• Getting Back in The Swing of Things

  • Spring Home Refresh for Under $100

  • Your Invited: Modani Atlanta Wine & Design Party

  • Rum Pound Cake

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Getting Back in The Swing of Things

  
If you noticed I’ve been on a mini blogging sabbatical. After 5 years of blogging it was time to slow things down a bit. Life lately consists of lots of yoga, spending time with friends, reading and finding sources of inspiration in small places. I found a new job and I started last week. So far so good. I’ll still be working in corporate communications but more on a local front. 

For the blog, I’ve got several new brand partnerships in the works, a new style series, new recipes, and some exciting projects going on in my condo that I can’t wait to share with you. 

So stay tuned and thanks for sticking around! 

Spring Home Refresh for Under $100

Spring Home Refresh

 

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Spring is the perfect time to refresh your home and brighten things up a bit. After your doing your annual run of Spring cleaning, its time to go on a shopping trip. I’ve created a budget friendly list of items that will refresh your favorite space in your home without breaking the bank. I like doing simple things like adding a new piece of artwork to my collection or switching up the pillows on my sofa. 

 

Your Invited: Modani Atlanta Wine & Design Party

  

I’m excited to announce I’ll be hosting an event at one of Atlanta’s top retailers, Modani. Join me next Thursday, April 16 at 7 p.m. along with some of Atlanta’s top tastemakers for an evening of shopping, drinking, and mingling. RSVP is required at VIPATL@modani.com. 

All Eat.Drink.Shop.Love readers will receive  a discount. Can’t wait to see you all! 

Rum Pound Cake

I can’t remember an Easter as a child without a pound cake on the table. Its always been a tradition in my home. A tradition that I plan to carry on to my own family some day. Pound Cakes have been a staple in American households for years especially in the south.

I decided to put a spin on this classic dessert by adding a little rum given to me by the folks at Old New Orleans Rum. The rum’s spice compliments the buttery flavor of the traditional pound cake. I also added Greek yogurt to lighten it a bit. When you bite into this cake the moisture from the yogurt lets all of the flavors melt into your mouth. After tasting the overflow i had from the batter, it was hard to resist the urge to slice into the entire cake. This Rum Pound Cake recipe is heaven! 

Rum Pound Cake

Rum Pound Cake

Rum Pound Cake

 

 

Rum Pound Cake
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Ingredients
  1. 3 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature, plus more for the pan

  2. 3 1/2 cups flour, plus more for the pan

  3. 1/2 teaspoon salt

  4. 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

  5. 1/4 cup rum

  6. 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

  7. 3 cups sugar

  8. 8 large eggs

  9. 1 cup Greek yogurt

  10. 1/2 tbsp cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Grease a 10-inch tube pan with a little butter, then dust it with flour, shaking out any excess.
  2. Whisk together the flour, salt and baking powder in a bowl.
  3. Beat the butter in the bowl of a stand mixer on medium speed until lightened and smooth.
  4. Increase the speed to medium-high; gradually add the sugar, mixing to form a light and fluffy mixture; this will take about 8 minutes. Stop a few times to scrape down the sides of the bowl.
  5. Reduce the speed to medium. Add the eggs one at a time, until eggs are beated in.
  6. Reduce the speed to low. Add the rum and vanilla extract to the batter.
  7. Now gradually add flour to the mixer.
  8. Lastly, add Greek yogurt and cinnamon to the bowl, stir in slowly.
  9. Bake for 1 hour and 30 minutes; a toothpick inserted into the cake should come out clean. Flip cake out onto a wire rack to cool for 1 hour before cutting.
Notes
  1. Serve with fruit and whipped creme.
Adapted from Washington Post
Adapted from Washington Post
Eat.Drink.Shop.Love : A Lifestyle Blog http://eatdrinkshoplove.com/
 *The rum for this recipe was provided by Old New Orleans Rum

Girls Night Out with Lovable Foods

With busy work schedules and hectic personal lives, it can hard to make time for girl time with friends. About two years, one of my friends and I decided to start a book club/ social club so we could all get together and hang out once a quarter. The reading of books quickly became more of us talking about life and drinking wine the whole time so we decided to make it more social by doing outings once a quarter around Atlanta. Rather it be a bowling night or a dinner at a nice restaurant it was a great way to spend time with old friends and make new ones as well.  

 For our latest outing we partnered with local Atlanta catering company, Lovable Foods to host a cooking class. Unlike me most of my friends rarely step in the kitchen on a nightly basis, so I thought this would be a great way to show them how to make healthy foods in under 30 minutes.

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The theme for our class that evening was caribbean cuisine. Our menu consisted of a curry spiced chicken salad served on a bed of lettuce, a mango jicama salad, two tropical salsas, spiced shrimp with a an avocado dressing, grilled pineapple, coconut bread pudding, grilled flank steak, and dirty rice. The class was very interactive and we all had the opportunity to help prepare each dish. I enjoyed everything but my favorite dishes were the chicken salad, the salsa, the spiced shrimp with avocado dressing. I loved the avocado dressing so much that I make now on a regular basis. It’s so easy and you can a big batch at once and use it throughout the week. It goes great on salads, tacos, and all meats. LovableFoodsMangoSalad

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If you live in Atlanta and are interested in hosting an event with Lovable Foods. I highly recommend you contact them.

All photos taken by Eat.Drink.Shop.Love and Lovable Foods Catering.