Friday, June 23, 2017

Charleston Eats: Home Team BBQ

Happy Friday, friends!  I hope everyone had a good week.  You know I love sharing Charleston restaurants with you, and I can honestly say that I've been taking photos for this post for months.  Thinking ahead to Friday happy hour is the best time to share this gem.  There are not many weeks that at least one night isn't spent at Home Team BBQ.  THIS is what I call Southern barbecue.  They have three locations around Charleston: downtown, Sullivan's Island, and West Ashley, where you can usually find us since it's right around the corner from our kickball and football fields.  
The meats at Home Team are smoked right outside and everything is rubbed in this amazing, sweet and savory dry rub.  I love how casual Home Team is; order at the counter, get your meat plates and sides put together as you watch, pay at the register, and enjoy your meal.
Now what to order: first of all, get the smoked wings.  They are huge, rubbed with that delicious dry rub, and served with five different sauces on your table, ranging from Carolina Mustard to Hot Red.  They are crispy on the outside, juicy on the inside, and also have a side of my favorite condiment, the poppy seed dipping sauce.  What's really fun is that the sports league we play in is sponsored by Home Team, so we get a free dozen wings and a pitcher of beer each week, just by going in our game shirts.  (Thanks, Home Team!)  So, needless to say I eat a lot of wings and you can trust my recommendation - haha!
Now, for my personal favorites.  On Tuesday evenings, I walk in, and they know my order: chips and queso and fried mac & cheese balls.  Both are amazing.  The chips are tossed in that delicious dry rub, and you can even take the chips and queso to the next level by ordering the giant nachos.  The nachos come with three types of salsa and your choice of smoked meat.  Their mac & cheese is good on its own, but nothing a layer of deep fried goodness can't make even better.  I love the sweet jelly sauce they're served with, but we're known to dip them in the queso, too.  
Now here's my typical spread...
Don't forget the drinks, too!  They have a full bar and are most famous for their game changers.  Imagine an adult slushie: orange, pineapple, rum, (more rum,) and freshly grated nutmeg on top.  These babies pack a punch, and are so refreshing and delicious for my 21 and over friends.
And just because... the more food photos, the better.  
You can even take their dry rub home!
There's ample indoor and outdoor seating at the West Ashley location, and I especially love the back courtyard to play corn hole after we eat.
And their Sullivan's Island location!

Now I'm already dreaming of wings and game changers this weekend!  

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Wear Your Lilly Day!

Happy National Wear Your Lilly Day!  Who else is covered in their favorite bright summery patterns today?  I have to admit, I have done barely any Lilly shopping in 2017, but I have been lusting after some of this year's beautiful patterns.  I am just in love with all of the pineapple and ocean side goodness this year and have rounded up some of my favorites below.
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I think my favorite right now are those Luxletic leggings in the reinvented navy Lobstah Roll.  This print is so vibrant!  As for favorite pattern, I love Oh Shello.  It looks awesome in this scalloped crop top and skirt set, but I'm not quite sure I could pull it off - haha.  I'll stick to that gorgeous dress I linked to above!  If you want even more fun, here's a fun Lilly-inspired wedding post I put together last year!
What's your favorite 2017 Lilly pattern?

Monday, June 19, 2017

Apple Pie Push-Up Pops

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Summer parties are my favorite: grab a few friends, some delicious food, and some lawn games (anyone else love Kan Jam?), and it's the best way to spend an afternoon.  Hot dogs, cheeseburgers, watermelon, corn-on-the-cob: so many picnic main dishes and sides are perfectly portable to keep playing even as you eat, but what about dessert?  My favorite all-American dessert has always been apple pie, so I've made it perfectly portable to enjoy without stopping your game of corn hole!
- Marie Callender's® Apple Pie (includes 1 frozen pie and 1 topping mix)
- Reddi-wip®
- Push-up pop molds

1. Bake pie according to package instructions at 400 degrees.
2. Remove pie from the oven when the edges are brown and the pie filling is bubbly.  Leave the oven at 400 degrees.
3. Scrape out the apple filling into a bowl.
4. Remove the pie crust from the pie plate and place in sections onto a cookie sheet.
5. Bake the pie crust for 10 minutes on one side and 5 minutes on the other to further crisp the crust.
6. Crumble the crust into a separate bowl.
7. Into the push-up pop molds, layer crumbled crust, apple filling, Reddi-wip, apple filling, and crumble topping.
Interested in purchasing these ingredients for your next party? Hover over the photo below to click through to and buy them!
My favorite way to serve these delicious desserts is with the can of cold whipped cream nearby (and some sprinkles), so guests can top off their apple pie push-up pops!
To find more summer cookout inspiration, click here to see what other bloggers are sharing!

Friday, June 16, 2017

Cheers to Friday!

This week, we had some of our best friends visiting.  Phil was in our wedding and has been friends with Mike since middle school, and he and his fiancee just got engaged this spring!  We were thrilled to have them visit because they love playing cards and drinking beer just as much as we do.  Here's everything we did this week:

1. Beer: We went to 11 local breweries in 5 days... not kidding.  Half were from this list and this list, and the others are more I can't wait to share in another brewery post soon.  As home brewers, they definitely know what they like (and what the best is), and their favorites were Revelry, Low Tide, and Charles Towne Fermentory.
2. Games: Our very first brewery of the trip was Ghost Monkey, and as I've said before, I love their game selection there.  We grabbed Rummikub and loved drinking/playing so much that I carried around cards and a cribbage board in my clutch for the rest of the weekend.  Anyone else play Pitch/Set Back/High-Low-Jack-Game?
3. Food: Of course, we also ate just as much as we drank.  We had to share favorites like Callie's Biscuits, Basil Thai, Zia Mexican, and Bay Street Biergarten (omg the Southern burger with fried pimento cheese and bacon jam - YUM).
4. Sightseeing: To walk off everything we ate, we made stops at all the traditional spots: Pineapple Fountain, Rainbow Row, City Market, King Street for Second Sunday, and Folly Beach.
5. Snaps: And because what's a Friday High Five without a fifth item?  Here are a few of my favorite snaps lately.  If you don't follow me, I'm @megatronnn27.  I am loving the daily overlaps all over the city!

Thanks so much to Tif at Bright on a Budget, Della at Della Devoted, Katie at Cup of Tea, Becky from BYBMG for selecting me as the H54F featured blogger.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Summer Bucket List

Each summer, I love putting together a list of new adventures.  I feel like the seasons just fly by, and checking in on this list every other week or so helps me stay more intentional, not just letting these beautiful summer weeks slip by.  Here's my list for this year:

- Attempt to grow Confederate Jasmine: One of my friends had this growing up the columns on her last house and is doing the same on her new house.  She told me that it's pretty easy to do, so I'd love to add some to the columns on our front double porch.
- Build a blanket ladder: Sooooo, I killed my giant Ikea palm in our living room.  My thumbs are definitely not green.  Now we have a big empty area to the right of our television, and I've love to add ladder right there.
- Stay active 5 nights each week: Right now, we're playing football, kickball, tennis, and golf.  I can't see much of that changing, so that's at least 4 nights per week, plus I'd love to get back into running more.
- Finish our back patio: This project is still going.  I really want some pretty string lights and more comfortable seating!
- Watch the solar eclipse: August 21st, a total solar eclipse is going to happen right over Charleston.  This is pretty much a reminder so I don't forget to go out on the Ravenel Bridge and watch it!
- Try 5 new Charleston restaurants: This one has been on our bucket list the last two summers (2015 and 2016), and we've accomplished it each year.  There are always new spots popping up, plus tons of amazing places we still have yet to try.  This amazing paella below was from a work event, made by FIG chef, Mike Lata... hoping that spot might be on the list this summer!
- Shoot under par: Last year, I shot even par, but this summer, I want to get under par.  We'll see!
- Read at least 2 books by the pool: Anyone have a favorite comedy book?  These have been my favorites lately, and so far, Lauren Graham's book is the only one on my list!
- Go berry picking: I love all the family farms in the Lowcountry, and we've done strawberries and blueberries in the past.  I'd definitely go back to one of those or even find a new farm for raspberries (my favorite!).

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