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Baby it’s cold outside

Anyone else caught off guard by this cold swoop of weather? Last week the highs in Atlanta were in the 70s. This week the highs are in the 40s. Yesterday I was so rushed to get out the house for work I forgot to bundle up. Lesson learned! Let’s just say, baby it’s cold outside!

I’m better prepared today. I had a feeling old man winter wasn’t gone for good. I have been saving this post to the share with you on a cold day. 

The one thing I love about winter is the layers of clothing you get to wear.  This blanket scarf from old navy has become one of favorite winter staples. It’s not too heavy but easily pairs with a lot of classic pieces in my wardrobe. 

 Photography by Amber Corbi

Road Trip Diaries | Charleston, South Carolina in Photos

Just a quick 5-hour drive northeast of Atlanta sits Charleston, South Carolina. Charleston is a great coastal city filled with excellent food, beaches, and lots of great shopping. You can get there from Atlanta on one tank of gas and its only a quick flight from most east coast cities.

My best friend Jessica and I decided to take a quick weekend road trip to Charleston for the Charleston Food and Wine Festival. This year the festival partnered with Nikon and Saveur magazine to host a photography tour around different parts of the city. Nikon loaned us their Nikon 5600 DSLR camera and gave a guided photography tour around Charleston. I’ve been to Charleston before for work and pleasure but this time it was nice to view the city from a different lens. I needed a brush up on my photography skills and have been in the market for a new camera. This was a great experience to enjoy some great food and wine and learn something new. 

Check out my photos from the trip below and tips on things do during your next trip to Charleston. 

Rainbow Row Charleston South Carolina

Kayaks Shem Creek Marina Charleston South Carolina

Lighthouse Shem Creek Marina Charleston South Carolina

Shem Creek Marina Charleston South Carolina

Fisherman Shem Creek Marina Charleston South Carolina

Lifesaver Shem Creek Marina Charleston South Carolina

American Flag Charleston South Carolina

Charleston, South Carolina City Guide

Eat

(Breakfast/Brunch)

Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit 

The Obstinate Daughter

Hominy Grill

(Lunch/Dinner)

Husk

Butcher & Bee

Edmonds Oast

FIG

Blossom

Leon’s

The Ordinary

(Dessert)

Carmella’s Dessert Bar

Wildfire Pastry

Sugar Bakeshop

Shop

Candlefish

Teal

Worthwhile

 

Butternut Squash Breakfast Tacos

Breakfast is my favorite meal! When I have time to make breakfast in the morning it completely sets my day. If I made breakfast 9 times out of 10, I know it’s going to be a good day.

I try to sway away from the turkey bacon and eggs every once in a while to switch things up. This weekend I had leftover butternut Squash that I needed to use from this salad I made. So I made butternut squash breakfast tacos with an avocado Crema. It’s pretty easy to make and affordable too! I love that all of the ingredients are less than $10. 

Check out the recipe below.

Butternut Squash Breakfast Tacos

Ingredients 

1 small butternut squash, peeled and cubed 

salt

olive oil

1/4 teaspoon chili powder

1/4 teaspoon cumin

½ cup canned black beans

1 garlic clove, smashed and peeled, diced

4 eggs, scrambled 

8 corn tortillas, white or yellow

Avocado Crema

1 small avocado, thinly sliced

2 tablespoon chopped cilantro

1 fresh lime, cut into wedges

1/8 tsp cumin

1/8 tsp chili powder 

1/4 cup non fat-Greek yogurt 

Olive Oil

hot sauce to serve, optional

Instructions 

1. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Peel the butternut Squash, cut into small chunks. In a small bowl toss squash with salt, olive oil, chili powder, and cumin. Place on a non-stick baking sheet and roast for 20-25 minutes.
2. While the squash is roasting, add black beans, garlic, bay leaf, and salt to a small sauce pan. Cook until it begins to boil. 
3. In your food processor, add avocado, garlic, cumin, Greek yogurt, cilantro and lime. Pulse until Puréed.
4. Toast tortillas in the oven until the edges become slightly brown.
5. Layer tacos with scrambled egg, black beans, butternut squash and avocado crema. Add hot sauce( optional)

Enjoy! 

Blood Orange Hibiscus Margaritas

Blood Orange Hibiscus Margaritas

Blood Orange Hibiscus Margaritas

I have a serious craving for blood oranges during the winter months. I love them as snacks, on desserts, and in salads. In honor of National Margarita Day, I decided to share my love for blood oranges and make some yummy blood orange hibiscus lime margaritas. 

This margarita recipe is a little different than your traditional margarita because it uses fresh blood orange juice and hibiscus-lime soda. The hibiscus adds a floral essence to the traditional margarita. The sweet and tart flavors are perfect for any occasion. Check out the recipe below. 

Blood Orange Hibiscus Margarita

Ingredients

2 ounces el Jimador silver tequila

1/2 Triple Sec

Four blood oranges, squeezed 

Two limes, squeezed

1 tsp simple syrup 

A splash of hibiscus lime soda ( preferred brand Joai)

Instructions

In a shaker filled with ice, add ingredients. Pour into a glass rimmed with salt (optional). Garnish with a lime or blood orange. 

*Tequila for this recipe was provided by el Jimador

 

Winter White and Mulberry Crush

Happy Tuesday and Happy Valentine’s Day! I don’t have any special plans this year for Valentine’s Day so I’m taking my mom out for dinner. It will be just us girls!

I’ve never been a huge Valentine’s Day fan because I think it’s important to celebrate the people in your life every day.

But there is always an occasion to get dressed up and make yourself look great. I brought this white dress in December for a holiday party. I love the way winter white just pops and I think every woman should have this as a key piece in their wardrobe.

I decided to pair this dress with simple accessories like this lipstick from Nars and this bib necklace. The bold burgundy colors are a great way to add pops of color to this class white dress without over doing it.