Weekend Recap … Birthday Celebrations, A Benefit Concert, Yummy Food, and A Winery

Hey friends!!! I hope your week is going well!  Mine has been kinda crazy, but I am pretty happy today because we are headed south today for a wedding this weekend! 

Before we head out I wanted to recap last week’s events because there were plenty of them!  My mom offered to take Jon and I out to breakfast for my birthday.  My mom suggested The Cafe at Thistle Farms, which is a new cafe in town with an amazing mission of empowering and employing women that have been affected by trafficking, prostitution, and addiction.  

I got the yogurt with homemade granola and fruit and it was really good!

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After breakfast my mom and I headed to East Tennessee on a little road trip.  I had to go to work so she decided to tag along!  After work we headed to Cru Bistro and Wine Bar which I have been wanting to try for some time.  

I got the salmon, my mom got a pizza and we ordered some Brussel sprouts to share!  We both thoroughly enjoyed our meals. 

After dinner we relaxed in the hotel and applied our facial masks. 😉 

The next day after a full morning of work we grabbed lunch at Panera before hitting the road.  I am currently obsessed with their autumn squash soup.  It is SOOO delicious!

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Less than an hour after getting home, Jon and I were out the door for a fun date night.  We decided on Henrietta Red for dinner.  

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I had been once before for drinks and have been wanting to try the food ever since!

We got a ceviche to start, I got the scallops and my husband got the fish and we both raved about our meals!  

After dinner we headed to The Ryman Auditorium to see Sheryl Crow for a benefit concert.  The show was absolutely amazing!!

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Friday night we just took it easy and hung out at home because we had plans on Saturday and I was pretty exhausted from traveling and being out late on Thursday night.  Saturday morning we went for a nice long walk with the pups and I couldn’t help but admire the beautiful changing leaves.  I just love fall!

Saturday afternoon we headed to Natchez Hills Winery at Fontanel for some wine tasting with our friends to celebrate my birthday!!   

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My sweet friend Rachael organized the event and had balloons, gifts and decor waiting for me when I arrived. 😉 

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After our tasting we bought a few bottles of wine to enjoy outside before our dinner reservation.  

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Such a fun day!

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For dinner, we just hopped on over to the restaurant at Fontanel called Cafe Fontanel.  There was a live band playing (they sung Happy Birthday to me :)) so that made the night so much fun!  I got the fennel crusted salmon, which I loved!  Rachael even brought me a gluten free almond cake from a local vegan bakery!  Everyone came back to our house after dinner for some ping pong and relaxing!!  It was such a great extended birthday weekend celebration and I am just so grateful to everyone who made it so special!  I have such amazing friends!!!

We are heading to the airport to chase the warmer weather!!  Have a great rest of your week!!

Questions:

  1. What is your favorite cake flavor?
  2. Have your tried any new restaurants lately?
  3. What was the highlight of your weekend? 

2 thoughts on “Weekend Recap … Birthday Celebrations, A Benefit Concert, Yummy Food, and A Winery

  1. I love vanilla cake with chocolate chips in it…that’s what I got for my wedding cake! All of your food and drink looks so delicious! Those face masks look hilariously terrifying but they work so well hahaha!

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  2. What a great friend Rachel is! It looks like you had a wonderful time for your birthday (happy belated birthday!) with wonderful people who love you. I hope moving back to Nashville has been a great way to reconnect with people. I’m always so in awe of people who make friends in new places, especially post-schooling. It’s so much more difficult connecting with people after you graduate. For me, having a strong support system is what maintains my sanity – I hope moving back to Nashville has helped you rekindle what seems to be an awesome support system!

    Also, Sheryl Crow! I loved her as a kid – I’m glad the show was nice!

    My favorite cake is a dense yellow cake with buttercream frosting. I crave them sometimes, but unfortunately I haven’t found a great one where I live – I guess that’s good for my blood sugar, ha!

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