Monday, March 18, 2013

Maple Sugaring

Collecting Sap

Yesterday we headed up to Topsfield for a maple sugaring tour to take advantage of the last day of the season. It was a beautiful (but a bit cold) day to be walking in the woods. My favorite part of the tour was going into the sugar house where the sap gets boiled down into syrup, it was so steamy inside and smelled of wood fire and maple and was just fabulous. To end the tour my group did a toast with a little shot of syrup, and then Greg and I headed into the barn to sit by the fire and eat hot dogs cooked in maple sap. 

Monday, March 11, 2013


This weekend, I traveled south to our southern neighbor, South Carolina.  It was quite the culture shock from where I live.  Far fewer hippies and way more young 20 somethings.  It was nice to leave the bubble for the day and explore.  I stumbled across this funky old building, that is now home to a restaurant.  I look forward to more exploration of neighboring states. 

Sunday, March 10, 2013


Biscuits & Gravy + Mimosas = awesome.  Louise's Kitchen in Black Mountain

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Biltmore Estate

Last weekend, my parents came to visit and we went to the historic Biltmore Estate.  The architecture is incredible.  I can't wait to go back when the gardens are in bloom and not freezing.