The holidays are upon us, and with that comes parties, decorating, baking, traveling, shopping and a fully booked calendar. It's just part of the fun of this time of year. I haven't been doing as many blog posts as I would like lately, due to the above. Previously, I was posting a weekend recap every Monday, which got to be a little much. I decided to change things up and start doing a monthly recap of life lately. So, here's a little of what I've been up to over the past few weeks.
I celebrated my birthday last month, and what better way than with my favorite food...pizza! I had a casual dinner at Mellow Mushroom with a group of my closest friends. How beautiful are these flowers that my mom and best friend from high school had delivered to my work?!
We haven't had much cool weather lately, and I'm not complaining. We have been enjoying mostly sunny days, with highs in the mid- 70's. When it's that nice out, I have to take advantage of exercising out doors. I've skipped the gym a few afternoons to run outside around the neighborhood instead (breaking in the new sneaks).
Some girlfriends and I checked out the annual "Smoke on the Harbor BBQ Throwdown" for the first time. I was impressed with the seriousness and dedication of the competitors. They each had their own camper set up in the parking lot, so they could monitor their BBQ all throughout the evening.
I attended my first Barre Evolution class and loved it! It was such a great workout.
Round one of Thanksgiving feasting began at the office. I made jalapeno popper deviled eggs.
Some friends of ours from out of town stayed with us a few weekends ago. We had a delicious lunch at The Shelter Kitchen + Bar. I had a mouthwatering steak sandwich, and there may have been a side of bacon gouda mac and cheese involved. Live music, good food and great friends...what more can you ask for?
We spent a wonderful, long weekend with my in-laws for Thanksgiving. Of course there was an obligatory, annual swing photo.
Most of our time was spent either in the kitchen or around the table, enjoying home cooked food and great company.
The Saturday after Thanksgiving, we traveled to Columbia to watch a long anticipated game of college football. Anyone from the South knows that the Carolina/Clemson game is quite the annual affair. My husband's family takes football very seriously. It's always fun to tailgate with them, especially for this game.
My husband and I hosted his company Christmas party at our home. Of course I was stressing out days before, trying to make sure everything was perfect... and it all turned out great! We had appetizers to nibble on and everyone brought a dish from Home Team BBQ.
The feasting continued a few days later at my company holiday party. The party was at The Oyster Shed, an event space that is part of Leon's Oyster Shop. This is seriously the cutest rustic event space. We had quite the spread, with everything from oysters and whole grilled fish to avocado toast and fried chicken.
I was fortunate enough to take part in a lunch "tasting" a few days before the party.
An overdue girl's night was had at one of my favorite spots, Avondale Wine and Cheese.
We met some friends downtown for dinner at Barsa (so good) and ended the evening with a cocktail at 492.
The Charleston Blog Society held their first annual holiday party at StyleDwell. This hot chocolate bar setup was so adorable.
As you can see, there hasn't been a lack of things to do lately, but I've enjoyed every minute of it!