Can anyone else believe it’s already August and…Back To School time? I don’t have any kids but I mark the end of summer with the return of horrendous Atlanta traffic. There’s a bit of a reprieve during June and July and it’s just long enough to almost forget how bad it is the other 10 months of the year.
This month I’m trying out a wrap-up style post so I can talk to y’all about things I’m eating and making outside the blog, my latest reads, and other stuff I feel you desperately need to know. So sit back, relax, and let’s write July 2016 off the books.
So if you aren’t following me on Instagram (seriously, go do it) you are missing out on all the eats and treats I don’t post about on the blog, which is actually quite a bit. Instagram is definitely my favorite form of social media so you’ll find me posting there almost daily.
July started out with my niece, brother, and sister in law coming into town for a visit. They moved to New Orleans a few years ago but make the pilgrimage back to Atlanta every summer so I always take a week off of work to spend time with the family. We made homemade vanilla bean ice cream using my Dad’s ancient ice cream maker. It’s electric but the type that you have to keep adding ice and salt around the edges. I volunteered to keep an eye on the process so I sat on the porch in front of a box fan with a cold beverage and had a grand old time.
My parents and my niece also visited a local chicken farm (yes, right here in the city) and they picked up some gorgeous (and expensive-$8 a dozen!) free-range chicken eggs. I was in love with all the colors.
I tried out a new restaurant here in the Perimeter area called CowFish and it was really delicious. It’s an American-Asian fusion type of restaurant that blurs the lines between burgers and sushi. I tried out a great new beer but went relatively boring in the food department. I just can’t say no to raw fish and that poke was really calling me.
I tried out a few new recipes this month that I’m hoping to get on the blog soon. Two hits-slow cooker buffalo chicken and Hawaiian chicken with coconut couscous. One miss-the “magic” three layer custard cake which was more like two layers but was definitely delicious. That one needs some work before it’s blog ready.
In July I also revisited a family favorite, my creamy, dreamy chicken enchiladas. I hadn’t made this recipe in months so it was high time to pull it out of the archives. I tried out a new pasta salad recipe from Southern Lady magazine and absolutely loved all the fresh veggies. It’s a keeper if you are looking for a light pasta salad. And to cap everything off, I may have eaten too many pastries from my favorite Korean bakery, Paris Baguette.
The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd | Pierced by the Sun by Laura Esquivel | As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust by Alan Bradley | The Gilded Years by Karin Tanabe | Saving CeeCee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman
I read five books in July and am well on my way to completing my 2016 Goodreads challenge of reading 50 books this year (28/50 complete). (Come find me on Goodreads if you love reading too!) My favorite read was definitely The Gilded Years which is an historical fiction account of the first black woman to graduate from Vassar. The main character passes as white through much of the book which makes it incredibly interesting as she navigates her way through life surrounded by wealthy white women, always fearful that her secret will be found out. It was also quite a time of change for women overall as they began to take education as more than just “finishing school” in preparation for marriage. The book really highlights a fascinating time of change for women in general and black women specifically. I also loved the accounts of what it was like to attend such a prestigious all-women’s school.
That’s about all I have for you this month. It was sort of a quiet month for me other than the 10 days my niece was in town; I may actually still be recovering from that 🙂 It’s been nice to have a bit of a slow summer but I can feel myself itching for some adventure as we creep closer to Fall. I don’t know if you are like me but right when August shows up, and when the weather goes from incredibly hot to unbearably hot, I start getting in that mood. You know the one. The football is coming, hot tea drinking, crisp mornings, boot wearing mood. I’m not REALLY ready for fall and it won’t be crisp here until November but I’m just in the mood for a bit of change. The routine of summer has just gotten a little too predictable. Fortunately I have some fun things coming up in August like attending the Dirty Dancing Festival in Lake Lure, NC (I know you’re jealous) and hopefully some good kayaking and paddle boarding too.
Leave me a comment and tell me what you were up to in July and what you’re looking forward to in August!
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