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}

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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Winter Bucket List

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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 🙂

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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