I like to eat, y’all. All the foods. All the fun places to eat food. All the hidden away, country backroad spots. All the fancy cafes and tapas bistros. All the dives and diners. Just give me the food. Look here for some of my favorite spots and recipes— for a little food inspiration: Dandelions… Continue reading Foodie
I love to garden. I’m no expert gardener nor a perfectionist. But I’ve always loved to put my hands in the dirt and reap the benefits of what grows. I like to have fun designing an edible landscape around my home mixing flowers, herbs and veggies throughout my yard. When the first tomato 🍅 ripens I can pluck it from the bush along with a handful of fresh herbs— rosemary, basil, sage— along with a few greens, spring onions, and walk a few feet to my kitchen to mix up a delicious dish 🥗 homegrown in my edible landscape.
For years I’ve read about the health benefits of the dandelion— a common spring and summer weed most of us ignore and discard without further thought or concern. The dandelion is a super antioxidant that grows naturally in on our lawns and truly deserves a whole lot more love than it receives! Research supports ingesting dandelion could possibly fight off diseases, superbugs, cancer, Alzheimer’s and the list goes on. In addition it is said to possibly help increase energy and boost metabolism. With all the free time I have around the house these days (thanks to Covid-19) and a plentiful bounty of dandelions popping up in every nook and cranny of my yard, I decided to do some foraging and give this edible green machine a try. Let me tell you, I was so pleased with the outcome and thrilled I finally gave this superhero weed a try. I was so impressed, I want to share with y’all some ideas of how you can prepare dandelions for your next meal and afternoon tea.
Pam Fries, an award-winning artist and illustrator, has published a lovely children's picture book titled Something's Eating the Garden. The gorgeously illustrated book features an amazing garden adventure with a child and Papa. Papa discovers that something is eating his garden and the child tries to solve the mystery by guessing who the creature culprit could be.
Monica Fullerton, Founder of Spouse-ly, http://www.spouse-ly.com Listen to my inspirational and informative conversation with Monica Fullerton of Spouse-ly here on Hodge Podge Podcast:https://anchor.fm/jalisonpaulyahoocom/episodes/Monica-Fullerton--Founder-of-Spouse-ly--Milspouse-and-Mompreneur--Connecting-the-Military-Community-ebfesi Las Vegas, Nevada- Spouse-ly was founded by Monica Fullerton— a determined Air Force military spouse, who wanted to make a difference in the military community that would benefit all military spouses, service… Continue reading Monica Fullerton- Founder of Spouse-ly, Air Force Spouse, Momprenuer, Connecting the Military Community
“It’s awesome. They really help. How do you even describe something so wonderful!” -Kenneth, a man who benefits weekly from the support he receives at Seth’s Wish.
Sunny ☀️ Sunday afternoons call for much needed time with the greatest of friends. Slowing down the pace to prepare for the week ahead through hilarious chatter, eating delicious food, taking in the sights— and a bit of local retail therapy 🛍 on the side. This is exactly what my Sunday looked like and it was the best medicine this gal could ask for! Some dearest friends and I gathered Downtown Fayetteville, North Carolina for a ladies day out and brunch at the beloved Blue Moon Cafe 🌚 where we were treated to the tastiest delicacies and beverages.
What better way to spend a day than in mindful reflection! Caring for your body and soul, eating delicious food and drinking blissful adult beverages while discussing thought provoking literature surrounded by fabulous company— AND in a beautiful setting?
-Huntersville, North Carolina 👑 #CarolinaRenFest My lady family and I attended the Carolina Renaissance Festival last weekend in support of my cousin Ivy Mackinson— a talented thespian in the Charlotte area, who is a performer with the annual festival. When I was told we would be attending, I had no clue of the festival's magnitude… Continue reading Carolina Renaissance Festival
Fayetteville, North Carolina-
Zombie Walk— an amazing Halloween-inspired event which draws thousands of zombies 🧟♀️ and onlookers— occurs each year on Hay Street in the heart of Historic Downtown Fayetteville.