Oatmeal Pancakes + Shopping with Sister

I realized today that my sister visiting my house feel more like a home. :)

After letting Sis sleep in, I made sure to get some tea going for her first thing after she woke up since she’s a big tea fan.

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Green tea

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Rooibos Tropica

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Check out that steam drifting from the right side of my mug!!

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As for me – I had coffee – Fresh Market Spring Blend, of course!

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We took my sis to one of my favorite brunch places in town – The Flying Biscuit.

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I love all the bright colors in this place.

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Sugar cube fun.

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Coffee + water.

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Hubby’s eats – Meggixcan wrap.

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My Sis and I split the veggie scramble and oatmeal pancakes. I’ve been itching to try these pancakes for FOREVER! So glad I finally did.

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My plate – frickin amazing! I knew the scrambles were good, but not my hunch is confirmed – the oatmeal pancakes rock, too! They are especially delicious with the peach topping (are you listening Megan??) ;)

I MUST try to re-create these. They were so nice and thick and perfect with that sweet peach topping.

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The biscuits were really good, too…of course.

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Just after brunch I remembered that my fave local farmer’s market was open a bit longer in it’s temp location till the full blown one opens. I knew we had to go.

Besides warm weather, spring brings fresh, local produce! Visiting farmer’s markets is one of my absolute favorite things to during the warm weather season.

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He was a skater boy, she said she you later boy…

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To the market!

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The farmer’s market was nearly closed by the time we got there, but there was one man left with fresh veggies. He was also featured in a magazine recently. He had the magazines on his table and I totally noticed he was the dude on the cover…neat!

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Shoppity-shopping!

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The goods – lettuce, local butter, and a loaf peppercorn bread.

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We headed over to a dog boutique where sis made a new friend – Hoover.

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I made a friend too.

Good boy…goooood boy. Stay!

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Sis and I went out to do some shopping and got makeovers at Bobbi Brown. You guys know I love this place.

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Sis was very sad to hear her favorite make-up/beauty place Prescriptives closed. So sad! So I tried to convert her to Bobbi Brown. hehe

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I got a makeover too. I like to try out new makeup products at department stores once or twice a year. I think it’s better to trust someone who looks at the product and options all day every day and who’s tested the colors and products out on various skin tones and types with selecting the best items for me.

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My goodies: lip gloss, blush (liquid), sample of buffing grains (which they recommended over the one I’m currently using) and a sample of their new brightening moisture cream. I like to try out skin products for a couple days at least to see how it meshes with my skin.

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We also hit up an Asian food store: brown sweet rice, organic udon noodles, wakame, hi-chew (a yummy Asian candy).

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Crate and Barrel: two tiny plates and a mini condiment spoon.

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We gave Bailey the treat we picked up at the doggie boutique.

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Then, I got started on a snack for me and Sis – oatmeal!

Since we had a late brunch, we ended up having a snack instead of lunch.

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My sweet Sis bought me some new bowls!! Thank you Sis!

We both enjoyed chocolate date oatmeal.

(looks decadent but the dates were our only sweetener!)

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My bowl. I love these Asian-style spoons to eat – you can get a great spoonful of oats with these! :)

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Sis got a little more creative in her bowl decoration. Can you tell what design she was going for?

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A couple handfuls of pretzels + working on a secret project (announcement Monday!!) and then I was ready to get started on dinner.

Who’s looking forward to farmer’s markets this spring/summer??!!

Sister’s First Visit to the House

After a looong work week, I was looking forward to a nice hour of dancing my a$$ off and dancing my stress away.

After fueling up with a great day of eats (homemade blueberry muffins, Asian-inspired tofu/collard greens), I headed out for class and had a fantastic hour long workout.

I was planning to make Kath’s yummy-looking vegetarian lasagna after class, but ended up having a girls’ dinner out. I will be making the lasagna probably Saturday night now. ;)

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Megan and I headed out to a local Mediterranean restaurant, Kabob Grill. I started with a glass of Front Porch Chardonnay. I got it because I liked the name. Silly no? :lol:

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I got my usual – the vegetarian combo – aka party on a plate: tabbouleh, yalanji, hummus, foul mudammas, potatoes harra, spinach pie, and pickled veggies…plus pita bread on the side.

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Can’t resist a little piece of baklava!

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I also couldn’t resist one of my vegan chocolate chip cookies with some organic milk either.

I enjoyed my cookie while prepping…

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…a welcome tray for my sister! She is visiting us for the first time since we got our house, so this will be the first time she’s seeing it (besides the blog photos).

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Teas, soap/lotion…

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…towels, PJs, and a vegan cookie (because she likes sweets too).

What a great Friday evening! Though I was feeling a little drained earlier thanks to my workout, fun dinner with Megan, and visit from my sister I’m feeling re-charged and re-vitalized! I’m ready for the weekend…here we gooooo!

Real Food Closing

Sad news…one of my favorite restaurants in town, Real Food Charlotte, suddenly closed just earlier today. I actually had been planning a group get together there this weekend, so I’m extra bummed. I’ve really enjoyed my experiences there and am sad to see it go.

When I look at the pictures of the staff online, I can envision them all carefully working as always behind the colorful little bar of the restaurant baking vegan breads and making other fabulous foods. I loved how much attention they put in their foods and ingredients. They will be missed by many.

I’m thankful I had the chance to enjoy some of their eats before they closed. Click here to check out a quinoa burger I enjoyed there just last Saturday.

Q+A with The Chic Life

More fabulous Formspring questions. I just love answering these! Have a question? Ask me here (click).

When did you get Bailey? Did you know about Corgi’s before? (I you have posted this before sorry I am a new reader!)

We got Bailey from a pet shop. Eek! I know! I heard you’re supposed to get pets from breeders, but we didn’t and I’m so glad we found Bailey. He has been such a blessing in our lives.

I first learned about corgis over at Posie Gets Cozy (http://rosylittlethings.typepad.com) and thought they were adorable. After researching them, I discovered that a corgi would be a good fit for our lives based on their size and temperament primarily.

I’m planning to do a page for Bailey, so hopefully I’ll be able to share more info there. :)

Any chance we’ll get to see more pictures of your house soon?

Yes! We haven’t really done too much with the house lately so I don’t have a lot of updates. But we do have one update I need to share, I just keep forgetting! lol

I want to start blogging? How would you suggest I learn how to and how to add good photos too? XO

1. Immerse yourself in the environment. Read lots of blogs with styles you like and photos you enjoy looking at. 2. Choose a style/niche for your blog 3. Research. There are lots of good articles written by other bloggers and authors about how to start blogging. Carrots N Cake wrote a good one: http://carrotsncake.com/2009/09/so-you-want-to-start-a-blog.html but a google search will probably provide some other options. 4. Get a good camera. Talent is one thing but a great camera really helps. Try to get one with an image stabilizer or maybe get a small tripod. 5. Research photography tips. Depending on your style of blogging, you’ll have a different set of tips. Here are some for food bloggers by BlogHer: http://www.blogher.com/helpful-food-photography-tips-fellow-bloggers 6. Practice. You’ll learn a lot just by starting and maintaining your blog. Keep an open mind and a lookout for useful tips. Hope this helps!

What is you ethnicity/ family background?

My mom is from the Philippines and my dad is American.

Do you think that you want to have kids now or in the future??

On the one hand, I’d like to be a young mom so I can play with my kids and have lots of energy. On the other, things are pretty crazy right now with the house and everything so I’d like things to settle down first at least. Hubby and I haven’t really planned the timing for children yet, so I’m not exactly sure.

Do you have plans of having a baby?

Yes, but we haven’t really planned out the timing of this yet.

Will you ever go back to posting outfits of the day on your Shopaholic blog?

I’ve been having a hard time with the outfit posts now that I’m trying to not shop so I can save money for the house. But, I would like to post now and again. Things have just been so busy! I find I have a lot more content for TCL since it’s mainly about food and I have food every day. :)

Project Hydrate Day #19

Consumed:

  • 7 cups water
  • 2 cups hot tea

I should have had more considering my workout! Oopsie. :oops:

Randomness

Check out the fun discussions I’ve got going on on my Facebook page. I’ve added several new ones that are getting some good info. I’d really love to hear from you!

Big announcement Monday! Can’t wait to share some exciting news!

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