Well, it's a vacation week for the hubby but as anyone who works from home knows, I'm not really on vacation unless I go away. Far far away. But we do have some things planned for the week, like a trip to the Big E, a couple hikes to enjoy the fall weather, etc.
Yesterday we went to Mystic to partake in the Garlic Festival they were having in the Olde Mistick Village. The place was hopping with not only 'garlic' things going but also a farmer's market and an outdoor dog show. (Or obedience thing? I'm not sure exactly what was going on with all the dogs but I loved seeing all of them.) I might be a bit of a germophobe though because the thought of all those people + hot sun kept me away from the free samples of garlicky food. *squick*
So the REAL highlight of the trip was going across the street to get our burger on:
NOM. NOM. NOM.
Mystic is over an hour away from where we live so we only get our Five Guys fix very rarely. I keep dreaming of the day one opens up closer to home. (It has to happen at some point........right?) I'm sure some people don't understand my excitement at a fast food joint but I live in a literal black hole of food nothingness where there is nothing around for miles except for McDonalds and pizza joints. It's nice to have a few different options once in a while. :)
Oh, and I also found time to make 6 quarts of stock using my slow cooker (twice) and the stove: 2 quarts beef pho stock**, 2 quarts chicken pho stock and 2 quarts of regular chicken stock. READY TO GET MY SOUP ON.
**Jaden's Crockpot Pho recipe is pretty awesome. I made the beef one first overnight, washed everything out, then made a new batch while I was out during the day, using 4 chicken thighs instead of ox tails the second time around. DELICIOUS. I plan on eating ridiculously big, steamy hot, vege-and-rice-noodle filled bowls of pho all week long. *lip smack*