Tuesday’s Treats #206

The Shack (the Waterfront Original)

Location: Fort Walton, Florida

I reviewed this a couple of years ago, but unfortunately, I somehow messed up the actual review, and only half of it got posted…and for whatever reason, WP won’t allow me to go in and fix it! Ugh!

Well, we ate here again the other day; so, now I can give a full review! Yay!

The dockside feel of this restaurant is wonderful! The large windows are latched above from the inside ceiling. The wooden pub style tables and chairs lend themselves to a casual, feel-good atmosphere. The uncovered dock, of course, is the literal “dockside feel” (lol), but we prefer the inside “dockside.”

The day we went, the wind was blowing pretty fiercely, but I just twisted up my hair with a pen, and we rocked it through lunch. It was too good not to enjoy! And if you were sitting on the gulf eating seafood, the wind would probably be worse! The food will fill your belly until you can’t eat anymore, and you’ll want to ask them to roll you to the door.

You can find the wonderful plate pics in my previous review*, as we were starving on this day, and I didn’t even pull out my camera! We ordered the hushpuppies for an appetizer, and let me tell you, if you’re not careful, you’ll fill up on these before your food comes to the table! They are that good! And they’re served with a strawberry butter, which at first thought, sounds like quite an oddity, but oh, it is scrumptious! Also, on the last trip, we had the firecracker shrimp app. Delicious!!

We ordered blackened red fish and blackened mahi mahi, both are served with hush puppies (yeah, we ate more! lol!) and cole slaw. A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!! Everything was delicious, even the cole slaw, and I’m not usually a fan. Oh, I did order a Caesar salad to start as well. It was a bit too heavy on the dressing, but the flavors were oh, so yummy!

We were going to have dessert, but we had just stuffed ourselves to the brim. So, we opted out, but they have several we wanted to try! I was so wanting their key lime pie! Had it last time, and what I remember was delicious!

We will definitely come again when we’re back in the area.

*Note: it appears that the the review link may not open. However, if you go to the search bar of my blog and search “The Waterfront,” the Tuesday’s Treat #139 will appear! How weird!

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Tuesday’s Treats #189

Country Cupboard Cafe

Location: Dillard, GA

If you’re looking for amazing, homemade desserts or great, southern style vegetables, this is the place to go. They also have amazing pot roast, fried chicken, and basically almost every southern dish you can think of, and the salad bar is incredible. We’ve not had one bad meal here, and we have frequented this restaurant for years.

Recently, we have been eating lunch in another local town, going up to Black Rock Mountain State Park, and then, stopping by here for their delicious desserts. The picture above is not the most eloquent photo of homemade apple pie, as I didn’t get it with a scoop of ice cream, but let me assure you, it tastes just like grandma’s recipe, delicate, flaky crust and all. I could eat this pie just about every day and twice on Sunday. You just don’t find an apple pie very often that is made as delicious as this. My husband loves the French Chocolate silk pie sundae is absolutely amazing. Be prepared. You’ll leave here wishing you hadn’t eaten so much, but definite satisfies you came.

They also have key lime pie, pecan pie, coconut pie, and so many more to list. Everything is homemade; so, you’re not getting a grocery store piece of pie here. No, sir. It’s all freshly baked. They also have an assortment ice cream and fudge; so, your choices for dessert are endless.

They also have a cute little gift shop where you can shop for a few unique items.

I’ve reviewed this restaurant before, but I focused more on the meal offerings; so, I thought I’d review again and give an update on the desserts. 😉

The Sweet Perfume

Be encouraged today… Smell the sweet fragrance of Hope and Grace. 💗

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Over the last month or so, I’ve been trying to get consistent with walking daily through my neighborhood. I’m not crazy consistent, but I’ve definitely done better than before I started. Ha!

Our neighborhood is beautiful, and it has plenty of curves and hills; so, I feel I’m getting quite the workout, and the whole thing, all cul-de-sacs (5) included, is just shy of 1.5 miles. So, I try to make 2 loops, which gives me right at 3 miles. Woohoo!

The weather was absolutely perfect today. The humidity was extremely low, and the temp was maybe in the high seventies by the time I stepped out my front door, right at sunset, to try and get in a full 2 loops of walking before it was too dark. I asked my youngest son to go with me; so, I wouldn’t be by myself, and he wouldn’t be left home…

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The Gift

LIFE is a gift. Cherish those you have in it.

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You came in without warning. You stole my heart and promised we’d be forever. Our days together were sweet, thrilling and unforgettable. We learned to love, to endure and to persevere with one heartbeat.

We didn’t just survive the storms. We learned to thrive and to conquer. They shouted, “Dreamers!” They mocked, “Too good for truth!” We grasped hands and promised to squelch their sneers and scoffing.

The years came like a blur. Children, diplomas, anniversaries and goodbyes. It was a fairy tale others dreamt to have. We were fighting the odds and winning with a high score.

The squall rolled in without alarm. We trusted what had been would always be. We held our hearts in our hands and exchanged the promise once more. For we knew this is not the end.

What will be will always be.

Penned – MG – 5/31/18

*I did not make, nor do…

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The New Year’s Resolution 

via The New Year’s Resolution 

I AM – Devotional Style Short Stories – “The Potter”

I AM – Devotional Style Short Stories – “The Potter”

I AM – Devotional Style Short Stories – “The Potter”
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Beautiful!

Never Again

The best thing to do in those moments of pain, bitterness and despair is to hold onto hope, release the pain and embrace forgiveness. It doesn’t bring instantaneous joy, but it definitely will bring eternal peace…

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Tears fall like rain down the well worn path tonight.
Memories of yesterday flood in black, shielding my sight.

You steal the joy in today by the lies of promised change.

Yet, suddenly my heart is not broken this time, all feels strange.

The pain I expected is lessened by a greater presence of hope.

I am no longer bound by your emotional game and rope.

My hands are open as I let go of all you have done and forgive.

I release your memories, your deceit and your hate, never again to relive.

Penned – MG – 8/10/17

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Bring Your Brokenness

Hope this helps someone’s broken heart today as it has mine.. 💕

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Sometimes, we clutch and hold so tightly the very things that are broken, bruised and shattered in our lives, those things which God so desperately longs to heal for us. It makes me think of a tiny child whose favorite doll has a leg that falls off or a toy truck that has a wheel that keeps coming off. Sometimes, that child will hold onto the toy, trying to put the broken part back together, growing more and more frustrated, because it just won’t work right. Finally, growing so frustrated, they throw a temper tantrum or break the toy further, not knowing how else to handle the situation.

This reminds me of our youngest with his lego building. There was a time when he just could not get some of the pieces apart to put them exactlywhere he wanted. He has always been pretty independent in his building of things…

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Sweet Aroma

Love this. Hope you will, too…

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The child stands at the edge of heaven. She’s curious about what goes on below and stands quietly while pondering all that she sees.

Waves of strife waffle up to her, streaks of stress zip past, anger thunders through the clouds, and as she is about to turn and walk away, The Man appears beside her.

She looks up at His face and with furrowed brows asks, “Is there no love there?” He kneels down beside and places His arm around her small shoulders. She nuzzles up closer to Him.

“Listen with your heart,” He tells her. She cocks her head a little and  scrunches up her face as though that helps her to tune into her heart.

“I don’t hear anything” she finally states.

“Close out the sounds of anger, hate, and dissension.” He whispers.

She tries again.

A sweet aroma engulfs her and she suddenly jumps away from…

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We Are Moms

The “news of the day” in this blog is old news; yet, as I read through my social media feeds this week, the message is the same. Why do you bicker among yourselves over things the media brings to light? Haven’t you learned by now, they are not covering news for our best interest! They cover the news in the way they believe will bring the most outrage and division. So, go ahead and listen to them if you’d like. They will tell you every Monday morning (and throughout the week) who to be mad at today and with whom to take up your next debate. But for those of us who call ourselves Christians, we should remember our True focus and get busy winning souls and taking care of our own households, not theirs. 😉 There’s a harvest out there, people. On what and whom do we have our focus??

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Ok, so, if you’ll indulge me, I’m going to rant for just a moment. I am so sick of all the bickering across social media, blogs and other “news” mediums, and I just want to shout this from the rooftops: STOP IT!!  *Please note before I start, I am not looking for a debate, and I am not trying to offend. I just feel the need to say something, and I hope you will read till the end…

There is so much shaming, fingerpointing and backbiting that, too often lately, I feel as if I’m back in kindergarten, or better yet, I’m back in junior high listening to the 12 year old girls bickering over who’s fault it is that the popular girl doesn’t like them anymore! 😁 It’s silly, and it’s really becoming annoying.

We have had several MAJOR tragedies in our country over the last several weeks, and the…

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