Monday, December 30, 2013

Cranberry Mimosas

Orange juice mimosas are so 2013; instead why don't you ring in 2014 with the infinitely more posh Cranberry Mimosa?  I discovered this drink in a Macon restaurant called Dovetail, and promptly proclaimed it my new favorite cocktail.  The cranberry juice is incredibly refreshing and compliments the champagne just perfectly.  Added bonus?  It looks gorgeous in a glass.  Pop in a few fresh cranberries, and you'll be the classiest chick (or dude) at the New Years Eve Ball.

Friday, December 20, 2013

My Favorite Holiday Dishes

Need some food inspiration for your holiday cooking?  I'd love to share some of my absolute favorite things to make for the holidays!


It's very rare to have the experience of being served a truly perfect meal.  I can count on one hand how often I have enjoyed an absolutely flawless restaurant experience, from the service to the drinks to the food.

Last weekend, the 5&10 provided me with my first perfect meal in Athens.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Natural Daily Shower Spray

I don't know about you guys, but my shower gets dirty QUICK.  I think it's because my shower is the type that has a glass door, so it's small and enclosed, meaning that it doesn't dry off as quick, allowing icky stuff to grow faster.  Due to this, I have to do a thorough shower cleaning more than I'd like; using more elbow grease than my lazy body wants to do.  I've thought about buying a daily shower cleaner to help with maintenance, but it's pretty darn expensive and full of chemicals.  So I thought to myself...what if I just make my own?

Monday, December 9, 2013

Savory Roasted Butternut Squash

Last week I decided to make butternut squash for my toddler; it sounded like the perfect healthy finger food.  However, I found myself sneaking piece after piece with my adult fingers, and decided that it was definitely good enough for grown-ups too!

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Crack Macaroni and Cheese

I have spent the last few years trying to find THE best macaroni and cheese recipe.  I've come close, but hadn't quite found the one.  I scoured the interwebs, searching through culinary message boards, when I first heard it referenced... "Crack Mac and Cheese".  I blew it off the first time I saw it, but when I saw it mentioned again, my interest was piqued.  Apparently this mac and cheese was so delicious, it was more addicting than crack.  I soon discovered that "Crack Mac and Cheese" was really Martha Stewart's more classily named "Perfect Macaroni and Cheese".  (Maybe there can be some sort of happy medium for its Cocaine Macaroni and Cheese?)  I decided to make it for my family's hugely attended Thanksgiving dinner, where I would get a lot of good feedback.  Of course anything referenced as "crack" and is also made by Martha Stewart was going to be delectable, and it sure as heck was.  It was ahhhh-mazing. I had found the ONE.  My mac and cheese soulmate!  Here's my one big tip: don't be lazy with the topping.  I usually just sprinkle on some panko crumbs or crushed Ritz Crackers, but decided to go all out for Martha's sake, and by golly, it was worth the extra 5 minutes of effort.