Planning the Perfect Girls’ Weekend in Charlotte (NC)

Ready to plan the perfect girls’ weekend?  Like NOW?  Look no further, I’ve got your destination and a fabulous itinerary… all you need to do is to grab your bestest bestie and get ready for a fabulous girls’ weekend in Charlotte!  Below is your guide to planning the perfect girls’ weekend in Charlotte (NC)!Girls' Weekend in Charlotte
Y’all.  I honestly don’t even know where to start with this post, because I seriously have SO MUCH TO SAY.  Charlotte, North Carolina, aka The Queen City, has been my home since I was born.  I was born in Presbyterian Hospital and am what they call a “unicorn” here in Charlotte…someone who is actually FROM Charlotte.  I grew up here in the lovely QC and left after high school for a four year stint at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore (which did include a semester in Rome!) and three years at UNC Law School in Chapel Hill.  After practicing law in Raleigh for about 3 years, I was THRILLED to return back to my hometown!Girls' Weekend Charlotte

The Hornets may be a different set of Hornets, but they will always have a special place in my heart (hello, that’s why my dog is named Muggsy!) and though this amazing city has grown and changed in many ways in the ten years I was gone, it is the one place I know I can always call home and I adore it in ways I can barely express…but I will try!

So let’s dive in shall we?CharlotteNCvisitOrderintheKitchen046 Continue reading →

Chicken Pilau

Oh y’all…this is it.  Chicken Pilau.  The recipe that eluded me for over a year. Want to know why? Because even though this traditional Southern dish is spelled pilau it’s pronounced “perlow.”  PERLOW y’all.  So first of all, let me set the scene for you.
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Roasted Beets, Butternut Squash and Kale with an Egg

…served over brown rice with a shallot vinaigrette (that just seemed TOO long to add to the title!).  So basically a bowl of one cup brown rice, topped with roasted beets, butternut squash and kale with a soft boiled egg on top, finished with a shallot vinaigrette and parmesan (and a few chives).  Too much for a title?  It sounds like it has a lot in it, but truthfully this was the easiest thing I’ve made for a homemade meal in a WHILE!  This recipe is so perfect for the working woman (or man)… easy, flavorful and filling.brown rice topped with roasted beets, butternut squash and kale with a soft boiled egg on top, finished with a shallot vinaigrette and parmesan Continue reading →

Wedding DIY: Unique Table Numbers

It’s our wedding month!  Or rather, anniversary month!  We got married in March 2015 and I can’t believe our anniversary is rapidly approaching!  I’ve been meaning to share with you guys some of my favorite details from the wedding for some time now, and I figured now is as good a time as any, and this is a great place to start!  These easy DIY unique table numbers were the perfect extra touch to our wedding day!

ALL PHOTOS BY CORBIN GURKIN (who I adore and highly recommend)


I wanted our wedding to be personalized in as many ways as I could without it being a stressful DIY-mess.  One super-simple way that I was able to personalize our wedding was to use places we had been together as a couple (London, Sydney, Paris) instead of table numbers (1,2,3).

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Dinner for Two and Buffalo Chicken Pizza!

Buffalo Chicken PizzaI know. I know. I have been gone FOREVER.  But I’m back, just in time for the PANTHERS GOING TO THE SUPER BOWL!!!  And for this very very special event, I am turning to one of my new favorite cookbooks this year, Dinner for Two to serve you a delicious Buffalo Chicken Pizza!  Dinner for Two is the creative creation of Julie from Table for Two.  I’ve been such a fan of her for years, so you can imagine how excited I was that she was coming out with a cookbook!  And the fact that it’s for TWO and my hubby and I are just the two of us?  Perfection.  There are amazing recipes in the book like Parmesan-Crusted Chicken Rice Bowls, Chicken Lettuce Wraps, Slow Cooker Pulled BBQ Chicken Sandwiches, Slow Cooker White Bean and Kielbasa Soup and Beer Braised Roast with Polenta!  The recipes have such a great flavor variety and there are so many recipes and ALL for two! Literally perfect for me (and probably you!)! Continue reading →

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Fresh n’ Lean Review and Giveaway!

Fresh n' Lean Review, Promo Code and Giveaway

So, if this isn’t your first time on the blog, you probably know the following: I’m an attorney, I work full time, and I’m very, very busy!  It’s a daily struggle to figure out what I’m going to make for dinner, what my hubs will eat, how much time I’ll have to prepare it and how far in advance I need to get home in order to have it ready to squeeze right into my our busy schedule! Continue reading →

Slow Cooked Balsamic Chicken and an Interview with a Chicken Farmer

This post was sponsored by Best Food Facts, who gave me the unique opportunity to travel the country three times this year, meet fantastic farmers (like Lauren who you’ll meet in this post), and talk to dozens of experts about food production, nutrition, etc.!  All opinions and thoughts are my own (and Lauren’s where applicable in the interview of course!)slow cooked balsamic chickenSo let me tell you about Lauren.  I ADORE this girl.  Like as soon as I had dinner with her on our first trip (California) I knew I wanted to be friends with this person.  She is so smart, down to earth, kind, and interesting.  She runs this fabulous blog called Paint the Town Ag{riculture}, which I thought was darling and obviously realized right away how creative she was.  She married a farmer and raises her two precious boys there on the farm with her husband.  They farm, among other things, chickens! Continue reading →

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Albion Fit Review and Giveaway!

Albion Fit Review and GiveawaySo y’all know I love yoga, right? It’s my favorite way to decompress from a stressful day or week at work, and helps alleviate so much pain in my back and other joints. Vinyasa is my jam, though I used to be a pretty hardcore Bikram lover. So of course I’m always on the lookout for cute and comfortable clothes to wear to my next yoga class…that’s when I discovered Albion Fit on Instagram. I mean y’all…their stuff is SO gorgeous… their leggings and swimsuits in particular just make my heart flutter. So I reached out to them to see if they would work with me to do a review of their leggings as well as a giveaway so I can share their great stuff with two lucky readers! (Giveaway is now closed… Winners were Rust and Alexandra!) Continue reading →

#TorteTuesday: Pumpkin Apple Torte with Cranberry Compote

Pumpkins and apples and tortes, oh my!  This month’s #TorteTuesday is dedicated to a deliciously homey (and easy!) Pumpkin Apple Torte with Cranberry Compote.Pumpkin Apple Torte with Cranberry Compote

So yea, I missed #TorteTuesday last Tuesday.  I gave a pretty solid explanation (I think?), but the tl;dr is that I was super busy at work and so I delayed #TorteTuesday to the second Tuesday of the month for November.  I did provide you with a compilation of all of my tortes this year so hopefully that’s something! Continue reading →