Weekend Review

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Dinner

Rx Restaurant & Bar

Snack >> Assorted Cheeses, Shelton’s Apples, Jalapeno Jam, Honey, Toasted Pecans

Dinner >> Me: NC Duck, Cowpeas, Bacon Braised Collards, Fig-Fennel Chutney, Cracklin and Shoot Salad

Matt: Cherry Smoked Guinea Hen, Rx Gnocchi, Redbor Kale, Peas, Carrots, Veloute, Crispy Onions

Dessert >> Sticky Toffee Pudding, Homemade Bourbon Ice Cream 

Drinks >> B52, Muddled Blood Orange Cocktail Special

Can you say “YUMMM” with me?!  Our second visit to Rx Restaurant & Bar did not disappoint.  We left full, but not overstuffed and had seconds in our hands for lunch the next day.  I cannot say enough about this restaurant.  We even had the same waitress and I am just floored by her knowledge of the menu [that changes daily] and other offerings they have.  If you’re in or around Wilmington or planning to stop through in the future, you must try this charming place.  This experience was certainly the highlight of our weekend since we both worked, and it was a great gift to ourselves for our birthdays.  {also pictured bottom left: a small part of my birthday breakfast Matt made- bacon pancakes!! he knows me so well!}

I hope your weekend adventures were perfectly delightful!  Just think, tomorrow is already Hump Day!

xoxo, heather

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A good Word

This weekend was the best- the absolute best that I have had in a long time.  We had a few things planned but we were staying in town for all of it.  Work was mixed with play and it was the recipe for a blissful time with my little family.  I know today is the first day for the Real Simple: Get Real challenge but allow me, for just a moment, to ooze the joy I have pouring over from the weekend.

Here are some sweet pictures captured from the weekend: 

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Also, we were able to go to church together.  We have yet to formally move our memberships since being in Wilmington.  We both love the church we attend, but let’s be honest.  Working every other weekend doesn’t allow for dedicated attendance- and we both need/want this so much.  So so much.  Matt and I agreed to make a more conscious effort to stay in town as much as possible on our weekends off and to invest more into our city, our home, our church this year.  This Sunday could not have been a more perfect time for us to get started. 

Our church commits to adopting one word for the year, either individually or collectively, to serve as a resolution of sorts.  Our pastor even co-wrote a book about it- My One Word.  As you might have read previously, I already have 5 main resolutions so I was not planning on having a word for the year.  Then, as if I should have ever tried to plan otherwise, I was smacked in the face with a word straight from God yesterday.  

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The title of our current series is Risk.  Risk.  A word that keeps me from doing more than I would like to admit.  Matt and I were just (I’m talking just the night before) discussing some pretty heavy decisions that could be made this year- weighing the pros and cons- planning 14 steps ahead.  Literally, two minutes into the introduction to the sermon, we were exchanging glances and smirking.  We left church yesterday and laughed all the way home.  God could not have spoken any more clearly to either of us.

Needless to say, I now have a word, and I didn’t even plan it.  Naturally.  I really should know better at this point.  This word will be staring me in the face at each crossroad this year, big or small.  Do I let myself be paralyzed by the risks associated with a decision or do I let what I know to be true about my God allow me to make a more informed decision?  The more I know about Him and how He is working in my life, the more my actions will be aligned with His.

I encourage you to check out the sermons here if you’re a planner like me, constantly trying to take the reigns and dictate the outcomes throughout your own life.  

I’ll leave you with some thoughts/ quotes I jotted down:

Proverbs 16:9

“God rarely gives me anything more than the first step”

Luke 14

Judges 6/7

“You need to plan; not to control the outcome but to know what the next step of faith is”

Do any of you have a word for the year?  Similar struggle with planning? I’d love to hear your take on this!

xoxo, heather

 

It’s beginning to look….

..a lot like Christmas!!

I just love this season.  I’ve been caught in this state of wanting so badly to decorate for Christmas and Matt has refused.  I get it…  I guess.  But let’s be honest, this really is the most wonderful time of the year!  [Cue music].

I had an extra long weekend off from work and I ate up every minute of it, literally and figuratively.  Matt and I had a quaint little Thanksgiving by ourselves;  it was bittersweet, with an emphasis on the sweet.  I missed seeing all of our family, but it was so nice to enjoy a home cooked meal together.  And I’d say we did a pretty terrific job!  Matt roasted a chicken- it was mouth-watering… so juicy and full of flavor.  I made stuffing and gravy, green bean casserole, and Matt finished it off with his mom’s famous cranberry fluff.  Naturally, we needed a long winter’s nap with some football on the side.  

{My apologies for the lack of food pictures this time, we ate way too quickly to snap any! Oops!}

There was more than enough time the rest of the weekend for me to rest, majorly clean the house, spend time with dear friends, decorate, and even do my favorite- elfing!  We cheered Carolina on to a victory over our rival Clemson – five in a row, my friends.  

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And we even got our Christmas tree!  I so enjoyed our sweet weekend together.  I’ve included some pictures of our decorations around the house- truly excited about these.  All I’m going to say is sometimes you gotta splurge and other times you gotta hit up the local Dollar Tree.  But once it’s all put together- no one will ever know the difference!

<<The Outside>>

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<<The Inside>>

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<<The Tree>>

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<<The Dining Room>>

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Needless to say, I cannot wait to host sweet friends and family during this season.  And you better believe this decor will be staying well into January.  That’s not tacky, right?

Before I return to work today, I’ll be making an advent wreath/calendar/thing somehow, someway.  For those of you interested- we’re following along with the She Reads Truth: Emmanuel study for this year’s Advent.  Join us!

>> UPDATE:  I just ordered this Advent Calendar printable PDF.  Plus, enter code BLACKFRIDAY13 to get FORTY percent off your order(!!!).  Support small business and have a wonderfully creative Advent calendar that gives you the flexibility of making it your own! <<

How have you decorated for Christmas time?  What has been you’re favorite part so far?  Any secret deals you’ve found?

{Also, don’t forget- CYBER Monday is in full force.  These sales are blowing my mind!  If you buy anything online today, please google their specials and don’t forget to go through Ebates!  I repeat- make your dollars go so much further!}

Don’t forget to check back tomorrow for the final gift guide link-up with Cheers Y’all and Down With the Dearmore’s!

xoxo, heather

It’s All About the Food

We spent last Saturday out downtown and the weather couldn’t have been more beautiful.  It was unseasonably warm, but breezy, and it made for the perfect opportunity to eat outside at one of our favorite local restaurants.

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Wayfarer Deli is an adorable, quaint bistro owned by a talented couple, Carey and Ron. Their menu is made from all fresh ingredients and the combinations are always playful and on point.  We began with drinks- I had a delicious red sangria.. I cannot say enough.. and Matt got a cinnamon hard cider.  As for food, [because that’s what we’re really here to talk about] I normally get the Zapp’s chips with my sandwich [waddup, Allison?!], but this time I forced myself to get the s’mac and cheese so I wouldn’t mooch off Matt’s plate.  It didn’t disappoint.  Matt got their famous bison burger, this time made to taste like Thanksgiving dinner on a bun.  AMAZING.  I’m not kidding, I took one bite and had to slow down and remember to breathe.  I don’t know how that boy finished that burger. We walked around, enjoyed some Kilwin’s ice cream and caught some football [thank you, Auburn] before heading to dinner.  

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I was so excited about trying this new restaurant- Matt surprised me with this place last week and I’d since heard wonderful things! We got all fancied up and went to Rx Restaurant & Bar.  I totally nerded out about the name, menu, decor, location, et cetera.  Being a pharmacist, I love when places play on the different themes of my profession; but not only that, the food was all local and had a southern twist.  Thank the Lord for the South, right?  We started with some drinks off the ‘elixir menu’ [love it].  I had the ‘sauced apple’- I was nervous it would be too sweet, but the combination of the bourbon and muddled apples made for a perfectly light taste to compliment my meal.  

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We then enjoyed the oyster appetizer coming from our local Topsail beach.  The raw oysters were deliciously briny, and the chef topped them with a jalapeno- apple mignonette and muscadine sorbet.  Hello, heaven.  It didn’t take long before everything on the plate had vanished and we were ready to tackle our entrees.  

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Matt chose the NY strip with turnips, radish, shiitake mushrooms and kale.  That strip was oh so tender and perfectly medium-rare.  What a beautiful pink color!  I stepped out of my comfort zone and picked the duck paired with hoppin’ john, charred green onion and sour apple mostarda.  I had to stop myself from licking the plate.  Everything was so delightful and came with generous portion sizes.  

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We were able to split a dessert and went for the ‘sinful’ chocolate brownie covered in hot fudge and their homemade ice cream.  I even had a cup of coffee to add a nice exclamation point to the whole experience.

It was enough the food was decadent, but our waitress was so nice and equally knowledgable about the menu, how each item was cooked, and from which vendor they came.  Needless to say, we are thrilled to find another local place to frequent and props to my sweet husband for knowing me so well!

xoxo, heather

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