My Charlotte journeys continue to grow as the months pass on! Last month I had my fourth visit in the past six months to the Queen City. I spent three days bouncing around for work activities, visiting my best friend, and of course continuing my food adventures. I have to share a quick story that gave me a laugh while on my visit. I spent some time with a work colleague who lives in Charlotte and has for thirteen years. As we began to discuss my love for food she started to list off some of the popular bars and restaurants in the area. I let her in on the secret that I had gone to almost everything on her list. She explained with shock that she had lived there for over a decade and had yet to go to most of them. The conversation continued with me giving her recommendations on which hot spots to get to and which seemed a bit overrated.
I recently got a really big craving for oatmeal. These hankerings aren’t a frequent occurrence for me. I am more of an egg person in the morning. But, sometimes the only way to relieve a craving is to give into it. With about a dozen overnight oats pictures on my Instagram feed every morning, I’m shocked I’m not indulging every day.
Weekend getaways to Florida in the middle of winter are always welcomed! I love to try and get a mid-winter vacation in to sneak away from the cold and get some Vitamin D. However; this year there was a major factor standing in my way, Zika virus. Before you get all “whoa congrats on the pregnancy” “I had no clue?!” Well that’s because I am not pregnant. However; not understanding the lasting effects the virus can have, my husband and I made a conscience decision not to put ourselves in harm’s way. We actually went as far as to cancel our New Year’s Eve trip to Miami and the Florida Keys. My grandparents live on the West coast straddled between Tampa and Fort Meyers. They made it abundantly clear that no signs of Zika had been identified near them. When a flash sale from Allegiant Airlines (a new airline to Trenton-Mercer Airport) popped up promising $75 round trip flights to Tampa, we couldn’t pass it up.
Top of the morning to you all! Saint Patrick’s Day is just around the corner and I am celebrating this American Irish holiday on the blog today. For the past three years I have shared out my unique recipe for Corned Beef Stuffed Cabbage. It’s still a great option for your St. Patty’s Day festivities however; I thought it was time to add another option to your menus.
Today I am discussing my recent death by chocolate experience. You guys, this is one of my proudest baking moments yet! Granted, I had a little help with an original recipe that I adapted from. BUT, I made the most decadent chocolate cake and one of my favorite dessert recipes into a dairy and gluten free version!! Did I mention it still tastes exactly the same? I just about did cartwheels in my kitchen.