Monday, December 12, 2011

A charitable way to shop for the TV fan in your life!

This is pretty much the coolest online auction I've seen in a long time, if not ever. The gang over at is auctioning off a wide variety of television swag through Sunday, December 18. Here's the neat thing, though - instead of paying for your auction wins in cash, if you win, you'll be paying in food donations to the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina.

Got a Bones fan in your life? You could win her a "'Bones' Pretty in Pink Pj and Pedi set" - currently sitting at only THREE donation items! (Let's drive that up for the sake of charity, ok?) Been watching New Girl? How about a "New Girl 'DoucheBag Jar'"? There are lots more items including Glee, Two and a Half Men, The Simpsons, and more.

Check out the entire auction online at and bid generously!

Full disclosure: is owned by Capitol Broadcasting Company, my employer. Employer or not, this is cool and I'm going to be bidding myself ;-)

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

It's Game Week

...and no matter the outcome of the game, I know it's going to be a great tailgate when it starts with an email like this:

To be a State fan takes real character, it just makes you stronger. So when you all have kids and Uncle Evan is teaching them this, you'll appreciate that I'm doing it to help make them a better person.
Who's ready for a little Wolfpack vs. Tar Heel football, y'all?!

image via PACK NIPS HEELS at

By the way, that picture was taken during my (super) senior year at State. What a great win that was to see in person! Let's go for another W, Wolfpack!

Sunday, September 25, 2011

I'm Still Here...

...just doing a lot of working (and I do mean A LOT), social events and weddings, tailgating, and the like. It is that time of year, again. I've also been DVRing a lot of 5 Ingredient Fix with Claire Robinson on Food Network. (I promise I'll explain next why that's related.)

Back to the tailgating!
I served up these two recipes, courtesy of Claire, for the NCSU vs. S. Alabama tailgate last weekend:
Brie and Onion Puff
Memphis Banana Bites

They went so quickly, I didn't even get pics. One suggestion? On the Memphis Banana Bites, I cut down on time in a big way by spreading the banana chips out on wax paper in the bottom of a 9x13 glass pan and poured the chocolate and peanut butter melt all over the top. I let it cool and then let my fellow tailgaters break off pieces (like a bark) to enjoy at their own pace. Perfection!

I think I'm going to take these next week fr the NCSU vs. GT tailgate (before I leave early for Brandon and Tiffany's wedding!): Spicy Baked Chickpeas.

What are your meatless tailgate favorites?

Friday, August 19, 2011

Sometimes the easiest way to help is by just showing up

My colleague Kathy (@Raleighwood) told me about this event earlier, but the thought of exercising for two hours was a little more than I was mentally prepared to commit to on that day. I must have been tired at the time, because when I read her post about tomorrow's event, I was totally re-energized to be a part. So I emailed my girls and was surprised to hear so many had friends and family affected by MS.

So, if you're so inclined to spend two hours and $10.00 to work out and help out, then email and call YOUR pals and join us tomorrow. Here's the scoop from Kathy's blog post:

"My favorite Zumba teacher, Giannina Scattolin, and her crew will be teaching a two-hour Zumba dance party on Saturday, Aug. 20, at the Longbranch of Raleigh, 608 Creekside Dr., in Raleigh. The fun is from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Tickets are $10 per person and can be purchased at the door. Proceeds will benefit the Eastern North Carolina chapter of the National MS Society. Kids under 12 get in free."

According to the National MS Society website, "multiple sclerosis (or MS) is a chronic, often disabling disease that attacks the central nervous system (CNS), which is made up of the brain, spinal cord, and optic nerves. Symptoms may be mild, such as numbness in the limbs, or severe, such as paralysis or loss of vision. The progress, severity, and specific symptoms of MS are unpredictable and vary from one person to another".

Hope to see you tomorrow for a little (ok: a lot) of Zumba!

Saturday, July 30, 2011

I've Got Beach Fever

I have not been to the beach yet this summer (unless you count the whirlwind weekend at the end of April for Brianne's wedding - be we barely saw the beach... there was other fun to be had!).

Here's hoping that every weekend in August I'll be at the coast. I can't believe these pictures were taken in August of 2007! I stumbled upon them on my computer tonight and it stirred up this wicked beach fever I've been suffering from for months now...

Other than the NC coast, Nick and I will be heading to Clearwater, Florida over Labor Day Weekend for Jen and Trey's wedding (congrats, y'all!). Anyone got any suggestions for places in the St. Pete/Clearwater area of Florida that we should check out during the long weekend?

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Right On, Idols!


"It's tough for us because we're both from small towns from nowhere around L.A. We just try to stay true to ourselves, stay in our boots – that's what I like to tell myself – and stay grounded," McCreery said.

Ok, I know, two American Idol posts in a row. But seriously, how can you not love that quote?

Stay in those boots, Scotty and Lauren!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Scotty Fever Hits the Triangle!

So excited for our hometown boy!

(And no, I'm not usually an American Idol nut, but Scotty deserves all the support he can get!)

Monday, May 02, 2011

Hey Raleighs, What Are You Doing Friday Night?

One of my gal pals (and fellow local nightlife/restaurant/retail rockstars), Christina G., was kind enough to invite me to's second annual Open Party, so I thought I'd keep the kindness going and share it with you all, as well!

This year's theme is Athletes vs. Mathletes (ummm LOVE it) and from what I hear, Yelp's local events take good time a whole new level. So as you might imagine, I'm very excited to check out my first event with this group of locals.

Date: Friday, May 6th
Time: Public Party Starts at 8pm
Venue: Crabtree Tavern

Nick and I went to Crabtree Tavern once during football season to check out their offerings. I'm ashamed to say that I didn't get a chance to blog about it, so I don't really remember much about the experience - except that I was still working when we got there and I was really impressed when the hostess was able to quickly seat us at a table with a power outlet so I could keep working with my laptop plugged in. I'm a sucker for great service! I'm sure I had a salad, and I would have remembered if it wasn't good, so I'm looking forward to getting back there on Friday and giving them another try. I'll make sure to post a review on Yelp after (which will sign up in my blog sidebar here now, too), so I won't go so long that I forget how it was!

Do you yelp? If so, here I am. Help me get past the "0" yelp friends icon, please?! :-)

PS - Fullsteam Brewery and LoneRider are part of the Friday night shenanigans. If you're a local beer drinker, that's likely what I should have started with - because that's all you needed to hear, right?

PS #2 - You know I love a good cause! Make a donation to Southern Siberian Rescue while you're there for a chance to win great door prizes and to collect great Yelp swag. (I can attest to the fine quality of their swag, btw.)


(And last, no blog post is complete without a disclaimer these days. I was not contacted by Yelp to blog about this. But, I do know Christina and she did personally invite me out. Personal invitations don't count as spiffs... at least I don't think. ;-))

Friday, April 29, 2011

Royal Wedding?

Move over, William and Kate - this weekend is all about Drew and Brianne!

Another love of my life is marrying the love of her life this weekend and I'm so excited to be making my way to Ocean Isle Beach in just a few short hours (after a Friday morning full of work) for a weekend full of rehearsals, dinner, doing my girlfriend duty once more of lookin' good in a bridesmaid dress, a ceremony, and a rockin' coastal reception!

Congrats, Bri and Drew!!! I loooooove you two! :-*

(Yes, B*Money is one of the few people in this world that I'd miss the TBMF for - and yes, I do expect texts, calls, and pictures from those of you dancing on a cooler in a field in Garner on Saturday!)

Friday, April 22, 2011

2am Emails Between Friends...

To: Adrianne
From: Me
Subject Line: 2am Email

Because I can't sleep. Watching some renovation show on DIY.
This couple is renovating the kitchen in their rental, right?
Day 1 - drinking mimosas to start the day b/c they're hungover from the night before.

Tell me why I see this in our futures...

Adrianne's reply?
Lol. That's funny.

And yes, it's also our future...
Seriously though, I'm amazed we haven't filmed an episode of something for HGTV yet.

Job work, yard work, house work, friends' weddings, and cocktails. Rinse and repeat from age 25 until..

Friday, April 15, 2011

I'm Still Here... I'm Just "in a Southern State of Mind"

Sorry for disappearing on everyone! I spend so much time on my computer and online for work+work that I'm spending less and less of my personal time anywhere near either these days. I'm looking for a little more normalcy these days though, so hopefully I'll be back to some enjoyable blogging soon!

In the meantime, I had to share a snippet from my friend Nikki's new blog: Southern State of Mind.

Guess who is going to download this Darius Rucker song promptly? (Me!)

"You can see it in the clothes I wear you can hear it when I talk
Ball cap, boots, and jeans and a little southern drawl
I could be up in Ohio or back home in Caroline
No matter what state I'm in
I'm in a Southern state of mind"
And yes, I'm going to be a good blogging friend and encourage Nikki to not make her blog private so that way more of you fantastic readers can readily follow along with her posts. :-)

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

First Friday

Denise will likely wring my neck for posting that picture of her. Sorry, Grube! But this is pretty much how my Friday nights roll in some way, shape, or form - at least every First Friday.

And whatdya know, it's that time of the month again... FIRST FRIDAY!

Raleigh Folks: What's on your Friday Friday agenda?

Non-Locals: Does your town participate in anything fun like this? Share the details!

Saturday, January 29, 2011

All Star Shenigans!

"The fact the All-Star Game is awarded to the Hurricanes is a testament to the strength of this franchise and, above all, the enthusiasm and fantastic support that you 'Caniacs have shown your team. When the Canes are home, you make RBC Center one of the loudest places in sports." - Gary Bettman, NHL Commissioner

Nick and I headed down to the FREE headline 3 Doors Down concert last night at the (still fairly new) Downtown Raleigh Amphitheater (that you'd think has finally gotten approval to be called the Bud Light Ampitheater due to all the Bud Light signage displayed) and it did not disappoint! 3 Doors Down has been my favorite rock band for years and their most-recent Raleigh show was canceled when the lead singer was sick. Seeing them for free? Yep, I braved the cold for that! We had a nice view from the lawn, but many thanks go out to Marcie, Ellen, and Andrew for inviting us to join them at the media box for an even closer view... directly behind all the crowd surfers ;-)

There is SO much happening for free on Fayetteville Street and for $8.00 in the Convention center still today as part of the NHL All Star Wide Open weekend, so if you're in Raleigh and haven't made it to Downtown yet for the All Star shenanigans, you should do yourself a favor and put on some comfy shoes and make your way down!

Nick and I are heading out shortly to check out today's action on Fayetteville Street and maybe even spend a few bucks to head inside the Convention Center. See ya there!

Friday, January 14, 2011

The Hushpuppies are a Big Deal

I almost laughed out loud when I read this line from George Cox's review of Garner's (somewhat new) Shuck 'Em Shack:

Hushpuppies are not bad for a commercial product, though the Southerner in me cringes at paying $1.99 for a dozen.
I can remember going to Dockside at some point in college, one of the best locations in Wilmington for a great coastal view - paired with a bite to eat and a tasty drink. only to find out at that point they had decided to not offer hushpuppies at all. (Something about space for the fryer or it being the off-season... clearly I was in no mind for any excuses.) Everyone at our table heavily considered just leaving before ordering anything. What's a Po' Boy sandwich with a no hushpuppies? (The answer: not much.)

Same situation with the ill-fated Sunny Side Too, which also called Garner home. (I can name more than a handful of reasons this local restaurant didn't last, sadly. But I won't.)

My point is this: in Carolina, and much of the South, hushpuppies are expected. And we more often than not expect them to be yummy and a complimentary part of the Southern seafood meal.

You can read Greg's entire report on the Shuck 'Em Shack online at

Sunday, January 02, 2011

Happy New Year!

Nick and I went to Nashville this past week/weekend for a few days, so I didn't get a chance to wish everyone a Happy New Year's Eve... or even New Year's Day. However, I don't believe January 2nd is too late to start the year off right!

We have dinner at my parents' house every Sunday, so of course tonight we had to have our traditional New Year's dinner: pork, greens, black-eyed peas, potatoes, and cake. Nom, nom, nom - it is by far my favorite meal of the year!

When Nick and I were driving back to Raleigh from Nashville yesterday, we were curious about the tradition behind the New Year's meal and found this great resource on Epicurious (thank you, Google), that I wanted to share: Lucky Foods for the New Year.

Greens and black-eyed peas (or legumes) are symbolic of economic good fortune or wealth, pork symbolizes progress, and so on. Next year, I'm adding wine to the menu since the article covers the superstition of grapes, too!

Welcome to 2011 and best wishes for a wonderful year, y'all!