Our Weekend Recap: Historic Oakwood Candlelight Tour

I had a really long week at work, so I was looking forward to a relaxing weekend. We were surprised with a wintery mix of Friday and Saturday, so we stayed home most of the weekend.

On Friday, I started addressing our Christmas cards. I love sending and receiving cards from our friends and family. I made myself a cup of hot cocoa, lit my new Christmas candle, put a Christmas movie on, and knocked out A-G in the address book. I still a LONG way to go, but I should be able to drop them in the mail next weekend, so be patient!

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On Saturday, I spent most of my day in the kitchen baking Christmas cookies. We’re having a cookie exchange at work on Monday, so I made Christmas Crack and Snowdrops. I made two batches of Christmas Crack because Bobby and I can eat a whole box to ourselves! Bobby’s stepmom usually makes this recipe every Christmas, but the past few years I’ve been making it because I’m obsessed!

Saturday night Bobby convinced me to watch a few episodes of Big Little Lies and I’m hooked! We squeezed in 6 episodes this weekend and I can’t wait to knock out the rest after work this week. I read The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty, who also wrote Big Little Lies. I highly recommend reading her books. They’re so good — I couldn’t put them down!

The only thing we had planned this weekend was the Historic Oakwood Candlelight Tour. On Sunday, we met up with our friends, Conrad and Jessica, and spent about 3 hours touring the homes. Each home was uniquely beautiful! Most of them were built in the late 1800’s or early 1900’s. Styles varied from Craftsman to Italianate to Neoclassical to Queen Anne. And of course all of the houses were decorated for the holiday season.

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My favorite home of the tour was actually a craftsman style built in 2016. It was perfect! Bobby and I were drooling over the character.

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Reclaimed barn wood in the hallway
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The Master Bedroom. Every room boasted exposed beams!
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Probably my favorite feature of the home — the master bath. Exposed beams outlining the open shower.
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A view of the open staircase from the living/dining/kitchen to upstairs.
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This kitchen was breath taking.
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Screened deck with fireplace.

 

After the tour, we popped over to The Big Easy in downtown Raleigh for some N’awlins-style faire. We ordered the alligator bites for appetizer and the Shrimp Po’boy as my entrée. YUM! Definitely a recommended pit stop if you ever visit Raleigh.

That sums up our weekend! Hope everyone has a great weekend as well.
Lauren

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