The Best Bruschetta

I love Pioneer Woman’s blog and constantly find myself gravitating towards her recipes. Maybe it’s her snarky humor or her love of butter– I’m not sure– but I feel as though her kitchen is one I’d want to visit at some point in my life.

This bruschetta is the “best” for a couple of different reasons. First, cherry tomatoes (in my opinion) pack so much more flavor than other, larger ones. So we’re already on the right track by starting with delicious red and yellow nuggets of goodness. Second, minced garlic is an important, and often neglected element of a good bruschetta recipe. Giving the ingredients time to marinate with the garlic allows for some crazy good things to happen in that bowl. So if you’re making this, be sure to make it ahead of time because YES, wait time really does make a difference.

By the way, don’t tell Giada but I served my bruschetta on top of a toasted whole wheat English muffin. And I’m not sure England and Italy have worked so well together since before King Henry VIII. (Sorry for that… I’m in the middle of watching season 2 of The Tudors; couldn’t help myself).

Oh and one more thing… I added goat cheese on top because, well, it’s goat cheese. And it’s delicious. And it can make even the best bruschetta that much better.

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Bits of Happiness

Bright color accents for spring~ Necklace: Versona, Nails: Essie ‘Mint Candy Apple’

This week I saw The Hunger Games. I have photos to prove that other stuff happened too, but that was pretty much the highlight. That might actually be pretty sad considering this post is coming to you from Las Vegas where I’ll be knee-deep in projects for the ACM Awards all weekend. That’s pretty exciting too… but all I can do is think about how closely Vegas must resemble the Capitol, complete with elaborate productions, zany outfits, and crazed fans swarming the streets. Have you all seen it? What were your thoughts? I’m a huge fan of the books and was, for once, pleased with the movie outcome.

Hunger Games aside, here are a few fun photographs from the week.

Jeni’s Spendid Ice Cream in Brambleberry

Sightseeing at The Parthenon in Centennial Park

Best of both worlds breakfast: Healthy green smoothie + no-bake oatmeal cookies

A particularly insightful fortune I’ve held onto since my first week in Nashville

Two Old Hippies

The storefront that’s hard to miss.

One of my favorite things about Nashville is the abundance of interesting, local restaurants and shops that have a uniqueness and charm you just can’t get from a chain. I first walked into Two Old Hippies when a friend of mine worked there and immediately fell in love. It’s stocked with intricate jewelry, fun novelty items, pretty art, vintage-inspired clothing, and has become my go-to spot for a little creative inspiration. My favorite elements of the store include walls lined with rock n’ roll memorabilia, “The Vault” which is a private guitar room, and a 60s-inspired Volkswagen bus right in the middle of the floor. Fun fact: drop by on a Sunday to catch the open mic sessions for kids in the afternoon!

Because everyone needs a chair that could potentially be found in Ozzy Osborne’s home.

The Vault.

An assortment of coffee table books for the living room.

A bus fit for the Magical Mystery Tour.

I loved the elephant more than the jewelry.

Rock N’ Roll Memorabilia: The Rolling Stones.