I should probably live in Kentucky with my over the top LOVE for bourbon. I mean it’s only logical. It’s where it’s made and it has some of the best countryside I’ve seen. It’s gorgeous. Doesn’t hurt it has a gazillion barns speckled throughout and I’ve got a hot and heavy thing for those too. Barns, bourbon, and my bike. I’m SO IN. Yes, I big puffy heart you and your bourbon Kentucky. People always ask me what my favorite bourbon is. I have a few that I adore but honestly it just depends on my mood as to what I’m reaching for.
Y’all know I’m a bourbon girl. Have been since college and we’re not going to talk about how LONG ago that way. I was NEVER (meaning still to this day) able to drink beer. I just can’t. So while I had my nose in the books in college I met Jack and Jim and so my love affair with the amber liquid began. Our story is a long and loving one and they’ve since introduced me to more of their friends: Mark, Colonel Taylor, and a plethora of others. I’m a social butterfly what can I say.
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Charlie aka Chuck is our rescued Beagle Hound. He’s the most laid back dog on the planet until you open the back door and then it’s like he’s drank a gallon of energy drinks and off he goes into the woods to chase deer and squirrels and all the other animals that’s hell never ever catch. I do have to admire his persistence though. OR when it’s time for a trip to the vet or the groomer. Then he tucks tail and becomes a nervous Norman.
Don’t let the word CURD hold you back from this. I know, it’s a horrible word. I mean really, what were those in charge of naming all the things thinking when they said yes let’s call this CURD, insert the rolling eyes emoji here. It just sounds BAD and we know what it rhymes with. I know, but push that to the back of your mind and focus on LEMON instead and ICE CREAM. Better right?
This recipe is sure to float your bourbon boat. Wink. Wink. Did you know that July is not only my birth month but it’s also National Ice Cream Month. Wha? It’s a month long party and I’m completely okay with that. Especially since I make a boat load of ice cream. If you type in ICE CREAM into the search bar right up there you’re bound to find at least one ice cream recipe that you’ll want to make. If you’re into ice cream (and I hope you are) you’re likely to find enough to keep you busy for a while.
Just in time for the dog days of summer, you can have your cake and eat lick it too. Yep. Your tongue and taste buds will be super confused as to why something so cold and creamy tastes like cake but your tummy will be giddy with excitement. At least that was my experience. Giddy is a good thing in my book. Unless it’s a gaggle of teenage girls, then it might be little much to handle at one time.
Y’all know how many sweet teeth I have. I’m positive that a few of them came about because of my over the top love of ice cream. I love it year round. Matter of fact, I always have the bowl to my ice cream maker in the freezer ready to go when I am. Which is often. I’ve whipped up I don’t know how many batches of this bourbon riffic beauty right here. It might be one of my favorites. I realize I say that about a lot of ice creams (can’t help myself I love the cream of ice) but this one is pretty special.
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I’m all kinds of cheesy. Literally. I’m one of the biggest nerds you’ll ever meet. Food Nerd. Photography Nerd. Bike Nerd. For the sake of argument we’ll just say I’m a nerd and leave it at that. What else I’m big on are meals that come together quickly. This Cheesy Baked Beauty is just that. It’s one that is a great base to add onto as you need to clean out the fridge. Say you’ve got vegetables that need to be used quickly. Add them in and you’ve got yourself a primavera pasta bake. Want a little protein? No problem, add a handful or two of shredded chicken and voila.
Raleigh is a city with a lot going on at any given time. I’m sharing a few of my favorite places located in and around our Capital City of North Carolina for your entertainment pleasure. I’m a giver like that. Food, Drink, Parks, Shopping. Who doesn’t want in on that action? I mean come on.
Variations on the Moscow Mule are all the rage. You know those super cool drinks served in the oh so hip copper mugs. Yeah, now you know the ones. A Kentucky Mule is one of those variations and it’s made using, you guessed it because you’re smart and you know that BOURBON hails from Kentucky. You also can’t make a mule without alcoholic ginger beer. We’re serving ours up with Crabbie’s. It’s been around for over 100 years, so you know it’s got to be good stuff. It comes in original (which we’ve used here) and two new flavors for you to tempt your taste buds with as well. Spiced Orange and Scottish Raspberry.
Who doesn’t love meatballs? I mean, well except for vegetarians and vegans, they probably aren’t too keen on them, otherwise, I mean really it’s a meatball. A sphere of scrumptiousness. What’s not to love? They’re magically delicious and when they’re appetizer size (aka fun size) you can pop them right into your mouths and you don’t have to feel bad about devouring a dozen of them because, say it with me, they’re fun size after all. That’s my logic, let’s just go with it yeah? Please don’t burst my bubble. I have enough people in my life who do that already ; )
I’m a coast kinda girl. The ocean is one of my happy places. If I can get there on my bike well double bonus points for me for combining two of my loves. So naturally it kinda goes without saying that I love all things salt water. Including seafood. One of my favorites are mussels. I could honestly eat bowls of these babies all by myself. Yes, I have. No shame. I lurve ’em. Don’t even attempt to take the bowl from me when they’re done. The cooking liquid is just as tasty. Best sopped up with some crusty bread. Don’t forget the bread with this one. Yes, I’m shaking my finger, isn’t that what you do when you want to get your point across? No? Maybe it’s just me.
Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Pepcid through Mom It Forward. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
I’m kinda a nut about tacos. I dig ’em. I especially dig those from my favorite local food truck. It’s ones of those gems that unless someone has told you about it, you might not even know about it. Lucky for you, I’m going to tell you about it so you can go, and invite me. Because I’m a giver and shared with you. Food trucks aren’t what they used to be boys and girls. No need to shy away from them. Food trucks are all the rage across ‘Merica and there’s a good reason why. Good eats. Good local eats to be exact.
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Whether you’re watching a movie or planning a family game night, popcorn is the perfect accompaniment. It’s quick, easy and almost everyone loves it. Pop a few bags in the microwave or go the stove top route with kernels and you’re good to go. Want to add a little more oomph to your snack? Flavored butters are super simple and can be customized. Like it sweet, salty or savory, no problem. Melt your butter, add your flavor or choice and then drizzle it into your bag. Easy peasy.
Y’all know how much we love our pasta around here. My favorite pasta dishes are quick and easy and take me WAY less than 30 minutes to get on the table and into my belly. The recipe possibilities are truly limitless with pasta. I’ve very rarely met a pasta dish I didn’t like, it’s usually one that’s overcooked which is an IMMEDIATE no for me. Who wants gummy pasta? Not me, the only gummy I want is in bear or worm form. Know what I mean?
Who doesn’t love a giant platter of nachos? I mean really. Chips, cheese, specifically REAL® cheese which gives this gobs of gooey goodness, meat (unless you’re vegetarian and then well I’ll eat yours) and beans. Heck to the yeah. They might be the perfect appetizer. Filling, don’t require utensils and they’re not too incredibly messy. Well maybe if you sauce it up and then you’re on your own. Just go ahead and grab some extra napkins. Can’t say I blame you on the extra sauce. I mean it’s BBQ Sauce amiright?
I’m kind of an ice cream nut. Like I will wear out my ice cream maker come spring and summer nut. The bowl stays in the freezer to be ready when I am. In fact, it would probably be a good idea for me to look into getting a second bowl. That’s how much I use it (you can find links for the products I use at the bottom of the post under the recipe). This ice cream is a little different from my normal recipe because it’s dairy free. Wha? Yep, it’s made using Lactaid milk. So all of y’all that have dairy allergies, intolerance or are just avoiding dairy (that one I just can’t wrap my head around but m’kay) this one is for you. It’s also gluten free and vegetarian. We’re ticking all kinds of boxes today!
This is going to be an incredibly difficult post for me to write. I’ve gone back and forth and finally decided that sharing this is something I need to do for me. I’ve poured myself a whiskey and I’m just going to write like I was pulling off a band-aid and hope it makes some sort of coherent sense. I’m also hoping that these photos are in focus because it’s hard to tell when your eyes are puffy and red. If you’re just wanting an incredibly delicious peach cobbler recipe then please go ahead and scroll down to the bottom now for the recipe. You won’t be disappointed. I’m incredibly biased, but it’s ridiculously delicious. Anyone, whose ever tried it has agreed with me. It’s by far the best peach cobbler I’ve ever had in my life and I’m from the South so that’s saying something.
I’m one of those people that takes A LOT of photos with my phone. I’m always looking at this or that and capturing what, where and who catches my eye, usually driving everyone around me nuts because I’m holding things up (sorry not sorry y’all). I currently have over 3 thousand photos on my phone. Anyone else out there a phone shutterbug? I think it’s important to document our moments, people, places and them share them. I didn’t really have a great way to share all my shutterbug love (without dumping a thousand photos onto my Instagram feed, y’all would have loved that) until I came across this easy to use app by Kodak Alaris. It organizes, shares and can even print your phone photos easily.
I love lemons. Like I eat them like candy love them. Yes, I’m one of those people. I like them in my water, I like them sliced. I like lemon head candies, I like them in all the desserts. You get the picture. Lemon all the things. Yes, please and thank you. Want to know what’s even better than a lemon dessert to me? A NO BAKE lemon dessert. An easy peasy throw it together no bake luscious lemon treat. That’s what I’m talking about.