Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Weekend Plans-Cashville, TN

Enough with the long distance...the fiance and I are both heading to Nashville this weekend to visit some friends, eat some great food and drink beer. This weekend Nashville has it's  10th Annual Music City Brewer's Fest. This means a full tummy and a smile on my face come Saturday afternoon.

I'll be the person looking for the "das boot" contest

Monday, July 25, 2011


A twist on Southern cocktails from OKRA, the online Southern Food Magazine

Watermelon Rum Cooler
Makes one cocktail
1 cup red seedless watermelon, cubed
2 ounces white rum
1 tablespoon agave nectar
juice of 1 and a half limes (about 3 tablespoons)
1 tablespoon chopped mint
crushed ice
Chile Lime Salt (optional)

Combine the cubed watermelon, rum, agave nectar, and lime juice in a blender (or in a bowl if using an emmersion blender). Puree until the mixture is smooth. Strain through a fine mesh strainer. Set aside. If desired, coat the lip of a glass with the chile lime salt by rubbing the lip with a damp towel and dipping the lip into the salt. Fill the glass with ice. Add watermelon mixture and chopped mint. Stir well.

 Bourbon New Fashioned

Dickie Brennan's Bourbon House has been serving the New Fashioned since 2002

Before opening Bourbon House, key members of the Dickie Brennan team ventured to Kentucky to do some hands-on research. While there they talked with Fred Noe, great-grandson of Jim Beam about classic bourbon cocktails and ideas to update them. One idea was using different fruits. The group thought “Louisiana and the Gulf Coast has some of the best produce in the country, why not incorporate that into a classic bourbon cocktail?” Thus the New Fashioned was born. Today, bartenders at Bourbon House use seasonal fruit – peaches, strawberries and blueberries to create this delicious cocktail.

Key Ingredients: Bourbon, bitters, sugar, seasonal fruit
2oz. macerated peaches (fruit marinated in its’ own juices with a touch of sugar overnight – blueberries, raspberries or strawberries may be substituted)
2oz. Knob Creek bourbon
5 shakes Peychaud’s bitters
1 splash simple syrup
1 splash soda

Combine macerated fruit, bitters, splash of simple syrup and splash of soda in a rocks glass and muddle. Add Knob Creek, fill with ice and mix well.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Home Sweet Home: Kitchen Edition

While searching for some trendy, local, folk-type art I stumbled upon this website Right now our soon-to-be kitchen has reds,yellows and blues. Matthew has two great pieces of art that I had been drooling over in Jackson Square for over a year, and by chance his sweet mom just happen to buy both of the originals for him. At the moment they are in storage, but pics will come soon. We have these IKAT tea towels from Furbish Studio this little number from Dirty Coast is about to be the next purchase for our laid back funky kitchen...
The Po-Boy Patent (Canvas) (1)
The Po-Boy Patent: There are many imitators but the reigning king of the sandwich must be the ever evolving and versatile Po-Boy. Here for the first time is the official patent. Take as a starting point and get creative.

Wedding Work

I'm usually not a fan of the cheesy wedding websites that our out there, with us having such a large crowd of out-of-towners it was necessary. It took a while to create, but I actually got into it and had a good time.

279 days to go!

Friday, July 22, 2011

Market Inspirations

Design Legacy-Kelly O'Neal
The perks of working at AmericasMart are getting to see and experience so many new and fabulous products ranging from stationary to tabletop, home decor to gourmet items and apparel to outdoor living. The downfall...I want it all!! During the July Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market, when we weren't running around like a chicken with its head cut off getting Kathryn M. Ireland to her book signing while making sure Cat Cora found her limo, I took a bit of time to take a few pictures and notes of some truly amazing finds. Since I always want to find a cheap way around spending major mula on the things I love, I decided instead not to matriculate some huge wish list, but instead find inspiration and get out there and create. 
Blurry iPhone pic, but had to add a pic of Kathryn M. Ireland, star Bravo's Million Dollar Decorators
Her book, Summers in France is a definate must have and a perfect cocktail table book
Cat Cora cooking in our Demo Kitchen. She so sweet and pocket sized. :0

Peggy Post, great grand daughter of etiquite queen Emily Post. She was so sweet she even brought me over to the booth in Paper Boutique, M.Middleton who carries her line of wedding stationary to help me with my decision making.

Moving on to stationary, wedding invitations, etc. I found a line I just loved. Alexa Pulitzer out of New Orleans.

Alexa's lines are featured in Anthropologie, Bergdorf Goodman and many retail stores.
King Gator
lovely lobster
This category deserves a bolded and underlined title for how much I love it all.

Now this takes the cake....Design Legacy by Kelly O'Neal


Every bit of this line for design legacy makes me whish I either lived in Europe (don't think that's an option), decorate my new house to look like a market in Thialand or just be a kid again...