The Mountains Are Calling and I Must Go

We had such an awesome weekend! I’m going to backtrack to Thursday to share our attendance to the Judah and the Lion concert. It was epic!

Thursday

I absolutely loved this oatmeal creation. I soaked a packet of Ancient Grains instant oats overnight with milk and water then heated them in the morning. I topped with warmed berry/cherry/pom blend, swirled in cream cheese, and finished with sunflower seeds and  vanilla sweet hummus.

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That evening we met Drew and Kaci at the Food Truck Park for dinner before walking over to the concert venue. Drew ordered from the hibachi truck.

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Kaci and I split a Mediterranean chicken wrap and chicken pita. The pita bread was so doughy. Yum!

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Matt chose the loaded tater tots again but added pulled pork and beef brisket together.

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Love my girl! We dressed twinkle-like.

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Such a gorgeous couple!

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I, of course, had the best date ever. ❤

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Kase took a portrait of us. 😉

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During the concert I snapped these two gems. Love being goofy!

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I didn’t take any photos but did take a few videos. They ended with ‘Sweet Tennessee’ and Rocky Top. They hold a special place in my heart because we chose ‘Sweet Tennessee’ as our reception introduction song. It’s been our alarm song ever since!

Friday

I started Friday morning with my leftover biscuit from Scrambled Jakes warmed with melted cheddar and an over easy egg plus wilted greens, avocado, and everything bagel seasoning. I ate half the biscuit and all the toppings and was full, so I saved the other half to go with jam for a snack later in the morning.

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I tried this Chobani flip cup for an afternoon snack and really enjoyed the flavor. Love me some pie pieces!

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Dinner was leftover roast and then kitty snuggles followed.

Dessert was a carob cauliflower rice muffin in yogurt with pb and an apple.

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Saturday

I finally soaked oats and almond milk with ginger, cinnamon, and clove in our nearly empty local honey jar. I split it between us and heated it through.

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Topped mine with berry mix and sweet hummus.

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After getting ready, I had the last of our salmon pasta with the addition of roasted asparagus plus Havarti avocado toast.

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I met Kaci and Drew at their place to join them for a hike. I had checked the mail before I left, and my Lyla Taylor Boutique earrings had arrived! Kath wrote about this boutique on a recent blog post.

Since they were still getting ready, I decided to go down to the Pearl on Union to get a treat. The owners of Old City Java and Wild Love Bake House just opened this cafe. It’s super bright and pretty!

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I got an iced half caf latte that was so refreshing.

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I flipped through this catalogue while I sipped on my Joe.

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Then it was off to House Mountain! We hiked here in November, and it was so nice to be back.

I also got myself a salted chocolate sable from Pearl on Union that I ate before we started.

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I decided to join them last minute, and Matt already had plans to clean out the garage and work a bit on his car. But next time we’ll all go!

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Our brave guide pup!

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FAVORITE!

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Panoramic shot ❤

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Once I was back home, I whipped up this dinner. Sautéed baby kale and spinach topped with organic tri-bean blend, broccoli slaw, ‘shrooms, artichoke hearts, mini pepper, Chick-fil-a sauce (obsessed), and Kaci was so sweet and gave me this local Tellico Grains pecan cranberry bread. I topped it with cream cheese and more pecans because it was National Pecan Day.

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Dessert was yogurt, banana, and pb.

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Sunday

I had breakfast in two courses, starting with a sunny side up egg over mashed avocado with everything bagel seasoning and the last of the cran pecan bread.

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Next “course” was yogurt, fruit, and pb. I didn’t quite finish the yogurt, so I saved it for later.

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I participated in an Instagram contest and won a variety pack of RX Bars, and I was so excited to receive this message!

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I sported my new earrings to meet Kaci and Drew for brunch!

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The husband of one of Kaci’s fun friends is a chef that holds pop-up brunches at several cafes. He held brunch and a giveaway at Honeybee.

I enjoyed a half caf whole milk vanilla latte.

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Kaci had a brown sugar iced latte. Love this letter-board!

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Drew enjoyed a cold brew with the short ribs and grits.

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I had the last smoke salmon tostada that was fabulous!

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Kaci chose the sweet potato apple bacon hash topped with an over easy egg.

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They were so sweet and gave Kaci a complimentary avocado toast with watermelon radish and bacon!

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After grocery shopping, I enjoyed the rest of my yogurt with a new cereal I found. I’ll share it on my Friday Favs + Finds post!

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We finished the roast with freshly roasted sweet potato and green beans.

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Dessert was so good! Herbal tea with raw honey along with apple, last carob cauliflower muffin, and roasted nuts.

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Today is gross and so cold, but maybe, just maybe, spring will be back for good! Make this week a great one!

2 thoughts on “The Mountains Are Calling and I Must Go

  1. Remember that time we went hiking and it was so hot we were literally dripping with sweat while wearing shorts and then it snowed? Yea…hahaha

    I LOVE that last pic of Axl! He’s such a ham.

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