Tupelo Honey and The Blue Man Group

My husband is 36.  Yikes.  I am not far behind.  (It’s May 25th.  I’m registered at Harris Teeter, Starbucks, every restaurant in Charlotte except Salsaritas, and Lululemon.)  Oh yeah…back to him.  (He is over the whole let’s take 87 pictures of whothehellcares.)

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We went to Tupelo Honey with family  to celebrate. This is one of my favorite Asheville restaraunts, so I was excited when they opened in Charlotte.   We ordered the pimento cheese appetizer…amazing and gooey.  They also bring you these really fluffy biscuits with homemade blueberry jam.  Homemade for real…you can see the blueberries.  These items are not pictured because we gobbled them up before I remembered I am a blogger and we bloggers take pictures of our food.   And everything else.  Annoyingly so.

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Big Papa got the shrimp and grits.  (This is my father-in-law, and I don’t really call him Big Papa.  Although,  like the song goes he would love it if I called him Big Papa.  RIP Biggie.)  He got the “Shoo Mercy” version which adds caramelized onions, mushrooms, spinach and a dozen shrimp.

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It was rainy and cold,  (because Charlotte won’t make up her freaking mind) so my hub thought this grilled cheese combo would be a good fit.  This is like the champion of all grilled cheeses.   Served on sourdough wheat, This manwich had havarti, pimento cheese, caramelized onions, maple peppered bacon, smoked ham, fried green tomatoes, and fresh basil.  They have homemade tomato soup, but he opted for cheesy onion bisque with biscuit croutons.  Biscuit Croutons.  Because who really wants to see 40?

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My stepdad got the burger.  Did I ever mention that I have 3 dads?  I am kinda still mad at this one because he didn’t offer me a bite of that mac and cheese.  That burger is a half-pound blend of prime rib and beef short ribs.  That mac and cheese was probably amazing.

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At least my daughter ate semi-healthy.   The pick-three veggie plate:  sweet potato fries, side salad, fruit salad.  My son ordered a bottle of root beer and took the label off and pretended it was beer.  All was well and good until the pastor of our church came over to say hello.  My son hold up the bottle to my pastor and announces how much he loves beer.  (Good thing he knows us.  We would never let our son drink beer in public.)

After dinner, just my hub and I went to see the Blue Man Group!  He has talked about wanting to see them for years.   It was an amazing show–the music, special effects, and the comedy.   I was so excited to see the band members stick around after the show.  (of course I had to get a picture with them…even if they weren’t the blue men )

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Stuffed Peppers

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I recently tried a new recipe for stuffed peppers.  I love trying new recipes…See Eggplant Awesomeness.  I adapted the few of the recipes I found to meet our dietary needs.  (My husband and I eat pretty low carb for the most part, my daughter has high cholesterol, and my son eats only peanut butter sandwiches.)

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For the main batch, I sautéed garlic, onions and celery.  (I saved some aside for my daughter’s peppers.)

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I added sausage and a little tomato sauce.

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Sprinkle with cheese and pop in a 350 preheated oven for about 20-30 minutes.  (Couple notes:  I cut the pepper in half instead of just cutting the tops off.  That way we could eat half a yellow, and half a red pepper.  I also baked some peppers for about 15 minutes before stuffing and stuffed some without cooking the peppers first.  I like the slight crispness of not cooking before. )

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The finished product!  (not pictured:  The fit my son threw because he hates peppers.  Also, the peanut butter and honey sandwich I made him.  I do not pick battles at dinner.  That is one of the few times we are together as a family.  It is sacred.  We talk, laugh, and reconnect.  I used to make a big deal about us all eating the same thing, and that I am not a short order cook and all that.  I’m over it.  I want our dinner time to be peaceful and happy.  There are nights during the week we have “whatever”.  That means you get to just pick something we have.   My husband and I may have a salad, my son may eat cucumbers and string cheese, my daughter loves yogurt with some almonds.   The point is not what we are eating.  It’s that we are breaking bread together.  With no tears. )

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This is my daughter’s stuffed peppers.  For her peppers,  I used the garlic/onion/celery mix, little of the tomato sauce,  and added some brown rice and black beans.  Topped with 2% cheese.

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And we always have fresh fruit for dessert!

 

The End of Spring Break

It’s crazy, but there are many Sundays that I still get that sinking feeling.  That feelslikearockisinyourbelly feeling.  That horrible anxious feeling I used to try to drink away.  I am so lucky that now, I get to remind myself that I don’t live my life that way.  I don’t have to dread going to work on Mondays.  I was miserable and did something about it.  I am so happy…even joyful!  I am actually excited about living my life.  It is pretty amazing.

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Me and my favorite girl heading out for dinner!

 I remember that bittersweet feeling of Spring Break ending.  By then my own children were getting on my nerves, but I didn’t really want to go back to work.  Totally different now that I play for the other team.  (and that my kids are old enough to not get on my nerves quite as badly.)  I am sad for my kids to go back…we had an awesome week together.  I still got to teach most of my yoga classes and got to post blogs.  They completed their Spring break bucket list.   (we are really into bucket lists…last summer we had a list 100 items long!)   They wanted to eat lunch out, go to the library, do some crafts, see a movie, swim, eat ice cream, try a new recipe, play in the toy store, and take a field trip.  I just wanted to do whatever kept them from arguing, get a manicure, and go to  Starbucks everyday.

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Swimming with friends at Ray’s Splash Planet.

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Going to Sweet Frog with friends for frozen yogurt.

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Spending more than “5 Seconds” in Toys and Co.  (Where I was apparently feeling a little romantic.)

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Lots of this.  Lots.  Like everyday.  And check out that mani.

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Trying out my new mask that came in my Birchbox.

Much more to share that is more interesting…I’ll post this week. A  new stuffed pepper recipe, Tupelo Honey review, The Blue Man group, and we got chickens.  Again.  (Third time is a charm!)

Happy Easter!

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