Is anyone else in shock that today is the last day of August? Someone please tell me where the summer went?! What I would GIVE to go back to June and re-visit my Ireland trip (which I still have to finish re-caping… bad blogger). And change a few decisions that I made this summer, which could’ve possibly made this summer way better… but that’s neither here nor there. And there’s no room for regrets in life, correct?!
In any case, I am extremely glad it’s almost September. Fall is my absolute favorite season and I’m BEYOND ready for cool weather, apples, squash, all things pumpkin… And then comes Halloween and Thanksgiving, Winter and Christmas… Tomorrow is the start of a new time in my life. I’m saying good-bye to the past, past mistakes, past regrets.. there is no point in dwelling on them. Life is happening and it doesn’t slow down, it doesn’t stop. If I continue to focus on the past, I’m going to wake up one day and wonder what happened to my life. And that’s just not something I want to do. But more on this tomorrow…
Anyway, I do have an online quiz to ace, a shower to take, a movie to see, and friends to be with… so let’s get straight to the food, shall we?
Breakfast included something that quite possibly changed my life.
It’s in your best interest to go out and find the nearest store that carries this
crack nut butter and get yourself a jar. Or two. Or a hundred.
The vehicle? Van’s Lite Whole Wheat Waffles. Yum!
I also had one (slightly burnt) with TJ’s pumpkin butter…
One with plain whipped butter…
All with maple syrup and raspberries.
Lunch was thrown together to have before and after the gym. I had lunch plans buuut they fell through. However, I wasn’t complaining about this baby…
Yep. Justin’s Hazelnut Butter sandwich on honey wheat. Oh, I went there.
I also had an apple and a White Chocolate Macadamia Clif Crunch Bar (that’s a mouthful) which is my new favorite bar… AMAZING.
Also insert a… get this… iced Pumpkin Spice Latte for Starbucks! YES! They are back!
Dinner was also a hit!
Swordfish kabobs with bell peppers…
I can’t take credit for the kabobs but they were marinated in a soy sauce mixture. Delicious!
Along with brown rice mixed with lime, cilantro, soy sauce, lime juice, and avocado.
Which went amazingly with the fish!
Along with green beans.
Annnnd you can count on dessert of some kind 🙂
“There is no growth without change;
there is no change without fear or loss;
and there is no loss without pain.
Every change involves a loss of some kind:
you must let go of old ways
in order to experience the new.
We fear these losses,
even if our old ways were self-defeating,
because, like a worn out pair of shoes,
they were at least comfortable and familiar.”
-Rick Warren, submitted by Rachel K., LaBelle FL
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I’m so glad you are loving the Ireland re-caps! Believe me, it only gets more interesting! And there’s only a couple more.. I have to drag it out a bit. That’s one of the good things about the blog, it’s a good way to remember fun trips like that! Hence the details.
Ok so I think I can finally share my exciting news… I have a SMALL catering business! Now, it’s so small that, well, there’s no name and it’s not exactly a business per say, but it’s a start! It all started in Ireland.. my cousin works in a large office and she and my “aunt ruth ann” (who’s not really my aunt but she works with my cousin) kept saying how they wanted to lose weight and I mentioned that I could help them out by giving them some easy substitutions and things they could change without depriving themselves. My cousin mentioned that they used to have a lady who would bring them healthy lunches to their office a couple of times a week and they asked me if I’d be interested in doing so! SO we had a test run last week, I made them turkey burgers, a corn/avocado/tomato salad, sweet potato fries, and the vegan chocolate cupcakes (thank you blog world!) and they approved sooo it looks like it may be a weekly thing! This is pretty much a dream come true! Granted, it’s still small and i’m barely making anything but it’s getting my name out there and it’s small step towards what I’d like to do with my career. So yay!! I would love any tips or advice from any of you who have done something similar to this.. I’m loving it but it’s kind of overwhelming!
And more news… I have been cleared to work out at the gym! Yay! Ok so I have (had) PT at the local YMCA in their pool. My therapist confided in me that it would be MUCH cheaper to pay for a 1 month membership to the YMCA and she could give me a routine to do… FYI, 1 month at the Y is cheaper than just ONE PT visit.. with the copay. So yeah. I joined. And I’m cleared to use weights, the elliptical, and the stat bike. So I did my regular PT, some time on the elliptical, and weights yesterday. And today I did 15 minutes on the bike and 25 minutes on the elliptical. But I didn’t push myself too much. And let me tell you, anger is an EXCELLENT motivator for working out. And even though I’m dealing with a lot in my life right now (not really appropriate for the bog), I felt SO much better after a little sweat session. Love me some endorphins!
Yesterday started with… a bagel! Another one bites the dust Melissa!
This would be a whole wheat bagel from Whole Foods.
Half with cream cheese and strawberry jam..
And half with Barney Butter.
Along with a bowl of blackberries and blueberries.
FRESH berries, that is!!! The pros of working at a local farm my friends…
I had a banana after working out. And then stopped at a local natural foods store and picked up this chicken salad wrap. To die.
My mom also had a jewelry party last night (you know, like a Tupperware party…only with jewelry). I had plans for the night but I stopped by first to eat and purchase some bling… OK, totally never actually USED that word before. ANYWAY, the spread looked something like this…
Pimento cheese and crackers..
7 Layer Bars
And this? Courtesy of me. This is Nutter Butter Banana Pudding. Yes, as good as it sounds.
My plate.. a bit of everything. Pimento cheese and crackers, buffalo chicken dip, and a bite of a chicken salad croissant.
I then went out with some friends to watch the World Series… and yes, USC
(University of South Carolina, represent!) did win the NCAA… oh yes. It only took 11 innings but they did it!!
(Side note: I can’t believe that I am now a fan of baseball)
I had a bowl of Kashi Heart to Heart with 1/2 of a banana, almond milk, and peanut butter for breakfast.
Part 1 of lunch was a yogurt mess…
Greek yogurt, a white peach, blackberries, and Nature’s Path Pumpkin Flax granola.
I packed this smoothie for post-gym.
Pre-dinner, I enjoyed this…
And then dinner was an Amy’s Margharita pizza
Delicious, as usual. The crust is SO GOOD.
With a side salad…
You know, to make my nutritionist happy and all 😉
Dessert was a bit of the banana pudding from last night with a small 7 layer bar.
Have a fabulous night!
“We tell lies when we are afraid… afraid of what we don’t know, afraid of what others will think, afraid of what will be found out about us. But every time we tell a lie, the thing that we fear grows stronger.” ~Tad Williams
Day 3 started with the Breakfast of Champions… AKA, oatmeal!
Instant Strawberry oats!
Topped with Justin’s Classic Peanut Butter.
And a banana.
Don’t EVEN get me started on how long it took me to figure out how to work the microwave to cook it…
And then we headed off to the Cliffs of Moher… AKA, one of the most beautiful sights in all of Ireland. I kid you not.
We were getting better at the driving of the car at this point, go us!
Out of the city and into the country…
It was so bizarre to see what looks like the remains of a castle on the side of the road… kind of hit me that many of the ruins in this country are older than our country itself!
We stopped at a gas station and I had a random craving for chocolate milk..
And I was pleasantly surprised at the short and pronounceable ingredient list!
They have the cutest little houses…
We got a bit lost at one point…
But with scenery this beautiful, who really cares?
And we finally made it!
We had to climb up a bajillion stairs..
And then we had a delicious lunch!
Potato and herb soup…
With bread and butter
And bits of dessert! Apple pie with ice cream..
And this brown butter carrot cake…
We then shopped around at the Cliffs of Moor shops until an alarm goes off and we had to evacuate. True story… Still no idea WHY.
So then we commenced taking pictures.
Then, back on the road..
We headed to Galway, with some sightseeing on the way.
And we arrived in Galway!!! Quite possibly, my favorite city in Ireland. Yeah. For sure. Long story of WHY.
Galway also is home to the Spanish Arch, you can read more about it here.
My cousin decided to dip her toes into the ocean… just cause.
Onward to dinner!
I was starving and started with a HUGE salad that was probably the best salad I’ve ever had in my entire life.
And I had some kind of cod dish for dinner that had a hollandaise over it, along with a little salad and roasted potatoes. I INHALED it. It was SO SO good. But then again, it was super fresh as were in a port town.
And there you have Day 3! Stay tuned for even more fun to come…
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As I explained in my previous, very brief, post, my laptop is currently very sick. I took it to a local computer doctor and I’m supposed to hear back on Monday about the fate of my dear, dear laptop. I’m hoping it’s just a simple issue. AND my camera is quite on it’s last leg. It will NOT die on me. I can’t even tell you how long it took me to get the pictures on this computer, a desktop computer from the ancient days. But it will suffice for tonight. Hopefully I will have my laptop back in my hands by the beginning of the week and all will be well in the world of Jessica. The Ireland re-caps will also be put on hold until I get my laptop back as well, I hope you understand. And also, since I don’t have all of your lovely blogs saved on this computer, if I don’t get around to your blog in the near future, it’s not for lack of trying. I love you all still 🙂
In other news, I did have my follow up appointment with my nutritionist yesterday. It went… well, it went. I really love my nutritionist and she has helped me out a LOT. But, I did not love all she had to say yesterday. She gave me this huge packet of information that we briefly went over but I haven’t had time to sit down and read yet. Basically, there’s a lot you can do in your diet to help reverse Osteopenia, which is fantastic news. BUT, it’s going to require a massive overhaul of my eating habits, for the most part. I do eat more vegetables than most people my age (as is normal in this lovely blogging world) but I need to up my game. Big time. I’ll share more on that later though, once I’ve read through the information and had more time to digest it.
I won’t bore you with a detailed description of everything I’ve eaten in the past few days (and I haven’t exactly taken a picture of it all) but I’ll give you a short brief.
I had an AMAZING breakfast back on Wednesday (is it sad that I’m having a VERY hard time remembering what I did that day?
Anyways, this was 2 frozen waffles (flax? whole wheat? something like that)..
I topped them with Barney Butter, heated strawberry jam, yogurt, maple syrup, strawberries, and blueberries.
I looove all the summer berry action!
Part 1 of lunch was this incredible parfait… in a Guinness glass all the way from Ireland!
I layered Greek yogurt, a crumbled peanut butter oat bran muffin, peaches, and blueberries.
Oh wow. Oh wow wow wow. This was amazing!!!
And then, don’t judge me. Promise?
This would be ham spread with laughing cow cheese with a pickle inside.
Don’t knock it ‘til you try it… I’m telling you!
Along with a farm fresh cucumber.
I had a huge batch of veggies for dinner on Thursday.
Kale chips, roasted zucchini, and roasted okra.
Also a salad.
And then I made Andrea’s Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes.
I frosted them with cream cheese icing and a dollop of chocolate ganache. OH my my my… seriously, go make these!
I served these to people and they were AMAZED they were vegan! SO MOIST and fudgy and chocolaty!
On Thursday I had PT and then spent the day at the pool (outside) with a friend. Lunch was this…
That would be a protein shake (1/2 scoop Jay Robb’s vanilla whey and 1 cup almond milk), a ham sandwich, and an apple.
It’s all wrapped up because it’s one I picked up at the airport in NYC last weekend.
I had overnight oats for breakfast on Friday, courtesy of this baby all the way from Ireland. Instant Strawberry oats.
I mixed it with some 2% Greek yogurt and almond milk.
Topped with strawberries, blueberries, and peanut butter.
Holy yum. That is all.
Lunch was ANOTHER ham sandwich on fluffy white mountain bread from Publix.
After denying myself ham for YEARS (which was one thing I actually missed), I think my body is trying to make up for missed time.
I then went out with a friend last night and watched part of the baseball world series (USC vs. Clemson, AKA the BIGGEST college sports rivalry around here). Go USC!
Breakfast this morning was old faithful, Kashi Heart to Heart, 1/2 of a banana, almond milk, and peanut butter.
Justin’s peanut butter, to be exact. Delicious, but I found it kind of hard to stir?
Lunch was a banana and this bar that I found at Earth Fare. (I worked through lunchtime and all afternoon so it had to be a portable and non-messy lunch)
Um, this bar rocked my face off. Like, it’s up there with my favorite Clif bar. Yeah. Freaking good! And kept me full most of the afternoon, until around 4:00. When I hit up the Old Fashioned candy at work.. yeah. Sugar tummy ache then ensued. I went out to eat dinner with a friend, or shall we just call it a gab fest? I had spaghetti with marinara and a bit of a salad. And came home to this baby…
Vegan Carrot Cake from Earth Fare.
AMAZING! Can you see the orange zest in the icing?
So freaking good.
My nutritionist gave me this lecture about how sugar is horrible for you and so I think I was subconsciously rebelling when I picked this up. And the candy I consumed today. And the massive amounts of pretzel M&Ms i’ve eaten in the last couple of days. Oh well. Such is life. I have been taking the new calcium supplements she gave me that are raw and made from actual food and are supposed to be top of the line (but taste like.. well, we won’t go there). So yeah, I’ll go all veggie crazy this week. And enjoy my sugar today 🙂
In other news, guess who is going to the Healthy Living Summit in August?! THIS LADY!!! Heck yeah! Who’s excited?
I love you all! And I hopefully will be back with regularly scheduled blogging soon. Enjoy what’s left of your weekend!
"Anything’s possible if you’ve got enough nerve." – J.K. Rowling
I found the pictures from the end of our 1st day… hehe, I guess my camera didn’t eat them after all. ANYWAY, this was my tuna melt that I had for dinner…
And some more pictures of Adare, AKA the cutest town in the entire world.
And then we went grocery shopping, where I discovered the wonderfulness that is Centra!
You better believe I went a little CRAZY…
The wall of BREAD
Since we were staying in a villa and had a marvelous kitchen, we decided to make our own breakfasts (hence the grocery shopping). I picked up this AMAZING yogurt…
It didn’t specify but I do believe it was low fat, not fat or full fat. But it was SUPER rich and creamy
To that I added 1 banana.
And some Buttermilk Irish Soda Bread with real Irish butter and strawberry preserves.
The first of many… the first of many.
The blog also came out at this point. Aunt Ruth Ann saw me taking pictures of my breakfast and of course asked what in the world I was doing… so after this, anytime we ate, they always asked me if I wanted to take pictures of their food too 🙂
We decided to stay somewhat near Adare, considering our difficulties driving the car at this point, so we headed to a local place called Bunratty, which has a huge store called Blarney Woolen Mills and the Bunratty Castle. However, that did not stop us from car troubles. We pulled out in front of a TOUR BUS. I like to refer to this as the time we almost died #1… and my 54th anxiety attack because I’m sitting in the middle seat in the back of the car, giving me a GREAT view of everything that happens.
First up was shopping at the Woolen Mills.. this turned into shopping trip #1. Yes, we returned to this store 2 more times. But that’s another story..
In any case, the shopping worked up an appetite.
I was starving at this point and shopped out.. so I amused myself with self-portraits while waiting on the
shopping addicts my family to get done shopping, so that we could eat.
This is my great aunt and I, waiting. Still waiting.
Then came one of the best meals of the trip. Of course by this point I was so hungry I was about to start snacking on my arm, but it was good food. Simple, but delicious.
That would be cabbage, mashed potatoes, roasted (boiled?) potatoes, and veggies. I INHALED the veggies. And the cabbage. And the potatoes. It was INCREDIBLE. I don’t know what they did to that food (probably lots of butter) but holy wow. Amazing.
Along with the required bread and butter. You just haven’t lived until you’ve had it…
Most everyone else I was with had this quiche, which they RAVED over. I had a bite and it was pretty delicious.
Next up, Bunratty Castle!!
Get ready for LOTS of pictures…
The castle was actually on this estate? Town? Village? I’m not sure… But there were lots of little cottages (you’ll see in a bit) and other things besides the castle. But first up, the castle itself.
There were LOTS of small, tiny, steep stairs.
We finally made it to the top of the castle, which had AMAZINGLY breathtaking views..
And then we explored the rest of the town…
We finally were kicked out at 5.. I kid, I kid.. we weren’t kicked out but they closed and then we headed over the Durty Nelly’s beside the castle, which is the oldest put in Ireland, apparently.
After that, we headed out to buy me a hair straightener. The one I brought from home kind of… er, died. Because I have good luck like that. So we ended up here..
We then ate dinner in downtown Limerick.
This was an Italian restaurant that we found.
They were featuring a deal where you could get 2 or 3 courses for a set price, and it sounded good. This was one of the few times we ate in a restaurant instead of a pub.
First up, calamari!
I ordered pizza for my main course, Pizza Margherita to be exact.
It was paper thin! SO GOOD!
My mom and I had the profiteroles… which were AMAZING. Holy yum…
And then my cousin and Aunt Ruth Ann shared the Pavlova, which was equalily delicious.
After that, we called it a night and headed back to the villa… Where I enjoyed several glasses of this..
mixed with this…
I hope you enjoyed Day 2! It only gets better (and crazier) from here… be forewarned.
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I apologize for the lack of postage yesterday but I think I’m just NOW recovering from my jet lag and no longer have the urge to go to bed at 8PM, which is good. Except for tonight. I think I got a total of 4 hours of sleep last night after staying up waaaaay late. I was supposed to go to PT early this morning but, well, that was just not happening. It’s all good. Fun night > PT.
So instead, I spent the day baking and experimenting in the kitchen today. Some of the baking is related to my exciting news, which I will share with you in due time!
But back to yesterday..
Bet you couldn’t guess what I had for breakfast?
Old faithful. Kashi Heart to Heart, 1/2 of a banana, almond milk, and White Chocolate Wonderful.
Lunch was on-the-go as I had to be at work at the time I usually eat lunch. Which makes a smoothie perfect!
This baby contained:
- 1/2 scoop Jay Robb’s vanilla whey protein powder
- 1/3 cup or so of Greek yogurt
- splash of almond milk
- 1/2 of a frozen banana
- crushed ice
And 2 slices of this ham. Yes, ham.
I haven’t eaten ham in YEARS. But i’ve always missed it and ever since the hot dog episode, I’ve been challenging my ED fear foods. And ham is one of them. And you know what? It was GOOD.
I then had this new Clif Bar at work.
It was SO GOOD!!! It’s not like your regular Clif bar, it’s more crumbly and crunchy… but if you see these, give them a try!
I also had a mini Cherry Pie LaraBar at work.
And then I came home to this..
Roses. I got roses 😀 I’ve NEVER gotten roses. No comment on who they were from…
Dinner was leftovers, but they are good leftovers 😀
A sweet potato with brown sugar and whipped butter..
And leftover green beans.
I then went and hung out with a friend, came home and had a few cookies… and then went out again, thus beginning my super late night. Thank goodness I had overnight oats waiting in the fridge this morning…
I have been craving overnight oats like CRAZY so this bowl was SO GOOD.
I mixed together last night 1/2 cup oats, 1/2 cup yogurt, splash of almond milk, and cinnamon. I then added another splash of almond milk, blueberries, 1/2 of a banana, and almond butter this morning.
Lunch was peaches and strawberries…
And more lentil loaf…
And some fresh tomatoes from work
Look how RED they are!
And then I got to baking! First up, Gracie’s Peanut Butter Oat Bran Muffins.
I followed the recipe exactly, except I halved it. And I used White Chocolate Wonderful peanut butter.
They are SO GOOD!!! Because you KNOW I had to test them…
And then I made Jessica’s Whole Wheat Blueberry Banana Bread Muffins, but with a few alterations because of what I had on on hand.
I subbed the blueberries for mini semi-sweet chocolate chips, the applesauce for Greek yogurt, and halved the recipe.
O.M.G. These are SO GOOD!!! And SO moist!!!! All warm and chocolately and melty and gooey right out of the oven.. I think I died a little bit.
Both muffins definitely passed my test!!
My blender died today (after like a month?!) but thank goodness for my handy food processor…
All I can say is PLEASE go try this… NOW!!!! Seriously amazing.
Dinner was a veggie feast!
What’s that? Pasta?
This was my first time trying spaghetti squash (thank you my lovely Twitter friends!) and I was VERY impressed! Delicious!
I also had a side of more fresh veggies!
And fresh boiled okra. Both grown not 10 minutes from where I live! Yay for local produce!
I also thought I’d share with you some of the loot I packed into my suitcase from Ireland…
You will see more of where that came from 🙂
Ireland Day 2 re-cap will be going up tomorrow, make sure you don’t miss it!
Now, tell me what’s been going on in your lives since I’ve been gone? Anything new or exciting?
And who all is going to the Healthy Living Summit? I MAY be able to snag a ticket for myself, here’s to hoping!!!
“You make your own happiness. Part of going for what you want means losing something else. And when the stakes are high, the losses can be that much greater.”
And thus begins my story of my life changing trip to Ireland last week. Bear with me, this is going to be a looong recap because I have a lot of pictures and a lot to say. But I hope you will read on because I would love to share my journey with you! And you should know the motto of the trip was “What happens in Ireland, stays in Ireland.” Take that as you will 😉
Bright and early on Saturday morning (after I had gotten all of 4 hours of sleep) I, my mom, my cousin, my great aunt, and my adopted “aunt ruth ann” (who is not really my aunt but like one to me) left from our little town of Spartanburg and made the journey to Charlotte, NC (hello Kath!) to hop on a plane to take us to the JFK airport in NYC. The most interesting part of that flight was that I ended up sitting next to a 19 year old boy from Russia who had been an exchange student in the U.S. He talked the entire flight. I know things now that I did not before.. and probably could have gone my entire life without needing to know. But it did pass the time.
We then had a FUN (haha) layover in JFK where we amused ourselves by people watching. Believe you me, people in airports are QUITE entertaining to watch.
(this would be my great aunt Peggy and a very unflattering picture of me)
Then came to the flight to Ireland. It took 5 hours, not counting a delay and spending a lot of time on the runway.
My cousin had control of the camera at this point and decided to take some candid photos of us to amuse herself…
(I was NOT feeling very photo ready at the time)
It wasn’t a bad flight but we had a lot of turbulence, which I actually enjoyed. My great aunt? Not so much. She had never flown before so it was pretty scary for her.
I spent most of the flight listening to music on my “personal playlist” and trying to sleep… fail. Am I the only one who can’t sleep on planes no matter how tired I am?
We were served some delicious (*cough* pretty gross *cough*) airplane food.
Some sort of chicken dish with rice and “veggies,” bread, butter, salad, cheese, and a cheesecake type dessert that actually wasn’t bad.
Being so far north most of the time on the flight, the sun never quite set but we had some amazing views..
We arrived in Ireland around 6AM their time..
You couldn’t see the ground that well because it was pretty cloudy but what you could see was AMAZING.
We then said our farewells to our newfound friends on the plane (we ended up sitting next to people who lived in SC not 15 minutes away from where we live.. small world!!) and then headed to the car rental place.
THIS is where it gets interesting.
We (er, not me) had to drive a stick shift on the opposite side of the car, on the opposite side of the road. But first we would have to make it out of the parking lot… which took a LONG time.
We got in the car and then could not get the thing to move!! It was pretty hilarious though because we were all pretty sleep deprived at this point and ended up laughing until we couldn’t breathe. I’m pretty sure the people at the car rental place thought we were either insane, drunk, or just stupid… or all of the above. But it’s all good.
And this was only the beginning of our adventures with the car. All I know is, thank goodness for the GPS.
However, even with the GPS, we had issues just getting out of the airport.
I stabilized myself for the adventures ahead with this baby. I was also in major need of caffeine at this point.
And I found the European version interesting… I noticed that many products over in Ireland had much more natural ingredients than the U.S. Now, Coke is far from all natural but still…
We eventually made it out of the airport and toddled off to our villa, our home away from home.
We enjoyed some amazing scenery on the way. At this point, I couldn’t believe that we were actually there.. in Ireland!
The little town that our villa was in was called Adare (in county Limerick). It’s known as “Ireland’s prettiest village.”
The “village” is basically built around the Adare Manor, which is this HUGE castle looking manor.
Situated in the south west of Ireland, Adare is regarded as being Ireland’s prettiest and most picturesque village, and is a haven for those wishing to escape and unwind taking in its medieval surroundings. Situated on the river Maigue, a tributary of the river Shannon, Adare is steeped in history dating back to 1200ad. Adare has been the subject of many rebellions, wars and conquests, leaving behind a legacy of historical monuments. In the early 19th century, the Earl of Desmond, laid the plan for the existing streets and townhouses of Adare. These lands and dwellings were rented to tenants, under various agreements, some of which still exist today.
It was truly a beautiful town, and the place where many of my favorite moments in Ireland were to be had.. in reference to the “what happens in Ireland, stays in Ireland.”
We enjoyed a “continental” (which apparently does not mean free in Ireland… we joked we almost got arrested when we walked out without paying because we thought it was free… and they chased us down and demanded money… true story) breakfast/lunch/brunch at the Adare Golf Club.
I was STARVING, so I had a bit of everything. Eggs, fruit, potatoes, cheese, cereal, milk, and lots and lots of coffee.
We were then finally able to get into our villa… oh wow. I’d like to LIVE there. Shall I show you around?
The living room…
The kitchen, with marble countertops!!
Future husband take notes… this is what I want my kitchen to look like one day…
The downstairs “computer room,” which ended up being my room..
The entryway and staircase..
And other bedrooms and bathrooms…
And the outside of the villas…
After a short nap (I was currently running on 4 hours of sleep, followed by being up for over 24 hours = loony Jessica), we gussied ourselves up…
And headed to town for dinner.
I know I took a picture of my dinner but my camera seems to have eaten it so I’ll just have to describe it.. We went to a local pub (which turned out to be THE pub of the trip… ) And I had a brie tuna melt. Basically, tuna salad on celibate with melted brie on top. With chips (aka fries) and salad. It sounds plain but it was out. of. this. world… and that trend continued throughout the trip.
Stay tuned for the rest of the re-cap, which includes how we almost died many many times, the fun that is roundabouts, Irish men, adventures in THE pub, and the best food I’ve eaten in my entire life…6