Sunday Scavengers…

Today feels like Saturday.  The whole drive home I was thinking:

“I’ll drop by the Colonial Manor in Dallas to see what they have .. especially since they will be closed tomorrow!”

*wonk*wonk* They were closed .. because it is Sunday.

Raymond and I love our Sunday Scavenger adventures! 🙂  This particular adventure happened a few weeks ago. 🙂

We started the day with a trip to Amelie’s French Bakery.  If you have never been, then please note:  It is the coolest coffee shop in Mecklenburg County!

Amelie's Bakery

Up for order:  2 espresso shots, salted caramel brownie, coconut macaroon.

Delicious!  The Salted Caramel Brownie is one of their signature items and it did not disappoint!

Being silly at Amelies.  Loved this mirror/picture thing. :)

Being silly at Amelies. Loved this mirror/picture thing. 🙂

Raymond looking cute while sending funny text messages to a friend. :)

Raymond looking cute while sending funny text messages to a friend. 🙂

We were full from all that sugar so we walked across the street to this warehouse looking place.  Half of it was a farmer’s market/produce stand.  The other half was like a junk yard.  It was awesome! 🙂 I can’t remember the actual names ..

Produce Stand & Resale Warehouse

Resale Warehouse

Resale Warehouse

They had some of the coolest vintage furniture!  If I had a garage/warehouse/tool shed, then we would have been in trouble! 🙂

Next up was a trip to NoDa! 🙂  We dropped by this sports bar for a beer.  It was packed … with Cleveland fans.  I’m not a huge football person and definitely felt a little out of my element. 🙂

Bar full of Cleveland Fans in NoDa

Bar full of Cleveland Fans in NoDa

We had a pretty good time in NoDa but weren’t feeling it completely.  So we headed down the street to Plaza Midwood.  One of my favorite areas and neighborhoods in Charlotte! 🙂

We ate dinner at Loco Lime .. SO good.  Then headed to The Diamond for dessert!  Unbelievable chocolate cake! 🙂

To.Die.For Chocolate Cake

To.Die.For Chocolate Cake

Put a fork in me .. I was done after that! 🙂

What do you like to do on Sundays? 🙂

Until next time…

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Foodie Friday {Salsa}…

I could eat Mexican inspired food everyday of the week.  For every meal.  I truly love the flavors! 🙂

I am also a bit of a salsa snob.  Any Mexican restaurant is judged by their salsa.  Thus far the winners are {in order}: Loco Lime & Cantina.

Considering how much I love salsa, you would think I love to make it at home.  Not so fast. I hate cutting up tomatoes, onions, ….. etc etc.  It takes too long and, frankly, it’s too expensive.  Jar salsa will not cut it in my house.  I outgrew that by the time I was 6 years old.  Jack’s salsa and Eat Fresh are out too.  I have had too much of each!

My mom has this amazing salsa recipe that she makes in a blender.  Yes, I said blender.  I haven’t made it in years {not sure why}.  I broke out the handwritten recipe last week.  Since then I have made it 5 times in 1.5 weeks.  Raymond and I fight over salsa as much as we fight over desserts! 😉


  • (28 oz) can whole, peeled tomatoes, drained


  • 1/2 cup onion, diced
  • 1/4 cup green pepper, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 Tbsp cilantro, chopped
  • 1/2 jalapeño, chopped (seeds removed)
  • 1/2 Tsp dried oregano
  • 1/4 Tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/8 Tsp cumin


  • 2 Tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced


  • 1 Tbsp honey
  1. Place tomatoes in blender. Pulse.
  2. Add onion, green pepper, garlic, jalapeño, cilantro, oregano, red pepper flakes, and cumin to blender. Pulse.
  3. Put vinegar, oil, brown sugar, and garlic in saucepan. Bring to a boil.
  4. Reduce by half.  Add honey.
  5. Remove from heat and add to blender. Pulse until mixed through.

Until next time…