This is a sponsored post thanks to the generosity of Groupon. (Simply put, I’ll have a little extra money to spend on the Things to Do listed in this post!)
Oh, and of course, all opinions are my own.
The Carolinas are known for entertainment and things to do. We have professional football, vineyards, the whitewater center, amusement parks, Biltmore House, NASCAR, Outer Banks, zoos – the list is insanely long.
In the summer, it seems that every town in the state has at least one pick your own farm. They are such a great way to learn where our food comes from and even allow you to get in on the action. We passed by Bush-N-Vine on our drive to get milk one day so of course I insisted we stop in on the way back. The very first thing I do before heading anywhere is to check out Groupon. Right there under the “Things to Do” tab was an amazing deal for the farm – YAS!
This week has been a roller coaster of emotions. My granny passed away on Saturday after developing cancer a few months back. My heart is at ease because I know that she is no longer suffering and in pain, but at the same time, I’m so sad that she’s no longer with us. I do have reassurance that we will be together again one day and that has helped tremendously. One (of so many) things that she was known for was her marinara sauce. I have never been able to replicate it but I have found something that’s a close second. It’s from Mezzetta and it’s their Italian Plum Tomato Marinara Sauce. After adding a few secret ingredients and a smooth, creamy helping of goat cheese, I think you will truly enjoy this (simple) recipe for Baked Goat Cheese Dip!
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Do you have a birthday or special event coming up? Make it even sweeter with The Curious Creamery Ice Cream Cake Mix (Psst – here’s a secret. No machine is needed to make the ice cream!)
It’s uncanny how many birthdays my family celebrates in the month of August. Shoot, we just added one to the list with baby Gunner born about a week ago! I just happen to be the designated “baker” in our family, so I get to come up with some pretty fun creations. I’m sure you have seen the huge cookie “cakes” but why not take it a step further by adding some sweet cream ice cream, cookie dough, marshmallow drizzle, and of course, SPRINKLES!?
This Cookie Dough Ice Cream Pizza is a breeze to make and there’s one secret ingredient that will blow your mind. Read more
I attempt to remake a super popular Japanese recipe for Rilakkuma pull-apart rolls that I found on YouTube.
I am amazed at the talent of Japanese YouTubers. Their videos are totally different from their American counterparts. The scenes are full of calming imagery and lack in excess talking and boring intros. As a matter of fact, their videos focus more on the sights and sounds that you would experience as if you right there with them. One of my favorites is this one for Rilakkuma pull-apart yeast rolls.
I didn’t quite nail it but I still enjoyed trying to replicate them! Read more
Gudetama has officially made his debut over at Marimo Marshmallow Store! Created in 2013 by the Sanrio Company, Gudetama is a super lazy egg that has a a defeatist attitude and no spunk what-so-ever. According to the Sanrio Wiki, his name is a play on “gude gude” which is used to describe someone with no energy or strength and possibly tama from tamago (egg).
Marimo Marshmallow Store is one of my favorite online shops for hard to find Japanese toys and candy. They carry a huge variety of Sanrio and Iwako products, rare Japanese snacks, and of course their Candy of the Month Club (which I highly recommend by the way!).
A few month’s back, Marimo Marshmallow contacted me asking which of their new Gudetama products I would like to try. I told them to “surprise me” – and surprise me they did! I thought they were going to send me 1 or 2 items but they sent a whole box full of goodies!
This is a sponsored post by my good friends over at Marimo Marshmallow Store, however, all opinions are my own.
I am beyond excited for my sister (and her baby!) so of course I was overly joyed when she asked me to prepare some goodies for her sprinkle shower! I love coming up with baby shower ideas so this was a fun treat! Never heard of a sprinkle shower? Me either, and it’s a fabulous idea!
I really enjoyed my sister’s “sprinkle shower” this past weekend. When you’ve already had a full-on baby shower from your first child, there’s really no reason to have another huge party. So instead of being showered with gifts, you are simply sprinkled with them!
With a sprinkle shower, you really only get the things you need – like diapers, wipes and of course, cupcakes! This post for baby shower ideas contains affiliate links.
There is nothing worse than spending tons of money on fresh berries only to have them go bad in a matter of hours. In this post, I’m going to show you one easy trick to keep berries fresh (and you probably already have this “secret” in your pantry right now!).
I can’t be the only one who pushes their cart (wobbly wheel and all) past the berries to drool over how tempting they all are. So many different varieties, just begging to be bought, glistening in the fluorescent lights from above. Recipes for pies, cobblers, ice cream and even BBQ sauce dance through my head. Then it hits me like a ton of bricks.
$5 for HALF of a PINT – Whaaaat?
Oh wait, what’s this….they are on sale! Woo Hoo….I’ll buy extra so they can sit in my fridge and waste away since I’ll probably forget to use them by tomorrow.
Not anymore. Read more
The Got to Be NC Homegrown Fare is presented by Lowes Foods and is the part of the festival that takes place indoors. This is where you can connect with over 100 local companies and experience the agricultural roots of our beautiful state. Part 2 of 2 (The first post – Got to be NC Homegrown Festival & Pig Jig – can be found here)
I’ve always thought living in North Carolina was pretty awesome (we do have the venus fly trap after all). The hospitality, the food, and the fact that you can be on the Blue Ridge Parkway in the morning and then the beach by dinner, are just some of the reasons why I truly love this state. I also enjoy meeting local artisans – a few of which I’ll introduce you to today. Read more
Got to be NC is a FREE, family friendly festival that takes place on the State Fairgrounds in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Part 1 of 2) You can read part 2, 8 Amazing Vendors from the Got to be NC Festival here.
I have been meaning to post this one for a while now, but as you probably know, I’ve been a tad on the busy side. The Got to be NC Homegrown Festival takes place every May and features some of the best grown, raised, caught, and handmade products from across the state. There are also antique tractors, rides, animals, music, and my favorite, the Carolina Pig Jig. I’m sure you’re wondering what on earth is a “Pig Jig”, so read on and I’ll explain more! Read more
If you’re looking for a quick and easy recipe to use up all those summer veggies, this Chicken Salad with Cilantro Lime Dressing is exactly what you’ve been looking for!
This summer is the first in a long time that we haven’t had a garden. Our move kinda messed all that up so while everyone else is sharing pics on Facebook of their beautiful veggies, I’m sitting here unpacking boxes. (How FUN!) My granny even asked me today if I had a chance to get a garden started. Of course I had to say no, but thankfully we have an amazing farmer’s market right down the road.
After a recent trip, I picked up everything I needed to make a fresh summer salad. It was also time for me to create another recipe for Cacique so it didn’t take long to figure out what I was going to make!
This is a sponsored post by Cacique, however all opinions are my own. Summertime is here and since vegetables are in abundance, I figured this would be the perfect opportunity to share my recipe for homemade Cilantro Lime Dressing! Read more