Five On Friday ... Recipes, Wraps, Teeth

It's time for another edition of Five on Friday and I do hope you'll join me, DarciChristina, and Natasha!

Remember, all you have to do is post about five things on your mind, add our logo (found at the bottom of this post), and join the party using the linky tools below. Easy, and a great way to find new blogs and be found. :)

I was so excited to read Christina's cinnamon spiced crispy carrots recipe yesterday on Hungry Meets Healthy ... YUM. I will definitely be making these next week!

IMG 6326 500x500 Cinnamon Spiced Crispy Carrots
This sweetheart slept through the night so well last night for someone who busted out her second tooth! Yep, I had a feeling it would be coming up soon, and sure enough, it was there this morning. That adorable outfit is from my Aunt Beth ... so sassy.


This room is making me want to buy a new home and decorate all over again.

Fun Spool Chair and Schumacher fabric by CR Laine. (ChinoiserieChic)

I love searching for recipes on Pinterest, but there's something to be said about old Southern cookbooks (food-stained and annotated pages especially make my heart go pitter-patter). My sister Laura posted yesterday about a great old cookbook she owns, and I immediately added it to my Amazon cart. You can check out her post here ... can't wait to make that easy chicken dish.

Three things you can always trust Laura for: a great hairspray recommendation, a warm genuine hug, and a delicious yet uncomplicated recipe.

I am wearing my Bobeau purple wrap today and loving it! This is a wrap that truly looks great on all shapes and sizes -- and you mamas-to-be out there, it is the perfect maternity accessory. So cozy. There are several for $39 on sale (here) and my purple one is $19 on sale (here). Free shipping, free returns. I am 5'2" and I typically wear an XS or S, and I went with the XS in this one -- there is plenty of room and the sleeves fit great.


TGIF y'all, and hope you will join in on Five on Friday this week! Cheers to the weekend!


Our Mountain Getaway + Favorite Things To Do In Boone, NC

Think fast: beach house or mountain house?

Beach house was always my go-to answer. But somehow, in the past three or four years, I've grown a real adoration for the ease and serenity of the mountains.

We took a few days off of work to go up to the mountain house and get some real R+R as a family. No friends, no other family members, no elaborate plans ... just some good ol' fashioned family bonding. 

We arrived in Boone around lunchtime and stopped at one of my very favorite spots, Coyote Kitchen.

The restaurant is small and the menu is so creative. My favorite menu item is the Taos Boat which contains rosemary chicken, crumbled cornbread, black beans, roasted sweet potatoes, roasted corn, fried plantains, roma tomatoes, chipotle cream cheese, and scallions, all topped with melted jack cheese. It is as delicious as you are imagining.

After lunch, we arrived at the house, unpacked, and then headed out for a big grocery store trip to hold us over the next few days. Dinner that night was grilled steaks, bacon caesar salad, and roasted carrots with thyme. 

Ian slept in a little the next morning so the baby and I held down the fort in the kitchen. I baked some banana bread the evening before that we had with sausage and eggs each morning. 

Thursday was probably our most adventurous day. We went into Valle Crucis and hit up the Mast General Store. 

Afterwards, we were so excited to try lunch at Over Yonder after hearing rave reviews from my friend and food blogger extraordinaire Allie. This farm-to-table "Appalachian kitchen" absolutely lived up to the hype... and beyond. We were both really impressed with our meals -- I ordered the tomato cobbler and Ian had the chicken fried chicken. The menu and decor reminded us of Husk in Charleston. We didn't have any drinks, but the cocktail menu looked phenomenal. We will absolutely be back. 

After lunch, we drove to Linville Gorge to take a hike to the different waterfalls. It was the perfect way to get in a little movement and spend some time outside. 

Back at the house, we all played around a bit before it was time for the baby to hit the hay.

Dinner that night was Brunswick stew and gelato for dessert. The Sea Salt Caramel was the winner by a landslide. 

Friday we ventured into Boone and had an afternoon beer at Boone Saloon before coming back home. 

So, I'm the worst at pool ... our game back home turned into a game for Camille. She got more in the pockets than her mama did. 

We were excited that night to try out a local gas station's chicken and waffles. Gas station food is usually scary but we happen to love the breakfast sandwiches from the little griddle inside this one -- so we knew we trusted them. Five bucks a plate. Freshly-fried chicken and the biggest homemade waffles. So incredibly amazing! 

Saturday was chilly and a LOT of fun. We happened to be in the mountains for Blowing Rock's annual Winterfest festival. At 10am they had the Polar Plunge where groups went one by one, jumping in the frigid water at Chetola! (ps, Ian looks so handsome ... this was his late father's hat.)

It was just so cold out, so we warmed up a bit in the lodge at Chetola and then drove in to the main street of Blowing Rock. We dipped into a few stores to warm up, bought a few little items, and tried on some clothes.

Those boots Camille is wearing above were a Christmas gift from her Aunt Laura :) And she was in fleece-lined jeans from my mom!

Before the sun went down Saturday, we drove to Grandfather Stables with a bag of carrots and introduced Camille to horses. She was in awe; it was really cute. 

Our days were full and we accomplished our mission of having a good balance between adventures and much-needed relaxation -- naps, couch-time, card games. With an eight-month old, we had to plan carefully; we didn't want to throw off her routine too much. We generally had relaxing mornings together, then she would go down for a nap around 9:30am, Ian and I would use that time to get ourselves ready for the day and pack up the diaper bag, and after she woke up we would leave the house. She takes another nap around 1:30/2 so if we were out we just tried to make sure that nap occurred in the car. Otherwise, we were home in time for her afternoon nap. She was delightfully adaptable :) 

We took a few photos with Drake before heading home as he hasn't been in the best health recently. He does love the mountains and we were happy to see him enjoying the sunshine before we jumped in the car to head back home to Charlotte.


Three Recent Purchases


// one //
Loren Hope Elva Tassel Necklace (here)
Purchased this from Social Dress Shop ... the best tassel necklace. Good heft, really sparkly rhinestones, just a great quality piece from Loren Hope. 

Elva Tassel NecklaceElva Tassel Necklace
// two //
Yumi Kim Liz Romper (here in various patterns)
Also purchased from Social Dress Shop. I love a romper with longer sleeves. Will look cute on our anniversary getaway!

Yumi Kim Liz Romper at Social Dress Shop Yumi Kim Liz Romper at Social Dress Shop

// three // 
... (keepin' it real) ...
Home Decorators Collection Fireplace Screen (here)
Because life can't be all about rhinestone tassel necklaces and darling rompers.

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