Berry Smash Muffins

Berry Smash Muffins to make with kids! Got this one from a neat old cookbook from 1998 - The Rainbow Bakery, put out by Gold Medal Flour. We made a video here!

Summer Concerts at the Atlanta Botanical Garden

I am so psyched for the lineup this year! Check it out!
The 14th annual outdoor series features eight great acts – five on the Great Lawn at the Atlanta garden and three at the Ivester Amphitheater at the Atlanta Botanical Garden, Gainesville:
In ATLANTA:          

  • Saturday, June 25 --  John Prine with special guest Amanda Shires
  • Friday, July 29 – Neko Case/k.d. lang/Laura Veirs
  • Saturday, July 30 – Phillip Phillips & Matt Nathanson with special guest A Great Big World
  • Friday, August 19 – Lyle Lovett & His Large Band
  • Additional show TBA

In Gainesville:    
  • Saturday, June 18 – The Four Tops
  • Saturday, July 16 --  Indigo Girls
  • Saturday, August 13 – Loretta Lynn

Discount tickets go on sale April 15 to Garden members, and tickets go on sale to the general public on April 22, both at atlantabg.org and at Garden Admissions.
Gates open at 7 p.m., and shows begin at 8 p.m. Seating is general admission, and ticket holders are welcome to bring blankets or low-rise chairs. Cash bars and food purchases will be available.


Making Scrambled Eggs and Toast with Kids!

This morning we made a little video of our simple scrambled eggs and toast that kids can help create! Kids love to cook (maybe even more than they like to eat it). Any required mise en place helps a lot!


Banana Bread Muffins with Streusel Topping!

Banana Bread Muffins with Streusel Topping!

Check out the video here!


1 ¼ cups sugar
¼ cup softened butter
2 eggs
3 medium bananas (ripe)
½ cup milk
1 tsp vanilla
2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt

Ingredients for Streusel Topping

¼ cup brown sugar
¼ cup white sugar
¼ cup all-purpose flour
½ tsp ground cinnamon
2 tbsp melted butter

Directions for Streusel Topping

Mix butter and sugar. Add flour and cinnamon. Mix until just blended. Mixture should be somewhat dry.


  1. Heat oven to 350ºF. Grease muffin tins or use paper liners.
  2. Mix sugar and softened butter in large bowl. Stir in eggs until blended. Add bananas, milk, and vanilla. Beat until smooth. Stir in flour, baking soda and salt till moist. Pour into muffin tins.
  3. Sprinkle 1 tbsp of streusel topping on each muffin.
  4. Bake until a tester comes out clean – 25-35 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool.
  5. Wrap tightly and store at room temperature up to 4 days, or 10 days in the refrigerator.


Garden Lights, Holiday Nights at the Atlanta Botanical Garden

In the middle of Downtown Atlanta, you can find the green oasis of Piedmont Park, and its crowning jewel, the Atlanta Botanical Garden. This time of year is a great time to visit, because Garden Lights, Holiday Nights starts this weekend and continues through January 9th.

There is a new Tunnel of Light, “a nearly 100-foot-long immersive corridor of scintillating illumination, leading visitors from the radiant Ice Goddess in the Cascades Garden, beneath the Canopy Walk, and back to the Fern Dell’s hovering galaxy of pulsating stars.” The Ice Goddess was stunning with Ice Storm Trees surrounding her.

I tried the Rudolph, a drink with champagne and cranberry as I walked through the park. You can also sample wine and warm beverages and snacks, or dine at Linton’s. The s’mores fire pits are now in the Levy Parterre, with its amazing view of the Midtown skyline.

I sat for a while and watched the gorgeous Orchestral Orbs dance to seasonal music with colorful choreography on the Great Lawn. Children and adults can see the toy trains running as well, and kids all ages can decorate and take portraits as snowmen and gingerbread men at the Decoration Station. There is even a Kiss Me arch for romantic moments. There is always something wonderful for everyone at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. I can’t wait to visit again.


Mason Tavern in Decatur - Wine Down Wednesdays

Can't wait to try this new restaurant in my home town of Decatur!

Mason Tavern seeks to "bring a fresh take on tavern food using locally sourced ingredients, seasonal inspirations and influences from a diverse Atlanta dining scene. The bar offers locally brewed beers, approachable yet thoughtfully crafted cocktails and quality wines by the glass.

A large central bar built from railroad ties anchors the space while distressed chocolate leather booths make for an intimate setting that is accented by charred woods, polished metals and hickory table tops. Industrial garage doors bring in natural light and extend the patio dining experience indoors." Sounds awesome!


2015 Halloween Events in Atlanta

It's Halloween Time in Atlanta!
Here's a great list of 2015 Halloween Events for ADULTS on Access Atlanta

and a great list of 2015 Halloween Events for KIDS on Atlanta.net

and some more upcoming fun!

W Atlanta Downtown Smoke and Mirrors
Party - Oct. 31 (ATL)

A costume event that will be judged on Instagram ...
"Like" @WATLDowntown on IG, Tag us in your costume pic and use #WATLDowntownHalloween2015
Guest with the most 'organic likes' wins a Fabulous Overnight Stay and a BLISS massage *extra points for sharing on  Facebook and Twitter!

45 Ivan Allen Jr Blvd NW - 45 Ivan Allen Junior Boulevard Northwest Atlanta, GA 30308 - View Map  
Boo At The Zoo, Now - Oct. 31 (ATL) 
Bring the family for a spooktacular time at Zoo Atlanta. On Saturdays and Sundays from now till Halloween, the zoo offers a costume contest, a corn maze, Halloween crafts and games and dance party. Boo at the Zoo is free for zoo members and children under the age of 3. Non-members gain entry with a general admission ticket. Click here for more information.
Atlanta Asian Film Festival, Now - Oct. 24 (ATL)
The Atlanta Asian Film Festival features films that celebrate the Asian-American experience. Join us for dramas, comedies, and even comedy-horror films that present a kaleidoscopic and diverse perspective on what it means to be Asian-American. See individual films for $8 a piece or buy an all-access pass for $25. More information online.