Sunday, August 2, 2009

Great Summer Weekend

Have I said lately how much I love summer? One reason that we love summer at the Akins house is grilling out. We LOVE grilling out and love trying new veggies on the grill. Last week we tried grilled zucchini and it has become one of our favorites. Friday my friend Jada brought me this

Yes a huge bag of okra! We are going to try it grilled probably tomorrow night. We have never grilled okra before (of course we love fried okra but for a healthier and less messy option we are going to grill it). I'll let you guys know how it goes. I read an article that this is becoming a popular way to cook okra.

On Saturday, Rob and I went to the Madison City Farmers Market on Hughes Road. This was the first time we had been to this one and it is really great! There were vendors from all over and lots of things for sale! We bought fresh corn, fresh peaches, homemade salsa, and homemade pickles.
There is also a lady there who sells fresh flower bouquets for $5. I absolutely LOVE having fresh cut flowers in the house (I got this from my mom).

After delivering all of our purchases to our house, we headed to Five Points in Huntsville to eat lunch at the famous

Yup, Mullins Restaurant, a local, legendary home-cooking diner. It had been so long since we have been there. Rob grew up in this area of Huntsville and ate there a lot growing up. It really is good and there is so much Huntsville history there.

On Sunday, our plan was to grill out all of the veggies that we bought. However, my parents were headed to Jackson County to Crow Mountain Orchard and we were definitely game for that. So, we will be grilling tomorrow night! :) We met my parents and brother in Scottsboro and headed up the mountain to Crow Mountain. If you live in north or central Alabama and have never been to Crow Mountain you are definitely missing out. The PERFECT time to go is in the fall when the apples are in full season. This place has EVERY type of apple that is imaginable. Today, we bought pears, nectarines, and some apples. Doesn't this fruit look scrumptious?

My parents brought us the fresh tomatoes and peppers out of their garden, along with 3 jars of canned peas (yummy). After Crow Mountain, we had lunch in Scottsboro at BuenaVista, a really good Mexican restaurant.

My kitchen is a mess because I don't have enough room for all of this. However, we are happy as clams with our fresh fruits and vegetables. All in all, it was a wonderful, laid back summer weekend! (I'll keep you posted on grilling out tomorrow night....I can't wait for all of this yummy food)