Enjoying The Outdoors & A New Quick Dinner Recipe!

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Some people may not like the rainy, chilly, and overcast days, but I love them. Yesterday was the first day of fall, and it certainly felt like it. Sweater weather, falling leaves, and lattes took place.

The best part about living down south is that I can enjoy the outdoors all year round. We have a couple days where I’d rather stay inside cuddled up with hot chocolate by the fire, but it’s not totally intolerable. Yesterday, I decided to get outside and walk the golf course. The golf course is one of the prettiest places to be when the leaves are changing. It doesn’t make finding your ball any easier though.

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I know some of you only read my blog and aren’t to big in the Instagram world, but I shared some news on there yesterday, and I wanted to post it here just incase you missed it.

I’m so excited to be partnering up with Orvis to encourage you all to go out and enjoy the outdoors! What is your favorite thing to do outdoors? Go for a walk, do yoga in the backyard, have a picnic at your favorite park or hike your favorite mountain! Post a photo of you enjoying the beautiful outdoors and tag it #myoutdoorscharlotte. Everytime a photo with that tag is uploaded, $1.00 will be donated to the #ncwf wildlife habitat restoration project benefitting the Catawba river! The Catawba river is one of my favorite #CLT spots! It’s perfect for hiking, kayaking and fishing! 

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After posting a photo to Instagram with #myoutdoorscharlotte, you can visit @orvischarlotte and show them your photo for a 20% off any full price in-store purchase! 9/21-10/18. I will be posting more of my outfits on the blog tomorrow! Ladies, you’ll fall in love!

I will be choosing five #myoutdoorscharlotte photos and each will receive a $100 gift card to @orvis don’t forget to tag me so I can look out for them! 

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In honor of the Orvis #myoutdoorscharlotte campaign, I’m making an effort to get outside and enjoy the outdoors as much as possible. Last night, my friend (the one from high school) and I went to Yoga at the Sycamore Brewery. I’ve been seeing this all over Charlotte and I finally found someone who enjoys yoga to go with.

This was a fun class and challenging. It’s definitely a practice of strength. I’m excited to get better.

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Towards the end of the class, we did a couple relaxation exercises and it was so therapeutic. While laying on my back, all I could see was the beautiful cotton candy sky and it truly made me appreciate nature.

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After class, I stopped at the grocery store and picked up some ingredients to make a wrap. This wrap had turkey, provolone, lettuce, cabbage, carrots, mustard, avocado, and bell pepper wrapped in a flat out wrap.

I was so relaxed and exhausted from the day; I fell asleep early.

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This morning, Tino and I went on a walk. I was shivering in my shorts, but don’t confuse that with complaining; I loved it. This is Tino’s first fall and I’m excited to see him hop around in the leaves.

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It started to pour down rain later in the afternoon, so I packed my studies, my coffee and took them out on the back porch. Listening to the rain while writing a report sounded a little more pleasant.

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I couldn’t help but snap the photos of Grumples. He wanted that gluten free pumpkin muffin so bad. (details on the muffin in tomorrows blog)

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I’m not sure what it is about being outside but I’ve always preferred it. My mom used to have to drag me inside as a kid. I loved mud, bugs, and bare feet.

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His begging skills are on point.

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I felt really bad after spending most of my time writing, so I ran inside, put on some crummy clothes and headed out in the rain to play with him.

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I don’t care how old you are; you’re never too old to enjoy a rainy day. Plus rain water is healthy for the hair.

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That’s a happy dog.

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It was freezing after, but definitely worth it.

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Nothing smells better than a wet dog…

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Especially on your bed…

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I decided to make an early dinner tonight. I had no idea what I was making until it was done (usually happens that way).

I first cooked some shrimp the same way I cooked my scallops.

Ingredients:
*1 lb shrimp (uncooked, peeled)
*5 cloves fresh garlic, chopped
*1 tablespoon Cabernet (optional)
*2-3 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
*1 tablespoon light brown sugar
*sprinkle of pepper
*fresh shredded parmesan cheese
*1/4 cup olive oil
*1 cup peas
*1 box bow ties

Directions Here

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While the shrimp cooked, I boiled up some whole wheat bow ties.

In a large pot, I mixed together the cooked shrimp (including the leftover sauce in the pan) the bow ties, 1/4 cup fresh parmesan, and 1 cup of peas. I sprinkled extra black pepper on top.

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The dish turned out amazing! It was sweet, savory, spicy, and incredibly addicting. If you could mix parmesan mac and cheese together with Chinese food, you’d get this dish! (that’s the best i could do)

I’m excited to try it cold over salad tomorrow.

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I baked a Maryland crab cake from Earthfare too! They’re my favorite.

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Now it’s time to finish my paper!

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It’s fall and I love flannel! 🍃🍂🍁 as a thank you to everyone for the support with my shop I created a 20% off code (TYTHURSDAY20) that’s good for the next twelve hours! I just restocked scarves and added new styles! 

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