Happy New Year — I’m Back

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I woke up this last morning of 2018 feeling excited and loving feeling that way! A new year, new possibilities, new opportunities, new adventures. Evolve. Make more money, be more creative, experience more love and connection.  Lose weight, find the love of my life, write a cookbook and a country song. Live my best life every day.  And revive my blog.

My new tagline is “Inspiration for living your best life after fifty.” The new Carolina Bon Vivant will be a little different– food and cocktails and travel, of course, but also my tips on looking and feeling one’s best and a little life coaching (because we all need a little life coaching).  What else? Over the last few years, I’ve done a bunch of online dating, read a ton on the topic,  and spent hours discussing it with other 50+ singles.  I’ve developed some expertise and want to give back to the universe by sharing what I’ve learned. If that’s not relevant to all of my readers, I figure they probably know someone to whom it will be.

I’m hoping you are excited about 2019 as well.  Forget resolutions.  What are you going to do to make it your best?

New Beginnings

Welcome to Carolina Bon Vivant!

Up until about a year ago,  I blogged about meal planning, family dinners and other culinary adventures at  Another Marvelous Meal.  At the point that I quit posting to AMM, I was busy confronting some pretty unpleasant realities and dealing with a potentially disastrous transition from seemingly-happy-family-of-four to single-mom-with-two-teenaged- boys.  A year on, I am relieved that we have a new normal that is not all that different from the old.  We still have family dinner almost every night and Meatless Mondays most weeks.  I don’t meal plan nearly as thoroughly as I once did, but there’s food in the fridge and no one is starving.  When I really don’t feel like cooking, I drag the boys into the kitchen and we all make dinner together.  They are not exactly enthusiastic, but they have learned some basic skills for which I am sure they will one day thank me.  And I’ve made the difficult decision to start over with a new blog for a variety of reasons discussed at great length with my therapist.

Carolina Bon Vivant is about moving on and enjoying the good life in the Carolinas. I’ll still be blogging about family dinners, entertaining and culinary adventures. But there will also be more restaurant reviews and posts about weekend getaways, road trips, shopping,  hiking trails, drives and vistas, farmer’s markets and roadside stands, events and festivals, some decorating tips and whatever else strikes my fancy.  First up will be a couple of posts tagged Quick and Easy — Brandy Milk Punch for Two, followed by Shrimp and Grits for Two.  In the next month or so, I’m planning reviews of Knife & Fork — a wonderful little restaurant in Spruce Pine — and a cool new spot here in Boone, the Appalachian Mountain Brewery.  We’ll be taking road trips to Memphis, Oxford and the Mississippi Delta and to Beaufort and Fripps Island in South Carolina .  I’ll also be writing about making Irish bacon and posting about  a few new family favorites including great recipes for Kung Pao Chicken and Enchiladas with Ranchero Sauce.

I hope you join me!

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