#22: Eat at 10 new restaurants

We ate a bunch of junk in Florida, but I did enjoy one restaurant – BJ’s Brewhouse.   For some reason, after a day of sweating like a pig at a theme park I really wanted to eat blackened salmon and mashed potatoes.  BJ’s actually had a delicious salmon dish, plus mixed veggies and a wedge salad.  Yum.

By the way, I just now realized how dumb some of my categories are.  10 new restaurants under “expand knowledge”?  I must of been spaced out when I created some of the things on this list.  Oh well, too late to change it now.


#22: Eat at 10 new restaurants

My husband and I drove from Ft. Fisher to our home, which takes a solid 30-40 minutes even though it’s in the same small city.  Ft. Fisher is at the tip of what is essentially a tiny peninsula since the Cape Fear river snakes from the sound and divides New Hanover county from Brunswick.  The drive from Ft. Fisher back into Wilmington takes us through two of the major beaches in the area – Kure Beach and Carolina Beach.

My husband’s family lived near Carolina Beach for a couple of years, so he knows the area fairly well.  I’ve lived in the Wilmington area for 7 years, but I have spent absolutely no time on the south side, which is why I have never eaten at at most of the local’s favorite hole-in-the-wall restaurants.  Keeping this in mind, my husband decided we should eat lunch at a place called Bowman’s Seafood Restaurant in Carolina Beach on the way home.

I had a fried whiting burger with tater tots.  Real southern, but it was good.

#58: Learn to cook 5 dishes & #23: Read 50 books in 1 year

Learning to cook 5 dishes may not seem like a stretch for most people, but anyone who knows me knows that it is a big deal.  I can’t cook at all.  I know how to make spaghetti, one odd chicken dish, and easy things like tuna salad and that’s it!

Cooking kind of scares me.  I am so uptight when I try to follow a recipe, and if my husband (who luckily is a brillant cook) is watching I get really nervous and feel like an idiot.

So, in honor of the 2 huge yellow squash I plucked from my new veggie garden (yay!) I decided to learn to make squash casserole.  Here is the recipe:

Squash Casserole

2 cups sliced yellow squash

1/2 cup chopped onion

35 Ritz crackers, crumbled

1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

2 eggs

2/3 cup milk

1/4 cup melted butter

2 tbsp butter

Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.

Place squash and onion in large skillet with a little water and cook on medium heat until tender (about 5 minutes).  Drain and place in a large bowl.

In a medium bowl, combine crushed crackers and cheddar cheese.  Add 1/2 of the mixture to the large bowl w/ squash and onions.

In a small bowl, combine eggs, milk, and melted butter.  Add to mixture in large bowl.

Spread entire mixture into 9×13 dish, then top with the other 1/2 of cracker/cheese.  Place 2 tbsp of butter on top, bake in oven for 20 minutes or until crust starts to brown.


It came out delicious!!!  I took a picture, and I’ll edit as soon as I upload it.

Also, I finished The House on Fortune Street by Margot Livesay.  I was surprised and pleased that I enjoyed this book so much.  It was an extremely character-driven book, written by the perspective of 4 different characters with intertwining stories.   An event occurs during the first section and the rest of the book goes into the background leading up to that event.  It was quite a page-turner even though it didn’t have  a lot of action.

I’m going to start The Great Gatsby today, and plan to pick up The Hobbit at the library if I have time.

Holy Cow!

When I decided to plant and grow veggies, I didn’t think any veggies would actually grow.  I have a black thumb, and have managed to murder pretty much every plant I’ve ever owned.  I was surprised to see a hit of green pepper today:



Who knows if they will survive? Keep your fingers crossed.

I assume these will turn into squash?


#57: Plant and attempt to grow vegetables

I feel comfortable checking this one off because it says ATTEMPT to grow vegetables. The planting part was done this week, but the actual SUCCESS of the vegetables is yet to be determined. I’ll update with the actual result in a month or two when the plants either produce or die.

Let’s see….we have some jalapeños, green peppers, squash, zucchini, and random strawberries. Wish me luck.

#22: Eat at 10 new restaurants

This actually happened a week ago, but at the time I didn’t even think about it!   A new restaurant was built across the street from my housing development in a new shopping center.   We have several Mexican restaurants in the area, but this one looked like it might have something different to offer.

The restaurant is called Mexico Viejo, and it was a little more fine dining than the typical Mexican restaurant.  The food was plated in an appealing way, and the portions were a little smaller than the all-out pigfest I’m used to.  My husband and I both enjoyed it, and will definitely go back.  The bar seemed pretty nice as well – maybe we’ll grab a XX and a margarita next time.