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Travel // The Country Club
Posted on:2.16.2017


New Orleans is known for its amazing food and The Country Club definitely confirmed that reputation. Located in the residential area of New Orleans, this gem is known for being your “home away from home,” according to its website.

The Country Club is a full service bar and restaurant with a private ‘club’ in the back. The club includes a hot tub, heated pool, sauna, cabana bar, television and projector screen. The pricing to get into the club is $10-15 depending on the day and definitely worth it! The food and drinks (from what I saw) were extremely reasonable and well worth the cost.

During Jessica’s bachelorette trip, we ended up having brunch on our last day at The Country Club and it did not disappoint. We started off with their bottomless mimosas. When I say bottomless, I really mean it. Some restaurants skimp you on mimosas by taking their time when checking on you, but The Country Club was extremely prompt! Anytime we had an empty glass, they immediately filled it up! I actually had to tell them to stop pouring because I didn’t want to drink too much! I definitely give them a 10/10 on their customer service! 


For brunch, we split the Truffle Mac-N-Cheese for an appetizer. I would go back to New Orleans for this one dish alone. It was phenomenal. Hands down the best mac-n-cheese I have ever tried. It consisted of gouda, mascarpone and white truffle. When I finished scraping my plate (I considered licking it), I told my table that I could have ordered another mac-n-cheese for my meal instead of ordering an actual entree. It was THAT good.


I was very sad to see the mac-n-cheese go, but we moved on to our entrees! I had The Beef Debris & Eggs for my entree. As soon as I tried this dish, I was SO happy that I ordered an entree because it was mind-blowing. The eggs were perfectly cooked, the meat was juicy and tender and the sauce was out of this world good. The Beef Debris is hands down the best thing I ate while in New Orleans and that is saying a lot. At $19 for the dish, it is worth every single penny.



Another dish at our table was the Chicken & Waffles. I didn’t try this, but those that did said it was fabulous. We also ordered the Traditional breakfast and the Fried Green Tomatoes & Eggs. The Traditional breakfast was just your average (but great) traditional breakfast. The Fried Green Tomatoes & Eggs was great, too. The sauce that they used was amazing and definitely brought the entire dish to a new level of tasty. 



To sum it up, the chef at The Country Club is KILLING it. If you are looking for a brunch restaurant in New Orleans, I highly recommend going to The Country Club. Like I said, it was the best place that I ate during my trip. I will definitely be back and I cannot wait to take Ian there to try it! I would also love to try out their dinner and club area. Have you ever been to The Country Club in New Orleans?
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Keeping Your Health Goals On Track With An On The Go Food Bag
Posted on:2.13.2017

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #WellYesMoment #CollectiveBias


My lifestyle is hectic. Most of the time, I am on the go and it is extremely easy to get lost in the time, which leads to either not eating, or eating poorly which then leads to improper nutrition and health. This is where preparation comes in - I make my list, head to Walmart, prep for the week and pack a bag for each day!

The saying, “fail to prepare, prepare to fail” definitely plays a huge role in my life. Let me explain. On days that I do not have my meals planned out, I end up eating junk. Yesterday was actually one of those days. I was working from home, running errands and going to a workout class with my sister. While a grocery trip was on my to-do list, I never got around to it, so I ended up having to search my refrigerator and pantry for food. Can you guess what I ended up eating? For breakfast, I chowed down on ½ a bag of gummy bears. For lunch, I had some chips and a glass of water and then for dinner (before my workout), I ended up eating a protein bar and a cup of tea with some collagen powder mixed in.

This is a prime example of why I need to meal prep every single week. If I don’t, I fail. Today, I want to share with you all how I meal prep and how I create an on the go bag (which I have definitely perfected over the years!). Meal prepping seems time consuming and hard, but it becomes very easy after you do it once. If you live a busy life, this will save so much time and headache in the long run! 

HOW TO CREATE AN ON THE GO FOOD BAG TO KEEP YOUR HEALTH GOALS ON TRACK

Let me start off by saying that this does not just have to be an “on the go” food bag. If you work from home (or don’t work at all), this post is for you, as well! Even if I am working from home, I still prepare my food for that day and store it in the fridge because if I don’t, it leads to massive gummy bear consumption instead of eating food that will fuel my body! 
  • Before I go to the store, I always create a list to bring with me. A common issue for me is going to the store without a list and coming home with a bunch of foods that I shouldn’t be eating. If I have a list, it keeps me on track and I never have to run back to the store twice because I forgot something. Not sure what to include on your list? No worries! To make it easy, I have included what I typically eat and also a few questions below to help you start out:
- For my breakfast, I always make a green smoothie and a coffee to get my day off to a great start. So, I make sure to get all of the ingredients for both of those items. Think about what you typically eat for breakfast. Is it time consuming? If your mornings are hectic, how can you save yourself time? Make sure to choose nutrient dense items!

- For my lunch, I love to have something warm and nutritious. As I walked the aisles of Walmart the other day, I came across Campbell’s Well Yes!™ soup and had to include it in my lunch this week. I am pretty conscious about what I eat and this looked like a great option to include in my bag. It does not have any artificial colors, flavors or ingredients and on top of that, the chicken has NO antibiotics (in relevant flavors). Today, I tried their Tomato Carrot Bisque [contains a touch of cream; vegetarian (2 cups vegetables); non--BPA lining] and I was blown away by how good it was! I will definitely make Campbell’s Well Yes!™ soup a frequent option in my food bag! I also picked up a few other flavors and cannot wait to try them! I usually pair something warm (in this case, the Campbell’s Well Yes!™ soup) with a small bed of salad, some fruit and a vegetable to make it well rounded! I also found out that a ‘Well Yes!™’ offer will be available in the Sunday paper on 3/12 and there will even be an in store demo in select stores 2/16 - 2/19! This combined with the already low price at Walmart will help you save money while eating nutritious! 



- For my snacks, I try to get a good balance of proteins, fats and fresh options. I always start out by including as many fruits and vegetables as I possibly can (without getting bored). Some of my go to’s are bananas, grapes, strawberries, apples, blueberries, celery and carrots. I always try to add dipping options for my celery, carrots and apples, so that will usually consist of either hummus or a nut butter. I always add nuts, like pistachios, or almonds to get healthy fats into my diet, especially if I did not include a nut butter. My next step is to add protein like hard boiled eggs, or yogurt. Other snacks I like to include are cheese sticks, dark chocolate, popcorn, protein bars, tea and I always make sure to have plenty of water with me! I try to drink one gallon each day.

- I typically do not include dinners in my food bags because Ian and I usually cook together, but if you need to, try to add lean meats, a lot of leafy greens or other vegetables, and maybe a fruit! A few great options are taco salads, salads topped with chicken, baked chicken with vegetables, or zoodles with turkey meatballs.
  • Once you are finished creating your list, head to your local Walmart to pick up your items.
  • When you get back home, unpack your bags and begin prepping your food. What I mean by this is wash and cut your veggies, clean your fruit and separate your servings into tupperware containers.

  • Stack your containers in the fridge to make it easy to grab and go.
  • Each evening, unpack your bag that you ate out of and fill it back up with your food for the next day to make it easy for you in the morning!
  • Grab your bag and hit the road when you wake up!


Creating an on the go food bag makes my life so much easier & I hope it will make yours easier and better, as well. If you are busy and cannot find the time to cook for yourself during the day, using these steps will help you stay on track! Also, don’t forget to keep your eyes peeled for the ‘Well Yes!™’ coupon in your Sunday paper on 3/12 and the in store demo (demos are not guaranteed in every store) between the dates of 2/16 - 2/19 so that you can pick up your Campbell’s Well Yes!™ soup at Walmart! 

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Super Bowl Recap
Posted on:2.09.2017

I’m not a huge football fan, but last Sunday, I definitely was! Each year that goes by, I never really keep up with The Falcons because they are usually pretty awful... This year was no different. I didn’t keep up with them because I assumed they were awful, but I was wrong! When I found out that they were going to The Super Bowl, I immediately became SO excited to watch and cheer on “My Falcons.” 


We planned a small get together with our friends and gorged on sliders, wings, cheese dip, salsa, pigs in blankets, cupcakes, fruit, sweet tea and beer. I would say that’s a southern football feast!



During the game, we were soooooooooo happy and pumped up because they were winning, but as everyone knows, they ended up losing in the end. There will be other years to have the chance of winning, but it is still pretty sucky and I think all of Atlanta is still pretty depressed about the lost since we came so close. I am going to keep a positive mindset on it -- there WILL be other years and this just gets Atlanta football fans more involved and excited for years to come. 

The game was AWESOME and the half time show was even better #YASGAGA and overall, we had a really great evening with friends! :)

Did you watch the Super Bowl? What did you think?








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January Recap // February Goals
Posted on:2.01.2017

Is it really February?! I seriously cannot believe it - it just doesn’t seem real. Time has gone by SO fast lately. This past month was really busy for us. If you do not follow me on Instagram where I post regular updates, I’ll catch you up really fast on what all happened in January (but you should go follow me anyway. My username is @lexrose5):

For Christmas, Ian got his first GoPro and we are beginning to figure out how to make videos. This will be PERFECT for our upcoming trips! 

Here is one of the first videos that he did in Florida:


When we got back from Florida, the winter weather showed up in Atlanta for one weekend. We ended up getting a bit of snow, but it was all packed between layers of ice, so it really wasn’t that fun to ‘play’ in. We did sled and that was a blast! Check out this sledding video Ian made. I really love this one:



I started taking my Pure Barre classes again this month and I am SO excited to get back into it, but I am definitely really sore. #WorthIt

Ian took his first CPA exam and should be getting the results back soon (eeeeek)!

Ian went to Vegas with his friends and I went to Florida again with my sister and niece. We had SO much fun and were so lucky to get one great beach day.

Other than those few highlights, we really just worked a TON. Tax season is now picking up, so these next few months will be mostly work, haha. Boring! 

Here’s how I did on my goals this past month:

- Try not to over schedule our calendar so that Ian has a lot of time to study for his CPA exam.
- Rest as much as possible to help heal my concussion.
- Start my Pure Barre classes again.
- Celebrate my dad’s bday! 
- Buy a Dyson vaccum (YAY!!!!)
- Start organizing our garage.
- Take down all the Christmas decorations. We ALMOST completed this one. We took down everything except for our outdoor lights, ugh.
- Enjoy the time I get with Ian.

- Start fine tuning our Italy itinerary.

I’d say I did pretty great! I am SO looking forward to this next month and all of the festivities! Here are my goals for Feb:


February Goals

- Try to take Pure Barre at least 2-3 times each week.
- Add walking into my workout routine.
- Head to New Orleans for Mardi Gras!!!!
- FINALLY get my license updated...I have been putting this off for months!
- Catch up with friends and family.
- Once again, not over schedule ourselves so that Ian has time to study for his next CPA exam.
- Get my bridesmaid dress (For Jessica’s wedding) fitted.


What goals do you have for February?
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Homemade Meatballs
Posted on:1.30.2017


Homemade meatballs are so easy to make and they are even easier to use. A lot of my favorite meals use these meatballs in them, so it’s awesome to be able to prep them in the beginning of the week and have them ready to go for a meal or two. It makes dinner fast and easy!

These are also really versatile. You can use pretty much any kind of ground meat for them! I love using beef and turkey depending on the meal. Turkey is leaner, so we do tend to use turkey more than beef, but beef is definitely tastier (in my opinion).

Another great thing about these homemade meatballs is that they are freezer friendly, so you could make a bunch and then just freeze them to use as you go. They are much healthier than frozen meatballs and you know what all is going in them, so it’s definitely a win in my book.

Some of my favorite meals to use these homemade meatballs in are spaghetti and meatballs, meatball subs, turkey meatball and kale soup, etc.

Homemade Meatballs

Ingredients:
1 pound of ground meat (I love using turkey or ground beef, but you can use anything)
- 1 egg
- 3/4 cup bread crumbs
- 2 teaspoons garlic
- 2 teaspoons worcestershire
- 1 teaspoon italian seasoning
- salt and pepper to taste

Recipe:
- Mix all of your ingredients together in a bowl
- Shape them into balls that are just a bit smaller than a normal sized golf ball.
- Place them on a sheet pan (I cover mine in foil to make the clean up easy)
- Cook for 12-14 minutes.
- Freeze, add to a meal, or save in the fridge to use throughout the week!
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Homemade Cookies & Cream Ice Cream Cake
Posted on:1.25.2017

Sprinkles, Brownies, Oreos, Ice cream...what more could you ask for?! If you are in search of an easy ice cream cake, look no further. This cake is perfect for birthdays, summer parties and pretty much every other night in between. 

This past weekend, my sister and I flew down to Florida to visit our parents and celebrate my dad’s 69th birthday! We knew we had to do something special, so she mentioned an ice cream cake.

When I first heard her suggestion, I loved the idea, but I thought it was going to be SO time consuming and hard to make. I was really wrong. This ice cream cake is one of the easiest cakes I have ever made and it’s also one of my favorites. 

I dare you to try this recipe this weekend. I bet you will jump for joy when you bite into it! 




Cookies and Cream Ice Cream Cake

Ingredients:

1 box of brownie mix
1 container of marshmallow fluff
1 container of oreos
1/2 gallon of vanilla bean ice cream
1 jar of whipped vanilla frosting
1 container of cool whip
1 container of sprinkles
1 disposable foil pan

Recipe:
  • Take your disposable pan, remove the sticker and lightly clean and dry it.
  • Make your brownie batter and pour it into the clean pan. Bake according to the box’s instructions. Make sure you do not over-bake or they will become too hard.
  • Once your brownies are finished baking, take them out of the oven and let them cool completely. 
  • While the brownies are cooling, take your ice cream out of the freezer to make sure it is soft. Also, place your oreos in a bag and crush them into small pieces. You can also chop them if you’d like, but crushing is easier...and more fun! 
  • Once your brownies have cooled completely, spread out the container of marshmallow fluff on top and then sprinkle your bite-sized oreo pieces on top of the fluff. 
  • If your ice cream is soft enough, smooth it out on top of the oreo pieces. I used the entire 1/2 gallon container. When you are finished adding all of the ice cream, place your pan back in the freezer until you ice cream is completely frozen again.
  • When your ice cream has frozen again, grab the pan out of the freezer and add your vanilla frosting and then cool whip on top of the ice cream. Top with sprinkles, or any other toppings that you would like.
  • Place the ice cream cake in the freezer again until ready to eat. Enjoy!!! 







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Travel // Egans Creek Park
Posted on:1.18.2017

Located on Amelia Island, Egans Creek Park, or Greenway is an area of over 300 acres filled with trails for runners, walkers and bike riders. The location is in the center of Amelia Island, but I would have never known that the trails were there because it is located directly behind a hotel, The Residence Inn.


The trails are suitable for almost any fitness level - I would say that it is more of a relaxed walk, but I do not recommend this trail for anyone that has difficulty walking for a good period of time. Bring a jacket if it is on the cool side because the trails are very shaded, pretty much the entire way. It would be the perfect shaded walk in the summer!

Egans Creek Park is filled with grass lined trails, ponds and streams and wildlife throughout. If you are lucky, you might see tropical birds, turtles, or even alligators. While we were there, we saw birds, turtles, lizards, and a crazy spider, but no alligators.

Overall, this is a great option for a fun “nature walk” that you can do with the entire family, and I definitely recommend it!







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