I get a lot of e-mails asking how I balance healthy eating while enjoying vacation.
- First of all I would like to state that eating well to me is not a chore, but something I enjoy doing on a regular basis and on vacation.
- Second of all I am human after all and love the occasional indulgences on vacation just as much as anyone else. You just have to remember to keep it all in moderation and that a little splurging never hurt anyone. 🙂
This afternoon was another one of exploration for my family. We had special plans for dinner, so we took our time getting there and exploring all of the fun stops along the way.
My tummy was growling by the time we got on the road so I had a TJs Strawberry Fruit Leather to calm it down.
Everyone in my family are big foodies, if you can’t tell, and we love exploring different produce stands and Farmer’s Markets when ever we pass them. We stopped at some produce stands right near our cabin and also pulled into an adorable Farmer’s Market Stand in the small town of Cashier.
This place was filled with beautiful fresh, local vegetables, baked goods, fresh BBQ and a ton of other fun finds.
The store even had it’s own mascot. A pig named Biscuit who slept right outside the store.
My siblings had never had fresh figs before, so when I saw them on the counter I knew we had to purchase a couple.
The 6 of us split the 2 figs.
I had a big bite as well and I had to admit this wasn’t the best fig I have ever tried. One of my old co-workers had a fig tree in her yard and she used to bring in the sweetest, tastiest figs that I would gobble by the basketful. These figs were kind of bland compared to hers and I am sad my siblings first fig experience was such a disappointment. 🙁
After Cashier we made our way to the small town of Highlands right near the NC/ Georgia border.
Somehow we found our way into another chocolate shop.
They had yummy Pecan Praline samples that I had to have a nibble on.
I am in love with any chocolate shop that offers free samples! Sometimes all I need is a little bite to make me happy.
My Mom bought a Dark Chocolate Covered Graham Cracker and a Dark Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Cracker.
I had a bite of each, but only got a photograph of the peanut butter one.
Soooo good! The 6 of us split the candies and they didn’t last long at all!
We definitely took the scenic route to our destination and the views were breathtaking.
So what was our final destination?
The Dillard House in Dillard, GA of course!
For those of you unfamiliar with The Dillard House please let me educate you! This is a family favorite that we have been going out of our way to visit since I was little. It’s a family style restaurant that serves up a big ole southern meal that is sure to satisfies any person’s hunger. Trust me this place is not for the faint of heart. Everything is rich, fried and delicious.
Check out the dinner menu –
I have been dreaming about this meal ever since I discovered how close we were going to be to the restaurant. The last two years I have been unable to make the trip to Dillards House, but this time I was determined to get my fill. This is a once in a blue moon treat that I had no problems indulging in to the fullest.
Once we were seated our table was filled to the max with wonderful homemade southern style food.
It’s like Thanksgiving in June. 🙂
My first plate had a little taste of everything.
Of course I had to go back for seconds.
and there were several bites of all my favorites along the way. 🙂
What’s a big southern meal without dessert?
Peach Cobbler with Vanilla Ice Cream. Yum!
So you see I did indulge in all my favorites and if you could see my now there would be a big smile on my face just remembering that feast. Obviously, its not something I would eat every day, but I think once every year is fine by me. 🙂
When we got back to the cabin all we wanted to do was relax by the lake.
My Sister and I split a Blue Moon.
I think Scooby is in heaven up here!
Right now I am stuffed, happy and ready to put my PJS on. I believe a nice cup of tea and the couch in front of the TV are calling my name.