Its A Zoo Out There!

This past Sunday my wife and I decided to take the girls to the zoo. These little day trips are starting to become a thing with us. We are starting to like getting in the car and heading somewhere out of the normal.

We spent the greater portion of the morning trying to get us and the kids ready. With multiple meltdowns and a lot crying, we were finally ready to get the kids up. Once we got them dressed we made our way to the car and off to breakfast.

There is nothing like a good Sunday morning breakfast even if it is from the great IHOP.

Once we stuffed out bellys full of bacon, eggs, and French toast, we were off to  Columbia, South Carolina.

Once we got to Riverbank Zoo we decided our first stop was going to be to check out the new sea lion exhibit.

After that we headed over to the bird sanctuary and saw some pink friends and some suited up birds. The penguins were really active and kept jumping off the rocks and into the water. My girls thought it was the coolest thing.

Once we got the smell of bird poop out of our noise we headed over to see some grizzly bears and some cute kola bears.

Soon it was time to check out the barnyard animals and Evie loved petting the lamas and goats.

One of the things K-Dub really wanted to do while we were at the zoo was feed the giraffes. When we finally reach them and $6 later she backed out. That was not a problem cause my wife and Evie had no issues.

We made out way to the elephants and stopped to take a few selfies.

Then on our last stop before leaving we wanted to see the gorilla. He sleeps just like me.

One thing you have to do when coming to Columbia is eat at the famous in my mind “Lizard Thicket”. If you love country cooking then this place is for you. We ate and got really full before heading back to Charlotte.

All and all it was a fun little day trip. We got rained on a little but it did not stop us. The kids had a good time and it was not very crowded due to it being a Sunday afternoon. We can’t wait to go back and have another adventure any Riverbank Zoo.

Happy Wednesday!

 

Cold Day? Try Some Potato Soup!

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Ever since I made potato soup during that crazy snow storm, I have had a lot of people ask me for the recipe. So I decided to post it on the blog for everyone to see. I am always in a hurry so instead of using baking potatoes, I like to save time by getting a bag of frozen cubed hash browns. I also like to save myself a mess and use microwave bacon instead of frying it in a skillet. Also, I try to make it a little healthier by using light sour cream and reduced fat cheese. Enjoy!

Ingredients

1 bag of frozen cubed hash browns
8 oz of light sour cream
1 bag of reduced fat cheddar cheese
5 cups of whole milk
1 package of mircowave bacon
1 stick of butter
1/3 cup of flour

Directions

1. In a stock pot melt one stick of butter on about med heat
2. Add flour while stirring with a wisk. Stir for about 1 minute until mixture is brown.
3. While stirring, add milk and continue stirring for about 2 minutes or until thick.
4. Slowly add frozen hash browns and bring pot to a boil.
5. Once to a boil, bring pot to simmer and add sour cream and half bag of cheese.
6. Cook bacon as directed. Once cooked you can either add it in the pot or keep out to garnish later.