Valentine’s Day Recap

Will & I had THE BEST Valentine’s Day adventure.

It was simple. It was chill. And it was so much fun to just have a day spent with each other and no distractions! Plus, I got to be the mastermind behind the plans this year (it’s always been him), so I think I had the most fun of all dragging him around to places that I knew he would love!

Stop #1: The Silver Skillet – An ATL classic since the 1950’s, this diner-esque restaurant is filled with charm and delicious food. We had a solid brunch (of course we did, brunch lovers) and were not even the slightest bit hungry until dinner time. The grits, hashbrowns & eggs were served to perfection. And Will was adventurous and got pork chops… Great choice! My omelette was superb with the tastiest sausage and gooiest cheese. And then there were the biscuits… Holy cow. A spot that’s definitely worth the wait (and definitely best suited for small parties).

Silver Skillet

Stop #2: The Warhorse Coffee Joint – This super secret spot can be found behind the new West Midtown developments and is a spot that you’ll want to keep a secret. (Not sure why I’m even telling you about it 🙂 ) It was the perfect place for a cup of tea and an hour or so of rest and reading books together. If you do find it, please take cash. It’s donation only for coffee & tea, and I hope it can remain that way!

Warhorse

Stop #3: College Football Hall of Fame – I knew that this would be the perfect surprise outing for my man, and it did not disappoint! From the time you step foot into the CFBHall you are 100% in the game. From running around kicking field goals to announcing College GameDay, it is a blast! And great for all ages of college football fans! My personal favorite part was the ginormous Penley mural that hangs in the main lobby and highlights great players, coaches, and college football moments!

CFBHall

Stop #4: Yeah! Burger – Can’t mess up a great day with a lousy dinner haha. So we went to our ol’ reliable spot Yeah! Burger for a scrumptious meal. The Yeah! sauce is where it’s at (especially if you’re using it for the dipping sauce for your sweet potato fries. Mmmm.) Without a doubt, after a full day in the city it hit the spot!

Day of Love

We had a wonderful Valentine’s Day together! Nothing fancy. Nothing crazy. Just a bunch of fun exploring new places with each other! Hope you and yours had a fantastic day of love as well… But honestly, what day isn’t about love??

Nontraditional Valentine’s Day Date Idea #1: For the coffee lovers

Bored with dinner and a movie? I promise you, this idea for a Valentine’s date will bring something exciting and new to the holiday. (And if you’re celebrating Galentine’s Day instead… This would still be super fun to do with your gal pals!)

Several weeks ago, hubby & I were hanging out with some of our good friends who are coffee lovers (duh!) just like us. Hubs had gotten an Aeropress for Christmas & our friends had gotten a pour-over set, so we had to try out the new coffee gadgets! Somehow (probably because we are all competitive people), we decided to make a game of it. What game, you ask? We decided to blindfold each other, taste test the coffees made by the different gadgets, and see if we could identify which cup of coffee was made by which gadget. Whew. Somehow (definitely because we’re all coffee geniuses), all four of us guessed correctly!!

So naturally the following week we had to up the ante. {Hint: Here’s where the Valentine’s date comes in 🙂 }

  • First, we went to The Fresh Market and bought 6 small bags of whole beans. We got a huge variety: from a Kona with brown sugar notes to a French Roast with a smokey flavor to a Colombian roast with hints of maple. On each bag we wrote that bean’s FULL description. {This is the key.}
  • Then, with our beans in tote we headed back to the house and the boys started to grind the beans while the girls made labels of each adjective describing the coffees. We cut these descriptions along with the coffee’s name onto strips of paper so that we could match them up later. We numbered all of the coffees, and then asked the boys to jumble them all up. We were very serious about this being a blind test. Haha.
  • Then… the coffee making began. One cup of each roast was brewed, and the house smelled absolutely delicious. Once all of the cups were filled with the various blends of coffee, we began the test. Each of us would test the coffee, try to describe it using the labels, and then come to an agreement as a group on which coffee it was.

Coffee Tasting

We thought we nailed it. We got 2 coffees right out of 6 and only a handful of the descriptions matched the right cup… So we’re not coffee geniuses. But it was SO. MUCH. FUN. And then end result was everyone choosing their favorite cup and sitting down to a great night of laughs and good conversation over delicious cups o’ joe. I think our at-home coffee tastings may become regular events… at least until we master the art of identifying and describing coffee well enough to go to a real coffee tasting.

So clearly this would be a great group event (like we did it) or an excellent at-home Valentine’s Day date with your honey! As long as there is good company and great coffee, I’d call it a swell date!

Let’s Talk About Brunch…

Nothing says “Saturday morning” like a mid-morning brunch with your favorite people. We’ve had some perfect Saturdays so far in 2015, and they all had one thing in common… BRUNCH!

Check out these local restaurants for some fantastic grub to start off your weekend right!

H&H's Supreme Chicken Biscuit with pimento cheese and bacon jam

The Supreme Chicken Biscuit with pimento cheese and bacon jam from H&H Restaurant

  • H&H Restaurant – Known as Georgia’s “most iconic restaurant”, H&H has a ton of character. It was a frequented spot by hometown heros, the Allman Brothers, and has a southern breakfast that you won’t believe. Now owned by the same restaurant group as The Rookery (another Macon favorite), H&H delivers an old-south feel with creative new dishes. My personal fave was the Supreme Fried Chicken Biscuit complete with pimento cheese and bacon jam… Yum! You have to forfeit your sleeping in for this one, though… They’re only open until 10:30 Monday through Saturday!
  • West Egg Cafe – If you’re ok with a little drive, West Egg is well worth it. All of our ATL friends raved about West Egg for months and months, and once we tried it for ourselves, it became our ATL brunch go-to. Be prepared to wait (because it’s just that good), but feel free to have a fancy coffee drink while you wait from their coffee bar. As far as what you should try… The banana bread french toast is insane, the pimento cheese & pecan smoked bacon is my ultimate fave (apparently I really like pimento cheese for breakfast), and you can’t go wrong with the Peachtree Plate.
  • The Casserole Shop – If you need something quick and inexpensive, you can’t do any better than The Casserole Shop. All of their specialty donuts are fabulous. Will & I were actually lucky enough the weekend we moved in to walk into the making of the most delicious breakfast sandwich in Macon… The sausage, egg, and cheese DONUT. Yep. I said it. And they serve it warm and fresh! The quickest way for Will to get me out of bed on a Saturday is to promise me one of these… and then we have to go on a run later that day… haha. While you’re at The Casserole Shop, you can also pick up a pan of Chicken Divan, Poppy Seed Chicken, or Lasagna to have for the week. It’s like brunch and weekly grocery shopping all in one!
  • Finally, nothing beats brunch at home 🙂 This morning, Will woke up early and made a spread complete with scrambled eggs, pancakes, and coffee. It made a lazy Saturday morning feel fancy and special. You can never beat home-cooking, especially when hubby is cooking!

What’s your favorite Saturday morning breakfast/ brunch spot? We’re always down to try something new!!!

5-minute Lemon Blueberry Pie

Guys, my husband is hilarious. I offer to bake him a cake, any kind! And he chooses a lemon blueberry pie that is literally the easiest recipe I know. Want my secret?

What you’ll need:
– a pre-baked pie crust
– one can of sweetened condensed milk (I use the reduced fat.)
– one medium tub of Cool Whip (Again, fat free or reduced fat will work.)
– two packets of KoolAid lemonade powder
– frozen blueberries

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What you’ll do:
1. Mix it all together with a spatula.
2. Pour it into the pie crust.
3. Enjoy refrigerated or frozen!

Ta-da!! This used to be one of my mom’s go-to recipes when I had a sweet tooth and she was doing Weight Watchers. It’s pretty low calorie but tastes amazing!!

Tell me about your favorite easy dessert recipes that please a crowd 🙂

Confetti Cake + Crafternoon

Today was glorious.

We began the day with brunch at H&H with some great friends, and the fun didn’t stop there! The men went to play golf in the frigid air, and the ladies? Well, we dabbled in about 50 different crafts and baked the cutest cake of all time.

The confetti cake is really a work of art. Who knew 3 different types of sprinkles could come together to make such a beautiful thing?? The cake itself was simply a Pillsbury Funfetti Cake with Funfetti Icing, but the ENTIRE cake got coated with sprinkles 🙂 And it was no easy process…

Confetti Cake

We started with one layer at a time and iced the edges of each layer. Then, Chelsea masterfully and magically rolled the cake across a plate FILLED with sprinkles. Once the bottom layer had sprinkly edges, I iced the top of it and made sure that there was plenty of icing to catch more sprinkles once the layers were stacked. The second layer was added once it had sprinkly edges too (and that was a scary/ exciting moment), and then it was the really fun part… Ice the top and go CRAZY with the sprinkles! We patted them down with a spatula to make sure they were really stuck. Finally, between the layers there was a bit of a gap where there were no sprinkles… but not for long! We took a teaspoon and slowly rotated the cake while skillfully shaking sprinkles into the gap. The result…

Confetti Cake

THE HAPPIEST CAKE EVER!!

And if that wasn’t enough to make it a perfect Saturday, I picked up a needle and started learning some new tricks…

Needlepoint LOVE

I love me some needlepoint 🙂

Hope you’ve had a Happy Saturday and feel as rested as I do! So thankful for a weekend to recharge and enjoy our hobbies with friends!