A trip to one of my favorite places in the world…Chapel Hill, NC!
I made a trip to Chapel Hill recently…here are some of my favorite places to go in the "Southern Part of Heaven." It doesn't get much prettier or fun than Chapel Hill. The town has so much to do and see, and the university is gorgeous. I had a blast visiting my sweet alma mater and getting to see some friends. If you're ever in the area, here are some great places to visit!
The Old Well
If you have a chance to see this beauty in the spring, all the azaleas are in bloom and it is the prettiest!
The Dean Dome (Dean E. Smith Center)
This place is magical. If you're a Carolina basketball fan, you know how awesome of an atmosphere this is. It's definitely one of my favorite places on campus. These are also quite a beautiful sight...
Maple View Farm
This is an awesome farm and homemade ice cream shop in Hillsborough, NC, just outside of Chapel Hill. It is such a fun place to go…their ice cream is so good and you can sit on the front porch rocking chairs and look out at the pretty fields!
Here is Maple View's website!
The Bell Tower
This is another beautiful campus landmark, right near Kenan Stadium. My name is on a brick somewhere up inside that tower :)
The Carolina Inn
This is a historic, pretty hotel on campus. It also has a great restaurant. If you don't stay there, drive by to look at it! Find them online here.
Sutton's Drug Store
Sutton's is one of my favorite lunch places on Franklin Street. A former pharmacy, it has awesome food and is such a fun atmosphere. It has so much history too…established in 1923! Find them online here.
UNC Quad/South Building
This is just another one of the beautiful places on campus!
Some of my other favorite places...
Some other places I either didn't get to go this trip or didn't snap photos of are…
The Yogurt Pump (YoPo): an old, cute frozen yogurt shop on Franklin Street. Find them online here.
Johnny T-Shirt and Chapel Hill Sportswear: great shops for UNC gear on Franklin Street. Find them online here and here
Sugarland: The cutest place with great cupcakes on Franklin Street. Find them online here.
Top of the Hill: a restaurant on Franklin Street…if you eat outside, it's a cool view of Chapel Hill. Find them online here.
Nantucket Grill: a great restaurant on Farrington Road, Chapel Hill…they also have the BEST cake…Strawberry Shortcake is my favorite! Find them online here.
Boshamer Stadium: The Carolina baseball stadium…also one of my favorite places on campus!
Merritt's Store and Grill: The best BLT in North Carolina…and a really fun place! Find them online here
UNC Student Store: This is a great shop on campus for UNC gear. Find them online here.
Patriotic Pretzel Rods
My mom and I found this cute idea on Pinterest…from a site called "The 36th Avenue." You can find the site here. I decided to try these dipped pretzels for a fun 4th of July treat! They turned out to be adorable and pretty simple…and such a fun little project!
All you need is a pack of pretzel rods, a pack of bright white melting candies, a pack of red melting candies, and a pack of blue melting candies (I used all vanilla flavored candy melts). You'll also need white sprinkles (I used mini decorative pearls!), wax paper, a cooling rack, and a plastic Ziploc bag.
First, place the cooling rack on top of a piece of wax paper. Then melt the white candies in a deep enough dish or cup to dip the pretzel rods. Make sure they melt completely but don't overheat them or they will get too thick! I used a medium-sized glass measuring cup.
Dip the top of each of the pretzel rods about 3/4 of the way in the white melted candy. I used a fork to help put the melted candy on the pretzel and smooth it out. Place the pretzel rod on the cooling rack (or right on the wax paper) to dry.
After the white has dried, melt the blue chips in another microwave-safe cup or bowl. Dip the tops of the pretzel rods in so that the blue covers about 1/3 of the white. Place on the cooling rack again to dry. While the candy is still wet, sprinkle the mini pearls/sprinkles on top of the blue. Do these one at a time, or the candy will melt too quickly for the pearls/sprinkles to stick!
After the blue is completely dry, melt the red chips (I didn't need to use the whole bag) in a microwave-safe cup or bowl. Once they are completely melted well, pour the melted red chips into a plastic Ziploc bag and close it. Cut a tiny (very!) hole in the corner of the bag.
Then you are able to pipe thin red lines over top of the remaining white on the pretzel rods. Here is the cute finished product!
When they were all completely dry, I tied some ribbon around the mouths of several mason jars. Then I gently placed the pretzel rods in the jars. This is an easy little project and it makes cute, festive treats for your 4th of July celebration! I had such a fun time making them too!
I also had some leftover melted candies so I used them to make some more festive pretzel rods…solid blue with red piping and white pearls on top! I added them in with the others for the display!
Happy 4th of July! Thanking God for this country and all the brave men and women who have fought to protect it and keep America free. Have a great Independence Day y'all!
Enjoy your wedding flowers long after the wedding!
In our wedding, we mostly had all real flowers. We did, however, use a few artificial flowers to decorate a staircase at our venue. If you have any leftover artificial flowers from your wedding, here's a great way to save them and still enjoy them in something that will remind you of the beauty of your big day! I used the flower/pearl/berry clusters I had left over, a simple grapevine wreath, some floral wire, and wire cutters for this project.
First, I cut the bows off of these flower clusters. Then I put the flower clusters in the wreath. It takes a bit to decide exactly where the flowers should go in the wreath and to arrange them hiding the stems. I used the floral wire to anchor the flowers into the grapevine wreath. To fill in the gaps, I used some leftover pearl clusters between the flower clusters. This added a little more shine and dimension to the wreath. Now I have a spring or summer wreath that is pretty AND reminds me of our wedding day!
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