Friday, July 3, 2015

Happy Hour Time

Happy Friday, Happy Fourth of July weekend, and thank goodness for a three day weekend! I hope everyone has some fabulous Fourth of July plans, preferably spent by the water {hopefully the ocean}. Here’s to a wonderful weekend with friends and family and a very happy Fourth of July! Cheers!

Great people do things before they’re ready. They do things before they know they can do it. Doing what you’re afraid of, getting out of your comfort zone, taking risks like that – that is what life is. You might be really good. You might find out something about yourself that’s really special and if you’re good, who cares? You tried something. Now you know something about yourself”
~Amy Poehler

Drink Special!
Welcome Stranger
¼ ounce Swedish punsch
¼ ounce brandy
¼ ounce gin
¼ ounce grenadine
¼ ounce fresh orange juice
¼ ounce fresh lemon juice
Ice cubes
Shake with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass

Around Town!
Nashville, TN: Nashville, TN: First Saturday Art Crawl Downtown at Downtown Nashville, Friday, July 3, 6:00pm
Seaside, FL: Stars and Stripes Seaside at Highway 30A, Saturday, July 4
Hilton Head Island, SC: Happy 4th of July at The Jazz Corner, Saturday, July 4, 4:00pm
Louisville, KY: Bats Baseball Fireworks at 129 E. River Rd, Friday July 3
Atlanta, GA: Georgia Aquarium Red, White & Brew at Georgia Aquarium, Saturday, July 4, 7:00pm

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Trending :: Pool Floats

Who knew pool floats could be trendy!?! In my opinion a giant swan or flamingo float is like a whole new level of awesomeness. Lately I have noticed that pictures of giant floats have been all over pinterest and instagram and I am kind of loving it. Let’s face it, what sane person could resist the opportunity to sit on a giant float! I just get excited talking about giant floats!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

4th Of July Pops

When I reminisce of the Fourth of Julys of long ago when I was younger, running around in a smocked dress and monogrammed underwear, I always remember holding a sparkler way too close to my face for comfort with a popsicle hanging out of the side of my mouth. I’m glad to say I didn’t burn an eyebrow off with a sparkler – although a missing eyebrow came later in college one sleep deprived when I shaved it off with a razor by accident {yes, that can really happen} – I guess karma came around…upside: I discovered eyebrow gel and pencils because of that unfortunate accident.

Question of the hour: Would it be summer without the popsicle? I think not! The Fourth of July is like the epitome of summer; if summer were a book The Fourth of July would be the climax of the book. Since the Fourth of July is the day that summer is basically defined by all summer favorites and summer classics must be fit into this one day. For the Fourth of July pools, fireworks, hotdogs, and popsicles are a must!

This Fourth make your fourth of July pop with some very festive popsicles. P.S. the watermelon pops are my favorite.

Here’s where to get the recipe. Click on the name of the popsicle to be directed to the website where you can find the recipe.
1.               Watermelon Popsicles
3.             RedWhite Blue Popsicles

Monday, June 29, 2015

5th and Taylor

A couple weeks ago for my birthday I ate at a fairly new Nashville restaurant in Germantown and it was amazing. I honestly think the food at 5th& Taylor is the best food I have eaten out in years; not even exaggerating.
Most of the food tasted like something my great-grandmother used to whip up in her kitchen – the biscuits still had a faint taste of baking powder atop of them. I love how new restaurants are constantly popping up in Nashville {especially the farm to table ones}, but it is not very often you walk into a restaurant with a trendy atmosphere and have the sense of eating food that taste as if it were prepared for an old-fashioned family dinner, and 5th & Taylor did just that.
Unfortunately I was so wrapped up in the dinning experience {I’m a bit of a foodie} I failed to take a picture of every dish, but here are a few of my favorite picks from the menu:
1.      sausage-cheddar biscuits {they melt in your mouth}
2.    Summer squash soup
3.    Shrimp and Grits
4.    Side of grilled squash
5.    Raspberry Macaroon {a real raspberry is in the middle of the macaroon}

Friday, June 26, 2015

Happy Hour Time

Welcome, Welcome, Friday! It is so nice to see you again! I hope everyone has had a fabulous week and that it carries over into an even more fabulous weekend! Is it just me or is everyone else a little bit shocked that the Fourth of July is next weekend? Bring on the red, white, and blue, and all the festive deserts! Here’s to a wonderful weekend spent with family and friends and many memories to be made. Cheers!

“Never be too busy for the people you love. Never allow pursuits or possessions to become bigger priorities than your relationships. Love is what gives meaning to life.”

Drink Special!
Swan Song
½ ounce brandy
½ ounce applejack
½ ounce fresh orange juice
2  dashes grenadine
Ice cubes
Stir with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

 Around Town!
Nashville, TN: Frist Fridays Concert Series at The Frist, Friday, June 26, 6:00pm
Savannah, GA: Savannah Live at The Savannah Theatre, Saturday, June 27, 8:00pm
Seaside, FL: Seaside Farmers Market at 30A, Saturday, June 27, 8:00am
Greenville, SC: Boeing Boeing at The Warehouse Theatre, Friday, June 26 – Saturday, June 27
Hampton, VA: Hampton Jazz Festival at Hampton Coliseum, Friday, June 26 – Sunday, June 28