Friday, October 24, 2014

High Five For Friday

Yaayy, happy Friday!  We did it!  Tonight I'm hosting a Girls' Night Out Halloween Party for my girls at work and Saturday we're going to a "Mac Off."  Here's what we were up to this week...

1. Amanda was here until Tuesday, so Monday night we decided to drink away our sadness [that she was about to leave], and we attempted to find something "Halloweeny" on Netflix.  We failed and watched an episode of Babysitters Club and a Halloween Barney special... hence the drinking game.

2. Fall arrived in Charleston like midweek.  Coincidentally, it was the day after I bought candy corn and Honeycrisp apples at the store.  You're welcome, South Carolina.

3. I got the cutest belated birthday present in the mail from a friend and her daughter Evie even counted out 26 stickers for me.

4. I ordered myself cookies... again.

5. There's something fun on the horizon with Alex and me!  

PS I just played a fun game, clicking on my "H54F" label and I cannot believe this was a year ago... wow how lives change!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Of course I find a donut shop...

So far, all of the places I've written about for Charleston Chowdown have been places referred to me by coworkers or friends.  Well, today I'm featuring my very first find: Charleston Donuts!  And yes, of course, it's a donut shop... but not just any donut shop.  These are the freshest donuts you will ever eat in your life.  They are fried each and every hour and are always warm.  On top of that, each donut isn't glazed or topped until you order it.  They have 10 different glazes and over 15 toppings.  We've been there a couple of times now, and if you are ever over in Mount Pleasant, you NEED to give it a try.  To me, weekend mornings mean errands and going out to breakfast, so do yourself a favor and head over there this weekend.  You will not be sorry!
strawberry glaze with Oreo, lemon glaze, chocolate glaze, and maple glaze

Hellooooo, donut heaven!

Huge menu!

Glazin' our donuts

My favorite is definitely that strawberry with Oreo... don't knock it until you try it!

Try our other favorites: ZiaFive Loaves, DeSano Pizza, and Melvin's Barbecue

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Our Minimoon in NYC

Well, we received our wedding photos last week [all 806 of them], so I'm having so much fun choosing favorites [down to 350!] and hope to share many of them soon.  In the meantime, I thought I'd share a little about the minimoon we went on after our wedding.  Even when we still lived in Connecticut, we knew that we wouldn't be able to go on a honeymoon right away because September is right in the middle of my busy fall season.  We also thought it would be super weird to get married on Saturday and just go back to work, as if nothing had happened, on Monday.  Our wedding also coincided with the beginning of Jeter's last home stand at Yankee Stadium, so, you do the math.  Minimoon planned!  When we moved to South Carolina, we knew that Mike would drive the moving truck down in August, we would fly up and back for my shower, and we would fly up and drive his '97 BMW back down afterwards.  It worked out perfectly.  We stayed at the hotel with all of our friends and family in Massachusetts on Saturday, spent Sunday with Mike's dad, and drove down to NYC Sunday night and stayed until Tuesday when we would keep driving to South Carolina.  Here's what we did:

We stayed in the Bronx at the Bronx Opera House Hotel.  On Monday morning, we took the Subway to Manhattan and got off in Times Square.  Our goal was to spend the day in Central Park.  We obviously grabbed New York bagels on our walk to the park.

We entered the park at Columbus Circle and started exploring.

The trails through The Ramble were so much fun.

Stop at Belvedere Castle

Next thing we knew it, we were halfway across the Reservoir and had walked 50 blocks [plus all of the winding through the park].  At this point, we figured we had to go the rest of the way through the park.

Conservatory Gardens and a thumbs up when we made it out on 110th Street.

As if that wasn't enough walking, we walked a few more blocks to the Subway and took it back down to the southside of the park to go to a restaurant I'd been talking about for at least a year.  Has anyone ever heard of "The Best Thing I Ever Ate" on Food Network?  Well, like a year ago, Emeril talked about the best veal parmesan he ever ate at this restaurant Il Vagabondo in NYC, so I needed to go and try it.  Mike got the manicotti, and since it was 2:30 [we spent 5 hours walking through the park], we were the only ones in the restaurant.  Everything was SO GOOD.

As we walked about to the Subway station, we ran into the Roosevelt Island Tram, so we decided to ride that across... and were the annoying tourists with cameras.

We walked another 15 or so blocks each way down to Four Freedoms Park on Roosevelt Island, and it was just beautiful.

The Sprinkles ATM on our way back to the Subway was a necessary stop.

Last, but not least, was the Yankees game.  They beat the Orioles 5-0 and Jeter had 3 RBIs.

And last but not least, it wouldn't be a Meg and Mike trip if we didn't have some type of car trouble.  On Sunday when we arrived, we learned that our hotel had four parking spots for what they called "secure parking."  Yes, four.  Well, I was not going to let that little car sit in a surface lot with our wedding gifts in it for 2 nights.  So, they let us pull into the alley where the secure spots were to unload.  After unpacking everything and bringing it up to our hotel room, we came back down to move the car and found it smoking, sitting in a puddle of its own coolant.  Great.  A radiator hose split, so there was no way we were going to be able to move it.  Luckily for us, there was a repair shop across the street, but because it was 9 pm, it was obviously closed.  They let us keep the car parked on the side of the secure parking overnight, then in the morning, Mike rolled it across the street to the auto mechanic.  Luckily, it was done by Tuesday morning when we had to leave, but seriously, could anything else go wrong?
Oh, and in case you were wondering, something else did go wrong and we got a flat in Virginia... And they lived happily ever after.  

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Meg Taylor, Amateur Tour Guide

This weekend I definitely earned that title.  My bestie, Amanda, was here from Friday to this morning [ :( ] and now that we've been here for 4 months, I think we finally have our bearings enough to really be a good tour guide.  We tried to show her a little bit of everything Charleston has to offer, while also just simply spending time together.  Here's what we did...

Friday: After picking up Amanda, we grabbed some Zia for dinner and Krispy Kreme for dessert.  We debated going out for drinks but opted for ciders at home and game night... we are mature adults.  

Saturday: Spending the whole weekend doing everything "Charleston" meant that our first stop was definitely Boone Hall Plantation.  We walked around the grounds and gardens, toured the house, and [my personal favorite] played with the butterflies in the Butterfly Pavilion.  After that, we drove downtown and walked around Market Street and the waterfront.  The night ended with gigantic sundaes from Ye Old Fashioned.

Sunday: Since we'd been doing so much eating, we decided to do something active and went back to show Amanda one of our favorite places, Trophy Lakes on John's Island for disc golf.  After 18 holes of golf and a 4-mile walk, fancied ourselves up a bit and headed out to Kiawah for drinks and Crispy Shrimp at the Ocean Course's Ryder Cup Bar.  Our full bellies went back to the apartment for some football and afternoon relaxation.  But we weren't done yet - after a nice nap, we explored another favorite place: Rat Island and Lighthouse Inlet out on Folly Beach.  It's so beautiful over there in the evening, but holy cow do the bugs come out after the sun sets!
Who says SC doesn't have foliage?!? Kiiiiidding.

Beautiful lunch view at Kiawah

Lighthouse Inlet: Check out that bird that perched on Mike's foot!  It was hopping around, eating mosquitos out of the air, and decided to take a break and hang out with us!

Monday: I had to teach in the evening, so Mike and Amanda came to Patriots Point with me to hit some golf balls.  She had never played before and did super well!  They also made me a birthday cake with my Aunt Zena's recipe [thanks, blog!].  They replaced the regular cocoa powder with Special Dark cocoa powder and it was SO GOOD.  We obviously broke out the wedding cake utensils again and dug in.  We finished the night with some Uno and Halloween tv drinking games.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Our Fall Decor

Preface #1: Whoops, I can't read calendars and thought I was scheduling this for tomorrow... soooo, enjoy some decor today and some weekend update-ness tomorrow!
Preface #2: Happy One Monthaversary to me and the Mr!

When it comes to fall, everything is a little different in South Carolina.  See below:
A. Gourds in a bag from the grocery store.  That's how we buy our fall decor in the South.
B. Drinking fall cider [the best one ever, I might add - cider posts coming soon!] with palm trees in the background. 

Regardless, I'm embracing fall.  Last year I professed that fall was going to be my new "thing."  I might not be wearing my Uggs yet in this 80 degree weather, but at least I can decorate and OF COURSE we will be dressing up for Halloween.  I was so excited when I saw a fun holiday link up on Lisa and fellow Charleston girl Cait's blogs; I figured it was a great excuse to photograph the simple little bits of fall we have around our home.  I love fall decor because it's just that: simple, not over the top and crazy like Christmas [okay, I guess it was our own fault we made it that way...], but cute little accents to add to every part of the home.
Holiday Linkup

So, here we go, welcome to our apartment...
An apartment hallway version of a front step.

Still love that banner I made last year!

Like my change to the wedding countdown Annalee gave me? /// And we FINALLY finished the M!

Works out nicely that our kitchen colors are tangerine and green!

Loving the book Jennifer sent me as a part of the Great Pumpkin Swap!

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