Showing posts from July, 2017

Small Cakes Cupcakery in Cary NC

Small Cakes Cupcakery and Creamery was founded by Jeff Martin in Overland Park KS, in 2008.  (I used to live in Overland Park:-) According to their website it is now in 160 locations in the USA.  They have been featured on The FoodNetwork and The View.  USA Today lists Small Cakes as one of the top ten cupcake places to try in the country.
I like their slogan..."Maybe a cupcake will help?"  It sure can't hurt!
As luck would have it, there are eight locations in North Carolina.  We decided to check out the Cary location
Here is a quote from their website...
"Smallcakes bakes and frosts 12 signature flavors of cupcakes every morning! 
Smallcakes features seasonal and special flavors." I love their unique decor. I would describe it as whimsical elegance. I have been several times and each time I am welcomed with fresh made   and beautifully decorated cupcakes.  The cupcake itself is moist with a luscious creamy frosting. https://www.smal…

Morning Motivation "God is There"

But I will sing of your strength, in the morning I will sing of your love; for you are my fortress, my refuge in times of trouble.
Psalm 59:16

In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly.
Psalm 5:3

When There Seems to be Nothing There is God

When you are happy God is there.
When you feel lonely  God is there. When you are joyful God is there. When your heart is broken God is there. Where there is hope God is there. When you don't know which road to take God is there. Every step you take God is there. He is our one constant in this life. Thank you God! KathieyV

A Few Things to do in NC This Weekend, July 26-30, 2017

Let's get ready for the weekend.  Here are a few things to do in NC this weekend....
*Thursday July 27- Watermelon Day at the State Farmers Market in Raleigh NC from 11am-1pm.
*Saturday July 29 is the Rowan Chamber Dragon Boat Festival on High Rock Lake in Salisbury NC
*Friday July 28-Saturday July 29 you can attend Hillbilly Jam 2017 in Maggie Valley NC.
I just went to the website and listened to the intro music and now I want to go:-)
*Friday July 28- Symphony By the Lake at the Chetola Resort in Blowing Rock NC.  I love Blowing Rock!

*Saturday July 29- NC Japan Summer Festival in Raleigh NC at the NC State Fair Grounds.
*July 28 and 29 is the Beer Bourbon and BBQ Festival in Cary NC
Don't forget the fun holidays... July 26- Aunt and Uncle Day July 27- Take your pants for a walk day...who came up with that one? July 28- National Chocolate Milk Day July 29- National Chicken Wing Day July 30- National Cheese Cake Day July 31- Mutts Day Aug 1 - National Mountain Climbing Day

Peach Day at the State Farmers Market in Raleigh NC

I don't know about you but I love peaches.  I love when they are soft and juicy, so juicy in fact that when you take a bite the juice just runs down your chin.  When we heard that the State Farmers Market in Raleigh was having their Peach Day we knew we had to go.
A few fun facts about peaches...
Peaches originated in Asia.
In 1565 the first peach orchard was established in what is now Florida.
They are a member of the stone fruit family along with cherries, apricots, plums and nectarines.
It is believed by many that peaches can help reduce anxiety.  In Hungary they call peaches the Fruit of Calmness.  All the more reason to go to Peach Day, eat a few peaches and de-stress.

The lines for free peach ice cream were crazy long.  We decided to look around a bit and come back for the free taste.  We are so glad we did, the ice cream was delicious.  It was smooth, sweet, creamy and of course cold, which is a must on a hot day in NC.

Check out the State Farmers Market Facebook Page for …

A Few Things to do in NC this Weekend, July 20-23, 2017

So, what are you going to do this weekend?  If you don't have any plans here are a few things to do in NC this weekend.

*Sunday July 23 the Rickhouse is host to Durham's Pickle Festival. You have to buy a ticket for this one.
*Saturday July 22 Koka Booth Amphitheater is hosting a singalong event.  Folks will be singing along with the music from the movie Grease...What fun!  This too is a ticketed event.
*Thursday July 20 you can enjoy Ladies Night Out at Parkside Town Commons in Cary NC.
*Saturday July 22 feast on Pork, Pickles and Peanuts at The Duke Homestead in Durham NC *Friday July 21 through Saturday July 22 there is a Fiddlers Convention in Sparta NC.  
*July 21-23 you should attend the NC Watermelon Festival in Fair Bluff NC. *July 21-22 is the Western NC BBQ Festival in Maggie Valley NC.  Let's take a look at the upcoming daily holidays... July 19- National Daiquiri Day.  I love me a good daiquiri:-) July 20- National Lollipop Day July 21- National Junk Food Da…

Summer Menu Tasting at Seasons 52 in Raleigh NC

Seasons 52 is a lovely new restaurant in Raleigh NC.  They opened in April of 2017 at the Crabtree Valley Mall.  I found out they were hosting a blogger event, to introduce their summer menu, and I jumped at the chance.  The free tasting provided samples ranging from appetizers to desserts and of course wine and seasonal cocktails. The entrance and lobby were warm and welcoming as were the staff that greeted us....

We arrived about 40 minutes early and decided to check out the bar. As luck would have it our timing was perfect; it was Happy Hour ( Monday through Friday from 4-6:30 at this location). 
They have a great selection on the Happy Hour Menu with selected wine, small plates, and flatbreads for $5.  We had wine and shared two appetizers, Caramelized Grilled Sea Scallops and Southern Style Shrimp and Grits both were delicious.

The time had come and the event was about to begin. We were welcomed with a glass of wine and an overview of the room.  My daughter Erica and I, wine in han…

A Few Things to do in NC July 12-16, 2017

Let's get ready for the weekend.....Here are just a few ideas....
*Thursday July 13 you can attend Peach Day at the NC State Farmers Market in Raleigh NC.
*Saturday July 15 is the China Gove 36th Annual Farmers Day Festival in China Gove NC.
NC Peach Festival will be in Candor NC July 15th. *July 14 and 15 you can get up close with some of the animals at Mountain Wildlife Days in Cashiers NC.
*In Carrboro NC they are having The Sixteenth Annual Acme Tomato Festival.
*Wine and Cocktail Workshop at the Eddy Pub in Saxapahaw NC.  I have been to The Eddy Pub and Fair Game Beverage Co...both places are great.
*Friday July 14th at 5pm is Hoopla, Party in the Park at the NC Museum of Art in Raleigh.
Lets not forget the special holidays that are coming up...
July 13-Barbershop Music Appreciation Day
July 14-National Nude Day
July 15-Tapioca Pudding Day...My mom used to make it all the time:-)
July 16-National Ice Cream Day
July 17-Peach Ice Cream Day
July 18-National Caviar Day....I ha…

Interesting Places to Visit in NC... Calaboose Cellars in Andrews NC

I am always looking for new adventures.  I recently came across an interesting place, while searching online,  Calaboose Cellars in Andrews NC.
First off, where is Andrews NC?  It is way out there in western NC.   Calaboose is a slang term used for jail, prison, dungeon.  A term usually used to describe a local lockup.
Luckily, in the Calaboose Cellars, you will not find bad guys but you will find wine and beer. According to their website they are.... Check out their wine list.... and here you can find information on the beer.

Wandering Moose Food Truck

Fourth of July weekend was upon us.  Stephanie, Maggie and I decided to go check out a local. Fireworks venue.

And Happy Day they had food trucks.  It is always difficult to choose just one truck.  We looked at our options and decided to go with The Wandering Moose.  I love the logo.

"serving slow cooked meats, scratch-made sauces, and fresh sides" (Above quote and logo from their website)
We looked over the menu.....
We had to try the Smokey Bacon Mac N Cheese.  So good!  Yummy chunks of bacon all in a creamy mac and cheese sauce. Maggie loved it and licked the bowl clean.  I would most definitely order that again!  
"Smokey Bacon Mac N Cheese Creamy mac n cheese with home-made bacon chunks" Wandering Moose

Stephanie ordered... "The Moose Cubano Slow roasted pork, homemade bacon, melted Swiss/American cheese, Gulden's mustard, and pickles served between pressed Ciabatta bread." The Wandering Moose
I managed to sneak in a taste when she was not looking...ver…