Hello and Happy Friday! Normally I check in on Friday mornings feeling excited for the weekend and while I am looking forward to the birthday party we have on our agenda on Saturday, I’m feeling the post-vacation blues beginning to bubble up inside of me. Today is the final day of our family mountain vacation and I’m trying to focus on enjoying the time we have left without feeling sad it’s almost over. It has been such a great vacation and I can’t wait to share more of it with all of you next week.
Below you will find a small roundup of things that are making me smile this week in true Things I’m Loving Friday fashion! As always, I’d love to hear a little bit about what you’re loving most this week in the comments section of this post!
Things I’m Loving Friday
- Date Night at The Admiral
To celebrate Ryan’s birthday last week, I planned a date night for the two of us at The Admiral in Asheville on Wednesday night. It was wonderful to have a special night out with the birthday boy and we had a great time dining on an assortment of delicious dishes, including the most amazing sweet potato tart, scallops, mussels, octopus and more. Sharing a variety of small plates is my favorite way to dine because I love trying a bunch of different dishes. We loved everything we ordered (including our cocktails – the Old Cuban was phenomenal) and left only after we practically licked our apple spice cake and cinnamon ice cream dessert plate clean. If you ever find yourself in the Asheville area, definitely add The Admiral to your “must try” list. It looks like a total dive bar from the outside but delivers some amazing food!
I briefly mentioned these puzzles in Monday’s blog post and they’ve quickly become an obsession on our family vacation. The mountain home we rented this week is stocked with a variety of Scramble Squares puzzles and we’ve been trying to crack them all week. So far my dad and Ryan are the only two who were able to solve them (granted I get frustrated and give up after about 5 minutes every time I try) but there’s still time for more of us to join the winner’s circle.
- Charcoal Cutout Shoulder Top
I ordered this top on a whim on Zulily (paired with my favorite moto leggings!) and it’s so crazy comfy that I’m now on the lookout for the same top in another color the next time it pops up on sale. My love for the cutout shoulder style of this top also has me looking for a long-sleeved version as well! Off the shoulder tops and cutout shoulder tops are my current fav!
- Exploring Black Mountain
My family and I had a great time walking around downtown Black Mountain, the small town located just outside of Asheville where we’ve been staying this week. The weather on Wednesday was perfect for strolling along, eating pizza outside and popping in and out of the local shops, including a fun Christmas shop where I had to hold myself back from buying a billion things to transform our house into the North Pole on December 1.
Oh my gosh this stuff is amazing! It tastes like the holidays in a cup. When we visited the Biltmore Estate winery on Monday, samples of their Wassail Spice Blend Mix were available and after trying one sip the question as to whether or not we were each going to buy a bag of it was a no-brainer. The fragrant spice mix can be added to cider, red wine or hot tea and the flavors of cinnamon, clove, orange, lemon and nutmeg are perfectly blended to make the Wassail Spice Blend Mix an instant hit in our family. If you love spiced cider, you must give this a try! I’ve also been adding it to a hot mug of black tea in the afternoon and think it’s fantastic.
Question of the Day
- What is one thing you are loving this week?