Friday, October 17, 2014

friday five {october 17}

Happy Friday, friends! Before I jump into this weeks Friday Five, can I just say how much I am loving the cooler weather this week? It's 59 degrees outside right now... yes, 59! I think we finally have fall in the air! And it's about time.

1// The 3rd Annual Iron Brew Challenge is taking place this weekend at Holy City Brewing. Rob and I have friends who have actually entered their home brew into the challenge, so we are going to support them, but I am also interested in seeing the whole event. I am not a big beer drinker, and Rob really isn't either, but it's supposed to be a huge event and Mellow Mushroom is sponsoring it! Can't say no to Mellow Mushroom pretzels :)

2// Earlier in the week I posted my "fall reading list" and I really enjoyed reading your other suggestions for me as well! This week I started From Notting Hill, With Love.... Actually. So far I am really enjoying it. It seems like it's going to be a quick, easy and fun read!

3// In just a couple of short weeks Rob and I will be moving and that has me thinking paint colors. I was so excited to see the Benjamin Moore 2015 Color Trend Report this week. There are some really great options in the report. I'm actually sort of looking forward to picking new colors out for the house.

4// I cannot believe how quickly October is going by! Before the end of the month I really want to try out a fun Halloween-y recipe. This one looks delicious!

5// Doesn't that seem like just the most perfect way to spend a chilly Sunday morning? I sure think so.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

reading list for fall 2014

There’s just something about the crisp autumn weather that makes curling up with a good book, your favorite fall sweater, a plush blanket and cup of coffee sound so cozy. Autumn always has been my favorite season, and it’s this time of year that I tend to find myself absorbed in a number of books. 

Here is what is currently on my list of books to read this fall: 

I know, I know, it's ridiculous I still have not read Gone Girl. Honestly, it's a little creepy for my normal taste in books, but I really want to try to read it before the movie leaves the theatre. And, every year I say I'm going to complete the Harry Potter series, but after Christmas I tend to stop, so I am vowing to pick that challenge back up. They really are fantastic books, and I love how JK Rowling brings that world to life. I stumbled upon Texts from Jane Eyre while reading an article on a different website. The book will be released in November but sounds absolutely hilarious. You won't want to miss it! 

I always love to hear your suggestions on books I should add to my list, though. So tell me, what are some of your favorite books that you've read recently, or books that are on your list to read? 

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

poogan's porch

Yesterday, I mentioned that on Friday night that Rob and I went to Poogan's Porch for our date night. Charleston is such a foodie town, and if you live here then you probably already know that. There are constantly new restaurants popping up all over the city, each one serving up it's own unique food and style of foods, but all equally delicious.

Because of this, Rob and I have decided to dedicate our Friday night date night to trying out a new restaurant each week (this Friday is Hall's Chophouse and I'm quite excited about it) I would love to hear your suggestions on some great places in Charleston for us to try out, or even suggestions of places you would like to see here on the blog!

As I was saying.... this past week we ate at Poogan's Porch. It's surprising that for how many years I've been in Charleston I've never eaten at this charming little restaurant. Poogan's Porch is the perfect restaurant to choose if you are looking for true Southern fare.

The restaurant is located in a historic Victorian home that sits directly on Queen Street across from The Mill's House hotel. One of the first things you'll notice walking up to the restaurant is the abundance of outdoor seating options that diners can choose from. The restaurant boasts double front porches where diners can enjoy dinner, or the larger courtyard at the front of home.

Since the home was build in 1888, you can imagine what a rich history Poogan's Porch has. If you've ever taken a ghost tour in Charleston then you have probably already heard the stories about Poogan, the neighborhood dog that got left behind when the home converted to a restaurant in 1975. Your waiter or waitress will also be able to tell you a bit about the history and stories behind the restaurant.

Poogan's Porch offers a variety of delicious dishes ranging from the Southern classic of fried chicken to a variety of seafood dishes. Both Rob and I ordered an appetizer, Rob chose the Mac and Cheese and I chose one of my favorite Charleston dishes of all time- She Crab Soup. The Mac and Cheese was loaded with cheese and bacon, and was gone in a matter of minutes. The She Crab Soup was thick and loaded with crab, just the way I like it!

Choosing our entrees was a much harder decision. Rob decided on the Sweet Tea Glazed Salmon and I finally chose the Pan Seared Sea Scallops over Pimento Ravioli. Oh my goodness. Words cannot describe how tasty both dishes were. The Pan Seared Scallops were cooked perfectly, and I'm craving the Pimento Cheese Ravioli again.

Whether you're visiting Charleston or live in the area, I would highly suggest Poogan's Porch. Not only is the atmosphere perfect, but the food is sure to delight any guest (children or adults). Oh, and did I mention that they serve your table biscuits prior to your meal? You don't have to take my word for it, but they are delicious. Go see for yourself!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014


Hi friends, I thought I would do a quick recap on this past weekend. The weather this weekend was absolutely amazing here in Charleston. It actually felt like fall, with the crisp days and chilly nights, I even needed a little jacket at one point. Yay, for it officially being fall season!

We had a pretty busy weekend this week. We started off by going to Poogan's Porch for dinner on Friday evening.  If you've never been to Poogan's Porch you need to make it a priority. The atmosphere and the food were both amazing. I ordered the pan seared sea scallops with pimento ravioli. Oh. My. Goodness. Amazing doesn't even begin to sum it up. And, the little biscuits that they bring to you right before your meal are incredible. Read more about our dining experience at Poogan's Porch here.

After dinner we headed toward Broad Street for one of our favorite annual events, the French Quarter Art Walk. The art walk starts in October and runs through December, happening the first Friday of every month. Several of the galleries on Broad Street, Lower King Street, Meeting Street and the South of Broad district galleries open their doors until 7pm and serve wine to those of us perusing the local galleries. It's a great way to meet the local artists and check out the galleries that Charleston has to offer. 

One of my favorite stops on the art walk was Ro Sham Beaux, an innovative and unique lighting studio on Broad Street. If you happen to pass by Ro Sham Beaux while downtown, you must stop in! The store itself is expertly designed and features so many unique and fun pieces. I could pretty much live there. A couple of weeks ago there was a fun blogger meet-up, but unfortunately I was out of town and had to miss it. 

Saturday was actually a pretty low key day. Rob had a tech meet-up most of the afternoon, so I did a little bit of shopping. It's been a couple of years since I got a new pair of tennis shoes, and since I took my first spin class last night (more on that later!), I figured I needed a much more supportive  pair of shoes than what I currently own. Also, I'd like to start running a little bit in hopes of doing the bridge run at the end of March. 

Sunday was much chillier than any other day this weekend. We stopped at Starbuck's on the way to church so I could have my first official Pumpkin Spice Latte of the season. I always wait until the temperatures drop to have my first PSL, and it was absolutely delicious. 

After church we grabbed lunch with a friend and then decided to walk the bridge. It was definitely cooler than I expected it to be, so I was happy that I brought a jacket with me. The weather was amazing though, lots of sunshine and perfect for taking pictures. I also got to test out my new shoes, which are super comfortable. You can also read more about our Cooper River Bridge walk and preparation for the Cooper River Bridge Run here

Hope everyone has a lovely Tuesday! 

Friday, October 3, 2014

friday five {october 3}

1// I am really looking forward to some cooler fall temperatures here in Charleston this weekend. I cannot wait until it cools off for real, but I'll take what I can get for right now. With the cooler temperatures though, come some of my most favorite things about the fall season including the pumpkin patch. The Boone Hall Pumpkin Patch opened on Wednesday and I can't wait for Rob and I to go pick pumpkins and then try out this awesome little DIY and decorate our front porch.

2// October is my favorite month for a lot of different reason, but it also brings the perfect time to break out the crock pot and start making those yummy soup recipes that I've been dying to try out all summer. For the longest time, pretty much my whole life, I was never a fan of tomato basil soup, but then I had the most amazing tomato basil soup at a little restaurant in Atlanta a couple of years ago and now, hands down, it's my favorite soup. Ever. I could eat it for every meal. This recipe for slow cooker tomato basil parmesan soup looks absolutely delicious and I cannot wait to make it this week!

3// A couple of weeks ago Rob and I took a quick little day trip to one of our favorite spots, Palmetto Bluff. Palmetto Bluff is one of the Lowcountry's best hidden gems, and it is actually where we spent our 2nd anniversary this past year.  The 2014 Southern Living Idea Home was absolutely beautiful! If you're in Charleston you really need to make the day of it 

4// Y'all. One of my favorite things is comfort foods and one of the best comfort foods is mac and cheese. I mean, who agrees? I am so excited for the Charleston Mac Off this year! Rob and I have never been, it seems like every year when this event rolls around we are out of town either for a fall getaway or at a football game. But not this year! I'm ordering my tickets right now. You should do the same. Thank me later. 

5// Maggie is so happy it is Friday! I mean, just look at that face!!! She's adorable. #maggiemoo