March & April-a few highlights

North Carolina, Raleigh

A few highlights from the past month while we excitedly anticipate summer adventures!

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Peaceful Play at Prairie Ridge EcoStation, (more on this below.)


NCMA’s Art in Bloom…this year didn’t disappoint. Do we have a new tradition mom? 

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A weekend away (sans kids!) in Oriental, NC

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The smallest carrot cakes for Easter.

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Shrimp and spinach pizza al fresco, recipe here.

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An almost 2 year old, always going after my camera.


The April issue of Walter which included two of my own stories. Linked below with a few others. Hope you enjoy reading some of these as much as I did writing them! 

Peaceful Play at Prairie Ridge: Walter

Jewel Tones: 3 Irish Jewels Farm: Walter

10 Books for Parents with Picky Eaters: Mother Mag

10 Books for your Mini Francophile: Mother Mag


More to come!






Raleigh Weekend Agenda

North Carolina, Raleigh, Visit

Hi folks!

Grace Ann & I were just in Georgia for about a week eating large amounts of peaches & pound cake. We spent the weekend before that in Carolina beach. Needless to say, I am really looking forward to staying in town this weekend with my little family. However, it will still be a busy weekend for us. It is our 5-year wedding anniversary (wowza!), Christopher’s first ever Fathers Day & some best friends of ours are visiting from Florida. Luckily, there are a ton of fun things happening around Raleigh this weekend for us all to celebrate & entertain ourselves with. Below are some of the things we’re going to check out. I also included some festivities we likely won’t be able to attend, but wanted to share in case anyone in Raleigh needs some ideas for what to do this weekend.

Friday: I was actually just notified by my husband that I can’t make any plans on Friday! Shucks! But check out Music on the Porch in the lovely historic Mordecai neighborhood or go see Neko Case at the NC Art Museum in their gorgeous amphitheater.

Saturday: A Raleigh gem, Logan’s Trading Company is having a big 50th anniversary bash. Logan’s is a fabulous all in one garden center complete with a cafe & the most knowledgeable/friendliest staff out there. Even a non-gardening enthusiast would enjoy walking around Logan’s checking out all the plant life, local gifts, produce & more.  Logan’s is located in Seaboard Station so after Logan’s, we’ll likely head over to Seaboard Wine & Tasting Bar for their Saturday afternoon wine tasting. If we get hungry Sunflowers Cafe, is within walking distance & produces some delicious sandwiches.

If anyone knows me, you know how much I enjoy seafood (in pretty much all forms). I’m really hoping we can fit in the NC Fresh Catch Festival at some point. The ticket price, menu & music line up sound to good to pass up!

If you haven’t seen the funny, heart warming, foodie film  Chef, the NC Art Museum is showing it Saturday evening. Bring a picnic or enjoy the collection of food trucks that will be available. Why can’t we be in the multiple places at once? To much to do & not enough hours in the day to do it.

Sunday:  We’ll likely sleep in, relax & enjoy some time with our friends before they head home. We will also celebrate Father’s Day with my main man (including watching the US Open -according to Chris). I bake part time at Benelux Cafe, where you can find some incredible waffles, quiches & coffee confections. If we’re up for getting out the house we may head there for a late breakfast.

Have a great weekend everyone!