WILD VINE AT ZOO KNOXVILLE

WILD VINE AT ZOO KNOXVILLE

Last Friday we went to Wild Vine at Zoo Knoxville to raise money for animal conservation. Drinking wine for charity? Wild animals couldn’t stop me! To be honest, they were the main event.

Grab a glass (or two) and take a look at these gorgeous creatures- my partners in crime included. 😉

There were lots of wineries to choose from and just as many different wines. The rosé wines were my favorite because I’m quite seasonal with my wine selections. I feel like warm weather calls for white and blush wines and red wine is for mulling in the winter months. Plus, red gives me a dreadful headache. Does anyone have an answer for that? I’d love to know.

Hopefully next year they offer more fruity and sweet wines. That would be my only critique. I like my sugar with a little bit of alcohol. I uphold that same philosophy with coffee and tea. And wouldn’t you know it- the diseases that run in my family are diabetes and alcoholism. Go figure.

The animals were magnificent but I have to say I wasn’t comfortable with the amount of snakes that came out to play. No sir!

The porcupine, God love him, kept raising his quills from stress when a bottle was uncorked so they let him go back home. Personally, I had fun watching everyone duck and gasp.

But my favorite, without a doubt, was Tonka the elephant. He gorged himself on sweet potatoes and acted like we weren’t there. My spirit animal.

We had a lovely spring evening sipping wine and enjoying our exotic surroundings. I would definitely go back to Zoo Knoxville for Feast with the Beasts or Brew at the Zoo. You can check Zoo Knoxville’s website for a list of upcoming events.

FIVE DAUGHTERS BAKERY

FIVE DAUGHTERS BAKERY

If there’s one thing I know, it’s good donuts. I have favorite donut shops in multiple cities across the U.S. and zero shame. So you know that I have to share with you loverly folks when I find a winner and Five Daughters definitely stacks up.

Bring your daughters, your friends, and your acquaintances but also bring an insulin drip because this place is legit.

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WELCOME TO CLEVELAND

WELCOME TO CLEVELAND

Hello 2019! I can’t believe I’m writing my first post of the new year. The holidays seemed to jet passed me in a blur. I think this year I’ll put up my Christmas decorations BEFORE Thanksgiving like a heathen and everyone else can just deal. Last week, Chris and I went to Ohio to see family and we spent one of our days in Cleveland. This city has A LOT to offer. Here’s what we did during our short visit… Continue reading “WELCOME TO CLEVELAND”

LADURÉE + A GIVEAWAY! (NOW CLOSED)

LADURÉE + A GIVEAWAY! (NOW CLOSED)

Our trip to New York City was in honor of my friend Hannah’s upcoming nuptials but she was kind enough to let us go inside Ladurée to sample their infamous macarons. They were every bit as delicious as I imagined they would be! I hope to one day visit their original store in Paris as well but now I can officially say I’ve had a Ladurée macaron. Let me show you around Ladurée on Madison! Continue reading “LADURÉE + A GIVEAWAY! (NOW CLOSED)”

5 THINGS YOU HAVE TO DO WHEN YOU’RE IN PORTLAND

5 THINGS YOU HAVE TO DO WHEN YOU’RE IN PORTLAND

If you can believe it, this is my 100th blog post! I wanted to use this momentous occasion to showcase more of Portland. I can’t recommend this part of the country enough for your next vacation. There were still lots of things we wanted to see (and eat) so we’ll definitely be back. Here are my 5 must-do’s to keep in mind when you’re planning your trip. Let me know if you’ve been! Continue reading “5 THINGS YOU HAVE TO DO WHEN YOU’RE IN PORTLAND”

THE ONLY SUGAR COOKIE RECIPE YOU WILL EVER NEED

THE ONLY SUGAR COOKIE RECIPE YOU WILL EVER NEED

My mother-in-law gets asked to make her sugar cookies for every family function of the year. I’m not much of a cookie fan so I didn’t understand what all the fuss was about. I think I first had them on the Fourth of July. She shaped them into American flags and I got my paws on one before she made it red, white, and blue. One bite. That was it. I was done for. I’ve never had a better sugar cookie in my life and neither will you. Trust me, this is the only sugar cookie recipe you will ever need. Continue reading “THE ONLY SUGAR COOKIE RECIPE YOU WILL EVER NEED”

HATTIE B’S HOT CHICKEN & BOBBIE’S DAIRY DIP

HATTIE B’S HOT CHICKEN &                     BOBBIE’S DAIRY DIP

I’m not normally one to enjoy spicy foods but you can’t visit Nashville and not have hot chicken. I wanted to go to Hattie B’s because Prince’s is rumored to be even hotter and Pepperfire is as well! So I went on a Nashville native’s recommendation to start with Hattie B’s and branch out from there. Well… after one bite my mouth was on fire but man was it good! Continue reading “HATTIE B’S HOT CHICKEN & BOBBIE’S DAIRY DIP”

RHYTHM AND ROOTS REUNION

RHYTHM AND ROOTS REUNION

Bristol’s Rhythm and Roots Reunion is a music and arts festival held on State Street in Bristol. The fun fact about State Street is that one side of the street is Virginia and the other side is Tennessee so you can straddle the double yellow lines and be in two places at once. We enjoy Rhythm and Roots for the food trucks, live bands, and art that you may not find anywhere else. Continue reading “RHYTHM AND ROOTS REUNION”