Friday, August 10, 2018

Summertime Pairing: Peaches and Whiskey

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With summer in full swing, we have been enjoying the beautiful weather and eating as many dinners as possible outside. This time of year, I love grilling anything I can, and for our Sunday supper last weekend, we finished our meal with delicious grilled and topped peaches and a peach whiskey smash. South Carolina grows the best peaches, and right in the height of peach season right now, I'm finding anything and everything to do with them.

Seriously, how good do all of these ingredients look? Yup, that mint you see there is from my herb garden. If I can grow fresh mint, I know you can, too!
Here's how to make my grilled peaches with ice cream and honey pecan glaze:

Ingredients:
- fresh peaches, sliced in half with the pits removed
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/4 cup chopped pecans
- 1 quart vanilla ice cream
Directions:
1. Place the peaches on the grill (sliced side down) and cook for 5 minutes with the lid closed.
2. While the peaches are grilling, combine the butter, honey, and pecans in a small bowl and microwave on high for 30 seconds.  Stir the glaze and set aside for later.
3. After 5 minutes on the grill, turn the peaches 45 degrees for perfect grill marks.  Close the lid again and cook for an additional 5 minutes.
4. Remove the peaches from the grill and allow to cook slightly before topping each half with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a drizzle of glaze.
The perfect pairing for any dessert is always a delicious cocktail.  Whiskey and summer go hand-in-hand to me, and Jameson is triple distilled and remarkably smooth.
If you're looking for more of an island flair for your evening drink, Malibu is an original coconut rum from the Caribbean and tastes just like summertime!
Using Jameson, my favorite summer cocktail is a peach whiskey smash:

Ingredients:
- peach slices
- lemon slices
- fresh mint
- Jameson Irish Whiskey
- crushed ice

Directions:
1. In a low ball glass, muddle together 2-3 peach slices, 1 lemon slice, a couple mint leaves, and 2 ounces of Jameson.
2. Top the glass with crushed ice.
3. Garnish with a lemon slice and sprig of mint.
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Wednesday, August 8, 2018

July in Review

It's time for another monthly recap!  This summer is seriously flying by, and now that the sun is finally back out after nearly 20 straight days of rain, I plan on making the most of it!  We will be traveling to some weddings later this month, but in the mean time, I'm soaking up all the sun I can.

The month started with a beautiful lady's bachelorette party in Charleston!  If you're looking for tips and suggestions for your own girls' weekend in the Holy City, you can click here for my full list!
It was another awesome month of kickball - we finished up the spring season (yes, I know it was July - haha), and one of our teams won another championship!
It was also my 30th Baseball Hall of Fame induction weekend in New York.  We had the best time, and you can read the full recap here.
In between raindrops we also played a bunch of golf (and clearly made some new friends!).
We also joined our friends for a romper "pool" party.  Pool is in quotes because it was supposed to be a party/barbecue at our friends' house, but well, thanks, rain!  Instead, we turned it into a pub crawl and wound up at a great pool and games bar!
Last, but not least, we also tried a bunch of new, awesome places around Charleston.  @Hushupandhustle opened a new smoothie bar, featuring their amazing Blender Bombs.  Their smoothies are so good, and I love the homemade granola on top! We also had Kwei Fei Sichuan Cuisine for the first time at our favorite brewery, Charles Towne Fermentory.  I also spent mornings with @holeycitybagels and @bkedshop as well as an evening at a Wicked Weed Funkatorium pop-up at Kudu!

Monday, August 6, 2018

My Style of Calligraphy

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Hand-lettering and calligraphy has always amazed me.  I love the way a hand-written letter looks with every letter on the envelope perfectly scripted.  I learned a very formal style of calligraphy for my wedding a few years ago, using specialty calligraphy pens that didn't leave much room for error.  To be honest, I really haven't picked those pens up since I finalized my last place card before my wedding.

Over the last few years, I've done some hand-lettering, but mostly with your typical pen.  I love the way this style looks, and it's so much easier to doodle.  For those fellow hand-lettering enthusiasts who want to try their hand at DIY calligraphy (pun intended), I have the absolute best pen for you: FriXion® ColorSticks by Pilot Pen.
FriXion® is the only pen that gives you the power of infinite do-overs, so you can write, erase, and re-write with the smooth writing gel ink until calligraphy strokes are just right.

I thought I would share with y'all some of my tips for creating your own calligraphy:

1. Create your own alphabet with simple strokes.  Don't be afraid to go back, erase, and change anything you don't perfectly like!
2. Fill in vertical pen strokes to create dimension.  This is what will turn your simple lettering into true calligraphy.
3. Practice, practice, practice!  Create your own alphabet and stick to it, practicing over and over. 
4. Add in florals or other accents you like.  Swirls, lines, leaves - anything you want to make your calligraphy stand out.  FriXion pens come in a variety of colors, so you can create anything your imagination dreams of!
5. Create your own artwork!  I love using music lyrics or famous quotes when I doodle in my book.
What makes FriXion pens great is that you don't have to be afraid of mistakes or rip out a page after a simple mistake.  Now, those are easily fixable with erasable pens!  I shopped for my Pilot Pen supplies at Target, and you can even click here to get $1 off any FriXion® 2-pack or larger.
Have you tried calligraphy before?
 
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