Friday, June 29, 2012

Vacation 2 - Part 3 (Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania)

Figured I would try and cram the rest of the trip into one post so I can get back to showing you some crafting projects! It is sooooo hard picking out pictures to share with you guys because I have TONS of them!! Guess I get a little carried away at times with the camera! LOL!

I forgot to share with you some pictures on the last vacation post about a place called Maymont which is in Virginia. The outdoor areas including all the gardens and animals are free to visit and it is really beautiful!

We also went on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge that goes under water....pretty cool but it is so massive you can't really get a picture of it. I'm sure you could do a search online and find all kinds of pictures but they are usually only part of the I said it is HUGE!!

Then we headed along the Eastern Shore Drive which wasn't all that interesting until you get to the very Northern part near Chincoteague. That area is super pretty (we visited the state park with beaches and nature trails) and it seems like a neat little town with shops and stuff although we didn't stop at any of them other than a few food places.

We only saw a little area in Maryland ... it was about 10 minutes away from where we were staying the night and it had a fantastic restaurant! We liked it so much we went back twice which is rare for me to do on vacation because I like to try out all new places! But the prices were reasonable and the food was amazing! The restaurant is called The Upper Deck Restaurant and Lounge located in Pocomoke, Maryland.

This is some blackened Ahi good and spicy (yes, I'm learning to eat spicy foods a little bit at a time!)

Literally THE BEST cornbread I have ever had in my life! It was super sweet and dense unlike the dry and crumbly cornbread we have where I am from. She said it was similar to spoonbread. The olive tapenade with the french baguette was good too and I don't usually eat olives!

Next stop is Cape Henlopen, Delaware where we stayed at a state park and spent the entire time either on the beach or visiting the WWII area.

Before checking into the park we stopped at this restaurant called Surf Bagel for lunch. The bagels are made fresh daily! I wish we had more places like that around home!

I had chicken salad with cheese and pineapple on a cinnamon, cranberry, nut bagel! Extremely tasty and filling!!

We ran into an albino looking deer while driving back to our camp site. This was my first time seeing a white deer and I thought it was so unique!

They had several guns next to the military buildings to take a peek at and you could also visit a few bunker sites.

Here is a watch tower that was used during WWII and you can still go all the way up it which was cool!

Our very last stop was Mt. Washington, Pennsylvania which is just across the river from Pittsburgh.

We rode the Duquesne incline up to the top of Mt. Washington and walked around until we got to the other inlcine (there are only two you can ride up).

This is a view of Pittsburgh at the top where the 3 different rivers come together (the Monongahela, Allegheny, and Ohio) and it also shows the old cars we rode in which are from the 1800's!

Near the other incline we found a neat area to walk around with some restaurants. We stopped at a hotdog and beer place called Packs and Dogs.

They have a HUGE variety of cold beers and we enjoyed a few of them along with this hot dog called the Bloodhound which had bbq sauce, onions, cheese and bacon! It tasted wonderful but I only had a few bites because I have texture issues with that sort of meat so hubby was happy to finish the rest for me! :)

Okay, that pretty much wraps my vacations all up! I tried to pick the highlights of each place and give a few restaurant recommendations just in case your ever in the area. Next up will be something crafty!! :)

- Stacie

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

No Bake Peanut Butter Pie

I have never had peanut butter pie before nor have I ever tried making one until now. I used to think peanut butter was disgusting but now I have grown to really love the stuff!! My hubby has talked about some great peanut butter pies he has had so I thought it was time to see if I could make one that tasted any good. Well, this recipe hit the mark...he said it was one of the best pies EVER! I only wanted to make one pie but I did not halve the recipe... I used a little less milk and a small container of cool whip plus 1 cup of powdered sugar. So this pie ended up being really really rich but tasted OH SO GOOD! Just remember a little goes a long way so be sure you have someone to share it with! Oh and I kept mine in the fridge instead of the freezer because neither of us care that much for frozen desserts. The texture is alot creamier that way!

Click HERE for the recipe!

*For some reason the picture on this link shows an oreo looking pie but it is a peanut butter recipe*

Enjoy! :)

Monday, June 25, 2012

Vacation 2 - Part 2 (Virginia)

Yes it is taking a long time to sort these photos...still more to come too!

This part of our vacation was to Virginia. Our first stop was here at the Natural Bridge. It is 20 stories tall and the area was surveyed by George Washington (he actually carved his initials in the stone!).

We bought a combo ticket which included a walking tour of the cave. The next two pictures show some formations I thought looked neat!

The ticket also included a butterfly garden. This was by far my favorite picture of a butterfly...such detail!

There weren't very many restaurants in the area so we decided to give this restaurant a try called "Fancy Hill Korean Diner"....OH MY is AMAZING!! Wish we were in that area for more than a day because I could of eaten it again! The three little dishes are different varieties of kimchi...our fav was the sweet radish one on the left!

We also got miso soup included with our meal. This was my first time trying this soup and I really enjoyed it!

Next up was a quick stop at a place called "Foamhenge". Yep, you read that is a mock up of the real "Stonehenge"! LOL! My husband thought I was crazy for wanting to see this!

Doesn't it look cool?! I thought it was neat ... and hey it was free so who cares! :P

The next day was filled up with a food tour of Williamsburg. We did the tour that also included some history of the area including the College of William and Mary. Thought I would share just a couple of the foods we enjoyed...everything was very tasty!

Hot Holly from the College Delly.

Mac N' Cheese from the Blue Talon.

Ribs, slaw and baked beans from Seasons.

The gorgeous view at Virginia Beach!

Loved this HUGE Neptune statue!

They had these signs posted along the streets! I actually thought they were a joke but nope...they are very serious about no cursing!! LOL!

The best sweet potato pecan pancake ever at Doc Taylor's!! So good it doesn't even need syrup!