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French Farmers' Market-Inspired Lavender Vanilla Caramel Flan

French Farmers' Market-Inspired Lavender Vanilla Caramel Flan

 

It’s been 2 years since I’ve been to France. 2 years too long. For me, France perfectly epitomizes a beautiful life. Its rich culture, classical art, immense history and chic lifestyle make it a country I’d easily live in.

And that was that plan I had committed to earlier this year. More on that later, but let’s just say my non-stop American hustle has arrested my plans in motion for the time being and so any dream of making Paris or any central France my home for an enviable amount of time is on the backburner.

Summer in Georgia & peaches for weeks: What to do with those sweet GA peaches

Summer in Georgia & peaches for weeks: What to do with those sweet GA peaches

Atlanta, GA --  The blog Running With Tweezers has a great article including a variety of great recipes for this year's peaches.  If you have had one of this year's peaches you know they are just delicious!!!  Whether you want to make ice cream, a cake or a cobbler, @RunningWithTweezers.com has the perfect recipe for you.

Around here, we’re really fortunate to have summers full of local peaches. Growing up, they were one of my dad’s favorite foods and they made appearances at our house fairly regularly. Sliced on pound cake or angel food cake, on top of cottage cheese the old school way. In the colder months, he’d even eat canned peaches straight up with a spoon. While I’m not a proponent of the tinned variety, I’m a huge fan of the fresh ones grown here in the South.

WEEKEND EVENTS: Art Walks, 5K's and Street Fests

WEEKEND EVENTS: Art Walks, 5K's and Street Fests

ATLANTA – There are tons of fun events going on this weekend, in your area. We’ve listed a few of them for you to check out with your family and friends.

Come out to the Taste of the Highlands, tickets sales end on May 13 at noon but the festival starts on Saturday, May 14 from 2:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. in the Highlands. This year, participants can enjoy local favorites like La Travola, Murphy’s, El Taco, Atkins Parks, Rosebud, DBA Barbecue, Goin’ Costal and Barefoot Wine. For more information visit them online.

The Kirkwood Spring Fling and Tour of Homes/5K Road Race will begin on Saturday, May 14 and continue until May 15. This is Kirkwood’s ninth annual festival; the festival features an open air artist market, a concert, a children’s area, food vendors and plenty of fellowship with neighbors. Check out the Victorian style homes and modern bungalows.

MOSAIC Group [Architects and Remodelers] Wins Guildmaster Award

MOSAIC Group [Architects and Remodelers] Wins Guildmaster Award

MOSAIC Group [Architects and Remodelers], an Atlanta-based design/build company with Indoor and Outdoor Living Divisions, has been awarded a 2011 Guildmaster Award for exceptional customer satisfaction. Presented by GuildQuality, the Guildmaster Awards celebrate service excellence in the building, remodeling, contracting, and real estate professions.

GuildQuality gives special recognition each year to the companies that demonstrate an ability to deliver a consistently superior customer experience. MOSAIC Group was one of 154 home builders, remodelers, developers and contractors throughout North America that were recognized for their superlative performance.

WEEKEND EVENTS: Hawks Basketball and Urban Gardening

WEEKEND EVENTS: Hawks Basketball and Urban Gardening

ATLANTA – There are tons of fun events going on this weekend, in your area. We’ve listed a few of them for you to check out with your family and friends.

Wind down at Fernbank’s Martinis and IMAX event on Friday, April 22. This weekly event usually draws a healthy sized crowd. Most cocktails are about $8 each and tickets to each actual IMAX movie are about $12. Come join Atlanta’s cosmopolitan crowd at this event.

Swim with the Georgia Aquarium’s resident whale shark on Friday, April 22 at 4:30 p.m. Guests will be able to swim at the surface, with an air supply. The aquarium will provide a mask, air, booties and a wetsuit. All of this comes with a $224.95 price tag, talk about a nice Earth Day gift.

Arguably the best center in the NBA, the Orlando Magic’s Dwight Howard journeys home to Atlanta for game three of the NBA Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.

5% Day at All Metro Atlanta Whole Foods Stores

5% Day at All Metro Atlanta Whole Foods Stores

ATLANTA – Tomorrow, March 9th, all Metro Atlanta Whole Foods stores will be offering five percent off sales.  

This week, all proceeds from the five percent of sales of Whole Foods will be donated to the Wheat Street Urban Gardens. The Wheat Street Urban Garden is an eight acre self sustained organic farm/park and agriculture training center near the Old 4th Ward.

For more information on the Wheat Street Urban Garden visit www.trulylivingwell.com

Historic Fourth Ward Park (H4WP) Opens Along BeltLine

Historic Fourth Ward Park (H4WP) Opens Along BeltLine

ATLANTA – The construction fences are down and the new O4W Park is ready for visitors. This park is the first addition to open along the newly renovated Beltline.

Historic Fourth Ward Park (H4WP) is a 35-acre Atlanta green space stretching roughly from North Avenue to Freedom Parkway. It is the first new Atlanta Beltline Park. Its first phase of construction, consisting of a stormwater detention pond that will become the central amenity of the larger park, broke ground on October 15, 2008.

For more info about the Historic Fourth Ward Park Conservancy, check out the Conservancy’s website at http://www.h4wpc.com/. Please consider joining the Conservancy to have a voice in the betterment of your neighborhood.