Posts in "Weekends"
Life, Lately
Life Lately | Freckled Italian

I've mentioned a few times that Rob is traveling for work these days (more details on that later!), which means that our weekends are extra-special now.

On Friday we slept in before grabbing a late breakfast/early lunch at 7th Street Public Market, which is one of our favorite places in Charlotte. We got nitro cold brews and I had a breakfast burger. Rob always gets this thing called "The Chicken and the Egg" from Local Loaf and it is amazing--it's kind of like an egg Benedict but with fried chicken and a biscuit instead of an English muffin. So delicious.

Saturday morning we dropped Ender off at daycare and headed to Norfolk, Virginia for a wedding. It was a lot of driving in two days, but it was nice to see some college friends and we had a great time visiting Rob's aunt, uncle, and cousins who live in the area.

Life Lately | Freckled Italian

I went to a food photography workshop the other day which encouraged me to finally try to start taking some photos outside of my automatic setting. We'll see! I usually get too impatient and just switch it back. Patience is a virtue that I don't really have very much of.

I've been really bad about not bringing my camera with me the past few months, so now I'm starting to carry it all the time. Hopefully I'll have more photos to share with you here on the blog--I used to love that!

Life Lately | Freckled Italian

It feels a little weird to be constantly counting down the days until Rob gets home--it's been a while since we did the long distance thing and I'm trying to remind myself that it always takes a little bit of adjusting. Working from home and being on my own all evening gets a little lonely though, even with Ender, so I'm trying to be better about scheduling some time with friends, since I can sort of be a hermit if I don't have anything planned for a while.

Life, Lately | Freckled Italian

How was your weekend? I hope you had a good one!

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Wishing You a Sunny Weekend
Wishing You a Sunny Weekend | Freckled Italian

Happy Friday, friends! My brother and his sweet girlfriend are coming to Charlotte for the weekend and I am so incredibly excited about it. We're throwing a little BBQ at our new place tomorrow afternoon and I can't wait to have all of our Charlotte friends over for burgers and drinks and hopefully some sunny weather.

Today I'm cleaning the house and unpacking a few lingering boxes, and then Rob and I are off to the store later to pick up food and drinks for the party! We haven't had enough room to actually entertain so I've been looking forward to this weekend for a long time.

Feel free to follow along with me on Instagram, as usual. I hope you all have a great weekend! 

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Heading Home
Seattle | Freckled Italian

What a weekend! This trip to Seattle has been everything I dreamed it might be, and for that I am so incredibly grateful. I feel like this event has been in the works forever but in reality it's just been a few months, and it's kind of surreal that it's over already.

I got in on Thursday and Kristan picked me up from the airport and we ran to IKEA to grab a few things before having the dreamiest lunch on a tiny little patio at Oddfellows (the weather has been amazing here these past few days and I'm so glad we were able to catch some of that elusive Seattle sunshine). That night I was able to meet up with my sweet friend Elena, who I never get to see--we had an amazing dinner at DERUmarket, where the slices of cake are as big as your head.

Annie was getting in the next afternoon so Kristan and I headed to the studio we had rented and set up until she landed. We showed her the space and hit Pike Place for lunch and coffee before a marathon grocery shopping session.

On Saturday we were up early and back at the studio chopping and cooking away until our guests arrived. We sliced leeks and chilled wine and deboned fish before arranging flowers and assembling the most beautiful charcuterie board of all time. (I seriously can't wait to show you guys all the photos we got later this month.) Our guests were lovely and gracious and I had so much fun.

Sunday was super relaxing and we slept in a bit before heading out for brunch and a few Seattle explorations. We walked through a farmers market and had a Bloody Mary on the water and ended up at Din Tai Fung for dinner, which I've heard crazy good things about. (It lived up to the hype. Soup dumplings forever.)

The whole trip was wonderful and Saturday was such an amazing day--we put in a good 12 hours of work to pull it off and I found myself tearing up multiple times throughout the afternoon. It was so amazing to see all of our dreaming and planning become a reality, and everyone had such a great time. I've always loved cooking and entertaining but there was something so foreign about feeding a room full of strangers, and yet it came so naturally to us that I guess food and wine really are the greatest connectors in the world after all.


I hope you all had lovely weekends, as well. I'm flying home this afternoon and can't wait to get back to my sweet husband and pup, and then it's back to regular life again! Feeling really super thankful this Monday.

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