I hope you all had a great weekend. Our Father’s Day was spent with my father-in-law! Early on Sunday morning, Ryan, his dad and I went out for an early Father’s Day breakfast at Darrell’s Dog Gone Good Diner, a laid back local hot spot, for hot coffee and fabulous diner food.
(Yes, we were still half asleep!)
Ryan and I have passed Darrell’s Diner numerous times and it’s always slammed, so we had a feeling the food must be pretty darn good. It lived up to the hype and I thought my eggs, potatoes and toast were prepared quite well.
When I read the Yelp reviews about the diner before we left the house, people seemed to really love their bread and I can see why! At first glance my toast looked like regular whole wheat toast, but when I bit into it I understood the praise. It was thicker than typical toast and was the kind of hearty bread that would be perfect for French toast. Next time!
After breakfast, the three of us drove home and picked up Sadie for a late morning three-mile hike.
It was already quite warm at 10 a.m., but the clouds provided some relief and let us enjoy the walk without sweating up a storm.
During our hike, I had the chance to test out a new pair of hiking shoes that Columbia sent to me to try!
I recently signed on to be part of Columbia’s Omniten team of 10 bloggers and, after reading all about Heather’s experience as an Omniten member last year, I am ridiculously excited. You guys know how much I love hiking and the outdoors, so I am really looking forward to working with them.
The Women’s Conspiracy OutDry Shoe that they sent my way is the first real hiking shoe I’ve ever owned. Hiking with Ryan and Sadie is one of my favorite weekend activities, so I was curious to see whether or not I’d notice a big difference between hiking in regular gym shoes or hiking in real trail shoes.
The biggest difference was the traction. It rained like crazy in Ocala on Saturday night, so the leaves on certain parts of the trail were still wet and slippery, but I didn’t slide one time. I’m a fan! Florida is very flat, so I’d love to test them out while hiking in the hills or mountains. The shoes are made with OutDry patented waterproof breathable construction, so they kept my feet nice and dry when I accidentally stepped in two puddles, which was great!
On our hike we saw a bunch of small wild hogs and a tortoise.
Whenever we see wildlife on the trails, it always makes the hike more interesting!
After our hike, we came home and ate lunch. I tossed chicken, peppers and onions in Italian dressing before sautéing everything and serving it alongside a sweet potato topped with a little butter.
Once we were done eating lunch, Ryan’s dad had to get back on the road and head home to Bradenton, so we said our goodbyes. It was great to see him and spend Father’s Day together!
Later that afternoon, around 3:30 p.m., Ryan and I drove over to a friend’s house to spend the rest of our Sunday at a barbeque birthday party.
We had a great time grilling out and eating fabulous food, including cheeseburgers and lots of crab legs!
As always, dessert was a highlight for me, thanks to Samoa ice cream!
Samoas (Caramel Delites) are my favorite Girl Scout cookie, so when I saw Breyer’s Samoa ice cream on the table, I had to give it a try. It was pretty good. I feel like there was a lot of potential for this ice cream to be amazing, but it didn’t blow me away. The vanilla cupcake, on the other hand, was fabulous!
It was a great Sunday!