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October 2015

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Weekend Recap: 10/4/15

Hello hello!

I hope you all enjoyed the first weekend of October! It was kind of interesting weather here in Nashville. The temperature dropped dramatically, and we were all suddenly in fleece and boots! It also rained nonstop, but the sunshine came out this afternoon and the temp was back up to 78! I think it’s going to be quite warm this week, too, but the couple days of Fall weather was both unexpected and lovely!

So this weekend, my in-laws were in town and it was a ton of fun! They’ve never visited us before (they have been to Nashville a couple times, though), so it was a lot of fun to show them around to our favorite spots. We did the Nashville Food Tour, Caitlin and Andrew style, and it was pretty fantastic. Here’s the list of eateries we had to hit up! There’s quite a lot of great food in this city, so we had to pack as much as we could in two days. Definitely didn’t even make a *huge* dent, but they got a good taste of the scene, I think!

Frothy Monkey. Coffee AND food on there is on point. We love going for dinner because it usually isn’t crowded at night! We ended up grabbing coffee and going elsewhere for food, because the wait was 45 minutes!

Sloco. Delicious and healthy sandwiches made with local ingredients.

SkyKing Pizza. Ok so, this place is a recent find and it’s not in Nashville actually. It’s in Kingston Springs, which is about 20-30 minutes outside of the city. It’s honestly the BEST pizza I’ve ever had anywhere in the U.S. Not to mention, the service is impeccable. It’s a small town, so they’ve got the Southern hospitality down pat. After you feast on all sorts of delicious pizza, you have to get the chocolate chip cookie skillet! Warm, gooey chocolate chip cookie baked just right in a skillet with two scoops of vanilla ice cream on top! YEAH. I know.

Blvd: This is a place I discovered in college, since it was right across the street. Really yummy, upscale modern food in a way. We went for Brunch today and it was lovely. I got a small quiche (it was so cute!), and it had Brie cheese and Asparagus baked into it, and was paired with a raspberry jam on the side. The others got biscuits and gravy with eggs. Definitely recommend this spot for any meal!

Local Taco: Great Mexican food. Everything is good, and the Queso is on point. There are three locations in Nashville; we love the new East Nashville one the best!

Jeni’s Ice Cream: Oh, Jeni’s. You just won’t understand until you go. It’s FANTASTIC.

Yeah so we went pretty hard with the Food Tour in two days but it was a lot of fun! In between all the eating, we did lots of other fun things. Here are some pictures!

IMG_3387 Standing on the Pedestrian Bridge, where we got engaged!

 

 

IMG_3397Hanging out in Marathon Village! Lots of cool shops and neat things.

 

 

IMG_3374On our way to Frothy Monkey in 12 South. Had to take a picture with the cute little pumpkins! FALL!!!

IMG_3377White’s Mercantile store in 12 South is really fun and unique!

So, that was our weekend! A perfect mix of great food, relaxation, exploration and family time. What did you all do this weekend? Let me know down below!

Hope everyone has an awesome Monday!

Caitlin

Life

Fall Favorites

Hey friends!

In honor of October being just upon us, I thought it was time for me to post about ALLTHEFALLTHINGS. Like many people, Fall is my absolute favorite season and I get so excited about it. I love the weather, the beautiful colors, anticipation of the holidays, and just all the coziness and loveliness of the season! I grew up in Virginia, where Fall is particularly spectacular. It’s great in Tennessee, too, although it has been unseasonably hot lately! I can’t wait for things to cool down and the leaves to change.

Anyway, I thought I’d post about some of the simple things I’ve been doing lately that make me feel little more cozy and in the fall spirit!

Decorating

Since moving out of my parents house 6 years ago, I’ve only lived in dorms or apartments, so I don’t have many decorations for any holiday. I wanted to get some festive things this year, despite not having much storage space. I went to Target (duh), but I’ve heard Michaels and Walmart also has some great stuff right now that is inexpensive.
I may make a run to Michaels to try to find some fake fall flowers!  Here’s a picture of what we did to our kitchen table.

 

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I bought this cute gold leaf runner (had to fold it so it fit my tiny table), and accented it with some cute baby pumpkins from Trader Joe’s, a burlap pumpkin from Target, and a couple orange and white doilies from the dollar section! I also found that jar in the dollar section and filled it up with Candy Corn! There are two kinds of people in this world-people who hate candy corn, and people who love it. I unforuntaely fall into the latter. AND that cute “gobble gobble” sign is ALSO from the Dollar section. That place is gold, I’m telling you. Other than the table, I got a new throw pillow for the couch that says “Thankful” in gold lettering, some fake acorn vase fillers, and another cute little sign from the dollar section that says “Happy Fall”! It was definitely a good amount of stuff without feeling like I went overboard for a small apartment (but honestly, I don’t think you can really go overboard with fall home accents. Do I sound excited?

Food

One of the greatest parts of Fall is, of course, the food. I’ve already started Pumpkin-ifying (yes, that’s a word) everything. Here are some examples: I made up this chili for Pumpkin Chili/Stew and it was a hit even with my bean-hating husband! I just blended up a can of Great Northern beans with a can of pumpkin, and put it in a pot with the following:

Cooked Ground Turkey

Sauteed onion and pepper

chili powder, garlic powder, sea salt, Bay leaf (all to taste)

That’s it! So easy to customize, filling, hearty and tasty! Pumpkin is delicious in chilly, and the flavor is pretty neutral when it’s blended with other things like beans or broth. My mom has been making chili with pumpkin for years and it’s always a favorite! Plus, it definitely boosts your nutritional benefits. Lots of fiber!

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I’ve also been loving this homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte from Eating Bird Food, and I make it on any morning I’m not crazy rushed. It’s easy and fast to make and a lot healthier than one from Starbucks with all the crazy ingredients (but those are delicious too and if you haven’t had one, you should probably get on that). She also has a killer recipe for Pumpkin Spice cookies! I also made these flourless pumpkin chocolate chip bars last night and they’re delicious! I’m definitely in the Pumpkin craze and can’t wait to experiment with other recipes!

Getting Outside

I went for a jog the other night around the river right by our apartment, and it was so gorgeous. As the temperatures lower and the colors change, there’s just nothing like it. I definitely want to be more intentional about getting outside and go visit Radnor Lake, have picnics in the park, etc.

So, that’s what I’m up to Fall-wise lately. I’ve been calling it “Fallifying” my life. Yes, I’m a bit of a fanatic, but it’s just so darn pretty and cozy! I can’t wait to go to a Pumpkin Patch and wear sweaters and boots on the daily. It’s the best time of year! Let me know what kind of Fall fun you’re up to or any ideas you have! Leave me a comment 🙂

Caitlin