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Nashville Smashville

Nashville Smashville did not disappoint.


When Mr. Robinson asked, “where do you want to go for your 40th? London? Hawaii?” I quickly replied, without hesitation, “Nashville!”  Boots, blue jeans, country music and yummy food and you are bound to have a knee-slapping good time. And that we did. It didn’t take long, I’d say 4 hours in, for Mr. R to announce that it was high time he owned a good pair of cowboy boots. So, when in Rome…. I helped him find the perfect pair of boots, not too round, not too pointy, not too boring, but not flashy either.

It was then that he next announced, “Now I need a good cowboy shirt.” At first I thought he might be kidding, my Miam-born husband but he was as serious as a Nashville chicken fried biscuit. So we walked upstairs, had him try on 3 9 cowboy shirts and settled on ‘the perfect cowboy shirt.’  And I do agree– every man should own a good pair of boots and shirt but I was still taken a back slightly when the following day, Mike, aka Cowboy Mike, told me (over our second fried meal of the day), “Now I need a good pair of jeans to wear with my boots.” And so, back in the store we went for the perfect pair of jeans to go with his cowboy shirt and cowboy boots.

Cowboy Mike loved Nashville- almost as much, if not more, than me. And that’s saying a lot. But of course, how could you not? It has all the makings of a relaxing getaway weekend. We tried his new boots out in a great honky tonk– an establishment truly called The Honky Tonk and the boots proved to worthy of their purchase as we had a great evening.  Not just a great evening but a relaxing and fun weekend all around. People were friendly, getting around was easy, the music was awesome and the atmosphere was cool everywhere were went. All around in our boots, of course.


Someone may have found their happy place




After waiting in a line that extended down the city block, we thought Biscuit Love was worth checking out. We soon realized that two, somewhat healthy eating folks could only eat so much fried food in a given 3 day period…

Nashville Smashville via grateful simplicity

Biscuit Love as featured in Garden & Gun magazine


Biscuit Love-- outside..

Biscuit Love– outside line. Our Uber driver told us this was a short line so we came on a “good” day…

Nashville Smashville via grateful simplicity

Nashville Smashville via grateful simplicity

A good man who willingly poses for his camera snapping wife


Nashville Smashville via grateful simplicity

Firefly.  Off the beaten path, but well worth the uber.

Firefly Grille was a recommendation by a local man we met outside out downtown hotel. Off the beaten path, but well worth the uber ride it was a cool little place.

Nashville Smashville via grateful simplicity

More extra points for him


Someone may have liked the Ryman as much as me.

Someone may have liked the Ryman as much as me (this was my favorite “tourist” excursion by far)

Nashville Smashville via grateful simplicity

Country Music Hall of Fame




Lost & Found {a Thanksgiving tale}

The Thanksgiving photos, which I thought were gone but not forgotten, have resurfaced. Just in time for Christmas parties, caroling and shopping. Mr. Robinson and I hosted Thanksgiving this year with an abbreviated bunch of family representing which still made for close to 15 tablesettings people. I decided to embrace Thanksgiving, and try I as I might to talk myself into the more sensible paper plates, out came the fine china, linen napkins and heirloom tablecloths.



The only Christmas to be found on our table was some red berries and Spode Christmas plates.  Might have gone a little overboard with the tall flower arrangement but my motto is you can be too thin, too rich, or (my latest addition) have too many flowers. And I’m sticking to it.

Lost & Found {a Thanksgiving tale}
Mike’s mom has had some health issues since last Spring and we are thankful she is getting stronger and that she and Cleve were able to join us for the Thankful feast (with overflowing flowers).   Ken;ey’s little heart has been giving us a small pause for concern so before we get too worked up, her doctor has her wearing a heart monitor so we get the data to know if it’s “something” or “nothing.” My guess is the latter.


Lemon tree is overflowing — cold, fresh lemon water every morning now.

If anyone asks, the turkey was organic. That's our story and we're sticking to it.

If anyone asks, the turkey was organic. That’s our story and we’re sticking to it.


Kenley has quite the football arm. Who knew?!

Kenley has quite the football arm. Who knew?!

Lost & Found {a Thanksgiving tale}



Weekend Simplicity

Welcome to the weekend, also known as Weekend Simplicity…..


Mr. Robinson would say that my taste is for the finer things– however, my budget doesn’t always align with my choices, which is why I was happy to snag these soft leather, taupe boots.  If you’ve ever try to find the perfect  color grey, you know that it’s no easy feat.  An added plus, is that by ordering a 1/2 size larger than I wear, I’m finding all my shoes are more comfortable that way. Did I really just admit that?


Source | Nordstrom



Don’t laugh, but I saw this Shepherd’s Pie on an IG feed and am seriously considering trying it on my crew. I’d say there is a 50/50 shot that I can please their pallet with this dish. Certainly, my oldest will like a simple meat and potato’s dish- it’s right up her alley.


Source | Food Network

Source | Food Network


Next weekend at this time, I will be sitting in a local photography class. I haven’t been to a class in over 5 years so it will be nice to learn some new tricks.   In the meantime, there’s this.

weekend simplicity via grateful simplicity

Friday Night Lights


That’s it. That’s all I got.


Weekend Simplicity

Weekend simplicity around here looks like this.


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Speaking of simple, my Shrimp Francesa dish turned out great! It was easy to make, dirtied only one dish, and down right delicious. Add some organic basmati rice, a side of fresh Florida grouper, a tossed green salad, toasted and buttery ferruccio bread and you’ve got yourself a meal.  Finish with angel food cake, all natural cool whip (yes, there is such a thing) and fresh, sliced strawberries and I guarantee you will sleep well.

Tomorrow is my  favorite day of the week- always been. Sweet and simple Sundays.

31 Days of Joy Simply | Day 11: Early Christmas Gifts

This is day 11 of a 31 days series on finding Joy Simply. You can read all the posts from the series by clicking HERE.

If the true purpose is finding joy in the little things, than today is a no brainer as it brings me much joy.

This is what opened in our town today.  It really felt like Christmas morning.  Healthy, clean, primarily organic food for my family is a priority. In the past 10 years, I don’t think I’ve ever bought anything but organic milk.  Unfortunately that typically means paying more at the checkout. Not anymore.

But wait, I’m not finished. Today was only the culmination with the additional opening of Whole Foods earlier in the week.  You don’t understand, our city just doesn’t get cool stores like this. In the past few years we have managed to get a Home Goods, Hobby Lobby, Fresh Market, Earth Fare, Whole Foods and now Trader Joes.  Maybe a Nordstrom isn’t so far fetched after all.  A girl can dream.