Carteret County – Beaufort – Beaufort Grocery Co.: Apple Granny Chicken Sandwich
This was some of the best chicken salad I’ve ever eaten, creamy and full of dill and not overrun by celery. Sharp apples, good cheddar, excellent croissant. Would eat again. Frankly, would eat everything on the Beaufort Grocery Co. menu, so I have to go back to visit so I can.
48. Cook a full Thanksgiving dinner for friends and family (including a turkey in the oven).
I had forgotten that this was on my life list until a few weeks ago, but damn if Trav and shep. and Clea and Erin and I didn’t cross it off like a boss yesterday.
Recipes I made:
All good; greatest mashed potatoes ever.
I’m thankful for the people I spent yesterday with, all of whom I love very much, and I am especially thankful for Trav, who is one of the smartest, kindest, funniest people I know, and who I am lucky to get to love, and be loved by, every day.
Cheese and sausage biscuit at Sunrise Biscuit in Oxford, crossing Granville County off the Our State 100 Foods list. The biscuit was fabulous and I would have eaten half a dozen plain.
48. Grow my own grape tomatoes, snap peas, and strawberries.
Done and done. The tomatoes are delicious. Next year, peas and strawberries.
So some but not all of you know that right before Christmas, I closed on an amazing little townhouse in a cute neighborhood in Chapel Hill. And some but not all of you know that three weeks after that, during an incredibly unseasonable-even-for-January cold snap in the NC, I had two pipes burst in the townhouse, sending 40K gallons of water through my amazing little townhouse a week before we were supposed to move in. The renovations, which were thankfully covered by both my insurance and my HOA’s insurance, turned into a complete clusterfuck of epic proportions and there’s still not a reinstalled sink in the half-bath upstairs. It’s sitting on the floor of that room. Seriously. We didn’t move in until May, and even then we didn’t have a kitchen for another two weeks, and there’s still work that remains unfinished besides the sink.
It sucked. I nearly lost my mind over it. I’m still recovering, and the time and energy and emotion suck of it is why I’ve shot less this year, and been more absent here.
But I am finally starting to feel at home, so I thought I’d share a few photos. I promise not to turn this into a home design blog, although right now I’m pretty obsessed with them.
The photo up top is the art hanging over my bed (seen below): a screenprint from the pre-order of Mason Jennings’ 2006 record Boneclouds on the left, and a screenprint poster for a Rat Jackson / Spider Bags / Red Collar show in 2010, done by my friend Steve Oliva. Below are my bedroom, the amazing open cabinets that they custom built for the space over my passthrough from the kitchen to the dining area, and my crazy new jewelry rack. Nothing else is passable to show you know, but as I get it together over the next few months, I will.
Wednesday night at the Cradle was a Bloodshot double shot, just like I like it — Bobby Bare, Jr, out in support of his fabulous Undefeated, and Cory Branan supporting, touring behind last year’s Mutt and next year’s new record? Regardless, a great night. Cory took requests and charmed everyone (although to be fair most of us were previously charmed, it was a crowd full of people who already loved Cory), and then Bobby came out and just blew me out of the water. Loud and fierce and wild and just absolutely compelling. I’m totally sold.
More photos will be up on Flickr when I get home on Monday, and I’ll share them then.