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Gato

Monday, September 4th, 2017

Good Morning Darlings!

I have been remiss. Busy is not an excuse.

From now on, I promise to post at least 4 times per week. Even if it’s just a photo.

This weekend Eric and I had breakfast at Gato. I probably shouldn’t be sharing this because it’s one of Atlanta’s best kept secrets. So if you want to find more info, you are going to have to Google it yourself.

I had The Slam which was cheesy eggs with duck fat potatoes, bacon and a glorious ginger cilantro sauce. OMG.

Eric had the Huevos Rancheros. I seriously could go back again today. But I won’t. So you can have my seat at the bar. 🙂

The Slam

Huevos Rancheros

Today, we are going to cook out and mow the lawn. Not in that order. What are you up to?

xoxo, Patti

Venkman’s

Tuesday, October 11th, 2016

Good Morning Darlings!

Last week John was in town and so we had to celebrate. We chose Venkman’s, one of faves. There was also an acoustic set of Beatles tunes thrown in for free.

Have you been to Venkman’s? Named after Bill Murray’s character in Ghostbusters. Thursday night their special is an entire fried chicken served with pickled veggies, slaw and potato wedges. All for $29. Eric and I decided to go for it and were rewarded with crunchy on the outside, moist on the inside chicken with puckery pickled veggies and creamy slaw. The potato wedges were a nice foil to all the tartness. And after we ate our fill of chicken, there was still plenty left to craft into a fabulous breakfast hash on Saturday.

And jalapeno corn muffins, too!

And jalapeno corn muffins, too!

I love Venkman’s. You should go. And say hi to Chef Nick Melvin.

xoxo, Patti

Magical La Hacienda

Monday, September 15th, 2014

Good Morning Darlings!

Eric and I have been so busy this summer that there’s been no time for a getaway.

We remedied that this past weekend at La Hacienda.

Our sweet friends, Ed and Tera Hattaway, are the owners of this Shangri-La.

Define Shangri-La:  Shangri-La has become synonymous with any earthly paradise, and particularly a mythical Himalayan utopia — a permanently happy land, isolated from the outside world. In the novel Lost Horizon, the people who live at Shangri-La are almost immortal, living years beyond the normal lifespan and only very slowly aging in appearance.

My view from inside the pool!

My view from inside the pool!

Because you are my darlings, I am willing to share La Hacienda with you. Brand new, magical, marvelous. Step in and allow time to slow down. We spent over 6 hours between the pool and hot tub and at the end of the evening, we fell into the deepest sleep in the most comfortable bed. When the sun rose, Ed and Tera were in the kitchen whipping up a delicious mexican brunch of machaca. What’s machaca? It is a yummy beef dish, topped with a sunny side up egg. Refried beans, fresh fruit and piping hot coffee completed the meal.

This could be your breakfast!

This could be your breakfast!

I almost hate telling you about this slice of heaven. Less for me…but more for you!

xoxo, Patti

Picnic Musings

Thursday, July 19th, 2012

Good Morning Darlings!

It is almost time for the 2012 Summer Olympics, when all eyes will be on London.

There’s something about nibbling treats while watching the planet’s greatest athletes that puts me in a festive mood. But you all know I have been super busy, and have no time to prepare a fabulous spread for my friends.

Whatever shall I do?

Holiday Shopping at Ross

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

Good Morning Darlings!

The lovely people at Ross Dress For Less recently sent me a $25 gift certificate and let me have at it.

And so I did.

What did I get?

Get Yer Motor Running…

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

Good Morning Darlings!

What do you envision when you think of rolling mountains, green grass, bubbling brooks and big comfy rocking chairs?

The answer might surprise you!

Vanilla Sky

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

Good Morning Darlings!

Summer means several things: sunshine, beaches, carnivals and camping. Nearly 13 million people go camping every year in the U.S. alone, with the number rising 6 percent in 2010.

What? 13 MILLION people go camping? Not like staying in a cabin, but a tent? Huh, imagine that!

Families stake out for days, even weeks, in our country’s beautiful national and state parks every summer. With the heat and exhausting travel, snacks often need to be healthy, transportable and flavorful.

My question is….what are we packing to eat?

Gamble on a Party

Thursday, August 25th, 2011

Good Morning Darlings!

Do you feel the cool in the air? Just a subtle change right now that will segue into full fledged autumn weather.

The change of season invariably has me thinking of new ways to entertain. Autumn is the gateway to all those fabulous holiday parties that keep everyone busy. And with so many parties to choose from, make sure yours is the one they are still talking about next year.

What am I whipping up?

A Glance At Grant Park’s New Market

Monday, August 22nd, 2011

Good Morning Darlings!

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend. Ours was very busy.

On Sunday morning we took a look at the new Grant Park Farmer’s Market. Love it!

Grab your coffee and take a tour with me.

FFF-Bad Dog!

Friday, August 19th, 2011

Good Morning Darlings!

Does anyone remember Mulligan’s Bar and Grill? They used to feature “Luther Burgers,” a gut buster of a burger served on a Krispy Kreme donut. Dang, those things were tasty.

Mulligan’s is long gone, so where do we go for that one dish that will single-handedly wipe out a hangover?

You have got to see this!