Monday, February 26, 2018

A Sneak peek at The Southern Home & Garden Show



I visited the Spring Home & Garden Show at The Park Expo in 

Charlotte and wanna to share a sneak peek with you.


Pond Country

This beautiful outdoor pond was designed and 

built by Pond Country.




You can find more info about Pond Country by checking out their website here.
Oh, also they are opening a location in Mooresville sometime in 2018. 


Beanstalk builders had samples of some of the amazing adventure parks and tree houses they build.

 I just wanted to by one and live in a tree the rest of my days.



If the model is this adorable just think what 

the real thing would look like. 

I'm thinking a big tree along the New River would be perfect.

Get more info about Beanstalk builders here, 




 I am going to tell you that when I saw this Yurt I literally jumped up and down with excitement. 

You wanna buy a yurt? Start here Blue Ridge Yurts


Ya'll just forward my mail here, I have found my home. 
It is open concept for sure. 


Privacy is not an upgrade you get here. 
But hey, who cares if I am chill enough to live in a yurt then who cares about privacy.

 



They had a few design rooms mixed in the garden area and this one was my favorite.





I love to find my inner self and I could relax in this Asia Garden by 

Check out his website for more info on all the types of gardens that they design, build and maintain. 





And this is honestly why I come to the Spring Show. I like to 
wander the gardens and look at the beautiful flowers that have been forced to bloom inside for the show. 


Seeing the flowers makes me yearn for warm weather and longer days. Hope you get to attend the Spring Home & Garden show and find your own slice of spring.

Wanna Go:
Visit the website for more info and ticket info 

Southern Spring Home & Garden Show



Hope you enjoyed the sneak peek of the Spring Show.

I'm just going to be over here dreaming of a cool tree house 

or a yurt along the New River. 



Monday, February 19, 2018

Downtown Mooresville's newest restaurant-Come see how it went.



Since the day the Daily Grind closed in downtown Mooresville, we have waited patiently for a new restaurant to open. See my post here about Daily Grind. I mean, I love my small town and Main St is my happy place. I want the downtown area to be a fun vibrant place for us to go and we love supporting local business. We watched the banner go up that read " Coming Soon-Famous Toastery" and we drove by slowly and watched the progress from the windows. 

Ella and I were downtown one day just messing around, you know this is a Southern term for killing time. As we walked by the future location and peeked in the window the owner came out and greeted us and invited us in for a tour. I was loving the new look and told him how happy we were for a new place to be opening. Fast forward to this past Saturday we made our visit to the newly remodeled building and now home to Famous Toastery. From the outside only the signs have changed and the building got a fresh coat of paint. 

Famous Toastery
Located in Downtown Mooresville

From the inside it got some nice upgrades, new lights, new kitchen, 
new waiting area and new bathrooms. 
We arrived about 1pm on it was packed downstairs and upstairs. 
We stood and took in the new look for a moment and then we were shown to our table.

Waiting area


We were taken upstairs and seated. They built a new little server station upstairs 
and put in new lights and it looks great.
 I am sure they did way more upgrades than I am covering but, this is just the things that caught my eye. 

Mimosa for the win!

Right off the bat I ordered a Mimosa because it was a beautiful Saturday and I just wanted one. 
It was good too. 
They also have Bloody Mary's and other drink specials, just ask your waiter. 

Chips


Eggs Benedict with grits and a side of fruit

Vegetable Soup




We enjoyed lunch and our service was excellent. The new building is wonderful and as noted I still love downtown. On the downside it is a little pricey for lunch and the bill for 3 people was approx. $36.00. Ella got mac and cheese and she was not thrilled with it at all. Really appeared to be a Kraft Mac & Cheese product. I don't know that for sure, just saying. So, stop by and give the them a try or order online. The hours are 7-3pm daily. They serve breakfast all day.




Monday, January 15, 2018

Keurig 2.0- Breathing new life into instant coffee



I gifted myself the Keurig 2.0 as an early Christmas present. 

The best way to get what you want is to, buy it yourself. 

I went with the mid size version and I love it. 


Keurig 2.0-Breathing new life into instant coffee

I drink coffee thru out the day and I knew the Keurig was going to be the best option for me, to 

making a new pot of coffee every time.

Keurig 2.0-Breathing new life into instant coffee

Pick out a K Cup to brew and drop into machine

Keurig makes a reusable coffee filter and you can purchase them here at Keurig's website


Keurig 2.0-Breathing new life into instant coffee

It only takes about 15 seconds to get a fresh cup of hot coffee

Keurig 2.0-Breathing new life into instant coffee

Keurig 2.0-Breathing new life into instant coffee


Keurig 2.0-Breathing new life into instant coffee

Just a few of the K Cup choices and trust me if you want a certain flavor, they make it

Check out Keurig.com for all the flavors.

They even have soups available.




It holds 48oz of water in the water reservoir which is plenty for what I need.


Keurig 2.0-Breathing new life into instant coffee

This whipped cream goodness is Ella's hot chocolate.

Let me just say that the Keurig is nice because Ella can make her own drink now, and mine at the push of a button.

Hope you enjoy your Keurig as mush as my family is enjoying ours.





Saturday, January 6, 2018

52 Week Money Challenge



In case some of ya'll don't know me, I love goals and reaching them gives this feeling of Super Woman with the cape and all!

So, when I first read about this challenge I was so down with it. We are in our first week of January and Christmas just passed. 

We all felt the sting of Christmas bills on top of the regular bills. 
 Wouldn't it be nice to know that you have $1,378 coming to you at the end of the year? Take a few deliberate steps during the year to guarantee that cash.

Thanks to A Helicopter Mom for this cute printable to track your progress.


If you already saved  some money you can also start with a $52 dollar deposit into week #52 envelope and go backwards from there. It is the same concept and you are still saving.

If you have a savings account you can have the money transferred
directly there each week from another account.

Put the money envelopes in a safe location and if you forget to make your weekly deposit or have to take from them one week it is not the end of the world, just make sure to replace it ASAP and get back on track. 

So, what will you spent $1,378 on at the end of the year. A vacation, family, bills? Well if you save wisely it will be there for you.

Let's cheer each other on and if you are taking part in this challenge please drop me a message and let me know. Let's hear Cha Ching in 2018.

Happy Savings!


Thursday, December 28, 2017

Mac Tabby Charlotte's First Cat Cafe



On a recent drive thru NoDa in Charlotte, BTW thats North Davidson Street for all you newbies. I almost wrecked my car. I saw a sign and the only words I caught were cat and yoga. I don't know about you, but I am not a yoga fan unless we put some cats in the mix. I am a cat lover, always have been so, I knew this place was my destination.  


Mac Tabby Cat Cafe is located in the NoDa neighborhood and it feels so good in here. It's located in one of the older buildings and that is great for the community, but the vibes are the best. It is a fun, happy place with so much goodness.

Here is Lori,  lucky owner of Mac Tabby with Sawyer, who was recently adopted.



The cat lounge is furnished with comfortable seating and soft furry play areas for cats and humans. Reservations can be made online and are encouraged because only a certain number of people are allowed in the room at one time. Booking is easy at their website below.


All the cats that you come in contact with have been vetted 

and have all of their shots and each cat is available for adoption.

So far they have placed 5 cats in forever homes within 7 days. Thats some stats to be proud of.



I wanna live here too! This space is just the best.


Find a seat and snuggle a cat.


They serve local coffee with the most adorable sayings on the package. 

My favorite was relationship status-CATS. 



Glass viewing windows into the cat room. 
This is nice, but you will really need to go inside for some cuddle time.

They also offer paint classes, story time and yoga in the cat lounge.

Thanks Lori for letting us visit. Go snuggle a cat, it feels really good.

Wanna Visit?
Mac Tabby Cafe
516 E. 15th Street 
Charlotte, NC 28026
 Or to book time in the cat lounge visit the website Mac Tabby Cat Cafe under the visit us and book meow.




Thursday, August 17, 2017

Fall Festivals are coming-Start planning here.



I love a good Fall Festival. The cooler air, the smell of roasted popcorn or bbq cooking, seeing friends and embracing the small town charm of a festival.

So, grab your favorite fall scarf and adorable boots(I can't wait to wear again) and lets get out there.



Carolina Ballon Rally
October 20, 21, 22nd




Carolina Renaissance Festival
September 30- November 19th



Harvest Folk 
FestivalSept 30-Oct 1



Mayberry Days
Sept 19th-24th
Website-Surray Arts


Matthews Alive Festival
September 1-4th
Website- Matthews Alive


Hart Square Festival
October 28th(one day only and once a year)
Website-Hart Square

                              These are just a few of our favorite things to do this fall. 

           Do you have a festival you enjoy attending? Please leave details in the comments.















Monday, August 14, 2017

In Celebration of Julia Child



I have always adored Julia Child and watched her all the time growing up. On Tuesday August 15th she would have been 105 years old. She brought French cooking to Americans and it was a huge hit.

In honor of Julia's upcoming birthday, I attended a french cooking class with Heidi Billotto. Heidi is a culinary expert and she lives in Charlotte. Let me just say this woman knows her way around a kitchen. She is a wealth of knowledge, tips and skills about all types of cooking.

Before we started cooking, Heidi brought out champagne and we toasted Julia Child. What a cool way to honor her and let her know we still love her. We started with small appetizers and then moved on to the delicious main menu.


Cheers to Julia!




Figs with brie 


The menu was so Julia featuring Classic French Onion Soup( my favorite),Classic Cheese Souffles(first time eating this and yummy), Julia Child's French Roast Chicken, Julia Childs Cog au Vin, French Almond Chocolate creme tart. A group of people were in attendance and we all jumped in and started prep work under Heidi's guidance.

Heidi likes to use local products from local farmers and if she can't find local she goes with organic.
The taste was amazing as we had ducks eggs which are bigger than a regular egg. We used fresh chicken from the local farmer's market and some of the most amazing spices I have ever tasted, the recipes called for cheese and a lot of it. My last meal request, may just be cheese.

Classic French Onion Soup

One of my all time favorite dishes, hot or cold outside just give me this soup. After eating this I knew I was in for some amazing dishes as the day went on and let me just say I was not disappointed.



Julia Child's French Roasted Chicken was so yummy and tender. 



Juniper Berries


Lavender

I love smells and these spices smelled so fresh. We used them as seasoning on the roasted chicken.


Here is Heidi seasoning the chicken before roasting.


Classic Cheese Souffles 
Each dish that we ate was complimented with a wine from Assorted Table.


Browning the chicken for Cog au Vin


We rounded out the delicious foods with this lovely dessert
French Almond Chocolate creme tart



Fresh Watermelon from Bradford Watermelons



Watermelon Molasses also from Bradford Farm


Check this pan closet out. I think I hear angels singing. 
Here Heidi keeps all her post and pans for easy access. 



Myself with Tom & Heidi Billotto.
Thank you so much for welcoming us into your home and celebrating Julia's Birthday.

Wanna follow Heidi?

Her website can be found here

She is also on twitter @HeidiCooks
and Instagram @heidibillotto

Hope you can honor Julia Child either with these dishes or one of the hundreds that she brought to us.

Bon Appetit!