Summer Recipe Roundup

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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}

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{Firework Cupcakes}

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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

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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.

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Weekend Snaps

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{Lunch at Yeah! Burger}

I’m always sad come Monday morning knowing that my weekend is over, but this past weekend in particular , I was especially sad to see go. It was one of those weekends where we had nothing planned, yet it turned out to be such a fun weekend. An old friend from college was strolling through town, so we headed down to the Westside Provisions District for some lunch and then to Atlantic Station to do a little shopping and show him the sights. Coincidentally, the Olympic Committee was there promoting the Road to Sochi tour. We got to partake in several interactive exhibits which included getting our photo snapped skiing in Sochi and filming a commercial segment  for AT&T that could appear during the Winter Olympics. I’ll keep you posted if they decide to air it! Sunday was spent relaxing watching trashy reality TV (my favorite) followed by an Italian style family dinner and the Grammys. It’s not often that perfect weekends come around, but they are even better when you least expect it.

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{Giant giraffe bust at Sid Mashburn}

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{Skiing in Sochi c/o Bear Naked}

Pink Champagne Cupcakes

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Happy New Year’s Eve! In an effort to add some festiveness to these last hours of 2013, I decided to make some Pink Champagne Cupcakes to ring in the new year. Bubbly + Cupcakes- seriously, what could be better? To make the cupcakes, I used a standard box mix and replaced the water with some champagne. I then added some red food coloring to the mix to make them pink. Lastly, I topped them with my homemade champagne buttercream and pink sprinkles for a finishing touch. They definitely taste like champagne, but these wont have you feeling tipsy as the clock strikes midnight.

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2013

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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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