Category Archives: Recipes

Traveling & Eating

 

Summer SaladA wonderful part about traveling is planning to eat at great restaurants at your destinations. We usually walk away with a great experience AND ideas.

After eating at New York City’s The Polo Bar, Matt walked away saying it was one of the best steaks he ever had, and I walked away wanting to redecorate our home in hunter green and equestrian art… maybe my mom has an old bridle I could hang on the wall?  But, that’s for another post!

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Kicking Off the Month of May

Kicking Off May

May is a busy month: from the Kentucky Derby to Jacksonville’s THE PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP, there is something to every weekend.

May is getting off to a busy start, especially here in the South.

Between the NFL Draft Thursday night, Tee-ing Off Downtown to kick off the week of The Players Championship golf tournament on Friday, and the Kentucky Derby on Saturday, there’s hardly a moment to spare.

It’s important to take a moment, relax, and enjoy this fabulous weather we are having.  You wouldn’t want to get sick and have to miss work next Friday. But, then again I hear, the best medicine is served cold along the greens of TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra.

We recently painted part of our patio Dark Forest Green and I love the new backdrop to outside gatherings.

We recently painted part of our patio Black Forest Green and I love the new backdrop to outside gatherings.

Fill two-thirds of your  glass with your favorite beer, add    one-third C of Ginger Ale, and top it off with a touch of Gin and a squeeze of lemon.

Fill two-thirds of your glass with your favorite beer, add one-third C of Ginger Ale, and top it off with a touch of Gin and a squeeze of lemon. [Beer Cocktail, Jacksonville]

If you aren’t going down to your local NFL stadium for the DRAFT PARTY, this is a great night to make a “Beer Cocktail.”  Grab your partner’s favorite local brew, for Matt it is Jacksonville’s Intuition’s People’s Pale Ale, your favorite Gin, ginger ale, and a lemon or two. It’s quick, festive, and a fun way to celebrate the Draft… even if you don’t like football.

GINgerale Shandy

Combine…
2/3 C – Chilled Local Brew
1/3 C – Ginger Ale
Top it off with a touch of Gin and the squeeze of a lemon.

If beer isn’t your thing… there is always champagne!

Now, sit back and enjoy the evening.

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Sadie on the Outside Setup for May

The patio walls are painted BLACK FOREST GREEN by Benjamin Moore.

Rugs from AT HOME, Poufs from TARGET, Ice Bucket from EMILY McCARTHY, & Tray from DESIGN ELEMENTS in Jacksonville, Florida.

Take the “inside”— outside. Rugs from AT HOME, Poufs from TARGET, Ice Bucket from EMILY McCARTHY, & Tray from DESIGN ELEMENTS in Jacksonville, Florida.

Friday Favorite: Southern Soul Barbeque on St. Simon’s Island

 

Guy Fieri visited Southern Soul in 2010.

Guy Fieri visited Southern Soul in 2010.

Under the awning of an old gas station from 1940 sits a massive wood burning smoker. Tables share the shade of the portico and people, packed in the rebuilt fueling station, spill out of its door patiently waiting to order their food.  No one is in a hurry because we all know it is worth the wait. I’m pretty sure parts of heaven will smell like Southern Soul. Continue reading

A Dish & A Story [a dinner party idea]

Aunt Inez's 4-Layer Chocolate Cake

Aunt Inez’s Chocolate Cake

My grandma, Doris Wheeler Evans, was born in 1914 and grew up in Watertown, Florida which is no bigger than a blink and right outside of Lake City.

She was one of 12 children; 8 of them girls, 8 of them incredible southern cooks. I grew up eating “Aunt Eloise’s Pound Cake,”  “Doris’s Coconut Cake,” “Lucille’s Lemon Cheesecake,”  and “Cleavy’s Chicken Tetrazzini.”  The star among the stars, however, was Aunt Inez’s Chocolate Cake. Continue reading

Friday Favorites: “Lou’s Brew” ~a chilled coffee cocktail

Lou's Brew- 2 parts chilled, French Pressed Coffee, one part Coffee Rum

Lou’s Brew- 2 parts chilled, French Pressed Coffee, one part Coffee Rum

 

I didn’t think I liked “iced coffee.” I always thought that no one REALLY liked it, but everyone just ordered it because it was the “cool” thing to do. (I have a similar theory about the Dave Matthews Band, but I will save that post for another day). I had refused to be brainwashed by Starbucks. I had principles! Drinking real coffee in the middle of the day, in the middle of July in Florida, could be the closest thing to eating fire. But the “Starbucks stereotype” couldn’t die away [how would everyone show the world they were cool during the summer if they couldn’t stage their selfies with the Starbucks logo showing?]  so…  ICE COFFEE IT IS for EVERYONE! Continue reading