hopes & plans

I swear, as the summer progresses,  the days go by faster and faster. I wake up one day and it is Friday, I wake up again, and I am half way through the week! Let's not waste anytime, jumping into last week's progress on my hopes & plans....

one. Take a photo every day. Done, pretty easily too, considering we were on vacation.
two. Watch Logan jump. Done! Second time total, first time here at Bragg.
three. Pack for the beach. Done! But totally last minute.
four. Head to the beach! Done!1 Oh poor me....

Okay, okay, let's be honest, this was probably one of the easiest weeks I have attempted since I started participating in this link up.

I do not really have much planned for this week, so lets take a look at my progress on this summer's Bucket List:

one. Finish our dinning room table.
two. Sand and refinish my living room tables.
three. Celebrate the 4th of July in Atlanta. This one was sort of completed. We did celebrate the 4th, but in Columbus rather than Atlanta.
four. tone up.
five. Watch Logan graduate from Airborne School. Done!
six. Watch Logan jump out of an airplane. Done, twice!!
seven. Go to a Major or Minor league baseball game.
eight. Vacation at Bald Head Island. Done. Actually, we just returned.
nine. Kayak for the first time.
ten. Go jeeping with our friends in Uwharrie.
eleven. Go to a Farmer's Market
twelve. Keep working on the house.
thirteen. Make homemade ice cream.
fourteen. Read 3 books.
fifteen. Go camping.
sixteen. Have a big cookout at our house.
seventeen. Keep fresh flowers on the kitchen table. I have done terrible at this one!!
eighteen. Shop less, but more efficient.
nineteen. Buy more monograms
twenty. Only drink water, lemonade, and tea (beer and wine not included). Failed at this one, a few cokes (also known as soda) found their way into my diet...

So far, I have completed 4, failed at two, and I am still working on 14 of them. Good thing Fall is a couple months away...

I plan on enjoying a rather lazy week this week. We will plan on getting back to our regular hopes & plans next week. Sound good?

Are you making any progress on your Summer Bucket List?


White Cheddar Mac-n-Cheese with Kale

Anyone else a fan of kale? I first discovered my love for kale when I started making our version of Olive Garden's Zuppa Tuscana. In one of our healthy food kicks, I discovered a recipe for Baked White Cheddar Mac n Cheese with Kale and Bacon, but you all know me, I never follow a recipe.
I know it might look crazy, but it is delicious!!

Here is what you'll need:
1.) 1 lb macaroni
2.) 3 tablespoons butter
3.) 1/2 of a purple onion, died
4.) 1/2 teaspoon of garlic, minced
5.) 3 cups whole milk
6.) 8 oz sharp white cheddar, grated
7.) 1 oz parmesan, finely grated
8.) dash cayenne pepper
9.) 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
10.) 1/4 teaspoon of salt
111.) 6 oz center cut pancetta or bacon
12.) 3 1/2 oz fresh kale, chopped

1. Cook Pasta according to the directions on the book, or your preferred cooking directions.
2.) In a large pan, melt the butter. Saute the purple onion for 3 to 5 minutes over medium heat. Add garlic, and saute for an additional few minutes. 
3.) Meanwhile, grated both kinds of cheese. Sir in both kinds of cheese, whisk until melted and creamy. While the cheese is melting, chopped the kale.
 4.) Add cayenne, black pepper, and salt. Bring to a slow simmer. Stir in pasta, pancetta, and kale.
This is where the directions suggest to add the mixture into a casserole dish and bake on 375 degrees for 10-20 minutes. Instead, I simple served it. 
I promise, it is delicious!!


First Anniversary

Almost two months ago, Logan and I celebrated our first anniversary! One. I cannot believe we have already been married for a year! Two. I cannot believe that was almost two months ago! Originally we had planned to go back to Charleston, but with Logan only being back to work for a couple weeks, we decided to stay somewhat local. We decided on Sunset Beach, North Carolina.
We stay here at the Sunset Inn. It was one of the cutest places I have ever stayed!

We stayed in the Vesta room. It was a corner room with a view of the inner-coastal waters. 
We only had enough time to get away for two days and one night. We arrived in Sunset on Saturday around noon, and spent the day on the beach. 
Yep! We were those cheesy people!
Oh ya know, just taking a beach selfie!
After our beach day, we headed back to the Inn and got ready for dinner. We drove to Calabash, North Carolina to have dinner at The Boundary House. On  our way there, we passed by an alligator pond. We didn't see any alligators, but it was worth stopping to enjoy the view anyways.
After our short stop at the Alligator pond, we made our way to dinner.
 I had a Cajan Pasta dish for dinner and Logan went with the Seafood Sampler.
It was a great place for an Anniversary dinner! The food was great, the atmosphere was cool and laid back, and most importantly, not too stuffy. 
What's an anniversary without dessert right? We were stuffed after eating all of our food, so we decided to take it back to our room.
Sunday morning, we had breakfast on our porch.
 It was so nice having our own, private screened in porch. We had breakfast here and relaxed before heading to Bald Head Island. 
Our last picture at the Sunset Inn

Bald Head Island is a tiny little island that you can only get to by ferry. Once you get there, you can only get around by Golf Cart or Bike.
Old Baldy is one of the highlights of the island. It is the oldest lighthouse in North Carolina!
 Bald Head Island is absolutely beautiful!! It is probably one of my favorite places ever and definitely on of my favorite beaches!
This place is amazing! On a clear day, the sandbars allow you to walk way far out into the ocean!
Is this beach not amazing?!?!

After adventuring out onto the beach, we decided to ride around the island.
After spending a couple hours exploring, we decided to climb Old Baldy.

By then, we had worked up an appetite! We both opted for the fist tacos. Hands down best fish tacos I have ever had in my life!!

By this time, it was getting late in the afternoon, and we had to be at work the next day, and dogs to pick up along the way.
We said one last goodbye to Old Baldy, and loaded onto the ferry.
Until next time!
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