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

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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

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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

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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

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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.
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Wandering Moose Food Truck

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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…

A Few Things to do in NC this Weekend July 6- July 9, 2017

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Let's get ready for the weekend.  Here are just a few things to do in NC....
*July 6-9 you can attend the NC Blackberry Festival in Lenoir NC.
*Friday July 7th from 6:30pm-9pm you can dance in the streets at the Mountain Street Dance in Waynesville NC. *Saturday July 8th go to the 54th Coon Dog Day in Saluda NC. *Saturday July 8 you can go to an Arts and Crafts Festival in Maggie Valley NC. *July 8th from 10am-4pm there is a Cantaloupe Festival in Ridgeway NC.  I have never been to a cantaloupe festival but I love cantaloupe.
*July 6-9 attend the GrandFather Mountain Highland Games.  Celtic food, fun, competition and music all in the beautiful setting of the NC Mountains.  *Friday July 7 Doyle's Vineyard is hosting an outdoor movie. The Princess Bride, it's a classic:-) *A nice recurring Sunday afternoon event is the Jazz Brunch in Hillsborough NC.  It is from 11am-1pm at Weaverstreet Market.
Let's not forget the upcoming holidays... I will try to honor at least one of…

Memories of Sunday Funday Lawn Party. What fun!

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Stephanie called and said she was taking the kids to Sunday Funday Lawn Party in Raleigh. She asked  if I wanted to come.  Yes, was my quick reply.  So off we went.  The event was held at Midtown Park at North Hills.  Great day for family fun....
They had two bands that day..Colin & Caroline and David Higgins Music.  Caleb got into the music, he loved it..




There were games, food, flowers, and drinks...There was a huge chess game and a giant jingo game.  You could also play croquet and corn hole.  They had a Champagne Bar and a Rose' Garden. Petals on the Go was there too.  Stephanie enjoyed making flower crown which was lovely:-)
We had a great time at Sunday Funday. I searched to see if they were going to have a repeat event this summer but I could not find any information so I guess not.  Hopefully they will have it again next year.  Great outdoor fun for the entire family. Happy Travels Everyone! KathieyV:-)

Monday Morning Motivation...Walk by the Spirit...

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This week I listened to a sermon by Curtis Andrusko who was speaking at The Summit Church.  It was about the Fruit of the Spirit.  This is how I interpreted his message...
I guess there is a way to define us and our walk with or without Christ.  We can be directed by our faith or by our "fleshly" desires.  I have many desires.  I want to travel, I want to enjoy my family, I want to live a safe and secure life.  I want to be happy. Nothing wrong with that.  What Curtis was talking about was..






I am sure all of us have gone the path of at least some of these things.  Thank God that we can find our way back through God's Grace.  I can safely say I can't remember my last orgie...
never happened. :-) Most of the things on the list don't apply to me.  But, I do get angry, mostly at the one who broke vows to me and to God and divided our family.  It is now part of a very painful legacy we leave our children and grandchildren.  This is a huge struggle for me.  I have to …