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Farmers Market Friends

This morning, I woke up to the coos and chatter of an almost five month old (such a sweetheart!). I fed him, grabbed some coffee, and we headed over to the Travelers Rest Farmers Market (a local favorite) to check out the various booths, food trucks, and live music. We met our friends Rachel and Lucy, and enjoyed walking around before heading over to the shade of the outdoor amphitheater to eat our Circa Doughnuts! Today’s flavors were Lavender Lemon and Early Grey with Charred Grapefruit. The grapefruit was our favorite! 

I also picked up some artisan Gouda cheese made from local raw milk, melons, and a cute little succulent for an upcoming birthday gift for someone. Rachel found some cute handmade earrings, fresh lettuce, and some fresh pastas and sauce for a quick meal later this week. 

I am finally starting to work on menu plans again, and I was looking forward to at least one more watermelon-feta salad this season. They were sold out of watermelon at the store this week, so I was excited to find this mammoth watermelon at the market–super sweet and only $5, plus it makes a great baby footrest.  If you haven’t checked it out, the TR Farmers Market is off of Highway 25, just outside of downtown TR, and open Saturdays 9 AM to 1 PM. For the perfect morning, bring some cash (not all vendors take card) and a cooler to fill with Farmers Market finds, then jump on over to the Swamp Rabbit Trail for a morning walk! Have a great weekend!

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New Favorite, High-Protein Snack: Peanut Butter and Honey Parfait!

My friend Mike Campbell introduced me to this new favorite treat! It’s so simple. It’s healthy. And it’s delicious! (And, yes, I told him it was going on my blog.)

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  • 3/4 to 1 cup Plain Whole Milk Yogurt (you can use the low fat if you really want to, but I personally think we need a little fat in our diets to help absorb certain nutrients, and it makes it creamier)
  • 2 Tbsp. All Natural Peanut Butter (or organic, if you can find it)
  • 1-2 tsp. Local Honey (or organic, if you can find it)

Just stir or whip the three ingredients together, and it creates a rich, creamy, high-protein treat that tastes as good as a parfait or dessert mousse. If you want, you can substitute a spoonful of your favorite jam instead of the honey and call it “PB&J Parfait”–great way to get kids (of all ages) to eat yogurt! Bon Appetit!

 

A Recent Weekend Getaway – Beaufort, Savannah, and Charleston

We finally made it down to the Low Country to visit Bryan’s folks, celebrate my and his mom’s birthdays, and get away one last time before he really got busy with school. We drove down Thursday night after work and school and stayed at their lovely little rental in Beaufort, SC.

Common Ground Coffee Shop in Beaufort, SC, was our first stop on Friday morning! Anything from lattés and brevés to organic hot tea, from cinnamon rolls to sandwiches. So quaint and a great view of the coast. (Bryan and his mom)

Lunch at one of my in-laws’ favorite little local gems, Red Rooster Cafe!

Pimento Cheese and Bacon on a Burger with Sweet Potato Fries and Sweet Tea in Mason Jars! What more could you ask for?! (Not exactly a lean meal, but hey, it was my birthday weekend. After all, you don’t turn 31 every day!)

I love the coast! Who needs mulch when you have seashells?!

We checked out all kinds of antique shops and other little local stores around Beaufort and Port Royal, SC, on Friday.

Shrimping Boats, Port Royal, SC

Birthday Dinner at Dockside Restaurant in Port Royal, SC

Baked Scallops, Cajun Rice and Steamed Veggies

Adorable little book shop in Bluffton, SC, on our way to Savannah on Saturday.

The front of The Storybook Shoppe. There were several art galleries and local shops in Bluffton that caught our attention, but this was my favorite.

Welcome to Savannah, home of Joel Chandler Harris, one of my all-time favorite authors and storytellers!

Bryan and his folks in Savannah – don’t you just love those trees and all that Spanish Moss?!

I just loved this old building.

There were all kinds of statues and monuments along the river.

We stopped at a half dozen antique shops and a few art galleries, including this one where Artist Susie Chisholm was sculpting historic figures.

The city market in Savannah was bustling with street musicians, vendors, and tourists. Of course, I bought a couple of bags of Savannah Pecan Coffee Beans!

Sunday, we met up with our good friends Dave & Rachel, who happened to be in Charleston for their anniversary weekend! We had lunch on Johns Island at one of their favorite spots (and now one of ours), Fat Hen! Its only about 10 minutes outside of Charleston, and a must-do if you’re in the area.

BBQ Duck Sandwich with Slaw at Fat Hen

Our final stop before strolling around downtown Charleston and heading home was to one of our favorite coffee houses for a little dessert – East Bay Meeting House. It’s moved across the street from its original location, but still has great atmosphere, decadent desserts, and delicious coffee! (Though, I miss the old, green leather couch.)

Bryan and his favorite Roasted Chestnut Brevé

Dave gets a little intense with his chocolate cake and macchiato – and Rachel just laughs at him.

My favorite part (besides the atmosphere) is that all their products are organic! Yay! And I love supporting local vendors instead of big chains, as often as possible.

One last shot of the delicious organic cake! And that’s a wrap on this Low Country weekend-getaway-to-remember! We’ll be back soon!

Saturday Morning Market

Need a simple activity that helps you slow down while promoting small, local businesses? Try checking out a local Farmers’ Market. The one in Greenville, SC, is right on Main Street between Washington Street and Court Street on Saturday mornings from 8AM till NOON.

It has everything from coffee and classic Southern breakfast items to fresh breads and pastas,  handmade candles to local photography and art, all-natural meats, seafood, and tons of local, fresh produce. It’s a chance to meet new people, be active, and get some fresh air. Plus it’s a great little community and culture that everyone should experience on a regular basis!

Colorful Summer Basket and Meal Plan for This Week

This Week’s Basket from Milk and Honey Organics Includes Bananas, Local Red Beets, Collards, Romaine Lettuce, Crimini Mushrooms, Jumbo Yellow Onions, Bartlett Pears, Flavor Gem Pluots, Parisi Farms’ Roma Tomatoes, Parisi Farms’ White Creamer Potatoes, Parisi Farms’ Bell Peppers, and Parisi Farms’ Pickling Cucumbers.

This Week’s Meal Plan:

This Week’s Recipes are found on the Archives page. And here are a couple new ideas:

  • Virgin Mimosa
  • Cheesy Grits with Sautéed Shrimp and Mushrooms: Prepare grits according to package, but substitute half of water for cream or whole milk. During last 1-2 minutes, add shredded cheddar cheese and melt into grits. Sautee shrimp and mushrooms with 2 cloves minced garlic in butter till shrimp is fully cooked and mushrooms are translucent. Gently fold into grits or serve over the top.
  • Cucumbers in Vinegar
  • Polish Pickles
  • Fast Favorite Garlic Dill Pickles

Summer Bounty Meal Plan for the Last Full Week of July!

This Week’s Basket from Milk and Honey Organics Included Bio-Way Farms’ Cherry Tomatoes, Bio-Way Farms’ Zucchini, Hurricane Creek Bok Choy, Local Blueberries, Local Bi-Color Corn, Bananas, Local Peaches, Red Leaf Lettuce, Red Potatoes, Local Celery, Lemons, and Jumbo Red Onions.

This Week’s Meal Plan (via PepperPlate.com):

Recipes from This Week’s Meal Plan:

We were out of town last weekend for my husband’s grandmother’s funeral, so my sister graciously created last week’s meal plan. If you missed it, check it out here.

Meal Plan for July 7-13

This Week’s Basket from Milk and Honey Organics Included Bananas, South Carolina Peaches, Red Globe Grapes (caution: watch out for seeds), Tommy Atkins Mangos (not pictured: we got more of something else), Purple Garlic, Ginger, Local Green Cabbage, Hurricane Creek Romaine Lettuce, Globe Eggplant, Russet Potatoes, and Bioway Farms’ Squash and Cucumbers.

This Week’s Meal Plan:

Recipes for this Week’s Meal Plan:

  • Pancake Bar – use your favorite pancake mix or simple recipe and top with anything you like. If you’re adding peaches, bananas, chocolate, etc. to them, pour the batter first and let it cook for a minute on the first side, then top with fillings and cook another minute or so before flipping.
  • Egg Salad – hard boil eggs ahead of time, cool, peel and chop, then add the dressing (1/2 c. mayo, 1-2 tsp. prepared yellow mustard, salt, pepper, dill, a pinch of sugar and a splash of apple cider vinegar whisked together).
  • Grilled Peaches – Spray with a little olive oil before adding to the grill at the last five minutes or so of cooking the pork chops (optional: sprinkle with nutmeg).
  • Sautéed Squash and Onions – Pan fry thin slices in 1 Tbsp. butter with salt and pepper till just soft and slightly translucent.
  • Sautéed Cabbage – Chop into bite size pieces and cook in 1 Tbsp. butter with salt and pepper till soft and slightly caramelized (medium to medium high heat and keep it moving so it doesn’t burn).
  • Sautéed Onions and Peppers – slice into strips and toss in a hot pan with 1 tsp. olive oil till just tender and slightly translucent. Feel free to cook the chicken sausage links right down in the middle of this, if you don’t feel like grilling.
  • Baked Potato – rub with oil, sprinkle with coarse sea salt, and roast on a pan at 450F for 40-50 minutes.
  • Bacon Jam
  • Enchiladas
  • Cheesy Garlic Bread – mince garlic and mix into a stick of melted butter, brush over bread (French loaf or Italian loaf, cut in half, cut side up on pan), sprinkle with shredded cheese, and broil till cheese is golden brown (keep an eye on it).
  • My Favorite Falafel
  • Tzatziki Sauce
  • And the rest are on M&H’s Recipes Archive page.

Weekly Basket and Meal Plan: June 16-22

This Week’s Basket (from Milk and Honey Organics) Included Hurricane Creek’s Lettuce, Parisi Farms’ Cherokee Purple Tomatoes, Parisi Farms’ White Sweet Potatoes, Bioway Farms’ Garlic, Bananas, South Carolina Peaches, Red Delicious Apples, White Mushrooms, Beets with Beet Greens, Local Collards, Apricots, and Jumbo Red Onions.

This Week’s Meal Plan (using PepperPlate.com):

Recipes for this Week’s Meal Plan:

  • Carnitas with Black Beans and Cilantro Lime Rice (“Carnitas” not included in this week’s plan, but feel free to add it as a delicious accompaniment to your beans and rice!)
  • Tomato Egg Cups
  • For Cheesy Grits, follow package instructions and add 1/2 c. of shredded cheddar (or your favorite cheese) during the last 2 minutes of cooking; a few cloves of minced garlic is also a nice addition.
  • For the Garlic Toast, I highly recommend mincing fresh garlic and spreading it on your toast with butter before broiling. Yum!
  • Fettucine Alfredo (homemade Alfredo Sauce)
  • Brown Rice Bar (aka “Unfried Rice”) – a great way to use up leftovers!
  • And, see M&H’s Recipes Archive page!
  • Bananas make a great snack, or peel them and freeze them to add to a quick breakfast smoothie!

The Noisy Rabbit Produce Pick-Up in Greenville, SC

Here’s a new great resource in the Greenville, SC, area: The Noisy Rabbit. My friend Rachel Siglin started getting her produce here a few weeks ago and has really been enjoying it. She and her husband and one of their neighbors split the basket each week, so it’s only half as expensive for each family. It’s not organic, but it’s still produce, and heaven knows we could all use more of that in our diets. Here’s what she has to say about her experience with The Noisy Rabbit:

“Pickup for Noisy Rabbit is once a week at one of their many Greenville locations.  Each member is supplied with a basket to bring each week.  Produce is fresh and they supply a good variety.  One of my favorite aspects is the more unusual items like rutabaga, avocado, various peppers, and pineapple.  Even with splitting my basket, I often have more produce than I can use in a week, but I don’t have to feel bad even if something does go bad since I’m only paying $7.50 a week plus the bi-yearly $15 registration fee.  Another benefit is that grocery trips have been minimized so I’m not seeing all those ‘extras’ at the store that seem to end up in my basket every shopping trip. BTW–the samples below are whole baskets before we split them.”