Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Bangin' Blue Cheese Slaw

In honor of Memorial Day, I thought I'd give you all a little treat of a recipe for your next cookout. In the south, I've learned that Blue Cheese Slaw is more then a side dish, it can actually be part of a main course. Make this delicious & easy recipe and rock it out on a Nathan's Hot Dog. OMG.  See below, however the slaw totally buries the bun-less hot dog {I'm being low carb!}

What You'll Need:
1- 1/2 Bag Shredded Carrots or 2-3 Carrots Shredded
1 Small Head of Cabbage
1 Bunch Scallions, Thinly Diced
1 Egg
1/3 Cup Rice Wine Vinegar
1/2 Fresh Squeezed Lemon
2 Tablespoons Dijon Mustard
2 Tablespoons Hot Sauce {I prefer Texas Pete}
1 Cup Canola Oil
Salt and Pepper to Taste
1 Cup Blue Cheese Crumbles

Place carrots, sliced cabbage and scallions in a large mixing bowl, set aside.

Place egg, vinegar, lemon juice, Dijon and hot sauce in a blender or food processor. Pulse for a few seconds to combine ingredients, and then with blender still running, add in canola oil until it thickens like mayo. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Pour mayo mixture over the vegetables previously set aside and toss together lightly. Add blue cheese crumbles and toss until combined.

Enjoy as a side dish, over a Nathan's hot dog or on a Pulled Pork Sandwich.


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Sunday, May 29, 2011

Estate Score II

I love weekends off. They don't happen to often, but when I do have them my new love is Estate Sales. This week I was lucky enough to hit up on the opening Friday, instead of Saturday. While the person's home decor taste wasn't quite what I wanted, they did have some other little gems that I found purchase-worthy.

 Why yes, I will take your Delicious blossoming sweet basil plant for only $3

I'll also take your chic white bubbled hemline rain coat with tags still hanging showing the retail price of $299, for only $25.

My father always taught me to check out the vintage looking aka the ones that are practically falling apart cookbooks. I found this 1st edition James Beard Cookbook for only $5. This one's for you, Daddy!

Hubby has been wanting a new office phone, oh here's one for $10 that's practically brand new.

Lastly, I saw this flip book and decided to start a tradition with my girlfriends. It's Queen Bitch to you. 30 days of funny, pee your pants sayings. I'm going to pass it to one of my girlfriends once my month is over, and then they do the same.. it's like recycling! Score only $4 for everyone to get a laugh.

Looking forward to the next at Wappoo Heights. Anyone want to join?

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Friday, May 27, 2011

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Decor Dreamer

I've been so caught up with work and it's crazy wedding season, that I haven't had much time to focus on the home decor and finishing up projects to make our house feel more "homey".

Thank goodness for Memorial Day Sale e-mails, or I would have missed out big time. I've had some good buys today, one which is decor! Whoop!

Dear Crate & Barrel Online Outlet, I'm obsessed with you. And you all can thank me for introducing you.

Let's give a little design board of our bedroom.

Plantation Cove Bed from American Signature Furniture

Our wall color is a little lighter, but I can't find the exact swatch of what we used, but it's a light grey.

And now, for my fabulous find...

Can I get a hell yes?! This is perfect. It's actually SO perfect, that they only had the comforter available. So, I've taken the advice of a friend and decided on bright white sheets, and grey shams. What do you think of this color and design combo?

Let's hope I like it more then the dud of a comforter I purchased and returned to Kohl's a month or two back.

It's going to be a "let's get the house looking fabulous weekend" I'll be hitting up a fabulous estate sale on Kiawah tomorrow . Check out pictures here  and let me know if you'd like to join- I'll be there at noon.

Bring it on.

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Saturday, May 21, 2011

McCradys = McLicious

Bar snacks are trending in my world right now. There are so many fabulous places in Charleston that offer amazing little bar menus. Carolina's has a fabulous happy hour, as seen in my previous post, while McCrady's has the best late-night snacks. We had an awesome bartender, Heather who was super attentive and fun to chat with!

Oh and amazing drinks. Hands down favorite drink in Charleston- The French Fashioned.

This little beauty is made with Grey Goose, Lemon & Champagne. OMG. If you love bubbles, this is going to be your new best friend.

Next, for the snacks. All amazing- and super reasonable {about $6 per plate} and enough to share.

Grouper Fritters with Tomato Jam & Malt Vinegar. Heaven on a plate.

Sour Cream & Onion Pork Rinds. Anyone who knows Sean Brock knows this man rocks out anything Pork. So we rocked this, for the fat kid in all of us.

Fried Clams with Dill. So good!

Now, for Sean Brock. I'm obsessed. This man has the coolest tattoo sleeve I've ever seen.

Read the tattoo tell all here .

McCradys = Big Win


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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

The Happiest of All Hours

Hands down, I'm a huge supporter of happy hour. After a very long, and stressful day dealing with bridezillas and momzillas, sometimes you just need a drink- or two. It's not too often that I get to partake in happy hour, as I normally have events and tastings in the evening, but tonight- I got lucky.

Best happy hour in Charleston goes to Carolina's Southern Bistro. If you live in town and have never been or heard of this place, consider this your lucky day and the best find on a blog EVER.

The Deets:
Half Price Wine By The Glass
$4 House Liquor
and... Half Price Bar Menu

Just go and have a smattering of food like we did

What can I say, we live it up since I work in food & bev. All small plates, all half off. Does it get better?


Parmesan Truffle Fries.

Just do it.

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Sunday, May 15, 2011

Annoyed By The Extreme C

Okay, so I must admit I do owe it to the show Extreme Couponing that it's taught me how to coupon effectively, but it's starting to piss me off. The show is becoming too popular and it's killing my shopping at my local stores.

I'm not a crazy couponer, I don't have a binder and I don't stock-pile and never will. I like a good deal, and now that I know how to get one, I plan my shopping trips accordingly.

I'm getting irritated with shopping for good deals, and finding that people who watch this show are now "extreme" and taking this to a whole new level. Since I don't stock-pile, I only need one or maybe two of the item I'm going to buy- not 100 bottles of shampoo like the others that shop at my grocery store. It's getting too popular and when I reach at the shelf for my items, they aren't there. Annoying.

Another observation I've made. I will never coupon to buy things I don't need. Sure a good deal is incentive, but really? Look at the picture above. Does this woman really need a stock-pile of cookies?!

I think it's a little out of control. Don't you?

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Saturday, May 14, 2011

Estate Score!

It's official. I have a new Saturday morning tradition other then the Farmer's Market- I'm estate sale hopping! One of my neighbors told me about this fabulous website called Total Estate Sales which is a local company in Charleston that specializes in home liquidations and estate sales. I didn't think much of it when she asked me to go, then I looked at the pictures on the site from today's sale in I'on. OMG. All I have to say is I'm so bummed I missed out and didn't go yesterday when it started, because I would have walked away from it with some fabulous kick-butt furniture for the house.

Since we had no luck at the first, we had hubby look up some nicer areas in Charleston with advertised sales in the Post and Courier which led us to the Wentworth Street estate sale. Just to give you an idea, here's what homes on Wentworth look like:

One word. SCORE. Take a look at the steals that I walked away with from this fabulous estate sale for only $87.

Killer vintage framed Vermouth print $25.00

Waterford Crystal Scotch Decanter for the Hubby $54

and the steal of the day.... the sterling silver water pitcher for $8



Whoop whoop!

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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Pasta Princess Strikes Again!

Just read my name. It would be shameful if I couldn't cook Italian. Sometimes you just don't have time to throw together a fresh sauce for dinner when you've worked over 10 hours that day. I guess you just have to improvise when your starving and are craving pasta as a nice side to your grilled chicken. So I did exactly that.

We'll call this one the Crazy Italian Fresh Sauce In A Hurry {crazy, because it gives a kick & punch in taste and reminds me of this Teresa from the RHONJ moment}

Anyways, here's what you'll need:

1/2 Box Whole Wheat Penne Pasta
1 Small Vine Tomato, Diced
2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
1 Clove Garlic, Minced
1 Tablespoon Dried Basil {or 3 leaves fresh, I just didn't have any on hand but always prefer to use fresh!}
1 Tablespoon Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
1/3 Cup Cheese {I use a Parmesan Asiago Blend}
Salt & Pepper to Taste

Cook pasta as instructed, and drain.

In a non-stick skillet, heat olive oil, salt, pepper and minced garlic {about 3 minutes on low}.

Add in diced tomato, basil and crushed red pepper. Saute {approx 3 more minutes on medium heat}. Toss in pasta.

Add in 1/3 Cup Cheese {I use a Parmesan & Asiago Blend} and mix together. Let set for a minute, then serve.

If your a cheese lover like myself, you can sprinkle in some additional cheese once served.


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Monday, May 9, 2011

A Clean House is a Happy House

I finally sucked it up and deep cleaned the house on my only day off this weekend and I must say my cleaning products of choice rocked! I never thought I'd post about cleaning products, but I have found some I dispise and some I just love! For the fellow homeowners, and clean freaks- my favorites:

Perfect for countertops and the kitchen sink!

My go-to for if one of the dogs has an "accident"

Just amazing. We had some tape marks on one of our showers from when the contractors built the house, and this took it right off! I'm obsessed with this product!

I recently purchased this Simple Human Hands-Free Soap Dispensor from Costco, it's amazing! They also have them available at Bed Bath and Beyond & Macy's Perfect for in the kitchen and for the germaphobe like me.

Simply spray, and walk away. No lie. Rinse after 5 minutes and your shower will sparkle.

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Sunday, May 8, 2011

An Ode to The Momma

Is my mother my friend? I would have to say, first of all she is my Mother, with a capital 'M'; she's something sacred to me. I love her dearly...yes, she is also a good friend, someone I can talk openly with if I want to.-Sophia Loren

Happy Mother's Day to the most fabulous woman I know. I love you {and know you're reading this!}.


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Thursday, May 5, 2011

You Know You're From The North...

There are days that my job is a little overwhelming and stressful, but there are also days that I absolutely love it and wouldn't trade it for the world. Hubby and I just joined the Harbor Club and we're so excited! For those of you that aren't familiar, it's a local Charleston hang out for business people. They have dinners, happy hours, speakers, work space- all kinds of fabulous things for business professionals/ we are trying so hard to be "southern" ha ha.

Tonight was our first official event as members, we did this fabulous Cinco De Mayo boat cruise on this fabulous boat The Palmetto Breeze

Looks fun right? Especially with beer, margaritas and networking. It's been quite nice in Charleston during the day, in the 80s and comfortable at night.

Don't be jealous of this killer view.

This idiot decided it would be a good idea to wear a dress and flip flops while drinking and ice cold beverage on a breezy boat. I'm screaming northerner who doesn't know what to wear on a boat.

Now, we have exhibit B. The proper attire.

At least I did have some hot hubby action to keep me warm :)

PS- Check out the new cut and color from the fabulous Salon 101


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