Let’s Be Honest

For the last ten or so years, I’ve been a snob. I’ve been prideful about never having read or seen a Harry Potter book or movie. I never got any of the witty jokes or references about Snape or Dumbledore and I was glad. But no longer. I admit it. I’m in the midst of reading the Harry Potter series (have yet to see a movie) and I love them. I even stayed up until after midnight last night. This was obviously a silly decision. I like to pretend that staying up late will not affect my attitude towards my
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Charlotte Bcycle Ride Out

A Charlotte Bcycle Charlotte Bcycles for life! Check it out. Tyler, Ethan, and I participated in the Charlotte Bcycle Go Live Ride Out last night. Our friend, the Jeremy Goodwyne, through a series of random events became the station captain for the Kings Drive/CPCC bike station, and he needed some folks to help ride the bikes out. Because I was last minute to the situation, as in three hours previous to the ride out, I really had no clue what I was getting in to. It was amazing. Our Group Charlotte Bcycles is a privately sponsored program to share bikes
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Tigers in Red Weather – Book Review

Disillusionment of Ten O’Clock Wallace Stevens The houses are hauntedBy white night-gowns.None are green,Or purple with green rings,Or green with yellow rings,Or yellow with blue rings.None of them are strange,With socks of laceAnd beaded ceintures.People are not goingTo dream of baboons and periwinkles.Only, here and there, an old sailor,Drunk and asleep in his boots,Catches TigersIn red weather.  The lines of Wallace Steven’s poems clench the meaning and depth of Liza Klaussman’s book, Tigers in Red Weather. The June issue of Whole Living magazine featured a write-up about Tigers in Red Weather. Klaussmann released the book this summer, and being the historical fiction nerd
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Pita Pizza Recipe

Oven-Roasted Herbs Using the scrumptious pita bread I made yesterday, I made one of Ethan’s favorites for dinner. However, this time everything was a bit more legit. My mother finally has a garden!!! She’s been wanting to have an official garden for years now, and my father finally built her one, complete with a fence to keep deer from eating all the goodness. So before I left last weekend, she gave me pounds of tomatoes, cucumber, zucchini, and peppers. She has a whole entire green hand, not just a thumb. With all these extra goodies, I decided to make my own pizza
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Pita Bread Recipe

Pita bread is delicious. That’s all there is to it. And the great thing about pita is it’s versatile: the classic pita sandwich, cut into strips with hummus or spinach-artichoke dip, served with salad, and my family’s current favorite, the pita pizza. We’ve used all kinds of brands before, including Toufayan, Damascus, Thomas’, Trader Joe’s, etc. However, we found our favorite pita pizzas were made with homemade pita bread. And the best thing about it? Homemade pita bread is super cheap and easy to make. I am the queen of taking recipes and giving them my own flair. Sometimes these
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Visiting the Homestead

  Opening up the ‘works A few years back, make that eight, my parents moved from the busy little town of Florence, SC into the country. I was able to live there for five of those years and really came to enjoy the massive expanse of land and beautiful sunsets. Since moving to Charlotte, visiting my parents at “The Farm” has become such a laid-back and relaxed atmosphere. It’s almost as if I have stepped out of my current reality into one where text messages, Facebook, and schedules cease to exist, much less have extreme importance. Childhood Remembered Double-Fisting It!
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Looks like I have a blog. This seems to be the first post. I’m Melissa. I have a husband of one year and a son of seven. We’re a cozy bunch. I teach composition to some college kids and enjoy life at home. I’m an experimental chef and recipe-following baker. While I’ve been taking pictures of food I’ve created for over a year, I’ve yet to do anything with them, except post them on Instagram every now and again. It’s time to do something. Tyler, Ethan, and I have been in Charlotte for over a year now. Charlotte is amazing,
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