This was my very first year attending the 52nd Holly Day Fair at the Crown.
I was like WHOA.
In the parking lot.
Cause dude, it was madness! I didn’t know this was such a thing. But it really was.
Snagged a parking spot and skipped in the building to find the crown turned into a holiday shopping wonderland.
Vendors lined the entire place. I’m talking everything from woodworking to wine to Christmas ornaments. It was cool.
Honestly, I had so fun much hanging out with my friends and listening to the vendors stories about their businesses and products. It was such a social experience and I have a great appreciation for that.
I love love love supporting small businesses during the holidays.
Not only are you supporting someone’s dream and their family-but typically what you find at a small business is a lot cooler and more personable than a chain. I love finding unique gifts with a story to tell. Nobody wants another pair of socks, guys. Unless they’re cool like Proven by Ruben style. #letsbereal
While this Holly Day Fair wrapped up on Sunday, it’ll be back next year and I definitely think everyone should go check it out. It got me in the holiday spirit and I got to check out some businesses that I didn’t know about!The place was hoppin’ and I’m glad I tried something new this holiday season!
Growing up in Southeastern Pennsylvania, seafood from the Chesapeake was a norm.
One of my favorite recipes is Maryland Crab Soup cause I LOVE Old Bay anything and this is basically Old Bay soup. YAS.
Now, I am not a chef guys…I just cook things and eat them with no exact measurements or professional training…so bear with me as I share my ridiculous ways.
Okay so you’ll need a big pot cause you’ll want leftovers. It’s always better the next day, right?
1 bag of small red potatoes (cubed)
Cooked carrots (chopped up)
Old Bay Seasoning
2 cans of crab meat (feel free to mix in claw meat or whatever you want)
1 can crushed tomatoes
1 can stewed tomatoes
2 cups of beef broth
Salt & Pepper
1. Cut up the potatoes and boil them until you can pierce them with a fork easily. While they are boiling-chop up the onion and saute it with some avocado oil until soft.
2. In a large pot (remember you want leftovers) bring your crushed & stewed tomatoes, beef broth, a splash of Worcestershire, and water to a boil. Now, here’s where I’m no help because I totally eyeball how much water and taste test as I go. Add some Old Bay in there too (I add it throughout the entire process in excess) Once it’s all nice and mixed up turn it down to a simmer.
3. Add your onions, corn, green beans, cooked carrots, lima beans,and potatoes. I add the crab meat last and gentle stir so it doesn’t get totally shredded in the mix.
4. Lastly, add Old Bay to taste, salt, and pepper. I literally add so much Old Bay it is unreal. So, if you want my measurement probably about half the can? #notsorry
The Apple Crate Natural Market is like every food I have ever dreamed of in one cozy brick & mortar.Seriously, a family owned business that stocks everything from paleo bread and local eggs to sage for smudging and amber teething necklaces. This store is my jam.
I’m talking every herb/supplement I can think of, Vital Proteins, Siete chips, Kite-hill almond milk cream cheese. Yas.
I instantly fell in love with with this market when I walked through the doors with my then 2 and 3 year old and we were greeted by a warm smile, organic lollipops-
…and that nod of “you got this mama” that we all need when we enter a grocery store with children.
The smell of essential oils and all things good hit me and I knew I found my little corner of Fayetteville.
The variety is impressive but the friendly vibe keeps me coming back. Honestly, I would drop in on a Saturday just to chat with everyone (and probably leave with a basket full because who can resist!!)
Some of my fave products:
Epic Provisions Bone Broth
Vital Proteins Collagen
Kite Hill Chive Almond Milk Cream Cheese
Simple Mills Crackers
The fact that they have every herb and supplement you could need
Sage for smudging
Justin’s dark chocolate peanut butter cups (yassss)
Tacos & guac and a friend who doesn’t mind me stuffing my face and ranting with my mouth full 🤷🏻♀️
Count me in. When Chronic Tacos invited me up to Raleigh to check them out-I didn’t bat an eye.
I mean come on, it’s tacos.
And guac. 🥑
Now first off-when you ask a friend to drive an hour and a half for tacos and she says yes-you know you’ve found your tribe.
I mean, priorities, am I right?
So we booked it up to Raleigh on a Friday in rush hour traffic (#fail)
But we made it!
We ordered a variety of food. We taste tested tacos and of course we had to try the Guac. And I mean, at this point margaritas just seemed like a necessity. We came all this way!
I seriously dig the variety of options-and that you can choose how you want to jazz it up (street style, baja, spicy, mild, etc) It was the bomb-dot-com.
This place definitely has a unique vibe-a dark dia de los muertos skull mural is contrasted with a light casual atmosphere. I like chill places that offer cool art to look at and things that spark conversation 👌🏻 With an order up front and take a seat situation, we felt welcome to hang and chat.
Overall, I would put it in the win column. They give tacos this out-of-the-box “cool” and I dig it 😎
If you’re in Raleigh, go check them out! They have a kids menu too 👌🏻
Oh and after we basically fell into food comas-we made the epic drive home. This meant taking it back to the early 90’s with some jams and talking about our glory days with some “I miss my kids now” sprinkled in 🤣 #momlife #amiright #mykindoffriday
This year I was feeling some Korean food for the 4th of July 🇺🇸 We are a melting pot after all! I usually use up whatever’s in the fridge for lettuce wraps-so nothing gets measured. I like a lot of veggies but if you prefer more meat-go for it! Making your own bulgogi marinade is pretty simple but I saw this and figured why not make it easier on my day off! In case you’re interested in making your own, I listed the measured ingredients below. Bulgogi has a certain sweetness to it and you’ll notice different variations on the recipe using either pear juice, apple juice, and/or sugars. I prefer to use a little cane sugar and some pear juice but I don’t think you can go wrong! 🤷🏻♀️Here’s my recipe this time around:
Avocado oil 🥑
Korean BBQ marinade
Chop all your veggies while your steak marinades (ideally, marinade it overnight-in reality, marinade for ten minutes while you wrangle kids and prep the rest)
Sauté the veggies with some marinade until they’re tender.
In a separate pan throw the garlic cloves with some avocado oil and let them simmer and soften
Pour the marinade and skirt steak into a pan on the stove letting the marinade simmer until the steak is cooked through.
Let cool then slice it
I layered my cooked veggies, bulgogi steak, a few cloves of garlic, and bean sprouts in the Bibb lettuce then topped it with sesame seeds and dished out a side of kimchi. You can also add some Gochujang or whatever other yummy things you can find in your fridge!
Devour promptly. Then make more and deliver them to my house 👌🏻Homemade marinade: