by Ally Harding, 5:00 AM
First of all I got a new blog design! I was so over my last one and wanted something more mature and simple. I'm still tweaking it so it might change some but overall I'm happy with this design.

Call me crazy but I'm pretty happy the holidays are over. My work schedule has been out of whack and I'm looking forward to my normal schedule and to get on with my normal life. The holidays are fun but bittersweet when they're over.

 We had a very low key weekend. Friday night Theo and I headed to an Irish pub in the Park Circle area called Madra Rua. I love going there because although I've never been to Europe, the owner of the pub is Irish so it has a UK pub feel to it. The past few times we've gone I've had a Ginger beer called Crabbies. I'm obsessed with it now. It tastes like an alcoholic ginger ale. Amazing.

Saturday we went to our friend's house and had a homemade hibachi dinner. Holy crap it was good. One of our friends got the actual recipe for white sauce and teriyaki sauce the make in Japanese steak houses.

Here's my plate. Don't judge me. Theo and I made a homemade ginger dressing for the salad. Looking at this picture is making my stomach growl. 

Since I'm such a white sauce freak I stole the recipe. It doesn't have that much sugar in which was surprising. Oh but it does have mayo in it, lots of it.

Japanese White Sauce
 1-1/4 cup Hellman's mayonnaise (it says you HAVE to Hellman's. It supposedly won't taste the same.)
1/4 cup water
1 teaspoon tomato paste
1 tablespoon melted butter
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon paprika
dash cayenne pepper 

Use a fork or whisk and blend all ingredients together until well mixed and the sauce is smooth. Refrigerate over night. Bring to room temperature before serving.


I also wanted to mention that the Madewell Cargo Tunic Dress is till 40% off with code YESPLEASE. It's a super cute casual dress. 

I'm so bad at taking selfies. In case you're wondering I ordered a size small and it fits great. I probably could have worn a medium for the length but then I think the dress would look like a bag on me. 

I really wanted to start watching Downton Abbey this weekend. I had finally convinced Theo to watch it with me but now Netflix doesn't carry it anymore! Does anyone know of any other way to watch it? It's not On Demand.

Hope everyone has a great Monday! Stay warm Charleston peeps, it's going to 19 degrees tonight! BRRR!!
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  1. What a perfect weekend and surprisingly I had a very similar one!! Thank you SO much for the white sauce recipe - I love that stuff!! YUM! Happy Monday!

  2. Love the new blog look, I am in the process of updating mine too and when I am done I am adding you to my blogroll:) Love the Madewell Dress on you,looks awesome! and homemade hibachi- yum!!

  3. Love the new design! So so cute!


  4. I made a Siracha sauce last night that tasted like a spicy yum-yum sauce - just 1/4 c. mayo, 1 1/2 tbsp sweetened condensed milk, and 2 1/2 tbsp Siracha - so good!

    - Catherine

  5. 19 in charleston! that is cold for that city :( love your new blog design! xo jillian - cornflake dreams

  6. So much good stuff in one post! I love your new design... I've been feeling the same away about my current look. I love that dress you snagged... perfect go-to dress. And yay for the Irish pub! I love Crabbies too!

  7. I'm obsessed with ginger ale so now I'm going to be on the lookout for Crabbies! Yum! Have you ever had a moscow mule? Ginger beer with vodka.. so good. We watched seasons 1 and 2 of Downton Abbey on OnDemand so I'm really surprised it's not on there anymore! We had to buy the DVD of season 3 but got it super cheap on Black Friday. Hope you find a way to watch it - last night's premier was really good!

  8. I agree - I am so ready to get back to a normal routine! I want to try that drink ASAP! I've been ordering Dark & Stormies whenever I see them - dark rum and ginger beer with candied ginger. And I am totally adding homemade hibachi to my dinner menu next week and trying that white sauce recipe. YUM!

  9. Dying to try Crabbies now. And that last quote...Amen, girl. Amen!!
    HAPPY Monday! :)

  10. I want the white sauce right now please. Your dress is so cute! Navy's a great color on you.

  11. Loving the new blog design!!

    And you and Theo def. need to watch Downton Abbey... my husband and I had a TV-binge to catch up on the old seasons (we bought them from itunes)


  12. Love the new design! I have a new one in the works as well can't wait to get it up and running. LOVING that shift dress!!

  13. Killer dress and thanks for sharing the hibachi sauce! Yum.

  14. Your new blog design is so fresh and clean. I love it! Now that the Madewell dress is on sale I think I need to make it mine... love yours!

  15. Love the new blog design!! I've been wanting to spruce mine up too ;)
    Crabbies is one of my favorite drinks! Been obsessed with it since having it for the first time a couple months ago at a local pizza place near me!
    And love that dress on you! Super cute :)

  16. LOVE the new blog design! So clean so beautiful! Also loving the dress... too cute!

  17. Gah! I love Love LOVE your new blog design! So pretty! And again, I need to try that ginger beer!


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