Friday, May 15, 2015

The Friday Five

1. Reading:
Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs back into his life–dressed like a ninja and summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge–he follows. After their all-nighter ends and a new day breaks, Q arrives at school to discover that Margo, always an enigma, has now become a mystery. But Q soon learns that there are clues–and they’re for him. Urged down a disconnected path, the closer he gets, the less Q sees of the girl he thought he knew.

2. Eating:
It's a good thing this is a limited batch because I have no self control around Ben & Jerry's Peanut Butter Half Baked.

3. Listening to:
Mumford and Sons "Believe"

4. Recipe I'm pinning:
source
Inspiralized's Zucchini Noodle Pad Thai

5. Things I'm loving:
Be the tortoise, not the hare
Happy Friday!

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Lately

I didn't mean for a whole month to pass between posts! Here is a lately post to catch up.
Anna, Amy, and I spent a few hours on a Saturday volunteering at the Hub City Hog Fest. 
The Budweiser Clydesdales made an appearance in the Burg for Spring Fling.
The Bike Race was held at the beginning of this month. I loved being able to tent hop and then pop back into my apartment. (And no, we did not coordinate our outfits.)
 We had two big weekends on campus with Spring Weekend and Spring Concert.
 I celebrated the end of great year with some of my students. 
I took a much needed day off and treated myself to two necklaces from Charming Charlies (pictured above and below). That same night, we headed to Greenville for a fun dinner at Roost followed by the Tour de Compadres concert.
 ML and I met in Charlotte the next night for Tour de Compadres round two. We had the most delicious dinner at Mama Ricotta's. I would go back in a heartbeat for their Grilled Salmon and Arugula Salad and their White Pizza. 
 You can't go wrong spending two nights in a row listening to Drew Holcomb, Ben Rector, and NeedtoBreathe.
And these are just a few things that have been happening lately!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Weekend Recap

Early Friday morning I headed to the airport to catch a flight to DC. After almost two years away, it was time to make a much needed visit to the city. Corby picked me up from the airport and after settling in at her house, we walked to my old office to have lunch with Margaret and Chloe. The accountant was also in that day so he made sure to welcome me back with another eviction notice. Don't worry, I didn't fall for it this time. 
We walked to Founding Farmers for lunch and had the best time catching up. It certainly did not feel like it had been two years since we all shared a meal together. After lunch, Corby and I contemplated what our next move was. Instead of doing the touristy thing since I've seen all the sights, we decided to catch an afternoon showing of The Longest Ride. I read this book months ago and was anxiously awaiting the release of the movie. It lived up to my expectations. Now I am just waiting for my real life Luke Collins/Scott Eastwood to appear. 
After the movie, we headed back to Georgetown to freshen up for dinner. We had a reservation at Coppi's per my request. This was one of my favorite spots but it was under construction when I left so I was excited to go back. We split a pizza and pasta dish along with a bottle of wine. My kind of meal! After dinner, we headed to Ri Ra's for a drink before calling it a night.
Saturday morning, we eased into the day with breakfast at the house and another Nicholas Sparks movie. We then headed to U Street for a Master's Party. It was the perfect day to be outside. 
After eating some pimento cheese and egg salad sandwiches, we walked over to Masa 14 to catch up with some other friends. They have a great rooftop and we took full advantage of it - having drinks and then a bite to eat before our next stop. We then walked over to the U Street Music Hall to listen to Neulore and the Last Bison. I'd never heard of either of the bands but they were great. I'm looking into bringing the Last Bison to campus next fall. I think they would be a hit.
On our way home, we swung by Vinoteca for a drink. I had their Bonal Sparkling Cocktail - Bonal Gentiane Quina, St. Germain, Aperol, Grapefruit Juice, and Prosecco. I hope to recreate it at home. Thanks to the guy next to us at the bar, we also learned that they have a bocce court out back in case you are ever looking for a day drinking activity.

Sunday morning, we packed up before heading to brunch. Before the trip, Corby asked where I wanted to go to brunch and I said it didn't matter. Well she picked Medium Rare which happens to be one of my favorite spots. You can't beat steak, frites, and bottomless Bloody Marys.
After brunch, we headed to the airport but not before driving past the cherry blossoms. It was the season's peak and you would not believe the number of people out and about. Between the Cherry Blossom 10 miler and the festival, there were people everywhere.
Overall, it was an awesome weekend spent with great friends. I'd be lying if I didn't say that adjusting to being back in Spartanburg this week has been tough. I love being close to family and I have a great group of friends but I really miss living in a big city and all that goes along with it.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

What I Baked on Sunday

Easter Edition
These Coconut Macaroon Nests are the perfect addition to your Easter spread. Press the mixture into mini muffin tins to create bite-size baskets for your favorite Easter candies. For a chocolate version, fill each basket two-thirds full with melted chocolate before adding candies. 


Coconut-Macaroon Nests
Recipe from Martha Stewart Living

Ingredients 
Cooking Spray
4 large egg whites
1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
1 package (14 ounces) sweetened flaked coconut
1 package mini Cadbury eggs or your favorite Easter candy

Directions 

  • Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Coat mini muffin tins with cooking spray.
  • In a bowl, stir together egg whites and salt with a fork; mix in coconut. Drop 2 tablespoons of mixture into prepared tins.
  • Lightly press mixture into bottom and up sides of each cup. Bake until light golden on top, about 28-30 minutes. 
  • Let cool in tins on wire rack for 10 minutes, then run a knife around the sides to loosen. Lift out of cups; let cool completely. 
  • To serve, fill nests with 2-3 mini Cadbury eggs. 

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Weekend Recap

Friday night, mom and dad swung into town for a quick visit. We hung out at my apartment for a few minutes before walking down to Lime Leaf for dinner. Fun fact, every time my mom comes into town we eat there. You can't beat their veggie spring rolls and shrimp pad thai. 

Saturday morning, the Junior League of Spartanburg hosted their first annual Storybook Breakfast at the Piedmont Club. It was a magical morning filled with lots of fun for kids of all ages. All of the tables were decorated like various storybooks, we had characters on hand to interact with the children, and a local author came to read her book. I served as vice-chair of this event and after almost a year of planning it was so neat to see everything come together!
I'm already looking forward to next year!

Saturday afternoon, I jumped in the car to head to my cousin's wedding. The reception was at the bride's house in Anderson. How cute are they walking into the reception after having dinner on the veranda? 
 Her dress was absolutely stunning! 
The food was delicious, the band was great, and the flowers were beautiful! It was so fun to spend the evening surrounded by so many family and friends. 

Sunday, I took mom and dad to church with me which was a treat. After stopping by a brunch, they headed back to the low country while I headed back to Spartanburg to get ready for the week ahead and bake some delicious things in the kitchen (recipe to come). It was a jammed packed weekend but so much fun! 

Friday, March 27, 2015

Fun Facts Friday

1. I finally finished reading The Girl on a Train. It was good but it did not suck me in like Gone Girl did. However, I am interested in working my way through this list of 12 Books to Read if You Loved "Girl on a Train."

2. In anticipation of spring weather, I pulled out my OPI Cajun Shrimp nail polish. Too bad it's back to 40 degree weather this weekend.

3. Last weekend, mom and I competed in the Beaufort Twilight Run. I am waiting on the pictures to be posted before I blog about it.

4. While I was home, mom brought out both dark chocolate and milk chocolate Mini Cadbury Eggs. Naturally, we had to have a taste off. We both agreed that while we generally prefer dark chocolate, the milk chocolate wins.

5. The pollen is out in full force in the upstate and my asthma is going crazy. I am so thankful to work on a college campus where I have access to the wellness center. On Wednesday morning, I woke up feeling like I was about to have an asthma attack. I called the nurse at 8:30 and by 9:30 she had seen me and called in a prescription.
6. Publix had a sale on Lecroix this week so I picked up a few cases including the new to me flavor Peach Pear. It is my new favorite. It tastes like summer in a can. So refreshing and light!

7. On Monday night, I hosted small group and served a ham and onion quiche for dinner. I've enjoyed having the leftovers for breakfast this week with some fruit. So fancy for the workday!

8. I'm pretty excited about these J. Crew shorts that I scored from a Facebook consignment group for $25.
9. I've got a big weekend ahead of me. Mom and dad are coming into town tonight for dinner. Tomorrow is a big Junior League event that I'm the co-chair of followed by my cousin's wedding. Sunday, we are going to church and brunch before I come back to set up for my Big Business Launch with Rodan and Fields on Tuesday!

10. Happy Friday!

Friday, March 20, 2015

The Friday Five

1. Watching:
I started watching State of Affairs on the NBC app this week. It's Scandal-esque in nature and I was hooked after the first episode. 

2. Eating:
These things are delicious and addicting. One of my roommates in DC used to eat them all the time. I bought my first box last weekend and will definitely be getting more.

3. Listening to:
Jason Derulo "Want to Want Me"
Catchy song, weird video.
I apologize in advance for getting this song stuck in your head.

4. Recipe I'm pinning:
I'm sure you could lighten this recipe up (or not depending on your mood).

5. Things I'm loving:
The sunrises this week:
His mercies are new every morning. - Lamentations 3:23
This quote:
Happy Friday!