Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Livin' it up in Dixie {stories, antiques, music & Christmas}

What: Stories Under the Stars

When: Thursday, July 27, 6:30-8:30pm (gates open at 5:30pm)
Where: Burritt on the Mountain, 3101 Burritt Drive, Huntsville, AL 35801

Cost: $10

Parking: free

Weather: mid 90's and clear

Website: click here

Enjoy a beautiful evening overlooking Huntsville as you listen to true stories from local storytellers.  There's even a "wildcard spot" if you have a story to share!  Bring your camp chairs and money for the food trucks.


What: Genealogy Antique Roadshow

When: Thursday, July 27, 7-8pm
Where: Huntsville Main Public Library

Cost: free

Website: click here

A certified appraiser will be available to appraise one or two personal items.  Dr. Marchelos has some serious credentials so if you are eager to find out if those giant glass grapes from 1971 are worth anything (no way, Moma!) head down to the Library to find out!


What: WC Handy Music Festival

When: Now through July 30
Where: Florence, AL

Cost: varies by event but lots of free options

Website: click here

For 36 years, Florence has celebrated the Father of the Blues, WC Handy. There are all kinds of competitions, concerts and meals you can be a part of.  Check out their website for a schedule of all the fun!  


What: Historic Mooresville Christmas Home Tour & Progressive Dinner

When: Saturday, December 9, 2-7pm
Where: Historic Mooresville, located right off I-565 about 10 minutes west of the airport

Cost: $75 per person

Parking: free & provided in the front of town

Website: click here

I didn't even know about Historic Mooresville until about 6 years ago when I went there for an architectural class I was taking and I fell in love with its quaintness!  Founded in 1818, Mooresville is often called "Alabama's Williamsburg."  For the Home Tour, residents open their homes and you can stroll through to see all the Christmas decorations.  There are also several shops open for Christmas goodies.  The Progressive Dinner sounds delish- Chicken with Applewood Bacon, Green Beans, Roasted Potatoes, Fresh Breads and Carmel Apple Pie.  Tickets go fast to this event, so grab yours soon!


Recurring Weekly Events:

What: Concert in the Park

When: Mondays, 6:30-8:30pm (last concert is August 7!)
Where: Huntsville Museum of Art outdoor stage

Entrance Fee: free

Parking: free, park along the street or in the surrounding business lots

Website: click here

What: Park It Like It's Hot Food Truck Lunches

When: Wednesdays, 11am- 2pm
Where: Lowe Mill, under the water tower

Entrance Fee: free

Parking: free

Website: click here

What: The Greene Street Market

When: Thursdays, May-October, 4-8pm

Where: corner of Greene Street and Eustis Avenue in Downtown Huntsville

Entrance Fee: free

Parking: should be free on surrounding streets and lots, but take cash just in case

Website: click here


What: Village of Providence Artisans & Farmers Market

When: Saturdays, April-November,  8am- noon
Where: Village of Providence Park on Town Center Drive, Huntsville

Entrance Fee: free

Parking: free

Website: click here

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Urban Deliciousness

A couple of weeks ago I shared a new restaurant at Bridgestreet- Urban Cookhouse.  Chris and I met some friends there for dinner last night and were not disappointed!

The best place to park is that small lot between Belk and Bravo and on a Monday night we didn't have a problem finding a spot.  The interior has that modern farmhouse vibe but we enjoyed sitting on their patio.

Chris and I couldn't decide what we wanted so we each got something different and shared.  Hands down the star was the Urban Cowboy sandwich (pictured right)!  I'm talking "best sandwich in Huntsville" people!  Their menu describes it as "Lime-marinated steak, caramelized onions & peppers, pepperjack, aioli on a French roll" and I absolutely loved it!

Chris got the El Cubano that was grilled ham, chipotle-braised pork, housemade pickles, provolone, and mustard, grilled on white bread.  We both really enjoyed it too but it was a tad too much mustard for me.  Part of Urban Cookhouse's charm is all their smoked meats and on the El Cubano you could really taste the smoked meat.  I also loved the housemade pickles! 

We both got Hot Cheddar Pasta as a side but it wasn't as great as I had hoped, though I would get it again. 

We also shared an order of Millie Ray's Orange Rolls- they're a little sweet and a little orange-y.  They were ok, but I'd say the sandwiches are certainly the star!

Our friends were super nice and bought us a Half-Baked Cookie topped with vanilla ice cream and chocolate syrup all served in a mini skillet!  You see why we are their friends!  The cookie takes about 20 minutes, so order with your meal and they'll bring it out in these cute holders when you're done with your meal.

As you can tell, I'd totally recommend Urban Cookhouse!  Another great part?  The sandwiches are all about $8-$9 and come with a side.  You can barely eat at McDonald's for less than that these days!  I can't wait to go back and try another delicious sandwich!

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Happy Anniversary

My fabulous parents are celebrating 43 years of marriage today!  I couldn't be more thankful for their impact in my life.  They are my best friends, confidants, prayer warriors, examples of faith, examples of love and fixers of everything from dumplins to broken hearts to broken washing machines.  I daily see their friendship and love for each other lived out in practical ways.  They are the glue that holds the Forester-Hayes-Brooks clan together and we couldn't love our Moma and Daddy more.