The Town Table

The Town Table

Yesterday was a little tough at work for me and the hubs. We both felt like we had the blahs when we got home. We decided to go grab a bite to eat together and bypass cooking. We went to The Town Table in Elon. B got his normal fish tacos and I went for the blackened tuna burger with sweet potato waffle fries. It was amazing and perfectly cooked with a great homemade remoulade sauce that was to die for. Yummy! Of course, I had to try a flight of beer there, too. It was yummy, also.
After dinner we went home and played with Mr. Sugarbears a little in the yard and did a little “catch-up cleaning” and went to bed early. It’s funny how you can get rid of the blahs if you just focus on a few things you need to get done. You feel so much better to have something off of your “to-do” list. Happy Wednesday everyone. Knock out one of the things you have been putting off today and see how well you sleep tonight. 🙂

Block Party For Memorial Day

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My adorable sister and brother-in-law hosted their first block party yesterday to celebrate the holiday. For anyone who might not understand what a block party is, it’s when you invite everyone in your neighborhood over to your home and everyone brings a covered dish. Block parties are a lot of fun. My grandparents used to host one every year and my grandfather would make homemade ice-cream. I love trying out all the food. Among the selections were the normal party fare, such as hot-dogs, baked beans, fried chicken, potato salad, lots of desserts and my favorite, a fresh keg in the kegerator full of Natty Greene’s beer.
The kids and adults played corn hole and basketball. A few guitars joined the party, too. We met some new people and everyone truly seemed to be happy to be there. Good times. I am not sure I am ready to have my own block party, but the thought behind it is really beautiful. Just like my brother-in-law and sister.

Sun, Fun and Food

Celebrate Life
Memorial day weekend has always meant being at the family cottage together. This year I had to work on Saturday, but the hubs was willing to wait to take off until Saturday afternoon. Thanks B. We arrived at the cottage around 8pm on Saturday night and were able to drop off the dog and still make it to our favorite restaurant at the beach. We only had a 20 minute wait and while waiting we were able to enjoy the wonderful sounds of a great singer/guitarist. As well, we were able to enjoy a good beer during the wait. Once we were seated we had an incredible meal. We both settled on the special, the Grouper Oscar over mashed potatoes and steamed asparagus. It was amazing.
We woke Sunday morning and decided to get an early start by putting the boat in the water, even though the weather was not awesome. We soon found out that the boat was not quite ready for the season to start and loaded her back on the trailer so we could access her sickness. Sadly, she will need a little extra attention and will not be able to run this weekend, but we still enjoyed our day. I spent most of my day cuddling a great book on the deck in the sun while the men putzed around. Late afternoon the hubs and I decided to go out for dinner and once again we were not disappointed. This time I had the Mahi Mahi special blackened with a jalapeno sauce over toasted quinoa, a couscous blend, roasted tomatoes and cotija cheese and black beans. Ridiculously yummy and not so bad for me-Score.
Tonight I sit by a bonfire drinking a Leinenkugel beer and talking with my favorite men in the world and relishing every minute of it. I am a blessed lady for sure. One more day to go before the real world kicks back in. In the meantime I will be thanking my lucky stars for the blessings in my life and drinking a cold one. Happy Memorial Day weekend everyone. Cheers!

The Summer Begins

The Summer Begins

Last night was the kick-off of the first 4th Friday event downtown. It was great! We had a fantastic turnout and the food, bands and shops were amazing! All of the shops extended their hours to stay open until 9pm and judging from the traffic I saw in them, I would say it was worth it. Yay! We had the King Creole food truck, Poncho’s Taco’s and the Ice cream truck. My personal favorite was the Carolina Brewery truck. 🙂 I had the pleasure of listening to Sentenza and Kimber and Company. There were other bands playing around downtown at other locations, but I stuck close to the depot and beer truck. I hope people will continue to support our growing downtown. There are a lot of unique stores that need our support. Have a great Memorial Day weekend everyone. 🙂

Fun at the Dog Park

Fun at the Dog Park

Mr. Sugarbears was looking a little depressed when I got home from work last night. It’s been a busy week and we haven’t had a lot of fun time together. The night before I raced home from work to feed him and let him out before taking off for my niece’s dance recital. He just stood beside his harness looking at me and back at the harness. I felt terrible. So last night we went to the dog park. He was in heaven. He was so tired that we had to hitch a ride home with one of our friends. Your dogs need friends just like we do. Take time to play with your pets. It’s good for you and for them. Happy Friday!

The Snowflake Princess

The Snowflake Princess

Last night was my niece’s dance recital. It was absolutely adorable. We filled a row with two grandmothers, a godfather, an aunt and uncle, a brother and parents. We watched toddlers around 2 years old trying out their ballet moves up to the teenagers who really knew what they were doing. It was impressive to watch all of the ages coordinated on a stage in a 30 minute show.
Afterwards we all went to Mosca’s for dinner. Most of the group ate calzone’s and they were awesome. They are family friendly and affordable. Most importantly, you can get a beer there.
It’s so important to be present in your friends and families lives. The look on my niece’s face when she saw all of us waiting for her after the recital was priceless. Those moments are just as special to me. Be present for your family, your friends and your life. It’s so worth it.

Gatsby Greatness

Gatsby Greatness

Yesterday was just fantastic. It was my day off and I was able to enjoy a great lunch with some of my friends out-of-town, attend a local downtown association meeting, and then a Gatsby cocktail party and then the movie! Needless to say, I slept great last night.
The Downtown association meeting split us into task force groups and I am on the “Dog-Friendly” committee. That’s right-Yay! I have my first project and it couldn’t be more perfect.
One of my dear friends had a few ladies over for a Pre-Gatsby get together. As usual, she had amazing food and cocktails. It’s a pretty dang good Tuesday when you are eating caviar and sipping on cocktails before a movie. Thanks Cyn! As for the movie, I don’t get why anyone would give it a bad review. It was fantastic. The portrayal of the characters was on point. The movie started at 8:30 and didn’t go off until 11:00 and not one soul left the theater for any reason. It was that good.
It was a decadent day with amazing women. Back to real life today. I will be daydreaming today about how great my day off was yesterday and smiling a little extra. Life is grand! Happy Wednesday everyone!

Lunching With The Ladies

Lunching With The Ladies
Today is going great! It’ my day off and I was able to meet up with some of my lovely girlfriends for lunch at the Granary at Fearrington in Chatham county. It was super yummy. I had every intention of eating a salad and drinking water and that somehow turned into a liquor drink and a burger topped with pork belly and a fried egg with truffled, parmesan French fries on the side. Really? Yes, that’s what I had. Life’s too short to be so rigid with our diets. I am good 90% of the time. I was blessed to be accompanied by some of my favorite ladies in the world. Two of the ladies I had not seen in over 6 months and it was as if not a day had passed. Don’t you love that? I just love when a friend comes into your life that you know will always be there. No matter the time spent apart, the friendship never changes. I always joke with my friends about joining me in my twilight years (God-willing) and wearing matching purple velour pant suits. Doesn’t that sound perfect? When you find people in your life that make you feel good, hold on tight. These people are special, little treasure pots. If you nurture these friendships you will receive so much in return. Thanks ladies for being such wonderful treasures. There’s a purple velour suit with your name written on it.

Fresh, Local and Yummy

Fresh, Local and Yummy

This weekend was so busy that I felt I did not say enough about my Saturday morning in Greensboro. My brother-in-law had us meet his close friend from work at his local farmer’s market after the race. His friend lives in the coolest neighborhood. This market was not the big farmer’s market in Greensboro, it was a neighborhood market in the parking lot of a fantastic restaurant called Sticks and Stones.
Since we had just finished the 5K, we were all starving and decided we would eat a late breakfast at Sticks and Stones. This place was amazing! They have only recently started serving breakfast and it did not disappoint. I had a biscuit, local sausage, sweet potato hash-browns and a sunny-side up egg. It was awesome. Especially since I am used to eating cereal or a Luna bar for breakfast. This restaurant practices sustainability and organic operation. They use free-range, grass-fed beef and pasture-raised hogs from Bradd’s Family Farm in Climax, NC. Their fresh milk, cream, and butter is all free of hormones and antibiotics and is from Homeland Creamery in Julian, NC. The goat cheese is from the Goat Lady Dairy in Climax, NC. They even donate the recycling money to a deserving local charity every month. They are known for their pizza and I will be back to try it one day, hopefully.
The small farmer’s market in the parking lot was pretty awesome, too. I bought some great herbs from Elam Gardens stand. I killed my “hard to kill” chocolate mint last year and was happy to replace it. I will be extra good to it this year. Calico Farmstead Cheese Company was also there selling their fabulous jalapeno skillet cheese and pineapple goats cheese spread. Yummy! It was just a great little morning out. If you find yourself in Greensboro, NC, stop by Sticks and Stones for breakfast, lunch, dinner or just a great beer. Shop local. It’s better for everyone. Happy Monday!