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Kids in the Kitchen: Fun holiday recipes to try with your little ones.
Holiday baking is a time-honored tradition that makes those festive winter months just a little more special. Cooking with kids, whether they’re sons, daughters, nieces, nephews, or just some friendly next-door neighbors, can be a treasured time together. Go ahead–make some memories and then feast on these deliciously decadent holiday treats.
Compliments of In the Kids Kitchen
- 1 package of Double-Stuffed Oreos
- 1 box of M&M’s
- 2 bags of Ghiradelli white chocolate melting wafers
- 1 package of small edible eyes
- 1 cookie sheet fitted with parchment paper or a non-stick silicone baking mat
- Using a double boiler, melt one bag of white chocolate wafers. Adults should do this step. (Note: You can also melt in a microwave safe bowl, but only heat for 20 seconds at a time, stirring in between. Handle bowl carefully as it may be hot).
- Gently pull apart the Oreos, making sure that the cream stays on one half of the cookie.
- Lightly press two yellow M&M’s into the cream, so that half of each M&M sticks out of the cookie. These will be the “ears,” so you want to place them at what will be the top of your Polar Bear cookies, about one finger width apart.
- Place the other half of the Oreo cookie back on top and slowly dip the top half into the melted chocolate.
- Lightly shake the cookie to get excess chocolate off and place onto the cookie sheet.
- Repeat steps with all remaining cookies.
- Place cookies into the fridge for 10 minutes to harden before continuing.
- Place the Oreo cookie into the melted chocolate.
- Using a fork, lightly flip the Oreo cookie so that both sides are evenly coated.
- Lightly tap the side of the pot to remove the excess chocolate.
- Place Oreo cookie onto the cookie sheet and repeat step with remaining cookies.
- Place a non-melted white chocolate wafer onto the lower part of the cookie to make the nose. Then, put a dab of melted white chocolate onto the letter side of a blue M&M and press onto the white chocolate wafer.
- Use melted white chocolate to attach two eyes to the cookie, above the nose.
- Allow cookies to dry for 30 minutes before enjoying.
Compliments of Kitchen Fun With My Three Sons
- 1/2 cup Vegetable Oil
- 1 cup Sugar
- 1 tsp. Vanilla
- 2 large Eggs
- 1/4 tsp. Baking Powder
- 1/3 cup Cocoa Powder
- 1/4 tsp. Salt
- 1/2 cup Flour
- Edible Candy Eyes
- Red M&M’s
- Chocolate Cookie Icing
- Pretzel Twists
- Round scone dish
- In a large bowl, mix oil and sugar until well blended
- Add eggs and vanilla; stir until blended.
- In a separate bowl, mix all dry ingredients.
- Stir dry ingredients into the oil/sugar mixture.
- Pour the mix into the round scone dish until it’s about 3/4 full.
- Bake about 20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
- Poke the broken pretzel twists in each side of the top of each of the brownie slices.
- Add a dot of chocolate icing where the eyes and nose will be placed.
- Gently press the edible eyes and the M&M nose in place.
Compliments of Averie Cooks
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter (1 stick), melted
- 1 large egg
- 1 cup light brown sugar, packed
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
- 18 Oreo cookies, roughly chopped
- 1/2 cup M&M’s (red and green)
- Preheat oven to 350F. Line an 8-by-8-inch baking pan with aluminum foil, spray with cooking spray; set aside.
- In a large, microwave-safe bowl add the butter and heat to melt, about 1 minute on high power.
- Wait momentarily before adding the egg so you don’t scramble it. Add the egg, brown sugar, vanilla, and whisk until smooth.
- Add the flour, salt, and stir until just combined; don’t over mix.
- Add the Oreos and stir to combine.
- Add the M&M’s and stir to combine.
- Turn the batter out into prepared pan, smoothing it lightly with a spatula and pushing it into the corners. Tip – Strategically place a few Oreos and M&Ms on top for visual appeal.
- Bake for about 18 to 21 minutes, or until top is set in center and done; don’t over bake. Bars firm up as they cool. A toothpick test is a bit tricky because there aren’t many bare batches, but if you hit a patch of just dough, the toothpick should come out clean, or with a few moist crumbs, but no batter.
- Place pan on a wire rack to cool for at least 90 minutes before slicing and serving. Bars will keep airtight at room temperature for up to 1 week, or in the freezer for up to 6 months.
Compliments of Mom on Time Out
- 20 pretzel rods
- 1 – 11 ounce bag caramels, unwrapped
- 1 teaspoon water
- 1 – 16 ounce package Candiquik chocolate candy coating
- Assorted sprinkles
- Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Place caramels and water together in microwave safe container. Heat in microwave in 30-second intervals, stirring in between, until caramel is fully melted and smooth.
- Pour into a canning jar for easy dipping. Let cool for five minutes.
- Carefully dip pretzel rod into caramel leaving two inches at the end free for the handle. Gently tap off extra caramel.
- Use a silicone spatula to smooth if needed. Place on parchment paper.
- Repeat until all pretzels are coated with caramel. If you notice the caramel puddles under the pretzel, use less caramel next time. The caramel will stick to the parchment paper until it is completely set. Once set, it will easily release. You can trim away excess caramel if needed.
- Let caramel set fully.
- Melt chocolate candy coating according to package directions.
- Pour into a canning jar for easy dipping.
- Dip pretzels into melted chocolate and tap off excess.
- Sprinkle on desired sprinkles and/or candy.
- Place on parchment paper to set.
Compliments of Mama Cheaps
- Brownie bites
- Fresh Strawberries (rinsed, hulled)
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter –softened
- 3 cups powdered sugar
- 3 tablespoon half and half
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- Arrange brownie bites on a tray.
- *Make frosting: combine butter, sugar, half and half and vanilla in a bowl. Beat with a mixer for 2 minutes or until it becomes fluffy.
- Place your frosting in a Ziploc bag and snip the corner to make a piping bag.
- Swirl frosting on top of each brownie.
- Top each brownie with a strawberry, cut side down (pointy side up).
- Dot the top of each strawberry with a tiny bit of frosting.
- Refrigerate until ready to serve.
*TIP: If making your own icing doesn’t sound like fun, use the Betty Crocker cupcake icing in an aerosol can and a fancy tip. Tadah!
High Fashion, Low Budget: 7 Tips for Frugal Fashionistas
Style is a funny thing…one day it’s in, and the next day it’s out. Pulling off chic and trendy can be expensive, especially if you’re keeping up with the Kardashians. Thankfully, it doesn’t have to be.
If you want to be a fashionista but still need to pay your rent, read on. We’re giving you tips that will help you fill your wardrobe with affordable styles that are nothing short of fabulous.
1. Visit consignment, thrift, and vintage clothing shops
Consignment shops are popping up faster than Starbucks coffee houses these days and for a good reason: there’s a big market for pre-owned, well- cared for clothing and accessories that are still current. Shop early and often in the more affluent areas and you might just find those to-die-for leopard print mules you drooled over last winter. In terms of quality and condition, consignment shop owners can be quite selective when choosing which items to accept, but you should always inspect items for imperfections.
Thrift store shopping is en vogue right now and a goldmine for the bargain fashionista. But, you have to be a person who enjoys the thrill of the hunt. From t-shirts to designer handbags, from chinos to ball gowns, they have it all. Items arrive in various conditions, so inspect your purchases carefully.
Vintage shops are trending lately, especially because the look is really timeless. Vintage clothing is unique and often one-of-a-kind. Fancy buttons, interesting fabric combinations, and hand-sewn embellishments are their trademark, which is what makes them so fabulous. Sometimes the clothing can take you back to another time or, combined with a modern look, it can add that pop of interest that ultimately makes the outfit.
2. Don’t discount the resale sites
Poshmark, Depop, eBay, ThredUp, Swap…they all offer pre-owned stylish pieces at deeply discounted prices. The secret, though, is to be specific about what you’re looking for. Search NWT (new with tags) or EUC (excellent used condition) and don’t be shy about asking the seller to post more pictures. Look for tried-and-true brands that always fit you well. Before you make a purchase, be sure to review the site’s return policy since you’re basing your purchase on how you imagine it will look. Accessories are a less risky purchase since they always fit!
3. Connect on social media
If you thought Facebook was just for catching up with old classmates and posting pictures of little Johnny’s first birthday party, you’re living a sheltered life. Facebook Marketplace sells everything from futons to fur coats, clothing to crock pots, all at rock-bottom prices. Usually, clothing items are those that sellers think could earn them a few extra bucks, especially the ones with designer labels. Join your local Facebook garage sale groups and you never know what you might find.
Love the Stitch-Fix personal shopper concept, but not crazy about their prices? There’s a Facebook group that resells new and gently worn items from the Stitch-Fix family of labels, and another that finds the same or comparable styles on sale at local stores. Are Anthropology, Free People, and Urban Outfitters some of your faves? Yup, they’re there, too! Go ahead. Use that search button and go wild.
4. Shop discount stores
Discount stores like TJ Maxx, Nordstrom Rack, Marshalls, and Saks off Fifth are ideal for the savvy, designer-minded shopper who doesn’t want to pay full price. Generally, these stores negotiate the lowest price on overstock and end-of-season inventory from other companies and then sell it at 20-60% below retail prices.
Discount stores are less concerned with purging last season’s inventory with end-of-season sales but they’ll usually markdown items twice a year, in January and July. At TJ Maxx, a price tag with a red dot means the item has been discounted only once, and a yellow dot means it’s been marked down to its lowest price. You might have to buy your winter coat in July, but it’ll be a steal!
Head to your favorite discount store and find out which days of the week they receive new inventory or when the next clearance sweep is scheduled. There’s no big secret; all you need to do is ask. Plan ahead and get there early for the biggest selection.
5. Plan a swap party
If you have friends that are the same size and have similar tastes in style, host a clothing swap party. Each season, head to your closet and choose items you haven’t worn, are bored with, or don’t fit your shape quite right. Swapping clothes with your friends can boost your wardrobe and bring new life to unloved and neglected pieces that are perfect…for someone else.
6. Take on the department stores
Department stores are not the worst places to find your style, but don’t buy anything without a coupon. Macy’s will price match Macys.com and you can still couple it with a discount code. They’ll also honor online prices for the same item from a list of competitors like Belk, Bloomingdales, Nordstrom, and Lord & Taylor.
Love the superior customer service of Nordstrom? Join their rewards club and earn points for every purchase. When you reach 2,000, they’ll send you a $20 Nordstrom note to use on a future purchase. While their sales may be few and far between, they offer free personal styling and free alterations. Price matching is standard policy as are ten-day price adjustments.
7. Love it or leave it
We all have our favorite stores and brands. The key to scoring the best deals is to know the opportune time to shop–when shipments arrive, at the end of a season, before your coupon expires, or during a promotional event. It’s also important to buy pieces that you love when you see them, not merely when you need them. Ever try to find a dress to wear to a holiday party during your lunch break? You’d pay double for one that simply doesn’t make you look like you’re wearing a trash bag just to get out of there.
Your wardrobe should also be versatile, lend itself to be easily mixed-and- matched, and include enough neutrals to balance the other colors and patterns. Wear a vintage embroidered blazer with a pair boyfriend jeans, or change it up and pair it with a pencil skirt. Match that navy tunic with a pair of white capris and a shabby chic denim jacket. Replace the tunic with a striped t-shirt and grab some tennis shoes for a whole new look. Maximize the possibilities and it’ll seem as if your outfits are endless.
Road Trip: Asheville, NC – All the best activities, restaurants and family activities
If you’re looking for a relaxing getaway that’s only a few hours’ drive from Atlanta, head north to Asheville and escape into the carefree, laid-back culture that’s come to define this unique Appalachian Mountain city. It boasts an eclectic and thriving artistic community and world-class culinary experiences that are uniquely delivered with genuine down-home southern hospitality. Whether you want to sightsee like tourists or blend in with the locals, here are some things you won’t want to miss!
1. Visit the Biltmore
Since it’s considered the crown jewel of Asheville architecture and America’s largest private home, the two-hour, self-guided tour of George W. Vanderbilt’s winter chateaux is high on the list of touristy to-dos. The four-acre, 250-room house is still filled with its original furnishings and will quickly deliver you back to 1895 when it first opened. Once you finish the complete two-floor tour, take time to stroll through the century-old gardens, horseback or bike along the beautiful trails, and enjoy the awe-inspiring views.
If you’re looking for a guided tour, opt for the rooftop tour, the behind-the-scenes tour, or a tour of the extended property.
Located right outside the entrance, Biltmore Village was formerly a neighborhood for estate workers. Now home to art galleries, boutiques, shops, stores, and fabulous restaurants, it’s the perfect complement to your Biltmore visit.
You might also consider visiting the Biltmore winery, which offers a tour of the cellars, a glimpse into the winemaking process, and a free wine tasting.
2. Shop ‘til you drop
Asheville is ideal for finding interesting and unique art, crafts, vintage-style clothing, and jewelry. Local designers fill the chic boutiques with their wares, each one more interesting than the last. Go find your style as you wander through the open-air market at Grove Arcade, Historic Lexington Park, Biltmore Park, or the West Asheville neighborhoods.
If you’re a book lover, be sure to check out Asheville’s local independent bookstores, like The Captain’s Bookshelf or Malaprop’s, where you’ll find rare editions, best sellers, and regional authors. You might even consider spending the afternoon relaxing with a fine wine and a good book at Battery Park Book Exchange and Champagne Bar.
3. Enjoy the street performers
In downtown Asheville, you’ll see some of the freshest talent performing in the streets. Buskers, or street performers, are part of Asheville’s everyday entertainment and what makes every visit more interesting.
From jug-style to jazz to rock band, you’ll see it all; just follow the sound. Performers are there most days from late morning until 9 p.m. If you’re looking for them specifically, try the Flat Iron statue on Battery Park, by the Grove Arcade, near Pack Square, or along Haywood Street. It’s always a great experience for the music-minded tourist. If you stop to listen, then leave a tip, per busking etiquette, and know that performers move locations at least every two hours in order to give others the opportunity to entertain.
4. Join the Friday night tradition
If you hear drumming, follow it to the downtown Drum Circle. It’s a long-standing Friday night tradition (April through October) that joins hundreds of people together to play the drums, dance, or just relax and listen to the show. Held in the outdoor amphitheater in Prichard Park, is a free event that promotes harmony in music — and with others. Everyone is welcome, so if you’re interested in playing, bring your own drum and arrive between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. The show will last until about 10 p.m.
5. Get ready for some history
If you’re a serious history buff, you might want to ride through Asheville on one of the hop-on-hop-off trolley tours. Guided by local storytellers, you’ll enjoy the fully narrated ride that highlights the history, churches, buildings, restaurants, and trendy hotspots of this great city.
If you prefer to take in the magic at your own pace, opt for the 2-hour, self-guided walking tour along the Urban Trail. There’s also Asheville by Foot, which features the history surrounding Asheville’s incredible Art Deco buildings, like the Basilica of St. Lawrence.
6. Explore the great outdoors
The beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains is breathtaking, and one of the simple and spectacular features of visiting Asheville. If you love the great outdoors, exploring the national forests and state parks, like Pisgah, Nantahala, Chimney Rock, and DuPont should be at the top of your list.
Blue Ridge Parkway’s 469-mile scenic drive is the road to your outdoor travels. You can hike the many well-worn trails, Bike the Blue Ridge, and, since hundreds of birds call Asheville home, stop to bird-see along the way. You might also happen upon some native wildlife in the forests—anything from foraging bears to herds of elk, so be cautious. Don’t forget your hiking shoes and binoculars because they’re a must to tackle this adventure.
Waterfall hunting is another way to enjoy the forests’ beauty. There are hundreds scattered about the region. You can also fly-fish for smallmouth bass or trout in the mountain streams, zip line across hundreds of feet of towering trees, or cruise down a 60-foot natural water slide. For a slightly less adrenaline rush, you might try floating, kayaking, canoeing, or stand-up paddle boarding.
7. Indulge in Foodtopia
Asheville’s culinary scene is full of amazing, artistically inspired restaurants and world-renowned chefs. From Mediterranean to vegetarian, you’ll find everything from four-star cuisine to good ol’ down home southern cooking.
Everyone has their favorites, but some of ours are Bouchon, the ultimate in French comfort food and Tupelo Honey for their divine sweet potato pancakes. Rocky’s Hot Chicken Shack has the best Tennessee-style hot chicken and soul food outside of Tennessee, The Blackbird‘s world-class desserts are heavenly, and STORM Ruhm Bar and Bistro’s classic food is expertly and elegantly prepared with a new-world twist.
This culinary mecca attracts innovative chefs and food artisans from around the world, many of whom insist on sourcing their ingredients from local farmers. Surely your most difficult decision of the day will be where to dine.
If you’re an adventurous eater, you could sign up for a food tour and enjoy a taste of everything. What better way to find your favorite?
8. Check out the River Arts District
Once industrial warehouses, the now 200+ active artist studios make up the colorful neighborhood of the River Arts District (RAD). Along the one-mile stretch of the French Broad River and in 25 buildings, you can visit artists at work, stroll through galleries, purchase a one-of-a-kind masterpiece, take an impromptu class, or sign up for a week-long workshop. Whether you’re an artist, and art collector, or just an art lover, a day in the River Arts District can be a full day of treasure-hunting fun!
Many of the artists are open during the week, although more are open on Fridays and Saturdays. You’ll find additional events, like demos, openings, live music, and classes, on each Second Saturday of the month.
9. Feel the beat
When you think of Music City, Nashville is likely the first city that comes to mind, but Asheville’s live music scene is not far behind. Neighborhood bars, intimate music halls, and street corners host some of the most talented, innovative musicians and their sound is gaining more national attention. They keep the city alive with a beat that is undeniably unique to Asheville.
If it’s the music that speaks to you, check out one of Asheville’s music festivals, like Downtown After 5, LEAF Festival, Mountain Dance and Folk Festival, and Brewgrass. Shindig on the Green is also always a good time and a popular choice, too.
Asheville’s The Orange Peel is one of its many iconic music venues and hailed as one of the best by Rolling Stone Magazine. Grey Eagle, and ISIS Music Hallaren’t too shabby, either, and are great places to see and hear live music.
If you’re in a touring mood, head over to the Moog Music Factory. Catch a performance by the Asheville Symphony Orchestra or theAsheville Lyric Opera. During each season they perform a blend of timeless compositions and contemporary arrangements.
10. Dive into the Asheville beer scene
If you’re a craft-brew enthusiast, you’ve arrived in the Promised Land. The mountain-filtered water is what makes for some of the Southeasts’ most sought-after ales, stouts, and sour beers. Asheville has more breweries per capita than any other city so exploring the beer scene could take a while. Walking to the downtown breweries is your best choice, but for the more remote ones, there’s the Brews Cruise. Funny and knowledgeable guides explain the art and science of brewing, and the history of each brewery as they lead you on a behind-the-scenes tour. Included are generous samples of fresh, hand-crafted beers.
Asheville is an amazing city with so many things to do and places to explore. If your looking for even more ideas, be sure to visit the Asheville Visitor Center for more recommendations. Enjoy!
Six Summer grilling recipes you’ll love
It’s summertime, y’all, which means longer days, poolside entertainment and dinners on the deck. Get your grilling game in gear with these six sizzlin’ summer recipes that are sure to be a hit!
For starters, try these savory crisp crostini loaded with classic caprese flavor, compliments of Cafe Delites.
- 8 pieces sliced French or Italian baguette, sliced 1/2-inch thick
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 avocado, thinly sliced
- 9 ounces vine ripened cherry tomatoes, halved
- 3.5 ounces fresh bocconcini in water (or baby mozzarella balls)
- 1/2 cup basil leaves, divided
- 2 tbsp balsamic glaze
- Preheat oven to 375°F
- Arrange bread on a baking sheet, drizzle both sides with olive oil and bake for 15 – 20 minutes until golden. Flip toasts midway through to evenly crisp.
- Rub the crostini with the cut side of the garlic while still warm and season with a little salt and pepper.
- Divide 1/4 cup of the basil leaves on each slice of bread (about 2-3 basil leaves per bread),
- Top each with the avocado slices, tomato halves and mozzarella (bocconcini).
- Season with salt and/or pepper to taste.
- Grill for 3-5 minutes, or until cheese has started to melt.
- Finely chop remaining basil leaves and sprinkle over the crostini.
- Drizzle with balsamic glaze to serve.
Salad on the grill? Check out this heavenly combination of romaine, bacon, and blue cheese, compliments of The Garlic Diaries.
- 3 Romaine hearts
- 12 pieces thick cut bacon
- 5 ounces blue cheese crumbles
For the dressing:
- ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
- ¼ cup light olive oil
- ¼ tsp dried thyme
- ¼ tsp dried parsley
- ½ tsp dried oregano
- Salt and pepper
- ¼ tsp Dijon mustard
- Fry bacon in a large skillet, reserving the bacon fat.
- Slice each Romaine heart in half and set aside.
- Heat your grill over high heat. (You want very hot grates so you get a quick char without cooking the lettuce too much or wilting it)
- Using a basting brush, lightly brush a little bacon fat onto the flat side of each Romaine half.
- When you are ready to grill, place the Romaine halves flat side down on the grill and keep them there until they have light char marks. (No more than 30 seconds)
- Remove the Romaine halves and place them on a plate.
- For the dressing, add all ingredients into a bowl and whisk together.
- To assemble the salad, top each Romaine half with bacon and blue cheese crumbles, and drizzle the balsamic dressing on top.
Take your fish tacos to the next level with this tropical flavor combination, compliments of Cooking Classy.
- 1 lb Tilapia, cod or mahi mahi fillets
- 2 tbsp canola oil
- 1 1/2 tbsp fresh lime juice
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 1/2 tsp chili powder
- 1/2 tsp ground cumin
- 1/2 tsp ground paprika
- 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper (optional)
- Salt and pepper
- 6 corn or flour tortillas
- 1 large avocado, sliced
- Sour cream, cotija cheese, hot sauce or salsa, for serving (optional)
- 1/2 small red cabbage, cored and sliced thin (8 oz)
- 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
- 3/4 cup thinly sliced red onion (run under cool water and drain to remove harsh bite)
- 1 1/2 tbsp lime juice
- 1 tbsp canola oil
- In a mixing bowl whisk together canola oil, lime juice, garlic, chili powder, cumin, paprika, cayenne and season with salt and pepper to taste (about 1/2 tsp salt 1/4 tsp pepper).
- Place fish into a gallon size re-sealable bag and pour marinade over fish. Seal bag and allow to marinate in mixture 20 minutes (and no longer than 30 minutes).
- Preheat a grill to medium-high heat.
- Grill until cooked through, about 3 minutes per side (cooking time will vary based on thickness of fish).
- Brush grill grates with oil and place fish on grill.
- Transfer to a plate, break into pieces and serve in warmed taco shells with cabbage slaw, avocado slices and other optional toppings.
- Add cabbage, red onion and cilantro to a medium mixing bowl.
- Pour lime juice and canola oil over top and season lightly with salt and pepper, toss to evenly coat.
- Recipe source: inspired by Chow
These spicy chicken kebabs are just the right heat when paired with the cool cucumber salad, compliments of Marian Cooper Cairns.
- 1 1/2 lb. chicken tenders
- 2 tbsp canola oil
- 2 tsp curry powder
- 2 tsp smoked paprika
- 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
- Kosher salt and black pepper
- 2 pieces naan
- 1 sliced English cucumber
- 2 sliced scallions
- 1/4 c chopped fresh mint
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tbsp fresh lime juice
- 1 chopped garlic clove
- Plain Greek yogurt and lime wedges, for serving
- Heat grill to medium-high.
- Cut chicken tenders into thirds.
- Toss with canola oil, curry powder, smoked paprika, cayenne pepper, and kosher salt and black pepper.
- Thread onto metal skewers.
- Grill, turning occasionally, until charred and cooked through, 8 to 10 minutes.
- Grill 2 pieces naan until warm and toasted, 1 to 2 minutes.
- Toss together cucumber, scallions, mint, olive oil, fresh lime juice, and garlic.
- Season with kosher salt and black pepper.
- Serve with plain Greek yogurt and lime wedge alongside.
Pair this sweet twist on an old favorite with your main meal, compliments of Good Life Eats.
- 20 ounces sweet potatoes, washed and dried
- 2 tsp oil
- 1 tbsp Homemade Southwestern Pork Rub
- 2 tsp finely chopped fresh cilantro
- With the lid closed, heat the grill to medium heat.
- Leaving the skin on, cut the sweet potatoes into large wedges, similar in size to thick cut steak fries. Transfer the cut sweet potatoes to a large baking sheet and drizzle with oil, tossing to coat evenly.
- Sprinkle half of the Homemade Southwestern Pork Rub evenly over the oiled sweet potatoes. Flip and sprinkle the remaining rub on the oppopsite side.
- Remove the sweet potatoes from the baking sheet and transfer them directly onto the hot grill. Cook, with the lid closed, for 3 – 4 minutes. Flip, and cook for an additional 3 – 4 minutes on the other side.
- If the sweet potatoes are not tender enough after grilling both sides, transfer to a top rack in the grill, reduce the heat to medium-low, and cook until tender.
- Remove the sweet potatoes from the grill, transfer to the baking sheet previously used and sprinkle with cilantro. Serve.
Top your dinner off with this sweet treat, compliments of Wine and Glue.
- 1/2 c honey
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 pineapple
- Grill pineapple slices over medium heat for 5 to 10 minutes.
- While the pineapple is grilling, mix together the honey (softened in the microwave for about 30 seconds) and the cinnamon.
- Drizzle the grilled pineapple with the honey and serve.
Check out our list of the 35 best indoor activities in and around Atlanta
Spring in Atlanta is the perfect time to play outdoors, unless, of course, you’re one of the 25 million Americans who is allergic to trees, grass or ragweed pollen. Maybe we shouldn’t mention this season’s higher than normal rainfall or the sweltering summer temperatures that come with living in the southeast.
While we would never give up the SEC, Chick-fil-A, or sweet tea, sometimes you have to head indoors — at least for a little while. Here are 35 of the very best, fun, wacky, weird and unique things to do in the ATL:
1. The World of Coca-Cola – You’ll be amazed at the history behind the iconic drink, visit the Secret Formula vault, and have the chance to sample 100+ Coca-Cola beverages from around the world. Have a coke and a smile!
2. LEGOLAND Discovery Center – Visit the 4D Cinema, experience the thrill of the interactive rides, check out the race car Build & Test area, and join the Master Builder Academy to build with experts. It’s the ultimate indoor playground for both adults and kids.
3. College Football Hall of Fame – 95,000 square feet, a 45-yard indoor football field, and 50+ interactive exhibits dedicated to the greatest players and coaches in the history of college football.
4. Center For Civil and Human Rights – Explore the history of the civil rights movement and how it’s impacted civil rights around the globe.
5. Georgia Aquarium – Dive into the underwater world of tens of thousands of sea animals, including 500 species from around the world. Be sure to check out the Behind the Seas tour, too!
6. Andretti Indoor Karting & Games – Take adventure to a new level with Andretti-style action, speed, and excitement. From go-karting and ropes courses to zip lines and racing simulators, it’s fun at every hairpin turn.
7. Dad’s Garage Theatre – Enjoy the hilarious improv comedy–or jump into an 8-week class–at this award-winning non-profit theatre.
8. Delta Flight Museum – Tour vintage jets and explore rare artifacts, learn about aviation’s cutting-edge technology and fly the only Boeing 737 flight simulator open to the public.
9. Fox Theatre – The hour-long guided tour will take you back to the golden era of the Fox Theatre. Learn the secrets and the history of the largest movie palace in the southeast.
10. High Museum of Art – One of the nation’s leading art museums, the High houses 11,000 pieces comprised of classic and contemporary African, American, and European art, decorative and folk art, and photography.
11. Jimmy Carter Presidential Library & Museum – The only Presidential Library in the southeast, you’ll be able to visit a life-size replica of Jimmy Carter’s Oval Office and study the historical memorabilia that showcases the former president’s time in office.
12. Atlanta Movie Tours – For all you movie buffs…hop on a comfortable, climate-controlled bus and visit your favorite movie and television locations. Their insider tour guides are great at share fascinating behind-the-scenes stories you won’t hear anywhere else.
13. Mercedes-Benz Stadium – Catch an Atlanta Falcons game or an Atlanta United Soccer game at the best sports and entertainment complex in America, or sign up for a guided tour that will give you a behind-the-scenes look into through the state-of-the-art facility.
14. CNN Center – Take the behind-the-scenes tour of CNN’s world headquarters. See how a live broadcast works and how the world’s largest news organization operates.
15. TopGolf – Swing by this climate controlled, luxury, driving range complex to challenge your friends to fun, point-scoring golf games that appeal to every skill level. You don’t need to be a scratch golfer to have fun at this venue.
16. Michael C. Carlos Museum (Emory University) – Study the legacies of ancient civilizations when you visit the Southeast’s largest collection of antiquities and artifacts from ancient Egypt, Greece, Rome, the Near East, and the Americas.
17. The Painted Pin – It’s not only an upscale boutique bar and bowling alley, but you can also try your hand at indoor bocce ball, ping pong, shuffleboard, skeeball, giant Jenga, darts, southern skittles, and more!
18. Margaret Mitchell House – Whether you love literature or frankly, don’t give a darn, you’ll be intrigued by the history behind the most well-know and beloved southern soap opera—both the novel and the movie–of all time.
19. The Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse – Eat, drink, and nourish your inner poet. Costumes, sword fights, live music, and an enchanting night of theatre awaits.
20. Atlanta History Center – This 33-acre experience explores historical homes, exhibitions, miles of garden trails, and interactive activities that lend themselves to Atlanta’s historic relevance.
21. Bodies the Exhibition: Atlanta – Amazing, weird, educational, and beautiful, the exhibition offers an intimate and respectful view into the extraordinary uniqueness of the human form.
22. Starlight Six Drive-in Theater – Watch a movie in the comfort of your own…car! Take a ride back into the 1950s at this multiple screen drive-in that offers double features every day of the week.
23. Pop The Cork Wine Tours – Wine connoisseur of not, you’ll learn how to swirl, sip, and savor during your public or private tour of the North Georgia Wine Country. Tours include chauffeured transportation, a gourmet picnic lunch, and a full day of wine tasting.
24. Fernbank Museum of Natural History – Explore cultural artifacts, marvel at the prehistoric world of dinosaurs, enjoy science interactives and experience the thrill of the IMAX® Theatre.
25. iFLY Atlanta Indoor Skydiving – Not the daredevil you’d like to be? You can still experience the thrill of skydiving as you free fall on a smooth cushion of air. No parachute, not tether, but super safe and super cool!
26. Cascade Skating Rink – An integral part of Atlanta’s music scene, you’ll discover a whole new world of roller skating dance. Family, teen, and adult nights feature both regulars—of which you’ll be in awe–and novices, so go get your groove on.
27. Decatur Glass Blowing – Nate Nardi, glass artist, owner, and operator has created a full showroom of stunning glass blown art. Stop by to marvel at his creations or sign up for a glass blowing class yourself—or make it a date night!
28. Bury The Hatchet – Learn about the competitive sport of axe throwing, practice wielding an axe at a wooden target, and participate in a tournament-style game with your friends! Take out your frustrations and have some fun. Don’t worry; most everyone is a first-timer.
29. Board & Brush – You don’t have to be an artist to create a masterpiece. Head over to this creative studio to build, distress, and paint custom, on-trend, classic farmhouse style décor. Come on your own or bring a group of DIY-ers. No experience necessary!
30. Paint the Town – Eat, drink, and paint your way to a beautiful piece of art. This BYOB paint and sip art studio, staffed with friendly and talented artists helps to create a fun and relaxing night with friends.
31. Salud! Cooking School – Whether you’re a seasoned chef or prefer to make reservations, these hands-on cooking classes teach culinary skills, techniques, and recipes, that are educational, practical, fun, and most importantly, delicious!
32. The Booth Western Art Museum– The only museum of its kind in the southeast, the main art galleries feature the Western artists of the 20th and 21st centuries. Come see America’s story.
33. Medieval Times – Travel back to medieval Spain as you’re entertained by brave knights who compete in a 2-hour jousting tournament while you enjoy dining with the royal court. Who will be crowned champion?
34. Room Escape Atlanta – If you can follow the clues and solve the puzzle, you might just be able to escape. But can you do it in time? An exciting and thrilling test of teamwork, cooperation, and out-of-the-box thinking.
35. SkyView Atlanta – Sitting 20 stories above Centennial Park—in a climate-controlled gondola–you’ll enjoy the most spectacular panoramic view of downtown Atlanta. Upgrade to the VIP ride and your gondola will sport Ferrari style seats, a glass floor, and longer flight time.