Hi friends! I spent last weekend down in South Carolina for a beautiful garden wedding. This meant I also got to see my family and enjoy one of my favorite restaurants. I’m still feeling out my YouTube channel, so I’m experimenting with some vlogs. Including one about this weekend adventure. Let me know what you think and if you want more. So far, the recipe/how-to style videos are doing best, so I may stick with those unless you tell me you like the vlogs too.
*VLOG* South Carolina Wedding and Tour My Parent’s Vegetable Garden
Small Town Airport
I flew into my hometown airport for the first time since (I believe) 1999. It looks so different. Which I would expect given the time difference. lol. I also had my (what I’m calling) Sweet Home Alabama moment, which I explain in the video.
Cooked with Love
One of the best things about being home is when your parents cook your food. Yum! The broccoli, green beans, and cabbage are from their garden. Speaking of their garden, there’s a tour of it in the above video. Plus some photos further in this post.
Also on the plate: chicken mmm, mushrooms, a piece of dad’s cauliflower steak, and saffron rice.
Garden Wedding in South Carolina
My friends Scott and Lydia were having their wedding at Hatcher Garden in Spartanburg, SC. You couldn’t tell from the small entrance how big and beautiful the entire garden area was. Gorgeous! I tried to capture this in the video.
Their wedding was beautiful on so many levels. Here’s the happy couple!
We waved ribbons with bells as they walked from the ceremony to the reception.
Their cake of choice – carrot!
And their fall-themed wedding dinner was delicious. They had chicken pot pie, roasted root vegetables, fall salad, and bread. It was perfect for the cool night. Very cozy.
I enjoyed dinner with some new friends who I’d known previously only through social media. It’s always a treat to meet your social friends in real life! These girls were a blast to hang out with.
Congratulations to Scott and Lydia!
By the way, Lydia has just started up a YouTube channel. If you’re interested in artistic living in a variety of angles, you’ll love it! Click here to visit.
My Parent’s Garden
I bought my mom a tiny rose plant for Mother’s Day several years ago, and it has grown into a gigantic bush. Guess that’s what happens when you care for something with so much love. The roses are stunning.
Even though it’s October, they’re getting tons of vegetables. I do a walk through in the video if you want to see the whole thing.
In addition to this purple cabbage, they’re also harvesting regular cabbage, green beans, broccoli, and lots of other goodies.
I had one last meal with my family before flying back to NYC. We chose our go-to spot, Pita House. They have something for everyone here, including my vegan father. He loves their lentil lunch special. And they just started an Instagram account if you want to follow it (@pitahousesc).
For my meal, I chose the chicken shawarma with falafel, tabbouleh, and hummus.
I made a couple pita sandwiches, topped with their “white magic sauce” (aka tahini sauce).
And I couldn’t resist a pistachio baklava.
Trip to NYC
It was cool seeing the airport during the daylight. Even the entry road is pretty with greenery everywhere.
I was pretty happy about flying through GSP since it’s a smaller airport, and I find these so much more relaxing. But when my sister told me about their outdoor patio area, I was even more thrilled. Thanks to the warm day, I got to enjoy about an hour of sunshine and fresh air here.
PS I almost met Patrick Dempsey! He was at my gate just before my flight. But I didn’t get there till about 30 minutes after he’d already boarded the plane. Doh!
The beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains were easily visible from the plane. The different shades of blue are so cool to see from the sky.
And before long, there was NYC.
All in all, it was a fantastic weekend!
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