I know I’ve shared this recipe before on my previous blogs, but this back pocket recipe will forever be a favorite. And surprisingly enough I think I’ve made it more here in Okinawa than ever before. Thick, hearty, layered with flavor, I made it nearly every week this past winter. Partially because my kiddos are homesick for their grandparents but also because you truly can’t mess this recipe up! More wine? Sure! Extra herbs? Go for it! Log this recipe away for when you want to heap on the comfort.
Every duty station brings a new round of military sisters into my life and I am constantly amazed at the diverse talents and gifts these strong woman have! This time around I have been introduced to adventurous gals that can pack a suitcase with their eyes closed and try and convince me that taking all our kids to Thailand sans husbands is a normal thing to plan. These gals push my comfort zone boundaries and I love them for it!
I’ve been blogging off and on again since 2009 and I’m certain that at least a dozen times I’ve written this same blog post….I’m BACK!
This space has been incredibly quiet since our toes sunk into the sand of beautiful Okinawa! It has been a whirlwind 7 weeks~adjusting to a major time change, finding an apartment that we could squeeze our family in to, learning how to drive on the left side of the road while driving in the right side of the car…..and those are just a few of the wild shifts that have taken place! But we are here and we have fallen desperately in love with this island and the people that inhabit it.
It’s been a month and a half. 6 weeks since our world was tipped on its side. My mind is still fighting with my heart that this is reality, that she won’t be removed from our home again. But it’s real, we have a daughter now, the court ruled in our favor and we are officially a family of 5. God has rescued and redeemed and I am in awe of what He has done. He showed us in no other terms that this was by His hand.
This state park is a bit busy for our tastes but if you have young children and are looking for swimable water, easy trails, clean bathhouses and….ummm concession stands then this spot is perfect! About hour from Camp Lejeune it makes for a great day trip with plenty to do.
It would seem that all we do these days is hike and eat great food! And for the most part that is true. We are counting down the days to summer, a June court date, our move to Japan and a million other things. In the mean time we are trying to take advantage of a yet to be packed kitchen and the chance to still explore this little area of North Carolina which is resulting in a food and travel heavy blog! This salad is something I make weekly during warmer months and it’s a great way to get fresh veggies on our plates. It makes a bright display on a potluck table and packs easily on our hiking trips. The bonus is that I can offer you a vegan/plant based version too! An all around winner if you ask me!
I have this dream that we will hike the AT in its entirety one day. It’s far fetched I know, but who knows! Until then we are working hard to make sure the kids catch the hiking bug. I read them stories about the trail, show them maps, talk it up like it’s on everyone’s bucket list!
I could talk y’all’s ears off about our move, or what has been going on with DSS, or how my right eye wont stop twitching…..but I’m tired and kinda talked out. So can we just think about pie? Pie is so friendly, it says “here, come sit down with a cup of coffee and rest a moment.” It doesn’t require endless paperwork or ask you to make life decisions. I really really like pie these days….haven’t a clue why….
Weekends are our chance to explore and adventure with this little crew and Bill and I are always on the lookout for nearby places to explore. When this hidden gem presented itself we knew that it was the perfect spot for a weekend getaway! Even more so it was exactly where I wanted to spend my Mother’s Day, unplugged from everything, salt air in my lungs while watching my boys discover another corner of this amazing world we live in. If you live in the area or are traveling through coastal North Carolina, we think it might just be the perfect spot for you too!