Southern flair in the Northern air...

Southern flair in the Northern air...

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Thankful


There are many, many reasons I want to be home in GA this Thanksgiving, but we instead decided to wait to spend a full week there for Christmas. As time moves forward it is getting harder and harder for everyone to be under the same roof for the Holidays (and I know I'm the one who moved to BOSTON). But I will be with my family.  My new little family that Paul, Roswelle, and I make. :)  And we will be with Paul's family who love me like I'm their own, and I them.

Tomorrow is an intentional day of gratitude.  For some of us a day to reset our perspective, remember those we have lost, and reflect on what really matters. I'm thankful for health which is commonly a forgotten gift, happiness which is a choice I am lucky to make, and for these pictures that capture very happy moments from the past month.

Today, I'll be in the kitchen preparing for tomorrow.  My favorite movie of all time, Gone with the Wind, will be on in the background (on AMC all day today!).  It will be a good day!










{missing Trey who was busy flying all over the South-East :)}






































Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Tatte Cafe and Bakery


A few weekends ago I saw a picture on Instagram of a cafe in town - Tatte Bakery and Cafe.  It looked like a mixture of lovely and cool and I decided I would try it out this week - a reason to get out of the house with Roswelle, coffee, and something to blog about...perfect! 


Below are some quick photos I managed to get with a busy, busy
baby on my hands. There is no graceful entrance, casual coffee, and relaxing blogging/reading these days! Thankfully, I was able to meet a girlfriend there (was great catching up with you Erin!) who happily held her while I snapped a few quick shots.  By the end Roswelle had had enough and was screaming (arched back and all) and we quickly left the rest of the sans-baby patrons so that they could have their lunch and coffee in peace.  

All in all it was a successful trip!  I'm hoping to hit this up with my girlfriends for brunch this winter.

{a cool, eclectic light display in the center of the shop}






{ Avocado & Soft Egg Tartine was simple but surprisingly delicious. I could not get enough!} 



What I SHOULD have ordered: the Shakshuka, looked amazing!






{our hipsteriest (new word, folks) outfits I could conjure up}


{Roswelle's new favorite doll, a blabla doll, more on that another time}


Monday, November 24, 2014

A Thanksgiving Hash

(The sunnyside up egg is optional - but adds even more flavor and nutrition!}

Just in time for Thanksgiving, the dish you must have on the table this year: Brussel Sprout Hash.

Paul and I made this a few weeks ago while we were in Georgia and we have been making it every chance we get, ever since.  It's a super healthy meal (Paleo of course) and it packs a TON of flavor.  Don't like brussels? - just give this a shot - even my grandfather liked it! 

You can find the recipe at the end of the post but below are some step-by-step shots of the easy dish.  I suggest using super fresh, local ingredients, it really makes a difference!




A MUST for this meal is to have a wide vegetable peeler as pictured above.  It will prevent you from cursing yourself for starting this meal (and me for suggesting it) during the peeling process. 

{cut the peeled squash in half and scoop out the seeds (toss) - then chop in into medium chunks}


{slice the brussel sprouts - about 4-5 slices a sprout}


{my little helper, eating her broccoli}


{the ingredients (not pictured: evoo, salt, & pepper)}






{her favorite food - sweet potatoes!}



The secret to making this meal distinct from anything else on the menu is the bacon grease.  According to the recipe, you will bake the bacon while chopping the other ingredients.  Once the bacon is done, pour the grease from the pan directly into the sautéing pan!






{sauté the squash and onion first, then add brussels, chopped bacon, evoo, and s&p}




If you want to get fancy, top off the hash with a sunnyside up egg.



As seen below, the longer the hash cooks the better and softer it will get.  I hope you take a chance on this dish this year and enjoy it as much as we have! 



Recipe, serves 8-10


Ingredients
  1. 1lb uncured bacon
  2. 1 large butternut squash, peeled, seeded and cubed
  3. 1/2-1 small red onion, finely diced
  4. 40-45 (1stalk) Brussels sprouts, stemmed and sliced
  5. 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  6. Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
  7. 2-3 eggs, optional
Instructions
  1. Place the bacon in a separate pan and bake at 350 until crisp. Set aside on a paper towel-lined plate and crumble into pieces. Pour the bacon grease in the pan.
  2. Add the butternut squash and onion to the pan and cook for 10-12 minutes, stirring occasionally, until soft. Stir in the Brussels sprouts, along with a tablespoon of olive oil. Season generously with salt and pepper to taste. Sauté for 8-10 minutes until the Brussels sprouts are dark green and fork-tender.
  3. Add the crumbled bacon back into the pan and stir. Optional: Make two or three small wells in the hash and crack an egg into each. Cover and cook until the eggs are set. Serve immediately.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Favorite Things Friday

Happy Friday, y'all.  Due to some travel plan changes, my week had a slow pace which was much needed.  The weather here was rainy and chilly most of the week which only warranted one or two outings a day for us.  It was a nice change of pace for me and I feel ready for the weekend ahead.

Here are some things that are making my life better, currently.

Personal & Home:

{this mini steamer is the real deal.  With a baby and a schedule that seems to change on the fly I rarely have time to get out the iron (and who really wants to anyways?).  The mini steamer fits in my closet or luggage and gives me an wrinkle free outfit on the go and in turn one less wrinkle in my morning - only $20 at Bed Bath & Beyond.  worth.every.penny!}

Food:


{Lately, I scrutinize every single ingredient in every thing I eat.  I blame it on the recent article on the nutritional value of the Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte that floated around on facebook - it opened my eyes to the numerous unnecessary ingredients and chemicals in our food.  BUT this Blissful Eats granola pictured above put my mind at ease for the most part.  It's great to have a healthy snack option that keeps my admittedly over-thinking, worrisome mind at ease.} 

Baby:


{This baby diaper rash cream is the best I have found so far.  Many of their products are sold at Whole Foods with ingredients I am comfortable putting on Roswelle.  I use the diaper cream, baby wash and baby oil.  The European based skin-care company has great items for Mom too!}

Have a great & safe weekend y'all.  Paul, Roswelle, and I are headed to the Cape this weekend to celebrate and remember the life of Paul's Grandfather and namesake, Paul M. Fusini. <3