Mini-Getaway to Leiper’s Fork

Two of my friends and I have talked about taking a day trip to Leiper’s Fork for months. Leiper’s Fork is a teeny town 25 minutes South of Nashville in Williamson County. We delayed the trip again and again for one reason or another then two weeks ago we decided to take off and go for a late lunch and to spend Friday afternoon exploring. It was SUCH a fun little escape.    

We started with lunch at Joe Natural’s, They have plenty of outside seating in the front and back and a dining room inside as well. We found a picnic table out back, sat down and persued the menu. Their menu changes daily, everything is made right then and made to order so it might take a while, but they will take good care of you during your wait. They graciously brought us frozen grapes and smoked Gouda popovers while we waited just to be accommodating.

We ordered two of their salads and their cheeseburger (which was more like a patty melt, yum!) to split. The burger was tasty, but I cannot talk enough about their amazing  salads! I’ve thought about them several times since our visit and will definitely be going back for just one of these.    

Joe Natural’s is only open from Friday-Sunday from 11am – 3pm, Saturday nights by reservation only. They’ve also just started doing a songwriters night on Thursdays that is BYOB, and they serve tapas and desserts. Puckett’s also has a Thursday night songwriter night as well so it sounds like it would basically a music filled block party on Thursday’s. Cannot wait to go back for this!

Other restaurant options that looked good are the original Puckett’s Grocery and Fly South (it’s owned by the folks who have Firefly in Greenhills).      


After lunch we browsed through antique shops, art galleries and independent boutiques. Some of the shops were affordable and some were not (well, not for me), but take time to look and be inspired. My favorite shops and galleries were:

Davis Arms – this is his gallery but also a very well curated shop of Southern goodness.        

The Copper Fox  

Leiper’s Creek Gallery – Exquisite art gallery; many types and all of which I would have loved to come home with me.  

West & Company – When you walk into West & Co you smell leather and goodness. This shop has a little bit of everything and is somewhere I know my husband or father would like to spend serious time (and money).  

Serenite Maison – This store reminds me a little bit of bigger version of White’s Mercantile in Nashville. Everything from fabulous smelling candles and lotions to French antiques to funky signs and leather goods.  

It was such a treat to feel like we were in the middle of nowhere, Mayberry. There are Adirondacks set up over looking rolling hills of green just inviting you to sit and slow down.      Take 1/2 of a day and lose yourself in this one block, gem of a town. You will not regret it.    



Taco Salad

I find myself asking family and friends several times a month/week/day what they are making for dinner. I always need recipe inspo and reminders. Sometimes I just have a block and cannot come up with anything that sounds appetizing.

Taco salads are one of those meals I often forget about but every time I make them they are so good and husband approved.

For a healthier version of one that does not skimp on any of the exciting things, I always substitute ground turkey for ground beef. It is so good and saves many calories and grams of fat.

Below I am going to write the steps that I take and the ingredients that I use but everything is up to you!

Taco Salad:

– Brown the ground turkey in a medium sized skillet

– Drain any grease, add 2/3 cup of water and seasoning.

I use either Less Sodium Taco Seasoning packet or I make my own based on this recipe,

– Chop Romaine lettuce and cilantro, toss together.

Plate your greens, top with ground turkey  add your favorites!

This week we are using chopped jalapenos, cherry tomatoes, a bit of grated cheddar cheese, green onions and the most important part – Fiesta Ranch Dressing!!


For the dressing:

One small container of fat free Greek yogurt

Approximately 1/4 package of Fiesta Ranch seasoning (it doesn’t take much and if you only use a 1/4 then you have 3 more uses from this one little packet!)

1 Tbs. of your favorite salsa

While the turkey is browning I combine this and put it back in the refrigerator until everything is ready.

Other topping ideas:


Black Olives

Squeeze of lime

What are your favorite toppings?

Well aware this is absolutely elementary but I hope you enjoy!!

***Julia likes to omit the cheese and make a quick Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette to make this recipe gluten and dairy free!