Affordable Glam Winter Tablescape Decor

While I absolutely adore holiday season, this tends to be the time where people break the bank unnecessarily. Whether it’s splurging on gifts or even on Christmas decor, this time of year is marketed for us to spend our dollars in the name of holiday season. I’m here to tell you, you don’t have to be that person.

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10 Things to Do in Atlanta this Fall

Fall is officially in full swing and the general consensus is that everyone is here for it. Whether it’s the crisp and cool sweater weather, peacoats, boots and scarves, beautiful fall décor, leaves changing colors, or pumpkin spice lattes- there’s nothing to not love about fall. Two very popular holidays take place during this season: Halloween & Thanksgiving! Here is a small list of things you can do in Atlanta.

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Spiced Cinnamon Apple Muffins

**I am doing this blog post in partnership with Sanaia Applesauce. All opinions are my own**

Who says apple sauce is just for kids? The Sanaia Applesauce brand may be loved by kids, but it was definitely made with adults in mind! It is completely plant based, GMO free, and is packed with chunks of delicious organic granny smith apples. I enjoy snacking on all the exotic flavors like guava, hibiscus, and ginger, but I decided to make a warm fall “pick me up” using the unsweetened flavor and it was absolutely perfect. I made Spiced Cinnamon Apple Muffins and they were to die for! My entire house smelled like fall and I was in heaven! Head over to Walmart and grab some of this Sanaia applesauce and then meet me in the kitchen. Recipe below.

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Fave Restaurant for Lunch in Atlanta

Working for the organization that sells Atlanta as a top travel destination has its perks. A part of my job is showing off all that Atlanta has to offer, including our amazing dining scene. Atlanta is now the 4th largest convention city in the country and there are many things that contribute to that- our amazing dining scene is one of them.

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It’s Okay To Apologize To Your Kids

I know many parents feel like there are just certain things we don’t have to do as a privilege of being a parent. I don’t have to explain. I don’t have to abide by the rules. I don’t have to apologize. I shouldn’t have to because I’m the parent, and they’re the child, right? Wrong. I’m here to tell you that adapting that way of thinking is a sure fire way to push your child into developing unhealthy communication with you, and in turn, with other people.

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Crab & Shrimp Stuffed Salmon

I know I say this all the time, but this might be one of the best things I’ve made in a long time! This is literally seafood heaven- jumbo lump crab and shrimp, all stuffed in a delicious filet of salmon. You can’t go wrong! This was super fun and pretty easy to make. I even made a a step by step video to upload to my Youtube channel soon, but in the meantime, head over to my Instagram, Cup of Consuella, to check it out. Ready for the recipe? Keep reading!

Xo, Consuella ♥

 

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  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Mince garlic, and chop up parsley and green onions. Season shrimp with salt and pepper and set aside.
  2. In a pan over medium high heat, add one tbsp of butter. Once melted, add in minced garlic and 1 tsp of paprika. Let cook for about 30 seconds, mixing so that the garlic doesn't burn. Add shrimp and par cook for about 3 minutes, or until shrimp is browned. Remove from pan and set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, start preparing the stuffing. Add cream cheese, fresh parsley, green onions, and lemon juice. Mix gently to soften the cream cheese. Add in lump crab meat, shrimp, mozzarella cheese, grated Parmesan cheese, and all seasonings. Mix gently until everything is combined. Do not over mix.
  4. In an oven safe pan, season both salmon filets with salt, pepper, and Old Bay. Place the stuffing on top of one salmon filet from corner to corner. Place the other salmon filet on top. Be sure to reserve some stuffing to go on top of the salmon, mid cook. Place a tbsp of butter on the salmon and bake for 15 minutes. Remove the salmon from the oven, place some more stuffing on top and broil for 5 minutes.
  5. Top with fresh parsley. Serve salmon with a side of vegetables, rice, or mashed potatoes and enjoy!
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Thai Basil Chicken

The other day I was just scrolling through Pinterest trying to find some food inspiration. I came across this Thai Chicken recipe and then shortly after that, I saw a Coconut Curry recipe. Me being Courtney, I decided to merge the two and create my own recipe. Hello, Thai Basil Chicken! This dish had my entire house smelling like heaven! My boyfriend and daughter both loved it, so I knew it would be added to my rotation. I’m not gonna lie, I don’t really eat chicken much at all, so this was really for Richard and Sanai. If you want to make this vegan, just replace the chicken with cauliflower. I did that for myself and it was just as delicious! I shared a step by step on my instagram, but got so many messages about it, so I figured I would add it to the blog. If you want some of this goodness, keep on reading. And when you make it, (because you better), make sure you tag #ChefConsuellaFam to win a prize! 🙂 

Xo, Consuella ♥

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  1. In a bowl, combine all of the spices (cardamom to salt). Once spices are combined, pour them over the chicken and massage the spices into the chicken breasts. Let sit for 20-30 minutes.
  2. In a large pan over medium high heat, heat 1 tbsp of olive oil and sauté onions and jalapeños for about 2-3 minutes or until onions are translucent. Add the garlic and saute for another 30 seconds to a minute. Remove the mixture from pan and place aside.
  3. In the same pan over medium high heat, add another tbsp of olive oil and cook the chicken. Make the chicken in two batches so the pan is not overcrowded. Be sure to brown the chicken on both sides and cook all the way through. In between flipping the chicken, add the tbsp of butter to deglaze the pan. Repeat this with both batches of chicken.
  4. Remove the chicken from the pan and add the coconut milk on medium heat until it comes to a simmer. Mix in the Worchestire sauce and let simmer for another minute. Add the onion/ jalapeño /garlic mixture and the chicken back to the pan and let simmer for another 5 minutes.
  5. Add the ginger and fresh bail to the pan and salt & pepper to taste. Serve over bed of Jasmine rice (or whatever rice/quinoa you like), top with more fresh basil and enjoy!
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Want To Plan the Perfect Girls Trip?

So you want to plan an epic girls trip and you don’t know where to start? Courtney to the rescue! I just got back from an amazing girls trip that I never even knew I needed. It was supposed to be a bachelorette weekend, but after the wedding was called off, we turned it into a girls weekend retreat. Not only did we have a good time, but we documented quite a few details so our social media family could follow along. As the young folks say, it was lit! I got tons of DMs about where we were, how we chose the place, what we ate, where we got our looks, etc. So I’m here to give all the deets! Keep reading for 7 practical tips to plan the perfect girl’s trip.

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What About Your Friends?

Now that I have your attention, let’s talk about friendship. I’ve been blessed to say that I’ve had such amazing bonds with some women that blossomed into beautiful friendships. So, I’ve never understood women that say, “I don’t need friends.” Sis, I don’t know what you think “friends” are, but real friends are invaluable. And whether you want to admit it or not, we all need them. And this past weekend reassured me of that.

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I Potty Trained My Daughter in 3 Days!

Yes, you read that right. In 3 days, my daughter was officially out of pull ups (minus night time). By day 5, she was completely potty trained, even overnight. I know you’re probably reading this like “girl please, yeah right!” Trust me, when I heard about this method of training, I felt the same way. A few months ago, I tried potty training Sanai the old-fashioned way and it was an epic fail, so I put it off. I was intimidated by the thought of it and honestly didn’t want to make the time to commit to it. Then two things happened that forced me to get the ball rolling: 1) She was moving up to the next class at daycare and being potty trained was a requirement. 2) I was just tired of buying pull ups. So, I did what I do best: I got on Google and researched the best method for potty training. Tons of books came up, but one stuck out to me and it was titled: Potty Training in 3 Days by Brandi Brucks.

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Delicious Shrimp Pasta in 20 mins!

I’ve had a long day at work and still have some emails to answer when I settle in at home. I pick Sanai up from daycare and she’s begging to have candy and pizza for dinner. I pull into the driveway and I want nothing more than to plop down on the couch and have a glass of wine. But as soon as I walk through the door, babe is asking “So, what are we having for dinner?”

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Spin the Globe at The Consulate

Anyone that knows me knows how much I love food. Trying new restaurants in Atlanta is easily one of my favorite pastimes. There are very few places in metro Atlanta that I haven’t visited, so I’m always excited to try some place new. Well, I think I’ve found my new favorite restaurant… at least until a new one opens up. No judging.

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Forever I Love Atlanta!

Born and raised in Miami, Fl, I’ve always called that place home. I never thought I could love another city as much as my hometown… and then I moved to Atlanta. While it is a very large metropolitan city, it still has that southern, down home, “country” feel, and I love it. There’s just something about Atlanta that’s going to keep me here for a very long time.

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