What We’re Eating This Week

I’m a BIG FAN of meal planning. I usually plan for 4-5 days and we’ll eat out on Friday and/or Saturday nights. I try to do a good mix of easy meals and new recipes throughout the week, too. If it is a new recipe you can probably expect a blog post on it the next week or two! So, here’s what we’re eating this week:

Sunday: Meatball subs 
Monday: Pizza
Tuesday: Bird dogs
Wednesday: Lasagna 
Thursday: Sausage and peppers
Friday: Out
Saturday: Out

Greenville restaurant hop

For my birthday, I wanted to do something unique to celebrate. As you know, I love food, so I thought about going on a restaurant hop between some great restaurants in downtown Greenville, SC. I’m sharing what we did to inspire you to go on this fun date night yourself!

I would recommend keeping this a date night because it’s easier to hop around with just two people vs. a full party where you might need reservations. We always had the option of eating at the bar if we needed to since it was just the two of us (and we did at Tupelo Honey).

Our first stop was at Roost. We arrived around 7:00 p.m. and were seated right away. Graham ordered a $15 beer for two… yes, you read that right… and I got their awesome Noma Mojito with basil, blueberries, raspberries, and rum. YUMMMMMMM!
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We then split an appetizer of their Warm Queso Fondue with their house made sloppy joe mixture. It was awesome, I loved the addition of the sloppy joe. Fun fact, my sloppy joe recipe here is from Roost! 
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Next, we walked a block or so down to go to Tupelo Honey for our main course. We got there about 8 and there was a long wait so we just sat at the bar which was more than fine by us. There, Graham got a beer on draft (sorry missing a picture of that) and I got their Tupelo-rittaville Margarita which has some of their Tupelo Honey liqueur in it and chili-salt on the rim for extra flavor. Highly recommend this drink!
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We split a Southern Fried Chicken BLT and got some of their fabulous scratch-made macaroni and cheese as a side.
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We made a rookie mistake and ate Chipotle for lunch that day so by the time we were done with the entree we were slap full. Had we still had room for dessert, we were going to go to Grill Marks and have one of their alcoholic milkshakes. Instead, we opted to go home, BUT while on the way home we passed a mirror/laser maze place downtown Greenville that was calling our name. This was SO much fun and well worth the money.
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So, go out and have an epic date night in Greenville! Let me know how it goes!

Crockpot Wings

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IT’S THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEARRRRR!!!!

FOOTBALL SEASON STARTS TOMORROW!!!! (Well, officially Saturday for me and my Clemson Tigers!)

Sorry for the caps and overload of exclamation marks, I struggle with how to convey my excitement any other way. 

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What screams football season? Wings. I can’t wait to bring these to a Clemson tailgate or have people over to watch the big game with these cooking in the background. This recipe is only two ingredients (wings and sauce) and I was able to get about 25 wings out of the frozen bag so that makes it less than 45 cents per wing. Can’t get that deal at your favorite restaurant!!

And because they are in a crockpot, you just “set it and forget it” for a few hours while you prep the rest of your tailgate.

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After they are done cooking in the crockpot, pop them in the oven to get a caramelized sauce action going and crisp them up some to mimic the typical fried wings taste/texture. Put ‘em on  a plate with some homemade ranch and celery/carrots if you have them and your fellow fans will love you!

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Crockpot Wings
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Ingredients
  1. 1 bag of frozen wings (3 lbs.)
  2. 1 jar of your favorite BBQ sauce
Instructions
  1. Add frozen wings and BBQ sauce to crockpot. Toss around some so every wing is coated.
  2. Cook on high for about 3 hours (until internal temperature is 165 degrees), checking and turning wings around occasionally.
  3. Place wings on baking sheet and coat with some excess sauce from the crockpot. Broil on low for about five minutes until sauce is caramelized and wings are slightly browned.
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What We’re Eating This Week

I’m a BIG FAN of meal planning. I usually plan for 4-5 days and we’ll eat out on Friday and/or Saturday nights. I try to do a good mix of easy meals and new recipes throughout the week, too. If it is a new recipe you can probably expect a blog post on it the next week or two! So, here’s what we’re eating this week:

Sunday: Wings
Monday: Chicken and rice casserole 
Tuesday: Breakfast
Wednesday: Lo Mein
Thursday: Nachos
Friday: Out 
Saturday: Out

Birthday Bucket List

Today is my birthday!! I’m 24 today! My 23rd year is going to be hard to beat, but I can’t wait to see what this year has in store :)

Can someone make me this cake from Art of Dessert??

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A few weeks ago, Graham and I sat down and made individual bucket lists of things we want to do before we turn 30. Today I’m sharing mine!

  1. Travel to Europe (I’ve never been– but Italy is a big place I want to eat my way through.)
  2. Travel to at least five new states in the U.S. (current states I’ve been to include: SC, NC, TN, FL, GA, AL, TX, MD, NV, Washington, DC, VA, semi-pathetic list I know)
  3. Volunteer for a cause I love
  4. Do something that scares me 
  5. Learn a new skill
  6. Worry less, trust God more
  7. Run a 5K (woof.)
  8. Read the Bible all the way through
  9. Make a new good friend while maintaining old friendships better
  10. Do 30 random acts of kindness

Do you have any bucket list items you want to do? What about any advice for me to complete items on my list?

 

 

Chicken Parmesan

What’s one of those classic dishes you love to have but have never actually replicated yourself? I know you have one…

For me that’s chicken parmesan. 

And the first time I made it… I forgot the parmesan. Hand. to. face. 

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I should have just lied to you and said it was fantastic and given myself a virtual slap on my back, but hey, I try not to sugar coat things one here and fails happen, often too. However, I wouldn’t call this a fail exactly just not quite what I intended. Oops. Didn’t stop me from trying it again and using parmesan the next time. 

Moral of the story, folks, is that cooking is fun and you shouldn’t let a few setbacks stop you from trying new recipes!

Speaking of, you should try this recipe.

Basically you coat the chicken in parmesan and breadcrumbs. 

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Add marinara and more cheese. Bake it a little bit.

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Serve with pasta.

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Don’t forget the parmesan! 

Chicken Parmesan
Serves 2
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Ingredients
  1. 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  2. 1 cup flour
  3. 1 cup breadcrumbs
  4. 1 egg, beaten
  5. 1 jar of your favorite pasta sauce
  6. 1 1/2 cups of shredded mozzarella
  7. 3 tablespoons freshly grated parmesan
  8. Basil
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Using a mallet or rolling pin, flatten the chicken breasts a little bit until they are the same width. It'll make cooking time easier.
  3. Add some parmesan (approx. 1 tablespoon) to your breadcrumbs since is it chicken parmesan after all. Dip chicken in flour, then egg, then breadcrumbs.
  4. Lightly fry in a hot cast iron pan with oil for about 3 minutes each side.
  5. Remove from heat and add sauce, basil, more parmesan, and mozzarella on top of chicken.
  6. Bake for 20-25 minutes.
  7. Serve over pasta.
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What We’re Eating This Week

I’m a BIG FAN of meal planning. I usually plan for 4-5 days and we’ll eat out on Friday and/or Saturday nights. I try to do a good mix of easy meals and new recipes throughout the week, too. If it is a new recipe you can probably expect a blog post on it the next week or two! So, here’s what we’re eating this week:

It’s my birthday week!!! Therefore, Graham is taking over dinners and planning mostly surprises. I do know that we’ll make some homemade sushi one night, and I want to try Giada’s Pesto Shrimp Rolls this week too! Can’t wait :)

Oh and cake (really any form of chocolate) is a necessity this week. You hear that Graham??