Thursday, October 29, 2015

Fall Colors & A Walk Around Town

Happy almost Friday, everyone!  Mike and I are currently 30,000 feet in the air, heading to New England for the weekend.  He'll be working and I'm tagging along as an excuse to visit some friends and family.  I can't wait to get some real cider and an apple cider donut - yum!  This week in Charleston, mother nature decided she wasn't done with summer yet, and we were back up into the mid-70s.  Honestly, I love it, and it gave Mike and I a chance to walk around town and enjoy some of my favorite fall spots.  

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Falling for...Charleston!

I'm so excited to share today's post all about my city...

Link up at the bottom of this post with myself, Veronica, and Macy with your own post about fall in your city!  The sights, the smells, the food - we love it all!
Now about my own city - fall in Charleston is definitely one of my favorite times of year.  The tourists have gone home and the weather is perfect.  From September to November, the average high drops from 85 to 70 and the average low at night plummets from 75 to 58 - perfect weather to walk around town and check out all of the fall decor.  Especially South of Broad, I love all of the pumpkins and Halloween decorations!

Also with the cooler weather, we aren't quite as worried about our bathing suit bodies anymore.  We can cover up with over-sized sweaters and wear leggings for pants, so fall in Charleston is all about the food.  Charleston Restaurant Week and the Southern Living Taste of Charleston take place in September.  There's even a mac and cheese festival in October and the food film festival in November!  So many restaurants have fantastic patios, and I love sitting outside to eat!

Monday, October 26, 2015

Weekend Adventuring

Good morning and happy Monday, y'all!  I know this post is a little tardy for a Monday, but we didn't get back from Charlotte until 4:00 this morning, so I'm a little tired this morning!

We had a great weekend with adventures all over the place.  It all began on Thursday night with a double date to Yo Bo and a night climb at Wild Blue Ropes with Erika and her husband.  We love the ropes course and hadn't been since the spring.

Looking back at old blog posts, I realized that Friday night to Saturday evening looked exactly the same as last year - haha!  I hosted a girls golf Halloween party at work again this year, and on Saturday, Mike and I went to the Mac Off for the second year in a row.  We arrived as soon as it opened, like last year, and holy moly people certainly love this event!  It was PACKED.  We still only had to wait about 5 minutes for any mac and cheese, which was nice.  My favorite was definitely Tavern & Table's burnt end mac and cheese that had barbecue brisket and a cornbread topping - yum!

Sunday morning, we headed to Charlotte with Erika and her husband for our second NFL game of the season!  Our first stop of the morning was IKEA; I really miss having an IKEA a half hour down the road like we did in Connecticut!  We bought some candles, a new comforter, a duvet, and a $2 cabinet door in the "as is" section for me to use for blog photos #bloggersecrets.  The game was really good and Bank of America Stadium is awesome!  Plus, I finally got my Cam jersey!

Lastly, don't forget that Veronica, Macy, and I are hosting our "fall in your city" linkup tomorrow!

Linking up with Ashley and Biana today!

Friday, October 23, 2015

Coffee Talk

Happy Friday, y'all!  I went looking through my drafts yesterday to see what I wanted to post about and found about 10 posts all half written with two or three sentences written.  So, I decided to throw them all together for a post topic I've done a few times in the past: coffee talk.  Basically, if we were going out for coffee together today, here's what I'd be telling you...
So, to start off, I think I've accepted that I'm going to be posting about three times per week moving forward.  I really want to work on quality over quantity, and so far, I feel like I've been able to accomplish more of that not trying to post 5 days per week.  Plus, I feel like I'm only really able to read and comment on blogs about that many times per week, so I think it'll be a pretty even give and take.

Did anyone see Jimmy Kimmel on Thursday night?!  Marty McFly, Doc Brown, and even Huey Lewis stopped by, and it was awesome!

I know I'm the very last one to blog about this, but I am so very excited about the Gilmore girls revival!  I've started binge watching each morning before work.

Speaking of television, we are trying to watch far too many shows right now: Modern Family, Black-ish, The League, SVU, Blood & Oil, Best Time Ever with NPH, plus Parenthood and Mad Men on Netflix. Now with baseball playoffs and football 4 days a week, we are so behind.  Anyone have a favorite this fall?

My two teams (Eagles and Panthers) are about to duke it out this weekend, and WE'RE GOING to Charlotte with Erika and her husband to watch!  Mike was not so happy to see a Cam jersey on my birthday wishlist - too bad ;) though Teenage Newton Ninja Turtles is the name of the fantasy football team we share.

True Life: I've had the same work bag for four and a half years.  It's the same one since this post.  When I saw Katie's post yesterday, I was beyond excited about the look (and price) of that Sole Society oxblood bag.  Well, I ordered it from Nordstrom only to get an email hours later that it was actually out of stock.  Anyone know where else I might be able to find it?

Now this also has me thinking that I haven't done a "what's in my bag" in three years, so once I find this new mystery bag, I will be sure to post about that!

I have to make a sincere apology about sponsored posts on this little blog.  I work mostly with Social Fabric, and they are just so sporadic.  There are so many dates thrown around for these "shoppertunities" that it's hard to keep them straight, plus the companies really seem to eb and flow with when they want to work with blogs.  So, I know I posted 5 times for them last month (specifically 3 times in a 10-day span), but before that, there wasn't one since July 1st, and I don't have any planned on the horizon.  I really appreciate y'all reading those posts and commenting on them.  It's been fun to try out new recipes, and this Oreo Halloween recipe has actually become one of my favorites.  Honestly, making a bit of money from this blog while writing about things I feel fit with this blog definitely make the bills at the end of each month a bit easier.

Lastly, did you see that Veronica, Macy, and I are hosting a link up on Tuesday?  We want to hear all about what fall looks like in your city: the sights, smells, eats, things to do!

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Fall Flavors: Apple Crisp

With fall weather creeping in this past weekend (don't worry, it's not staying long - back to the high 70s tomorrow!), I was in the mood to make something autumn-y.  I've had this crisp recipe for a long time, and it's always been a favorite!  Add some vanilla bean ice cream, and it's the perfect dessert!
3 pound bag of Macintosh apples
1 box of Betty Crocker Pie Crust Mix
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
3/4 cup sugar
3 tablespoons flour
3 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 stick butter

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Peel and slice the apples into thin pieces, set aside.
3. Mix 1 cup of the pie mix with 3 tablespoons of water and press with well-floured (this is in addition to the 3 tablespoons of flour in the recipe) fingers into the bottom of a pie plate.
4. Mix the rest of the pie mix with 1 tablespoon of water and the brown sugar.  Put this aside; this will be the crisp topping.
5. In a large bowl, combine sugar, flour, cinnamon, and nutmeg.  Pour apples into bowl and mix to coat.
6. Put coated apples into pie pan and top with crumble topping.
7. Dice chilled butter and place pieces all over the top of the crisp.
8. Bake crisp in the oven for 35-40 minutes.

Speaking of fall, Veronica, Macy, and I are hosting a linkup next Tuesday all about our favorite season.  The three of us are from three different cities: Boston, Baltimore, and Charleston, and we will be writing about what fall looks like around us.  We want to read all about fall in your city, too!  Are the leaves changing?  How is the weather?  What are your favorite fall events?  We hope you'll join us so we can see what fall is like all over the country!

Monday, October 19, 2015

Sweater Weather... Finally!

Hey friends, happy monday!  How was your weekend?  Ours was great: plenty of relaxing, golf, tennis, and some outlet shopping.  I was really excited that I finally had a chance to wear my new favorite sweater.  I found this and a few other awesome fall pieces at one of my favorite King Street boutiques, Haute Hanger.  I've now worn it two different ways: with some skinny ankle jeans and a new pair of flares I'm loving (can we just talk about how happy I am that flares are coming back into style?!).
As all of my Facebook friends were bragging or complaining about it snowing in the Northeast, I was thrilled that dropped below 70 here in Charleston for SWEATER WEATHER.  (Betty and Jodi will forever be one of my favorite SNL skits.)  
 This is actually only my second aztec (I know, gasp!), and it's the perfect polyester counterpart to my favorite wool sweater.  I love that the colors on this Flying Tomato sweater are bright, but the patterns still say "fall."  I can definitely see myself wearing it very late into the year.

Thanks so much to Haute Hanger for this awesome sweater!  I received this product in exchange for a previous store review.  As always, all opinions are my own. 

Linking up with Ashley and Biana today!

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Charleston Eats: Callie's Hot Little Biscuit Review

Let's be honest: I'm a little too giddy about today's post.  I don't remember how we first found Callie's Hot Little Biscuit, but I do know it's become a weekly staple for Mike and me.  Almost every Saturday, we start off our morning with Callie's biscuits and my favorite mint iced tea and spend the next couple hours walking around the Farmer's Market, waterfront, and looking at all of my favorite houses.
Hot Little Biscuit is the cutest (and my favorite) little bakery in Charleston.  Located at 476 1/2 King Street (yes, you read that right), the whole space is only 8 feet wide.  Not only do they serve breakfast and lunch seven days a week, they are also open late night (10 pm-2 am) on Friday and Saturday nights.  They have the best location, right in the middle of all my favorite Upper King bars, so you know nights out (like my birthday) always include Callie's.
As you walk in, you're greeted by one of the friendly Callie's bakers at the counter, and examples of all their standard biscuits are laid out in front of you.  Usually, you can also watch someone hand mixing biscuit dough, but if not, the whole process is showcased on the wall. 
They always have a standard menu of biscuits, grits, pimento cheese sandwiches, and accoutrements, but my favorite items usually come from the specials board.  They have a long roll of recycled paper hanging on the wall where, each day, they write their specials: bacon, egg, & cheese, shrimp salad, peaches and cream, and strawberry shortcake all on their delicious biscuits are some of my favorites.  Late night, I'm all about the chicken on a biscuit made with their neighbor, The Rarebit's amazing fried chicken.
I could go on and on, but I'll just leave these here for your mouth water...
Don't live in Charleston?  Callie's Charleston Biscuits has an awesome online store where you can buy everything from frozen biscuits to gift packages and pimento cheese to Callie's merchandise and cookbooks.
Next time you're in Charleston, call me up and I'll happily meet you at HLB!

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