Sunday Reading, V15

Happy Sunday friends! I’ve had a whirlwind of a few weeks; just returned from Panama City for a week for my best friend’s wedding. It was just too sweet – we danced in the rain (actually we danced all week long) and jumped in the ocean in our bridesmaids dresses, ate a lot of seafood and got to spend much needed time with friends. The week before was a packed week in Lex Eats world – made it to OBC Kitchen and Pasta Garage for Lexington Eats Week, plus a work event with Blanton’s, a photo shoot for something fun I’ll tell you about soon, and a massive work project. You could say I definitely needed this week at the beach.

Isn’t she the most beautiful bride?!
Highs & Lows

High: Ooooooobviously watching my best friend get married!

Low: I’ve been running myself ragged and I am mentally, physically and emotionally exhausted. It’s been a tough few weeks all around, but a little getaway got me restored in no time.

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OBC Kitchen’s Lexington Eats Week menu was too good. I’m working on convincing our Chef to put this salad on the regular menu 😉
Links I Love

This restaurant is giving diners Instagram kits to capture their meals. Crazy or genius?

Your macbook charger doubles as a beer opener and other useful food tips.

An interesting read.. why we need the emoji. I feel like I can convey something so much better over text with them!

Settling the debate.. how long you can leave out butter not refrigerated.

The 20 healthiest foods from Trader Joe’s.

All the Chick Fil A menu hacks.

Yum – Tuscan Compound Butter sounds amazing.

You know how perfect this one is for me.. where to eat cheese all over the world.

Quote of the Week

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I manage several social media accounts between work and my blog and have encountered a few internet trolls over the past week. I’m not going to give them the validation of explaining the full story, but I’ve been amazed at what people would say to strangers on the internet, whether that be a real person or a business account. I cannot fathom showing that kind of blind cruelty to someone. I realize that I’ve been given a platform and influence with this blog. While my reach may not be very wide, I hope to use it to spread love and kindness. I hope you’ll join me in showing some love on the internet this week! Love y’all!

Biscuits & blessings,

Leels

Blogger Brunch + A Summer Salad Recipe

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen an over-the-top brunch I attended a while back at The Barn at Springhouse. A group of bloggers came together to plan the most extra brunch I’ve ever attended. We’re talking a full-out Pinterest set-up; pallet tables, mimosa bar, flower crown-making station and all.

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Serious Pinterest goals

Each blogger contributed a brunch dish or part of the beautiful set-up. And our spread was insane! So many yummy dishes. I made Watermelon & Feta Bites, which you can find the recipe for here and a Summer Brunch Salad filled with peaches, heirloom tomatoes, prosciutto, fresh mozzarella cheese and pine nuts. I figured we would have a lot of your traditional brunch dishes, so I wanted to bring a lighter option that showed off summer produce.

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Team full plate club

There were so many delicious options, I had to try them all! Sarah of Space, Place & Southern Grace made brunch sliders with avocado and bacon that I’m dying to recreate at home. Lisa of Candor and Rose made a mushroom tart that I have seriously craved ever since. Anna of Hartley Social made the cutest nutella pancake skewers. So much goodness! If you’re interested in my salad recipe, check it out below!

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Ingredients
  1. 1 pound container power greens or mixed greens
  2. 3 peaches, sliced
  3. 1 pint heirloom cherry tomatoes, halved
  4. 1 ball fresh mozzarella, torn into pieces
  5. 4 slices prosciutto cut into two inch pieces
  6. 1/4 cup toasted pine nuts
For vinaigrette
  1. 1/2 cup olive oil
  2. 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  3. 2 tsp Dijon mustard
  4. 1 tsp honey
  5. 1 tsp minced garlic
  6. Salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients for salad to a bowl.
  2. Add all ingredients for dressing into a mason jar and shake well.
  3. When ready to serve, pour roughly 1/2 cup of vinaigrette over salad to taste.
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This balsamic dressing is awesome, y’all. Photo by Lex Eats.
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Brunch ooobviously calls for mimosas. Emily of Miss Molly Vintage had such a great set-up!
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The crew
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Watermelon & Feta Bites from my blog!
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Hard at work on our flower crowns
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I prefer to be behind the camera rather than in front of it 😉
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The cutest succulent from Springhouse
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These gals are awesome
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Such a great day!

Ugh, these photos are making me seriously miss this day! I’m so grateful for the relationships I’ve built with fellow Lexington bloggers and the opportunities that has granted me. Please go check out my cool friends and their blogs, which I’ve listed below!

Francis Lee Baker | Lee’s Lookbook
Kelsey Bauer | KabKitchen
Bronwyn Butler | Basically Bronwyn
Taylor Camacho | The Stylish Tales of Tay
Sarah Caton | Space, Place & Southern Grace
Lisa Coe | Candor and Rose
Tif Fannin | Bright on a Budget
Stephanie Hargis | This Lexington Life
Courtney Hastings | Kentucky Girl Ramblings
Emily Ho | Authentically Emmie
Katie Mullen & Anna Towle | Hartley Social
Kayla Nord | Kayla Weber Art
Emily Riddle | Miss Molly Vintage
Ella Rutledge | Girl Meets Lex
Whitney Scheibel | Fabulous in Fayette
Amanda Zopp | Salt & Life Blog

Special thanks to all the vendors who contributed to our special goodie bags: Shop Local KY, Miss Molly Vintage, AJ Apothecary, Shop Twenty, Morton James, Springhouse Gardens, Whole Foods Lexington, and Kentucky Yarnbirds. Our brunch was held at The Barn at Springhouse in Nicholasville, Kentucky. All photos taken by Kirstie Dunston Photography unless noted otherwise.

Sunday Reading, V14

Howdy, friends! Hope it was another great week. Mine was packed, per usual.  I got to try a few new restaurants in Lexington. First up was The Simple Greek, which is a fast-casual Greek chain. The gyro was literally the size of my head and they had a Greek yogurt bar with all sorts of tasty toppings!

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Saturday night I went to a preview of Fika Vegan Cantina, which is opening in Granola Culture yoga studio on North Lime. Y’all know I eat plenty of bacon, but I actually do enjoy vegan food from time to time! I would say if I’m cooking at home, 75% of the time it’s vegetarian. We got to try a couple of Fika’s dishes like jackfruit tacos, empanadas and lasagna. I was so impresed by all of them! The lasagna seriously tasted like it had real cheese. They open next Saturday – be sure to check it out.

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Now I’m off to lunch at Harry’s with the bridesmaids for my best friend’s wedding. Which also means I leave for a week at the beach on Saturday for her wedding!

Highs & Lows

High: I had nothing to do Saturday morning for the first time in weeks and got to sleep in. It was bliss!

Low: Drove all the way to the DMV only to find it was closed :I

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Links I Love

Add to the bucket list: UNESCO added 21 more world heritage sites.

Grilling season yasssss – I’m loving these fun hot dog topping ideas from my friend Emily! Putting a hot dog in a quesadilla? Brilliant.

A five-minute Pilates workout. Gonna try this out on vacation next week!

Basics from Amazon.. I’m definitely grabbing this $13 set of silicon baking mats and this $10 kitchen scale.

The seasonal produce you should be buying in July.

Apparently there is a singular form of spaghetti?

I need to make watermelon ice cream.

50 staycation ideas.

Quote of the Week

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“Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” Galations 6:2. I started a devotional on hospitality and this verse rang true for me this morning. I’m trying to let my people in and love them better! I’m in a bit of a funk with some personal life things and it brings me comfort knowing that we’re all in this life together. I’m not the greatest at sharing or saying the hard things, but I’m trying to do better. I hope whatever you may be walking through, you know you are not alone in that! Sending you love 🙂

Biscuits & blessings,

Leels

 

Watermelon & Feta Bites

Happy Thursday! I’m sharing an easy recipe that makes a great summer appetizer. I made these watermelon and feta bites for a brunch this past weekend. They are crazy simple to put together, but look impressive! And a great way to highlight summer produce with juicy watermelon and fresh basil.

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I love a sweet and savory combination, especially for an appetizer because people don’t expect it. Feta is nice and salty, so it holds up well with the sweet watermelon. If you’re a fan of feta, make sure to check out my Avocado Feta Dip recipe here. You could also turn this recipe into a salad instead of using toothpicks, just serve on individual plates!

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  1. 1/2 medium watermelon, cubed
  2. 1 8oz block feta cheese, cubed
  3. 4-5 fresh basil leaves, chiffonade (cut into thin strips)
  4. olive oil for drizzling
  5. toothpicks
Instructions
  1. Cube your watermelon and feta. You want the feta to be slightly smaller than the watermelon. About a 1x1 inch cube of watermelon and .5x.25 inch cube of feta.
  2. Place feta on top of watermelon and spear with toothpick.
  3. Cut basil into thin strips and sprinkle on top of watermelon and feta.
  4. Drizzle with olive oil and serve!
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So simple! This would be a great dish to take to a cookout or picnic. I’ll be sharing more about the blogger brunch soon – stay tuned! Hope y’all enjoy and have a great weekend!

Biscuits & blessings,

Leels

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Sunday Reading V13

Shoo, y’all, I’m pooped! Sunday Reading is coming on a Monday because I just couldn’t last night. I had a jam-packed (fun!) week. On top of it being Lexington Burger Week, some local restaurants have joined together to host Lexington Eats Week, so I had a crazy week at work. And I ate too many burgers.

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So. Many. Burgers.

This weekend was full of activities. Saturday morning Visit Horse Country hosted fellow bloggers Sarah, Ella and me for a tour at Taylor Made Farm. I can’t believe I’ve lived in Kentucky for most of my life and had never been on a tour of a horse farm before! I fell in love with a few grey horses. It was cool to see behind-the-scenes of a horse farm and so so beautiful!

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IDK why, but I thought the horses would want to smell me like a dog does to gain your trust… lolz

Saturday night I hosted a Stock the Bar shower for my best friend whose wedding is in two weeks – ah! I made a Champagne punch that was pretty tasty – think I’ll share the recipe with y’all soon.

Bridesmaids try and take a photo…

No rest for wicked – Sunday morning was a Blogger Brunch at the Barn at Springhouse. A group of local bloggers collaborated to host the most extra brunch ever.. and I mean extra in a great way. There was a mimosa bar, flower crown making station and too much food. I hope you caught it on my insta-stories, but no worries if not because I’ll be sharing photos soon! I made watermelon-feta bites and a summer salad, which I will also share recipes for.

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So much brunch!
Highs & Lows

High: Blogger brunch was just so amazing! I love meeting new creatives and am always so inspired by the amazing things Lexingt.nians are doing!

Low: I have been so busy recently I haven’t worked out in I think two weeks. Feeling gross and need to get back into a routine!

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Bloggers meet horse.
Links I love

53 Caprese Recipes.. hello summer!

Apparently those strings on your banana are super healthy.

Chipotle finally has queso.. too late for me, but are you a fan?

Destination food factory tours.. where was this when I was in Denver! I’ve been to the Coke museum before and it’s pretty cool.

I’m such a big proponent of this one.. take a real lunch break! I swear I can get more accomplished in a day if I actually make myself take a break.

An online grocery store where nothing costs over $3? I’m intrigued.

I’ve heard a lot about intermittent fasting recently.. I’m not sure what I think. Have y’all done any research?

Quote of the Week

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Wander often, wonder always. This is really ringing true for me lately – I’ve spent the last three weekends out of town and am deciding to enjoy the adventure instead of stressing about everything that slips through the cracks with a hectic schedule.

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Had to leave you with one last burger!

Have a great week friends!

Biscuits & blessings,

Leels

Denver Travel Guide

Told y’all I had the itch for another trip.. I just got back from a long weekend in Denver and had the best time! I traveled with friends this time (but check out my post on solo travel here.) My best friend moved to Denver in January and we went to visit her for the Fourth of July weekend. I’ve been to Denver once before, so it was nice to revisit places and also discover new ones with a Denver resident’s help! I’m definitely no expert, but have done my fair-share of exploring Denver, so I’m sharing my finds with you! Check out my guide for Denver below:

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Where to Eat
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Snooze had a mix and match benedict option so I could try two different kinds – my favorite way to eat!
Breakfast/Brunch

Snooze

Denver Biscuit Company

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Pizza & Mac ‘n Cheese from Modern Market
Lunch

Modern Market

Union Station

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The pizza love is real. And yes, my shirt says carbs.
Dinner

Linger

Jax

Pizza… I don’t feel quite qualified to make this call for you, but I had several tasty pies while in Denver. Choose your own adventure on this one.. but make sure to try dipping your crust in honey! It’s a Colorado specialty and so good!

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Check out Linger’s rooftop for great vibes, food and drinks
Drinks

Viewhouse

The Tavern

Linger

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Larimer Square is basically an Instagrammer’s dream
What to Do

Go to a concert at Red Rocks: Not ground-breaking advice, but a must while you’re in Denver. Even if you hate the band, the experience will be well worth it. I saw James Taylor there a couple years ago and it was one of my favorite concerts to date! You can also just go to Red Rocks during the day and walk around – the view is amazing.

Explore Larimer Square: This was my favorite part of downtown Denver. There are string lights criss-crossing the street, which is lined with cute shops and restaurants. It’s pretty much the definition of ideal. I recommend sticking to this area and avoiding the more touristy 16th Street Mall.

Ride bikes in downtown Denver: You can rent bikes from stations around the city and return them to any station you come across. I recommend starting at Cherry Creek and riding through the park before taking to the streets of Denver.

Go to a Rockies game: Another kind of touristy activity, but still fun! I am the farthest thing from a baseball fan, but I still enjoyed myself.

Explore Tennyson Street: While downtown Denver is pretty cool, I always like to get to lesser known areas of town. With plenty of local shops and trendy restaurants, the Tennyson/Berkeley area is perfect for an afternoon of wandering.

Take a day trip to Boulder. It’s an easy drive from Denver with great views and such a cute town! Walk down Pearl Street and stop by a brewery (or two).

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Come for the baseball, stay for the hotdogs
Be Outdoorsy

You are in the mountains and all. I’m not the biggest outdoorsman, but enjoy the occasional hike. These are a few hikes I recommend that aren’t too hard core:

Garden of the Gods

Pike’s Peak… I drove to the top of this one 😉

St. Mary’s Glacier

Lookout Mountain

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Saint Mary’s Glacier – I slid down the glacier after taking this photo!

I know this is not a fully-inclusive list, and I’m definitely hoping to get back to Denver soon to try so many places that we didn’t have time to hit. Have you ever been? If so, let me know what I’m missing!

Biscuits & blessings,

Leels

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5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Solo Traveling

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I am personally a big fan of solo travel, but it’s definitely not for everyone. For my 25th birthday I took a trip to Thailand by myself, and I’ll be honest, after telling people my plans I was often met with: “Why?” / “Aren’t you afraid to go by yourself?” / “What do your parents think about this?” / “But who will you talk to?” / “You’re gonna get taken!” / “Are you crazy???”

From my solo trip to Thailand

And I just laughed them off. I realize that it may seem undesirable to a lot of people, but solo travel makes so much sense to me.  I love being able to do exactly what I want to do, eat exactly what I want to eat (let’s be honest, this is most important) and follow just my own schedule. The thing about traveling abroad, or even domestically, is that your time is precious. You probably spent good money to get somewhere and only have a limited amount of time to spend in that place. Do you really want to spend three hours of it in an obscure museum you’re not interested in? Or get stuck eating Kentucky Fried Chicken in Amsterdam? Unfortunately speaking from experience on that last one – don’t judge, it’s a long story!!

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Flying over mountains in Japan

Traveling in a group certainly has its benefits – it’s nice to have someone to share dinner with! I’ve traveled abroad both with friends and on my own multiple times, and thoroughly enjoyed both types of experiences. The idea of traveling solo is daunting and freaked me out a bit at first, too. Truthfully, it’s not for everyone, so I’ve put together a list of questions you should ask before embarking on a solo journey.

1: Have you ever eaten dinner alone?

If you can’t dine alone in a restaurant, then solo travel just probably isn’t for you. You’ve got to be able to enjoy your own company 🙂 I would spend dinners planning out my next day, studying the language of the country I was in or reading a book. Try sitting at the bar and making friends with other solo diners. Or sit outside and just take in the scenery and hustle and bustle of a foreign city.

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Tapas in Spain are my favorite way to dine solo
2: Does walking alone at night freak you out?

Traveling alone, especially as a woman, can be scary. I never had any negative experiences being alone, but I did get nervous sometimes being by myself at night. I don’t drink a ton, so I never stayed out too late on my own. On trips where I traveled alone, going out bar-hopping wasn’t on my agenda, so I didn’t have to worry about that. If you want to experience nightlife, I would recommend staying at a hostel with a younger scene (check reviews on TripAdvisor or Hostelworld) and making friends to go out with. Some of my most fun nights in Europe were with friends I made at hostels! Or look for ticketed late-night bar crawls or tours. My outlook is that bad things happen to people all over the world. I could get attacked walking to my car late at night in Lexington, KY, just as likely as walking the streets in Paris. I personally don’t let fear rule my life, but I know that not everyone shares my attitude. Know yourself and if traveling alone is something you’re not comfortable with, then there are other ways for you to see the world!

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Selfies are, unfortunately, necessary for solo travel
3: Can you read a map?

This one is kinda important… traveling alone means that you are solely dependent on being able to get yourself around a strange place and communicate in a foreign language; and that’s not always easy! You have to be resourceful. Study maps and transit systems prior to arriving to your destination. See if you can download offline Google maps, because you usually can’t depend on data while traveling. I would usually look up a route while on wifi, and then screenshot it on my phone to refer to after I lost connection. While I was in Europe, the first thing I did when I got to a new city was pick up a paper map. And you best believe I was often that girl standing on the corner of the street looking lost into a map! Which is actually a great way to get approached to ask if you need help with directions, by the way 😉

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Wandering the streets of Venice realllly tested my map-reading skills

Speaking of… Don’t be afraid to ask for help! While many people abroad have a good grasp of English, you should still learn the basic phrases of the native language. I would save the basic phrases in my phone so I could easily refer to them or you can usually find free apps for most major languages.

4: Can you strike up conversation with a stranger?

It will get pretty lonely if not. I look for a good balance of doing things on my own, and putting myself in situations where I can interact with others. Group tours, cooking classes and outdoor activities are all ways to meet people while traveling. I’m the type of person who enjoys doing things on my own, so I can go a whole day without having a full conversation with someone and not get stir crazy. But if you’re the type of person that likes to have a buddy to run errands/go to the gym, then you may not enjoy solo travel.

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Lounging on the beach in Phuket – the perfect way to spend a day alone
5: How badly do you want to see the world?

When it comes down to it, if you want to see the world, you’ll find a way to see the world. I have this uncontrollable desire to see new places, and I’ll get there anyway I can. The likelihood of me finding a friend who had the time and resources to drop everything and go to Thailand was very slim, so I decided I was going to go when I had the chance to go. If you don’t think you can manage traveling by yourself, there are tour companies that organize group travel. I had an awesome experience with Intrepid sailing in Thailand, and have heard great things about Contiki. Us wanderlusters have a common bond, so you’re sure to make friends quick!

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Cannes, France

I hope I’ve convinced you that you need to take a trip by yourself! I’ve had such meaningful, and honestly life-changing experiences while traveling on my own. You’re forced to spend time with yourself and end up discovering things about yourself you may have never known. I always return from a trip feeling fulfilled and inspired. Please feel free to ask me any questions about solo travel if you’re thinking about taking the plunge! Is anyone taking a fun trip for the upcoming holiday weekend? I’m headed to Denver, this time with friends, and am so excited! Have a great one, friends!

Biscuits & blessings,

Leels

 

The Creamiest Guacamole Ever

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So this isn’t a ground-breaking kind of recipe. I realize guacamole is pretty popular and one recipe doesn’t vary too much from the other. That being said, I’m pretty proud of my guacamole recipe. I’ve perfected it over the years and through a happy accident, found the trick to making the creamiest guac.

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I needed to make guacamole for a party, but my avocados weren’t ripe enough yet. I couldn’t mash them with a spoon, so I tried using an electric hand mixer and found that it created the creamiest texture! It also made the whole process so much easier; you can mix up a batch of guac in about 3 minutes. My recipe isn’t super traditional – I skip the cilantro and use lemon juice instead of lime. Check it out below!

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  1. 2 avocados
  2. 1/4 small white onion, diced
  3. 6-8 grape tomatoes or one small roma tomato, diced
  4. 1 tbsp lemon juice
  5. 1 tsp salt
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  1. Add all ingredients to bowl.
  2. Use hand mixer to combine until you get a creamy consistency. You can also use a spoon to mash avocado and stir to combine.
  3. Serve immediately. If you're waiting to serve, add avocado pit to guacamole, cover with plastic wrap and store in the fridge. The pit will keep the guac from turning brown before you're ready to serve.
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Enjoy!

Biscuits & blessings,

Leels

Sunday Reading, V12

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Happy Father’s Day! I hope you got to celebrate the Dads in your life today. If this day is hard for you, please know I’m sending you love. I said that I was going to be healthier this week, and was semi-successful at that, but still managed to eat out a few times. It just seems that so much of my social/work life revolves around eating! And I will not complain about that 😉

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Dancing with Dad at my Deb Ball

My week was busy again. As my blog grows so do the networking opportunities – which is great – but I’m going to have to learn how to consolidate my calendar a little bit better! Or just actually use my weekends to be productive instead of spending several hours on the couch watching Game of Thrones like I’m currently doing… Oh well. I got to meet with several new and old blogger pals this week. Coffee with Loud Girl Big World, lunch with Eat Kentucky and a Vinaigrette date with Basically Bronwyn, Bright on a Budget, Girl Meets Lex and Kentucky Girl Ramblings. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, #communityovercompetition is everything. Meeting with other bloggers gives me the best inspiration and it’s been so helpful to have people to turn to for advice/troubleshooting.

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Lunching with my ladies at Vinaigrette!

This weekend was pretty laid back. I made it out on the Kentucky River on Saturday, ate dinner on the water and caught a beautiful sunset. It was one of those days that makes me love Kentucky so much! Apparently today is National Brunch Day, so my roommate and I celebrated at Alfalfa’s and now I’m off to celebrate Father’s Day with my fam!

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Biscuits & Gravy at Alfalfa’s
Highs and Lows

High: Being out on the water is just one of my favorite things about summer. There’s nothing better than sitting at the front of the boat with the wind blowing in your hair!

Low: I’ve had something to do every week night for no joke, two weeks straight. Hoping to get a night off this week!

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Okay, sometimes my “having something to do every night” includes guac
Links I Love

Summer dinner recipes under 500 calories. I did a little bit better at eating healthy this week, but these recipes are giving me more inspiration!

Advice from 25 famous women on how to be productive.

Sneakily affordable luxury vacation destinations. Right up my alley! I’m still in a trip planning mode.. I found a flight to Budapest during Thanksgiving for $500; think I’m about to bite the bullet!

Trader Joe’s is now selling tiny avocados! I will try and report back. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve thrown away half of an avocado because I let it go bad.

15 ways to add eggs to any meal. Y’all should know by now, #putaneggonit is my life motto; it’s the best/easiest way to get some protein. And fried egg taco shells.. how have I not thought of that?!

Tips for extra crispy potatoes. Parboiling is the key!

My summer is booking up quickly, this Summer Fun Guide for Lexington is giving me even more ideas!

That’s what I’ve got for ya this week. Make it a good one!

Biscuits & blessings,

Leels

 

The Lex Eats Father’s Day Gift Guide

Lex Eats Kentucky Fathers Day Gift Guide

Dad’s day is right around the corner! I’m sharing my picks for the Kentucky Dad. Mostly local picks, so you still have time to do your shopping. Check ’em out!

The perfect Father’s Day gifts for any Kentucky Dad:

Malone’s Prime Steaks: I’m sure y’all know by now that I work for Bluegrass Hospitality Group (home of Malone’s steakhouse) but I bet you didn’t know you can buy Malone’s USDA Prime steaks to cook at home! This is the perfect gift for the foodie Dad. Pick them up from Malone’s Lansdowne or order online here.

Clayton & Crume Coasters: I gave my Dad some of these handmade leather coasters for Christmas and he loved them! They are such great quality and made right in Louisville. They make great Kentucky-themed designs, such as our state outline, UK and Louisville logos, and bourbon coasters. Buy online here.

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Shop Local KY T-Shirt: Funny story – I don’t think I’ve ever seen my Dad wear a printed t-shirt. He only likes solid colors.. weird I know! I’m pretty sure most dads love a good t-shirt, though. These “Rad Kentucky Dad” and “Kentucky’s okay-est Dad” shirts are a riot! Snag one from the Shop Local KY shop in Lexington on Woodland Ave or online here.

A bottle ‘o bourbon: I think this one is a no-brainer! I suggest finding something a little more rare, such as a single-barrel or limited release.

Kentucky Father's Day Gift Guide on Lexeats.com

Kentucky Bar Glasses: He’s gonna need something to put that bourbon in! These glasses are the perfect addition to Dad’s bar. Available at Peggy’s Gifts on Clay Ave or online here.

Bottled in Bond Tour: Speaking of bourbon.. if Dad is a fan, how about a bourbon tour? Bottled in Bond is a local tour company offering full-day tours including transportation, breakfast, lunch, distillery tastings and admissions. My coworker Nate founded the company and he really knows his stuff! He is so passionate about bourbon, you’re sure to not only have a great time, but learn a lot too! Book here.

Concert Tickets: I love gifting experiences rather than things. How about a concert? There’s plenty to choose from at Riverbend; Trace Adkins, Chicago, Jimmy Buffet… Check out the schedule here.

Kentucky Father's Day Gift Guide on Lexeats.com

Keeneland Polo: Keeneland is such a special part of Kentucky’s culture, I’m sure Dad would love this polo shirt with their logo embroidered on it! Available here.

Father's Day Gift Guide on Lexeats.com

Bourbon Book: Shhhh, don’t tell my Dad, but this is what he’s getting! I think I’m safe since the last time I checked, he didn’t even know how to subscribe to my blog. This book on the history of American whiskey was called one of the best books written about food in 2016. And it’s available on Amazon Prime – helloooo two day shipping! Buy here.

If you’re still looking for a present, I hope that gives you some ideas! What are your Father’s Day plans?

Biscuits & blessings,

Leels

PS: If you’re without a Dad this Father’s Day, please know I’m sending you all my love