Thursday, April 7, 2016

Life Lately: March | In Memory Of...

 This past month was packed with food, friends, fun, laughter, happiness, and lots of tears at the end. I wish I could say they were tears of happiness but sadly that was not the case. Last week I lost someone very precious to me. My sweet grandmother passed away. Thankfully I have so many wonderful memories to hold on to. I spent countless weekends with her as a child. She always let me do whatever I wanted, whether it was getting into all of her clothes and makeup to play dress up or, or dragging out every toy in the house and making a complete mess. She would color with me for hours, pretend she was the student in my class, and the customer at my bank. She made mouthwatering chicken and dumplings and the best buttery slices of cheese toast you could ever imagine. I miss my Nanny dearly, but I know that she is in a better place. The kindhearted, thoughtful, strong and loving woman that she was, will always be remembered. 
My grandmother on the day she married my Pop Pop. I'm so thankful to still have my grandfather in my life. 
To say that this has been a roller coaster of a month would be an understatement. Now that I've shared the heartbreaking part, I will start back from the beginning. I promise there was also a happy piece to the end of March as well. 

I ate and drank my way through the Charleston Wine + Food Festival and enjoyed every minute of it. You can read all about it here


I finally had dinner at The Rarebit. I've been there for cocktails before, but never for food. Of course I had to go with what they are known for—chicken and waffles. 
There were way too many calories consumed in just a few short days, so I had to balance it out with some gym time. 100 floor stair master challenge accepted, and exceeded!
We traveled to Myrtle Beach for a surprise 30th birthday party for our friend Nick. It was so nice to catch up with friends. 
We had brunch with the family at Tupelo Honey Cafe, another first for me. I had the most delicious breakfast bowl, which consisted of salsa verde, black-eyed peas and SC stone-ground goat cheese grits, layered with farm-fresh over-medium eggs, maple-peppered bacon, cheddar and salsa. This photo doesn't do it justice. 
A much needed girls night was had at Mex 1. They have the best baja burrito bowls. 
I took a Friday off from work and spent the day exploring Freshfields Village on Kiawah Island with the hubby. I'm already looking forward to going back this summer for an afternoon at the beach and to hang around long enough for dinner and drinks. 

Date night was had at one of our favorite spots, The Obstinate Daughter. I'm still dreaming about our meal, specifically the cappelletti pasta I ordered, which was stuffed with foie gras, truffle butter, chives.
It's hard to believe, but I had my 11 year high school class reunion. Why 11 year you ask, well I went to a very small school and since we didn't have ours last year, we decided to have a joint celebration with the class of 2006. It was so great catching up with everyone. 
A few of us from the class of 2005
The Charleston Blog Society was invited to a pre-grand opening party for Arhaus. It is such a beautiful store. Stay tuned for a post with more photos and details from the evening. 
Easter was spent with at my in-laws house. 
The weather was nasty all weekend, which left us spending most of our time indoors. We spent some family bonding time at a few different spots at Market Common. The sun may not have been shining, but that didn't stop us from having a great weekend with the family. 
I had the pleasure of being schooled in the kitchen by Chef and cookbook author,  Ludo Lefebvre. Blog post coming soon!
And the highlight of the month was receiving a message from my best friend saying that she was on the way to the hospital to deliver her sweet little baby boy. A message that I had been anticipating for days and was thrilled to receive. 
It was so special meeting my sweet little nephew, Watson! 

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