Archive | October, 2011

Snaps From This Week

30 Oct

Lots of little things have happened this week.

We won the Halloween door contest!

Trick or treating for the kids at 10th and Home.  Luis and I passed out the candy.

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Afterwards the GLC (Graduate Living Center) held a party for the adults, which included a candy apple bar, witches brew, and mingling.

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What did I dress up as?  I tired and hungry straight from work paralegal, haha.

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A fun Halloween treat made with Halloween Oreos and pretzels with melted white chocolate.  After mixing the ingredients together either in a ball form or into bars just refrigerate for 15 minutes and it’s ready to eat.  I shaped mine into a ball form and cut away chunks as needed.  Candy corn, mini M&M’s, or anything can be added to the mix for more Halloween fun.

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When it’s fall, not only do the trees change colors, but everything falls to the floor.

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It’s homecoming week at Georgia Tech.  Tailgaters were throughout the campus, taking up every inch of ground for our football game against the undefeated Clemson team.  It was an amazing game, the best game I have seen this season. Everyone was pumped and it showed in our game, even with some bad calls and some things that the referees “missed” we won 31 -17.  It was a nice feeling after being 6-0, then losing two games, making our comeback and winning big.  There was lots of celebrating last night.  Happy Homecoming!

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More sweet treats inspired by Southern Belle Farm, who had some adorable and very easy marshmallow treats on display. I love any dessert made with marshmallows, just like those chocolate covered marshmallow bunnies you buy around Easter. Love those things.

I made mine with an extra caramel layer.

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After the caramel hardens in the refrigerator for a few minutes, add the chocolate layer.

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You can add sprinkles, nuts, mini M&M’s, or my favorite; graham cracker crumbs for a Smore flavor. YUM!

Oh and please ignore my half painted thumb nail, as I was testing out a new fall nail polish, oops!

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With Halloween only a day away, I am making pumpkin and squash soup!

Hope you have a Happy Hallows Eve!

Door Contest

27 Oct

Tomorrow 10th and Home is having a Halloween party, trick or treating for the kids, and a door contest.  The RA on our floor saw our door and asked if we wanted to participate.  Of course we do!

So, Luis and I added a few more touches to make the door more complete.

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I am not sure what the prize is, but  it doesn’t matter.  Decorating the door with Luis was fun enough.

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I have been in the kitchen tonight making some sweet treats as well.  The door decorating got me back into the Halloween spirit.

Here is a sneak peak at my twist on one of my favorite winter treats; Christmas bark.

I call it Halloween bark =)

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Happy Fall

23 Oct

The campus trees are changing and I wanted you to enjoy the colors with me.  So, enjoy!

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Our courtyard trees are still very green.  Not sure if the leaves will change colors or if the leaves will just drop once winter hits.

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Happy Fall!

Taste of Atlanta

22 Oct

On the edge of campus on Tech Square, Luis and I attended the 10th year of Taste of Atlanta.  With over 80 restaurants showing off their culinary talents in little tasty bites, Luis and I hardly knew where to begin.

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Milton’s was one of my favorites.  We had the Low Country Shrimp & Cheddar Grits and Charleston Crab Bisque Sherry Drizzle & Chives.

Sorry, I did not get any pictures of them as I was trying to get my bites in before Luis ate it all  =)

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From the Shout tent we tried Salmon Rillettes, spicy meatballs, and warm chestnut soup.  Not one of our favorites, but pretty tasty.

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We had the White Truffle Chicken Salad Slider and Roasted Beet Salad with Local Goat Cheese (not pictured) from The Shed.

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This is my “I love food” smile.

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Luis was in love with the Grilled Texas Cream Corn from D.B.A Barbeque.

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One of my favorites was Kaleidoscope.  We had Thai Style Cashews & Peanuts and Thai Style Beef Jerky.  The jerky was absolutely amazing, with tiny jalapeño
slices, thai spices, and a hint of fish oil.  This restaurant is on my list to visit for a whole meal ASAP.

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Once Luis saw Yakisoba on the menu at Genki, he had to try it.  It was pretty good, slightly off from the Yakisoba in Japan since it had meat and it’s usually made with only veggies.

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Once I saw California Dreaming with She Crab Soup, I had to try it, which I loved!

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My other favorite was Mali.  We had Chicken Naam Sod with Cabbage and Spicy Basil Chicken with Chips.  These dishes had so much flavor.  The Basil Chicken was spicy and sweet, while the Chicken Naam was refreshing (as Luis said), another restaurant I will have to add to my list to visit soon.

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Luis had a Gryo from Mediterranean Grill.

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While I had Alu Tikki Chole from Bhojanic, which I really enjoyed, but then again I love Indian food.

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One of the last tents we visited was The Iberian Pig.  We had Pork CheeK Tacos. Another favorite.

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There were so many more tents we wanted to try out, but we were actually full.  All we could handle was one more tent, for dessert.

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Red Velvet Whoopie Pie from West Egg.

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The perfect ending to a beautiful day with really good food.  I am so glad Luis decided last minute to get us tickets for Taste of Atlanta.  I have never been to a food festival or a food and wine festival before, so this was a nice treat.

Southern Belle Farm @ McDonough, GA

15 Oct

Today we drove about 30 minutes south of Atlanta to Southern Belle Farm where we picked flowers and pumpkins from the vine, enjoyed my first hay ride, and got lost in my first corn maze.  If this is fall in Georgia, then I don’t ever want the season to change!

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I was so in love with the kiddie train with the painted cow spots on them.  I think I will have to steal this idea for my future farm, so adorable.

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As lame as it sounds, I have never picked flowers from the actual plant before.   Even more lame, I loved it.  Who knew cutting bright colored flowers into a plastic cup for $4.00 would make me so happy!  Luis had a good eye for finding dome shaped ones, which were my favorite ones.

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Even with all the pumpkins whispering to me to take them home with me, we decided not to pick one, not even the cute tiny ones!  Unbelievable, huh?  Actually, I had already bought two little ones from the supermarket a few weeks ago, before I even thought of the idea of going to a farm, shucks!

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The day was absolutely gorgeous, not a cloud in the sky and in the high 70’s.  A perfect Saturday to enjoy outside and watch a pig race.  A pig race with pig calling, another first for me.

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This farm had lots of things to do, even though most of them were meant for kids, we were still able to find things to keep us entertained.

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The corn maze covered 7 acres.  We started the corn maze in entrance number 3, but somehow exited the maze in number 2.   It could be because Luis talked me into cheating by leaving our paths and cross corn stalks into another path just to find our way out faster.  I thought the purpose of the maze was to get lost, not make your own path?  Oh well, it was still fun.

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Before heading home we took a tour around the farm on a hay ride.  Actually, the hay ride was just around the corn maze, about 5 minutes. Hey! This farm is huge at 200 acres.  While on our hay ride we were able to see the newly hand planted strawberries; 45, 000 of them!   As soon as I learned about picking strawberries in the Spring, of course I added it to my Georgia list for next year, something to look forward to.

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Today was a lot of fun, and one of those days that it hit me that I live in Georgia now.  A fun day, even though the Yellow Jackets lost their first football game of the season, boo!

Looking forward to the haunted forest tomorrow in Newnan, Georgia.

Budweiser Scholars @ Vicente Fernandez Concert Tour

14 Oct

Last weekend Luis received a scholarship from the Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF) and Budweiser.  Only three students in the country received this scholarship.

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Part of the Budweiser Scholarship included tickets to see Vincente Fernandez, a mexican musician in concert.  The day before the concert Luis also learned that the scholarship included VIP backstage passes for a meet and greet with Vincente Fernandez, an interview with a Spanish newspaper and Spanish news station, free beer, third row seats, and being presented on stage before the concert with the scholarship check.  Yea, that rocks!

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(On stage with Katherine, an HSF alumni and Craig, a Budweiser representative)

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Forgive most of these pictures as they were taken on my cell phone camera.

This man was awesome!  He was hardcore with no intermissions, no breaks, just non-stop singing for four hours. I am thinking all those straight shots of tequila he took after every song kept his energy up.  He was so amazing with his fans, excepting all kinds of gifts while he sang, read all the letters and notes that were passed up to him, and sang every song his fans requested.

You could read the short newspaper article of Luis on Mundo Hispanico here.

I wish we were able to keep the giant check!  =)

Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure @ Charlotte, NC

2 Oct

Luis and I arrived at my cousin Cary’s house in Charlotte, NC the night before the race to decorate our bibs and have dinner with the family.

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Sophia was busy decorating all the bibs.  She even helped Luis out on his since it wasn’t flashy enough haha.  She did an amazing job on them!

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While Adan watched =)

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After our belly’s were full and bib’s were completed with color and sparkle, we went to the hotel for night swimming and bed jumping.

The view from our rooms looked out to the Nascar Hall of Fame building.

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We woke up on race day to a morning of  45°.  Luis nor I thought to check the weather for the race since October 1st usually is not a cold, cool maybe, but not cold.  The race was held in downtown Charlotte, which did not help as the wind whipped between the buildings, but luckily there were enough bodies around us to keep us warm while waiting for the race to start.

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We stood next to this small band that kept us taping our feet while waiting for the race portion for the walkers to begin.  The ones who actually run the race start an hour and half before the people who are walking.

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Don’t let this smile fool you. Standing around looking at everyone’s bibs and signs made me very emotional.  It was a beautiful, yet sad sight.  The little kids with bibs that read “In memory of my mom” killed me.  Just writing those words at this very moment get me teary eyed.  It was such an amazing and overwhelming moment, everyone standing around us was touched by breast cancer, whether themselves or a loved one.  I was so proud of those who have survived and felt the loss of those who hadn’t survived even though I did not know them.

Sounds odd, but I think it’s because I met my grandmother, Bea in my early 20’s thanks to my uncle Danny for tracking her information down in Marco Island through her sister.  It was also the same year she was diagnosed with breast cancer.  I felt I had lost her when I had just found her.  A few years earlier I had lost my grandfather and mother on my mom’s side and I really felt empty not knowing my other grandparents; who they were, who anyone was on my dad’s side. I wanted to know who I was and where my face came from.  Thankfully she survived, and because of her bringing me into the family, I now know my father and the rest of my Chereshkoff family, and met the man who gave me my face; my grandfather.

Here is a flash back of my first time meeting my adorable grandfather and grandmother.

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Back to the day of the race.

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The starting line.

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And the finish line… ta da!
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After the race, we went to Cary’s house for a brunch.  Cary went all out and had an awesome spread of food.  Where’d she find the time to participate in a 5k and make the food for the brunch?  Amazing women!  Thank-you again Cary for everything, it was my first 5k and I will never forget it!

Cary bringing out more goodies in her race day brunch attire =)

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My first ever Bloody Mary.  I have made them before when I worked at the bar, but never actually had one.  It was delicious with a pickle slice, olive, okra, lime, celery, and a spicy tomato mix.

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The day was perfect!

I am already thinking about next year, and I am thinking tu-tu’s!