And We’re Back

by jenna on April 5, 2010

Good morning from Charleston!!

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Yesterday Christie and I had a phenomenal Easter (I almost just wrote Thanksgiving?!) dinner with my family in Savannah and then headed north to Carolina. We all pitched in to produce a true Southern feast :)

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We had buttermilk fried chicken, baked blue cheese macaroni, popovers and my mom’s famous red cabbage (recipe in my BOOK!). The fried chicken and blue cheese macaroni recipes are out of the Magnolia’s Restaurant cookbook and are to die for.
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My plate:

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Best macaroni and cheese ever…..seriously this time.
And Christie made a delicious fruit tart for dessert!

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By the time we had finished eating we all were at the verge of popping but it was so well worth it.
We got in around 8:30 last night and pretty much fell asleep watching Sweet Home Alabama. This morning Christie went to work and I went on a spectacular 3 mile around my old home. I started at Christie’s house, which is pretty much on campus, and then ran all down King street, to the Battery and along the water then up East Bay Street and around. SO pretty and wonderful. I’ve been very blessed in that I’ve done some traveling and live in a breathtaking spot in the country but still…..there’s just something about this city that gets me every time.

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Before my run I had a piece of wheat bread with a little almond butter and after, I made some oatmeal with water, 2 egg whites, half a banana, blackberries and more almond butter (christie has a very well stocked kitchen and I’m proud of her!)

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While she works today I get to hang out with Layla!

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Actually I’m going to the beach. :) But I will give Layla some nice long walks as well. There’s not a cloud in the sky and the high is 81…….yes, yes, YES!!!!!!! This afternoon I’m picking up Christie from work and then its her turn to go running while I walk the Cooper River Bridge (!!) before going out to dinner and drinks with one of our good friends from high school who just moved here as well.
Happy Monday!

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Evan Thomas April 5, 2010 at 7:15 am

That fried chicken looks incredible.
Enjoy the sun and the weather! 81 would be heavenly

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Sarah @ THE FOODIE DIARIES April 5, 2010 at 7:15 am

Do you have the recipe for that mac & cheese?? I’m really enamored by the idea of blue queso IN mac and cheese and I want to make it haha

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Katey April 5, 2010 at 7:16 am

mmmm! that food looks so good! you are one lucky girl, :) ENJOY the weather :D

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Jessica @ How Sweet April 5, 2010 at 7:16 am

I just started to love cabbage, can’t wait for that recipe!

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Elizabeth April 5, 2010 at 7:17 am

I went to CofC and live in Charleston! Enjoy this beautiful day! :)

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Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman April 5, 2010 at 7:19 am

Blue cheese in mac and cheese? Brilliant. That looks so good. (Not that mac and cheese can really be that bad.) Enjoy the sun and beach!

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Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg April 5, 2010 at 7:19 am

Ohhhh, how I miss Charleston!!!! Enjoy your time there!

I have that Magnolia cookbook– everything in it is DIVINE!!!

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Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin April 5, 2010 at 7:20 am

Looks like you had an awesome holiday!! Enjoy the gorgeous weather.. its amazing here in DC too! :)

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Heather (Heather's Dish) April 5, 2010 at 7:22 am

what a dinner! that sounds like a classic…and definitely something i need to make soon! hope you have a blast at the beach (pictures for those of us with no ocean in sight?! :)) happy monday!

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sherri April 5, 2010 at 7:23 am

i also fell asleep last night watching sweet home alabama!

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Angela @ A Healthy Fit April 5, 2010 at 7:35 am

Looks like you are having an awesome time. I’ve never been to Charleston, but all your pics make me want to go!!

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Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] April 5, 2010 at 7:37 am

Sounds like you’re having a wonderful Monday! Blue mac ‘n’ cheese – yummo!

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Lauren @ Eater not a runner April 5, 2010 at 7:44 am

Looks like a blast, can’t beat that weather ;-)

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Freya @ Brit Chick Runs April 5, 2010 at 7:45 am

You’re going to the beach?! Oh gosh, how fun! I haven’t been to a beach in years….have fun!

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Chelsea (Chelsea's Chew and Run Fun) April 5, 2010 at 7:47 am

That town looks wonderfully quaint and serene! So charming.

You know what else looks wonderful? That home-cooked Easter feast. Buttermilk fried chicken sounds heavenly. I don’t think I’ve ever had prepared in the authentic southern style. I’m putting it on the foodie bucket list!

Enjoy your day at the beach!

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Sana April 5, 2010 at 7:47 am

:) I am glad you are having a blasty on spring break :)!

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kalli@fitandfortysomething April 5, 2010 at 7:56 am

what fun you are having and am jeolous of the warm weather! it is raining in so cal :(

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rachel April 5, 2010 at 8:01 am

I think I need to go to Charleston. It looks SO pretty there :)

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Christie {Honoring Health} April 5, 2010 at 8:04 am

That Easter dinner looks fantastic!

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Lauren @ louisianagrown April 5, 2010 at 8:05 am

What an awesome looking Easter feast! No matter where people go or what amazing things they see, home is a powerful thing. Looks like it’s doing you well. :)

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Amelia April 5, 2010 at 8:05 am

Isn’t the weather fabulous this week in Charleston? I just checked the weather and we are supposed to peak at 88 today!! Enjoy the beach. Folly was gorgeous this past weekend! What are your plans for the next few days?

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Annie@stronghealthyfit April 5, 2010 at 8:08 am

Sounds like a nice time in an awesome city! I’ve never been to Charleston, or anywhere “down south” really, except Tennessee. Looks cute there.

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Heather @ Side of Sneakers April 5, 2010 at 8:12 am

No matter how many times I see pictures of Charleston, I’m always taken aback by how gorgeous it is!!

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Midgetkeeper April 5, 2010 at 8:13 am

I’ve always wanted to go Charleston it looks incredible.

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Lindsay April 5, 2010 at 8:14 am

What a gorgeous week to be in town!! It’s a beautiful day to walk the bridge. Enjoy your beach day and time with your friends!!!

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Kandi April 5, 2010 at 8:15 am

Wow, the menu sounded fantastic! Makes me wish I was from the South. LOL

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skinnyrunner April 5, 2010 at 8:17 am

now that is a true southern feast!

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Run Sarah April 5, 2010 at 8:24 am

Puppies, the beach and running sound like an awesome afternoon!

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Marina April 5, 2010 at 8:26 am

What a cute dog!
And yummy mac and cheese. I seriously need to make it, a.s.a.p

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Jenny April 5, 2010 at 8:51 am

Sounds absolutely lovely! That mac and cheese recipe is a must! :)

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Ali @ Food, Fitness, Fashion April 5, 2010 at 8:53 am

Looks like a great time! Have fun at the beach…so jealous!

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Beth (Blessed and Inspired) April 5, 2010 at 9:01 am

Sounds like a fabulous day! Enjoy every moment! xo

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Diana April 5, 2010 at 9:03 am

That place does look beautiful. :)
Have a good day!

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Lauren April 5, 2010 at 9:04 am

Happy belated Easter! What a beautiful celebration!

I am completely on board with you about the whole Charleston thing. It will forever and always be one of my favorite cities. It’s quintessential South Carolina, if you ask me! ;)

My boyfriend and I are moving to Tampa in the next six months, but I reeaaaally hope to live in Charleston one day–even if only for a little while!

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Laura Georgina April 5, 2010 at 9:10 am

The food looks gorgeous, as does Charleston! Your Southern travels make me really want to plan a trip to the proper south (I lived in North Carolina for a few years, but wow–nothing like Savannah!)

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Megan (The Runner's Kitchen) April 5, 2010 at 9:20 am

Blue cheese macaroni & cheese sounds amazing! And starting a sunny, warm day with a run is just about my favorite thing in the world. Next to ice cream of course :-)

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foodandfarm April 5, 2010 at 9:27 am

Everything looks splendid! You know, you should add a fashion side to this blog… you have such wonderful classy- bohemian taste! How was the book you started on the plane?

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Julie April 5, 2010 at 9:28 am

I just did the Cooper River Bridge Run! Charleston is so fun!! Enjoy the beautiful weather.

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Beth @ DiningAndDishing April 5, 2010 at 9:35 am

Have so much fun Jenna! I lived in Charleston one summer and worked at East Bay Meeting House. Have you been there? I haven’t been back in a few years but they used to have the best coffee/pastries ever!! I recommend it :).

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diana@mymarblerye April 5, 2010 at 9:40 am

blue cheese macaroni and cheese? OMG I can only imagine. Glad you are enjoying your time in the south with your besties! So relaxing!

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Heather @ Get Healthy With Heather April 5, 2010 at 9:58 am

I read about someone else eating blue cheese Mac and cheese. Sounds so tasty! I’ve got blue cheese at home wanting to be devoured in something yummy like that.

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Cole April 5, 2010 at 9:59 am

I would so love to go to Charleston. It looks beautiful!

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Nicole P April 5, 2010 at 10:02 am

I LOVE Charleston- it is my absolute most favorite place in the world. I have been 3 times and it just feels like home to me. We eat at 82 Queen every time and it never disappoints us. Next time we will try McCrady’s. Oh and we went on the old jail tour late one night, like 11:00PM and walked- super scary leaving that place that late let me tell you. Anyways, have fun and take plenty of charming pics to make me more envious.

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Amanda April 5, 2010 at 10:15 am

Happy Monday!

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Angharad April 5, 2010 at 10:35 am

thanks for the heads up on where that mac and cheese recipe is from…i will be hunting it down!!

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Cynthia (It All Changes) April 5, 2010 at 10:35 am

There is something about running in the South that is perfect. I miss it since I don’t get to visit as much.

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Adam April 5, 2010 at 10:35 am

Your pictures are all so colorful and vibrant. Very talented!

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Jessica @ The Process of Healing April 5, 2010 at 10:36 am

Sounds like an awesome day! Enjoy the beach and the summer like weather! I’d KILL to be at the beach right now.
Charleston is awesome… love it! I live in Upstate SC so we go to the beach every year but usually Myrtle Beach. But I like Charleston SO much more!

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Jess @ MTL Veggie April 5, 2010 at 10:36 am

That mac n cheese looks totally amazing- you’ve inspired me for one of this weeks meals for sure! Can’t wait to check out the red cabbage recipe either- aren’t Mom recipes the best ;)

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Amanda @ Cakes and Ale April 5, 2010 at 10:39 am

I love mac n cheeses with interesting cheese choices… there’s so much more than mozzarella! I made one recently with a smoky aged gouda that just hit the spot.

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Jenny April 5, 2010 at 10:53 am

A seriously amazing meal:)

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Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) April 5, 2010 at 10:59 am

What a fun day!! It looks like a blast and I love all the southern-styled foods. :D

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eatmovelove April 5, 2010 at 11:20 am

Oh wow – the chicken and mac and cheese…I am drooling here :)
I so want to visit there now…will you parents board me for awhile ;)

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eatmovelove April 5, 2010 at 11:20 am

Oh wow – the chicken and mac and cheese…I am drooling here :)
I so want to visit there now…will you parents board me for awhile ;)

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Jil April 5, 2010 at 11:33 am

Mmm your meal looks and sounds like it was incredible!!

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cara April 5, 2010 at 11:37 am

The bleu cheese mac n cheese sounds divine! Have any recipe for it?

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Kelly April 5, 2010 at 11:41 am

Every time you go to Charleston it makes me want to visit there so bad! It looks sooo beautiful!

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Jenna April 5, 2010 at 12:28 pm

Enjoy the beautiful weather! Soak up some sun for all of us stuck inside. :)

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Teresa April 5, 2010 at 12:48 pm

I love the colour of your lipstick in your “Happy Easter” post. What colour and brand is it?
Looks like your having a fabulous time. Enjoy your day sweetie!

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jenna April 5, 2010 at 1:05 pm

Teresa,

I wasn’t wearing any lipstick! I never really do….I usually just wear clear lip gloss :)

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Paige @ Running Around Normal April 5, 2010 at 1:06 pm

What a beautiful city! Sounds like you had a great run, and Layla is GORGeous!

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Sarah April 5, 2010 at 1:34 pm

looks like you are having so much fun! im jealous! i am a midwest girl but i have been to savanah and charleston twice on family vacays and love it there! such amazing places!

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kate April 5, 2010 at 2:17 pm

So jealous of your gorgeous weather!

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Jenny April 5, 2010 at 2:33 pm

Hi! Last month I traveled to Charleston for the first time and loved it! Have you been to the East Bay Deli? My friend and I went there for lunch before taking the ferry to Fort Sumpter and it was AMAZING! Enjoy the rest of your trip! :)

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Morgan @ Healthy Happy Place April 5, 2010 at 3:07 pm

your pics are amazing, I want to do more traveling and see the south! i’m from the midwest and haven’t seen very much of the country unfortunately.

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Staceyhttp://stacey-healthylife.blogspot.com/ April 5, 2010 at 4:00 pm

Sounds like a great time and great run. I love when you have all the time in the world to relax and have a good workout.

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Jenn @ Livewellfit April 5, 2010 at 4:17 pm

mac n cheese has my heart!!!! so delish! :)

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Krit April 5, 2010 at 5:13 pm

Love, Love, Love Charleston! The energy there is unlike any other city. And I love the Cooper River Bridge ~ I did the 10k last year, it was so much fun!!

Your meal made my mouth water :)

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alexe @ soyaetchocolat April 6, 2010 at 3:26 am

I love the cute pictures of the city! I feel like I’m travelling with you. At least, winter seems to be over in Montreal so I’m not TOO jealous of your summerdresses… Maybe just a little bit. Ok, I’m totally jealous! They are so pretty, do you usually buy them at Urban Outfitter?

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jenna April 6, 2010 at 7:04 am

alexe,

Hmm nope..most of my sundresses are either from anthropologie or jcrew–my two favorite stores. But I do love urban as well!

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Red April 6, 2010 at 6:22 am

How can you be in the 80′s in April?! Seriously, we don’t usually even get that high in the height of summer! I need some warm weather to come my way.

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Judy (Fitness4Looks) April 6, 2010 at 7:45 am

All of that food looks amazing! Looks like you guys had a great time!!!

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Ozlem April 13, 2010 at 8:07 am

Can you please give me the name of the Magnolia Restaurant Cookbook, I just searched it on Amazon and could not find it there. Thanks!

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