I feel like today was our last day because 1) The forecast is calling for rain tomorrow and 2) The husband is leaving tomorrow with Karen + Andrew to head back to Charlotte in time for a 3am work shift on Tuesday morning. I am staying one more day with my parents to soak up all of the vacation I can before the semester starts with a bang.
Early this afternoon we took a family walk over to Old Baldy Lighthouse and make the climb to the top –
Panoramic top view!
Most of the island is preserved marshlands –
The Harbor village
Then we all headed to see an open house (one of our favorite family outings) and lastly, went to a sparkling wine + Champagne tasting at the market! I had 3 tiny glasses
A marsh visit. Bald Head is perhaps my dad’s favorite place on earth –
We made it back just in time to watch the sunset –
And of course for cocktail hour. I enjoyed a delicious bottle of Virginia white wine that we brought form our wine rack –
And we had the rest of the cheese + crackers (needless to remind you how much we love cheese + crackers)
The husband and I set to work again on a Chef Younger + Monson dinner.
On the menu: Cioppino.
We used this Cooking Light recipe as our inspiration and followed it pretty much to a T, although we were not able to use clams or mussels ( ) and we seared all the seafood before adding it to the pot for more browning flavor: Mother’s Cioppino. It was a great recipe full of flavor! Oh yeah, and we added 2 chicken sausages that were leftover from lunch and used 4 cups of kale instead of 2 cups of spinach.
This home-baked sourdough loaf the husband made on Xmas morning was also the centerpiece
Cook’s drinks – (more wine, some sips of Moosehead, which I love!! Yay Canadians!!)
Dinner glass –
After an hour of socializing I was about to go to bed when my parents came back from a walk and we decided to have sundaes again. Definitely a reason to come back down!
Tonight’s was a little smaller than last night’s – with hot fudge.
I am feeling parched right now despite having chugged 24 oz + of water since dinner. Guess I drank too much wine. 2 rounds is too much for me. I think everyone drank too much tonight and we’re all ready to get back to normalcy.