The 3 Places You Want to Go in Greenville

3 Places You Want to Go in Greeneville, SC

Happy Wednesday!

I’m back with the travel series to spill the beans on my favorite places to eat in Greenville, South Carolina. This summer Mr. M and I went to Greenville for an extended Memorial Day Weekend getaway. It was our first time in Greenville together and it was our first Air BnB experience! Mr. M was a little hesitant about actually staying in someone’s house, so he said if this didn’t go well, we wouldn’t be doing it again.

3 Places You Want to Go in Greeneville, SC

Our First Air BnB Experience

Luckily, our first Air BnB experience was absolutely amazing. We stayed at a little place close to downtown Greenville called The Studio. The host was phenomenal in touching base with us, and even stopped by to say hello one morning. Because I shout “we’re newlyweds!” from the rooftops, she even left a baby orchid for us and a sweet note welcoming us to their home. The Studio was the perfect mix of modern and cozy. It had a stove and oven where we could cook breakfast, organic and ethically produced coffee beans, and – most importantly, a comfy bed. She even left little chocolates on our pillows for us!

3 Places You Want to Go in Greeneville, SC

3 Places You Want to Go in Greeneville, SC

10/10 would Recommend

(If you’ve never signed up for airbnb before but would like to try it, you can do so here! By booking through this referral link, you’re giving Mr.M and I the opportunity to get travel credit so we can tell you about more adventures!)

Our stay in Greeneville was so short, but we made sure to spend a lot of time outside and most importantly, eating great food.

Jamaica Mi Irie

Our first stop for lunch was at this amazing Jamaican restaurant in downtown. We sat outside and each picked out a lunch special. Mr. M had jerk chicken and I tried the curry chicken. They gave us SO much food for only $6 each, and they even topped our meals off with the most delicious tropical tea I’ve ever had. I came back to work and raved about it to my Jamaican co-worker.

3 Places You Want to Go in Greeneville, SC

3 Places You Want to Go in Greeneville, SC

Fall at Reedy Park

If you need to take a break between all the eating you do on vacation, I recommend going for a stroll around Fall Park on the Reedy. This park is behind Furman University and is a favorite for wedding and prom photos. There is a beautiful, massive waterfall and a gorgeous walking trail around the park. My favorite landmark is this tree with exposed roots. (You may recognize this tree from Monday’s post.)

3 Places You Want to Go in Greeneville, SC

Spill the Beans

Greenville in the summer time is basically a heat bath of humidity, so it was absolutely necessary that we avoid a heatstroke with ice cream. We checked out this cute little ice cream shop, Spill the Beans, right beside Fall Park. Our bellies and our souls were satisfied.

3 Places You Want to Go in Greeneville, SC

3 Places You Want to Go in Greeneville, SC

Tandem Creperie 

OK, y’all. I saved the best for last. TANDEM. CREPERIE. This little gem of a creperie is located outside of Greenville in this precious little spot called “Traveler’s Rest.” It will be a mandatory stop along the way any and every time I pass through this adorable little town. But y’all. These were the best crepes I’ve ever had. Mr. M with the savory and I went with the sweet this time, and then we split it in half. (This is really the way to go, my friends.) But I almost didn’t want to share my sweet crepe because it was mainly blueberry yogurt and whipped cream.

3 Places You Want to Go in Greeneville, SC

3 Places You Want to Go in Greeneville, SC 3 Places You Want to Go in Greeneville, SC

If I had more time, I would have taken a thousand photos of and around this little place because it was just too adorable. We need an Indie film to come shoot a movie here.

We had a great time in Greenville, and we definitely did not get to uncover as many of this city’s littl gems as we wanted. Greenville is a perfect little short weekend getaway. and if you have a hankering to watch Clemson play, they’re pretty close, too. ūüôā (Let it be noted, though, I know nothing about football. I don’t even know if Clemson is good. I just think somehow they pull off orange and purple quite nicely.)

Have you been to Greenville before? What are your favorite things to do on your weekend getaways?

To check out our other adventures, see here and here.

The Best Meals to Prep When You’re Busy

The Best Meals to Prep When You're Busy

Hello!

Comin’ at ya real late on a Wednesday afternoon because my computer wasn’t working last night. Whomp.

If there’s one thing I love to do to destress, it’s cook. If you followed along with my Instastories this summer, you noticed that I cooked a lot but most importantly, I tried my hand at baking. I tried to bake bread and that was . . . well. . . a disaster. Maybe this fall I’ll be brave and try it again.

Cooking is somewhat of a love language to me. I love to put on an episode of Gilmore Girls and try my hand at a new recipe. The only thing that is even better is when my husband offers to clean up afterwards. ūüėČ

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As a college recruiter, I stay pretty busy in the fall season. There are a lot of days when I don’t come home until late in the evening or I have to stay overnight somewhere else for an event. While I’m 100% confident Mr.M knows how to cook (he’s an excellent cook, he just doesn’t¬†like to do it necessarily. . . ) and I know he wouldn’t starve, I still like to be prepared – just in case I come home in the evening with a hankering for something homemade.

I’ve rounded up some of my favorite go-to recipes, and some recipes I can’t wait to try.

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Oven Baked Taquitos

I am down always for Mexican food. If my husband would let me, I would eat tacos and chips and salsa for every meal. For some reason that’s not “healthy.” But these oven baked taquitos are a fantastic late night snack. I like to make mine with a little bit of cream cheese which is not AT ALL healthy, but oh so good for my soul. The nice thing is, the prep time is relatively short and you can freeze ’em and pop them in the toaster oven when you want one!

Loaded Baked Potato Soup

Ok so I may or may not have an unhealthy obsession with any and all potato items. So this loaded potato soup is a for sure winner in our home. I dump everything in the crockpot before I go to work, let it simmer all day, and go to bed with a massive food belly afterwards. Loaded Baked Potato Soup is like a little hug for your soul and I will anyone who says otherwise is a liar.

Chili

Chili is also the perfect crock pot dump. I don’t really adhere to any recipe, I just throw a bunch of beans and tomato based items into a crock pot, load it up with a bunch of spices and pair it with a buttery cornbread for dinner. My secret ingredient to my chili is using breakfast sausage instead of ground beef. The extra spice is the perfect kick to keep you warm on those chilly fall evenings.

Cilantro Lime Tacos

Remember when I said I could eat Mexican all day every day? Here we are again. This delicious bad boy is currently simmering in my crock pot and I pumped for dinner tonight. When I’m tired, I like for my meals to be minimum to no effort. (And then when I host people, they’re all like, “Whoa you cooked an amazing spread!” And I’m like #crockpot.)

BBQ Chicken Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

I’ve done this one with regular potatoes, and it’s a perfect way to diversify your bbq chicken meals. And if you’re a Southern girl like me, you know we need our barbecue!

And if all else fails. . . 

There’s pizza.

The Best Meals to Prep When You're Busy

What are your favorite easy go-to meals?
Do you do all the cooking or all the eating in your home?

 

6 Cures for a Food Hangover

6 Cures for a Food Hangover

*The above clothing Рaka my eating sweater and eating pants Рthe best clothes to hide food babies on Thanksgiving Рare from consignment stores. Good luck trying to find them anymore. Except the sweater is from TJ Maxx.* 

Did you wake up this morning unable to move, five pounds heavier with a headache? I did and the cause is Thanksgiving. Too much food. Too much coffee (could there ever be such a thing?!) Too much napping. How do we get over such a Food Hangover?

1. Lots of sleep. Sleep all day, wake up only to eat. Go back to sleep.

2. Drink lots of water. I only drank coffee and Dr. Pepper yesterday because #holidays. Reason #1 for this headache? Dehydration.

3. Decorating the Christmas tree. It’s the day after Thanksgiving and it’s officially the start of the Christmas season (even though I’ve been singing and decorating since Halloween). Your body will thank you for putting that tree up and going on your merry way.

4. Singing Christmas songs. The best way to spread Christmas cheer cure a food hangover is singing loud for all to hear.

5. Speed walking. Join the chaos and shop all the Black Friday deals. Or just go on a run and avoid all the people.

6. Eating more food. If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em. Eating more food is always always the cure.

I’m going to go sop up some turkey gravy with a biscuit now. Bye y’all.

What It’s Like to Eat a Salad

What it's like to eat a salad

 

Whenever I start to feel sluggish in my skin, I try to make lifestyle changes. I sit down and make a work out schedule that I don’t follow through. Rather than sit around and eat raw cookie dough, I try to bake it instead (because it’s healthier baked) or I start buying veggies from the grocery store. The problem is, when I buy vegetables, I actually have to pretend that I want to eat them or else they’ll go rotten. It’s hard enough to cook for one person, and veggies go bad so quickly! Especially spinach. It’s like they expect me to eat an entire box of spinach by myself in 4 days. Yes, I would like to be put on the spinach diet, thanks. No. I love spinach, but I don’t want to put it in every. single. thing I bake. Spinach in my eggs, spinach in my cookies, spinach in my popcorn. So yesterday I decided I would make a salad for lunch. The problem was, I didn’t have any nuts or much else to put in the salad, so it was basically a huge tupperware container of spinach leaves with feta, deli meat, and a lemon/pepper olive oil dressing I whipped up at 7:30 yesterday morning.

I actually really enjoyed my salad, but I started to eat it at 11 and by 12:15, I had only conquered half the box. My favorite bites were when I got a piece of turkey and feta in my mouth, but it was mostly soggy spinach. I just looked down and thought, “Wow. These are just a lot of leaves.” I kind of felt like an herbivorous animal just stuffing leaves into my mouth. It takes me around¬†17 chews to even break the leaves down into tiny enough pieces that it won’t go down into my esophagus and make me choke and die. (Once, a salad almost killed me..)

I affectionately refer to “side salads” as “sad salads.” It basically sounds the same, especially if you’re from the South and your long “i’s” sound like¬†short¬†“a’s” anyway. Side salads can be tasty, but just the fact you’re eating a salad instead of something tastier is sad. I have never been that kind of girl who goes on a date and orders a salad. No, siree. If the date is buying I’ll at least be considerate and order the chicken. But if I’m going out to eat with my dad then give me the bacon-wrapped filet with a loaded baked potato and the mac-n-cheese please. #allthecarbs

In fact, I can think of one time I ordered a salad on a date in my entire life. It was a few weeks ago and I wasn’t in the mood for meat and they had a strawberry pecan spinach salad and it was actually kind of like dessert with green stuff in it. It was amazing, but talking about this amazing salad completely defeats the purpose of me complaining about eating salads instead of chicken, or quesadillas, or cake.

Perhaps if someone said, “I will pay you 1 million dollars to be a vegetarian for a year,” I would negotiate with them to give me a quarter million and I would be a vegetarian for who cheats ¬†for¬†three months. But I would really just rather not. Once Pai and I did a no-meat diet¬†and it was fine, but I’m pretty sure my protein was way off because I subsisted on chips and salsa and pasta instead. I started to get light headed and headaches a lot, so we won’t be doing that again. If you tell me no-meat, I will still find a way to avoid eating vegetables, unless it’s a candy salad like the aforementioned one.

It can’t all be negative; there are a few pros to eating salads: for instance, you can justify eating a slice (or maybe 2) of pumpkin gingerbread when your boss brings cake to the staff meeting. Also, you get to brag to others about how you’re eating a salad and pretend you’re all healthy for that day. You can pretend you’re Popeye the Sailor Man because he loved to eat spinach. And maybe you feel a little bit better and you don’t have to suck in the food baby as much after lunch.

But in the end, you’re just left hungry and drinking excessive amounts of water (and peeing 7 times in one afternoon) in order to trick your stomach into thinking it’s full.

Strategies for Optimal Turkey Time

Ahh, Thanksgiving. The time of year where Americans celebrate freedom, friendship, thankfulness, and gluttony. 

I always find it best to prepare for Thanksgiving. The beautiful, falling leaves and cold weather serve as a reminder to your stomach that yes, the holidays are coming and no, you don’t have self control. 

So hang in there, little buddy. 

I have about 20 years of Thanksgiving years under my belt – which, by the way, is starting to feel a little tight. So while I loosen up a notch on this thing, here are a few of my strategies to optimize your Thanksgiving festivities.

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Thanksgiving Training.

Thank goodness for Halloween – it starts us out early. If you want to eat the most you can eat on Thanksgiving day, then you have to start small. Start by eating all the leftover candy that the trick-or-treaters didn’t take from you. Don’t eat it all at once, you’re not prepared for this. You will get sick if you eat twenty Reeces Cups in one sitting. So stick with nineteen in your first sitting. If you eat candy each day, adding a few more pieces leading up to Thanksgiving, you’ll have stretched your stomach out enough to pour as many spoonfuls of mashed potatoes and turkey down your esophagus. Remember, YOLO. Diabetes is something we’ll worry about in twenty years.

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Pinspiration

You want to bring the cutest and most creative Thanksgiving dish to the table, right? Use the entire month of November to perfect your dish. After you practice it, reward yourself by eating it. Hashtag Work Hard Thanksgiving Train Hard. (I should probably work on that hashtag.)

Crushed it. 

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Decorate Early for Christmas

I know some of you people are all like, “Let Thanksgiving have its own holiday!” And you know what I say to those people? No. Enjoy your fall leaves, but I’m gonna decorate my Christmas tree, and find me some mistletoe and wrangle my cute boy into standing under it. (Free kisses for me!) Okay but really, if you decorate your Christmas tree and are a fan of the popcorn strands, guess what – that means you get to make a bowl of popcorn for the tree and then a bowl of popcorn for yourself. Not to mention Christmas cookies and hot chocolate are a must for Tree decorating. I’m just aiding in your Thanksgiving Training.

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YOGA PANTS YOGA PANTS YOGA PANTS.

My pants don’t actually go to yoga, but they certainly go to Thanksgiving with me. Jeans are way too constricting for such a gluttonous day. Pair yoga pants with a cute tunic and voila – your stomach is free to expand and your butt still looks good. You’re welcome.

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Chunky Sweaters

Yeah, forget those form fitting shirts. Thanksgiving is not a day to show off your cute little work out body. Thanksgiving is a day to eat until your food baby is about to pop. The chunkier the sweater, the more you can hide your food baby. The more you can hide your food baby, the more you get to eat.

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No Scarf Zone

Remember, scarves are cute, but they also get in the way of food. You don’t want to drop any cranberry sauce on your adorable mustard blanket scarf. Opt for a bib instead. 

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Plate Percentage

To use your plate correctly, put the turkey on last. Put all your favorite foods in a clock-like fashion, and then top it with the turkey and stuffing. Lay the turkey and stuffing on the mashed potatoes, then pour the gravy over all. It creates a beautiful gravy mountain full of happiness and love.

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Happy Eating, my Grand Adventurettes! 


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