Weekend in a Nutshell

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I love the old brick buildings downtown. They have so much character.

As always, the weekend has gone by way too fast! We did manage to pack in a lot of fun and delicious foods. Friday night was a relaxing one with a quick Mexican-style vegetarian bowl after a workout at the Y. Unfortunately, I didn’t get a picture, but it definitely hit the spot.

Saturday, we each made a ‘waffle stack’ for breakfast, which Matt has been enjoying several times over the past few weeks.

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Van’s gf ancient grains waffles stuffed with Fage 2% plain Greek yogurt, mango, blueberries, raspberries on top, drizzled with maple syrup, & a side of Applegate Farms chicken apple sausage links

Matt and I finally got our first picture together since moving into our place! I so love him.

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Despite the forecast calling for scattered showers, we went to the farmers market anyways, and it turned out to be an amazing day. After getting coffee at Old City Java‘s booth, we shopped for plenty of vegetables along with a loaf of locally made gf Italian herb bread from The Breadheads. The owner is an incredible baker, and we both love the bread!

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You can tell that autumn is just around the corner with the rich blue skies and crisp morning air. I am so excited to open our front door to an array of fall colors as far as the eye can see.

We had lunch at Not Watson’s, which I’ve dined at only twice before.

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Their menu description: GULF SHRIMP & KALE SALAD // TENDER SAUTEED SHRIMP, SERVED OVER OUR CHOPPED KALE SALAD, TOSSED IN OUR HOUSEMADE ROASTED PEANUT VINAIGRETTE
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Their menu description: THE BACKYARD DOG // JUMBO ANGUS BEEF DOG…TOPPED WITH PORK BBQ AND HOUSEMADE COLESLAW + side of redskin potatoes
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Their menu description: SIDE SALAD // MIXED GREENS, CHEDDAR CHEESE, TOMATOES, CUCUMBER, CARROTS, EGG, RED ONION, BALSAMIC VINAIGRETTE

Later that afternoon, I went in search again for a coffee-tea bar cart for our place, and I finally found one! Nostalgia has some of the best vintage and retro collections in Knoxville, and I scored this cart, both wooden trays, fabric, and burlap bag for a very reasonable price.

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We finally have our mugs and accessories on display. 🙂 Matt and I made the burlap coffee canvas, and I found the awesome Alice in Wonderland canvas at Earthbound Trading Co. 

While looking around at Nostalgia, I found this adorable pillow that matches the unintentional bird theme that has started to appear a little in each room of our house.

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The fact that it’s burlap makes it all the more perfect.

We enjoyed a farmers market-inspired dinner of sautéed vegetables, fresh local heirloom tomatoes, and Italian herb bread topped with gouda on one slice, roasted red pepper spread on a second slice, and extra virgin olive oil with cracked sea salt and pepper medley on the third slice.

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For Sunday brunch, we warmed my leftover salad (I ate all of the shrimp, so it was the kale and slaw dressed in the peanut vinaigrette) with mozzarella and topped it with a thick slice of Italian herb bread, an over easy egg, and had a side of local heirloom tomatoes. Pour over coffee for sippin’, but we only had enough for one serving. I split it because that’s true love. 😉

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We hung almost the very last of our wall art. Only three things remain to be hung at this time!

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We finally get to display our paintings side-by-side that we completed for my 26th birthday at Painting With a Twist last year!

Lastly, I found this cute metal wall decor at Target for our bathroom, and they match our shower curtain perfectly.

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The candle in the corner is made by Claro Candles that I purchased from Spērō. It’s their tobacco and fig scent. Every purchase goes towards a great cause, such as providing clean water or sending a child to school, so I would love to purchase more from their line!

Thank you for indulging me as I excitedly share how our place has come together. I am so thankful and absolutely love coming home every day. After I press “publish”, it’ll be off to the Y and then to meet with a friend at K Brew later this afternoon. I can’t wait!

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