03 January 2017

New Year New Beginnings

Wow. It has been a looooong time since I've sat in front of my computer to write a blog post. I've thought about my blog a lot over the past few months and honestly I needed a good long break. I needed some time to regroup, recharge, and refocus.

In the several months since I've been on this blog, there have been quite a few life changes around here! One of my last blog posts was about the new season of life I was entering. Well, life is a crazy thing...

We moved! Yep, we no longer live in our amazing downtown condo. We're trying out this whole living in a house thing. We are in an adorable old house with tons of charm and a backyard (hooray for no more cold night time dog walks!).

I am a teacher! A Kindergarten teacher to be exact. When I wrote about the new season of life I was in I mentioned that I was going back to school to get my masters degree in education. Well, I have been given the opportunity to teach precious little five year old while I'm in school. It is the most difficult, most exhausting, but also most rewarding job I have ever had.

With those big changes this blog was put on the back burner. I'm ready now to dive back in. I have found a routine and the beginning of a new year seems like the best time to begin again. So, here we go...

08 September 2016

Outdoor Concert Root Beer Float

I've mentioned it before so naturally I will mention it again... I love the Live at the Garden concert series!! It's definitely one of my favorite Memphis Summer activities. Last time I gave you five tips to have the best Live at the Garden experience. This time I'm giving you another tip that is game changing for any outdoor concert. Root Beer Floats!!!

My husband gets credit for this one. He suggested that we bring some root beer with us to the REO Speedwagon concert since coolers are perfectly acceptable and encouraged and then get some Yarnell's vanilla ice cream from the truck that we know and love and make floats. Brilliant!!!

There's only one more Live at the Garden concert this summer!!! I suggest going... and making root beer floats.

23 August 2016

A New Season

You might have noticed that it's been extreeeeemely quiet around here. Well, I'm here to explain myself! There have been a few changes occupying my time and honestly, it was nice to take a blogging break. The truth is though, I've missed this!! I've missed this creative outlet, this online journal. I've missed other bloggers and reading other blogs, so I'm back. Back but not as frequently. I'm committing to twice a week, which I think will be ok with all of you when I tell you why I've been so busy and absent lately...

Reason 1 -- I'm going back to school! 
I've decided on a career change. I came to the realization that I'm not passionate about mutual funds and that I belong in a school as an educator. Yesterday was my first day of graduate school at the University of Memphis where I'm studying to get my Master of Arts in Teaching degree in Elementary Education! Phew! That's a mouthful but what that it means is that I'm studying to be an elementary school teacher. The past few months have been full of applying to school and entrance exams, but now I'm officially a graduate student and will be for the next two or so years.

Reason 2 -- I have a second job!
A few months ago I went to Memphis Escape Rooms with some family and friends and had the best time ever! Well, a few weeks ago I saw that they were hiring and it was a no brainer that I had to work there. I applied and now work there some nights and weekends to help pay for school (see above). You guys, I'm not just saying this, Memphis Escape Rooms is awesome! I highly suggest booking a room (or more - there are 6 different themed rooms!) with some friends.

Reason 3 -- We're moving!
Like I don't already have enough on my plate, we have decided to move. We love love love living downtown and our first home together, but it's time for a change. We're staying in Memphis but we're looking to move somewhere where we can have a yard for the dog, a guest room so lots of people can visit, and simply just more space. I've been spending alot of my time purging and packing and preparing to find our new home.

It's a busy season of life for sure, but I know all this hard work will pay off! So many good things on the horizon.

08 July 2016

Naan Pizza

A few years ago I shared one of our favvvorite recipes, Naan Pizza! Well, over the years the recipe has evolved (as has my food photography) so I thought I would share it again! This is so incredibly easy to make and delicious that we make it all. the. time. Especially in the Summer!

Naan Bread - which we find at Kroger in the Bakery section
Cherry Tomatoes
Mozzarrella Cheese
Olive Oil
Pepperoni (if you want!) 

First Step - Roast Tomatoes
Slice the cherry tomatoes in half and put on a cookie sheet with some olive oil. Cook in the oven at 350 for about an hour.

Second Step - Assemble Pizza
- Drizzle some olive oil over the naan bread
- Add the cooked tomatoes
- Then, the fresh spinach and pepperoni
- Generously sprinkle cheese over the top
- Cook in the oven until cheese gets nice and melty 

07 July 2016


Today's blog post is all about how I beat the Memphis heat! You guys, I never knew Summer until I moved to Memphis. The level of humidity is totally crazy and this is from somebody who is very cold natured! The way I survive? Light, flowy dresses. This one is perfect!! It's thin and comfortable and it can be dressed up or down. I like to pair it with my gold Saltwater sandals and a simple accent necklace. Also, this AMAAAZING mural doesn't hurt.

I found this dress over on Zulily which is my favvvvorite place to find good deals. Want some good news?? This dress is still available over there!!

And, you know, since I have to keep it real over here... how about this action shot?

05 July 2016

Best of Memphis - Brunch at Cafe Pontotoc

I have a new favorite meal. The problem? It's only available on Saturdays and Sundays!!! Ok, I've mentioned it before but we're not big brunch eaters. Between going to church on Sunday mornings and the various things that come up on Saturday morning, we typically overlook this particular meal. Cafe Pontotoc has made me a convert. Their brunch hours are Saturdays and Sundays from 11-3 giving us plenty of time and options so we don't miss out on this incredible meal. Not to mention that food. It is amazing.

Now for the details. When you sit down they give you a basket with mini biscuits and blueberry muffins. You guys. I can't even begin to explain how heavenly these blueberry muffins are!! I could literally eat an entire basket of them by myself (and I might one day because you can order a whole basket of them!) They're served warm and the flavor is seriously divine.

After devouring the biscuits and muffins, it's time for the main course. My favorite dish is the Crawcake Benedict. I mean, just look at that picture! The poached eggs are cooked perfectly and they sit on top of a crawcake which is just a crabcake made with crawfish instead. All on an English muffin and covered in hollandaise sauce. So amazing. I literally think about this meal daily.

Between the food and the atmosphere, Cafe Pontotoc has been our go-to spot for a mid-day meal on the weekends. I highly suggest you go there too.

30 June 2016

5 Tips to have the BEST Live at the Garden Experience

Outdoor concerts are definitely up there on my list of favorite things to do. I mean, what is there not to love about sitting outside on a beautiful night listening to some amazing music? I recently blogged about how much we love the Live at the Garden concert series at the Botanic Garden, but after going to our second concert of the season (which was Gregg Allman and amazing), I thought I'd share some tips on how to make the most of these super fun concerts.

1- Bring Lawn Chairs

Essentially Live at the Garden is one big party. There are table seats available close to the stage, however, I'm partial to the lawn seats. Everyone brings chairs and blankets and claims their spot. As the music gets going, people will get up and dance and all in all have a great time under the string lights.

2- Cool Down With Some Ice Cream

Ok, let's be real for a second. You can't talk about Summer in Memphis without mentioning the heat. Yes, it gets very hot and humid during the Summer months which makes the fact that Yarnell's has a truck at the concerts a lifesaver! So, be sure to cool down by stopping by the Yarnell's truck and getting some cool refreshing delicious ice cream.

3- Get There Early

Usually the gates open about two hours before the concert actually begins. I recommend going as close to gates open as you can! This gives you the opportunity to get a good parking spot, claim a great spot on the lawn, and enjoy a meal. Which leads me to my next tip...

4- Bring Dinner and a Cooler

You are able to bring your own food and drinks to the Live at the Garden Concerts so why wouldn't you! Looking around I realized that some people really have this down to a science. There was a group sitting near us that had real plates and silverware and a delicious looking cheese plate. I've also seen people bringing in catering trays. We usually grab some takeout on our way to the concert. This time we brought some Lenny's Subs (and left room for ice cream). Most people also bring large coolers. The smart people have coolers that are on wheels or even bring all their things with them in a wagon. If you don't want to bring food or drinks with you, that's fine! There are options available there.

5- Bug Spray

I mentioned the heat so it's only fair that I mention the bugs. It's Memphis in Summer. You definitely won't escape the heat and you probably won't be able to escape the mosquitos either. Luckily there are things you can do to avoid this being a problem. Bring some bug spray. I've also see people bring citronella candles that will not only keep the bugs away from you, but the people around you won't mind either!

There you have it! My tips to make the best out of the Live at the Garden Concerts. There are only three concerts left so you better get your tickets!!

Billy Currington - July 29, 2016
REO Speedwagon - August 25, 2016
Sheryl Crow - September 23, 2016

Once again, a huge thank you to Yarnell's for sending us to see Gregg Allman! 

20 June 2016

Ten Feet Off Beale Shop - Patriotic Donuts

There's a special new donut now available in the Ten Feet Off Beale Etsy Shop... a Patriotic Donut! They will only be available through the summer and they make the perfect gifts for a thoughtful Fourth of July happy.

There are play donuts for a child's play kitchen, catnip donuts for your four legged friends, and even tiny donut brooches that will add the perfect flair to any outfit this summer.

Hint: I like to use the play donuts as decoration! I keep a cake stand on my kitchen table and fill it with donuts that go with the season.

Check out the shop, let me know what you think, and what you'd like to see listed next!

17 June 2016

Steaks, Suds, and Spuds

Chef Anna of Bleu has done it again! A while back I talked about the amazing brunch that you can enjoy at Bleu, which is conveniently located Downtown by the FedEx Forum. Well, I had the opportunity to get a preview of the amazing event and menu Chef Anna has put together for Father's Day weekend. Steaks, Suds, and Spuds is such a brilliant idea that I'm sure any father would enjoy.

For $39.95 per guest, each diner gets to choose a cut of meat, a three draft beer flight, and a choice of potatoes. That's a pretty good deal if you ask me consider you get the choose from the following:

Steaks: Filet Mignon, New York Strip, Prime Rib, Rib Eye, Rack of Lamb, Double Bone French Pork Chop

Suds: Wiseacre Ananda IPA, Lagunitas IPA, Blue Moon, Ghost River Golden, Ghost River Red, Sam Adams Boston Lager, Sam Adams Summer Lager

Spuds: Mashed Potatoes, Baked Potato, Potatoes Au Gratin, Fries, or Frites

Did I mention there's complimentary valet parking? So, how about making a reservation and bringing Dad this weekend! I'm sure he will thank you.

13 June 2016

Live at the Garden

Memphis and music just go together. It's no surprise then that in Memphis there is no shortage of live music venues. Especially in the summer. There are numerous spots to bring a picnic and some friends and enjoy a summer breeze (sometimes) and some good music (always).

One of my favorite Memphis events in the summer is the Live at the Garden concert series at the Memphis Botanic Garden. The venue is beautiful. The lawn has these huge gorgeous trees with string lights between them and everyone sets up blankets and chairs, they bring picnic baskets and coolers, and just spend the evening under the stars.

Yarnell's Ice Cream sent my husband and I to the first Live at the Garden concert of the season, Heart, this weekend. It was so fun! We were comfortable in our camping chairs and spent the evening singing along to the classic ballads and tunes we both love. We brought some Gus's Fried Chicken and overall had a lovely and super fun evening.

The best part? There are four more concerts left! We may or may not already have REO Speedwagon written in our calendar...

Gregg Allman - June 26, 2016
Billy Currington - July 29, 2016
REO Speedwagon - August 25, 2016
Sheryl Crow - September 23, 2016

A huge thank you to Yarnell's Ice Cream for sending us to see Heart at Live at the Garden! We had the best time!

PS. Ten Feet Off Beale is nominated as one of the best blogs in Memphis!! This is huge!! Would you be so kind as to take a moment and give TFOB a vote? You're the best!