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Prime Rib on Christmas Eve

Wednesday, December 28, 2016
I love how certain foods always remind me of a holiday. My Nana's green chili rice will always remind me of Christmas in Hugoton. A mint green pistachio salad will always take me back to Christmas at my Grandma and Grandpa Roe's house. My mom's sweet potato casserole tastes amazing any time of the year, but best on Thanksgiving.

Prime Rib is quickly earning its place in my holiday food memories log. Since 2012, Mike and I have been serving Prime Rib for Christmas Eve dinner at our house.  When we first hosted my parents in our new home in December 2012, we wanted something really traditional, and Christmas-y for our Christmas Eve dinner. I had recently received Pioneer Woman's A Year of Holidays cookbook, and we thought that was a good place to go for inspiration. Her Christmas Eve dinner menu included Prime Rib, and we both instantly knew that's what we wanted to try.

Prime Rib is expensive, so it's definitely a treat for Christmas Eve. Mike reserved our aged beef Prime Rib this year at a local butcher shop. Look how excited he was to bring it home!

A key to a great Prime Rib (and my favorite part!) is a nice, seasoned crust. Mike does a great job seasoning it with lots of salt, peppercorns, and herbs. Makes my mouth water just looking at it. 

Even Missy couldn't resist the divine smell! 

Besides an amazing Prime Rib dinner, the best part of Christmas Eve this year was how low-key and relaxing it was. We loved having both sets of parents in town and hosting them at our home. My parents, Mike and I went to the 3:30 p.m. service at church to be home in time to enjoy appetizers, Champagne, and visiting with Ron and Judy before dinner was ready.

We took pictures by the tree, snacked on baked Brie and salmon from Seattle, and visited until the Prime Rib was done.

For dessert I made this amazing triple buttermilk chocolate pound cake. I saw this recipe in my Southern Living a few years ago, and had to try it. It's filled with buttermilk, instant espresso, dark chocolate and plenty of sugar, so you can imagine how rich and moist it is. It's a really wonderful dark chocolate cake to make for Valentine's Day, too. I skip the powder sugar based glaze because I think it's sweet enough, and I like the 'all chocolate' look. 

It was a very Merry Christmas indeed. Hope you all enjoyed good food and time with family as well. 

Christmas Week

Friday, December 23, 2016
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas around here! Mike and I are preparing to host our parents for Christmas Eve tomorrow, and we've had a nice week leading up to Christmas taking in yearly traditions, listening to lots of Christmas music, watching holiday movies, and pre-ordering the Prime Rib.

 It's always fun to have both sets of parents here for Christmas. It's been such a busy year, I don't think my dad has been at our home since the Derby Day party, and Ron and Judy split their time between Seattle, Wichita, and somewhere warm for the winter (this year it's Phoenix) so it's great to all be together.

The only thing that doesn't quite feel like Christmas is the weather. Sixty degree weather and severe thunderstorms in the forecast feels more like spring rather than Christmas Day. #lifeinKansas

Sunday afternoon my mother and I went to our annual Nutcracker performance. Ballet Wichita always does a fantastic job, but this year the dancers seemed better than ever. I was mesmerized by the Snowflake Scene. If you haven't seen this scene from The Nutcracker, you really must. It's incredible. I always just want to step into the Snowy scene!

My favorite scene from the Nutcracker - pure magic!

Another favorite? The Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy, of course! 

The guest artists this year were from the Dance Theatre of Harlem, and they were amazing! The Sugar Plum Fairy was so good- she seemed to effortlessly dart across the stage.

We've also enjoyed filling the cold, dark evenings with favorite Christmas movies and TV specials. The Pentatonix Christmas special was one of my favorites this year. Mike doesn't understand how I can watch movies over and over, but to me that's all part of the tradition and fun.  "Elf," "The Holiday," "Polar Express" and the original "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" are all staples for me.  I discovered a new favorite this year, too. "Christmas in Connecticut" was darling! If you like classic movies, give it a watch.

"The Holiday" is a Christmas classic for me. 

I can't believe I hadn't seen this one. It was so great!

Even Missy May is feeling festive. She's been sporting her Christmas sweater all week.

Merry Christmas all! May your holiday weekend be filled with love, friends and family, good food, and happy memories. 

What I'm Loving This Week

Monday, December 12, 2016
Happy Monday, friends! Hope everyone has a good week ahead of them. It's the time of year for happy celebrations but also a packed schedule. It's always good to remember to make time to enjoy, and take a "breather."

Here's what I'm loving this week. What's making your spirit bright these days? I'd love to hear!

Pantone's Color of the Year

Is anyone else loving Pantone's Color of the Year, "Greenery"? I always look forward to the announcement - it's kind of fun to see how they interpret the 'vibe' for the year through a color. I remember the year Mike and I got married the color was Tangerine Tango - which I wasn't crazy about, but I loved 2013's Emerald.

This year, though, is my color. I love it! I can't wait to see it on decor and clothing. Green has always been my favorite. My bridesmaid dresses were this kind of green, and senior year of high school I painted my room this same shade of green. It just makes me happy. I love what the said about this color:

"A life-affirming shade, Greenery is emblematic of the pursuit of personal passions and vitality."

Kacey Musgraves' Christmas Album

A lot of Christmas albums sound the same to me. Everyone does their rendition of "Baby, It's Cold Outside," and "The Christmas Song," and while they're always nice, they're always a bit repetitive. Kacey Musgraves is quickly becoming a favorite of mine with her old school, Patsy Cline-charm and witty lyrics. I love her album "Pageant Material" (Cup of Tea, Biscuits, Dime Store Cowgirl - they're all fantastic!) but her Christmas album, "A Very Kacey Christmas," is the best I've heard in years. I even ordered a copy for my grandpa who's a true cowboy and former two-step king. Her Christmas covers are refreshing and updated while staying true to her retro vibe, and her originals are heartfelt, witty and fun. Break out your party dress for "Ribbons and Bows, " and your Kleenex for "Christmas Makes Me Cry."  My favorite cover is totally "Mele Kalikimaka." I really can't stop listening. It's that good.

Christmas Lights
I love taking a walk in our neighborhood. I wrote about it last year, but it is always such a beautiful reminder of how wonderful this time of year can be despite the cold and the frantic holiday shopping. I just love being surrounded by so many sparkle lights. It is really magical.

We decided to do a little throwback to our childhood with colored lights for the tree.

Our fireplace area always makes me happy this time of year. 

Boulevard Bourbon Barrel Quad

This beer is my absolute favorite. It's incredibly flavorful. I love that they describe it as 'boozy' because that's totally what it is. It's full of toffee, vanilla and bourbon flavors and it's truly a treat to sip. This definitely isn't the cheapest beer you can buy, but it's so worth it. Perfect for a cold December night.

Saying 'Yes'

You knew this was coming, right? My obligatory Gretchen Rubin mention, of course. Last week on her "A Little Happier" mini podcast on Monday she mentioned it was beneficial to "say yes" this time of year. This caught my attention because 1) my New Year's resolution last year was to "say no" and 2) I had recently surprised myself by saying yes, and being glad I did.

So, here's what she says. During this crazy time of the year, it's almost easier to just say yes to all the holiday parties or commitments. You won't stress over making a decision, you'll surround yourself with friends and family (socially good for you), and you'll look back on it with pleasure. Gretchen doesn't always recommend "saying yes" but during the holidays she's suggests it actually helps us enjoy more.

My New Year's resolution last year was to essentially "say no" so I could do more. I have been pretty good about this and have seen that I've had much more time to enjoy and invest in the things I really care about. However, I do think Gretchen's got a point during the holidays. I recently went to two holidays parties this year, that I think my old self would have said I was too busy for, or too stressed to go to. It was actually just easier to commit to going, and then not think about the decision any more. I went, I socialized, I connected, and I enjoyed myself. Sure, I didn't get much done those evenings, but Gretchen's right. I was better saying yes this time.

Less stress by saying yes? I'm sure glad I made it to this party.

Have a great week all. Say yes, listen to Kacey Musgraves, and wear some green. It is the holiday season after all.

Things I learned from Nana

Sunday, December 4, 2016
My Nana would have turned 90 years old on Friday. She's been gone for five years, and oh, how I miss her. The older I get the more I remind myself of her, and the more I admire her talent, poise, warmth and kindness.

Over the weekend I have enjoyed thinking about all I learned from her - here's just a few of my favorites.

Be kind.
One of the greatest things I remember about Nana besides her talent and her glamour was her kindness.  She'd tell us that we didn't get to choose our looks or our talents but everyone could be kind. And Nana was just that. Her door was always open, her words kind, and her home full of warmth. Nana had a special place in the hearts of everyone she met and I know it was because of the kindness she extended to everyone so generously.

Put your face on. 
Nana was glamorous and never left the house without her makeup on. She would say she "needed to put her face on." She exuded that classic Hollywood glamour of the 50s and 60s - using Max Factor makeup and always donning bright red lipstick. She believed in having a sense of decorum, and told us not to go out looking 'slovenly.' Even typing this word makes me smile and think of Nana (and my mother!). I've gone out to the grocery store a few times without any makeup, wearing yoga pants, and I always think, "Oh man, Nana would not approve. I need to step it up and 'put my face on.'

Keep learning. 
When our family set up a computer in Nana and Grangran's office in the late 90s I don't think anyone expected much. But Nana got in there, and learned all that she could. She emailed us regularly and much to Grangran's dismay, she learned to buy and sell on eBay. (Emphasis on buy)

Mexican food is the best.
Visiting Nana's house always meant I could count on delicious Mexican food. Her kitchen was always full of tortilla soup and tamales, and every Christmas we had King's Ranch enchiladas, green chili rice, Nana's famous margaritas, and Mexican wedding cookies. It wasn't until I was quite a bit older that I realized most of my friends were eating turkey and mashed potatoes on Christmas. I just thought everyone garnished their Christmas plate with green chiles and guacamole.

When we out to eat it was always Mexican as well. Nana introduced me to wonderful Mexican dishes at a young age, and taught me important lessons - always choose green chili over red and there's nothing better than a warm sopapilla. Nana's favorite dish was Chile Rellenos. I remember her clicking her red nails, and placing her order - overemphasizing the Spanish words. "I'll have the Chil-lay Rey-Ah-Nooos."

As everyone knows, I too, always have an appetite for Mexican food. I would eat it everyday if I could. I plan to make Nana's traditional Christmas meal this month complete with her margaritas (oh man, do those pack a punch). I can't wait to taste all those delicious memories again.

Help others less fortunate than you.
Nana had a huge heart. I remember when one of Nana's former housekeepers who had previously been in a abusive relationship was getting remarried. Nana was so happy for her, but knew that she couldn't afford to have a wedding photographer. Nana offered to take all the wedding photos. My mother and I tagged along as Nana loaded up a bag with her cameras. She took tons of photos and although it was a fairly simple wedding, she raved about how beautiful the dresses and flowers were. I remember thinking that Nana didn't have to do any of this, but she did.

Bloom where you're planted.
I think it can be easy to question if you're in the right place in life. The right town, the right job. When I've got caught up on this my mother will remind me of the phrase, "Bloom where you're planted." Nana loved this phrase, too. Hugoton, Kansas is a great place but it's no mecca for the arts, music or culture by any means. It's just a nice little Southwest Kansas community. But Nana didn't stop that from 'blooming.'  She traveled, she painted hundreds of gorgeous watercolors, she won art competitions, she went to watercolor workshops, and she wrote for the local newspapers. She reminds me that our talents don't need to be in a specific place to be used.

Give generously.
Nana loved giving gifts - loved it! No matter the occasion she always had a gift for you.  I've definitely inherited this from her. Mike says I always have to be gifting - and will jokingly say to me, "Gifts for everyone!" Christmas at Nana and Grangran's was always over-the-top. All the daughters and granddaughters had gifts upon gifts to open until the living room was overflowing with laughter and wrapping paper. Nana face always lit up with joy watching us all open our gifts.

Nana's gift giving wasn't just for holidays. I remember when I had chicken pox in Kindergarten and Nana arriving in her Cadillac to take care of me. As she came through the door her arms were bursting with gifts. Clothing and jewelry for my mom, stuffed animals and cute outfits for me. When someone came to Nana's to visit, she always made sure they left with a gift. I vividly remember when one of her friends was over, she whispered to me to help her put together a gift from her 'gift stash' in the closet. I was instructed to go find something and put in in a gift bag with tissue. Nana presented the gift as if it was meant for the friend the entire time. She had that way of making every single person feel special.

In only the dramatic fashion that Nana could pull off, one year she wrote us all an 'ethical will' which basically was a collection of her thoughts on life and family.  I found my copy the other day and smiled at a few of my favorite lines:

"Be kind. I have always most enjoyed people who are funny and smart and kind. It has occurred to me that kindness is the only of these traits that you can easily develop."

"Every experience, good or bad changes us, makes us wiser if we learn from it."

"Surround yourself with people who absolutely love you. If someone doesn't absolutely love you, you absolutely don't have time to continue the relationship."

"Be gentle with with other's hearts. You have to treat everybody with love and respect, but remember you don't have to like everybody. You don't have to have everybody over to your house for Sunday dinner!"

"Watch only good movies and read good books. There is so much trash available that it can ruin your life."

"Change what you must in life but love what you have."

Happy birthday, Nana. Your gifts truly just keep on giving.

Little moments of Thankfulness

Monday, November 21, 2016
Happy Thanksgiving week, friends! I hope your week is full of smooth travels, time with family, and of course, plenty of delicious food. In anticipation of Thanksgiving, a couple of weeks ago I loaded up with plenty of Real Simple's Thanksgiving podcasts. All the turkey talk and pie tips got me excited for Thanksgiving, but definitely made my tummy growl mid-run.

At the end of the podcasts the host would ask each guest a series of Thanksgiving-related questions including the usual, "What are you thankful for?" All of the answers were great, of course, but one definitely caught my attention. The guest commented that she really didn't like being asked that question because she didn't like thinking about what she was thankful for just at Thanksgiving. She said she preferred to be a little more mindful, and notice the little things she was thankful for each day. 

I've been trying to note little moments of thankfulness each day, and it's really given me appreciation for a lot of things in my life - big and small. In fact, the other day, I realized just how much I love living next to a park. Our backyard backs up to a city park and I love the open, green space. I'm thankful that just steps from my patio we have a great place to walk and run. I often take for granted the glow from the baseball diamond and crack of the baseball bats that I enjoy while sitting on the patio.

As a dog owner, I'm also extremely thankful for the park's generous amount of doggie stations with plenty of bags, but plenty of wise words as well. Every dog station features an inspirational quote. Makes pick-up duty a little bit more enjoyable, right? 

I also really love this beautiful fountain area. At night it lights up in all sorts of beautiful colors!

It's been fun to appreciate the things I normally wouldn't even think about I'm grateful for leading up to Thanksgiving, like our little park.

Have a great Thanksgiving everyone! Be thankful for those little things! 

A very French Sunday

Thursday, November 17, 2016
Part of my birthday surprise from Mike this year was a bottle of Veuve Clicquot Champagne. I love champagne and I've been reading The Widow Clicquot this fall, so it was really the perfect gift to celebrate 30.

The bubbles, the book, and the blonde who loves them both.

The Widow Clicquot....truly a Girl Boss.

For anyone unfamiliar with Veuve Clicquot and the woman behind the famous Champagne brand, it's an incredible story full of plenty #girlpower. Barbe-Nicole Clicquot Ponsardin became a widow at 27, and took over the family's champagne business. Because of her extraordinary work ethic and business-savvy, she helped build the brand into one of the most recognized Champagne brands in the world. Not only is it amazing that she was a woman entrepreneur during this time, she also faced a ton of political unrest and trade regulations during Napoleon's reign. Her story is really, really fascinating, so if you're a history buff, Champagne connoisseur, or a bit of both, definitely pick up this book. It could be the perfect read for the holidays when you might be sipping Champagne.

"Champagne! In victory one deserves it. It defeat one needs it."
- Napoleon Bonaparte

I thought it was only appropriate to have a classic French meal with such a classic French champagne. I decided to make Boeuf Bourguignon and used the recipe from Gourmantine (A really gorgeous food blog - check it out!).

Boeuf Bourguignon is definitely not a thirty minute meal - so I knew I needed to make this on a weekend. The bourguignon needs at least three hours to simmer in the oven. Be warned - your kitchen will be filled with the intoxicating smell all afternoon! 

So many layers of flavors! 

After hours in the oven, the flavors really meld together and you end up with a wonderful, hearty beef stew perfect for a cold night. This recipe will definitely be making more appearances this winter.

Celebrating 30

Friday, November 4, 2016
I turned 30 (still feels weird typing this) a few weeks ago, and if my birthday was any indication of how year 30 would go, it's sure to be filled with lots of love and incredibly sweet surprises.

Mike really went above and beyond on my actual birthday to make me feel special. Everything was completely unexpected, and I felt very grateful for such a wonderful birthday. We went to dinner at District Taqueria, one of my favorite Wichita restaurants, before we went to see Wicked, and he treated me to lots of lovely gifts.

A huge surprise was to receive a bottle of Veuve Clicquot. I love a glass of bubbly, and I've been reading The Widow Clicquot  this fall and have become fascinated with the woman behind this iconic Champagne. Mike not only knows what I love to drink, but pays attention to what I'm reading! Gold star! Now I just need to figure out an occasion appropriate to drink such a nice bottle of Champagne.

And Wicked was wonderful. I had never seen this musical and Mike and I were completely blown away. Loved, loved, loved the music. If you haven't seen it, it should definitely be on your list. I thought it was fantastic!

So surprised with this bottle of Veuve Clicquot! Now, when to drink it?!

On Saturday, Mike and I got up bright and early for the traditional 'birthday on the hill.'  It always seems like the birthday tailgate ends up being an 11 a.m. game, but mimosas, Einstein Bros. bagels, and the view of the Campanile in the morning make the early kickoff all worth it. 

Tailgates have evolved over the years. (Wish our football team would, too.) This year was especially fun because it was my first tailgate as not only an alum, but as an employee of the University of Kansas. Lots of my coworkers dropped by to have a mimosa and visit. It was really fun, and I again felt extremely proud to be a Jayhawk, and incredibly thankful for all the opportunities KU has given me.

It was also special because my cousin, Wade, is now a freshman at KU. It is really great to now have these tailgates be a 'family affair.'  I think it will only continue as Wade's parents have fallen in love with Lawrence, and his little sister, Marlyn, is set on being a Jayhawk as well. Rock Chalk!

At the historic Eldridge Hotel in Lawrence - one of my favorites!

After the game, Mike, my parents and I enjoyed our traditional martinis at The Eldridge Hotel and had the perfect table that looked out to Massachusetts Street. We had so much fun sipping martinis and people-watching, we decided to stay for dinner. It was a really wonderful evening laughing and telling stories over drinks with my favorite people.

Mike and I met some friends at one of our favorite old hangouts, The Sandbar, for a few tropical drinks and dancing, but headed back to the hotel fairly early, because let's face it guys, I'm thirty.

Thanks for all the birthday love everyone. Here's to 30! 

Remnants of a great birthday I found later in my purse. Proof of a good time!

Low-key Halloween

Wednesday, November 2, 2016
If Halloween falling on a Monday wasn't already a bummer, my immune system decided to throw in the towel Monday afternoon. By the time I returned home from my school visits on Monday, I was completely wiped out with a runny nose, pounding headache, and sore throat.

Halloween is my absolute favorite holiday as any loyal reader knows, but this year, I felt so sick, the best I could do was light a few pumpkin candles and unenthusiastically hand out candy to our trick-or-treaters. My costume quickly turned into 'sickly 30-something.' Not one of my favorites...

My pumpkin candles were about as festive as things got this year at our house.

The Halloween season wasn't a complete bust this year though. I had decked out the house in all of its Autumn glory earlier in September. I also carved two Jack-O-Lanterns and watched Hocus Pocus over the weekend. If you know me, carving a Jack-O-Lantern and watching Hocus Pocus are absolute musts for Halloween. In fact, I couldn't find my Hocus Pocus DVD for about 30 minutes on Sunday evening, and almost had a complete breakdown.  (It's been a long recruitment season, guys.)

Our pumpkins, Jack and Jill, hanging out by the chiminea. 

Thankfully, we found the DVD, and all was well in the Kuchinski household.

One highlight of Halloween was this kale salad I fixed for dinner. I had found it in my November issue of Self Magazine and thought it was a great healthy, seasonal salad. With roasted butternut squash, kale, pepitas (pumpkin seeds!) and a delicious maple syrup dressing, it combined all sorts of great fall flavors.

Roasting the squash was basically the only prep needed for the salad.

The only change I made was using regular Kale. (Couldn't find red Kale at Dillon's) It was really, really delicious, and a great healthy option, especially for someone fighting a cold! Kale and squash are both loaded with Vitamin A and C.  If you're looking for a tasty fall salad, give it a try.

Delicious fall salad served with my favorite childhood placemats.

Red Kale Salad with Mustard-Maple Vinaigrette - Self Magazine, November 2016

1 Tbsp Dijon Mustard
1/2 Tbsp maple syrup
1/8 red wine vinegar
Pinch of cayenne pepper
7 1/2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2 cups butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and sliced into 1/4 inch thick strips
1 large bunch red kale ( I used regular kale)
1/3 cups pepitas (pumpkin seeds)

Whisk together first five ingredients, saving 1 1/2 Tbsp of oil for squash. Toss butternut squash in remaining oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roast for about 20 minutes or until browned. Wash and stem the kale and cut into pieces. Toss with cooled squash, pepitas, and vinaigrette. 

Hope you had a Happy, and healthy, Halloween, friends!


Monday, October 24, 2016
I had always heard that Carmel-by-the-Sea was beautiful, so when I was sent to Palo Alto, California for work earlier this month, this seemed like the perfect road trip.  

Mike and I set out down Highway 1 early on a Saturday morning, and arrived in Carmel-by-the-Sea just in time for lunch. We immediately discovered that Carmel is as charming and beautiful as it's described. It's easy to see why it's a hub for writers, artists, and movie stars. (Marilyn Monroe was rumored to love this little beach town, and Clint Eastwood once was mayor) This European-style beach village is filled with cottages, secret passageways, lovely shops and restaurants, and cobblestone streets that lead you all the way down to the white sand beaches.  No chain restaurants or street addresses are allowed in Carmel, which really adds to its charm.

Although it's just one square mile in size, it's difficult to check out all the restaurants and shops that line the streets. Eventually I just became mesmerized by the pretty storefronts and immaculately landscaped yards we were walking by.

While Carmel is indeed charming, it is also quite swanky. Plenty of high end boutiques and luxury cars reminded us that Carmel isn't exactly a retirement destination for us any time soon. But it sure made for some fun people watching!

While in Carmel we enjoyed lunch at A.W. Shucks, and dinner at Porta Bella,  and stopped for wine tasting at a few wineries. My favorite winery was Caraccioli Cellars, which specialized in bubbles. Cool atmosphere, and lovely bubbles!

Mike and I really enjoyed Carmel beach the most though. The beach is nestled right next to Pebble Beach golf course, which Mike really enjoyed sneaking a view of.

Carmel Beach is super dog friendly. Everyone brought their dog to the beach! It was so fun to watch dogs of all shapes and sizes leap in and out of the deep blue waves that crashed on the shore. I was amazed at how pristine the beach was with all the canine visitors.

We walked the beach when we first arrived, and once again at sunset. Gorgeous views and soothing sounds of the sea. So glad I can say I've been to Carmel-by-the-Sea.

A few 'musts' of Savannah...what are yours?

Thursday, October 20, 2016
Life has been crazy busy lately but as I was watching the scary hurricane coverage a few weekends back, I was reminded I still had lots of Savannah memories to share from our trip in early September. I am so glad the hurricane didn't hit Savannah as hard as expected. It was crazy to watch the weather coverage from River Street and to think we were just there.

Mike and I really enjoyed our short stay in Savannah. Here are a few of our favorite stops that we made - I know we only touched on a few of the good ones. We can't wait to make a return trip. What Savannah suggestions do you have for our next visit?

River Street

 A bit touristy, but super fun, River Street is full of shops, restaurants, and great views of cargo ships on the Savannah River, We browsed in the shops and grabbed a couple of drinks, but both of us were more intrigued with the giant cargo ships headed out to the Atlantic Ocean. 

It might have made for a cute photo, but it over 90 degrees in Savannah
 on this day. I think my tush suffered second degree burns sitting on this post.

Mike watching the HUGE cargo ships go by on the Savannah River. 

Cathedral of St. John the Baptist

I visited the Cathedral both times I've been in Savannah. It's just gorgeous inside. Even if you just have a few minutes, it's worth going in to view the beautiful architecture and 50 some stained glass windows.

Forsyth Park

I remembered how much I enjoyed running through Forsyth Park on my last stay in Savannah. This iconic park is as beautiful as it looks in the photos and postcards. I love going on an early morning jog around the park viewing the beautiful historic homes and looking up through the canopy of Spanish Moss. The fountain is a must for a classic Savannah photo op. 

Iconic fountain at Forsyth Park

Mercer House

If you've read the book or seen the movie, "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil," the Mercer House is a definite stop. Even if you haven't, you'll enjoy the tour of this grand Southern Mansion as well as the elaborate collections of Jim Williams.

Rocks on the Roof at the Bohemian Hotel

Our friends Andrew and Ashton gave us a head's up about the Rocks on the Roof bar at the Bohemian Hotel. It definitely had one of the best view's in Savannah. I can only imagine what the view from this bar was during the hurricane though. We went for a rooftop drink before dinner at the Olde Pink House. Great view, and great atmosphere - be prepared to wait or be a little competitive for a table with the perfect view though.  I did a bit of both.
Of course, I ordered Champagne. What did you expect?

My cute hubby - always game for a scenic happy hour. I love him. 

The Olde Pink House

One of my favorite restaurants! So much history, so much charm! Oh, and the food is amazing, too. This historic house was built in 1771 by James Habersham, a founding father for the city of Savannah. For all my history buffs out there, the home also served as the headquarters for General Zebulon York during the Civil War. Today it is said to be haunted by ghosts from the past, but the amazingly romantic atmosphere, and delicious Southern fare overrides any spooky encounters for me.

Mike and I were seated upstairs in a dimly lit room that was super romantic and charming. We ate way too much She Crab Soup, Grouper, and Collared Greens but it was so worth it. Absolutely one of my favorite dining experiences. If you go to Savannah, you must make a reservation at the Olde Pink House! You won't be disappointed.

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