Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Asparagus Egg and Bacon Salad with Dijon Vinaigrette.

Staying on trend with my Skinnytaste recipe love, I made this light, yet tasty, recipe on Sunday. My parents had us over for smoked brisket and I thought this would be a great dish to accompany that. 
What my picture lacks in presentation, the taste makes up for!

Recipe found here from Skinnytaste. 

1 large hard boiled egg, peeled and sliced
1 2/3 cups chopped asparagus
2 slices cooked and crumbled center cut bacon
1/2 tsp Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
pinch salt and pepper, to taste

Bring a pot of water to a boil, add the asparagus and cook 2 to 3 minutes, until tender yet firm. Drain and run under cold water to stop it from cooking further. Set aside.

In a small bowl mix the Dijon, oil, vinegar and a pinch of salt and pepper.

Arrange the asparagus on a plate, top with egg and bacon and drizzle with the vinaigrette. Enjoy!

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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Our Easter Weekend.

What a wonderful Easter weekend it was! The weather could not have been better, we got a lot accomplished, we celebrated the resurrection of Jesus Christ, and spent it with our loved ones! 

Luckily, I had Good Friday off, and indeed it was a Good Friday! I spent it with Emily and Lane - we had lunch at Park Cafe and walked up and down King Street. 

Later that day, Cameron and I went on a boat ride with some friends, which ended with dinner at Mex 1 at 10pm. 

Saturday was warm but pretty overcast all day, which was perfect for our planned day of yard work. We headed to Lowe's and stocked up on which seemed like every herb and veggie imaginable. Everyone else must have had the same plans as us, as it was packed! Also bought a few shrubs, rose bushes, and a bird feeder! 

While I was tending to my garden, Cameron was in the front yard replacing the mailbox and mailbox post that we're pretty sure is original with the house, which was built in 1959. Getting the mailbox post out of the ground literally look him an hour to remove. And here's why.....
From his hand below, that is how much of the pole was in the ground!
You can also see all of the rust...which is why we replaced it....after 4.5 years of living with it.
That evening, we enjoyed a well deserved delicious meal of NY strips, gorgonzola gnocchi (via Trader Joe's), caprese salad, and moscow mules.

Easter Sunday we went to church with Cameron's parents, ate a late lunch at my Grandmother's house, then ate dinner at Cameron's parents house. It wouldn't be a normal holiday if we weren't driving back and forth over Charleston, and eating way too much!

I hope you all had a wonderful Easter weekend, too! 
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Friday, April 3, 2015

Friday Five {What I've Been Up To}.

Two weekends ago my Grandma Anna turned the ripe young age of 80! Not trying to brag, but I seriously have some good genes on both sides of my family. We celebrated at my Aunt & Uncle's house in Summerville. We had an awesome dinner prepared a little bit by everyone and afterwards, we sat around the table while Grandma Anna opened up her gifts and cards.  The best gift was from my mom, uncle, and aunt. They snuck into my grandma's old photos without her knowing and put together a photo book of memories. It was so neat to listen to a story about each picture.

Grandma with her granddaughters

Picture from the photo book - Grandma Anna was and still is a looker

Uncle Jerry & Aunt Debbie who drove from Iowa!

I posted a few weeks ago my weekly meal plan based around Skinnytaste cookbook recipes. I'm happy to say that none of the recipes disappointed and I would definitely make them all again!
Here are a few photos that I took, which look nothing like the cookbook's. ;)

Skillet Lemon Sole with Tomatoes and Capers
(I made with tilapia because that's what I had)

Chicken Pasta Caprese

Last weekend we celebrated our 2 year anniversary with dinner at Cypress, followed by coffee with Bailey's at a local coffee/dessert shop in Avondale, and ended with some nightcaps at The Roost with friends. 

I hadn't been to Cypress since prom my senior year of high school. It was amazing then and now, including the service! They started us off with two glasses of champagne and we ordered the cucumber tuna rolls to go along with it. I ordered the butter lettuce salad and Cameron ordered the Ceasar salad. He definitely had food envy after having a bite of my salad! For our entrees I ordered the filet topped with Boursin cheese and Cameron ordered one of their specials - veal with a soft shelled crab. We decided to forego dessert because they did not have bread pudding and well, we were stuffed! If you ever go to Cypress, even for their bar upstairs, you must order the lavender martini! So refreshing and delicious. Even Cameron liked it! 

I'm hoping my hair doesn't look this red in person. Someone please tell me if it does!

My yummy butter lettuce salad with bacon jam, buttermilk blue cheese, cucumbers, tomatoes, basil, and chives. SO GOOD.

Filet topped with Boursin cheese accompanied by asparagus, leeks, roasted garlic, crispy potatoes, and Madeira sauce.

Last weekend we also spent a lot of time in the yard getting it ready for Spring. I focused on my garden area, but did not plant anything due to the cold snap we had. Maybe I can plant my herbs and veggies today since I have the day off! I also picked up some peony bulbs at Costco last weekend. Who know's if they'll grow here in the scorching hot summer. Here's a good old fashioned before and after photo. Don't mind the pink ribbon - we're getting quotes to take down a few trees in the yard. 

I paid my car off this week!!  

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Monday, March 23, 2015

Weekly Dinner Menu - Skinnytaste Version.

This week I decided to scan through my new Skinnytaste cookbook and put together a dinner menu full of it's recipes. 

Leftover minestrone soup

Skillet tilapia with tomatoes and capers - Page 221 

Garlicky lemon shrimp and broccolini stir fry - Page 228 with Veggie fried brown rice - Page 273

Chicken pasta caprese - Page 184


Dinner at Cypress for our 2 year anniversary! 

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Friday, March 20, 2015

Friday Five.

Happy Friday, everyone! A little late with my post today, but nonetheless, here it is! 

Last Sunday we had our monthly supper club at Sally & Taylor's new house! Instead of doing a dinner, we decided to switch it up and do a brunch theme. It was a nice change and we could not have picked a more perfect day for it. Upper 70's and not a cloud in the sky. All of the food was SO good. Bacon, sausage, homemade biscuits, eggs, pimento cheese grits, hash brown casserole, fresh fruit, and salad. 

The awesome cake Lauren made for Kathryn's birthday

After stuffing our faces and taking a tour of Sally & Taylor's gorgeous new home, we all went outside to enjoy the weather for a couple of hours. 

After searching high and low for the perfect taupe booties, I found them. Introducing Plover by Steve Madden. My only wish is that I would have purchased them months ago!

A sweet reader named Mary Beth contacted me to see if I could help spread the word about her art. Of course, I said! Her paintings currently include palmetto trees and pineapples, perfect for a nursery, children's room, or beach house! She was also kind enough to donate one of her pineapple paintings to the silent auction that is taking place after the final Brightlife Golf Tournament on April 20th! 

To purchase a piece of Mary Beth's art, you can visit her Etsy store here.


The kind people at Chewy.com contacted me to see if Brady wanted to sign up for their monthly blogger program. After taking a look around their website to find out what they were all about, I emailed back saying, "yes please!"  Brady is a notorious snack snob, usually turning his nose up at the standard milk bone, so I figured this would be a great way to try out new treats. March's selections consisted of freeze dried treats from the company Orijen

  • Orijen kitchens feature advanced steam-cooking technologies to allow for higher fresh ingredient inclusions. 
  • Over half of the meat arriving to Orijen kitchens are authentically fresh, never frozen. 
  • All of their treats are 100% pure meat, no fillers. 

After consulting with Brady, he chose the black angus beef treats.  

Once he sniffed his new treat, he decided he liked it enough and wanted to show y'all his newest trick so I would let him taste it. Now he gets so excited when he hears me open up the bag!

My first dress from Sheinside arrived last week and I was very happy with what I found in the box! The material does not feel cheap, it arrived to my house a lot faster than I expected, and the dress fits perfectly!

When I ordered the purple floral dress, it was still during the pre-order period, so I'm still waiting on that to arrive. Can't wait!!

We've got another jam-packed weekend coming up, including a couples shower for our friends Justin and Jenny, and celebrating my grandmother's 80th birthday! My aunt and uncle, who we only get to see once a year, will be in town visiting from Iowa! So excited to see them!!

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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Plated, Blue Apron, Hello Fresh, & Home Chef Comparisons.

If you follow me on Instagram, then you've probably seen some of these delicious photos below from experimenting with the four companies that I'm going to tell you about. 

These four boxed meal companies are all the rage lately. Perfect for busy mom's on the go or novice home cooks who want to expand their palates and/or cooking skills. 

I really love this concept because it saves me so much time trying to figure out what I'm going to cook for dinner that week and rounding up all of the ingredients at the grocery store. I also love that each recipe comes with each individual ingredient portioned out to exactly how much you will need. No wasting that leftover cilantro that you need once and will likely go bad before the next time you use it. The ingredients are always super fresh and very high quality, as well. 

Simply sign up, select your menu choice(s) and delivery date, and a well-insulated box shows up on your doorstep on your selected date! 

Here is a simple breakdown of each company and photos from the recipes that I made:

Price: $12 per plate
Minimum order: 4 plates
Shipping: Free over $50

Want to try? Use this link to sign up and receive 2 free meals.

Braised Massaman Chicken

Beef Pho

Creamy Garlic Spaghetti Squash

Price: $9.99 per person the for 2 person plan
$8.74 per person for the family plan
Shipping: Always Free
Family plan option: Two recipes a week {one delivery} or four recipes a week {one or two deliveries, your choice}

 Shrimp and Pineapple Fried Rice

 Beef and Pinto Bean Chili


Price: 3 Classic Meal Box for Two - $69, 3 Classic Meal Box for Four - $129 
3 Vegetarian Meal Box for Two - $59, 3 Vegetarian Meal Box for Four - $109
Shipping: Always Free

Want to try? Use this link to sign up and receive $40 off of your first order!

Roasted Salmon with Cherry Tomatoes, Green Beans, and Yukon Potatoes

Chicken a l'Orange with Cous Cous and a Citrus Fennel Salad

Peppercorn Steak with Baby Potatoes and Creamed Spinach


Price: $9.95 per plate
Shipping: Free for orders over $50

Want to try? Click this link to sign up and receive $30 off of your first order!

Chimichurri Pork Chops with Gaucho-Style Vegetable Saute

Herb-Roasted Chicken with Whipped Cauliflower and Lemon Gremolata

With all of these companies, you are able to skip a week, or two, or however many you want until you are ready for them to send you a new box. You may also cancel your account at any time. 

I can honestly say that we enjoyed all of our meals! If I had to choose the box that was our favorite, Cameron and I both agreed that we liked the meals from Hello Fresh the best. 

Feel free to ask me any questions that you may have!

This post was not sponsored in anyway, however the sign up links do contain referral codes.

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