Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Livin' it Up in Dixie {Ketner's Mill}

What: Ketner's Mill Fair

When:  Saturday, October 21, 9am-6pm
             Sunday, October 22, 10am-5:30pm

Where: 658 Ketner Mill Ln, Whitwell, TN 37397
Cost: $7 adults  |  children under 12 free

Weather:  high 70's, mostly sunny

Website: click here

Ketner's Mill is by far the best arts and crafts fair I've been to!  Last year was my first visit and I've dreamed of going back all year- I'm talking serious shopping, people!  I love local, homemade, unique items and this is the place to score big!  Located just about 1.5 hours from Huntsville, the location is just beautiful and the weather promises to be great, which is important since the fair is outside.  In addition to shopping, there's lots of food and live music- my whole family has a blast!

Monday, October 16, 2017

Weekend with Friends

Chris and I were so excited that our friends from Jacksonville, FL flew up to see us this weekend!  Chris has known Michael and Leigh for long time and Michael was Chris's best man at our wedding.

After Chris and I got married and I moved to Jacksonville, Michael hired me to work in his accounting/tax/payroll business....a job that lasted almost two and half years until we moved to Huntsville last year.  Michael was by far the best boss I've ever had and we managed to still be friends after working together!

Once we knew they were coming to visit, Chris and I started our list of local spots we wanted them to experience.  After a relaxing dinner on the porch Friday evening, we started off Saturday with breakfast at Bigfoot's Little Donuts.

Tiny donuts from an Airstream...what's not to love!??!

The donuts are about 1.5 inches across so you order one flavor (lots to choose from!) and get a dozen of each flavor.  We each got a different flavor and passed the boxes around!

After breakfast we headed up to Burritt on the Mountain, a historic mansion and park overlooking the city.  I hadn't been since I was a little girl so it was new to all of us!  

Dr. Burritt's 1930's mansion...

This is the view from the front porch... 

This stone arch still greets you on your way into the park...

I loved the overlook where you can see all the way to Madison!  It was a little foggy, but you can still make out the rocket!

There's also a 1800's historic park and barnyard...

We had hoped for fall-ish weather for our Floridian friends, but the positive thing about the heat Saturday was that it made us so thirsty.  It was time to introduce Michael and Leigh to Piper & Leaf!  We loaned them our jars and koozies and they totally loved their Front Porch Special!  

For Saturday lunch, we went to Rosie's and it was soooo good!  It's like the best part of Huntsville!  We left with a bag of yummy leftovers and I'm pretty sure Michael and Leigh might come back just for Rosie's!  

After a nap to recover from lunch, we headed to a late dinner at Urban Cookhouse at Bridgestreet.

I've been several times before and Saturday's dinner didn't disappoint!  We had to introduce Michael and Leigh to their cookie in a skillet...a great dessert to split!

Somehow Chris had room for a popsicle from Steel City Pops...

...he opted for the Banana Pudding pop.

After church Sunday, we headed to Moma and Daddy's for a delish meal- Mississippi pot roast with rice, green beans, corn pudding, strawberry pretzel salad and homemade peach cobbler.  Moma spoiled us!  After lunch, we drove downtown for the grand tour and our last stop- Honest Coffee at Clinton Row.

We had such a great weekend catching up, sharing Huntsville and enjoying each other's friendship!  I do have to share the funniest part of the weekend...

At Burritt, we asked a lady to take our picture and in her effort to arrange us, said "Dad, move to the middle."  Of course we all (well, Chris and I!) burst into laughter and I immediately asked "dad" for a treat from the gift shop!  The hilarious part is that Michael and Leigh are just 10 years older than us...hardly "dad" age!  Poor Michael...he had to endure LOTS of "dad" jokes the rest of the weekend!  

Hey, if you're friends can't laugh at you, who can??!!?

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Livin' it up in Dixie {Axes, App & Leather}

What: Civil Axe Throwing

Where: Campus 805, Room 210  |  2620 Clinton Ave, Ste B, Huntsville, AL 35801
Cost: Tickets start at $20 for a one-hour beginner session

Website: click here

I know axe throwing isn't usually in my wheelhouse but I love all these cool, new things popping up in Huntsville!  Plus, Campus 805 is in my neck-of-the-woods and I really appreciate the rejuvenation in the area.  Civil Axe offers beginner classes, group parties and even tournaments!  Need a date idea?  Hit up Earth & Stone Wood Fired Pizza (also at Campus 805) then go through some axes!  If you go, let me know how you like it!


What: The House app
Cost: free

Website: click here

This app promises to alert you to exclusive offers on events and food deals from Huntsville's top restaurants.  The app also lets you reserve a table if you find a deal you want to take advantage of.
If you want to be in the know about Huntsville's food scene, grab this free app and try some new places!


Local Vendor: William Sanders |  Leatherworker

Website: click here

William is the son of our good friends, Meg and George, and has started making awesome looking leather products- wallets, bracelets, key chains, koozies, trays, etc.  I love supporting local artisans and love the idea of having a custom gift!  Meg gave me one of William's tassel key chains and its beautiful and the leather is so soft!  Connect with William on his Instagram and get some Christmas gifts ordered!