Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Slow Ridin' In Savannah

What a crazy week and a half it has been!  Last week I was in Boston for work, and I feel like I'm just now catching up from being out of town.   I went straight from Boston on Thursday to Savannah on Friday for a bachelorette weekend.  We were celebrating my friend Jenny, and we had a blast!

We rented a house on Tybee Island, about 30 minutes outside of downtown Savannah, and all arrived there on Friday evening.  On Saturday afternoon the 17 of us went into downtown Savannah and did the Savannah Slow Ride tour.  The Savannah Slow Ride is basically a bar on wheels.  You move the vehicle by peddling.  Each bar stool has peddles and there is a driver at the front that steers you where you need to go and makes sure you stop at all stop signs.  We peddled from bar to bar downtown and had so much fun regardless of the rain.  Savannah has no open container laws either so we could ride around with our beers in hand which was great. 

Saturday night we headed back to downtown Savannah and went to Savannah Smiles, a dueling piano bar.  This is the best place to go for bachelorette parties, I went there for mine too and had a blast.  They are so good about involving the crowd with their songs.  Every bachelorette needs their moment on stage, and we made sure Jenny had hers!

I'm already looking forward to celebrating Jenny and her hubby-to-be Andrew in just a few weeks.  March 23rd is their wedding date, and it'll be here before we know it!

Thursday, February 14, 2013

V-Day Happenings

Happy Valentine's day everyone!  I hope you all have had a great day celebrating with your special someone.  I've had a very eventful day so far!  We had a pot luck lunch at work.  We've got about 30 people on our floor and almost everyone brought something. We had quite the selection.  Here's a shot of all of our crockpot options.

Shortly after lunch I got an email that a package had arrived at the reception desk for me.  T surprised me with this beautiful gardenia bonsai plant. He knows that I don't like the impracticality of flowers, so he got me something that would last. It has several blooms on it that should be opening up any day now.

We're planning to do our celebratory dinner out tomorrow night, so tonight we'll just keep it low key.  T's going to run by a local pizza place and pick up a heart-shaped pizza for dinner.  Don't you love it in all its cheesiness?

Pun intended.  

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Southern Culture

For the last month or so I've been dying to try a new restaurant, Southern Culture, in Greenville. This weekend Mr. T and I finally made our way there for Sunday Brunch.  It. Was. Awesome.

They have a great brunch menu with some really unique options.  They definitely put a new spin on brunch.  They also offer bottomless mimosas for $12/person.  We took them up on that offer, of course.

I ordered the Dixie Land Poutine,  home fries topped with apple wood smoked bacon, goat cheese, sawmill gravy, and two fried eggs. 

T tried the Fried Yard Bird and Eggs, a fried chicken breast over two biscuits topped with two over easy eggs and sawmill gravy.  And he managed to capture an awkward picture of me as he was taking a picture of his food. 

If the food alone didn't do it the live music did.  Their live music selection was perfect for brunch.  Mellow and easy going, easy listening even if you are nursing a terrible hangover.   We were so impressed that before we left we went ahead and made a reservation for next Sunday.   Already looking forward to going back!  Think I'll get the Chicken and Waffles next time.  Mmmmmh Mmmh.

Southern Culture
2537 N. Pleasantburg Drive
(864) 552-1998 

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Friday, February 8, 2013

Friday Five

I've got my heart set on getting a dog.  I know they are a lot of work and rather expensive, but I want one.  We always had a dog growing up, and since I went to college I've missed having a little canine companion.  My junior year of college I adopted a cat, Lulu.  It's been great having her for the past four years, and now I'm ready for a new addition. Although I'm sure Lulu thinks otherwise.  I love Airedale Terriers and have been begging Mr. T for one.  They don't shed and are the perfect size.  Females get 39-44 lbs.  They are great family dogs, very intelligent, and hypoallergenic, and typically good with cats.

I have very thin and fine hair. Some babies have more hair than I do. I'm not exaggerating at all.  I've spent a small fortune on hair products trying to find the perfect one.  Recently I started using Aveda's Style-Prep from their Pure Abundance line and love it.  It gives me volume without feeling like I have a ton of product in my hair.  It smells great too.

I scored these boots on big sale last weekend and have already worn them three times.  I have trouble finding boots to fit my slim calves, but finally found a pair. 

Is oxblood still in? Whether it is or isn't I love this nail color.  I've been really impressed with the quality of Ulta nail polish. I can usually wear it for an entire week without seeing a chip.  This color, Deep Desire, is on sale for 99 cents on their website. 

I just signed up for the new Mailbox app.  If I'm number 560,732 in line, this app has got to be good. 

Hope y'all have a great weekend!

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Wedding Wednesday: Our Ceremony

We wanted our ceremony to be two things: short and sweet. Our reception venue had an area upstairs that was perfect for a ceremony space.  It's a large room surrounded by floor-to-ceiling windows over looking the downtown area and the Reedy River.

To set the tone for the rest of the evening, we decided to serve champagne at the ceremony. T and I both wanted our wedding to be fun for everyone, and what better way to do that than start the night with a little champagne buzz? I also decided to forgo programs. With our ceremony lasting about 20 minutes, they seemed unnecessary. 

T's cousin Brant officiated.  It was great to have someone that close to us officiate our wedding.  He did a great job and added a personal touch by telling some cute stories of T's childhood.  Embarrassing for him, I'm sure. But the guests got a laugh out of it.

 I hired a string duo for our ceremony music.  I chose pretty traditional music for the processional and seating of the mothers.  For the recessional, we decided to go a little non-traditional and walked out "All You Need Is Love" by the Beetles.

After the ceremony, we decided to have a receiving line.  Probably the best decision I made.  Our reception space was downstairs so the two of us and our parents stood at the top of the stairs and greeted everyone as they came down.  It was the perfect opportunity to say "hello" and "thank you for coming" to each guest.  We had 150 guests and this process took about 20 minutes.

We set our thumbprint tree guestbook out close to that space so while the guests were waiting to talk to us they could sign it.

After the receiving line, we were able to sit down with plates of food and drinks with just the two of us.  It was so nice just to sit down for a few minutes and take very shallow breaths in my tight wedding dress breath.  We finished our meals, went downstairs to be introduced, and danced the night away!

Monday, February 4, 2013

Clean-Out-The-Fridge Breakfast Casserole

I love to cook and hate to waste.  But, sometimes I cook too much food.  It pains me to throw away perfectly good food, but this girl can only eat leftovers so many times.  I'm good with revisiting a meal one time, after that into the trash can it goes.

The best way that I can avoid wasting food is to transform that food into another dish.  That's why I love these breakfast casseroles so much. I got this idea from my Aunt Karen, the mastermind behind the Sausage And Grapes recipe I posted last week.  This is so simple and tasty that I had to share

1. Spray a square baking dish with Pam.  Find whatever bread product you have in the house, and line the bottom of the dish with it.  Really whatever.  We're trying to go low carb so the only carbs I had in the house were whole wheat tortillas and salt and vinegar potato chips. I think I made a wise decision going with the tortillas.  You can use any bread you've got, hell, even pizza will work. 

2. Layer the items that you want to include on top of the bread.  I made a Greek themed meal earlier in the week and had leftover potatoes with kalamata olives and chicken skewers with onions and peppers.  I just dumped the potatoes in and then the chicken on top of that.

 3. Beat 5 or 6 eggs with milk or cream and pour that mixture into the dish.  Season with salt and pepper and top with cheese.

 4. Let it sit for at least an hour. You can even put this together the night before and let it sit all night. (refrigerated, of course) Bake at 350 for 30 minutes covered, then an additional 15 to 20 uncovered. You'll know that it's done when the middle doesn't jiggle if you shake the dish.


Don't be scared to add just about anything to these.  Leftover meat is always good.  Ham, sausage, pepperoni, steak, chicken, you name it.  Veggies are great too, especially green veggies like broccoli, spinach or kale.  Make sure you always add cheese, cheese makes anything better.  These casseroles are very good leftover, too.  I bring a square to work with me in the mornings and pop it in the microwave. 
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