Hello from Bohemia Coffee Shop in West Jefferson, North Carolina! (Sorry for the posting delay – there’s not much Internet available in the rural Mountains!)
The husband and I arrived with groceries in tow just before lunch yesterday. The cabin is very rustic and cute with lots of antiques – especially food related, like this ceramic Quaker tin!
Mom and me –
My love –
We ate lunch on the porch, which is stocked with scenic seating
We made Turkey + Cheddar Melts with the husband’s homemade rye bread. Plus I had a plum, some sun chips, and pickles!
I’m also featuring my dad’s lunch because he only eats fruit and yogurt for lunch on most days! (Note his Bob’s Red Mill shirt I gave him!) Plums, tomatoes, fig, yogurt:
My mom loves to call our family trips “Jock Trips” because we try to plan our days full of walking and fitness activities. Yesterday was hiking; today is biking!
We went to Grandfather Mountain for some hiking. Before we left, we checked out these darling bears!! We were so close to them I was a little scared
At the top! (Too bad we didn’t hike the whole mile in the sky)
We did about a 1.5 mile hike along the rockiest path I’ve ever been on. It was very challenging to keep your footing and we had to look down the whole time, but the views at the end were worth it.
We came across a snack patch of blackberries!
And at the end of the path there was a view, where we split a Resee’s bar the husband had brought.(He loves Resee’s and my mom always brings him little surprises). I had one bite (my mom’s hand, if it doesn’t look familiar!)
I made the big mistake of forgetting to bring some snacks along and got horrible hunger pains in my stomach around 4:30. I stopped into the gift shop and was lucky to find an apple!
It didn’t do that much though, so I had to endure until we got through another hike and home. Water didn’t help much either! I used to get these pains more often in college. It’s like my body skips growling and goes straight to sharp pains. Strange.
Our second hike was at Moses Cone Carriage Trails. We hiked another 2 miles, and the scenery was gorgeous!!
We returned home from our second hike around 7pm and my stomach pains still hadn’t gone away! I had a handful of nuts ASAP (my go-to food for curing hunger)
And a beer – which is always filling!
The husband and I did a baked pasta dish for dinner: Turkey and Goat-Cream Baked Pasta. It turned out delicious! The goat cheese makes it very creamy and gives it a nice tang.
Basically mix together in a big bowl:
- Cooked fresh tomatoes (about 10 small romas) with fresh oregano and a dash of red wine to taste. Plus a little salt and pepper.
- Cooked chopped zucchini (2) and sliced mushrooms (1 pint)
- 1/4 cup hydrated sun-dried tomatoes
- About 8 oz cooked whole wheat egg noodles
- 20 oz browned 99% fat free ground turkey
- 1 4 oz log of goat cheese
Spread into a baking dish and top with about 2 oz of shredded mozzarella cheese then put under broiler until cheese is brown. I would also suggest a little bit of jarred tomato sauce, as this turned out a little too dry.
We also did a spinach salad with pecans and blue cheese in a homemade dressing. The dressing was: raspberry blush vinegar, honey mustard, honey, and salt.
We also had Ravenswood Old Vine Zin with dinner. I had about 6 oz. LOVED this wine.
My plate –
Plus I sipped off the husband’s late night Moosehead. Enough sips to make it on the blog
A little later we had some cherry vanilla frozen yogurt. I probably had a cup’s worth –
It’s a frigid 55* outside this morning! I made the group fruited oatmeal (banana, peach, raspberry, blueberry) with some maple syrup, cinnamon and the very end of a jar of almond butter.
The husband brewed some of our coffee –
We are off to bike the Virginia Creeper Trail! It’s 17 miles down, then 17 miles flat. We’re going down and part of the flat before we turn back and go back to the halfway point. Should be some beautiful scenery!
See you all tomorrow with the trip report