Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Mid Week Randoms + My Chili Recipe

Sorry for the lack of posts this week, I am a bit behind and needing a catch up post. This past weekend was a busy one filled with lots of get togethers with friends! Friday night I had dinner with a friend from work at Trophy Brewing Company in Raleigh, I had heard great things and couldn't wait to try it out! They are known for their homemade beer selections along with their daily speciality pizzas. Pizza and beer, what more could a girl as for on Friday night! I chose their Big Boss Harvest Time beer and Grilled Cheese pizza and was so happy with both. If you are in the area or visiting, I highly suggest you check it out!

After a yummy dinner I headed out in downtown Raleigh and after a bar stops, ended up at Raleigh Times. I've been here several times but always happy with the atmosphere and beer selection. 

Saturday we were up and off to one of the best brunches I've ever had at Nofo.

My friend Ellen and I ended up sharing 2 dishes- the Vegetable Risotto topped with a fried egg and hollandaise and the Spinach Burger with sweet potato fries. Both were so so good and I am already looking forward to going back soon. Nofo also has a cute store attached with fun candles, jewelry, and home items, definitely a spot to remember. 

After brunch we headed out to Cameron Village for a little girls shopping day. Cameron Village has a great selection of small boutiques including Madison, Bevello, and Fedora. I walked away with a burgundy blouse that I wore later that evening for our friends newlywed party. 

I apologize for the quality!

Saturday night was spent celebrating Abby and Stephen as newlyweds. The party was thrown by 15 of the couples parents friends and could not have been nicer. Everything from the lights around the tents to the fun newlywed game was perfect and overall such a fun night. 

Sunday I ended up feeling under the weather and spent most of the day on the couch which has now lead to a nasty cold. We're talking stuffy nose, sore throat, and popping ears... not fun. This week I am hoping to take it easy and get lots of rest in. 

I also wanted to share a yummy recipe I posted about last week that has become a new favorite- 
Sweet Potato Chili!

2 can of kidney beans
2 cans of diced tomato with green chilies 
1 can of seasoned black beans
1 packet of chili seasoning
1 cubed sweet potato ( the smaller the pieces the better)
1/2 can of water
Chili powder

Throw all of the above ingredients into your crock pot and allow 4-5 hours on high. I chose to top mine with just a bit of cheese but feel free to get creative! It is so simple but so tasty and full of flavor!

Looking at this weeks meals, so far I have planned:
- Black bean soup ( can't wait to share this recipe)
- Greek brown rice salad
- Baked Tofu with sweet potato and white beans
- Veggie burgers and roasted garlic brussels sprouts 

Hope everyone is having a great week so far!

Yours truly, 
Emily Ann


Mrs. Type A said...

Harvest Time is really good, but make sure you try some of Trophy's beers-- I almost always do a sampler when I go there because they do small batches and have new beers all the time. They are almost always fantastic.

Ashley said...

Yummm! I have to try that chili soon. Hope you’re loving Raleigh!