The Perfect Weekend

To me, the perfect weekend (or whenever your days off happen to fall) is a combination of relaxation and productivity. This weekend for me, I accidentally struck just the right balance. As crazy as it's been around here, a weekend of time and space with my family couldn't have been more needed. As I head into my third trimester this week (what!!), I can physically feel the days of our little three person family ticking away.  Don't get me wrong, I am so so so excited for Baby Girl to join our family, but I'm also hyper aware that everything is all about to change, again. I'm not going to lie, there is a little bit of sadness mixed in with all the joy and excitement.  But that sums up what it feels like to be a mother in general, doesn't it? 

Tyler and I kicked off the weekend with a real live date night, which hasn't happened in at least two months. Maybe three or four... I've lost track. We are usually better than that, but it's been a packed few months. I made reservations the old-fashioned way via OpenTable at Homestead Manor. I know I know, you're thinking does it count as a date night when you eat at your own restaurant?? Um, yes. First of all, I haven't had dinner at HM in over a month which is shameful and insulting to our fabulous chef. Second of all, have you seen the place? It's date-worthy. PS - the Cast Iron Chicken is so good

Jk, this is not me and Tyler. Photo by Amilia Photography

I think the key to my perfect weekend was not over planning. I am notorious for making an overly ambitious to do list of things I want to accomplish on my days off and I wind up exhausted and only marking off half of those items. This weekend I just went in with some vague ideas of getting a few things done, but no set plans. My only real plans were getting our first official family photos made since Hattie was around a year old. I'm horrible. We went out to the gorgeous Columbia square and Molly Wantland of Simply M Photography took some photos of us walking around, incorporating Hattie Jane's Creamery into a few. Win-win. Here's a sneak peek, I can't wait to see the rest!

The rest of Saturday was filled with swimming at Mimi's house then nesting mode kicked in full force back home. While Hattie napped (thank GOD for a good napper), I cleaned the house and organized my bathroom toiletries, jewelry, and medicine cabinet. Nesting has to be the best pregnancy side effect of all. It's like God's little gift to you because He knows that your life is about to flipped upside into a sloppy mess in just a few short months. 

Sunday was more of the same. Another big Puckett's breakfast (what can I say, I love a country breakfast), some time at the park with my sweet girl, then back home to cook while Hattie painted and played with play dough next to me in the kitchen. I know it seems basic, but these moments make my heart feel so full. She is becoming so grown up and independent, but still loves to be right next to her mama. I hung a new family photo gallery wall, we picked veggies out of the garden, grilled dinner, I took a bubble bath. Y'all, I even got all of the laundry done AND folded. And put away! This never happens, and I'm not even sure how it did. All of this and I only cried over something trivial once all weekend. If nesting is the best side effect of pregnancy, then hormone-induced crying might be the worst. Can I get an amen? Here's to much needed family time and folded laundry! 

Best. Weekend. Ever. 

xx Claire

Two openings, two weeks

Well. I made it. These past two weeks have been, in a word, insane. I'm here to be honest with y'all, so I'm not going to sugar coat it. Opening a restaurant and an ice cream store in a span of fourteen days was utterly exhausting, and I'm not sure that I would recommend it. That being said, it was also exhilarating. With each opening, we learn just a little bit more so that we're prepared for the next. 

Scout's Pub was one of the smoothest openings for Dad and I. I'm not sure that our General Manager Chris could say the same, but I think that means that we've hired some good people! The team has been absolutely amazing since Day One. The reception of the West Franklin community has been overwhelmingly warm and positive, and we are so grateful. Also, the Bison Burger is one of my new favorite things to eat in the world. Cue the pregnancy cravings and last minute drives for to go orders. 

I am now a part owner of a business for the first time in my life. I want to tell you much much more about the opening of my first Hattie Jane's Creamery but for now, I just want to share some happy photos. Our ribbon cutting is this Wednesday, July 13th at 1:30pm so come by and see us at 16 Public Square in Columbia, TN!

A sneak peek of the menu at Scout's Pub...

Well we finally made it. It's training week at Scout's Pub, and I couldn't be more excited! With just a few more hoops to jump through (ABC license, beer board, training, oh finishing the kitchen.. minor things.) we should be open NEXT WEEK. There are so many details that go into opening a restaurant, and so many of them have to wait -- or get postponed -- until the very last minute. But we're almost there, and we're almost to my favorite part which is being open. I'm not a big fan of all this pre-opening stuff. 

We are still working on proofreading and making tweaks to the menu before I can share the final print but today I want to give you a sneak peek at what the food will look like. That's what you really want anyways, isn't it? I mean, besides actually tasting it. Soon, my dear, soon. 

This is just a sampling of what's to come. Let me know what you think in the comments. Happy Monday!

xx Claire

All photos are original and property of A. Marshall Family Foods, Inc. and taken by the amazing Amy Whidby.