Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Here's to you

Today I'm celebrating the 24th year of one of the loveliest people I've ever known.

She laughs with every bone in her body,

showers her family, friends and football team with love,

and has no problem telling me when I just need to chill the &%#@ out.

Happy Birthday Chaille!

Monday, August 27, 2012

The Countdown

Today is Monday.

But instead of singing the blues, I'm humming this instead.

Why? Because the countdown is on.

Buy this schedule here.

In just a few short days I'll be in sweetest southern town of them all, Oxford, MS at the fanciest tailgate of them all in The Grove.

It has been just shy of two years since I've laid my eyes on Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, and a long couple of years at that.

Originally found here.
So without further adieu...

 It's time to break out the chandeliers, bourbon and catered food, my friends, because college football is back.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Currently Obsessed: Kale Chips

The salty, crunchy snack that you just can't feel bad about eating.

Photo credit and recipe here.
Happy snacking!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

World's Luckiest Fishing Village

It is very possible that the sole reason Ross chose to move to Destin was for the fishing.

Seriously, even the City of Destin's logo claims it to be the "World's Luckiest Fishing Village." 

See exhibit A:

So naturally my response was/is: let's eat!

A few nights ago Ross and Daniel set off on their BOTE boards at sunset to go fishing. Stand-up paddle boarding is kind of a big deal around here.  Daniel lives on the harbor, so the two mapped out each of the docks that have lights beneath the water to see the fish, my dear.  And off on a mad hunt for Redfish and Trout they went...

{NOTE: In this area you are only allowed to keep "slot" Redfish, meaning the fish must be between 18 and 27 inches long.  The Trout regulations are 15 to 20 inches and you can keep 5 per person per day with 1 being over 20 inches.}

Although Ross and Daniel had a the time of their lives drinking beer and paddling the harbor for no less than 4 hours, Ross returned with only one Redfish, but it was completely  perfect even so.

When Ross returned after midnight with his catch of evening I was ecstatic AKA asleep.  We celebrated the next day with a wonderfully satisfying dinner. Although it was quite eclectic, I must say.  We had leftover Spanish Rice I really need to post my recipe for this soon, Collard Greens southern favorite and spicy baked Redfish.  

{It sounds like a bizarre combination, but it was delightful.}

Spicy Baked Redfish:
Two 1/4 lb filets of Redfish
1 tbsp Olive Oil
2 tbsp butter
Tony Chachere's Original Creole Seasoning
Lime juice

Preheat the oven to 375°.  Spray an 8x11 glass baking dish lightly with non-stick cooking spray. Place the fish skin side down in the dish, and drizzle lightly with olive oil.  Smear one tablespoon of room temperature butter on each portion, then season with Tony's. Squeeze the juice of half a lime over the fish immediately before it goes in the oven.  Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until the fish is flakey.


Sunday, August 19, 2012

Sundays are for Brunching

As a twenty-something female who loves all thing culinary, clearly I'm an advocate for Sunday brunch.

a late morning meal eaten instead of breakfast and lunch

But honestly, what's not to love? Whether hosting a quiet brunch for you and yours truly at home, or attending a gourmet brunch at a local eatery with your dearest friends, it's the experience that makes eating this fabulous meal completely worthwhile.

The key to Sunday brunch in my opinion is enjoying whatever you may eat at your leisure.  You simply can't have a cup of coffee and a croissant and call it brunch.  And by the way, it's SUNDAY folks. So go for it! You can spend the remainder of the day resting and relaxing, or going for an afternoon walk then eating a light dinner, so indulge and do not feel guilty.

I tend to eat a light and quick breakfast throughout the work week, so when Sunday arrives it's on. At my house, you can expect nothing shy of two pots of french press coffee, a glass of orange juice or a mimosa, fruit, biscuits and/or pancakes, bacon, avocado because it complements everything, and always I mean always eggs.

Baked in a {ham} cup
Sunny side up
{and always finished off with a dash or two of hot sauce}

P.S. You totally deserve it.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Monday, August 6, 2012

Running on Empty

Photo courtesy of Carlos Nunez
Truth be told, as much as I absolutely love my new life on the Emerald Coast, I've been running low on energy these past few weeks.  

Picture ending one ahh-mazing job, then driving 14 hours the very next day, which included two hours of torrential downpours near a city that isn't above sea level to begin with (ahem, New Orleans).  Oh sure I took a few days to settle into my new home... although most of those hours were spent celebrating cheers!, basking in the sun and eating fresh oysters. The cherry on top? Starting my new equally wonderful job just days later, and hitting the ground running.

Don't get me wrong, I'm happy as a clam...and tired as a dog.  But no worries my friends, I've found the cure! And the answer is not Red Bull or Lean Cuisine microwave dinners.

How to make it through the day without a siesta:
I mean really...when will the Siesta be implemented in the United States? I'm totally game to start a petition. Who's with me?

Start every day with the perfect iced coffee and a toasted whole wheat english muffin. Sub in greek yogurt with slivered almonds, blueberries and agave nectar when craving something sweet.

Photo & recipe courtesy of the Pioneer Woman
Snack on something sweet and satisfying mid-morning to tide me over until lunch.

Eat a massive power salad to get me through the afternoon (the key components for my version are spinach, avocado, rotisserie chicken and a tangy vinaigrette).

Photo & recipe courtesy of Recipe Girl
Then take this precious puppy on a post workday stroll to clear my head and unwind.

Can you get enough of that face? Those ears? Completely and utterly adorable.
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