Paleo Lavender Mocha

Recently, we were in Charlotte, NC for a business seminar, and as usual, I had scouted out all the best places to eat….namely the best places for sweets because let’s face it, I am the girl that plans her vacations around cupcakes and bakeries and all things yummy. Don’t judge. That’s my cheat time! So, as I was searching, I came across Amelie’s French Bakery, and their reviews were fantastic, so I knew we had to go there! Y’all….this place is amazing! It’s so fun and quirky! There are things to look at everywhere you turn, which is good because the line was forever long, which we heard is pretty standard. They are open 24/7/365, and we soon found out why. We got 2 tasty boxes filled with all sorts of treats. PS ~ They have the most delicious macarons I have ever had. Oh my goodness.

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You’re drooling, right? So good! Something else that caught my eye while we were waiting in line was their lavender mocha. I LOVE all things lavender – shortbread, truffles, you name it! So of course, I had to try it! And it did not disappoint. Well, after we got home, I started craving another, so I hopped online to try to find a recipe. I didn’t have much luck, but I came across one, and thought I’d give it a try. Once I got ready to make it, I ended up having to tweak it a bit, just because I didn’t have certain ingredients or wanted to use something different. Here is the original recipe: Lavender Mocha

So, I got to work making this, and it turned out so great! So here’s my recipe!

Paleo Lavender Mocha
{ Makes one serving }

1/2 cup water
1-2 teaspoons dried lavender
1/4 cup raw cacao or cocoa powder
1/4 cup organic coconut sugar or honey
1/8-1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/4 cup brewed coffee or 2 shots espresso
1/2 cup organic full fat milk or almond milk

{ I picked up some dried lavender at a local apothecary over the holidays, and have been dying to use it, so this was the perfect thing for it! }

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First, bring the half a cup of water to a boil in a small saucepan on the stove. Sometimes, I’m super lazy, so you could totally do this in the microwave or run just water through the Keurig, but you will eventually have to put this back on the stove, so might as well do it there to start with.🙂

Place lavender into a tea strainer or tea bag. Get creative with it, if you have to! { You could also add the lavender to the coffee grounds before you brew it. } I have had this adorable little strainer for a while, but this was the first time I’ve had the need to use it, and it was just perfect!

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Pour the boiling water into a measuring cup or mug, if you boiled it on the stove. Then, place the strainer in the water to let the lavender steep for 5 minutes.

Meanwhile, prepare your coffee or espresso. This would probably have been even more fantastic with espresso, but our machine is on the fritz, so I used plain old coffee brewed on the smallest cup setting on our Keurig. { Again, I’m totally lazy. }

After the five minutes are up, pour the water back into the saucepan, and add the cacao or cocoa powder { which is what I used because it was what I had on hand }, coconut sugar (or honey), and vanilla, and heat on low until dissolved. Add your coffee and milk, and stir until heated through, and that’s it!

I have recently added some dairy back into my diet at home, after some research, so I used milk when I made this, but I think it would turn out equally as well with almond milk, especially if that’s what you’re used to.

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Ahhhh, my messy mug. Hope you enjoy!

23 Things To Do Regardless of Your Age or Marital Status

So, my news feed was flooded earlier this week with a post titled 23 things to do instead of getting engaged before you’re 23. Bless this girl’s heart. I was actually surprised that some of my friends were posting this, but I’ll let you make your own decision about her post by reading it here. As someone who got married at the age of 22, I, personally would not recommend anyone getting married until they are at least 25. Again, that’s just my personal opinion….and a totally separate blog post. So, I’m with this girl on that part.

Then, of course, there came a response post. I’m not going to lie, I enjoyed it because I love me a little sarcasm, but after reading some of the comments, I could see that people had hoped for a more well thought out list of things to do, and this girl had created more of a list of things not to do and things to do with your spouse. Not quite what people were hoping for. You can read her post here.

So, here is my list. I like to call it 23 things you can do regardless of your age or marital status. Because why do we need to be so exclusive, y’all?! I like to be thorough, so I give you a little more than just a sentence. Read it or skip it. It’s cool. Here it goes.

1. Visit a new city/state/country. This is actually on my bucket list now. I hope to visit at least one new place each year. This doesn’t have to be extravagant or costly, if you’re working with a tight budget, as I am. Just get out there and start exploring!

2. Take a class. Is there something you’ve always wanted to do? Learn to dance or how to make creme brûlée? Maybe you’d like to try your hand at art or learn how to play an instrument. What are you waiting for?! Get signed up! If you are married, this would be super fun for both of you, and if you’re single, it would be a great way to meet new people. If money is tight, check out YouTube! You can literally learn how to do everything on there!

3. Exercise. This is something I’m pretty passionate about, as my friends and family know. I am always trying to get someone to come to boot camp with me. In my town, we have a free boot camp that meets at 5:30am. It is seriously one of the best things I’ve ever been a part of. The confidence and strength I have gained is incredible, and I want everyone to experience it! While I’m at boot camp, my mom is walking 4 miles at the mall. That’s her thing. Find your activity, and be consistent with it! There are also tons of workouts on Pinterest! Check out my board for a little motivation!

4. Journal. So many options here! Bible journaling, prayer journal, gratitude journal, wish book, quotes journal (if you have kids who say crazy things all the time, like mine), a blog, journal of your favorite childhood memories, photo journal (project 365, monthly challenge), the possibilities are endless with this one, and it’s so fun to be able to look back and reflect down the road.

5. Share your story. This is something that I’ve really started doing over the past year, and it’s been huge. It’s easy to sweep our messes under the rug, and pretend like we’ve got it all together, but God doesn’t want our messes to go to waste. He wants us to share them, and use them to help others. While it’s hard, it’s also so freeing to be openly honest, and help others.

6. Be part of a gift exchange. I took part in two of these this past year, and had so much fun! Think pen pal, but with a gift instead of a letter. Hit up Instagram or do a google search to find one to be part of. There are so many different ones! Lovely package exchanges, ornament exchanges, mug swaps, handmade exchanges, etc. If you’re feeling brave, you could even host one of these on your own!

7. Volunteer. At a homeless shelter, filling a shoebox for Operation Christmas Child, buying a meal for a homeless person, or giving them a coat, or a blanket, loving on the animals at the humane society or animal shelter. What breaks your heart? When you know the answer to this, you will know where to serve.

8. Dance in the rain. Okay, if you haven’t done this….umm, I’m going to wonder about you. And if you have done this…do it again. It’s just fun.

9. Do a 5K. Or a 10K, or half marathon, or whatever! There is something so exciting about being a part of something like this. The support from those around you, is like nothing else. Even if you walk the whole thing, just do it. It will be worth it.

10. Go paleo. Alright. This is another thing I’m pretty passionate about. We put so much junk in our bodies without even realizing it. We’re told things like whole grains and quinoa are good for us while bacon is bad. Get it together, folks! You’ve got it backwards! Paleo is the reason I’m no longer insulin resistant, why my hypothyroidism is under control, why my labs are amazing, and why I lost 30 pounds. And yes, I eat bacon and eggs every day. My doctor is a genius, and I’m forever grateful that I found him, and that he always takes a natural approach first. Give it try, even if it’s just for a couple of weeks or a month. You will notice a difference.

11. Do something that scares you. I was always a bit of a dare devil when I was younger. You know, the one who always had to go first because everyone else was too scared. It’s funny, but those are things we still talk about with family. So do something that terrifies you! Go skydiving, white water rafting, bungee jumping, ride a roller coaster, learn to swim. These are the moments you will remember.

12. Read. I’m working on my goal list, and have 4 books I’m wanting to read during this year. I know that doesn’t seem like a lot, but all of them are books that require journaling alongside, and I don’t want to be rushed, plus I’m planning to read through the bible again, but this time over the course of a year, and not 90 days, like the last time I did it. Find something that interests you and dig in!

13. Go junking. I love to stop in little antique shops, especially when we’re traveling. Just go to look, or set an amount you want to spend, or if money isn’t an issue, buy whatever you want! It’s a great way to connect with the past.

14. Take a food excursion. I love food. Last summer, I planned our vacation around cupcakes. No lie. While I eat paleo, I do like to cheat sometimes. I also love to plan things around food. We have an amazing restaurant close by called Antebellums, and they are ridiculous. They have these fried green tomatoes with bacon jam and a poached egg, served with mimosa ice, that is to die for. It’s actually what brought us there for the first time because it looked and sounded so different. Another option is to order something new every time you go somewhere. Change can be fun!

15. Be part of a flash mob. This is pretty self explanatory. I had a blast doing this!

16. See a show. Or a concert. Make it a point to go see your favorite band, or experience a live theatre show, if you’ve never done so. See the symphony, or a ballet. Go in with an open mind!

17. Pay it forward. Buy the person’s coffee behind you at Starbucks. Pick up someone’s tab at a restaurant. Tape quarters on a candy machine. Tape scratch off lottery tickets to the gas pump. Have fun coming up with random acts of kindness!

18. Go on a hike. There’s something so refreshing about hiking. No noise or distractions, and you can take in everything around you.

19. Discover your passion, and work it. I have realized that I am very lucky. I knew what my passions were at a very young age, and knew they would become my job one day. I did open my own business before I was 23. I was actually still in college when I did it. I’m not suggesting that you should do that, but discover what you are passionate about, and do all you can to be involved in that area, so that one day, you can live your passion.

20. Ask strangers what they want to do before they die. I just like to start random conversations with people I don’t know, if the mood is right. I feel like this question tells me so much about them, and for whatever reason, people will completely open up to you. You can also ask them what’s on their bucket list, and maybe even help them check something off.

21. Celebrate the seasons/holidays. Umm, I probably should have worded that differently. What I mean is, do it up. Decorate your home or apartment for the different seasons. I love going to someone’s house who has done this. I’m really horrible at this, but hope to do better this year.

22. Spend a day doing only free stuff. Grab a coupon book and look for freebies. Do a wine tasting. Go to one of those shops that sells tons of food items and has them all out to sample…you know the ones I’m talking about, right?! You could literally have a very filling snack for free. Ride your bike. Pick wild flowers. Explore a park. Get creative.

23. Watch the sun rise or set. By the lake. By the ocean. In your front yard. From your car. There’s something magical about it.

24. Surprise someone. This is so simple to do, but I think a lot of us get caught up in the busyness of life and forget. Pick up your spouse’s favorite ice cream on the way home. Surprise your parents with a gift. Send a letter to one of your oldest friends.

25. Be on time. Make it a goal to be on time, and by being on time, I mean be there 5 minutes earlier than you are supposed to. Being late is rude, and it says that you don’t find the person or event important enough for your time.

26. Don’t wear make up. I hate make up. It’s such a chore, and by the time I get home from work at 10pm, I’m too tired and lazy to take it off, so I look like a raccoon as I sweat my mascara off at boot camp the next morning. I hate this, because I probably wear make up, maybe 25 days out of the year (probably less), but I feel like I should wear it everyday from a business standpoint. You know, because people are judgmental and crap. This item on the list is specifically for those of you who have mother’s who made you believe that you have to wear make up to leave the house. You are better than that. I’m sorry, but I go to the grocery store in my pjs sometimes, you better know I’m not putting make up on! If you literally wear make up EVERYWHERE, try to go without it, even if it’s just once.

27. Pamper yourself. Get a massage or a facial. Take a long bubble bath. Wear fuzzy socks. Wrap up in a cozy blanket. Whatever you like, take time for yourself.

28. Put your phone down. Lord, I have a hard time with this one sometimes. But there is nothing more annoying to me, than someone on the phone at the dinner table. Unless it is an emergency, or someone is lost….do not answer your phone. It’s so rude. Whoa. Sorry for the rant there, but put your phone away while you’re spending time with your friends or family, or when you are out to dinner, for goodness sakes! Just enjoy the time together.

29. Get crafty. With Pinterest, anyone can become crafty, even if they have zero artistic ability, like me. Pick a project and make it, or have a Pinterest party for you and your girlfriends, where you each pick a project and bring the supplies and create together.

30. Buy someone a gift that only costs a dollar. A lotto ticket. A small trinket or toy. A candy bar. Just a little something to let them know you’re thinking of them.

Okay, okay. So, maybe I went a little overboard with my list, but once I started I couldn’t stop! I hope this helps those of you who were looking for a legit list, and inspires you to try something new.

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First I want to say that if you have something ugly or hateful to say regarding this post, please keep it to yourself. That being said, this is what’s been on my mind lately.

Why is it that the church puts so much focus on homosexuality? A sin is a sin. They are all equal in God’s eyes, so why can’t we accept that? I don’t know statistics, but I would guess that a fairly decent percentage of the gay community is made up of non-believers. It seems counter-productive to constantly state our views on homosexuality to people who are unchurched. That would completely turn me away if I weren’t a Christian and make me feel unwelcome. My bigger issue, is that we have real problems in the church, like Christians knowingly living in sin and not being called out for it. Why are they different? A man and woman having sex outside of marriage is the EXACT same sin that we are apparently so against because if we want to be real, being attracted to the same sex and having sex with someone of the same sex are two very different things. The sin is in the act, and it doesn’t matter if you are doing it in a heterosexual or homosexual relationship – it’s the same. What if we put the time and energy that is spent on preaching about how one group of people (who make up a minute percentage of the population) live, and focus that same energy on the people who are already in our church that are committing this same sin in a heterosexual relationship? We are all going to slip up and sin. There’s no way around it. But there is a massive difference in making a mistake or slipping up here and there, and knowingly living in a sinful relationship. It seems that the church could be a whole lot more effective if we start by cleaning up the messes on the inside before we tackle the outside. If I were not a Christian, I would be much more likely to come to a church that can talk about what they are for, and less about what they are against in their public presence. That’s what Sunday morning service and bible study and small groups are for, and I feel like we are terribly failing at actually teaching what is right and wrong in church and small groups for fear that we may hurt someone’s feelings. It’s obviously easier to preach what we are against when it really isn’t personally affecting people in the congregation. Church is messy. We all do stupid things, yet we are so quick to embrace each other, even when we screw up big. Why don’t we preach about that instead? God is love, and He has extended amazing grace to us. Maybe it’s time that we start doing the same to others, especially outside the church. As for the Duck Dynasty drama, I completely agree with what was said. When you read it fully, he was not comparing homosexuality to anything. He was simply stating that the further we get away from the biblical definition of marriage, the more it will lead to other sins. He was blunt. Who cares?! It was for GQ. I’m thinking people who read that magazine, are probably expecting that. While I share his thoughts on the issue, it doesn’t mean that I need to take to Facebook multiple times a day to state it. I think how the situation was handled with A&E is embarrassing and wrong, but I don’t need to post repeatedly about it, either. I have had plenty of discussions about it face to face, which is more ideal anyways. The world we live in is evil, and for us to expect that things will be easy for us as Christians or that we won’t be persecuted is crazy, especially since the bible clearly tells us that we WILL be persecuted for our beliefs! I think our actions will always speak louder and be more effective than our words. Our lives my be the only bible some people read, so why don’t we focus on getting our own crap together, so we can hopefully make an impact in someone else’s life by the way we are living ours. For whatever reason, God has placed this ability for me to have ridiculous empathy for homosexuals, to the point where I cry about it, it keeps me up at night, and it literally makes my heart hurt. I hate seeing people criticized when it’s really not our place. We are to bring the sins of fellow Christians to the light in a loving way, not preach at those who are most likely unchurched. So, that’s my two cents. And welcome to the world of crazy that is constantly going on in my head.

deep thoughts

two things about me before i start:

1. i’m a Christian.

2. i’m a conservative.

i’m sure some people will read those first two things and immediately tune out, but i really want to voice my thoughts on the subjects of homosexuality and marriage equality, and hope that others will listen with an open heart and mind. also, i am not looking to get in a debate with anyone over this, just wanting to get my thoughts out.

i don’t know about you, but yesterday, facebook was a total joy kill for me….and sadly, it appears that today my news feed will be filled with more of the same. it makes my heart hurt to read hateful comments, or see those who should stand up for their beliefs, turn away from them. since everyone else is putting their two cents in on the subject of marriage equality, i’m going to do the same. please note that i am not writing this to offend anyone, but i am speaking from my heart.

so let’s start with homosexuality. as a Christ follower, i believe the Bible 100%. if it were written for me to pick and choose what parts i wanted to believe and what parts i didn’t, then it would ultimately have zero value. i always hear people say that being gay is a sin. but i don’t think that it is. that’s like saying being straight is a sin. it’s just kind of silly. the act of homosexuality is where the sin comes in, just as the act of a heterosexual couple having sex outside of marriage is a sin. i know some Christians choose not to believe that having sex before marriage is a sin, but it is. end of story. { many believe that it is out-dated, but i have seen far too many relationships torn apart because of this, which makes me think that maybe God knew what he was talking about when he told us to wait until marriage. } i also believe that everyone has that “sin that does them in”. you know what i’m talking about, right? for me, it’s gossip. you see, i was born into a family of gossips, and i’m pretty certain that i was a fluent gossip by the age of 2. let me tell you, controlling my tongue and choosing not to talk about someone is so hard for me. it’s a major struggle every day. but here’s the thing….i am truly sorry after i gossip about someone. i feel like a terrible person. i get that yucky feeling in my stomach, and i think girl, you sure blew that. but then, i pray for forgiveness. i swear to myself that i’m going to do better next time, and i try harder. you see, there’s a difference in living in sin with no remorse or feeling of guilt when you commit that same sin over and over, and committing a sin, but repenting, and truly feeling sorry. all sins are equal in God’s eyes, so none of us can judge another because we are all flawed and sinful. end of discussion. { this is just a side note, but it drives me nuts when people start throwing out old testament sins, in defense of their argument. luckily, Jesus came, and we are no longer bound by those laws, so please stop quoting old testament scripture in your arguments!!! }

that brings us to marriage. my views on marriage are a little different than most. marriage is defined as a covenant between a man, a woman, and God. now before you start getting angry with me, please listen to this next part. i only believe that a man and woman can enter into a marriage if they are Christians and understand that God is the head of their marriage. so what does that mean for the other men and women who don’t believe in God? well, in my opinion, when they get “married”, they are actually just entering into a civil union. i dislike the term marriage for them because they aren’t entering into marriage as it was designed. i also dislike the fact that in our society, marriage is just defined as a man and woman coming together, but i think it is so much more than that. so where do i stand on gay marriage? well, i believe that homosexuals are entitled to enter into a civil union, just as these men and women who don’t believe in God are. i don’t believe it should be called marriage, but a civil union, and i think that if you choose to spend your life with someone, then you deserve to have the rights that men and women who are married, get to have. from a Christian stand point, i think some people get upset because of the use of the term marriage for homosexuals, but they should be equally upset about the term being used for heterosexuals who aren’t believers. also, as a conservative, i believe in state’s rights, which means that each state is left to decide whether or not they want to allow gay marriage. if the people vote against it, then it needs to be accepted. i mean, hey. i didn’t even get a vote on this new mandatory healthcare that’s going to force me to spend money that i don’t have starting next year. in the same way, states should Constitutionally be allowed to decide these things on their own, not have them crammed down their throats. { whew. sorry for that little rant. totally different topic. }

it is not my place to judge another, but it is my place to correct in love, just as i would want others to do for me when they catch me slipping. this is hard for me because i don’t want to hurt the feelings of those that i love, but i hope to gain the strength to begin to do this more in the future. i have friends who are gay, and i love them no matter what. the beauty of it all is that we all sin, and screw up big on a daily basis, but as a Christian, i know that i have this amazing forgiveness, and a God who loves me no matter, and that’s pretty cool.

 

birthday

ahhhhhh. today is my 34th birthday. i’m not super into celebrating birthdays past the age of 21, but in honor of the day, i figured a list of 34 random things about me would be fitting. enjoy.

1. my next door neighbor called the police on me when i was five for sticking my tongue out at her, which i didn’t do. also, i think she was drunk.

2. when my mom was pregnant with me, she prayed that i would have a cute, round butt.

3. i make lists for everything

4. when i die, i want my funeral to be a big celebration with dancing and good food, like a wedding reception. also, everyone will be wearing their pj’s because that’s what i’m going to be wearing.

5. i have a headless titanium screw holding my 5th metatarsal together on my left foot.

6. my biggest regret is not going to ohio ballet the summer after my senior year to dance with all expenses paid.

7. i love talk radio and fox news.

8. when my husband told me that the sun sets faster in africa, I believed him, but only because every time you see the sun setting in africa on tv, it’s happening really fast. duh.

9. i used to spray my brother in the face with spray starch and windex, when we were little.

10. i walked through a mall with a toilet seat cover on my head.

11. i love to read.

12. i am horrible at sports.

13. i ran { wogged } the color run.

14. i opened my own business when i was in college.

15. i have a crush on bill o’reilly.

16. i love thunderstorms.

17. i hate putting on make up.

18. when i was four, i was playing at the dentist’s office where my mom and grandma worked, and while no one was looking, i got a paper towel out of the bathroom and the big scissors off the desk, crawled under the desk, laid my paper towel out on the floor and cut my hair.

19. i put microwave popcorn in the toaster oven when i was in 2nd grade. luckily, my brother and i knew how to use the fire extinguisher because the whole toaster caught on fire.

20. i make my grocery list in the order of the store. once, a lady watched me do all my shopping { creepy } and commented on my “methodical system”. the baggers do love me, though.

21. apparently, i didn’t learn my lesson after the popcorn incident, and i put an arby’s wrapper in the microwave. it made some pretty awesome fireworks.

22. i trip over my own feet all the time. see #5.

23. i listen to christmas music all year long.

24. i’m super lazy.

25. funnel cakes make me throw up.

26. i want to go to serendipity.

27. life would be so challenging without my keurig.

28. i started following a paleo lifestyle in november, which is really hard for a recovering sugaraholic.

29. i may have an unhealthy obsession with adam levine.

30. i’m extremely sarcastic.

31. townsend, tennessee is one of my favorite places.

32. i’m a hopeless romantic.

33. i spend way too much time on pinterest.

34. i’m sleepy and heading off to bed.

goodnight.

alone

do you ever feel alone? not lonely alone, but like you’re the only person who could possibly be having a certain struggle? for the longest while i’ve felt that way. i have so many sins that i struggle with, no matter how hard i try not to give in to them, sometimes, i just fail miserably. they leave me feeling horrible, and if they make me feel that way, i certainly don’t want anyone else to know about them because they will think the same ugly things about me, that i think about myself. so i stuff these sins away in a little drawer way in the back of my mind, and promise myself that i won’t do it again…..but of course, i do.

for the longest time, i thought that no one i associate with could possibly understand or relate to my struggles, and if i told them, they would judge me and think i was a terrible person. silence. silence is best because then i can pretend to be better than i really am. we all do it. we wear masks. we pretend things are not as they really are. we don’t want to be found out. no one ever wants to be found a fraud, but we all are…in little ways. but guess what? i’m learning that i’m not alone. in fact, i’m learning that people i look up to, admire, and thought were completely pulled together at all moments in their lives, are in fact coming unglued, just like me. how can that be? how can these people that i have built up so much in my mind have the same struggles as me? well, they do! how much easier would it be to deal with our struggles, if we were more open to sharing them with others? by sharing them, we are in fact acknowledging that our struggles are real. no more hiding them. no more pretending. i believe that our struggles can be a tool to help and empower others, we just have to get past the fear of letting others know that we are not as great as we would like for them to believe we are.

one of my biggest struggles is losing patience with my kids, which results in me yelling at them because i don’t take the time to just stop, breathe, and think first. i let my frustration get the best of me, and i always feel awful afterwards. i’m working on it and taking it one day at a time, but i am hopeful that one day i will be able to overcome this struggle with much prayer, grace, and help from God. it may seem like a simple thing, but for me it is huge. this book { unglued } has also been a wonderful resource. the devotional book is so insightful. i also adore her facebook posts. they serve as great reminders throughout the day to help me remember not to come unglued.

so what is one of your struggles and who would it help if you shared it with them?

the piano man

for those who have crazy work hours like my husband and i, sometimes it’s hard to celebrate holidays on the actual date. that was the case with valentines this year. we ended up celebrating last night [ friday ] at the most fun little restaurant and piano bar in downtown buford. one of our friends, glenn trotti, { see my first post hello for more about him } recently started bartending there, so we thought it would be a great place to go. we sat at the bar all night, and had amazing drinks, conversations, and food { i completely threw my paleo diet out the window last night. shhhh. don’t tell my doctor. i ate bread for the first time in months. it was soooooo good with their homemade butter. seriously. the roasted red pepper one is to die for. } anyways, the piano man was set up right behind us, and he kept us entertained until he left. every song we requested, he played. we sang our hearts out, loudly and off-key, of course. i felt like cameron diaz in my best friend’s wedding when she’s singing karaoke. well, maybe not that bad, but pretty close. the music was fabulous. maroon 5, elton john, billy joel, green day, presidents of the united states, lady gaga, adele, and every random artist you could imagine. if we named it, he played it. we had a blast remembering songs from our high school days and just enjoying each other’s company and the atmosphere. so if you’re around buford, ga thursday-saturday evening, you must check out adam’s restaurant and piano bar. they also have a speakeasy downstairs. all of our food was delish, but my favorites were the desserts – we ordered the chocolate mousse and creme brulee. so good.

anyone else want to share their valentines dates?? i’d love to hear about it!!