Happy last day of November! I’m only excited for December because it means that I can start eating the candy out of my advent calendar.
- Looking for a cheap and quick dinner idea? Stuck in a dinner rut? Try Fresh Market’s Little Big Meals. Every week there’s a new recipe to try and what I love about it is that Fresh Market does the list making for you. Grab the recipe card and all the ingredients listed and you’re all set to feed a family of four, for $20 or less.
- Church Hill has been a food lover’s paradise for a while now and now more retail shops are moving in, too. Late last week, Dear Neighbor opened its doors. After you grab a pastry from Sub Rosa you can head next door to shop till you drop for gifts, stationary and more. The shop is open Wednesday through Sunday.
- And speaking of openings, we’re anxiously awaiting Charm School Social Club’s opening in the old Quirk Gallery space. Charm School will be serving up homemade ice cream (including vegan options) and I cannot wait to try some ice cream topped with toasted marshmallow.
- I’m kicking myself for using store bought apple butter for all these years because apparently, it’s extremely easy to make at home. Three simple ingredients and you’ve got yourself a delicious spread, perfect for fall. I think I’ve found myself my next weekend project.
What to add to your calendar
- ALL. OF. THE. HOLIDAY. MARTS. are happening this weekend:
- On Friday, December 2, The Visual Arts Center of Richmond is hosting its Present Factory from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Kids and kids at heart can make their own gifts, or if you aren’t feeling creative items from the clay studio will also be on sale.
- Art 180’s ongoing Atlas Holiday Mart also kicks off on Friday and runs through December 15, giving you plenty of time to pick up something from the gallery in Jackson Ward. There will be a variety of gift items priced from $3-300, all made by local artists. Proceeds will benefit Art 180’s youth programs.
- This weekend, Hardywood is hosting Handmade Holiday with gifts from local, regional and national vendors. You can even drink a beer (or two) while you shop!
- And on Sunday from 1-4 p.m. Blue Bee will be hosting Christkindlmarkt. Before or after you should you can sip on some cider while you check out Blue Bee’s beautiful new location in Scott’s Addition. There will be jam, jewelry and even baked goods from Däl-kohm.
- Don’t forget Richmond’s Grand Illumination (aka when they turn on all the Christmas lights on the big buildings downtown) is on Friday. Two great spots to watch from if you want to avoid the crowds: the ChildSavers overlook and Libby Hill Park.