Boozy Birthday Brunch with Kat
Boozy Birthday Brunch with Kat
I kicked off my Memorial Day weekend by taking my dear friend, Kat, out for a birthday treat. Kat and I adore all things brunch-related, so we decided to try a new place and zipped off to Rosebud, a comfy cafe in Morningside just outside of Virginia-Highlands. Boy was it delish!
Now, what's birthday brunch without a few cocktails? After telling her to "go big, or go home", Kat decided on the Orange Stillman. An orangy, vodka-y, champagne beast served in a 32 oz. mason jar. As you can see below, it was delicious.
I opted for a zesty Pimm's Cup. Rosebud's version is heavy on the lemon and very refreshing; however, I like a few more bubbles in my Pimm's Cup. I would add a splash of club soda or champagne.
Then, came the food. Oh my goodness, the food. I chose "The Nasty Royale", a behemoth of a sandwich on a french baguette stuffed with berkshire ham, truffle scrambled eggs, truffle honey mustard, and melty brie. Honestly, I just saw "melty brie" and ordered it as a gut reaction.
Look at that melty, gooey decliciousness!
Kat had the Smoked Bacon and Cranberry French Toast, which was served like a slab of sweet and savory bread pudding with a sunny-side up egg on top. Yummm...
After devouring our meals, we rolled home. Kat, to take a nap, and I, to throw C in the car and head down to Tybee Island for a short getaway. I'll post more about our vacay later this week as well as my DIY Coffee Table that became Kat's birthday present. In the meantime, go eat all of the things at Rosebud. You can find their lunch and dinner hours here, and I strongly recommend checking out their brunch. They're weekend brunch is super popular, but we went on a Friday when it was a little less crowded.
Have a lovely long weekend...
What are you up to this holiday weekend? C and I are heading down to Tybee Island with my parents and possibly my little bro and his girlfriend. This will be our first "family vacation" with significant others, so it should be lots of fun! We plan on soaking up some sun, exploring Tybee/Savannah, eating lots of food, and drinking sangria.
Also, I caught the Macarons bug again. For a while I felt like I was making them every weekend, but I became super discouraged with the outcome. While delicious, I could never seem to get the presentation 100% correct, so I took a break from macaronnage. However, when the lovely ladies from A Beautiful Mess released a Macarons crash course I couldn't resist. Tonight I will attempt Almond Macarons with a Chocolate Orange Ganache filling. I also want to tackle those pretty Grapefruit Pistachio Macarons pictured above. Check out the Macarons crash course from A Beautiful Mess here and some pretty Parisian inspiration here.
I hope you have a lovely, sunny, and relaxing long weekend. Here are some things that caught my fancy recently:
Ever since I made these paper flowers for Abby's rehearsal bouquet I have been drooling over this art form. Check out how beautiful and intricate these flowers from Paper to Petal are.
Summer beauty tips to stay gorgeous in the hot weather.
For my theatre peers: Why You Didn't Get Cast, from the perspective of someone on the other side of the table.
Check out this Power Link Tassel for the working girl on the go! This pretty key chain contains both a Micro USB and USB connectors so you can charge your devices while out and about.
Recently, I have majorly craved power veggies on the regular. I think I've had kale every day this week. This Healthy Hippie Bowl with homemade tahini sauce from Clementine sounds heavenly!
How to Be More Creative
We'll definitely have to check out Leopold's Ice Cream while in Savannah, which was opened almost 100 years ago in 1919. They have Guiness and Lavender ice cream flavors!!
Did you know that J. R. R. Tolkien (my favorite author) wrote and illustrated a little-known children's book called Mr. Bliss. The main character in the story, Mr. Bliss, has a penchant for tall hats and "girabbits", which are animals with a giraffe head and rabbit body. I'm not sure how the physics of that would work out, but I definitely want to get my hands on a copy.
Happy Memorial Day Weekend!
State of the Budget Address
Remember this post way back in January? Since then I have been firmly on the budget party train. Every once in a while I get a bit wobbly and decide to jump off, but I've somehow found the self-discipline to pick myself up and staunchly hop back on again.
Does this make me miss out on things every once in a while? Yes. But is also gives me peace of mind as I slowly, but surely, watch my savings account get back into "the green" and forces me to find more creative, low-cost fun.
Here is a list of goals I've met so far:
Here are some areas that I could stand to work on:
That's the only new budget-central goal I'm setting myself for now. I find if I set too many goals I let them all fall by the wayside. One step at a time always works better for me. What goals have you set for yourself this year and what strategies do you use to tackle them?
How to Cook the Perfect Steak
Steak is one of those dishes that I usually leave up to C. It's a special date night meal for both of us. And by both of us, I mean I like to watch C cook it for me while i nurse a glass of red wine. However, I decided it was high time for me to learn how to cook the perfect steak. Here's what you'll need:
TWO, throw your t-bone on the hot skillet (still sans oil). Salt and pepper generously. The pepper gives your steak a nice crust.
THREE, now the key here, according to C, is to let the steak cook until it's brown about halfway through. You can see in the picture below.
FOUR, once the steak is cooked halfway through, flip it over. The great thing about using an iron skillet over a grill is that the steak continues to cook in its' drippings. Look at all that yummy flavor. After about a minute, rotate the steak so that it gets the slightly charred cross-hatching as seen below.
FIVE, before you pull your steak off the skillet sprinkle on a generous handful of cheese. Please see the live action shots below. Look at those manly hands! (Sorry C...) I like my steaks medium rare, so we only left it on for about 2 minutes after flipping it over. If you like it medium to well (for shame), you'll want to leave it in the pan a bit longer.
SIX, sprinkle the same type of cheese over your roasted potatoes a few minutes before pulling them out of the oven so it gets all melty and delicious.
Enjoy your steak, potatoes, and salad on your porch. Perhaps with a Moscow Mule. I hope you are all enjoying the summer weather!
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