Bites of My Life

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I'm home and spring break is officially over. People say, "it's always good to leave and it's always good to come home." I'm usually one who's excited for getting back into a routine of things, but this time I'm not ready. My carb loaded vacation diet can end, but does the relaxation have to?
As usual, when I'm home that means lot's of cooking and eating. Before we left, I was in the kitchen as much as possible. Besides pictures of cutie Charleston, all the pictures I had from the past week were of food. Look forward to some recipe posts coming up!
{Spring Break Food Bites}
 -A yummy green smoothie to start St. Patricks day right. I posted the recipe here.
-Homemade niçoise salad later that day for lunch. I'll be posting the recipe later this week and explain what exactly this salad is if you are unfamiliar. 
-First baked good to come from my new KitchenAid! My "Pot of Golden Raisin Irish Soda Bread." The recipe for this bread got posted last week.
-Final meal on St. Patrick's day was steak and shrimp kabobs done by dad and israeli couscous and Ina's Pesto Pea Salad made by mom and I. We had to serve this salad, not only because it's our favorite, but because of all the greens. I think I've mentioned before how I like celebrating holiday's with the appropriate food.
-Leftover soda bread was the base for my avocado toast. Avocado toast is all the rage if you didn't know and it is for a reason, it's dang good. Smashed avocado mixed with a little salt then sprinkled with red pepper flakes.
-Tuesday night Kathleen highlighted my hair (don't worry we do it all the time) and made me this delish sweet potato meal. Check out the recipe on A Peony For Your Thoughts.
-I bought dad an at-home brew kit for Christmas. It was a little more than we bargained for and spring break was the first available time we could devote enough attention to do it. This picture shows pouring the sparge through the mash to create the wort. Does that sound like gibberish? Ya it did to us to, hence why our beer may be borderline poisonous after its 4 weeks of fermenting, but we are going to let it do its thing and hope for the best.
-Last week I got some really exciting news about my summer plans, so the only appropriate way to celebrate was with a burger. Urban Johnnie is a must if you live in the OKC area. Order the Johnnie the Greek Burger and the buffalo dum dums to start, you won't be disappointed. 
Thursday morning the fam and I hopped on a plane to (LAX) Charleston, SC. Charleston is much smaller than I realized, but still has the good perks of a big city! We ate tons of southern food, took a carriage ride, walked the city and still did lots of relaxing. Here are a few pics to tide you over until my full post tomorrow. 

{Charleston Bites}
-After dinner coffee at our hotel bar while our good buddy Calvin entertained us with some southern jazz.
-Chicken and waffles with spicy blackberry syrup from Poogan's Porch.
-Charleston looks like a coloring book with its pink, yellow and blue houses!
-When in Charleston, eat food named after the city.
Back to the grind!
xo annie