Summer Salad: Creamy Honey Mustard Vinaigrette

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I wanted to share this recipe before Memorial Day because I love this dressing for a salad. It's perfect served along side anything grilled! I love tangy dressings and this one has the perfect balance of sweet and tang.

Creamy Honey Mustard Vinaigrette

Ingredients:

1/4 cup white wine vinegar 1 TBS Dijon mustard 1 TBS Honey 1/4 cup olive oil 1/4 cup mayonnaise 1 tsp yellow mustard Salt & Pepper, to taste

Stir well, and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

Will keep in the fridge in an air tight container for 1 week.

I also love to add pickled red onion to my salad. I use the recipe found here.

Happy Grilling Season!

Nothing Goes Faster Than a Vacation...

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I realize I just shared a post about our cruise, so I know it seems redundant to share our vacation so soon... But it was a quick weekend getaway, and we probably won't go on another one for a while, so you'll just have to get over it : ) I'm so grateful for mini-vacations like this. At the foundation of my soul, I am a homebody, but I still love traveling. Weekend trips are the perfect thing for me, because it's enough to relax and recharge, but you get to sleep in your own bed a lot sooner. Plus, I had a personal day left for the school year, and I didn't want to let it go to waste!

   

I took Friday off, so we left Thursday afternoon. We stopped at one of our favorite little spots right outside of Savannah. This place is special to us, because the first time we went to Savannah, we needed to stop for a bathroom break and all 3 gas stations on the exit were closed. We were hesitant to go into Ronnie's because it doesn't look like much from outside, but we were surprised to find out they have awesome milkshakes! So now, anytime we got to Savannah or Hilton Head, we try to make a stop.

Friday morning, I woke up early and just hung out on the balcony for a while. I've been here 1 million times, but it never gets old.  Even with a storm rolling in, it just seems right.

We stopped at Panera for breakfast before we stopped by Kroger for a couple of things.

  

We finally made it top the beach! The weather turned out to be so nice, but the wind was out of control. We ended up moving to the pool for the rest of the day. Also, those chips are bomb.

Friday was Cinco de Mayo, so obviously we had to hit up Mexican. Asking a stranger to take your picture is always a crap shoot. This isn't my favorite picture of us, but I'm glad we got one!

  

As an appetizer, we got the grilled Mexican street corn! Oh, yes. And for dinner we both got different tacos to try. My favorite was the Southern Fried Chicken. It had pimento cheese, collard greens and boiled peanuts. It was amazing.

My favorite.

I've always wanted to eat at Harold's Diner. We pass it every year and say we are going to go, and then forget. I'm so glad we tried it. It's the epitome of a "hole in the wall", but it was some of the best breakfast I've had in a while. The griddle is old and well seasoned so all the food tastes amazing. The coffee was good, too, which is always a plus.

Day 2 on the beach. And also our last day. The wind was bearable this day, so we stayed laid out all day.

After we packed up, we headed to the Sea Shack for supper. I would never go to HHI without stopping here. It's our absolute, 100% fave. And this Crab Bisque is absolute perfection.

   

If we were responsible adults, we would have left right after we ate dinner so we could get home at a reasonable hour. But, we are not responsible and very impulsive, so we decided to play a round of mini golf before we headed home.

(I won't talk about who won, but if you're wondering, it was the person with the black club.)

Love of my life.

Leaving around 10PM means stopping for coffee before you hit the road.

I feel like a new woman after our trip. So thankful for a getaway, even if it is only 2 1/2 days. Now, let's get through these last 12 days of school! Come on, summer.

My Idea of a Perfect Day

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Spring is officially here. Each season has its own pros and cons, but something about spring just makes me feel good inside.  Today we decided to take full advantage of the day!

First, we headed to Farmview Market in Madison, Georgia.  I love this place. Today was their Spring Harvest Festival and it was crazy busy!

We got lunch before we started shopping. We were starving! I got the catfish and B got the Farmview Burger.

  

All the vegetables are gorgeous this time of year! I didn't buy any today, but I think another trip will be in my near future. Everything is just so fresh and colorful.

Today was opening day for their open air farmer's market and it was so crowded, I didn't want to take photos, but I had to snap these beautiful herbs! Unfortunately, they didn't take cards and the ATM machine was down. I was disappointed because the plants were gorgeous.

 

We decided to split some ice cream on the drive home. This Bourbon and Burnt Sugar ice cream was heavenly and tasted like homemade.

I bought a dozen fresh eggs, a loaf of bread, some blackberry jam and a homemade bath bomb. I was happy with my loot!

     

On the way home we stopped at Agee Lawn & Garden to get some vegetables and herbs to plant. Everything was so pretty out there, I just wanted to buy one of each and landscape my whole yard.

Just swinging life away...

   

I was totally fascinated by these plants. I don't know what I would do with them, so I decided not to buy, but they smelt SO GOOD.

The pitiful state of our raised bed.

We planted cucumber, bell pepper and squash. I'm so excited! And B spoiled me with an irrigation system, so I won't have to water it every day! : )

We also got parsley, basil and dill in a planter, but I forgot to take a picture. I'm super excited about that for cooking this spring and summer!

While we were at Farmview, we decided to pick up some ribeyes and invited my parents over for supper. I decided to make it a *fancy* night and we sat at the table with my china and everything.

I roasted potatoes and fixed a salad with homemade pickled onions and homemade creamy honey mustard vinaigrette.

I also toasted that bread from the farmer's market and made Italian dipping oil (like Carraba's) on the side. I used this recipe.

It really was just a perfect day filled with all my favorite things: B, shopping, eating, being outside and cooking! Super thankful tonight...