According to my TimeHop app, last year at this time I wore a simple spring dress without a coat on a date night and was perfectly comfortable. This year it hasn’t warmed up quite to that point in the Lake Norman area, but signs of spring are blooming all around.
Josh’s Farmers Market, a local gem in the community, had their grand opening celebration this weekend.
The girls and I stopped by for a bit of Saturday to take advantage of the samples and wish them a happy opening. Two highlights?
Queen Charlotte’s Pimento Cheese (did you know Charlotte is called the Queen City?). We’ve bought this on multiple occasions and I’m convinced it is the best pimento cheeses around!
Creator and former school teacher, John Morgan, was there handing out his samples and I found his story of starting his company after winning money on Jeopardy fascinating.
Two Brothers BBQ Sauce. These guys were grilling out drumsticks, basted in their sauce, and MY GOODNESS, it was incredible.
I snagged a bottle after being further impressed by the simple ingredient list. Local friends, you can buy it at Josh’s, Healthy Home Market, The Fresh Market, several BiLos, and Compare Foods. Online friends, you can check it out here. I can’t wait to grill out with it!
We poked around a bit more, bought some honey sticks, and felt that spring was officially in motion.
We’ve had a few issues with Kaitlyn not sleeping through the night lately. She’s been waking up at 1:30 am trying to go to the potty, but usually ends up calling me to help. Not a big deal (and she made it by herself last night!), but it’s been hard for me to go back to sleep so by Saturday afternoon, I was dragging. Not intending to, I face-planted on the couch and fell asleep. I woke up 30 minutes later to silence and this note:
David is a good man.
Apparently our battery recharge worked and he and the girls were test driving the boat, so we set out for our first family lake cruise of the season.
It was a little cool and windy, but no one seemed to care.
We slowly made our way to The Blue Parrot, a lakefront hangout.
The atmosphere was lively and we kicked off the season with nachos, to help us get bathing suit ready of course.
I ordered a margarita without the sour mix, which ending up being tequila on the rocks.
Luckily a splash of the girls’ virgin daiquiri mellowed it out and made it quite delicious.
It isn’t quite warm enough for swimming, but the girls are giddy with anticipation.
That night we grilled out chicken sausage
with a side of Vegetable Barley Salad, that the girls loved.
We kept the spring theme going strong all weekend.
From planting seeds (we may be too late, but decided to give it a go anyway) to taking inventory of all our camping equipment.
We’re itching to go soon.
I feel the spring season is officially in gear and I’m looking forward to the sunshine, the outdoor adventure, and tolerating the pollen. 😉
Do you change your drink orders based on the season?
I totally do! Warm weather is all about margaritas and mules!
What is something fun you did this weekend?