I’m back – have you all missed me? Have you been wondering if I fell off the face of the Earth? I didn’t fall off the face of the Earth but I did take a dream vacation to Greece. My husband and I spent 11 glorious days in Italy and cruising the Mediterranean into Greece. It was so relaxing and just what we needed. When we came home, I immediately started a new job – so you can say things have been a bit crazy.
My husband and I have been super busy lately. Like, it's a bit out of control. For the last month, I have resorted to exclusively online shopping for my groceries. I order them online, drive to the store, call a phone number, and someone brings them out to my car. It has been a lifesaver, and honestly, I don't know if I will ever go back to actually grocery shopping ever again.
In Ohio, grilling season is here! In our neighborhood, nearly every night, we can smell the grills cooking delicious food. Once summer really hits, say, mid-July, I almost refuse to turn my oven on and will only grill foods. That was actually embedded into my head from a young age. I grew up with no central air, just a single window air conditioner. So, there was no way in h-e-double hockey sticks my mom was going to turn the oven on in the July heat. I still stick to that same principle today.
A few years ago, my husband and I went to Ireland. We of course kissed the Blarney Stone, visited the Jameson Distillery, and the Guinness Store House; we did all things touristy. But, we also ate...and we ate a lot. I found that Ireland had the best soups and salads I'd ever had. Of course, their Irish soda bread was out of this world, too.
One day, after a tour of the Jameson Distillery and before we headed over to the Guinness factory, we decided it would be a good idea to get some food in our stomaches. We stopped by a little restaurant and I ordered the beet, goat cheese & rocket salad. I know. Rocket. Don't worry; I didn't know what it was either, but I ordered it anyway.