Eric and I took some time off from work to visit his parents new house in South Carolina. We were definitely due for some time away, and it was one of the most relaxing and laid back vacations I've had.
This wasn't my first time visiting South Carolina. My family vacationed in Myrtle Beach a few times when I was a kid. This time, I was able to experience South Carolina as a home, instead of a resort.
I have always been proud to be a New Englander. I equally love all four seasons, I love the patriotic history, I love how the beach and the mountains are the same distance from me, I love the cities of Boston and Providence, and of course I love the food!
But there is something about the south that is so peaceful, simple, and still. The confusion and hustle doesn't seem to exist. Up North, I feel like we are always worried about our next step and how fast we can get there, and yelling at anyone that gets in our way haha. We are not focusing on the task at hand, and therefore rushing through time.
Our time down South was so refreshing. The weather was perfect! and the people were unbelieveably nice! and unlike many vacations, I felt like we had all the time in the world. Eric's parents bought a house 15 minutes from Myrtle Beach. Their house is beautiful in a new development in the countryside. The roads to get there were lined with white fences, houses I would imagine Paula Deen living in, and giant oak tress covered in spanish moss.
|Eric and I on a creek cruise through a preserved rice plantation.|
|Trees with Spanish Moss|
|Ruby had a great time too!|
|Celebrating 30 Years of Marriage with Eric's Parents|
I brought back with me a Southern cookbook, Screen Doors and Sweet Tea by Martha Hall Foose. I picked it up in this awesome kitchen store in the downtown area. I was drawn by it's charming title. The recipes and pictures are beautiful, traditional with a modern twist, and each are accompanied by a sweet short story. I can't wait to try her Watermelon Salsa, Cornbread Crusted White Chili, and Sweet Potato Biscuits. (Just to name a few) So this week I have decided to post recipes from Martha's cookbook so I can further explore the South and increase my knowledge of cooking Southern food.