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Crock Pot Week

This week was busy, and there was no time for grocery shopping. We ate out every night this week. Dave Ramsey would scold us.

Anyhoo. I’m heading to the grocery store and have lots of yummy fall-friendly (and EASY) crock pot meals on the menu for next week.

Stay tuned!

Happy Weekend!


We are back from Raleigh and our pre-anniversary trip to Hopsotch Music Festival! The festival was amazing, and I could probably fill up 10 blog posts with everything we did, but for our purposes, I’ll focus on the food.
Two words for you: Remedy Diner.

We ate there four times. Yes. Four. Times.

Because it was the best.

As you know, I had my short list of places to eat. But when it came down to actually being in Raleigh, we were limited to choices within walking distance of our hotel and in good proximity to our venue. I’m sure there are other good places to eat — but if it’s not broke, don’t fix it.

Remedy was in the perfect location and had such a DIVERSE menu, that we were more curious about trying out as many of their menu items as possible.

Everything we had there was good. So I’ll spare the talking writing and just show you pictures.

Vegan Crab Cake and Fries

Tempeh Tantrum Sandwich (and hubbers’ hand)

Vegan Chocolate Cake

Beautiful back patio where we sat for breakfast on Saturday and Sunday.

Morning refreshments

No Huevos Rancheros

We also ordered the vegan Sopapilla Cheesecake. It was so good, we gobbled it up before we could get a photo.

Quinoa Burger

Vegan Quesadillas with Daiya and Tofutti

With a name like “mother earth,” I hope it was vegan.

We also stopped by an Irish Pub, Tir Na Nog on Friday morning for one of the many day parties that take place during Hopscotch. I had the best bloody mary ever there. We ate dinner here one night too as they have some vegan items on the menu, but I wasn’t too hungry, so I just nibbled on some hummus and veggies.

Best Bloody Mary Ever in the History of the World

We had so much fun and it was a great way to kick off our anniversary celebration!!

I see yummy cooking in my future!

30th Birthday Weekend Extravaganza Part 1

Thanks again to all who stopped by during the Virtual Vegan Potluck! I’m having fun reading my way through all of the posts. I can’t wait for the next one!

Tomorrow, I turn 30. My wonderful and amazing husband has planned a weekend of fun to send me off into the next decade.

It all started on Friday. I took the day off of work for a day of pampering – I started off getting a mani/pedi at my local nail salon and then headed over to Raw Bronzing Studio for the best spray tan in town.

If you haven’t been to Raw, you best get over there! They have a scoutmob deal right now for half off their pre-tan prep and bronzing package. The owner, Tiffany, survived melanoma at 27. She didn’t like the spray tan products that were on the market, nor did she like all of the chemicals that made up those products, so she created her own 100% organic spray tan.

I first went to Raw for my bachelorette weekend and then wedding. Since I usually just burn when I go out in the sun, I gave up my sun goddess days. This tan looks so natural and doesn’t smell bad at all! Not only is it 100% better for you than the tanning bed, it’s also QUICK! You’ll be in and out in about 15 minutes and look like you are fresh off the beach.

See, I’m not orange. (That’s my mommy, Happy Mother’s Day!)

After the tan, I went to my favorite quick lunch spot – the hot bar at the Ponce Whole Foods. They have a whole bar dedicated to “Health Starts Here,” which is pretty much filled with all vegan, healthy options. I indulged in the vegan mac & Cheeze (ok, probably not HEALTHY, but it’s my birthday weekend). I also loaded up on Kale, black-eyed peas, and this curry corn side. mmmmmm.

That evening, my sister picked me up for dinner and Karaoke! We ate at The Porter Beer Bar, this great restaurant in Little Five Points that’s owned by a former classmate of mine. D & I used to eat there a TON in our pre-vegan days. I had the veggie burger and my sister enjoyed their mac & cheese and goat cheese fritters (I will figure out how to make a vegan version of these darn it).

These fries are to die for.

We headed over to Karaoke at Little Five Points Corner Tavern. About 12 of us gathered for a night of singing and tons of dancing. But, what happens at karaoke, stays at karaoke. I’ll just say it was a super fun time!

I’m also the proud owner of two new vegan cookbooks – Chloe’s Kitchen and Vegan Cooking for Carnivores!! (Thanks hubs and Tracy!)

I see yummy cooking in my future!

I can’t wait to get cooking!

Next up – Part 2: A Riddle – Your dreamy home away from home by the sea.