Off the Leash: Atlanta

Spring has definitely sprung in Atlanta. With weekend temperatures in the upper 70s, we’ve rounded up some fun outdoor events around the city for your enjoyment!

Family Fun

  • The Georgia Tech baseball team has officially kicked off their season! Head to Russ Chandler Stadium to watch the Jackets take on Duke University on Saturday or Sunday.
  • The fair is in town (at Turner Field)! Grab the kids and enjoy an afternoon of cotton candy, rides on the ferris wheel and more!

Bring Jack

  • Kick off your Saturday evening with Barks & Beers at Der Biergarten (located on Marietta St.). Bring along your four-legged family member(s) and enjoy a beer at Atlanta’s first indoor/outdoor German beer garden while benefiting the animals at the Georgia SPCA.
  • The Purina Incredible Dog Challenge is making its way to Centennial Olympic Park this weekend. Take an afternoon to enjoy this premier canine sporting event. Competitions include dog diving, freestyle flying disc, head-to-head weave poles, Jack Russell hurdle racing and more!

A Night Out

  • Need a night out with your sweetie? The Atlanta Film Festival’s Encore on Demand Day is happening all day Sunday. Check out AKA Blondie at 7:00 PM (SweetJack’s own Jason James helped with this film!). Grab dinner beforehand at Buckhead Pizza Company with our sweet deal!
  • Forget date night – it’s time for a ladies night out! Start the evening with dinner at Tantra Restaurant and Lounge (at 50% off of course) and then head to 14th Street Playhouse for the 8:00 PM showing of Motherhood the Musical (ALSO at 50% off!).

What are your plans this weekend? Let us know in the comments below!

How to Dress for a Day at the Races

Ladies, grab your hats! Gents, don your seersucker! Jockeys, brush off your silks! Today on SweetJack.com, just $15 gets you admission plus parking to the 2012 Atlanta Steeplechase in Rome on April 14. Spend your Saturday enjoying not only the magnificent horse race, but also the Jack Russell Terrier races, impressive Disc Dog Southern Nationals, fun pony rides, cozy hay rides and more! Proceeds benefit Camp Southern Ground, Inc. and the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine.

In the spirit of our sweet deal, we’ve decided to offer some advice on how to dress for a day at the races! Ladies, don’t forget to enter yourselves in the Hat Parade and Contest (an excuse to go shopping!).

Bow Floppy Hat ($35, Oasis); Carolyn Minibag ($24.98, Style &co., Macy’s); You’re the Fun Dress in White ($89.99, ModCloth); Baroque Freshwater Cultured Pearl Strand ($45, Blue Nile); Women’s Merona® Emeline Braided Flat Sandals ($14.99, Target)

Classic-Fit Basic Oxford ($89.50, Polo Ralph Lauren); Collegiate Koozie ($7.95, University of Georgia); Seersucker Fitzgerald Fit Suit ($498, Brooks Brothers); Sailboat Silk Bow Tie ($45, Vineyard Vines); Southern Proper Croakie ($10, Southern Proper)

Do you plan to attend Steeplechase this year? Let us know in the comments below! And be sure to look for our tent on April 14th. I’ll be the one in the big black hat. ;-)

National Puppy Day

We asked, and you definitely delivered! Here are just a few of the adorable puppy photos we received on National Puppy Day! Don’t see your four-legged family member? Don’t despair! We’ll be posting more photos in the coming weeks. :-)

Want to submit a photo of your dog to our blog? Email jacksfriends@sweetjack.net!

Recipe: Mocha Rice Krispies Treats

Remember the good ol’ days, when soaring off the swingset and licking the mixing bowl clean were daily highlights? My mother couldn’t even cook an egg, but she made heavenly rice krispies treats. The delicious aroma wafted out our kitchen window and drew kids from up and down the block. Nowadays my fingers don’t get sticky with sweetness very often, but when I saw 240Sweet‘s fresh take on an old classic, I had to share.

Ingredients:

  • 8 ounces (approximately 9) coffee chocolate chip marshmallows
  • 2 tablespoon butter
  • 3 cups crisped rice cereal
  • 8-inch round pan
  • Medium saucepan

Directions:

  • Grease the bottom and sides of the 8-inch round pan with 1 tablespoon of butter. Reserve the excess butter for coating the spatula.
  • Melt one tablespoon of butter over low heat in a medium saucepan. Add marshmallows and stir until chips are completely melted.
  • Remove from heat and add crisped rice cereal. Stir until completely mixed.
  • Coat the spatula with the excess butter and use it to transfer the mixture to the 8-inch pan.
  • Let it cool and cut into wedges.
  • Consume. Repeat.

240Sweet owners, Alexa Lemley and Samantha Aulick, craft their own treats in small batches with local, all-natural and organic ingredients. Located in Columbus, Indiana, the gift shop features uniquely flavored marshmallows, including chocolate covered pretzel, bacon chocolate chip, peppermint and more! Be sure to check out their sweet deal on our site – 50% off a marshmallow making class for two and take-home treats ($20 Value).

CONTEST: Win a 1-Night Stay at La Torretta Lake Resort

It may only be mid-March, but I’m already looking forward to summer weekends at the lake. Jet skis, barbecues, sunshine… what more could you ask for? I’ve decided to share some of my excitement with our fans by giving away a SweetJack voucher for a 1-night stay at La Torretta Lake Resort in Montgomery, Texas ($258.00 value)!

Whether you’re looking for a fun family getaway or are in desperate need of a romantic weekend with your honey, La Torretta has everything you need. Aqua park? Check! Eighteen-hole championship golf course (and a miniature golf course for the little ones!)? Check! A relaxing spa that offers couples massages? CHECK!

To enter for a chance to win, simply leave a comment on this post telling us why you love SweetJack! You may comment as frequently as once per day through Sunday, April 8 by 11:59 pm EST. You can ALSO do any of the following to increase your chances of winning:

  • Tweet about this giveaway
  • Like SweetJack on Facebook
  • Post about this giveaway on Facebook
  • Share this giveaway on your blog

Make sure to come back and leave a separate comment for EACH action you take. Please include links to your posts, tweets etc. when possible. Good luck!

La Torretta Voucher Details: This promotional value expires September 25, 2012. Subject to availability. Blackout dates apply. Vouchers valid for Superior Suite Room type only. Reservations must be booked in advance. 72-hour cancellation policy applies. Cannot be combined with any other discounts, promotions or group rate plans. Valid credit card required at time of booking. Guest is responsible for hotel occupancy taxes, gratuities, resort fees and incidental charges during their stay. Maximum occupancy is 4 people to a suite. All services must be used by the same customer during one visit, cannot be shared. Package includes 1-Night Suite Stay, $20 Food/Beverage Credit, 50% Off Spa Services/Golf Packages during stay.