Tag Archives: North Carolina

Livin’ in North Carolina: gotta love barbecue!

My husband found this hilarious song about southern barbecue. It’s so true, I just had to share.

North Carolina–Huzzah!

Southern barbecue song

Recipes for the Month of April

Spring treeI’m releasing the monthly recipe blog early because next week I have a new blogging idea to run by you. Something I think everyone will enjoy and will be a lot of fun.

But for now, let’s get to eatin’!

Things are finally warming up here in North Carolina, but I’m still not quite ready for the salads and lighter foods of summer. Instead, I found a fantastic recipe for beef roast that I had to share. The sauce smells amazing even before the roast starts cooking!

From Fix It and Forget It Big Cookbook

Peppery Roast

  • Beef roast3.5 pound Beef roast (2.5 is fine if you’re feeding fewer people)
  • 1 tsp. each garlic powder, dried minced onion, celery seed
  • 2 tsp. gluten-free Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 T liquid smoke
  • 3 T brown sugar
  • 1 T dried mustard (I didn’t have this so I used regular yellow mustard)
  • Dash of nutmeg
  • 1 T each gluten-free soy sauce & lemon juice
  • 3 drops hot sauce (use more or less depending on personal taste)

Place roast in slow cooker. Combine remaining ingredients and pour over the roast. Cover and cook on high 6 hours or low 10 hours.

I baked sweet and white potatoes in the oven to accompany this dish. (Some of us like white potatoes and some like sweet, so there you go.) A green salad is also a delicious addition. But if you feel adventurous, try this side dish from simplyrecipes.com.

Baby Bok Choy and Cashew Nuts

  • Bok Choy2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped green onions, including green ends
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 pound baby bok choy, rinsed, larger leaves separated from base, base trimmed but still present, holding the smaller leaves together
  • 1/2 teaspoon dark sesame oil
  • Salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped, roasted, salted cashews

Heat olive oil in a large sauté pan on medium high heat. Add onions, then garlic, then bok choy. Sprinkle with sesame oil and salt. Cover, and let the baby bok choy cook down for approximately 3 minutes. (Like spinach, when cooked, the bok choy will wilt a bit.)

Remove cover. Lower heat to low. Stir and let cook for a minute or two longer, until the bok choy is just cooked. Gently mix in cashews.

Yum!Hot coffee

Motorcycle Adventure!


Me taking a break by the motorcycle.

My husband and I got back this week from a four-day tour of the Blue Ridge Parkway on his BMW motorcycle. The grandparents came in to hold down the fort and off we went. It’s the first getaway we’ve had in over seven years, so we were pretty excited.

Our first lunch stop was in a little Virginian town called Floyd. They’re famous for their yearly Bluegrass festival and we happened to be there during the event. On the way out of town, we saw where the festival was being held. RVs and cars galore and tons of people, plus booths and tents. Very much like a busy county Fair.

Mabry Mill

Where are we, honey?

The next two days were full of amazing vistas along the Parkway. There are a lot of parks off of the Blue Ridge, plus plenty of overlooks. I especially enjoyed the beautiful farms that are all throughout Virginia and North Carolina.

Blue Ridge Parkway Overlook — VA

One of the highlights of the last day was stopping in Boone, NC and eating at the Coyote Kitchen. Fabulous food! My husband said that no travel blog was complete without a picture of food, so here I am in all my no-makeup, helmet-head, happy-trip glory. 😉

Lunch in Boone, NC

Our motorcycle tour was a great way to end the summer. We arrived home tired, happy and already planning next year’s adventure.

What’s the best vacation you ever took?