Wednesday, August 15, 2012

All About the Food

In Greenville, I ate my way down the Woodruff Road vicinity.  Before leaving for the trip, I dreamed about the grilled pimento cheese sammy from Strossner's Bakery.  Luckily, we had lunch there on our first day.

Homemade Pimento Cheese on grilled multi-grain bread.

Emil's sammy:  Turkey, Havarti, strawberries, and red pepper jelly!

I splurged on one sweet tea a.k.a sugar water.

Before leaving Greenville, we had a country breakfast at Cracker Barrel.  Emil had french toast with peaches and a pile of whip cream.  I kept it simple...eggs and biscuits.  We shared their famous hashbrown casserole.  I was tempted to finish the meal with blackberry cobbler.

Cracker Barrel French Toast
These pics are for my friend, Erica.  She is a HUGE UNC fan.  Since my brother went to Clemson, we're all Tiger fans.  Thought she would appreciate it!

Go Tigers!

Go Tarheels!
Couldn't get out of town without some fried pickles.  Seems like a new trend these days on menus.

My jellyfish stings are slowly healing.  Leaving some pretty awful battle scars on my legs, foot, and hand.  Patti, my uber talented sister-in-law drew a pic detailing the attack minus me squirting tears in front of my nephews and niece.

Now it's time to work on a scrapbook for my parents showing vacation highlights.  THANK YOU to all the family and friends who sent in a lovely letter congratulating them on their 50th Anniversary!

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Moraine Lake Hike

Yesterday, we took a break and explored the Cascade Lakes Highway.  My friend, Linda, recommended Doris Lake and some easy fun trails.  Emil wanted to stop by and buy a map for the area, but I urged him to wing it.  Tee Hee.

We ended up hiking to Moraine Lake, which is a gorgeous 3 mile (one way) uphill hike under a thick canopy of mossy trees and snow patches.

Moraine Lake
There were several people swimming in the chilly lake, and we saw many groups of backpackers.  Temperature was a balmy 80 degrees.  A perfect day!

Monday, August 06, 2012

Hilton Head Island and the 50th Wedding Anniversary

Gather up 8 adults, 3 teens, 2 pre-teens, and a toddler.  Place them in a gorgeous three story beach house on Hilton Head Island.  Add 90 degree sunny weather with short afternoon storms to cool everything off, fresh shrimp,  and a hootenanny.  What does it equal?  A rockin' awesome week of fun-filled fun to celebrate my parents' 50th wedding anniversary.

Tom (my bro) and Parks (my newest nephew) enjoying the pool.

Dad, Elizabeth, and Annabelle.  Shrimp time!

Ted (my bro) cooking up five pounds of shrimp!

Tom enjoying the shrimp!

The girls singing, "Bad" by the late Michael Jackson.
Ben on his sax

Ted on guitar.  He's such a talented player!

Tom's packing

My running shoes just in case it's not too hot to run.  HA!

My friend, Wendy, stopped by the house.  This is her son, Adam.

Her son, Adrian, having fun!


Pool table, air hockey, gaming, putt-putt, and more at the house.
Celebrating the 50th Anniversary - Elizabeth and Annabelle

LOVE the mustaches!

Reading all the letters and cards sent in by family and dear friends.

Chocolate Raspberry Cake

The gorgeous painting by Patti.
Aaron learned to play several songs on the uke!

Mini golf and texting go hand in hand.

Prep for Elizabeth's 9th birthday!

Parks is a cutie!

Saw an alligator on our walk to the beach.  Yikes!

Make a wish

"I think we're going to have an awkward sibling hug," says Elizabeth.

Kayaking on a cloudy cooler morning.  Perfecto!

Eight of us went kayaking for two hours.  Saw three dolphins and lots of birds.

LOVE this pic!

Easy to pass through the weed beds.  Saw schools of fish and oyster beds.

Flying the stunt kite.  We got in trouble twice for flying it during non-permissible hours.  Oops.

Hold on, Aaron!
Hope that was enough pics to show you our week.  We played mini golf twice, went crabbing, fishing, shopping, and more.  If I had space, I would list out all the great food we had, including my friend, Becky's, frog eye salad.  Delish!

On our second day at the beach, I had an unfriendly encounter with a jellyfish (or two), and was stung five different places, resulting in many many many stings.  My Dad pulled me out of the water quickly, and the kids saw me squirt tears.  The areas are slowly healing as I slather them with calamine lotion, ice packs, vinegar, and more.  Hope they heal soon as they're quite a sight to see.

Now it's time to detox from the sugar and snack food, get serious with my running, and publish that dang book, so I can buy a Mini Cooper!  *grin*