Summer Recipe Roundup


Memorial Day weekend begins tomorrow, so to kick off the start of Summer, I rounded up some of my favorite recipes that are a perfect addition to any pool party or backyard barbecue.

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{Summer Berry Salad}

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{Watermelon Mint Tequila Popsicles}

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{S’more Pie}


{Firework Cupcakes}

Checking In

Work Sign{A daily reminder by my office}

I’m back! I certainly did not intend to go on a month long blogging hiatus, but life has been crazy lately. Between moving offices, a trip to Savannah, a busy work schedule, and no internet or cable for almost two weeks, I just haven’t had time to blog. I’m happy to say I finally have internet again and things have settled down, so I’ll be returning to regular posts shortly. I can’t wait to share pictures from my trip to Savannah. In the meantime, here’s a recap of the past month:

Forsyth Fountain{Fountain at Forsyth Park in Savannah}

IMG_1688{Puppy play date}

SouthCityKitchen{New favorite spot for comfort food}

4thBday{George celebrating his 4th birthday}

Olympic Cupcakes


The Winter Olympics begin tonight, so I whipped up some festive cupcakes to celebrate. I’ve always loved the Olympics, but as a former competitive figure skater, I appreciate the Winter Olympics even more. To show some USA team spirit, I used this recipe for the cake since it incorporates the red, white, and blue sprinkles. I even had some flag cupcake liners leftover from the 4th of July which were perfect. I topped the cupcakes with a homemade buttercream and some M&M’s to represent the Olympic rings. I’m looking forward to watching all the events, especially figure skating, and these cupcakes will be nice to snack on.











2013 was a great year. From St. Patrick’s Day in Savannah to summer Braves games to apple picking in the mountains, this has seriously been  one of the best years yet. There were personal milestones (starting my blog) and professional (getting a new job ) with a lot of special little moments in between. I’m so thankful for all my readers and your continued support. I’m looking forward to all the exciting things that lie ahead in 2014. Happy New Year!














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Gingerbread Cookies

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It had been a while since I last used my Kitchen-Aid, so the other night I decided to test out a new recipe and put it to good use with some holiday baking. I made these classic gingerbread cookies, using my favorite Christmas cookie cutters, and decorated them with royal icing. I was a little nervous about the outcome when I realized the dough didn’t require eggs, but my expectations were exceeded when I pulled them out of the oven. Not only did my house smell amazing, but the cookies were firm and contained a hint of that signature spice with every bite. Plus, it was completely safe to snack on the raw dough. With the holidays drawing closer, I know I’ll be making these again to give out as gifts for my friends and co-workers.






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Winter Bucket List

Winter Bucket List

It’s that time of year again-another bucket list is here! We are technically still a few weeks away from the official first day of winter, but since we have already had our first snow (ish) day, it’s officially winter in my mind. These next few weeks will be extremely busy, filled with the hustle and bustle that goes along with the holiday season, so I’m making it a point to make time for all of my favorite winter activities. Aside from all the fun that surrounds Christmas, I’m particularly looking forward to enjoying some of the little things this season, like hibernating next to a warm fire with some hot coco, ice skating on a chilly day, and spending time with my family (who will be coming all the way from South Florida at the end of the month). So without further ado, my Winter Bucket List:

1.  Visit a Christmas Tree Farm, buy this year’s tree, then decorate it!

2. Go ice skating on the outside rink at Centennial Olympic Park.

3. See the holiday lights at Atlanta Botanical Gardens.

4. Host a Tacky Christmas Sweater Party complete with a hot chocolate bar.

5. Bake Christmas cookies and attempt to decorate them with royal icing.

6. Spend a Saturday in my pajamas watching a marathon of all my favorite holiday movies.

7. Go to the Backstreet Boys concert/Jingle Jam 2013.

8. Ring in 2014 wearing this sequined dress by BB Dakota.

9. Watch Florida State play in (and hopefully win) the BCS National Championship Game in Pasadena.

10. SNOW DAY! Hoping we get another snow day this year, one that lasts longer than 4 hours 🙂



Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! I am truly grateful for all that God has blessed me with, most importantly, my family. I really don’t know where I would be without them. This year, we are spending a quiet Thanksgiving at home, just the four of us. We’ll  be spending all afternoon  in a turkey coma, watching the Modern Family marathon and playing with our dog, who likes to find the biggest sticks in the backyard. I’m so thankful for this quality time home. I hope you all are feasting on turkey, mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie and spending today with those that matter most to you. Cheers! xXx

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Sweet Potato Mash

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Thanksgiving can definitely be a little overwhelming, especially when it comes to cooking. Preparing the turkey is a painstaking task in itself, so whether you are feeding a family of 4 or 24, it’s important that your side dishes are simple and easy to prepare. I recently made this Sweet Potato Mash recipe for my office Thanksgiving and was so pleased with how it turned out. I’m typically not a fan of sweet potatoes, but when combined with brown sugar, maple syrup, and cinnamon, it tastes more like a dessert than a side dish. It took me less than an hour  to make and it was apparent everyone at the office loved it-I came home with no leftovers. I’ll definitely make this dish again on Thursday for my family Thanksgiving! What’s on your Thanksgiving menu?







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Minestrone Soup

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I’ve been feeling a bit under the weather lately thanks to the constant changes in temperature here. First it’s freezing, then it’s warm, then back to freezing. In an effort to fight off any signs of sickness, I decided to make one of my favorite soups over the weekend, Minestrone. I followed Ina Garten’s recipe from her newest cookbook, Foolproof, and I’ve got to be honest, this recipe really is “foolproof.” Ina uses pancetta to give the broth added flavor which makes all the difference, not to mention this soup is packed with nutrients from all my favorite winter vegetables. It even contains extra antioxidants from the fresh spinach leaves. I served it with some garlic bruschetta to dip in my soup. Being sick is never ideal, but a hot cup of soup certainly makes you feel better.