Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving and long weekend! We got in last night from our getaway with Dustin’s family on Daufuskie Island. The weather was perfect for our packed schedule of family activities and for exploring around on golf carts. We stayed in a house with 3 children under 5 years old so needless to say we could have used more sleep but overall a fun trip. Glad to be back and to get the house ready for the fast approaching CHRISTMAS!
I’m sure food is the last thing on your mind, but I wanted to share our favorite restaurant from our honeymoon (yep, still talking about it, haha!) We did a lot of good eating while in Tulum but the one place that stood out, not only for the food but for the atmosphere, was Casa Jaguar.
Tucked in the jungle with no roof cover, they rely on the weathers cooperation for dinner service. We found this out the hard way when we first visited but made it a point to return on a clear night and I’m glad we did!
I didn’t get a ton of photos (mostly because it was closed when I took these before we caught our flight and I didn’t want to snoop too much) but you can get the gist of how awesome this little spot is!
We got the ceviche appetizer and shared an entree. The menu is different on their site then what we had at the restaurant but the main course was a catch of the day with two sides-corn and salad. Just the right amount of food!
The other restaurant we were really fond of is Posado Margarita. Unfortunately there wasn’t time in our schedule for me to return to take photos during the day but it’s a must visit!
Italian food in Mexico wasn’t the first thing I had in mind-tacos were usually on the brain-but I’m glad we tried it out. They make their own noodles fresh daily and had really interesting cocktails. This is where we tried mezcal for the first time, big fans! There’s also a boutique and candle shop. Really good vibes and a friendly staff.
One last honeymoon post coming up, photos of Coqui Coqui, a beautiful hotel that doubles as a perfumery!
The most charming little ice cream shop recently opened up on the Old Forth Ward side of the city. Queen of Cream, serves up locally sourced house-made ice cream, coffee and baked goods in a natural light filled storefront on Highland Ave with the cutest furnishes and accents! Instead of having a groom cake at the wedding, we are having three different ice cream flavors, so we went to have a tasting and to finalize the plans. While I was there I snapped photos to share this adorable parlor with you all!
Bright white interiors are always a win in my book!
*Naturally* we tried the salted caramel and brown butter whiskey pecan first! Then went on to the guava cheese cake and chocolate. We ended up choosing the pecan as a final flavor, made up a raspberry swirl concoction and Dustin invented another flavor which I’ll keep a secret for our wedding guests! They’ll be serving out of their cart, which I photographed a while back here. It’s going to be so cute outside the barn!
I just saw on Instagram they are delivering through the app Doordash. Ice cream (and coffee!) at your doorstep, now that’s dangerous!
Around the shop were these quirky prints from local photographer, Forrest Aguar.
Are you exploding from the cuteness?
Go on over and satisfy those sweet tooth cravings!
We had another rainy weekend so I took the downtime to continue on this baking streak I’ve got going. Since I still had most of the buttermilk from last weekend I looked thru Smitten Kitchen and found her recipe for her “favorite buttermilk biscuits” which were easy peasy!
Couple things I did differently (and maybe shouldn’t have…)
-I don’t have a circle cookie so I used a small bowl which is not the same but worked fine.
-Thought we had baking soda and didn’t so we did some research and just adjusted the baking powder, it worked but I’d like to retry with ALL the ingredients in her recipe.
-Lastly, I rolled them out a little thinner than she had mentioned. Which made them rise a lot less (really not at all) but I didn’t mind. They were still light and for the breakfast sandwich (below) Dustin just doubled up with two.
-Add chopped rosemary which was a good idea but I wish I had just put in the mix versus on top (though I like the way it looks in the photo) because it would have stayed moist and we would have tasted it more. I love me some rosemary!
Overall, they tasted really really good! And like I mentioned, they were light and didn’t make us feel uncomfortably full.
On Sunday, I took the leftovers and made biscuits and gravy using local Delia’s chicken sausage.
Not pictured: the smothering we did with Cholula, we love that stuff!
Dustin and I were pleased with both meals. During the breakfast sandwich I exclaimed “I don’t want this to ennnnnd!” it was THAT good!
Next up, a leek + carrot + cauliflower soup via Flourishing Foodie!
Y’all, I’m addicted to watermelon! I’ve been eating my weight in the stuff and can’t be stopped! Must have something to do with them being in peak ripeness which is also why July has been named National Watermelon Month! At one point last week, I had four, yes, four whole watermelons at the house! Favorite way to eat is just go in, face first on a slice but we’ve also enjoyed several batches of salad using fresh mint, goat cheese, purple onions with a dash of balsamic vinegar. I recently pinned this recipe and would love to try and grill some!
When I was in Nashville I picked up the pretty one above at a small farmers market and we cut into it last week. It’s a lot more flavorful than the regular ones and prettier but whether they come from Kroger or a farm, they are filling and hydrating and my current go-to!
In case you’re interested to know, here’s some fun facts about my #1 snack via Mercola.com
-It’s both a fruit and a vegetable! (Like a tomato, only watermelons have more lycopene which is a great cancer fighter-more on that here)
-Both the seeds and rind are completely edible! (In fact, the rind has a TON of vitamins and can be made into smoothies)
-They are made of 91% water! (Well duh. But still, next time you’re at trivia, you’ll get the % correct)
-Rich in anti-inflammatory substances! (Get out of here sore muscles!)
Tips for picking the perfect melon:
-Look for the spot where it sits on the ground, should be pale and yellowish not white or green
-Should be heavy for it’s size (this one felt like it weighed a 100lbs!)
I don’t know about you, but now I’m craving some, good thing we still have plenty at home!
Preserving Place is a natural light filled storefront with an interactive kitchen and dining area. It’s located in Westside Provisions shopping district, one of my favorite areas in Atlanta. Recently my gal pal Sarah Dodge took over the classroom, photography and social media role. She’s helping spread the word of what they offer and that anyone of any cooking (or non-cooking) background can join in and have some fun while learning skills and recipes.
When the Spring class schedule came out I was drawn to several classes. As a birthday gift to myself, I attended the Biscuits + Jam class on March 24th with my girl friend Natasha. When I got there I was pleasantly surprised to see many familiar faces as well as meeting some new ones like Blayne of This Photographer’s Life -who is so funny and great with a camera.
The class was a hit, take a look–
The table was beautifully set while we cooked. I couldn’t keep my eyes off that delicious looking bacon! In between mixing and learning we sipped on wine they provided, keeping things silly and light-hearted!
We were put in teams of two and went down the recipe step by step with instructor Sarah leading the way. Our class had some jokesters, myself and Natasha included, along with Conner who’s a local stand up comedian who was challenging the class and cracking us up! We had fun with it and didn’t take things too seriously which is what I’ve realized I love with the people I know and Atlanta as a whole.
Sarah shared many tips with us, which I won’t give away because you should just join in on the fun! We filled our bellies with biscuits, bacon, wine, fruit preserves and filled our minds with memories of a JAM’n good time!