30 June 2015

Scenes from Soda City Market

This is one of the best, if not THE best, things to do in Columbia on a Saturday morning.

I love to go wander around Soda City Market on Main Street for a little bit. Sometimes I buy something, sometimes I don't. I just like to go walk around and see what's going on. If you haven't been yet, you seriously need to get out there and check it out for yourself. There's a little something for everyone.















Until next time, Soda City!

29 June 2015

Weekending: The Columbia Edition

Yup. You read that right: an entire weekend in Columbia!

The weekend started on Thursday night after work when I met up with my friend Katie and went to check out Five after Five in Five Points. It was so unbelievably hot! I had my fingers crossed that it might cool down after a little while but when I was driving home after 10, my car was still reading 89 degrees outside. Ridiculous. But we had a good time drinking, catching up, and people watching.


We followed that up with a late dinner at Pawley's Front Porch.


Y'all. Best burgers ever.

Friday night, we kept things low key by grilling out and watching the Women's World Cup game between USA and China. I may or may not have fallen asleep on the couch by 9:30...



Saturday was all about doing as many things as I possibly could.

Slept in.

Wandered around Soda City Market and checked out the crazy things going on by the state house.


Had lunch at Thirsty Fellow with my favorite running buddy in Charlotte as she passed through Columbia.




Ventured out onto Harbison Blvd for some new running things and into the mall for a minute.

Did a little car shopping.

Got dinner out at Yamato's.

... was asleep again by 9:30.

Sunday, I slowed things down and went to go spend time with my grandmother. We went to church, out to breakfast, and did a little shopping.




Wrapped up the weekend by getting things done around the house to prepare for the week, taking a nap, and by cooking dinner for me and my parents.

Whew.

Here's to the end of June, the beginning of July, and a four day work week that ends with a 5 day vacation down to Kiawah to celebrate the 4th!




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Linking up with Biana and Meghan for another edition of Weekending.

24 June 2015

Recipe: Foil Packet Veggies

9 times out of 10, if I can get my food cooked on the grill vs cooked any other way, I'm going to choose the grill. I'm not sure if that has something do with my lack of grill availability over the last few years or something do with how delicious food is on the grill. Either way, grilling is always option number one for me.

I've cooked veggies on the grill plenty of times {like this grilled zucchini or this grilled corn} but I've just started branching out into grilling veggies in a foil packet. One of my friends taught me how to do this a few years ago and y'all, it's so good.


Foil Packet Veggies

Ingredients
Zucchini
Squash
Onion
Garlic
Salt
Pepper
Olive Oil


Directions
Chop up all of your veggies into small, bite sized pieces and mince up some of the garlic. Pull off a piece of tinfoil {always go bigger than you think you'll need} and form it into a little bowl. Drop the veggies in. Drizzle olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Fold up the tinfoil into a little packet and toss on the grill. Cook it for 15-20 minutes & enjoy!


Naturally, I went with minced onions rather than using actual onions {ew!} but I put those in a packet for my parents. I usually cook mine for as long as the meat I'm cooking to go with it on the grill. We grilled chicken this week to go with the veggies, so our packets were on the grill about 20 minutes.


I usually make one packet per person eating just so the packets don't get too large to handle on the grill. See my scribbles on the packets to help me figure out whose is whose?


We had ours this week with grilled chicken and brown rice.


I've made these a bunch of different ways. Sometimes with different types of veggies {bell peppers are excellent cooked this way!} and sometimes with soy sauce instead of olive oil. I've used crushed red pepper or even added in a tiny bit of butter. These things are so easy to make and so easy to customize based on your preferences.

Hope y'all enjoy!

22 June 2015

Weekending: Snapshots from Kiawah

Y'all, I need a weekend to recover from my weekend.

So forgive me if today's post is just a bunch of snapshots from another perfect weekend on Kiawah. It was full of sunshine, time spent on the beach, and good friends with a little Father's Day dinner to round off the weekend.





The boys were on a fishin' mission this weekend: catch a baby fish to catch a bigger fish to catch a BIG fish {shark}.


Lindsey helped with the fishing & pulled in something kind of neat...




Later in the day, both reels started going crazy. They threw me at one of them to try and reel in whatever was on the other end of it... and y'all, I am not a fishing person by any means nor do I have much upper body strength. So I passed the pole off to someone else. This little guy was on the end of it:


Stingray!

Patrick had another small shark on the end of his reel, but I completely missed it with all of the excitement going on with the stingray.



Step 1: catch shark.
Step 2: release shark back into water.
Step 3: snag the shark back out of the water, bare handed.




It was an exciting {and long} day down at the beach on Saturday. It required a little bit of this on Sunday to recover:


A good book, a chair, and toes in the water.

We met up with my brother in Charleston to grab an early Father's Day dinner at D'Allesandro's before heading back to Columbia. Their pizza? Delicious. The garlic bread? A-m-a-zing.


Hope y'all had a great weekend, too!

19 June 2015

A Southern Twenty-Five on Friday!

How is it possible that I've already been in Columbia for an entire month?! I feel like I just left Charlotte and all of my friends there two days ago... not that I've been in Columbia and working at my new job for almost five full weeks.

Linking up for another Five on Friday with April!

{one}
Midweek date nights are the best.


End of story.

{two}
This bracelet from BellasOlasBaubles on Etsy. Yup, that wire wrap bracelet with an outline of South Carolina in it.


I'm not a huge bracelet person, but I kind of sort of need this one.

{three}
USA!


Anybody else watching the Women's World Cup? I'm just glad that the games are at night so that I'm able to watch them after work instead of trying to take a 2 hour lunch break to catch the game like we did last year for the Men's World Cup.

{four}
Craft & Draft + dinner at Henry's {+ a new friend!} makes for a pretty good Wednesday night.



{five}
Happy Father's Day to this guy!


Even more so this year now that he's got to put up with me hogging all of the hot water in the house, taking over the TV downstairs to watch So You Think You Can Dance with my mom, and leaving cups of water all over the house for him to find. The biggest thing that he's taught me in the last year is how to be the perfect grill master... which is the greatest thing ever. Love being able to grill together!


Or lagoon-stalk together.

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Hope y'all have a great weekend!
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