Hey guys! Happy Monday!
I hope you all had a FANTASTIC weekend! I’m recapping my vacation today and I’ve got a LOT to cover…so let’s get to it!!
At 3am, running on fumes and maybe a few questionable energy drinks, the man-friend and I finally made it to Florida…but not quite to our destination of Panama City. Instead of driving another hour or so and waking our friends in the middle of the night, we decided to tuck into a little hotel, get a bit of shut-eye and meet them in
the morning a few hours…
We went to a little place called Egg & I and I swear, it took me FOREVER to decide what to get…there were so many choices! I ended up going with the Wild Mushroom & Veggie Hash topped with poached eggs and feta with rye toast and tomato hollandaise on the side. I wasn’t a fan of the sauce, but omg, that skillet…one of the best breakfasts I’ve ever eaten out! And I just HAD to get a picture of my friend’s Banana Nut Waffle topped with bananas, strawberries, and whipped cream…isn’t it gorgeous?!
On Sunday, we planned on spending the day at the beach since we didn’t really get much time the day before, but about an hour after I took this pic, a “monsoon” came out of nowhere! So instead, we lounged around the condo snacking and watching crap TV until it was time for dinner…
Honestly, I wasn’t expecting much from our meal when our friends suggested we go to Schooner’s beach bar for dinner, but I was pleasantly surprised with myself AND my entree creation!
I wasn’t really feeling any of the salad combos on the menu, so I decided to get a little “obnoxious” for a change and make something of my own. I took their Greek Salad as my base, kept the sun-dried tomatoes and kalamata olives, nixed the capers and the croutons, added red onions, substituted feta for mozzarella (Really, why would you use anything else on a GREEK salad?!), and topped it with a seared tuna steak!
Yeah, this pretty much explains Monday. 😉
After finally getting to sleep LATE, I enjoyed some deeeeelicious OIAJ on the balcony and then spent the rest of the afternoon just hanging out with our friends before it was time to part ways. We piggy-backed on the end of their vacation but then made plans for some solo time in Gulf Shores. We stayed at the Hilton Garden Inn which wasn’t a bad place (though I wish our balcony had faced the beach) but the best part?
Coffee AND TEA in the morning and FLAVORED WATER the rest of the day! Oh, and do you see those little baked goodies under that dome back there?
Mixed berry oat bars with dried blueberries, dried cranberries, white chocolate chips, oats, and a little sprinkle of sugar on top…they taste like muffins…they taste like scones…they make you wanna
Smack yo’ mama!!
I had one of these every.single.day we were there (and may or may not have snuck some home with me). I actually asked the staff where they got these and after an EXTENSIVE Google search, came up with nothing so now, my mission in life is recreate these babies!
On Wednesday, the man-friend asked if I wanted to go shopping to which I answered, “Eh, not really, but if you really want to go…”
Two and a half hours later HE was dragging ME out of the stores! See? I told you I have a problem! I mean seriously, the ‘gators had to frickin’ CHASE me away!
After my narrowing encounter with death, we came back and spent some time at the beach/pool, but then we were out AGAIN for some nighttime fun…
On Thursday, I decided to get up early and walk the beach so I could watch the sunrise…
It was breath-taking!
Originally, I had thought I’d go back to bed after snapping a few pics, but I actually had to walk pretty far down the beach to get a good view so by the time I was done, I was pretty energized…
Then it was time for breakfast!
Yogurt, berries, and PLENTY of peanut butter for me…
I got up early again on Friday to watch the sunrise and soak up as much of the sun, sand, and ocean as I could before we headed back to Tennessee. It was a LONNNNNNG trip home with lots of traffic and mayyyyybe a small detour to catch up with this gal…
I only wish we had had more than an hour or so to spend together! Time went by WAY too fast!
So, if you made it through all of that…CONGRATULATIONS! Come back tomorrow and I’ll give you a sticker! 😉
But for now, how about hopping on over to Meghan’s neck of the webs to see what everyone else was up to last week!
Do you ever get “obnoxious” when ordering at restaurants?
When was the last time you played putt-putt?