10.06.2014

weekend good things.

What a wonderful weekend! H and I spent the past few days in Fayetteville, Arkansas visiting his mom. The weather was beautiful --- high 60's, crisp and breezy! It was a nice change of pace from Charleston's never-ending summer. It has been a few years since I've visited so I was excited to see how the town has changed. 
On Friday we visited Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in nearby Bentonville. The museum opened in 2011 and the building has an interesting design, something you'd never expect to find in Arkansas! The museum is full of American Art spanning five centuries. I really enjoyed the State of the Art exhibit with pieces by living contemporary artists -- and it was fun to see famous American works by Mary Cassatt, Andy Warhol, Norman Rockwell, and Joan Mitchell. The museum is free year-round (thanks to Walmart) and absolutely worth a visit. Afterwards we had lunch at Penguin Ed's Bar-B-Que -- they have the BEST pulled pork bbq sandwiches + giant homemade cookies. Their bbq sauce is amazing (I should have bought a bottle to take home). 
Later that night we were treated to LOTS of Persian food -- my MIL cooked up a feast of Ghormeh Sabzi (an herb stew with parsley, onions, kidney beans, beef and lemon-- one of h's favorites), Fesenjan (pomegranate and walnut stew with beef meatballs -- I loved this dish), Kotlet (ground beef patties made with potatoes and onions), and tons of basmati rice and Tadig (crispy potatoes cooked under rice). I basically had to be rolled to bed :) 

The next morning we visited the Farmer's Market, and checked out a few shops downtown. H showed me around the Dickson Street Bookshop -- it's a maze of bookshelves and a pretty big deal with locals. Later that night we made homemade Kabob-eh Koobideh (ground beef kebobs on the grill -- my MIL uses cumin and saffron in her recipe). After every meal a plate of fruit and a bowl of nuts magically appeared in front of us -- my MIL was determined that we went to bed full every night. She succeeded -- I'll be detoxing this week :) 

How was your weekend? 
-xo-
Jillian
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33 comments

  1. Great pics! Sounds like a great weekend!

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  2. Love you weekend photos! You're so great a documenting! Love that plaid scarf and all the yummy food looks so good!

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  3. What a nice weekend with real fall weather and foliage :)

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  4. Such great food and loving your scarf!!!

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  5. OMG all the yummy food!! Sounds like a great weekend!!

    <3, Pamela
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  6. Sounds like y'all had a great weekend. Makes me miss Arkansas a lot more! Happy Monday :)
    -B
    heelshandbagsanhormones.blogspot.com

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  7. Sounds like an awesome weekend. I love Dickson St and Fayeteville - I went there for a shareholders meeting for Walmart many years ago when I worked for them. Had the best time!

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  8. I used to work at a restaurant and the owner was Persian. The beef you have looks like what we called koobideh and we made tadig with bread instead of potatoes. omg i freaking love tadig, so delicious.

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  9. I've never had Persian food but it sounds delicious! Glad you had a good weekend!!

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  11. The picture of y’all is so cute! Looks like a wonderful trip!

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  12. Looks so wonderful! Loving all of the fall photos!
    xo Southern Style

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  13. Looks like the perfect weekend, all that food looks ahhhmazing :)

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  14. It sounds like you had a delicious weekend! So much amazing food!

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  15. You never disappoint with your food pics, YUM.

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  16. Sounds like such a great weekend! And yum to all of that food, I've never had Persian food but it looks delish!

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  17. Looks like you had an awesome weekend! And ate some yummy food too! I've never had Persian food before. You and H need to have us over and cook us some Persian food for dinner! Yes I just invited myself over!

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  18. That Persian food sounds delicious! I dont think I've ever had any before! I am adding that to my list of things to try.

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  19. Sounds like a great weekend!

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  20. What a fun weekend getaway and I love the new pic of you 2 - very J. Crew ;)

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  21. I've never tried Persian food, but after reading your descriptions, I know I'd love it, especially the spiciness. Sounds like a great weekend all the way around! As for me, I spent mine having Nerf wars with my nephews. It was equally as fun, and I also had to be rolled in to bed...b/c I'm so out of shape!

    Megan // www.fyeahblog.com

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  22. Beautiful pictures! Your mother-in-law sounds like a fabulous cook, and her food looks delicious! Our friends were actually involved in helping design and build the Crystal Bridges Museum. :-) Glad that you enjoyed your weekend and I hope that you are having a great day so far.

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  23. What a heavenly fall weekend!

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  24. Love that picture of the two of you! So cute and you look so cozy in your blanket scarf!

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  25. Looks like you had an amazing weekend with a lot of good food!!

    xoxo, Jen
    http://www.comfortably-chic.com

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  26. What an awesome weekend! Love your pictures and the weather seemed perfect! Persian food sounds a lot like Arabic food (my hubby's famy is Arabic) and LOVE their food!!

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  27. Wow, this all looks amazing! I've heard a lot about this museum and would love to visit it. Can't go wrong with a great bookstore or all that delicious food either.

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  28. You guys always have the best weekends! Arkansas looked amazing :)
    Linh
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  29. Your weekends are always jam packed with fun stuff! Whenever I'm home for the weekend I lay on the couch and do nothing at all. Ha!
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  30. so much fun! i've not been to Arkansas since the 90s!! i need more persian food in my life!!

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  31. Great pictures! I love the vintage coca-Cola one!

    www.writingmonique.com

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  32. Sounds like such a nice weekend!

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  33. Aww...sounds like such a great weekend and all that food looks amazing. Kisses, sweetie and have a great morning.

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