We packed a lot into this weekend, and I wish there had been just a little more time to relax and read. Maybe next time!
On Friday night I left Mazen with Matt and my friend Naomi and I headed over to the Shops at Stonefield for the opening of a store called Palette.
Palette is a store-within-a-store concept and 8 local shops had a portion of the store to display their goods. Those shops were Duo, Rock Paper Scissors, Curious Orange, Alakazam, Sweet Haus, Elaine B Jewelry, KiraKira, and Family Ties and Pies. This is such a cool concept for stores that otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford a store-front or who want to expand but want to get their feet wet first.
We tasted Sweet Haus cupcakes (always delish), sampled a few treats from Family Ties and sipped cava with the chef at the soon-opening Parallel 38.
Afterwards we headed to Pasture to get some savory bites for dinner. Love this shot of beautiful Naomi! We each got a delicious cocktail.
Moms night out!
We enjoyed a savory pumpkin hummus served with jicama, andouille meatballs over grits and an asparagus and arugula salad.
Saturday morning I whipped up some baked oatmeal bites for the boys.
And then we headed over to the market.
I was SO excited to see Sweet Sandies’ new flavor of ice cream sandwich: sweet potato with toasted marshmallow on a graham cookie! I bought two. Can’t wait to try it!
Matt had tried to take the day off (his first Saturday off in a while) but unfortunately he got called into work. M and I went home for naps and hung out for a while until it was time to get dressed and head to the big beer event of the fall: Homebrew for Hunger!
This event was awesome!!!! It was a showcase of 25ish homebrewers from the area, and all profits from the night went to the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank. Each brewer set up a table with a few samples and submitted one to be judged by both fellow brewers and the popular vote.
Matt’s submission was his Bacon Brown – a smoked brown ale (that didn’t actually contain bacon). He also had a Galactic IPA that was a hit as well. His beers got a lot of buzz, and I was very proud of him!!
Sadly he did not win, but the beer that did – an Imperial Red Ale – was pretty good! I also loved a Sweet Potato Ale I tried and a Vanilla brown.
I finally got to try the famous Blue Ridge Pizza Co food truck, and my gosh it lived up to all expectations!
Sunday morning we had eggs, toast and fruit…
…Before I headed to my last soccer game of the season. This was our second round in the playoffs game and sadly we lost. 4-2. But it was a great day for soccer!
After my game I swung by the grocery store and brought home a salad for lunch. Kale Caesar with almond tilapia on top!
I had to spend a few hours on the computer troubleshooting a problem and writing my recap posts, but Matt and Mazen had a fun time exploring the outdoors. Ever since he learned the word “outside” Mazen wants to be out all of the time!