My Weekend in iPhone Photos

Oh Hey! Happy May!


I was away from the blog a bit last week because:

  1. I realized that the wedding is nearly five months away and there were a few things on our to-do list that I’d been neglecting, such as registering, finding a florist and deciding on an invite design. Happy to say we got a lot accomplished and I successfully registered for 900 KitchenAid mixers because I couldn’t decide what color I wanted.
  2. I needed to hate-watch the entire fifth season of Girls in two nights. Does anyone else love and hate this show at the same time?

Anyway, I owe you guys some GIVEAWAY WINNERS so let’s get on that, shall we?

The winner of a sample pack of Smiling Hara Tempeh and Hempeh is Annamarie V.

The two runners-up, who will each receive coupons to use in the Smiling Hara store and stickers, are Laura and Allison.

Congratulations, ladies! Please shoot me an email at with your contact info.  You have until midnight tomorrow (May 3) to get in touch with me.  If I don’t hear from you, I will pick another winner on Wednesday, May 4.

Filo Latte

So I don’t know about you guys, but I had a pretty awesome weekend.  It started on Friday (yes, weekends start on Friday) with a coffee date at Filo with Gary of AskAsheville and Jenny and Bryan of HeartisTree Studios.

Actually, let’s back up, my weekend actually started with dress shopping, because duh.

Dress Shopping at Minx Boutique

I posted this pic on Instagram and Facebook over the weekend, but for those of who haven’t seen it, tada! In my quest to find a dress to wear to my bridal shower in July I wandered into Minx Boutique on Lexington Ave in downtown Asheville.  The ladies working there were incredibly helpful and I could have kissed the one who suggested this dress for me.  I don’t know that I’ll wear it to my shower, but I can definitely see wearing it all summer long! So cute!

After trying on 5 million dresses, I was definitely ready for an iced latte, so I headed over to Filo.  Jenny and I were intrigued by the vegan and vegetarian options so we ordered spanakopita and a hummus plate to snack on.

Filo Hummus Plate

Yum! I could have eaten five more spanakopita. I also bought a huge chocolate walnut brownie to share with Jeff later that night.

We hung out at for a bit and then it was off to Whole Foods to stand in their refrigerated beer section for 10 minutes because it was hot out and I like beer.

Whole Foods Beer Fridge

Don’t judge.

Avocados were on a 5 for $5 sale and I bought all of them.

I also contemplated setting my throat on fire with this Scorpion Cheddar Cheese

Scorpion Cheddar

Skin and eye irritation, y’all.

Scorpion Cheddar

Nope. Nope. Nope.

Then it was home to make burritos with slow cooker refried beans and tons of guac. A perfect Friday night dinner if you ask me.

On Saturday, I had Indian for breakfast.  I slept until noon. I haven’t done that in YEARS. Too much dress shopping and scorpion cheddar, I guess.  Five minutes after I woke up, Jeff called me and asked me to meet him and our friend Susan at Mela for lunch.  So off I went and it was delicious.

We went to three outdoor stores on Saturday.  THREE. Then two on Sunday. That’s FIVE in one weekend. Jeff was looking for some very specific camping gear and finally found it at REI on Sunday.

Before that, we took a beautiful drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Funnel Top Overlook on Blue Ridge Parkway

And ended up in Waynesville, NC.

Waynesville, NC

Where we ate lunch and then chilled with a random cat at Panacea Coffee Company.

Panacea Coffee Roasters

Our beautiful weekend ended with homemade pizza and Game of Thrones. What more could you ask for?


The end.

Have a wonderful Monday! <3

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Smiling Hara Tempeh Giveaway (CLOSED)

UPDATE (4/30/16): This giveaway is now closed. I will announce the winners on Monday, May 2. Thank you for entering and stay tuned for future giveaways! 

Three Reasons To Be Happy:

  1. It’s Friday!
  2. It’s my mom’s birthday (Happy Birthday, Mom!!)
  3. It’s time for a GIVEAWAY!

Veggie Lo Mein with Smiling Hara Sweet Miso Ginger Tempeh- Rosey Rebecca Blog

A giveaway for what, you ask? You’ll just have to keep reading to find out.

One of my very favorite things about Asheville’s food scene is that nearly every local restaurant offers not only one but several great vegetarian/vegan dishes.  Another great thing about Asheville is that the local businesses support each other by using each other’s products.  It didn’t take long after we moved here last September to notice that many of the restaurants use local tempeh made by Smiling Hara Tempeh as a vegetarian/vegan protein option. It also didn’t take long for me to become completely hooked.

Case in point:

BBQ Tempeh, Luella's Bar-B-Que, Smiling Hara Tempeh, Rosey Rebecca Blog

I’ve had BBQ Tempeh at Luella’s Bar-B-Que.

Chipotle-Maple Tempeh, Over Easy Cafe, Smiling Hara Tempeh, Rosey Rebecca Blog

Chipotle-Maple Tempeh at Over Easy Café.

Sunshine Bowl with Grilled Tempeh, HomeGrown, Smiling Hara Tempeh, Rosey Rebecca Blog

And grilled tempeh on the Sunshine Bowl at HomeGrown.

Not only have I been enjoying Smiling Hara Tempeh out at restaurants, I’ve also been making it at home!  I’m not the biggest tofu fan, but I’d eat tempeh any day!

Smiling Hara Tempeh, Rosey Rebecca Blog

If you’ve never heard of Tempeh, here is what my good friend Wikipedia has to say about it:

Tempeh is a traditional soy product originating from Indonesia. It is made by a natural culturing and controlled fermentation process that binds soybeans into a cake form…Like tofu, tempeh is made from soybeans, but it is a whole soybean product with different nutritional characteristics and textural qualities. Tempeh’s fermentation process and its retention of the whole bean give it a higher content of protein, dietary fiber, and vitamins. It has a firm texture and an earthy flavor which becomes more pronounced as it ages.

What I didn’t realize until I found Smiling Hara, though,  is that tempeh doesn’t have to be made from soy; it can be made from several different legumes. Smiling Hara carries a Traditional Soy Tempeh and a delicious Sweet Miso Ginger Tempeh, but they also make several delicious soy-free varieties, including Black Bean, Black Eyed Pea, and, wait for it, Smoked Salt and Pepper Peanut HEMPEH. Yes, I just said Hempeh: Tempeh made from Hemp Seed. Go figure.

Hempeh, Smiling Hara Tempeh, Rosey Rebecca Blog

From Smiling Hara’s website:

Here at Smiling Hara, sustainability permeates every aspect of our philosophy. We are committed to using only the highest quality ingredients, grown without GMOs and sourced as locally as possible…Our goal is to educate the general public to the benefits of unpasteurized and low pasteurized tempeh, and bring it into the national spotlight. We are in the process of creating a buzz around tempeh and forging a new trend in the health food world which will contribute to the health and nutrition of our customers, as well as the state of our local economy.

Smiling Hara is run by a husband and wife team named Chad and Sarah, and Sarah and I became friends on Instagram after I posted this picture of Aslan trying to eat my Buffalo Tempeh one night.

Buffalo Tempeh, Smiling Hara Tempeh, Rosey Rebecca Blog

It was probably after my 3,000th post about her tempeh that Sarah and I connected through email and she offered to send me some of their other products to try out.

Smiling Hara Tempeh, Rosey Rebecca Blog

I literally jumped up and down when I opened the box.  While I have yet to try the Smoked Salt & Pepper Peanut Hempeh, I ripped that Sweet Miso Ginger Tempeh open last night.

Smiling Hara Tempeh, Rosey Rebecca Blog

I whipped up a quick and easy Veggie Lo Mein, pan-fried the tempeh and threw it right on top.

Veggie Lo Mein with Smiling Hara Sweet Miso Ginger Tempeh- Rosey Rebecca Blog

BAM. Easy and delicious.

In case you missed it, here it is again…posed and ready for its close up.

Veggie Lo Mein with Smiling Hara Sweet Miso Ginger Tempeh- Rosey Rebecca Blog

And now, the fun part!

Smiling Hara Tempeh & Hempeh Giveaway


Sarah has generously offered to send ONE reader a sample pack of Smiling Hara Tempeh and Hempeh (like the one pictured above).

She has also agree to send TWO runners-up coupons to use in Smiling Hara’s online store. Plus stickers! Who doesn’t love stickers?

How To Enter

Simply leave a comment on this post and let me know what you’d make with either the Sweet Miso Ginger Tempeh or the Smoked Salt & Pepper Peanut Hempeh. That’s it!

Bonus Entries (Optional)

***Each of the following counts as one additional entry. Please leave a separate comment for each additional entry. Bonus entries will not be counted unless you leave a comment letting me know you completed one of the following actions.***


  1. This giveaway is only open to residents of the 48 Contiguous United States.
  2. You have until midnight on Friday, April 29 to enter.
  3. I will select and announce a winner on Monday, May 2  via the Random Integer Generator. The winner will have until midnight on Tuesday, May 3 to claim their prize. If the winner does not reply by then, I will choose a new winner on Wednesday, May 4.

Good Luck!

Disclaimer: Smiling Hara Tempeh provided me with free product in exchange for my honest review and giveaway. I did not receive any other type of compensation. As always, the opinions expressed on Rosey Rebecca are my own.

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