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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Vegan Potluck Brunch & A Lazy Sunday

Hey there! Happy Monday! How was your weekend?

I spent half of mine with Stepfanie’s cats.


Oh, and with Stepfanie.  She was there too.

Stepfanie- The Flexible Kitchen

The last time I saw Stepfanie was when we drank kombucha together at Rosetta’s in February, so I was thrilled when she invited me to her vegan potluck brunch this past Saturday.

I was also super excited to try out a new vegan recipe I saw in Vegetarian Times magazine a few weeks ago: Warm Potatoes with Garlic-Turmeric Sauce.

Warm Potatoes with Garlic-Turmeric Sauce

More on the food in a bit though… first, cats.

I got to Stepfanie’s place a little early, and instead of politely keeping her company while she got things ready, I chose to take 5,000 pictures of her cats…


In her beautiful, bright living room…

…and on her awesome screened-in balcony…


Priorities. I’ve got em down.

Stepfanie finally lured me away from her cats with the promise of an adult beverage.

Belvoir Fruit Farms

Because Saturday brunch calls for Elderflower Sangria…

Raspberry-infused ice cubes

…with raspberry-infused ice cubes.

Topped off with white wine and sparkling water…

Elderflower Sangria

Oh, and rosemary-infused ice cubes, because Stepfanie’s a frickin’ genius.

After I drank all of the alcohol a little bit, Stepfanie’s other guests began to arrive and then it was time to FEAST.

Vegan Potluck Brunch

And Stepfanie truly did prepare a delicious feast! I wish I could hire her as my private chef.  Either that or show up at her house every night for dinner. I think she’d be cool with that. Right, Stepfanie?

Seriously though, just look at the menu she included on the invite:

‘Elderflower Sangria
Vinho verde, Elderflower Cordial, Rosemary

Hibiscus Iced Tea
Lime juice

Curried White Bean Hummus
Crudites: Cucumber, carrots, radishes

Mini BLT Pitas
Dulse Bacon, Avocado

Marinated Kale Salad
Maple-Dijon Vinaigrette, Pepitas, Dried Cranberries

Black Sesame-Ginger Quick Bread
Matcha Coconut Cream

I sort of felt like I was going to a restaurant and not to my friend’s house.

Potluck Brunch

She also made an herbed vegan butter and herb crackers FROM SCRATCH.

Potluck Brunch

She ended up using a tempeh ‘bacon’ on the BLTs because she thought Dulse (seaweed) might be a little too intense for those new to vegan food.  I ate 12 three. I also tried the Dulse ‘bacon’ and really liked it but I’ve also been a vegetarian for six years and am used to plant-based substitutes. I can see how it might be weird for those who aren’t.

Here are my potatoes one more time because they were soooo good.

Warm Potatoes and Garlic- Turmeric Sauce

The grocery store didn’t have fingerling potatoes so I just used small multi-colored potatoes. I also couldn’t find purple cabbage and I was in a bit of a rush (I went grocery shopping the morning of the brunch…oops) so I grabbed a container of pre-shredded cabbage and carrots. It worked out fine. I think those were the only changes I made to the recipe and everyone loved it!  Definitely try it if you need a quick, easy vegan side dish or a potluck dish.

My plate:

Potluck Brunch

Times 3.  Because, brunch. Duh.

Stepfanie’s friend Sara brought these delicious Vegan Chocolate Balls:

Vegan Chocolate Balls

And I ate them all. Just kidding, I had one. Yum!

Here’s a picture of Stepfanie and me to prove we’re friends and that I didn’t just crash her brunch.

Stepfanie and me

Me: Hey, I’m here for brunch! I brought potatoes!!

Stepfanie: …but we didn’t invite you. I don’t even know who you are.

Me: Whatever. Just take a picture with me for my blog, or else…


And then there were more pictures of cats…because cats.



Stepfanie kicked me out when I threatened to steal all of her pets. Just kidding, I left when the party was over, like a normal guest.

It was a great time and I can’t wait to do it again! I love that I’ve made so many new, awesome friends in Asheville through blogging.

Sunday was pretty lazy. I only took two pictures the whole day. I slept in and Jeff and I took our time getting out of the house.  Eventually, after lounging around and eating breakfast, we decided to head over to Lake View Park in North Asheville.

Lake View Park, Asheville, NC

Even after six months of living in Asheville I am still completely blown away by the fact that we live in such a  beautiful place.  We walked the perimeter of the lake and just soaked in the 75 degree weather and the gorgeous mountain views.

We were hungry for lunch by the time we were done walking and headed over to Clingman Café in the River Arts District to grab a couple sandwiches.

Clingman Cafe, Asheville, NC

I ordered the Chickpea Salad Wrap: Chickpeas, Onion, Celery, Pickles, Dill & Spices with Romaine Lettuce, Roma Tomatoes in a Wheat Wrap

As a vegetarian, sometimes I miss tuna salad but I’ve found that chickpeas really do make a great substitute. I’ll have to recreate this at home because it was so delicious, especially with those chips stuffed inside (don’t judge- you know you do it too).

We spent the rest of Sunday lounging, meal planning and deciding on a wedding invitation design.  My best friend/Maid of Honor, Dara, is designing our invites and I can’t wait to see how they turn out and what our guests think.

Today I’m going to Aqua PT and then to check out a restaurant downtown for our rehearsal dinner! Plus grocery shopping. Best. Day. Ever.

What did you do this weekend? Do you love where you live? What is your go-to potluck dish? Let’s chat!

Have a great Monday! <3

I’m linking up with Marvelous Monday!

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