Hey y’all.  I’m Mary the girl behind the blog Eat Drink & Be Mary.  I’m excited to be taking over today, sharing some crucial facts about myself that you’ll thank yourself for reading later.  I hope you’ll stop by my blog or if blogging ain’t your thing you can still keep up with said crucial information I share daily, like sangria recipes, on facebooktwitterinstagram & pinterest.


Seven things you may or may not want to know about me: 


 


+ I love to bake.  Not to be confused with cooking.  I don’t cook.  It’s just not my thing.  That is, unless you consider Kraft Mac ‘n Cheese cooking.  And in that case you’d probably consider me a chef.  It’s my specialty.  Some of my favorite things I’ve baked recently are these Gorilla Bread & No-Bake Oreo Balls.














+ I am scared of big dogs.  This may or may not be related to a big dog charging at me at the young age of two, for stealing all the attention.  Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop. ;)





+I once made sugar cookies with salt instead of sugar.  Talk about awful!






+ I’m in a long distance relationship with the cutest ginger you’ve ever seen.  After dating in college, we’ve moved back home to separate states.  Slowly but surely we’re learning to love while being over 200 miles away. 















+ I can’t ride a bike.  I once learned.  Forgot.  Wrecked.  Re-learned.  Forgot again.  And have yet to muster up the courage to what seems like just another wreck.  This is kinda embarrassing.  I’m the exception to the phrase, “it’s like riding a bike.”  Remind me again why I’ve decided to include this fact and tell the entire blog world that I can’t do what most four year olds have mastered.  





+ My favorite post I’ve ever written was – My Ghosts of Boyfriends Past.  I love hearing about people’s dating horror stories (and their LOVE stories).  But a close second is the post where I shared 28 verses to pray for your relationship.





 






+ I am a lover of all things coffee, Instagram, and anything with an elastic waist band.  This past Christmas I gained not one, two, but nine more pairs of leggings and tights this Christmas.  





With all that said and done it seems that I am a college graduate who has no clue what she’s doing with her life, doesn’t know the difference between sugar and salt, hates dogs and doesn’t even know how to ride a bike.  While this is not how I’d describe myself to someone, it doesn’t hit too far from home.  So I’ve either scared you away orhopefully this has intrigued you to follow along this crazy ride I call life.  Who knows maybe I’ll finally learn how to ride a bike again.  







What is one thing I may (or may not) want to know about you?  Anybody else out there that doesn’t know how to ride a bike?  Remember to eat, drink and be “merry” y’all.  Xo.











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Man I love breakfast sandwiches in the morning. They’re quick, easy and super delicious. It’s a staple in New York to go grab a bagel in the morning (you know how much we love our NYC water bagels) and head off to work. The lox sandwich is one of my favorites so I was excited when I discovered the cookbook, Crazy for Breakfast Sandwiches, and found this recipe inside. This sandwich is such a staple and will brighten up your morning with each delicious bite. Enjoy!


The New Yorker


A bagel with lox is a classic New Yorker’s breakfast, and this sandwich gives the old favorite a little more substance by adding an egg. I’ve included my favorite lox accompaniment: capers.


Makes 1 sandwich


:: 1 large egg

:: 1 teaspoon chopped capers

:: 1 small or mini bagel, split

:: 1 tablespoon cream cheese

:: 1 ounce lox (cold-smoked salmon)


1. Preheat the breakfast sandwich maker. Break the egg into a small bowl and whisk with a fork until smooth. Stir in the capers.


2. If necessary, trim the bagel halves with a knife to fit the sandwich maker. Spread with the cream cheese. Place the bottom half in the bottom compartment of the heated sandwich maker, cream cheese side up, and top with the lox. Lower the middle plate.


3. Pour the egg mixture into the top compartment and place the top half of the bagel on the egg, cheese side down. Close the sandwich maker.


4. Cook for 4 minutes, or until the egg is set. Slide open the middle plate to assemble the sandwich and remove it from the sandwich maker.


Recipe via. Photo credit: Ulysses Press/Jessica Harlan

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Hey guys, I have Rebecca visiting with us today and sharing some of her favorite parts of Nashville. I’ve been lucky enough to get to know Rebecca through her posts and about her adorable newlywed life, I know you’ll love her too. Check out more of Rebecca’s posts here


Visit Nahsville


While Nashville isn’t my native city, I’ve been a resident so many years now that it feels like home. Often, when family or friends from out of town visit, they want to see the usual sites. They want to bar-hop through the honky-tonks downtown and listen to bands playing all kinds of music from classic country to hard rock. They want to take a tour at the Country Music Hall Of Fame or the Ryman Auditorium to see Hank Williams old guitar and the spot on the stage where Johnny Cash and June Carter stood. They want to see songwriters play at the Bluebird or see a show at The Grand Ole Opry. But every once and a while, someone visits who has seen all those sites before, and their visit becomes less like an episode of the TV show Nashville and more like a glimpse of the way Nashvillians really live. That’s when I show them what the tourists miss when they visit Nashville.


1. Centennial Park
A beautiful park located just a few miles from Downtown complete with a full-scale replica of the Parthenon in Greece. It’s a great place to run, bike, walk, or even play a Frisbee game around the man-made lake in the center. During the later parts of the summer, the park hosts The Nashville Shakespeare Festival’s “Shakespeare In The Park,” productions which are always a fun night out.


2. Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams
Jeni’s quite possibly will be the greatest ice cream you’ll ever have, even if the wait to get a cone is often out the door and wrapped around the building on a summer’s evening. Located in the very hipster-esque neighborhood of East Nashville, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream is one of the cutest ice cream shops I’ve seen with its chalkboard menus, string lights, and church-pew type seating. On second thought, skip visiting here so I can eat all the ice-cream!


Cheekwood


3. Cheekwood Botanical Garden
This sprawling acre former estate is now an art museum and garden. It often features extended exhibits that include indoor and outdoor art. This summer the grounds are covered in giant bug sculptures and Andy Warhol’s Flowers Collection.


4. Zanies
A fun, little comedy club that boasts shows from some of the biggest comedians around. There are shows most nights of the week at several different times, and they serve drinks as well as food.


Arrington Vineyards


5. Arrington Vineyards
Co-owned by Kix Brooks of Brooks and Dunn, Arrington Vineyard feels like a little slice of California Wine Country just south of Nashville. Parking is free and you can bring a picnic and just enjoy the beautiful grounds by setting up at one of the many picnic tables or bring a blanket to set in the grass. Their wine is fabulous and you can do a tasting, buy a bottle to enjoy while you’re there, or get a bottle to take home.


6. The Pharmacy Burger Parlor & Beer Garden
When you’re in the mood for a really great (and huge) burger, this is the place to go. I personally LOVE the Rootbeer that they have on tap and the beer garden atmosphere is so fun on a warm night with a group of friends.


Radnor Lake


7. Radnor Lake
A beautiful nature preserve and lake with several unpaved trails great for hiking. The views are phenomenal and it’s a wonderfully peaceful place to walk. They don’t allow running because it disturbs the natural setting but I personally am not likely to be seen running anywhere unless I’m being chased by a bear.


8. A Plethora Of Food Trucks
There are so many food trucks in Nashville that they have their own association. From trucks that serve ice-cream, to crepes, fancy grilled cheeses, and even Thai food, there is a food truck for every taste. Thai food from a truck sounds terrifying to me, but hey, I won’t judge if you want some!


If you ever think of visiting Nashville and you’re trying to plan out all the sites you want to see, mix some of these local-favorites in with the more touristy destinations and I promise that you will be blown away by all Nashville has to offer. If nothing else, you’ll be full of good food! Just promise you’ll save some ice-cream for me!

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MoMoCo-V2


I know I’ve been a little MIA lately. Work has caught up to me and there has been a lot of changes going on. ACB in August is having a large surprise coming and I’ve been putting most of my efforts towards that. I’m a bit nervous to show you guys and I hope you like the direction it is going in. 


Lately, I’ve also been focusing on 9-5(ish) and taking a bit of a break after work. I’ve been focusing on enjoying the weekends and working on some other side projects. It was nice taking a much-needed break but I’m ready to get back to writing and enjoying blogging once again. I know that letting ACB sit idle for a while could be brutal in losing you guys and I hope I did not because I really appreciate all of you. 


I did learn a lot from my small break and the main point is writing breaks are essential. Most bloggers are thinking of new content 24/7. We’re taking pictures, thinking of new posts, reaching out to companies, designing, editing photos and doing all kinds of social media. This is all going on while most of us have our main job. I come home from work, sit down and blog. It can be hard to strike a work-life balance at times. What goes into a blog is much more than most think and I find myself working almost 20 hours a week on the blog. Blogging has become a passion for me but without resting, your efficiency goes down. And naturally, your work suffers.


I don’t want to and never have thought of giving up my blog for good but taking a break rejuvenates you and helps much more than you might think. Sometimes you need to take a step back, relax and look at it in a new perspective and that’s what it has done for me. I know some say that you should post anything to at least have content but I’d much rather not post than post content that is sub par. 


Over the next couple weeks I am going to open up my blog if anyone may be interested in guest posting while ACB is undergoing changes. I would really love to share my blog. I will be posting more content myself but as I am working on this project I’d love to have some new fresh faces on here. Send me an email at tia@acaffeinatedbrunette.com. I hope you all understand and stay with me. 


xx Tia

 

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