Home Sweet East Nashville

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For the last few months I’ve been working on getting settled into my “new to me” 1930 something stone cottage over in East Nashville.

I went here, there and everywhere around town looking for things to make it feel like home and thought I’d share some of them with you! And there are lots of links to click on… just hover over the name of the shop where I found the goodie!

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This bench was a cool find at the October City Farmhouse Pop Up. 2Storeys Antiques came to the pop up all the way from Columbia, Tennessee with it. The seat is made out of an old wagon with refurbished legs. The water can and pillow are also City Farmhouse Pop Up finds!

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My entry way table… another City Farmhouse Pop Up steal! The bucket holding the pine cones something I snagged at Christmas Village.

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My living room could not get any cozier if it tried.

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The built ins were the hardest thing to complete. I had lots of help from the City Farmhouse Pop Up once again… the bird house… the lantern… that beautiful tin and Nashville’s own Paddywax candles!

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My dining room table is my new prized possession. It was made beautifully by Southern Charm Farmhouse Furniture (formerly East Nashville Farmhouse Furniture). McKenzie Child’s is from Vintage Jolie in downtown Franklin! dining roomIMG_0060 IMG_0058

My very first housewarming gift was glasses from East Nashville’s Barista Parlor from my sweet realtor.

And to the office! I found my desk at the always amazing Nashville Flea Market at the fairgrounds.

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I moved pretty fast getting everything decorated but I didn’t feel like my home was truly complete until I got my hands on these two signs from House of Belonging.

In my office: “Today is a good day for a good day.”

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And leading to my bedroom: Proverbs 4:23 “above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” IMG_0064

Just a little slice of Heaven right there…

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I got a big new comfy bed for my new room and made it comfy with Carolyn Westbrook bedding and lamp from… you guessed it… the City Farmhouse Pop Up! And my nightstand is another flea market find.

I was desperately needing to block out light from one of my windows but hated the look of black out curtains. My mom and I found these amazing doors at Peacock Lane in Nolensville and she turned them into sliding window treatment!

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And the finishing touch… a beautiful painting by local artist Heather Thompson!

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Another City Farmhouse Pop Up right there… the next one is in June and obviously I can’t wait!

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Eating in Season with Bloomsbury Farms: Strawberry Jam Vinaigrette

Next to picking up my beautiful CSA basket every week, the next best thing are the little Bloomsbury Farms surprises.

This week it was a small carton of farm fresh eggs, which were gone in no time…

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And strawberry jam!

After a few days of wondering what to do with the jam besides spread it on toast… I decided to make a vinaigrette to toss with kale and make a late summer strawberry salad!

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You just need Bloomsbury Farm’s strawberry jam and a little bit of red wine vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper, mustard and sugar. I used lavender vanilla sugar from Savory Spice in Franklin.

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I tossed it all in a mason jar, put the lid on and did some shaking!

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With the help of a few strawberries and feta cheese, my jam vinaigrette was the perfect compliment.

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Bloomsbury Farm's Strawberry Jam Vinaigrette

Bloomsbury Farm's Strawberry Jam Vinaigrette

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup of red wine vinegar
  • 1/3 cup of sugar (I used Savory Spice's Lavender Vanilla Sugar)
  • 3/4 cup of olive oil
  • 1 tsp of salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp of mustard
  • Bloomsbury Farm's Strawberry Jam

Instructions

  1. Throw it all in a mason jar and shake it up!
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Playing Dress Up on the East Side with Kitty Nashville

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When I first moved to Nashville I never thought of East Nashville would be in the same breath as one of my favorite shopping destinations. Much has changed in a year.

Welcome to East Nashville’s newest charmer, Kitty!

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Owner Sarah Davidson and 1/3 of folk trio The Stella James Band named her newest adventure after the pioneering country singer Kitty Wells.

Like Kitty Wells, Sarah is a “go getter gal” determined not to let anyone tell her she can’t do what she has her heart set on.

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I’ve been wondering how Sarah does it all but having her hands in many different ventures is what the Kitty brand is all about.

Kitty is truly an experience.

Get inspired by the wall of singing babes, have a drink and mellow out to beautiful folk music.

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Once you’re done drooling at the beautiful space Sarah has created… it’s time to shop! Lucky for me Sarah was ready to play dress up!

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When I walked in I was immediately drawn to one of her newest two piece sets from For Love and Lemons. The Barcelono crop top and midi skirt duo were sweet, sexy and fit like a glove!

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Kitty’s For Love and Lemons collection was the gift that kept giving. Next up… the glamorous Vienna Maxi Dress.

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And as the temperatures cool down we couldn’t help but put together something for fall.

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These kicka$$ boots from Kate Bosworth’s Matisse line though… killer.

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It’s always a good time to stop into Kitty! Definitely my new go-to spot to grab something before a night out in Nashville!

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Kelsey Cherry Photography

A Month with Class Pass

Just 6 months in and Class Pass is killin’ it in Nashville.

CP is a monthly membership to hundreds of fitness classes around town from barre to pilates to circuit training… and it’s only $79 a month! The only catch is you can only go to one studio three times a month.

Made specifically for the indecisive… for those that get locked into a year long contract at a gym and then get bored with the workouts after four months. We have commitment issues. It’s fine.

The gym-like membership app graced us with it’s presence in February and since then has worked with dozens of studios in Nashville and beyond.

August was my first full month with my new membership and here is what a typical week looked like for me.

Day 1 – Noon: Starting my week off strong at Neighborhood Barre in Brentwood.

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There are dozens of barre studios in town but there’s something different about NB. They’re a fairly new studio and only have a handful of locations. Based out of Chattanooga, they’re focus is just in the south. That’s different then most barre studios that have expanded nationwide.

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You get all the local vibes and all of the one-on-one attention. While barre workouts are essentially the same, everyone does things a little different. So I found myself working a few muscles I didn’t know I had!

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Wednesday- 6:00 pm:  Trained with some of the best at Results Fitness on Music Row.

 

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The Ultimate Results class was intense but was great for all fitness levels.

The workout uses treadmills, spin bikes, rowers, weights, medicine balls, kettle bells, bands, BOSU Balls, TRX straps and of course your own body weight.

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Trainers Josh and LeAnn are awesome motivators that made me feel like I could do anything!

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Thursday- 4:30 pm: Getting the hang of the reformers at The Pilates Garage in Hillsboro Village with Kate Curtis.

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They look a little intimidating but they’re so much fun and the possibilities are endless. I was amazed by the different things Kate could come up with using them.

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It is an intimate workout with just a few reformers, you really get one-on-one attention. As a former dancer, pilates is probably one of my most important workouts to keep up with what used to be!

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And there ya have it! A typical week for me is about three workouts but I can use it as little or as much as I want. So it’s official… I’m committing to not committing!

30 days of Hydration with Everly

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Raise your hand if you’re chronically dehydrated?

The first thing I think of in the morning is some sort of caffeine… not water.

The first thing I think of when a waiter asks me what I want to drink is sweet tea… not water.

Water is the always the last thing on my list unless I’m in the midst of a long run.

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So in the spirit of getting back on track I am challenging myself to drinking 8 glasses of water a day for 30 days and hopefully the habit will stick long after that.

But I can’t kick my tea habit cold turkey and that’s where my friends at Everly come to the rescue!

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These all natural zero calorie powdered drink mixtures have been a life savior and it’s only day one.

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They have natural flavor, natural color, they’re sugar-free, sweetened with stevia extract, and vitamin enhanced… and if that’s not enough for every time you buy a box they provide life-saving hydration medicines to treat kids sick with waterborne diseases.

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They call it Hydration for Hydration. Beautiful.

I’m pretty notorious for making lofty health and fitness goals but I think I can do it with Everly!

And I’m definitely looking forward to flushing some toxins away while clearing up my skin. And if more water kills these insane migraines and headaches… even better!

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Eat Like a Local: Nashville Originals’ Restaurant Week

It’s a weeks worth of special menus and deals at all of my local favorites and it’s twice a year!

It’s the brain child of Nashville Originals, an organization full of local restaurateurs dedicated to sustaining the independent restaurant as a fixture of Nashville’s culture and community.

The August edition forced me out of my comfort zone… taking me to a few spots I hadn’t been before.

Let’s start with breakfast!

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Fenwick’s 300 in Melrose has been open for almost a year now but I am just now making it there to try… huge mistake!

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My News 2 photographer pal, Armondo, and I actually went there to “work” on a few live reports one morning… and they threw the book at us! Biscuits and gravy, eggs benedict, strawberry french toast, jalapeno cheddar grits, beignets and one big ole’ pancake.

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And those lattes… had to take one to go!

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That night I ventured into the house of ramen at Two Ten Jack with the insanely talented Kelsey Cherry.

 

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We both dove head first into the ramen… mine the tori paitan which included chicken broth, tsukune, greens, chili oil, a soft egg and hon-shimeji.

Hers the yasai shoyu with vegetable broth, burnt corn, greens, benishoga and mayu.

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So good it makes you want to lick the bowl!

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It was a long day and we may have had one too many of those sake punches.

The next day was lunch at one of my favorites… Smokin’ Thighs!

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Personally, I am a huge fan of their juicy jumbo wings but for Restaurant Week they were all about their smoked chicken tacos… which didn’t disappoint!

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Barbecue applewood smoked chicken topped with a roasted pepper corn lettuce slaw and my favorite ranch! I added on my two favorite sides in Nashville… their loaded baked potato salad and bacon mac-n-cheese.

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My latest stop for dinner was Cabana… a hidden Hillsboro Village gem.

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I did their full three course, wine flight Restaurant Week experience with the Blackened Mahi.

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But it was also 2-for-1 pizza night so… had to.

Get out there Nashville! Only a few more days left of restaurant week… and then it’s back to the clean eats 🙁

Happy Restaurant Week!

Eating in Season with Bloomsbury Farms: Oven Roasted Baby Potatoes

It just keeps getting better and better!

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This week’s harvest:

pattypan squash

tomatoes

summer squash

peppers

eggplant

cucumbers

jalapenos

sunflower and clover sprouts

and baby potatoes

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This was an easy one that I kind of created on my own based on what I already had in my pantry and fridge.

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I started by cutting the potatoes in half and then put them in a bowl and tossed them around with a little bit of rosemary, thyme, onions, salt and parmesan cheese.

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Threw them in the oven for 30 minutes or so and ta-da!

In just 35 minutes from start to finish I was eating these little potatoes like popcorn!

 

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Eating in Season with Bloomsbury Farms: Oven Roasted Baby Potatoes

Ingredients

  • A few pounds of baby potatoes
  • 2 tbsp of olive oil
  • 1 tsp of pink himalayan salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp rosemary
  • 1 1/2 tsp thyme
  • 1/2 cup of parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup of yellow onion

Instructions

  1. 1. Heat oven to 350 degrees
  2. 2. Cut potatoes in half
  3. 3. Toss all of the ingredients together in a large bowl
  4. 4. Spread potatoes on a cookie sheet lined with foil
  5. 5. Bake for 30 minutes or until tender.
  6. 6. Stir potatoes occasionally to get all sides nicely browned.
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Keepin’ it Simple with Consider the Wldflwrs

Consider the Wildflwrs‘ locally handmade goodies make my heart skip a beat.
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I’ve been looking for just the right horizontal bar necklace everywhere… expensive, cheap, the mall online, no luck.

Leave it to a local to have just the design I was looking for!

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I finally got to meet the brilliant Emily Howard and watch the master at work.

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From start to finish…

 

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…from the tools to the attention to detail.

 

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The stacks, the cuffs, the studs are all natural and simple. Perfect for everyday and most importantly, AFFORDABLE!

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And Emily’s studio couldn’t get any dreamier if she tried.

 

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Shop my favorites online:

The Bare Gold Stacker

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Silver Stump Cuff Ring

Brass Cuff

Bronze Bar Necklace 

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Eating in Season with Bloomsbury Farm: Pan-Fried Cucumber

Picking up my beautiful Bloomsbury Farm basket will never get old…

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This week I’ve got everything from eggplant to tomatoes… sprouts to little baby tomatoes but my first undertaking were the cucumbers.

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I’m challenging myself to start with the veggies in my CSA that I’m a little intimidated of. I like sliced cucumbers in my water and I like pickles but I was skeptical about cooked cucumbers until I found this pan-fried cucumber in honey sesame sauce recipe in my CSA Cookbook by Linda Ly.

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Linda’s recipe calls for 2 pounds of cucumbers but I just used a few since I’m cooking for one.

I sliced them in half lengthwise and then again into smaller slices.

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To make the sauce I combined some teriyaki sauce, rice vinegar, sesame oil and honey.

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After that I sprinkled some Pink Himalayan salt on the cucumbers and then tossed them around in my gorgeous cast iron skillet (I’m convinced everything tastes better in it versus my basic skillet) for about 5 minutes.

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And then I added a little bit of some minced garlic, a chopped pepper and the honey sesame sauce.. tossed it around and voila!

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Really quick and easy… altogether took me about 15-20 minutes!

Everything the recipe called for I either had in my pantry or it was just a cheap run to Trader Joes.

 

Happy cooking!

 

Eating in Season with Bloomsbury Farm: Pan-Fried Cucumber

Eating in Season with Bloomsbury Farm: Pan-Fried Cucumber

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds cucumbers
  • 1 teaspoon pink himalayan salt
  • 2 tablespoons sunflower oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 pepper
  • For the sauce:
  • 1 tablespoon teriyaki sauce
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon honey

Instructions

  1. Start by cutting the cucumbers in half lengthwise and then into smaller pieces. Sprinkle them with pink himalayan salt.
  2. For the sauce: Stir together all ingredients.
  3. Heat a large skillet over high heat and coat with the sunflower oil. Fry the cucumbers until they begin to brown on the bottom for about 2 minutes and then flip.
  4. Stir in the garlic and pepper and cook for another few seconds.
  5. Pour in the sauce and voila!
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Farm to Fork: Antebellum Homestead Manor

 

You would think this place is a dream.

 

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Thompson’s Station’s crown jewel.

 

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The 19th century Homestead Manor mansion has been turned into Harvest at Homestead, a farm to fork, tuscan/southern inspired experience. And I mean it when I say experience instead of restaurant!

 

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A few of my new beautiful blogger friends and I spent the evening touring the beautiful property, sipping the libations and tasting the harvest.

 

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We started inside the dining experience. Each room has a story to tell from each era the manor has lived through since the 1800’s.

 

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The Library pays homage to the pre-Civil War years at Homestead.

 

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The Alice Thompson Room…. the daughter of town’s namesake. She’s the only known woman to participate in battle… she ran from the cellar of the Manor to pick up the fallen regimental flag and wave it in the heat of the Battle of Thompson’s Station.

 

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The room is also a nod to Homestead’s role as a hospital to both Union and Confederate troops after the battle.

 

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Post Civil War moves us to the Industrial Room. Homestead was in the middle of the “modern” age of technology with a railroad being built in the middle of the property.

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The Picnic Room takes us through the Great Depression which even then southerners used to create and atmosphere of hospitality and joy.

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The Blue Gray Room reflects both sides of the Civil War. The Homestead folks say it isn’t a coincidence that the rooms are not divided, but share large doors.

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The Music Room is their ode to being so close to Music City. The custom made chandelier is made of old piano keys!

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Homestead Manor sets the bar for local farm to fork restaurants because their farm is literally a few feet away.

Cross the railroad tracks in middle of the property and you’re in the farm watching the restaurant’s full time farmers pick your food.

 

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The restaurant’s menu is always changing to reflect what the farm has in store. All of the fruits, veggies and herbs in what you are ordering are picked right from their backyard that day.

 

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On to the event barn that I could live and die in. Those chandeliers… WHAT A DREAM! Thompson’s Station has just relocated their summer farmer’s market here.

 

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It was on to the tastes in the detached glass bar modeled after an old greenhouse.

 

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Homestead’s “momma meets mama mia” style brought us everything from spaghetti and meatballs to peach and pecan pizza.

 

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My favorite Homestead concoction was the summer sangria which is always changing just as the menu is.

It was so good I decided to recreate it at home!

 

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All I needed was a bottle of my favorite Lambrusco, some rum, orange juice, cranberry juice, simple syrup and some fresh berries from the market and I was set.

 

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Make a reservation to taste the real thing at the beautiful Homestead Manor. You won’t regret it!

Cheers!

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