snow day in asheville!

last week some friends and I decided to take a day trip from athens —> asheville. after an early morning of driving, coffee and car games (terrible car games) asheville welcomed us with SNOW !! we spent most of the day exploring local bookstores and boutiques (and urban outfitters !), and most important of all: eateries. We ate breakfast at a cute little gluten-free bakery/cofeehouse called the green sage in the heart of downtown. If ever you’re in asheville, this is a prime people watching spot. you’ll find the coolest people asheville has to offer all somehow collected in this small space. after some more snow fun and cold hands we decided to warm up (and did we warm up) with a local spot called dobra tea. this place was the coolest — and potentially hottest — place in asheville. a local tea joint, it features a small chapter book of tea varieties and bakery items from across the world. And even greater, you’re seated Moroccan style on floor cushions accompanied by a little bell for when you’re ready to order. super eclectic and relaxing. After sightseeing every corner of the city we headed back to athens. a three hour trip well worth the day!Image ^^ our beautiful presentation of personalized tea pots (and our little bell.. which we may have abused)Image^^pardon the lighting, but how fun is this set-upImage^^ every corner of this town is so uniqueImage^ SNOW! pretty to watch but when it comes to walking on it, things were a lot less gracefulImage^^a local chocolate shop with a window into the decorator’s studio. ImageImage^^green sage. i ordered a lox omelette with a local sweet potato hash. perfection.Image^^pretty boutique window displays, what a dream

co-op fun

Yesterday was the perfect day to spend some time on the west side of town: home of athen’s towniest townies. After adventuring through some pretty brick allies, bookstores and historic neighborhoods I stopped by Daily’s co-op: athen’s premiere organic, fair trade market. In my exploration I learned a little about the mission of cooperative markets. To my surprise I found that co-ops are owned and run exclusively by their members who contribute not only funding but also all of the products found on the store’s shelf. how cool. Most everything in the store is grown locally, non-GMO and organic (meaning more expensive) but well worth the buck to support keeping Athens local. Daily’s serves local coffee and tea, homemade sandwiches, juices, and deli options (including some stellar salads) and aisles of unique ingredients. Definitely recommend this Athens spot!Image^^Some of this season’s produce: ginger, garlic, potatoes. a full list is featured on their site:

http://www.dailygroceries.org/our-products/fresh-local-produce/

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^^ too pretty and colorful not to capture

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^^ not only sustainable but also beautiful. i love the look of this unique spot

the last of 2013!

christmas moments

This Christmas was full of extraordinary moments. Here’s a small collection of our little family’s favorite memories made this holiday.

dad and I delivered homemade sugar cookies to neighbors and friends working on Christmas morning. Our stops included the fire station, starbucks, the gas station, the gate house and a next door neighbor who was working over the holiday. I was shocked by their grateful spirits and joy, and thankful for a moment to tell them how appreciated they were.

brother and I – yes, both in our twenties- competed in our annual gingerbread house competition. I’ll let you decide who’s was the winner, but let me mention mine had frosted icicles from the rooftop  (you be the judge). Mom judged and dad ate the candy, some traditions stick with us.