Thank you and Happy Wandering!

May 12, 2016

This has been a long time coming and as many of you know, I have decided [for now] not to continue with She’s Wanderlust. I really enjoyed the blogging world however, I don’t have the time to devote to it consistently anymore. I have been busy with work and with most of Mark’s exams behind him (only 56 days until MD - yay!), we have a lot more time to spend together!

I started this site for family and friends to follow our journey, and I think we do a great job of keeping in touch so I am confident you won't miss a beat!

Thank you for following along and Happy Wandering.

3 days in Charleston, SC

January 19, 2016


We arrived in the sunshine state almost 2 months ago - woah time flies! I can't say I'm upset about spending the winter in the sun! Although, Christmas was very different - we weren't able to make it home to see family and friends. Thankfully, we have some family in Miami so it was great to spend the holiday with them! Then we were spoiled with a few days of fun, laughter and not enough sleep with wonderful friends of ours for New Years! And, just as we arrived in Florida, another great couple came to visit us as well! We have a few more visitors heading south so needless to say, we are busy but loving it!

On our way down from Baltimore, we broke up our trip with a few days in Charleston, SC. It was so fun - Charleston is such a cute, full of character town with some great restaurants.

Below is a picture recap of our time in Charleston! Some of our favorite things included:
  • The Row Homes - Battery park, Rainbow Row
  • Watching the Dolphins in Charleston Harbor
  • The Shopping - King Street & The Charleston City Market
  • The. Food. (Specifically S.N.O.B, F.IG, Kaminsky's (Dessert!), Desano Pizzeria, The Gin Shop

We mostly walked around the town and indulged in delicious food - it was a very relaxing and much needed few days! A couple of things we didn't include in this trip were a visit to the nearby beaches, a tour of the nearby Plantations or Fort Sumter (for the history buffs).

I highly recommend a visit if you haven't been!















From Charleson to Miami, we stopped for lunch in Savannah - another beautiful spot to visit. We had a great lunch at Kayak Kafe and grabbed a coffee for the road at The Coffee Fox (they make a mean latte)!



And of course, the backseat driver who is always trying to get up front! Her success rate is unfortunately better than mine - but common, look at that face!



Black Bean Brownies

December 29, 2015


I hope you are all having a wonderful Holiday Season and I wish you a happy and healthy 2016! Again, I have been busy and neglecting this corner of the world. But I am back with a delicious recipe to satisfy your sweet cravings, without feeling dragged down. Onto these killer black bean brownies...

Have you ever had black bean brownies? I always thought, they are worth a try but there is no way they will taste like brownies. How wrong was I? So wrong. If you haven't given them a try, I really encourage you to! You really can trick someone into thinking they are regular brownies.

I read through a few recipes and kept wanting to switch out an ingredient or change something to make them even better so below is what I came up with. I really do think they are delicious. They totally hit your sweet tooth without all the guilt!

Black Bean Brownies

Ingredients
  • 1 (15 oz) can of black beans
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup cacao powder
  • 1/2 maple syrup (can be substituted with honey)
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix all ingredients together (except for cacao nibs) in a blender until smooth.
  3. If using cacao nibs, stir these into the wet mixture. 
  4. Pour into greased muffin tins or baking pan. 
  5. Bake for 18 - 20 minutes - until toothpick comes out clean. If using a 8" x 8" baking pan, cook for 30 - 35 mins. 
  6. Cool and enjoy! 
  7. I stored these in an airtight container in the refrigerator for a few days... they didn't last much longer than that!
  8. After refrigerated, warm in the microwave to enjoy just like oven ready!






Enjoy!

Exploring the United States Navy Academy

November 15, 2015


Ok so I have been seriously slacking over here... work has been very busy lately and the hubby has more time now that he is in elective rotations so, life has gotten in the way. Not such a bad thing, right?!

Last weekend, my husband and I went to Annapolis (the capital of Maryland) and toured around the Unites States Navy Academy (USNA)! It was a great day and I definitely recommend it to anyone visiting the Washington/Baltimore area. Annapolis is a very cute town located along Chesapeake Bay. My mom and I had previously visited and enjoyed walking around the town - stopping in all the cute little shops along the way! Our visit last weekend however, was dedicated to the USNA - it was great learning about the history of the Academy, what the young men and women go through and walking through the beautiful campus.

Although it was a rainy day, we really enjoyed our tour! Below is a picture recap of our visit!










Fun Facts about the USNA: