Mountain Escape

“And if these mountains had eyes, they would wake to find two strangers in their fences, standing in admiration as a breathing red pours its tinge upon earth’s shore. These mountains, which have seen untold sunrises, long to thunder praise but stand reverent, silent so that man’s weak praise should be given God’s attention.” -Donald Miller, Through Painted Deserts: Light, God, and Beauty on the Open Road.

My husband and I love to travel. If we haven’t been somewhere, then we probably want to go there.

In our first six months of marriage, we’ve been blessed to be able to travel to many new places together, but we’ve also been able to revisit places that are familiar.

This past weekend we were able to go to the High Country of NC. I was given a two night stay at a resort in Banner Elk, NC. When we received this special gift, our hearts jumped.

-We. love. the. High. Country.-

We both lived in Boone, NC for a few years, and were heart broken to have to leave. So this trip was already special to us, but to add to it, it was also our 6 month wedding anniversary.

We arrived in Boone early on Friday afternoon and went straight to my favorite local bakery, Stick Boy Bread Company (check them out here http://www.stickboybread.com/)

Friday’s special : Swiss Batter Bread. I have greatly missed you….

From there we went and visited our alma mater , Appalachian State University.

Beautiful View of the campus.

Boone is a little slice of heaven. It is very small, but always buzzing with life. There are lots of artsy places to check out local products, and many little side road stands to get some fresh produce.

Banner Elk is about 20 minutes away from Boone. It’s a tiny mountain community close to a number of the ski slopes the high country is known for and down the road from the beautiful Grandfather Mountain.

Growing up in the restaurant business, I am a self proclaimed foodie. I love food. I appreciate it. I document it, and tell the world about it.

We had dinner at this local place (the best kind),  The Banner Elk Cafe’. It is moderately priced, and easy to find. The service was super as well.

My husband’s cheddar burger with curly fries.

My chicken pita with sweet tatoe fries. Honey drizzled over sweet potato fries is always a must.

The next day we wanted to try another local spot, and we stumbled upon the Blue Ridge Bistro (http://www.blueridgebistro.com/ )

This place is amazing. Fresh organic ingredients, from the farm to the table. 102 sanitation rating and beyond excellent service, you MUST eat here if you ever visit Banner Elk.

Aoli based chicken salad sandwich with mac-n-cheese. Explosion in my mouth. Delicious.

My husband’s meatloaf sandwich. It was juicy, not greasy, and full of bright flavor. So good.

Profile of Grandfather Mountain

This trip was much needed and muchly appreciated. We had a blast, reminiscing about our past adventures in the High Country, and making new memories to warm our hearts.

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Rainy Day Mondays….

Today’s weather has been crazy. One moment it is raining the next it’s incredibly sunny.

Either way, it is a lovely day.

Here’s a little poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow that fits the occaision

Rain In Summer

How beautiful is the rain!
After the dust and heat,
In the broad and fiery street,
In the narrow lane,
How beautiful is the rain!
How it clatters along the roofs
Like the tramp of hoofs!
How it gushes and struggles out
From the throat of the overflowing spout!
Across the window-pane
It pours and pours;
And swift and wide,
With a muddy tide,
Like a river down the gutter roars
The rain, the welcome rain!

Front Porch Showers View

drops on my bean plants

My celebrity maters

Dear rain, you are certainly welcome today.

 

 

Date Night Asheville

I’m a newly wed, and everyone loves to give me marriage advice. The repeated piece I’ve received is “Don’t stop dating.”

So, we haven’t. We have a “date night” at least once a week. We’re friends, com padres, besties, therefore we love spending time together.

My husband surprised me a few nights ago. He called me about an hour before he gets off and asks if I’ll go on a date with him. He whisked me out to dinner to this little Italian place downtown that we had never tried.

It’s influenced by traditional northern Italian cuisine.

http://www.vincenzos.com/

Vinnie’s

Asheville is known for many things, wall art being one of them.

BRUSCHETTA CAPRESE
Tomato and basil relish mixed with some smoked mozzarella.
The bread was grilled and soft. Delish.

RIGATONCINI ALLA BOLOGNESE CON PANNA
This creamy meat sauce was savory.

POLLO MARSALA with fluted mashed tatoes and string beans
This was tasty but it didn’t have a strong marsala flavor like I typically prefer with this dish. This was my husband’s meal.

My handsome hubs and me in downtown Asheville.

More Asheville wall art.

Asheville is a great place to visit, surrounded by majestic blue mountains, filled with any type of art you
can imagine and a very mild climate.

Check it out sometime.

 

 

 

 

Summer in the Mountains

I live in a little cottage nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains with my sexy, well dressed husband and our fat, orange tabby named Gus.

We live pretty simply and therefore very happily.

It’s summer time now, and the high for today is going to be 84 F with a chance of scattered thunderstorms.

I don’t know what it’s like where you live, but summer days like today are perfect. We were in Arkansas a few weeks ago, and the high temperature maxed out at 113 F. This mountain girl could feel the moisture being leached from her soul as soon as she stepped out of the car.

The mountains aren’t only cooler, there is a certain freshness in the air. The breezy breeze blows through your being and the mild warmth envelopes you with a gentle kiss.

Today I plan on sitting on my front porch, sipping some freshly squeezed strawberry lemonade, listening to the Civil Wars, and working on lesson plans. Being a teacher has many benefits, but right now in this moment, having summers off is topping my list.

Do you like summer? What are things that you enjoy doing on your summer days off?