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Thursday, January 18, 2018

December: Life Lately

The holidays are always a whirlwind of activities. Not only do we celebrate Thanksgiving and Christmas, but Whit and I also have Birthdays in November and December. It makes for a busy holiday season but we wouldn't have it any other way. I wanted to share a quick recap of December because we had so many fun things going on.

Squeezed in one last boat day before it started to get to cold. Our good friends just moved here a few months ago and couldn't wait to take them out on the water. 
Mellow Mushroom pizza is a favorite of ours, but I especially can't get enough of their Holy Shiitake Pie! 
I hosted a small brunch "sprinkle" at Poogan's Porch for my friend Megan who just welcome their sweet baby girl this month. P.S. I pre-ordered these pink cake pops from Starbucks and they made the perfect little favors.
 These pimento cheese fritters were amazing!
 I decided to go with the traditional southern classic —  biscuits and gravy! 
It was a fun afternoon celebrating baby Rosie.
 Monster enjoying her afternoon sunbathing routine. 
 Sometimes she lounges in the chair.
Whit made this delicious 4- ingredient keto coconut chicken curry. It's a recipe we will keep in the regular rotation for sure. 
I know this is totally random and not an appealing photo but it's too good not to share. Mondo's, one of my favorite Italian places we use to get food catered for the office from stopped doing lunch for a while, but they are now back in action. This place is so good Charleston peeps. They aren't open for lunch (except catering) but check them out for dinner.
 A housewarming party with an oyster roast is my kind of party. We had a great time celebrating with friends in their new home.  
Speaking of celebrations, how awesome is this Dutch oven cake that was made for our CEO's work anniversary?!
 Monster, doing what she does best. 
We hosted my friend Cayce's 30th Birthday at my house. Champagne was the theme of the evening. And here is yet another pretty cake.
I made these champagne jello shots which were a hit. I obviously didn't try them because of the baby on board but I received good feedback. And they turned out really pretty (much prettier in person).
 We had so much food!

I celebrated the 30th Birthday of another girlfriend of mine with brunch at Angel Oak Restaurant.
All of the indulging left me craving a good salad. This holiday honeycrisp salad was delicious.
 Lunch date at Husk with all the girls in the office.
 I FINALLY had the infamous Husk burger and I'm pleased to say that it lived up to all of it's hype.
 A home cooked meal for my husband's birthday. The no-knead bread recipe I used was so simple and it turned out great. 
 Got myy first mani at Mylkbar with some girlfriends...just in time for the holidays.
One of my favorite things about Christmas is the annual holiday baking that mom and I do together.
Here are a few of the usual cookies we make.
Our Christmas Day meal may not have been served on fancy plates but it was fantastic, nonetheless. You just can't beat a home-cooked meal, and mom never disappoints!
It's always so nice to be able to spend a few days at home with my family.
Mom and I did a little after-Christmas shopping in Charleston but our first stop was for lunch at Grimaldi's. Their oven baked pizzas are so flavorful and the thin crust doesn't leave you feeling miserable and stuffed afterwards.
Since Whit and I spent Christmas with my family, we went to visit his the weekend after.
We spent the afternoon exploring downtown Conway and had the best lunch at Rivertown Bistro. Their french onion soup was to die for!

As was the fried green tomato BLT.
With all the busy holiday travel and craziness, we opted for a low-key New Years Eve with friends. 
We enjoyed a nice home-cooked dinner and just barley managed to keep our eyes open to watch the ball drop.
A great way to end 2017!

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