Our First Harvest

I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter and remembered the reason for the season. Jesus’s death on the cross for us to be forgiven and saved from this sinful world is such an amazing thing. Definitely cause for a big celebration! Greg, Zoey and I spent the weekend visiting family and friends in Panama City Beach. While the weather wasn’t ideal – cool, rainy and windy – we managed to have a great time anyway with lots of catching up, good food and of course a beautiful worship service.

After we returned home on Sunday evening, Greg let me know our first crop was ready to harvest from our garden. The 2×1 foot area of mixed greens was lush and, well…green! What better way to celebrate Jesus’s resurrection than with new life from our garden?

We also have one tiny strawberry beginning to form, the tomato plants are quickly going up-up-up, and the onions look nice and strong. We are also still tending to several different varieties of peppers and even two asparagus plants.
We have at least a few weeks until the next plants are ready to harvest, but these greens were a promising start. Greg gets the credit for any and all success we have. He works on the garden every day and I’m so thankful for that. I don’t think I have a gardening/plant-growing bone in my body. Like my grandma told me, I’ll be doing my part of the work in the kitchen. Amen to that!
Although we don’t have our own locally grown, organic onions, tomatoes and sweet potatoes yet, I used the store-bought variety to compliment the greens. I chopped, drizzled in olive oil, seasoned and roasted the mixture for about 30 minutes before adding on top of our bowls of greens. I finished mine with a sprinkle of crumbled goat cheese to complete the meal. 
Here’s to many more fresh and healthy harvests! 

A Restaurant Review – TJ’s Beef and Brew

Sorry I’ve been MIA for most of the week. I really don’t know how it happened, but this week got away from me and all of a sudden it’s Friday! 
Since I didn’t do my usual grocery shopping last weekend, besides a few random things from Target, I ended up eating out much more than normal. Tuesday night, Greg walked in the door from work and immediately asked if I wanted to go to the new restaurant on Daniel Island: TJ’s Beef and Brew
This is the restaurant’s second location (the other is in Goose Creek by Greg’s office and he had gone last week with his boss). This DI location took the place of Dublin Down, an Irish pub that had been open for about a year. I was interested to see if the restaurant could actually give some competition to DIG, because nothing else has seemed to be able to do so.
A short bike ride to the restaurant only made me more hungry than I already was. I had a feeling I wouldn’t find too many vegetarian options on the menu, but I was ready to make a compromise for the Taco Salad. You have a choice of adding grilled chicken, beef or chili to the top of a taco shell with iceburg lettuce, jalapeños, olives, cheese, sour cream and salsa. I wouldn’t have added any of the meat, but then I felt like it was stupid to pay $8.99 for lettuce and other veggies. So chicken it was.
Andddd don’t forget my side of sweet potato fries. Greg said he was really hungry too and I didn’t want to have to steal the fries that came with his burger. 
Speaking of his burger, he had the Southern Burger (a very popular name for burgers around here, but each place does it differently). This one was $8.99 and came with pimento cheese, bacon and cole slaw. Greg went without the slaw on his though. 
The bun looked delicious to me. I love a good bun. But the only part of this I tried was a taste of the pimento cheese. Yum. My salad and fries were keeping me plenty distracted from the rest of the burger.
TJ’s was a hit with us. The menu is similar to DIG in that it offers a wide selection of burgers, and also has salads, wraps, and other entrees. There are plenty of differences too though and I think TJ’s makes a great addition to DI. The prices are very reasonable too. 

Difficult Decisions

As I am sitting here typing (on Friday night), I am dealing with an internal dilemma most of us have probably come across before in our lives.

How the HECK should I eat this Oreo? Just take a bite as it is? Twist the cookies apart, eat the side without the cream first, then lick the cream off of the other side completely, and finally eat the remaining cookie? Dunk it in milk just long enough so it softens oh so perfectly?
Life can be so difficult, huh? You can see my Friday night was full of excitement.

It’s like the Reese’s saying: “There’s no wrong way to eat a Reese’s.” The only wrong way to eat an Oreo is to not eat it at all. 

Oreos really are good any way you eat them, but my indecisive self always ends up eating twice as many as I planned because I keep thinking the “other” way is better and need to do it that way next. 
I also can’t figure out which kind I like more….Regular or Golden. Obviously, Double Stuf is the only way to go. But when it comes to chocolate or vanilla I don’t think I can choose. They now have “triple-double” Oreos which is just insane.
(Photo from here)
And by insane I mean the best thing ever. I haven’t actually tried them yet, but it’s only a matter of time. There is one thing that could make it better: if one of the cookies was vanilla/”golden”. Then it really would be the best of both worlds.
Well, in the time it took me to discuss these Oreos, I have finished my helping and put them away. Moving right along.
I just want to take a few more minutes to discuss the other foodie highlights of my week.
Cream filled doughnuts might be one of my biggest weaknesses. Krispy Kreme’s sit at the top of my list, but I have nothing against Dunkin’s either. KK definitely wins when it comes to doughnuts overall, but even Dunkin’ has me still dreaming about this doughnut. Last weekend, I drug Greg into Dunkin’ with me so I could treat myself to cream filled heaven. A hot cup of hazelnut coffee to go along with it made it quite a nice morning. 
When I was younger and didn’t think for a split second about the food that ate, I would eat up to three cream filled doughnuts at once. Man, oh man. These days I have to skimp out on dessert for a week just to let myself have ONE. 
I enjoyed every last bite of that doughnut though, because many of my meals recently have been looking like this:
An Oven Roasted Chicken salad from Subway. Oh so good and so pretty I might add.
But that’s not all:
This Honey Pecan Chicken Salad-salad from Bistro 536 (with none other than raspberry vinaigrette) was an awesome lunch, thanks to my Groupon!
Salads can get boring after awhile, but at the same time it can be easy to keep them interesting (just see above for proof!). I am continually exploring new ways to put together a salad. Plus, when I eat platefuls of greens, it makes those cream filled doughnuts and Oreos so much more delicious.
What is your favorite kind of Oreo and how do you eat it?
What are your favorite salad toppings?