Welcome to another installment of Dishin’ It Up – May 2016 edition. Where I share my favorite books, music, food and fun from the month!
Well hello June! I can’t believe 2016 is flying by at the speed of a jet plane. Blogging, and life for that matter, is ever changing and for me a constant balance. A balance between juggling daily work, blogging life and maintaining a personal life. One thing that I have always loved about blogging is connecting with others and I have made some real life friends all over the world from this little thing called blogging.
As a blogger, and a person, I have always struggled with sharing info and personal stories to relate to others, but to maintain a mysterious air around me. While I share personal stories in my daily blog posts, sometimes I feel like I am sharing the same stories and thoughts. I started this “Dishin’ It Up!” series several years ago as a way to share my monthly favorites, what I have been up to, where I have been eating, etc. that may not work it’s way into any other blog post. But then every time I hit publish, I think, well there goes all that mystery. LOL!
Anyways, as blogging changes, and new faces enter the world wide web, and cookbook deals, sponsored posts and ads start get added to the mix, I think it is even more important to be myself and continue to share my passions and stories with you.
And while I have said this before, I hope to bring back this Dishin’ It Up series as a place for me to share all my other passions and interests!
So here are some highlights from May…
What I’ve been doing:
I celebrated Derby Day for the first time in my life my going to my first ever Polo Match! It was loads of fun mixing and mingling with complete strangers dressed in their finest “seersucker” attire and over-sized hats in the VIP tent while sipping mint juleps. Since this was our first year, we really didn’t dress the part, but now that we are no longer Derby Day/polo match armatures, we’ll have to plan awesome outfits for next year!
I’m gearing up for the Fit Foodie Race on June 24-26, 2016. I am super excited about this race because it is all about balancing life, all things in moderation, etc. While I have always tried to be an active person, and running/jogging/walking have always been a go to fitness activity since you can do it any time, any where, without spending any money; over the last year or so, I have cut back on the jogging/running part and focused more on toning and HIIT work outs in addition to daily walks with my dog.
So when I decided to team up with the Fit Foodie Race to work as a brand ambassador, it was to help push and challenge me to get back to running. I’m not going to lie, I still prefer to do the toning/HIIT workouts, but race “training” has been fun. I recommend the “couch to 5K” program if you are new to running or have been away from running for awhile. If you want to challenge yourself too, sign up to participate in the Fit Foodie Race and use the discount code KITCHENCONCOCTIONS to save 10% off online ticket sales!*
What I’ve been eating:
We are OBSESSED with zucchini boats and I make them at least once a week. Our favorite version are these Buffalo Chicken Zucchini Boats, but we also like this Chicken Enchilada version and I have experimented with several other flavor combinations as well, that I can’t wait to share on the blog soon.
We tried a new to us local (Austin) restaurant this month, the Full English. This unassuming little restaurant (located behind a gas station on Manchaca Road in south Austin); is completely charming with mismatched dishes, furniture and décor; and has an authentic English menu, filled with hot tea, fish and chips, English pastries and an all day English breakfast menu. We enjoyed the Full English breakfast and Breakfast on a Roll which consists of bangers, Brit bacon, eggs and roasted mushrooms. Obviously English food isn’t the most photogenic but it was tasty and I can’t wait to go back to this adorable cafe.
Oh, and I guest blogged over on SoFab Food and shared this recipe for Grilled Pound Cake with Lemon Honey Whipped Cream and Blueberry Compote. Go check it out and then go make it so you can eat it… duh!
What I’ve been watching:
I’m the type of person that can’t have a silent house so while I am working, whether it be editing photos, fussing in the kitchen, or folding laundry; if I am home the TV or radio is on. Since I don’t have cable, Netflix is my friend and like many of you, I have been re-watching Gilmore Girls gearing up for it’s return.
I am also obsessed with home shows like the one, You Live in What? A show about people who do renovations on old or uncommon buildings (like old school houses, train depots, churches, fire houses, etc.) and transform them into livable homes. Since I tend to be a bit quirky, I love this and now have decided my “dream home” is not that lake front property but an old, refurbished general store or even better, bar or restaurant. After watching this show you realize the possibilities are endless, especially is you have all the funds. 🙂
What I’ve been listening to:
Right now I currently digging Meg Mac. Have you heard of her or listened to her music? She is an Australian singer/song writer in the blues rock/indie rock/soul genre and I think I have listened to every song on her debut album like 100 times since discovering her a few weeks ago.
What I’m reading:
Currently I’m reading and cooking from Beach House Baking: An Endless Summer of Delicious Desserts, which from the recipes and stories has me wishing I was back in Florida with my toes stuck in the sand. I’ve also been reading/cooking from fellow blogger Heather Christo’s Generous Table: Easy & Elegant Recipes through the Seasons. Look for full cookbook reviews and my favorite recipes from each of these books on the blog in the next few weeks.
With summer here I am dying to have my own personal book club. I don’t know what it is about summer that makes me want to dive into the pages of a good book and bring it everywhere with me, from the pool to using it for entertainment on the plane while traveling; but I’m currently at a loss as to what to read. I was thinking Julie and Julia, as I have owned a copy of the book from before the movie came out but never actually read the book- just saw the movie. I’ve also had this book, Honey (written/edited by some friends), bookmarked to read for awhile. Since the authors just released the second book Honey The Return, a few months ago, I think it’s time to read it. BUT I’m also looking to suggestions! What’s on your summer reading list??
June is already packed with meetings, classes, work, LOTS of blog posts and a little fun. I can’t wait to see what new things I am Dishin’ Up next month!
*Disclosure: I am a Fit Foodie Ambassador and I am working with John Hancock Hosts The Cooking Light & Health Fit Foodie Race Weekend to help promote the event.
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