Anniversary Getaway to Savannah! Day 3

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"Nothing goes faster than a vacation..." - Ken Simpson

I woke up Saturday morning and felt immediately sad. I couldn't believe how fast our trip went by... We went upstairs and had breakfast in the dining room and got to chat with a few other guests at the B&B.

After we packed our bags, we checked out and decided to recreate a picture from our honeymoon...

  

5 years later in the same exact spot. Who are those babies in the first picture?!

We had pretty much a whole day to do whatever we wanted, so we headed to Wormsloe Historic Site. The arched live oaks are absolutely STUNNING and the way they line the driveway makes my southern belle heart flutter.

We got to have a mini-photo shoot (shout out to our tripod) and I was so happy with the pictures!

   

We changed clothes at the Visitor's Center and decided to walk around the plantation grounds. We even checked out the Colonial Life area. NERD ALERT.

We stopped for lunch at the cutest little bakery/deli called Great Harvest Bread Co. This roast beef sandwich was so good!

We drove around for a while, but got bored really quickly. We had dinner reservations at 6:45, so we didn't want to get sweaty again. What is the most logical thing for a Millennial couple to do? Go to a coffee shop, duh.

 

 

The Foundery Coffee Pub was such a cute little place, and the coffee was great (iced latte with hazelnut and coconut syrup). Definitely would recommend.

It was finally time for dinner! We changed clothes at the coffee shop, and headed to the restaurant.

   

We ate at Alligator Soul for dinner on our One Year Anniversary, so we decided to revisit for Year Five. It wast just a delicious as I remembered.

I stuck to the basics and got a ribeye, but B was a wild man and ordered the kangaroo... Yep, you read that right.

I tried to take pictures, but the restaurant has dim (romantic) lighting, so photos were not really ideal.

The kangaroo was shockingly delicious --very similar to steak-- but my parents were horrified that B actually ordered it!

YOLO, am I right?

For dessert we split the Bananas Foster Beignets and they were nothing short of amazing. After dinner, we headed home, and it was definitely bittersweet. I'm a homebody at heart, but these little getaways are always so special.

5 years of marriage down, 1 million more adventures to go!

Creamy Chipotle Stuffed Peppers

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Good Morning! And Happy Hump Day! I've finally gotten some work done around the house that I've been avoiding... It feels good to check some things off your list! But, I wanted to take a break and come on here and share a new recipe I came up with last night.  I absolutely LOVE Mexican food, but y'all know it's not always the healthiest thing you can eat... Cooking it at home allows me to be creative in the kitchen, while also paying attention to what I'm putting into my recipes. These stuffed peppers are SO delicious, you would never guess they are less than 200 calories each!

Creamy Chipotle Stuffed Peppers

6 servings: 1 Pepper 183 calories - 9g Fat - 6g Carbs - 18g Protein - 1g Fiber - 5 Smart Points (Weight Watchers)

Ingredients:

3 medium bell Peppers, any color 1 tsp olive oil 1/2 medium onion, diced 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 pound 93% lean ground beef Salt & Pepper 1 10oz can mild enchilada sauce (I used Old El Paso) 2 Tbs chipotle peppers in adobo sauce , chopped 1/4 cup whipped cream cheese 1/2 cup reduced fat shredded Mexican blend cheese 1/2 cup fat-free, low sodium chicken broth

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Cut the tops off your peppers and then slice them in half, removing the seeds and ribs. Place them in a 9X9 baking dish.

   

Over medium heat, add olive oil and cook the onion for 2 minutes before adding the garlic. Cook an additional 3 minutes, until garlic is fragrant and the onions are soft and translucent. Raise the heat to medium high. Add the ground beef, season with salt and pepper to taste, and break up the meat as it cooks.

Once the meat is cooked all the way trough, add the enchilada sauce and chipotle peppers. **These peppers can be found in the Mexican food section of any grocery store. They are delicious! But they are a little spicy, so use less or omit them if you don't like spicy food : )** Let that simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

   

Remove the pan from the heat, and stir in the cream cheese and shredded cheese. This is the cream cheese I used. It's an added boost of protein, which is why I like it, but any whipped cream cheese will work!

Once cheese is melted and fully incorporated, scoop the filling into the peppers evenly among the six. Pour the chicken broth into the bottom of the dish, and cover with aluminum foil. Bake for 35-40 minutes, until the peppers are soft and the filling is bubbling.

These are delicious with rice and beans or a salad on the side... Topped with sour cream, salsa, cilantro... Really, the possibilities are endless! And to top it all off, they were husband approved! ; )

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.