Posts tagged ‘fudge’

August 2, 2011

Happy Place

On our last day in the Outerbanks I headed out with 2 of my cousins to do a little shopping! I remember oohing and aahing while reading Courtney’s blog from a couple of weeks ago when she was in Corolla so I took it to twitter to ask her for the exact stops.

We checked out a couple of surf shops and then headed to the good stuff. First stop was The Fudgery.

I think the girl who worked there was bored because she kept begging me to try another sample. I clearly didn’t say no.

I tried chocolate peanut butter, cookies and cream and extraordinary chocolate. I ended up buying a pound of extraordinary chocolate because I’m a sucker….

We then went into the Outerbanks Popcorn Factory.

This place has only been open for a month but they REALLY know what they are doing. The girls who worked there were so sweet and we had a long talk about blogging and popcorn of course. They gave me lots of samples to try before I decided on my final flavor.

Vanilla Almond Crunch

Pirates Blend

Old Bay

S’mores

It was a toss-up between S’mores and Old Bay! They were both SO delicious.

During Sweet vs Salt tooth – Sweet won! I couldn’t deny this popcorn. Chocolate covered popcorn, graham crackers and marshmallows. I opened it immediately and couldn’t take my hand out of the bag. It’s truly addicting. Good thing they ship them now because I am already out 🙂

While walking around we saw a Donut shop called Duck Donuts and it was nothing like I’ve ever seen before.

They make all of their doughnuts plain

Then you pick the toppings

Cinnamon Sugar, Maple Sugar, Coconut, Chocolate Icing, Sprinkles etc. I didn’t try one but my cousins said they were the best they’ve ever had.

When we passed an Ice Cream spot we knew we had to stop in… I’m not one to pass up HOMEMADE ice cream. Big Bucks Ice Cream was like a 50’s pop shop. They had so many great treats.

We all picked the peanut butter cup and fudge ice cream in a small waffle cone.

There is nothing like homemade ice cream. Nothing.

I also picked up a bagel the next morning at Lighthouse Bagels that was basically dessert.

Um hello Cinnamon Burst. Best bagel i’ve ever had.

How many times have I said this was the best thing i’ve ever had? It’s true. I love Corolla! I want to marry it!

My cousins and I also chatted about our “Happy Place”. Your happy place is where you feel most comfortable – where you are at peace. Some people chose the beach, running, reading, the mall and their home. I chose the grocery store… I could spend hours and hours in there and be completely content.

What’s your Happy Place??

July 11, 2011

Joisy Shore

We’re back, we’re tan and we’re worn out! We headed to the beach early Saturday morning and immediately put on our bathing suits. I love that my boyfriend loves to lay out as much as I do… It’s nice to have company while laying still for hours on end.

Plus, he’s cute 😉

After burning bronzing our bodies we got ready to head out for a nice dinner with Adam’s parents.

We headed to Red’s Lobster Pot

which had BEAUTIFUL views

We started out with appetizers such as a lobster quesadilla and spicy grilled clams. Delicious.

We ordered our main meals and I chose the lobster roll.

It came on a hot dog bun and it was the perfect size and not too mayonaisey (which I hate).  It also came with a side of fries that were just like boardwalk fries! So yummy.

Someone just had to order the 2 pound lobster.

Mmmhmm…

After shutting down the place we headed to one of our favorite ice cream spots, Ralph’s Italian Ice’s. They had a flavor on special I couldn’t say no to.

Peanut Butter Fudge Pretzel. Yep, it was as amazing as it looks.

We all passed out as soon as we got back to the boat. When we woke up the next morning we went on a walk to eat breakfast. On the way we saw some of the prettiest houses!

All of the houses were beautifully landscaped

Oh and they’re all on the beach

I. need. a. beach. house.

When we got back we went on a boat ride.

Silly us didn’t realize being on a white boat, with the water reflecting onto us would equal major sun. SPF 30 just wasn’t cutting it. No complaining though because it was a perfect relaxing weekend!

When we got home Adam prepared dinner..

Carba Nada Pasta with Turkey Meatballs and pasta sauce w/ a side of Texas Toast!

He also cleaned the dishes, put them away AND let me watch Julie & Julia. Must’ve been my lucky night.

I really love the movie Julie & Julia… If you’ve never seen it and you’re a blogger its a must see. It’s about a girl who aspires to cook all 524 recipes in Julia Child’s cookbook in 365 days and starts a blog that eventually leads her to her dream job. All of the recipes are fancy, full of butter and time consuming.. I don’t think I’d ever be able to make 524 things in one year!?

I started thinking about what inspired me to start cooking and besides growing up and baking with my grandma every year at Christmas time I would have to say that Rachel Ray was my inspiration.

In 12th grade I got mono and was sick for 3 months which meant I had to be home-schooled. Since I had so much free time I started going to the grocery store for my mom and preparing our nightly dinners. I watched the cooking channel (all day, everyday) and took interest specifically in 30 minute meals. They were easy, fresh and delicious and they fed our entire family quickly!

Is it ironic that I’m currently watching the Rachel Ray Show? I still love her (almost 10 years (WHAT!?) later)!

QUESTIONS: What/Who inspired you to blog/cook??