Roadtrip to North Carolina

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I haven’t been to my hometown in over a year. I was feeling really homesick and when I learned that I would have a 4 day weekend this past weekend, I knew that I wanted to go home. I grew up in a small town in North Carolina and lived in the same house my entire childhood. Both of my parents have passed away, but I still like to go home and visit my family. Being there just feels right.

My husband and I had a hell of a day trying to get out of town on Friday, but around 2:00am, we were finally home.

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On Saturday morning, our lovely Unicorn Nikki came over – bringing me Starbucks AND Biscuitville. Talk about a gem of a friend. If you’re unfamiliar with Biscuitville, you are missing out. The chain is only in North Carolina and a few places in Virginia. I really wish they would come to Georgia! Actually, maybe I don’t because I would eat there all the time and gain 100 pounds. Ain’t nobody got time…

After breakfast, Nikki stayed for a few hours so that we could catch up and chat about life. I have missed my girl terribly! Husband and I walked around my father’s property for awhile and I was showing him my favorite places and telling him stories from my childhood. Isn’t it serene?

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Fast forward to Sunday morning and I’m with Nikki again. Can’t stay away from my bestie! She told me about a place near her side of town that had great reviews on the food, so we decided to give it a go for brunch. What a treat! I introduce to you, the Saxapahaw General Store. From the outside, it really doesn’t look like much to be honest, but the inside was grocery store meets farm to table cafe. I knew I liked it as soon as I walked in.

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They were super busy, so I also took that as a good sign. We ordered from the brunch menu, which didn’t disappoint. I had chorizo sausage and gravy biscuits. I mean, what’s not to like about that? It was DELICIOUS.

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My husband went for the shrimp and grits.

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Nikki had the banana bread french toast. I sampled hers and it was sooooo good. I can still taste it. It looks slightly burned, but it was perfectly soft and delicious.

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After brunch, we strolled around the store and picked up some nut butter, citrus sea salt, and NC wines. I knew we were having a cookout later, so we walked down to the end of the shopping center to a placed called Left Bank Butchery. This amazing little butchery was a hop, skip, and a jump from where I grew up. I was so happy to see my hometown really moving up in the world and supporting local farming and agriculture. I was impressed to see that one of the places they get beef from is Braeburn Farms. Nikki and I both went to school with the daughter of this family and I used to ride horses there as a young child when I would have play dates with her. There was no doubt in my mind that the practices of the farm were top notch.

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The weekends I spend at home are never long enough, but so rejuvenating for the soul. If you’re ever in the area, check out these awesome places.

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