After four consecutive days of loungin’ at the beach and basking in the sun, we all decided that today would be a good day to take a break. I’m sure my skin is already thanking me.
So with a day free from the beach, everyone decided to head their separate ways and do some exploring on their own. I already knew that I wanted to go back to Timbuck II, so Jay and I headed down the road to check out some of their shops.
Right in front of Timbuck II is the Seaside Farm Market, so we decided to go check out their goods.
The stand had tons of local, in-season produce, baked goods, locally made jams and sauces, farm fresh cheeses, seafood, and plenty of beer and wine, including this monster of a bottle.
I tried to convince Jay that we absolutely needed it, but he wasn’t buyin’ it…literally.
While walking around, I happened to notice a reduced produce table, which had some slightly over-ripe goods for a steal.
I really wanted to get a bunch of stuff, but since we’re leaving late tomorrow night, it didn’t quite seem feasible to stock up. So I decided to just choose one and picked up a container of cherries for 99 cents.
You’d never know that they needed to be reduced in price because they tasted delicious.
As soon as I get back home, I’m planning on doing some baking with cherries. Most definitely.
Another purchase I was *this close* to making at the Farm Stand was this bag of Kettle Corn (because you all know I love my kettle corn!), but I didn’t feel like coughing up $5.99 for the bag.
It must have been fate, and I am actually really glad that I didn’t because a few minutes later, we ended up coming across this new store.
Apparently, the Outer Banks Popcorn Factory just opened last week, and I was immediately drawn in by their “Free Samples” signs posted outside. Yes, please!
Jay and I ended up sampling eight different flavors (I would have tried all of them…I have no shame…but Jay cut me off) and left with the store with two small bags.
Jay chose the savory flavor of Parmesan Garlic, which is really good.
But I chose the S’mores flavor, which absolutely knocked my socks off.
Not only is the popcorn coated in some sort of chocolate and caramel, but it’s also mixed with marshmallows and chocolate-coated graham cracker pieces.
Gimme, gimme, gimme!
Now I’m not going to lie to you all. My main motivation for coming back to Timbuck II today was not really to peruse through the various shops, which all offer the same OBX apparel and shot glasses as the next place.
My real reason for coming back to Timbuck II was so I could get more ice cream from Big Buck’s. And seeing as though it was already lunch time and I had eaten my way through a good portion of my popcorn bag, I figured I’d just go all out with an ice cream lunch…in a waffle cone.
Today’s flavors of choice were Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough (ohmygod) and Caramel Cups (caramel ice cream with caramel swirls and chocolate covered caramel cups). It was ahhhhhmazing!
So while my popcorn & ice cream lunch may not be the healthiest choice, remember…sometimes it’s healthy to be unhealthy. No worries.
Plus, it’s not to say that all of my lunches have looked like that this week. Most of them haven’t made the blog just because they aren’t that exciting. But I have been enjoying a lot of sampler plates,
and various beach snacks, too.
It’s all good.
Did You Pick the Correct Fake?
I almost forgot…I still need to let you guys in on which of my scenarios is the fake! Many of you were actually right on target because the fake was………
Thankfully, I’ve never been that badly burned, nor have I ever mistook tanning bed lotion for my regular SPF. Yikes!
So that means:
- Yes…I did travel all the way home by plane, for one day, all for an unsuccessful interview. Boooo.
- Yes…we nearly missed a tornado. We actually have part of it recorded on our camera as a video, but there’s a bunch of people using some not-so-nice curse words while shouting and running for our lives…
- Yes…the beach gets absolutely FILLED with thousands of crabs. It’s so incredibly freaky!
It sounds like tonight it going to be a chill night at the house with some delivery pizza and a few adult beverages. Sounds perfect to me!
Question for the Afternoon:
What’s the craziest thing that’s ever happened to you on vacation?