Angel Oak – Day 8 Part 2

Day 8 Part 1 was my Thursday Morning Beach Walk.

After my brother-in-law and nephew ran the Ravenel Bridge, our family decided to meet up at Angel Oak for our traditional visit to the Oak.

The Angel Oak is located on John’s Island.  It is at least 400 to 500 years old.  Some consider it to be one of the oldest living oaks in the country.

It’s a must see if you are going to visit Charleston.  It’s located about a half an hour from the downtown Charleston.

While you are at the Angel Oak, make sure you read the signs because there is a lot of restrictions because they are trying to preserve the oak for future generations.  When we went in 2013, I was talked to because I put my tripod in an area that tripods were prohibited.  (I only had to move it a few feet.)

Enjoy my video of our visit to the Angel Oak.

Join me next week for our visit to Mount Pleasant.

Have a magical day,
Traci

Crossing An Item Off My Bucket List: P!nk Concert

On Tuesday morning, I woke Hubby up at 8:30 with the question “Weren’t we supposed to be leaving between 8 and 9?”  My excitement was overflowing because we were going to go see an artist that I truly admire.  A few of her songs are ones that you could hear blasting from my car when I have had a bad day.

Hubby had promised me if this artist had a concert within driving distance (8 hours or less) we would go see her.  In October, we found out she was going to be going on tour.  I had a choice of many places we could travel to see her:  Louisville, Indianapolis, Philly (furthest away), Cleveland, or Pittsburgh.  I decided Louisville would be the best choice because I was going to be on spring break when she was going to be in Louisville.

Before getting the tickets, Hubby made reservations at the Galt Hotel which is connected to the Yum Center.  He did not want to have to deal with trying to get out of the parking lot after the concert.  We realized it was the best decision because we watched people trying to get out for over an hour after the concert.

So, who was this artist I was going to see?  Why, she is P!nk.  I have loved her music since 2001 or so.  I listened to “You Make Me Sick” and “There you Go” in 2000 but there was no real connection with her music at that moment in time.  When I heard “Just Like a Pill,” I felt a connection with her music.  You’ll hear me play the song repeatedly.

That evening at 5:45, I was itching to get over to the Yum Center even though it was a matter of going down one flight of stairs, across the concourse, through a little bit of a parking garage, and then across the skywalk.  All in all, it should take 10 or so minutes to get there.  I wanted to get there so I could get my shirt.  I used to get concert shirts a lot back in the day.  Now it needs to be someone special for me to get a shirt.

Then it was a sitting and waiting game before the concert.  People trickled in a little bit at a time.  A lot stayed up on the concourse drinking at the bar before the concert.

The first act was a DJ.  He was okay.  There was a lot of good songs that he sampled.

Then it was a group called the Bleachers.  They were once again okay.  We had a problem because they would start shining these strobe lights that got into our eyes and blinded us.  Think the sun but a million times worse.  There was no hiding from these lights.

Finally, it was time for them to tear down the set from the Bleachers so we could “Get the Party Started.”  The queen was ready to dazzle us with her singing, choreography, and aerials.  For 2 hours, we were amazed by her pure talent.

A moment that stood out was when a young girl gave her an United States flag from her dad’s tour of duty.  P!nk went off stage to get the flag and then refused to put it down anywhere but somewhere safe.

Another moment in time that will forever be sketched in my head is during “So What.”  She did her aerials and ended up flying over us 4 times.  You looked up and there she was in all her glory.

I could ramble on and on about the concert but instead will share a few photos and videos.  (Oh and you may hear me singing in some of the videos.  I apologize for my bad singing.)

The only regret is that I wish I was in the pit so I could see her up close and personal during the whole concert.  Maybe next time.

Have a magical day!

Traci

Oh and the set list:

  1.  Get the Party Started
  2. Beautiful Trauma
  3. Just Like a Pill
  4. Who Knew
  5. Revenge
  6. Funhouse/ Just a Girl
  7. Smells Like Teen Spirit – Brought me back to the 90s
  8. Secrets
  9. Try
  10. Just Give Me a Reason
  11. I’m Not Dead
  12. Just Like Fire
  13. What About Us
  14. For Now
  15. Barbies
  16. I’m Here
  17. Perfect
  18. Raise Your Glass
  19. Blow Me (One Last Kiss)

Encore:

So What!

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Pesto Italian Grilled Cheese (GF, V)

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Pesto Italian Grilled Cheese

  • Servings: 1
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 1 to 2 Tbsp. softened butter
  • 2 slices bread (You can use gluten free bread if you like.)
  • 2 Tbsp. prepared pesto
  • 2 slices provolone or mozzarella cheese

Directions

  1. Heat a skillet with oil over medium heat.
  2. Spread butter on one side of one a slice of bread and pesto on the other side of bread.
  3. Place in the skillet butter side down.
  4. Top with 2 slices of cheese.
  5. Spread butter on one side of the other slice of bread and pesto on the other side.  Place pesto side down on the cheeses.
  6. Allow to brown on one side.  (5 minutes or so)
  7. Flip.  Allow to brown on the other side.  (3 minutes or so)
  8. Remove from skillet to a plate.
  9. Enjoy with a salad or tomato soup.

Happy eating,
Traci

 

Wednesday Night Sunset – Day 7 Part 7

On the way home from downtown Charleston, we stopped at Chick Fil-A for dinner.  Since the Wee One had been excellent while we were at the Citadel and in downtown Charleston, we allowed him to pick our dinner.

That night we decided to once again to watch the sunset.  Instead of heading to the Sunset Marina, we opted to go to the Folly Beach Park which was located close to our house.

When we walked into the park, there was a couple who had a parrot with them.  We stopped and talked to the couple so we could meet the gorgeous parrot.

Since there was a pelican rookery close to the park, I kept mentioning the amount of pelicans that were flying over our heads.

While we were waiting for the sunset, Hubby kept trying to find sharks’ teeth while I was walking around the beach trying to get great photos.  When he wasn’t looking for the teeth, I was showing him how to take photos using the reflection of the surf.

The sunset was not as brilliant at the park which was a bummer.  However I did get cool photos of the sunset with palm trees and oat grass.

Enjoy the video of the sunset.

Join me next week for our visit to Angel Oak.

Have a magical day,
Traci

Sauteed Mexican Spiced Kale (GF, V, DF, W30, Vegan)

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I love chopped up kale.  Aldi carries an already chopped up bag of kale for $3 or so which makes eating this powerhouse veggie so much easier.

So what is kale?  Kale is part of the cabbage family.

It has a lot of nutritional benefits. Here are some of the vitamins and minerals that kale contains.

  • vitamin K
  • vitamin A
  • Potassium
  • Roboflavin
  • Manganese
  • Iron
  • Folate
  • Thiamin
  • Magnesium
  • Calcium
  • Vitamin B6
  • Vitamin C

Kale is also anti-inflammatory, antioxidants, improves eye health, detoxifies your body, improves heart health, fortifies your bones, and lowers cancer risk.

 

Sauteed Mexican Spiced Kale

  • Servings: 1
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp. Extra virgin olive oil or avocado oil
  • 1/2 to 1 c. chopped kale
  • 1 Tbsp. chili powder
  • 1 Tbsp. ground cumin
  • 1 to 2 Tbsp. nutritional yeast, optional

Directions

  1. Heat a skillet with oil over medium heat.
  2. Add the kale.  Sprinkle the kale with spices and nutritional yeast.
  3. Allow to cook for about 8 minutes.
  4. Enjoy as a side dish!

Happy eating,
Traci

 

TBT – Signs of Spring

Spring Has Sprung or Has It?

This year, we had snow falling on the first full day of spring.  Almost 300 schools, churches, and even the Air Force base were cancelled or delayed because of the snow.

Even though snow has fallen, we have had some signs of spring.  My one and only deciduous tree, the autumn glory maple, has red buds on the branches which means there should be leaves growing soon.

During the snow fall, I still heard the birds singing their spring songs.

A Look Back at a Past Spring

I went back in my Google photos to find photos of spring in my neighborhood.  I finally found photos from 2012 when the boys were 6 and 8 years old.

Some of the photos that were taken during the spring of 2012 are some of my favorite photos that I have ever taken.

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Spring Sunset
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Spring Animals

The Boys of Spring

 

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The Boys and their Godfather

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The Wee One lost his first tooth.

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Easter 2012
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Easter 2012

Flowers and More Flowers

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Beautiful Scenery

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Supermoon (Not in my neighborhood.  It’s just a cool photo.)

 

I hope you enjoyed the walk down memory with this Throwback Thursday post.  I can’t wait to see more signs of spring than what we have been seeing so far.

Have a magical day!

Traci

Cashew Cream (GF, V, DF, W30, Vegan)

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Cashew Cream

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 1 c. raw cashews
  • 3/4 c. filtered water
  • salt, to taste

Directions

  1. Soak the cashews for 2 hours.  (Place the cashews in a bowl and then cover with water.)
  2. Drain.
  3. Add the cashews, filtered water, and salt to a blender.
  4. Blend until smooth.
  5. Store in the fridge.  Use within 4 to 5 days.

Happy eating,
Traci

Recipe source

Our Easter 2018 Menu

Since I’m eating a vegetarian diet, coming up with a holiday diet is going to be interesting.

I went to Skinny Taste to try to find some vegetarian dishes that might be delicious.  I ended up finding all of my vegetarian dishes on her blog.  Not only will be my dishes will be vegetarian, they will also be healthy.

For the Meat Lovers in My Family:

Ham

Mashed Potatoes

Roasted carrots or Honey Glazed Carrots

The Vegetarian Part of the Meal

(All of the recipes come from Skinny Taste.)

Portabello Shepherd’s Pie (My main dish)

Cream of Asparagus Soup

Spiralized carrots with lemon and dijon

Brussel Sprouts and shallots with a balsamic glaze or makeover spinach gratin

Berry Salad

Shared Components of the Meal

Deviled Eggs

Easy Garlic Knots

Dessert – I haven’t decided on the dessert.

 

Happy Eating,
Traci