my expectations! The storyline stayed true to the book, the cast was amazing (Leo has been a longtime crush), but more importantly, the costumes were exquisite. Intricate headpieces, elaborate beaded dresses, strings of pearls, and of course, the famous flapper dress were prominent throughout the film. Could 1920’s fashion be more perfect? The main characters also flaunted an array of textures, including silk kimonos, neutral linen suits and elegant lace dresses. Wanting to incorporate some of this “Gatsby glam” into my everyday wardrobe, I’ve picked out some key pieces that blend the wonderfully deco style of the Jazz age with a more modern twist. My favorite piece from the movie was the printed head scarf Carey Mulligan’s character wore while at Gatsby’s mansion. I plan on emulating that same look this summer while lounging poolside.

1. River Island Embellished Top

2. Theodora and Callum Head Scarf

3. Deepa Gurnani Embellished Headband

4. Topshop Fringe Leather Dress 

5. Bauble Bar Onyx Drop Earring

6. Truth or Dare Englin Pump

7. Bauble Bar Pearl Tassel

8. Topshop Embroidered Vintage Slip

Atlanta Eats: Jim N’ Nick’s BBQ

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One of the many perks about living in the South is that there is no shortage of barbecue. Last weekend, my boyfriend and I were craving some, so we headed over to Jim N’ Nick’s Bar-B-Q in Vinings for a dinner date. When we arrived, we were greeted with a warm basket of cheese and corn biscuits. They were absolutely delicious. We may or may not have had two baskets. I am still regretting not buying the mix to make them at home. After my biscuit indulgence, I enjoyed a plate of baby back ricks, baked beans and homestyle mac n’ cheese. The ribs are smoked, basked in Jim N’ Nick’s signature barbecue sauce and served ready to be peeled off the bone. It’s no secret that I love good barbecue. After my trip to Pigfest, I’ve been on the hunt for great barbecue in Atlanta. I highly recommend Jim N’ Nick’s. The atmosphere is casual, the service was excellent and our meal was incredible. I’m ready to go back for seconds.

{Famous cheese and corn biscuits}

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{Fork tender baby back ribs topped with pickles, baked beans and mac n’ cheese}

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{Signature sweet and spicy sauces}

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