April 24, 2015
This weekend I’ll be taking a breaking from DIYing because we’ll be visiting my brother and sister-in-law! Be sure to follow my Atlanta adventures on Instagram and please leave a comment with Atlanta recommendations. I’m excited to see (and of course eat) my way through the city.
If you’re looking for a fun DIY this weekend, here are a few of my favorites from this week.
1. This modern floral wreath is just perfection.
2. This painted retro suitcase gives me serious luggage envy.
3. Another great Ikea hack with a little bit of paint.
4. I’m pretty sure I need this fruit mobile in my office!
I’m also loving:
These brushstroke leather planters.
These avocado fries with cheese dip. Hungry yet?
April 23, 2015
Our next #sarahheartsorlando stop is at one of my most favorite restaurants in town. The Strand is a farm-t0-table eatery in the Mills 50 neighborhood of Orlando that never disappoints. The serve up delicious, fresh southern-inspired fare for both lunch and dinner.
Their menu changes daily but there are a few staples, like the Strand burger and the Porkzilla (a loaded pork sandwich) that are often featured. Like most restaurants I visit, I almost always order the daily special. They always have a featured salad that is absolutely delicious and often have a daily special that has fresh Florida fish. Many of their ingredients are locally sourced and they have a large chalkboard by the door that lists where all the ingredients used came from.
The place is filled with simple, mid-century inspired decor. The walls are a perfect mint green! Though the seating area is small and you’ll often need to wait for a table when stopping in for dinner on a weekend, you can almost always grab a seat at the bar.
At our most recent visit, I of course, ordered the daily salad which was one of my favorites to date! The greens were topped with fresh blueberries, spiced pecans, and dressed with a bacon vinaigrette.
Another one of their staples is a huge fried chicken sandwich topped with bacon and house made pickles. I always skip the fries (which I heard are good) and order their daily grain—this time it was a delicious pesto quinoa.
Photography by Amalie Orrange Photography
Next time you’re looking for a new lunch spot or want a new date night restaurant, stop in at The Strand. You’ll be glad you did and always make sure you save room for dessert! Their olive oil cake is moist and simply heavenly. It’s topped with fresh citrus and whipped cream.
April 22, 2015
I’ve always loved those little brightly colored letter magnets. I know their supposed to be for young children, but that doesn’t mean grown ups have to miss out on the fun too. I gave mine a stylish and oh-so-simple update by dipping them in a perfect spring palette of paint. And now I just cannot stop making words with them!
They would be the perfect addition to any fridge or office cubicle. And if you don’t have a magnetic surface to place them on, you could always hot glue them onto any surface! Learn how easy they are to make in the video tutorial below.
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April 21, 2015
Mother’s Day is right around the corner and if you’re hosting a big brunch or just making a special meal for your favorite ladies you have to serve this delicious cocktail. Though mimosas (or mimosa popsicles) are my go-to brunch drink, I’m pretty sure this citrus mule is going to be my new favorite. It’s my version of a Moscow mule— with my favorite Natalie’s grapefruit juice and sweetened with homemade ginger syrup. It’s sweet, refreshing and has a slight kick. Everything you need in a brunch cocktail, right?
To make my cocktails every prettier, I dressed up some of my favorite glasses with some adhesive vinyl flowers. I cut them out using my Silhouette but you can always cut them by hand too. The adhesive vinyl is great because it adheres to the glass even when it’s sweating and they can be hand washed and reused. When you’re tired of the glassware the decals just peel right off!
Grapefruit Ginger Mules
2 ounces Natalie’s Grapefruit Juice
1 ounce vodka
1 tablespoon ginger simple syrup (see below)
1 ounce cane sugar ginger ale
large ice cubes
fresh grapefruit peel and wedges, for serving
Place one large ice cube in a glass. Pour Natalie’s Grapefruit Juice, vodka, ginger simple syrup over ice and stir. Top with ginger ale and serve with a fresh grapefruit wedge and peel in the glass.
Ginger simple syrup can be made by combing 1/4 cup sugar and 1/4 water. Heat the mixture in a microwave safe bowl until the sugar is dissolved, about 1 minute. Meanwhile, peel and slide a 1” piece of fresh ginger. Place the ginger slices in the sugar mixture and allow it to steep for 15 minutes. Allow the mixture to cool and remove the ginger pieces before using it in this recipe. This makes enough syrup for 4 drinks.
This post was created in partnership with Natalie’s Orchid Island Juice Company. Thanks so much for supporting the brands that keep this blog going!