Well, I’ve been able to explore a few more places here in NC in the past few weeks and here’s what I’ve found:
I have eaten here before but I’m so glad to be permanently living near a Biscuitville. If you’ve never been here, just know that they make homemade, delicious biscuits (in front of your eyes) and all of the other Southern breakfast stuff you want/need like grits, bacon, sausage and country ham. I ate up a country ham biscuit with cheese grits and an orange juice. This will definitely be my cheap weekend brunch or breakfast spot.
Sometimes I feel like making everything homemade.
Homemade pasta sauce, homemade pie crusts, homemade soup. These are a few things that I love doing from scratch.
And sometimes I just don’t feel like or don’t have the time for homemade.
Hummus, frozen pizzas, pre-made pizza dough. These are a few things that I don’t feel bad about cheating on.
Remember last Saturday when I wrote about the ups and downs of house hunting?
I was in a bit of a discouraged spot for a few days, but I have good news that we stumbled upon a really cute townhouse in Raleigh that’s the perfect bit of space for my husband and I for the next year!
I’ve cancelled my Zillow and Realtor.com searches and I couldn’t be more happy about it.
We’re moving in this weekend and we’ll be getting used to having a two-level place (big deal, right?!) and I even have a mantel to start thinking about decorating. (I’ll be channeling my Martha Stewart/Nate Berkus vibes for that project.)
Whether I’m working out or on a long drive, you can bet I’ve got a podcast rolling into my earbuds.
I used to hate when people “talked on the radio” when I was a kid…well that’s because it was Rush Limbaugh and he was yelling not talking.
But now that I’ve matured into an adult, I really love a fun hour of listening to a few people chat, talk about life and joke. And I love learning new little tidbits of knowledge.
Today, I’m sharing my top 3 podcasts with you and I hope that you’ll comment with your favorites, too!
Coming from someone who has looked at a dozen apartments/townhomes/homes for rent in the past 2 weeks, house hunting has its ups and downs.
There’s excitement in zooming around the internet finding all the options and dreaming about your future living place.
But there’s also disappointment when the place you see in front of you looks nothing like it did in the pictures…and there’s cat poop in a litter box in your future (well, you thought it might be your future) master bathroom.
I’ve always said that if I had a peanut allergy growing up I would have been in trouble.
I packed my lunch for most of my middle, junior high and high school days, and I always went straight to the peanut butter and jelly (or honey) for my nourishment and tasty protein. Pair that with some chips and a piece of fruit and it’s still one of my favorite lunches.
The state farmers market here in Raleigh is already blowing my mind (and there are loads of other local farmers markets around here that I haven’t even explored yet).
It’s open every day for lots of hours and even in the winter right now there are dozens of ingredients to choose from.
Lately I have been munching on local broccoli, cilantro, Brussels sprouts, kale and some tasty goat cheese.
And I even treated myself to some local pecans.
Although they were a bit of an investment (most good nuts are), I have been using them in all kinds of dishes lately.
If you’ve got some pecans in your pantry waiting to become something delicious, here are some ways to use them:
Today, I’ve got a souper (get it?!) recipe for an easy, tasty slow-cooker Chicken Enchilada Soup on Arkansas Women Bloggers Foodie Friday post.
Have a read! (Click on “Chicken Enchilada Soup” to link to the post.)
Snow days are for pancakes.
Or pancakes are for snow days.
Week 2 of our new life in North Carolina is going swell.
We’ve survived a snowpocalypse (it took my husband 4 hours to get home), have explored downtown Raleigh a few times and have enjoyed some deee-licious meals.
I titled this post “One Bite at a Time” because I’m working on not getting overwhelmed by being in a new, big place. Although we have explored some, there’s so much more to do, see and eat. But our budget can’t handle doing all of that in one week either.
So, here are some of the special “bites” that I’ve had so far in N.C.