Tag Archive | Outer Banks

Southern Belle Reads: Dare Island Series

Well I am starting the last book in the Dare Island Series today. It is bittersweet, I like moving on to a new series but I will miss the characters from this series. That is the best part about series the characters start to feel like family/friends. The other down side about finishing this series is no more Outer Banks. I loved feeling like I was back in the Outer Banks while reading these. But I have tons of options at home on which direction to head next. I am not lacking on book choices that is for sure.

Updates

A few updates I thought I would share.

Reading

I have been on a role as of late.  I caught up on the Morgan’s Run Series and started a new series, Dare Island.  I am two books in on that and can’t wait to read the other three and a half.  But I am taking a little detour right now so I can read the next book becoming a Passionflix movie.  

Auntie Life

The kids keep us hoping that’s for sure.  But I love them to pieces.  The two year old is really becoming her own person.  And a bag lady just like her auntie.  The three year old will be four soon and he is becoming a little man.  I truly think I am one of his favorite people and that melts my heart.  These two little ones are my Disney Nerds.  They love watching Disney Sing Along Songs in the car and watching YouTube videos of Disney World rides at home.  The eight year old well she is eight going on eighteen (so she things).  Boy does she have mood swings.  She hates everybody and she’s not afraid to tell you either.  

No Book Purchases September/October

Well that was a complete bust.  I did pretty good in September but feel off the wagon in October.  Hopefully November and December will be better.  

Travel

Now that my much anticipated Outer Banks trip is over I am starting to have Disney withdraws.  Hopefully a February/March trip is in the plans.  

Life in General 

My best friend from college moved further down in Kentucky this summer so now my two closest girlfriends (that are the same age) do not live close to me.  I think I need to make some much overdue changes to my life.  I will work on them.  Still waiting for Mr Right to sweep me off my feet. 

Back From Vacation 

Last week was my Outer Banks vacation.  We got back Sunday and by Monday I was ready to go back.  Well actually, I didn’t want it to end to begin with, so I guess it was more like my desire to stay had increased by Monday.  I have never needed a vacation as much as I did last week. It was so good to relax and enjoy the salt air, read as I was watching the tides, and spend time with my aunt. Since my grandma passed away a few years ago, she moved about 45 minutes to an hour away, and all the hustle and bustle of everyday means I don’t see her as much as I used to.  So it was good to have a week to “catch up”.  We took a sunset dolphin cruise and a wild horse tour.  Plus we ate dinner together every night and breakfast together almost every morning.  The house we rented was amazing.  What more could we have asked for?  It was just what this Southern Belle needed. 

Vacation Photo Week Day 7

I started with an Outer Banks sunset so why not end with an Outer Banks Sunrise.  I just love the colors in the sky.  This was right from the deck of the house we were staying in back in 2014.  I loved waking up each morning and watching the sun rise.  

Vacation Photo Week Day 2

I was actually going to post a photo not from the Outer Banks today but this popped up in my memories so I thought why not.  In all our trips to the Outer Banks this was the only time we saw the wild horses on the beach.  We have seen the wild horses every time but usually back among the houses in the 4 wheel drive area.  The horse tour is my favorite part of the whole trip. 

Southern Belle Foodie

Dictionary.com defines Foodie as: a person keenly interested in food, especially in eating or cooking

I would say I am a foodie. I love trying new places and there are restaurants we go to just for the food, no matter how long the drive or wait is. I would even have to say our Disney Vacations are all about the food. I thought I would share some of my foodie favorites from the road and at home.

Jewell’s on Main Warsaw, KY
– Fried Pickles
– Prime Rib
– Soft Pretzels with cheese sauce
– French Fries
– Pork Loin with Apple Glaze
– NY Strip
– Greek Salad Dressing

Copper Blue Milford, OH
– Steak butter
– Cranberry Chopped Salad
– Sweet Potato tater tots
– Fish (Cod)
– Jerk Chicken Sandwich

Fessler’s Bellevue, KY
– Steak Hoagie
– Garlic Bread with cheese

The Old Mill Pigeon Forge, TN
– Chicken and Dumplings
– Fruit Cobbler
– Green Beans
– Corn Chowder Soup

The Pottery House Pigeon Forge, TN
– Cheesesteak sandwich
– Bread: Cinnamon Raisin (you can purchase this and it makes great French toast) and Sourdough Bread
– Grilled Chicken with Moonshine Glaze

The Peddler Gatlinburg, TN
– Salad Bar
– Steak (the steak peddler cuts them right at your table)

Disney World
Be Our Guest Magic Kingdom
o Steak
o Truffle Aioli
o The Gray Stuff

50’s Prime Time Café Hollywood Studios
o Roast Beef

Rose and Crown EPCOT
o Steak

Dole Whip (Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom)

 

Other Travel Destinations Go To Restaurants
– Po’Folks St. Petersburg, FL
– Harold Seltzer’s St. Petersburg, FL
– Largo Family Restaurant Largo, FL (St. Pete Area)
– Black Pelican Outer Banks
– High Cotton Outer Banks
– Henry’s Outer Banks

Vacation 

My Outer Banks vacation is a month and a half away.  Is it too early to start packing my bags?  Because I am seriously thinking about it.  I need a relaxing vacation so bad.  My Disney vacation was great don’t get me wrong, and I lost touch of reality while I was there, but all that walking and timing is not really relaxing.  Part of it’s me, I try to jam too much in, but I just love it there so much.  I can’t wait to crowl up on a couch, bed, or chair and lose myself in a book or two.