Raise your forks {panama city shrimp & tequila mango salsa}

Posted on July 23, 2014

Years and years and years ago when Mr. Man and I were dating we did a weekend beach camping trip to Panama City, FL as our second trip away together.  Trip #1 was date #6 – a month of backpacking through Europe. I guess if you can take a summer of sleeping on the decks of Greek ferries, overnight trips by train and sharing grungy hostel rooms you must be destined to be married forever. Anyway, before heading home to Georgia from Florida we picked up some gorgeous jumbo shrimp. We asked the fishmonger for cooking suggestions and this is the recipe he gave us. It’s been our favorite way to prepare shrimp ever since. I love the mix of sweet and spiciness. We’ve never called it anything other than “that sauce” but it honor of our weekend trip it will now officially be known as Panama City Shrimp. And …

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DIY {painting floor tiles}

Posted on July 21, 2014

To be honest, the idea that you can paint floor tiles is something that I never would have considered if not for the brave DIYers before me. The more I thought about it, the more I realized that why not paint tiles? I’m cool with painting walls and furniture, even curtains, so why should I be afraid of putting some paint on a floor? The Queen of DIY, Jenny Komenda of Little Green Notebook, recently painted the tiles in her bathroom for a inexpensive temporary solution to outdated tiles and with her guidance I decided to try out this technique myself. As part of this month’s Year of Change Challenge, I was looking for quick and inexpensive ways to make this bathroom look lighter with more cool tones as opposed to the beige that currently existed in the space.   I’m not at all crazy about the color of the ceramic …

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Raise your glass {dirty peach mojito}

Posted on July 18, 2014

We’ve had absolutely gorgeous weather for this time of year in North Carolina. Not too hot, not too rainy. We did have a day and a half of stormy weather but hey – sometimes you’ve got to pay the piper. The really bad night was my night to cook. The second week at the beach each family takes on a night to do all the prep and clean up for dinner. Let me tell you – this has been a lifesaver for preserving familial relationships. I was whipping up one of my favorite meals for everyone: a special shrimp dish Mr. Man & I discovered when we first started dating, veggie kabobs & this amazing fruit salsa. It all came out perfectly but… working out of a rental house kitchen surrounded by 18 hungry people and nasty weather didn’t make for great food styling photos. You’re gonna have to wait until …

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Thursday Ten {running essentials}

Posted on July 17, 2014

Yep you read that title right. Today we are talking about running. And yes, I mean the kind you do for exercise. I might be what some people call a runner but two things- 1) I am slow and 2) My body hates running. The biggest reason I keep coming back to running is that it seems to be the best way for me to maintain my weight where I want. When I stop running and start doing more weight lifting exercises I find myself eating more and putting on weight. Something about running lets me eat without too many restrictions and keeps me close to my goal weight. Today I wanted to share ten essentials for running, which really is kind of silly because running is the one sport that you don’t need any equipment. So instead of essentials these should be called running luxuries which make the whole …

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Raise your glass {Carolina shiners}

Posted on July 16, 2014

What do you do on an ugly stormy day at the beach? Come up with a new drink of course! I didn’t want to fight the crowds of wet beach-goers in the grocery store so that left me to create a concoction from the limited supplies of our vacation grocery supplies. The only liquor we had in the house was Carolina moonshine and beer- it felt like a Top Chef moment! I went with an homage to the South with moonshine and sweet tea. The whole family loved them! I think the best part of the evening was seeing my mother downing a glass of moonshine. That was definitely a “when pigs fly” sort of moment. Here’s the drink I concocted: The Carolina Shiner • The juice of one lemon • 1 tablespoon honey • 2 tablespoons simple syrup • 2 shots of moonshine (I used Broadslabe Legacy Shine) • …

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