May 1, 2017

Stuck up a Creek


We intended to spend a couple hours on the water and to catch a fish or two, if we were lucky.

This guy had been waiting eagerly for the day he could could give his new cast net a try, so the cruise started with a little instruction.  He loved every second and, one way or another, we managed to collect a little bait.


Fishing in Charleston, SC with kids | The Lowcountry Lady


Fishing in Charleston, SC with kids | The Lowcountry Lady

We headed up the river to a familiar creek.  We fished for a bit, but when the fish weren't biting, we decided to move further into the creek.  We got to having fun.  The little one talked non-stop about this and that.  A friendly creek resident rode in on his kayak and we chatted with him for a while.  We talked about staying just a few more minutes and then heading out before the tide got too low.

Whelp... we waited just a few minutes too many.

Fishing in Charleston, SC with kids | The Lowcountry Lady

Fishing in Charleston, SC with kids | The Lowcountry Lady

The good news - we had everything we could possibly need.  Snacks, water, extra clothes, sunscreen and music.  The better news - the three of us were there together, and even though I had a list of chores planned for the afternoon, there was nothing that could be done.  So, we decided to enjoy it.


Fishing in Charleston, SC with kids | The Lowcountry Lady

Fishing in Charleston, SC with kids | The Lowcountry Lady

Fishing in Charleston, SC with kids | The Lowcountry Lady

Fishing in Charleston, SC with kids | The Lowcountry Lady

Fishing in Charleston, SC with kids | The Lowcountry Lady

It was perfect, not being able to get anywhere even if we'd had somewhere we needed to be.  Fishing unsuccessfully, catching a random crab, thinking, looking, talking and just breathing.  We had all the luck.

Before we knew it, the tide rolled back in and we rolled back out of the creek.


Sources
Kid-sized cast net - Hadrell's Point
Kid's trucker hat - oldie but goodie from Field and Stream
Head buff - this one was a freebie from this year's i5k bag, but we have a few of these too
Hatley trunks and rashguard - Amazon
Kid's fishing net - Sewee Outpost

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Apr 5, 2017

Simple Overnight Oats and Quinoa with Strawberries

Have you ever tried Overnight Oats?  The refrigerator kind (as opposed to the slow cooker kind)?  I love them!

They are simple to make.  Just layer a few ingredients in a jar before bed, toss some fresh fruit in when you wake up and voilĂ , you have breakfast!  Plus, you can easily make a few at a time, so you can feed others or have breakfast ready and waiting for a few days.


Overnight Oats are so addictive, too!  I didn't think I would like eating cold oats.  You can pop them in the microwave for a few seconds to warm them if you like, but they are surprisingly good straight out of the fridge.


By the way, rolled oats are high in fiber and have tons of health benefits.  


This week, I'm adding a generous bunch of the amazing strawberries we picked out at Wabi Sabi last weekend, but you can use almost any fruit you have.  I like fresh berries best, but you can use frozen, and you can use other fruit like apples, banana or mango.


Simple Overnight Oats with Quinoa, Honey, Cinnamon, Almond Milk and Strawberry | The Lowcountry Lady


Simple Overnight Oats with Quinoa, Honey, Cinnamon, Almond Milk and Strawberry | The Lowcountry Lady


Simple Overnight Oats with Quinoa, Honey, Cinnamon, Almond Milk and Strawberry | The Lowcountry Lady


Simple Overnight Oats with Quinoa, Honey, Cinnamon, Almond Milk and Strawberry | The Lowcountry Lady


Simple Overnight Oats with Quinoa, Honey, Cinnamon, Almond Milk and Strawberry | The Lowcountry Lady


Simple Overnight Oats with Quinoa, Honey, Cinnamon, Almond Milk and Strawberry | The Lowcountry Lady


Simple Overnight Oats with Quinoa, Honey, Cinnamon, Almond Milk and Strawberry | The Lowcountry Lady


Simple Overnight Oats with Quinoa, Honey, Cinnamon, Almond Milk and Strawberry | The Lowcountry Lady

Simple Overnight Oats with Quinoa, Honey, Cinnamon, Almond Milk and Strawberry | The Lowcountry Lady

Ingredients-
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon, or more based on your taste
  • 1 tsp almonds
  • 1 tsp honey (local honey helps alleviate allergies!)
  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1/3 cup fruit

Recipe -
  1. Layer the oats, quinoa, cinnamon, almonds & honey into a jar or container.
  2. Top with almond milk.
  3. If you're using frozen fruit, go ahead and add it now.
  4. Cover and refrigerate at least overnight (I've found that I can make these a few days ahead and they're still so good)
  5. If you're using fresh fruit, add right before you serve.

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Apr 1, 2017

U-pick Strawberries from Wabi Sabi Farm

U-pick Strawberries at Wabi Sabi Farm outside of Charleston, SC | The Lowcountry Lady

The first time I ever picked strawberries, I was somewhere outside of Portland, Maine.  There's something about eating food that you harvest yourself, isn't there?

We are so lucky to have several good U-pick strawberry farms around here.  I especially love Wabi Sabi in Cordesville.  It is off the beaten path, for starters, and it's nice to have a little space when you're picking strawberries.  Also, the sweetest family runs this farm.  They care about what they do and it shows each time we visit.  I like supporting them for that reason.  Finally, the strawberries at Wabi Sabi taste AMAZING!  They are juicy, sweet and slightly tangy.  They are delicious on their own, tossed in a salad, or made into a scrumptious dessert.

We went out to Wabi Sabi this morning and brought home the two boxes above.  I was browsing though my pictures the other day though, and happened upon few that I took out at this farm last year.  


U-pick Strawberries at Wabi Sabi Farm outside of Charleston, SC | The Lowcountry Lady

U-pick Strawberries at Wabi Sabi Farm outside of Charleston, SC | The Lowcountry Lady


U-pick Strawberries at Wabi Sabi Farm outside of Charleston, SC | The Lowcountry Lady

U-pick Strawberries at Wabi Sabi Farm outside of Charleston, SC | The Lowcountry Lady

U-pick Strawberries at Wabi Sabi Farm outside of Charleston, SC | The Lowcountry Lady

U-pick Strawberries at Wabi Sabi Farm outside of Charleston, SC | The Lowcountry Lady

You could just stop into the grocery store and pick up a container full, but you haven't really tasted strawberries until you've picked your own.

By the way, I picked up one of the strawberry hullers at Coastal Cupboard here in town.  My son thoroughly enjoyed hulling a bunch of the strawberries that I planned to freeze.  If it were just me, I'd just cut the entire top off to remove the stem, but it is so much fun to see kids amused by something so simple.  Perspective. :)


U-pick Strawberries at Wabi Sabi Farm outside of Charleston, SC | The Lowcountry Lady