Friday night, before we headed up, we had dinner at a local spot in Durham and if I could eat nothing but their chili rubbed pork belly for a month, I am pretty sure that I could do it. and happily. I often forget just how insanely amazing the food options are in Durham, And then I am reminded why it beat out Charleston, Austin and New Orleans as the "foodiest" city in the south.
We got to Virginia late Friday night and on Saturday morning headed out to downtown Lynchburg with my brother and his family for breakfast and then to meander our way around. I got some great gifts at a few of the shops and then we headed to the next town for a Fall Festival at a vineyard.
Wine, BBQ and good music? I will choose it every time! We had so much fun and Virginia shines at her best this time of year. How I love the beauty of my home state. and even better, the vineyard is now located on what was the farm my sister in law grew up on.
They should give me free wine. I am not sure why, but I just think that the fact she used to live there should somehow be of an advantage to me. hahaha
That night we met up with some friends for a cookout, cornhole and a bonfire out back.
Yesterday we had lunch with my parents before heading back down for my bestie's twins first birthday. I cannot believe they are one! I took a few shots of how everything turned out. She did such a great job with keeping the decor elegant and still fitting for a first birthday party. And the cake. Oh, the cake. Sugarland just does it right. I am sure she will have more up on her blog soon!
and then her mom sent me home with a homemade bag of caramel popcorn and...I need someone to come hide it from me because I start my clean eating for the next month, It is entirely too delicious.
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