May + June Travelogue

Here’s the May + June Travelogue! Have a look at the things I did, ate, drank and saw over the last couple of months.  

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I know it’s been a little quiet around here lately. Being real about it? The last couple months have been pretty tough for my time management skills.

May and June are always packed months with tons of social engagements and busy for work, but there’s been a lot going on around here lately.

I began the Travelogue series last year as a way to tell you a little more about what’s going on in my life, beyond the usual recipe and travel inspiration I usually write about here. Plus it’s a nice way for me to look back at the passing time. So here’s a quick recap of the last couple months:

Lake Toxaway, N.C.

To get away, Chris and I took a couple of road trips to the mountains and the beach just to get away. It was so nice.

Then I got a cold that got worse fast. I was diagnosed with bronchitis and spent a couple weeks just making sure I slept as much as possible.

My sister, who lives overseas, visited for a few days, and we spent 3.5 lovely days doing all the things we don’t ever get to do because she lives so far away. Nails, movies, cocktails, catching up. I even cooked her a belated/early Thanksgiving feast.

And as if all of that wasn’t enough…

Remember the stray cat I mentioned last month? Shortly after I wrote that post, she brought us her four tiny kittens. One by one, she dropped the first three off under our porch. The next day, she brought the fourth.

So we took in all five, much to Pixel’s dismay, and became their foster parents. Yes — we went from one cat to six in two days.

One was adopted pretty quickly, and last week, the remaining three went to a new foster home.

All three are still available, which is a shame because they are just SO cute. If you’re local to Charlotte and interested, apply to adopt them via our rescue, Catering to Cats & Dogs. Their names are Rocky, Bullwinkle and Meredith.

And the mama? She’s ours now. Meet Julep. We love her so much. And Pixel is adapting just fine.

Besides our new family member, here’s what I loved in May & June:

Gorgeous place I went:

Highlands, N.C. This sweet little mountain town was just a few waterfalls away from the mountain house we stayed in with Chris’s family. I loved exploring this idyllic town over an afternoon. I’d love to go back.

Thing I ate: 

We went to Myrtle Beach, S.C. for Chris’s birthday, and discovered a little gem of an ice cream shop called Melt. I was pretty pumped about the M&M ice cream, which is actually flavored with M&M’s — not just vanilla with M&M’s stirred in. Amazing.

Melt

Movies I’m adoring: 

I finally watched both Moana and Lilo & Stitch recently, which is 1,000% not helping my Hawaii wanderlust. These films are so cute! Pass the Pineapple Mango Tiki Punch, please.

Drink I imbibed: 

I finally got my hands on a bottle of the Rua whiskey from Great Wagon Road Distillery — so good. Chris and I have been enjoying this on the rocks and in various whiskey cocktails at home.

North Myrtle Beach

Place I’d like to go: 

As previously stated, I am seriously obsessed with Hawaii right now. My friend Meghan almost killed me with this gorgeous Kauai travel guide. Must go!

Drink I want to make: 

These Orange Red Wine Spritzers from Honey & Birch sound like summer in a glass. Need more days by the pool, stat.

Thing on my wishlist:

Is it weird to want electric salt & pepper grinders? My dad has a pair, and I always love cooking with them (and him!) at his house. It would be such a novelty, but also so fun and so useful!

What I’ll miss about May & June:

That early summer weather. We’re getting into the 90°F+ days, and I’m not happy about it. I miss watering the garden without sweating!

Bonus awesome thing:

I flew my first ever kite when we were at the beach. It was magic, y’all. Pure magic. Here’s to July! // susannah 

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