Welcome to another installment of Dishin’ It Up – August 2016 Edition! Where I share my favorite books, music, food and fun from the previous month!
And just like that another month has come and gone! For me August was filled with a lot of work and a little play. And considering it is already September 8 and I am just now sharing my favorite highlights from August, well I guess you could say September isn’t slowing down one bit.
Here’s a little peak into what I’ve been up to, plus some of my favorite eats, shows and music from this past month.
What I’ve been doing:
Most of August was spent teaching cooking classes, blogging and various other work events; but I did manage to squeeze in one last summer vacation to Utah. Now I know what you are thinking… UTAH?!?! Yup, everyone says it with lots of question in their voice, but if you have never been to Utah you are sorely missing out. It is absolutely gorgeous and there is so much more to Utah than just skiing. There are some very popular local breweries, delicious local eats, a ton of local attractions and events; plus those views, y’all, absolutely breathtaking! If I could have a little cabin in the Utah mountains to call home (during every month of the year except the winter) I would because that mountain air and scenery is so peaceful and does wonders for my soul.
I was only in the Salt Lake City/Park City area for a few days but managed to finally try Swig, a local soda shop with famous dirty sodas and the famous Swig sugar cookie, that I have seen all over social media and around the web. And yes the cookies were de-licious (known for being served chilled with pink frosting, see pic above) and perfect if you don’t like overly sweet cookies or frosting. I guess since the cookies aren’t overly sweet that makes them perfect for washing down with a sweet Swig Dirty Soda.
Besides checking out Swig, we mostly just visited with friends and family and enjoyed the mountains with lots of hikes, scenic drives and backyard barbecues with the best weather. (See didn’t I say Utah was picture perfect!)
What I’ve been eating:
While traveling to Utah I had a quick layover in Denver and checked out the popular Denver area restaurant, Elway’s. I was torn between trying the house entree salad, the Cherry Creek Salad (baby spinach with shredded chicken, dried cherries, dates, green apples, manchego cheese, pistachios and apple cider vinaigrette) or the “Signature” Smash Burger” with house made chips that was mentioned and raved about on every restaurant review I read about Elway’s. I ended up getting the “Signature” Smash Burger” since it was what everyone raved about, even though I really wanted the salad, and I don’t know if it was because I wanted the salad or what, but the burger was just alright. 🙁 While the burger had good flavor, the bun and burger fell apart while eating it and I have definitely had better burgers. If I ever make it back to Elway’s, I am definitely ordering the Cherry Creek Salad or Rocky Mountain Trout.
Since it has been so dang hot, we are keeping cool with lots of ice cold beverages and frozen treats. One of our favorite Austin area spots to grab a cold treat is Bananarchy. They dish up frozen banana pops dipped in chocolate and covered in all kinds of toppings. This time when we visited I got the current special the Black Forest Banana Pop, but we also love The Cookie Crumble (crushed Oreo cookies and chocolate chips) and creating our own with a delightful mash up of all their toppings.
I was invited by the people at Char-Broil grills to attend a fun end of summer barbecue: Char-Broil Nights. The event was held at Jacoby’s Restaurant & Mercantile, where they had a bunch of Char-Broil grills set up to grill all our favorite summertime foods- watermelon, summer squash, chicken wings, smoked brisket, Mexican street corn, and more! It was all finished up with refreshing cocktails and a s’mores bar (my favorite!).
What I’ve been listing to:
This month has been all about the country music! No, not “bro-country” or “pop-country” but raspy “real deal” bluegrass country. I have been playing Chris Stapleton nonstop. If you aren’t familiar with this up and coming artist you must check him out! He has actually been around awhile, writing chart topping songs for Adele, Darius Rucker and Kenny Chesney; however, he finally just released his own first album. In addition to playing his aluminum on repeat, I got to see him in concert last month!
I’ve also been constantly playing the folksy rhythms of Old Crow Medicine Show. I love their music because I feel like I have been transported back in time to a small southern town or fair… with lots of boots, dancing and southern charm.
What I’ve been loving from around the web:
I have a big day of jam making with my Mom planned for later this month and I am loving these unique jam recipes, like Chocolate Raspberry Jam and Caramel Cardamom Pear Jam, that I keep seeing all over the web.
I hope the weather cools down soon so that I can get in the mood for fall baking. Once I’m ready I’m going to whip up a batch of this homemade baking “spray” to give it a try.
I have bought MANY popsicle molds over the years and finally found one I really like. I used them to make my Chocolate Covered Pumpkin Pie Popsicles and you can see the molds in use if you hop on over and check out the recipe.
Well that’s it for now! What have you been up to lately? Share in the comments below!
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