Art Walk & Weekend Recap

Well, my weekend flew by in a flash! Although I only got to post one sweet recipe, I made myself sit down to work on blog stuff both Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Luckily it was gloomy, or I would’ve definitely opted for something outdoors instead. I mainly researched blogging tools and photo editing software, but I also updated my “about” page and Pinterest boards – so be sure to check those out! I still have tons of work to do in order to get this baby exactly how I want it, but I’m trying my best to be patient and realize I can’t do everything at once…

Aside from the weekend of blogging, I did some fun stuff over the past few days. First, I haven’t told y’all about the event I helped with last Thursday at the future site of the Hub City Co-Op – our brand new {and the first in SC} community grocery market that will focus on local food in the heart of downtown Spartanburg. The store needs a lot of work before it opens, but it is definitely a cool addition to Art Walk Spartanburg.

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Art Walk is the third Thursday of every month from 5-9pm where you can visit Spartanburg’s downtown art galleries and enjoy refreshments. The Co-Op isn’t an art gallery, but we do have lots of members who are artists and were happy to showcase their work,

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*not all art present is in above picture

while we showcased the future community market with some good food, wine, and RJ Rockers brew.

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Oh, and even some music too!

coop tunes

It was a really successful night, and I’m already excited about helping again in September…

The next night, John and I got to spend time with two of our best friends, Lindsey and Chad, at Gerhard’s Cafe {same place I went with my family on Monday for my  official birthday dinner}. I forgot my camera, so the phone pictures don’t do our good food justice. At any rate, I got the Joe’s Pig Out BBQ Pizza, John got the Veal Grilled Veal Chops {Cut to Order)}topped with Wild Mushroom Sauce served with Mashed Potatoes, Lindsey got the Panzanella Salad {toasted bread with cucumbers, tomatoes, celery, red onion, olives, basil, peppers and red wine vinaigrette}, and Chad got the Shrimp and Southern Fried Grits.

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Everything was delicious, and Friday night with awesome friends was really fun – as usual.

On Saturday morning, I definitely had a Chick-fil-a biscuit {unpictured} – breaking my “Chick-fil-a once a month” goal. Oops. It was well deserved? After an almost 2 hour stint in ULTA {YES WE JUST GOT ONE IN THE BURG!}, I picked up Chipotle and brought it back to our house. I had a taco salad with chicken and guacamole,

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and John had a burrito, but ate it well before I had a chance to capture it. That was my fault, leaving my husband to starve while I was sucked into the world of beauty products….

We took it easy Saturday night because John had a speech to give on Sunday morning. He was asked to speak to the incoming Freshman at Spartanburg Methodist College about honor before they signed their honor codes. It was REALLY good, and so cool to watch him deliver it.

Immediately after the ceremony, we headed over to Cribb’s Kitchen for a FABULOUS Sunday lunch. Since I forgot to eat breakfast before we left the house, I was starving by the time we got to Cribb’s. So, I decided to feed my empty belly with one of their big ole’ Black and Bleu burgers {Stilton bleu cheese, caramelized onions, applewood smoked bacon, horseradish cream, chipotle ranch on the side}.

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And y’all, it was so good I ate almost the entire thing. John chose the Spring Street {roasted chicken, applewood smoked bacon, roasted tomato, caramelized onions, pesto and provolone cheese on ciabatta},

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and solidly cleaned his plate. You can’t go wrong with lunch at Cribb’s, that’s for sure.

If you haven’t noticed, we did VERY little cooking, and LOTS of eating out over the past week or so. With our busy schedules, neither of us have made a good trip to the grocery store, and neither of us have been inspired to take the time to cook. Well, I think we both had enough of this business because John volunteered to cook Sunday dinner if I went to the grocery….deal!

He made his signature spaghetti, and I made some brussels sprouts to accompany. No, these two things typically don’t go together, but I was seriously craving some veggies and made an impulse purchase at Ingles.

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I’m not a huge fan of spaghetti noodles and only had a few, so the sprouts were actually a pretty tasty base for John’s yummy sauce. And I’ll eat anything out of those beautiful bowls! I’ll have to tell y’all more about them later, because they deserve their own post. :)

Phew, that was a long recap…

I’m off to enjoy my Monday evening, and hope you do too! Tootles.

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