3-dayer

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I’m heading up to the lake (and this little nugget’s playground) tonight after work for a long weekend with the family. What are you up to for the 3-day weekend? I hope it’s fabulous (and rain-free!), friends!

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Crispy, Chocolate-y Goodness

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I recently purchased Ina Garten’s (aka the Barefoot Contessa/domestic goddess’) cookbook Make It Ahead and am loving it. These English Chocolate Crisps are one of the first things I made – and have now remade – several times, with just a few adjustments. They truly could not be any easier – or more delicious!

English Chocolate Crisps (adapted)
yields about 10 crisps

2 cups cornflakes cereal
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup milk chocolate chips
sea salt

Slowly melt the chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl in 30 second intervals, stirring between each 30 seconds until the chocolate is completely melted.

Use a spatula to fold in the cornflakes until well-blended with the chocolate, being careful to not crush the cereal.

Immediately scoop the mixture onto a silicone or parchment paper-lined baking sheet.

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Warning: this part is straight-up MESSY. Just go with it. Try to contain the mounds and form them into about 2-3 inch “cookies”.

Refrigerate the crisps on the tray for at least one hour before serving so that the crisps have time to set.

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 I added some sea salt to the top of each crisp the second go-around and they were a perfect sweet-and-salty combination. (Also, Ina adds cranberries to hers, but I have yet to be as “healthy”!).

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Weekend Highlights

Happy (sleep-deprived, caffeine-lacking) Monday, loves! How was your weekend?

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On Friday night my girl Britton and I went out and headed straight to our summertime favorite, Tavern and Table. Despite a little rain, the views are never disappointing, nor is the proscuitto and fig flat bread.

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No night out is complete without the ex-governor dropping you his business card and saying call if you’d like to meet up for a beer, either, right?

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I traded in my Altima last week and am loooooving a four-door car again after way too many years with the hassle of a coupe. (The black rims were included, but they’re growing on me ha!)

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Saturday night was another round out on the town, followed by some sun and book time on Sunday in the gorgeous 80 degree weather.

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I snuck into the pool nearby; hello, upgrade!

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I finished Mademoiselle Chanel yesterday and absolutely loved it. Coco Chanel was one tough cookie, and the history of her life and all that she endured was truly amazing to read about. Basically, it’s a must-read.

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I finished the weekend with some fried chicken, green beans, and truffled mac and cheese; nice and Southern and it totally hit the spot.

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Let’s make it a great week, friends, and then it’s a 3-day weekend!

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Less / More

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Eye-roll less. Smile more.
Judge less. Praise more.
Talk less. Listen more.
Buy less. Be grateful more.
Sit less. Walk more.
Text less. Call more.
Email less. Write more.
Be sedentary less. Be proactive more.
Be defensive less. Be approachable more.
Sigh less. Breathe deeply more.
Complain less. Enjoy more.
Worry less. Pray more.
Be selfish less. Be selfless more.
Obsess about the future less. Embrace the present more.
Harbor doubt less. Trust more.

I recently needed to take a time-out and ended up putting together this post on a whim. We all need to stop and reflect sometimes on what we do too much of (or too little of), right?

What do you want to do less of in your own life?
What do you want to do more of?

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No Green Thumb Required

Happy Monday, loves! How was your weekend? Given that mine was pretty uneventful (save for some much-needed girl time), today I’m sharing a super simple DIY.

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I ordered this set of grass ‘blade’ ball point pens for a pop of green on my desk at work. Once they arrived, I wanted to put together a cute little holder to show them off.

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All you need? I used a (roughly) 4 inch tall juice glass and some leftover white river rocks from Lowe’s (like $4 for 20 pounds!).

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Holding the pens together, cap-sides down, add just enough of the rocks around the pens to hold them in place. That’s it. Donezo. And the effect really is pretty cute, right?

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Added bonus: no watering required (and no one can steal your pens!)

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On the Vanity

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Happy Thursday, friends! We have almost made it to the weekend. Above is a round-up of current (drugstore) cosmetics that I’m loving and find myself using each day as part of my makeup routine. Another one to add to the list: the L’Oreal La Palette in Nude 02 (think neutral shades of purple, perfect for my brown and hazel-eyed ladies).

What beauty products are currently on your vanity that’d you add to this list?

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Mountain Getaway

Hiiii, friends! How was your Mother’s Day? I hope all the mamas out there were spoiled!
I’m back after a wonderful, chilly, relaxing, much-needed five days in the mountains of North Carolina. 

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With temperatures ranging from the 40s to almost 70, slippers and a fire were musts during our stay at a friend’s family’s cabin about 30 minutes outside of Asheville.

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Hiking (and feeling the burn – to say the least!) by the time we had to head up-hill to get home.

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Grilled pork chops for dinner Wednesday night

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The porch was a favorite spot with fabulous views and lots of sunning time for the pups…

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and some sipping time for moi.

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On Thursday we headed to the Moose Cafe for breakfast before a day at the Biltmore House.

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The Biltmore did not disappoint, either! Holy moly; when can we move in!?

I joked early into our trip that it was going to snow… and then it did. We got several inches on Cinco de Mayo before it all melted again by Friday afternoon.

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“WTH, mom!?”

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On Friday we hiked to the top of Big Bald before another couple joined us for the remainder of the weekend.

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Dog Heaven 

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Friday we grilled steaks and laid low with friends. Dinner on Saturday night was at the Club again post-Kentucky Derby (I’m officially a salmon fan now!) for another wonderful meal.

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On Sunday we had a group brunch before cleaning the cabin, packing up, and making
the trek back to Charleston and the hellacious humidity that afternoon.

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Already missing the views

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Eggs Benedict and the blueberry waffles with fried chicken (perfection)

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Until next time, Wolf Laurel. Thanks for making me a mountain lover!

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