Baked Sweet Potato Wedges

By | Nashville Food

Baked sweet potato wedges for lunch. I sliced them up and tossed them in avocado oil, garlic powder, paprika, and chili powder. They baked 30 minutes on 425, with one toss halfway through. I sprinkled them with a little smoked sea salt as soon as I took them out of the oven. #sweetpotatofries #homemade #organic #eattherainbow #eatrealfood #feedthemwell

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A Simple Item I Love to Use

By | Organizing

I love organizing and one of my favorite places to organize is a kitchen pantry.  For me, there’s something so wonderful about creating the different categories, all catered to what each client needs, arranging them in a way that is personalized and specific to the people who live in the house, and then being able to stand back and see the end result – an organized pantry where everything is seen.  I absolutely love taking a small, focused space and making it completely organized and “pretty”.  Since starting Top Shelf I’ve used several different organizing items in pantries but the one item I recommend more than anything else is a standard wire basket.  These can be found at stores ranging from different dollar stores all the way up to West Elm and The Container Store.

One thing I love about wire baskets is you don’t have to use a label.  I know labels are super popular right now, but not everyone has the creative bug to create and maintain labels.  There’s nothing wrong with them, they’re just not for everyone.  Wire baskets are great if you want to keep your items contained but still want to see how much you have. And the great thing about baskets is, the contents don’t have to be arranged nicely.  They’re baskets! Just throw those bags, boxes, or bars in there and walk away.

By using wire baskets, you can tell with just a glance what “category” they basket belongs in, the contents it holds, if your supply is getting low or if you can skip buying that item the next time you are at the grocery store.  I had one client who didn’t realize the amount of beans and lentils she had until I gathered them all and put them in one basket. When she saw all that she had she said, “Well, looks like I won’t be needing to buy lentils and beans for a while!” (saving money, cha-ching!)

So, could your pantry use some wire baskets?  Go check out your pantry and see if they could help you out too.

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Open House: 3201 Acklen Ave – SAT and SUN, 1-3

By | Nashville Open Houses, Nashville Real Estate

If there is one word that comes to mind for this house, it is OPPORTUNITY. Such a great location (Love Circle area, near Vandy and Hillsboro Village). So much space (4073 sf inside, almost 1/2 acre outside)! 4 beds, 3-1/2 baths, and a flex-space room (currently used as an art studio), storage everywhere. Plus a 3-car garage AND a workshop, all attached. Listed for $989,000 –s top by if you’d like to take a look!

Saturday AND Sunday, (Aug 12 & 13), 1-3 pm
3201 Acklen Ave, Nashville 37212


Exclusive Listing provided by Maggie Odle, The Lipman Group Sotheby’s International Realty

For questions about this open house, contact Leisa Wilcox, 615-813-1813.

The Roze Bowl

By | Nashville Food

Today is my nanny’s last day with us (😭😭😭), so I treated myself to two morning workouts and a solo lunch at a new neighborhood cafe. @caferoze is the sweetest little spot, nestled in a tiny space in east Nashville. Lunchtime was bustling with hip Nashvillians and the food and service didn’t disappoint. I had The Roze Bowl, filled with beet tahini, black lentils, red quinoa, roasted zucchini, kale, pickled beets, and I added salmon AND a turmeric egg. I could eat this bowl every day – it was that good. Welcome to the neighborhood, @caferoze! #neighborhoodcafe #inglewood #eastnashville #pescatarian #bowls #homeinmusiccity #eattherainbow #eatwholefood #supportlocalbusiness #supportlocalfarmers

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Grilled Halibut and Greens Spring Rolls

By | Nashville Food

Pizza last night = a day full of greens today. Tonight, I made grilled halibut and greens spring rolls. Besides @virgin_bay_seafood Alaskan halibut, I added kale leaves, cucumber, snap peas, cilantro, and kelp noodles. The sauce is peanut butter, rice vinegar, sesame oil, chili paste, lime juice, Tamari, a splash of water, and a final squeeze of sriracha. It was my first time using kelp noodles and I’ll say they were a bit wet for the brown rice paper, causing it to tear. They were delicious and both kids loved them, but I need to make sure the noodles are very dry next time. #eatyourgreens #homeinmusiccity #simplemeals #eatwholefoods #eatrealfoods #speedymeals #feedthemwell #pescatarian

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Roasted Cauliflower and Broccoli

By | Nashville Food

Sometimes the simplest things are the best things. It’s not always fancy, but I hope it’s always delicious and nourishing. Roasted cauliflower and broccoli tossed in evoo, grassfed butter, and s&p is all it takes to make this dish flavorful. I like to squeeze a bit of sriracha on mine to spice things up. #vegetarian #roastedveggies #feedthemwell #eatrealfood #eatyourveggies

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If It’s Missing… Get Rid of It

By | Organizing

I’m sure you read that title and thought, “Wait what? If it’s missing then how can I get rid of it?”.  The answer is in the “…”.  If it’s a puzzle missing a few pieces, get rid of it.  If it’s a game missing pieces, get rid of it.  If something is incomplete and you don’t use it BECAUSE it’s incomplete, why are you hanging on to it?  I realize there are heirlooms and other things passed down that you may want to hold on to, which is fine and totally understandable.  But if it’s a game or puzzle and it’s missing any part of it, clear it out of that space!

Several years ago my parents and I went through a period of time where we did a LOT of puzzles (rocking out to Les Mis and Phantom of the Opera because we’re super cool) and, as all puzzle aficionados know, when you finally finish a puzzle and discover pieces are missing… In that moment there’s nothing worse.  The elation you should have felt is gone because all you can see are the empty spots scattered around the puzzle.  And I’m not being dramatic.  Be honest, if you could choose between a puzzle that was complete or one that had “missing 3 pieces” written on the box, wouldn’t you go for the complete puzzle?!  Yes!  Of course you would!  So get rid of the incomplete one!

I have 7 nieces and nephews (and another one is on the way this month!) and if one of their games is missing pieces it’s not as much fun to play (again, personal experience talking here).  If you have children and can relate, then get rid of the game(s)!  If you don’t have children and can relate, then get rid of the game(s)!  If it’s one the kids (or you) love I’m sure you can find it again in a store or online.  Or you can hit up a much loved family member and they can search for a replacement, but there’s no reason to keep the incomplete game.

And don’t feel guilty about getting rid of either of these items!  Wouldn’t you rather see games and puzzles in your cupboard or closet that you actually want to use instead of a bunch of boxes that you never take out anymore?  Yes.  The answer is yes.  Every time.

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Barren River Lake State Resort Park – KY

By | Tennessee on Two Wheels

Hey everyone, Happy Sunday and a big thanks for all you early followers from our Tennessee on Two Wheels Facebook Page launch last weekend. I’ll be posting pictures and rides here as I’m out on the road so feel free to share these page with those who might enjoy my posts.


The weather was great for an August weekend here in Nashville, so last Saturday, I took my first Music City H.O.G. Chapter #4938 group ride.

Everyone met at Boswell’s Harley Davidson over on Fesslers Lane. Our KSU was set for 9:30am So I got there around 9am to meet a few others and get a feel for this event.

Our route (see below) traveled along county roads winding through some smaller towns where we would pit stop at Bubba’s Market in Hartsville, TN to pick up some more riders. I think final count leaving Bubba’s we had about 19 bikes in all.

We left Bubba’s around 10:45-11am and headed about 2.5 miles where we picked up the 10N. The ride and scenery from here on up was great. We rode through the small town of Lafayette, TN and continued north to our destination. Once we got through Lafayette we picked up the 87N and roads that all the way to our final stop for lunch.

Here’s some pix from the road:

Tennesee on Two WheelsThere’s nothing like the feeling you get on a bike rolling through the back roads and hills lined with rolling hills, farms with horses, cattle, goats, tobacco drying barns and large rolls of hay.

Tennesee on Two WheelsTennesee on Two WheelsTennesee on Two WheelsTennesee on Two WheelsWe arrived at our destination around 12:45 and was definitely ready for lunch at The Driftwood restaurant located at the State Park Resort.

The lake is so peaceful during the week on a late afternoon.

Tennesee on Two WheelsTHE RIDE HOME:

Our group was smaller post lunch as a few rode off on their own.

We basically headed down the 31 south and I eventually continued on home by myself.

All in all it is was a great day and a great ride. Meet some new folks and everyone was helpful and friendly.

I’m putting some plans together to visit Memphis TN, Lexington, KY, Chattanooga TN this Fall. If you have some places you’ve never been to or would be great to explore please feel free to post on my page.

KSU @9:30 Boswell’s
110 Miles – 3.5 hours
Lebanon Rd. > Central Pke
Central Pike Hwy 109 (Left, over the river)
Right on Airport Road
Right on Hwy 25 East through Hartsville (48 miles)

PIT STOP: Bubba’s Market / 1114 W McMurry Blvd, Harstville, TN 37074

Head east 2.5 > Turn left onto Hwy 10 (North)
Stay on 10N through Lafayette for 2 miles
Turn Right no Ellington and take tis it dead ends at Akersville Rd.
Left on Akersville Rd which turns into Hwy 87.
Take 87 north and cross over the 31E into the state park till you see the resort.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Mini Banana Blueberry Muffins

By | Nashville Food

My oven FINALLY got replaced yesterday thanks to my husband’s persistence. 🙏🙌🏻🎉 I’ve lived over 3 months without one and I’m still not sure how. My oldest son and I woke up ready to bake! These mini banana blueberry muffins were a huge hit: my 3 year-old had EIGHT and my 9 month-old had FOUR. I couldn’t believe it. The little one hasn’t had many grains, but he seems to be handling them just fine. These little guys have whole wheat flour, coconut flour, baking powder/soda, salt, cinnamon, egg, milk, honey, vanilla extract, applesauce, banana and blueberries. The recipe made 48 mini muffins, so I’ll freeze half for later. #weekendbrunch #eatwhole #eatrealfood #wholegrains #vegetarian #feedthemwell

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Open House: 1801 Cromwell SATURDAY

By | Nashville Open Houses, Nashville Real Estate

This Saturday I’m hosting an open house at 1801 Cromwell, which is a completely renovated 1960’s ranch on 2-1/2 acres in Forest Hills (just off Old Hickory Blvd).  It has 4 bedrooms, 3-1/2 baths, and is 3062 square feet. This house is one-level living, all beautifully remodeled–new kitchen, baths, floors, paint, lighting, windows — recently reduced to $654,000. Just bring your stuff and move right in!

1801 Cromwell Drive, Forest Hills
Saturday August 5 2017, 11am -2pm



For questions regarding the open house, contact Leisa Wilcox with The Lipman Group Sotheby’s International Realty at 615-813-1813.

Exclusive listing provided by Carla Radford, Cloud Realty