Weekend Links / / Tennessee Ten


I experienced the most intense caffeine high last weekend from Portland Brew’s iced coffee. It was amazing. You’d think that wouldn’t happen to someone who is surrounded by coffee all day long, but you would be mistaken!

Last Friday night we went to the Ten out of Tenn 10th anniversary show at the Ryman Auditorium. This was my first visit to The Mother Church and I really enjoyed it. The sound was incredible and it has me even more excited to see TV on the Radio later this month. If you haven’t heard of Ten out of Tenn, it is a collective of artists from Nashville who join forces and tour. The artists are constantly rotating instruments while playing on one another’s songs. Both Jordan and I have had the opportunity to see them multiple times — it truly is a unique concert experience.

I’m still listening to Erin McCarley’s (one of the artist on the tour) song, Let Me Love You on repeat. During the show, K.S. Rhoads played an interlude of Clair De Lune (possibly my favorite piece of music), right in the middle of Let me Love You —  that was a beautiful moment.

/ / I’ve been in a bit of a reading slump lately. Every book I dive into leaves me wanting and I haven’t actually finished a book since reading Yes, Please. I do enjoy Marla’s monthly reading suggestions and have saved a few to check out and hopefully I find a winner!

Chelsea’s monthly book reviews are also extremely helpful.

/ / If you follow Joanna from A Cup of Jo, you’re aware that sadly, this winter, her family experienced the loss of two dear family members. A Cup of Jo is always full of fun and useful information, I really appreciated the practical tips Joanna shared on talking to your children about death.

/ / I read two different post on haters, criticism and how not to become hardened and bitter this week. Natalie shared about her ongoing battle with extremely critical and hurtful blog readers (she’s actually had people email her sponsors to ask them to drop her? I mean come on people, it’s just an ad!).

This quote from Erin’s post really stuck out to me.

“We can harden ourselves to the choir and don thicker robes, or we can use our thin skin to feel something different. We can allow ourselves to feel scratched, and we can let it heal in time. We can gain a new perspective. We can agree, or disagree, and we can continue working within our limitations, just as before.”

/ / Keeping our grocery budget in order become more difficult after I went gluten-free. We drink a lot of almond milk and if I bake, gluten-free flour is far more expensive than traditional all-purpose. I recognize certain areas where I could improve (better planning, etc), but I still need guidance.  I’m in love with BreAnna’s entire blog as she shares real numbers, tips, and recipes centered around feeding two people on $70 a week!

/ / Did you know you can make sweeten condensed milk from coconut cream? Yes, please! This vegan Vietnamese iced coffee recipe sounds absolutely divine.

Happy Weekend, all!

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16 thoughts on “Weekend Links / / Tennessee Ten”

  1. I love checking out what other people are reading–my list is getting longer from Marla’s post! I am almost done reading Girl on the Train. It’s a little creepy, but a quick read.

  2. Reading Natalie’s post about online criticism made me so sad. I cannot fathom why people would put so much energy into being mean to others?

  3. I feel you on the grocery budget – I just finished the Whole30, and the expenditures skyrocketed last month. I hope to stay pretty close to paleo eating now, so I better check out those tips! And sometimes those reading slumps happen to me to, but then it just takes something really good to get me back on a roll. I’m on a tear lately – some recent highlights have been Florence Gordon, The Royal We (light reading), and Small Blessings. Excited about those other book recommendations you linked to. Always love finding people who’ve read and liked a bunch of the same things I have, because then I know we’ll be on the same page for other recommendations! Hope you find something you love soon 🙂

    1. We don’t eat a lot of prepackaged things except for snacks. My husband is such a huge snacker and works from home, which makes snacking that much easier. I need to me more proactive in finding the cheapest nuts/dried fruit per ounce.

      I’ve ordered a few books form the library so hopefully one of them helps me get out of this slump!

    1. Oh bummer! It was really good. I had a weird reaction to our dinner and wasn’t feeling great for the first half of the show but thankfully I started feeling better.

  4. Hello! This is the first time I visited your blog and it looks like you are living in Nashville which is where I have a lot of roots (went to college, got married, moved back to, etc.). Andy Davis is one of our favorites! I bet the Ten out of Tenn was awesome at the Ryman. I also used to work at Portland Brew and yes, the iced coffee is intense, but sooo good! I blog over at faintnotmom.com. Glad to have found your site!

  5. Catherine, I love the photo! Thanks for sharing my reading list. I bookmarked the Vietnamese coffee recipe. Thanks for sharing the Portland Brew tip. I try to visit a local coffee shop on my layover. I have not been to Nashville lately. I keep hearing about all these new hot spots. I hope to visit soon! Have a great weekend!

    1. Nashville is really booming and there are so many great spots to visit. I love it! I’ve already ordered several of the books on your list from the library. I’m hoping they get in soon.

  6. My husband and I have been talking about how to tell our children about death. Luckily we haven’t had to have that conversation yet, but neither of us know how to start! Definitely checking out that post, thanks for sharing!

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