Barnsley Gardens Adventure

Well, we took our own advice for a great springtime date! This past Saturday was the perfect spring day, so we decided to take a drive up to Adairsville to visit Barnsley Gardens and enjoy the beautiful weather! From Alpharetta, it’s about an hour and twenty minute drive, so we were ready for lunch when arrived at the Woodlands Grill. The menu changes seasonally, so you always feel like you are getting the freshest choices. After lunch, we took time relax and enjoy the beautiful day before exploring more.

Although it’s not far from home, the Barnsley Resort transports you to a place far away. Once home to a gorgeous Southern estate, the resort still pays homage to its history with the focal point being on the ruins of Godfrey Barnsley’s Manor House and antebellum Rice House. The resort is comprised of quaint, colorful cabins that remind you of a tiny European village and line the main pathway between the golf course up to the ruins of the Manor House.

We hadn’t visited the resort in a few years, and they have added some many amazing new features. The newest additions include the 55 room Inn and the Georgian Hall event center. With horseback riding, a gorgeous spa, Jim Fazio golf course, and a sporting club, there really is something for everyone! And on top of the newest architectural additions, they’ve also added some new animals as well!

The highlight of the trip for Grant was getting to meet the pigs (and horses and goats) of Barnsley. Grant’s dream is for us to one day have our own pet pig…I think we’ll start with a dog before anything else!

Feeling like taking an escape from the city? Check out Barnsley’s website to book your next trip. We know we’ll be back soon – next time for some horseback riding!

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Top Springtime Dates

It is finally starting to feel like spring in Georgia! Fingers crossed that the beautiful weather stays and we get to enjoy more of these warm and sunny days. With the days getting longer, we’re excited to enjoy some of our favorite outdoor places and events in the coming weeks. Here are some of the springtime date activities that we are looking forward to most.

Zoo Atlanta – Who doesn’t love the zoo? We love getting to learn more about all of the amazing animals at Zoo Atlanta and typically try to go at least once a year. Spring is great before it gets too hot and humid during the summer months. If the heat and crowds aren’t for you, they have a lot of awesome evening events throughout the year, like Sippin’ Safari and Brew at the Zoo (coming up Memorial Day weekend!).IMG_1409

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Taste of Alpharetta – It’s been awhile since we’ve gone to this, but we are making plans to attend this year with it being walking distance away for us! On Thursday May 3rd, downtown Alpharetta shuts down for over 60 local restaurants to set up booths offering small plates and drinks of some of their most popular menu items. You can purchase tickets for the food and drink items, and it’s a great way to try a taste of so many great restaurants. Plus, there will be live music throughout the evening!IMG_2100

Barnsley Gardens – If you want an escape from the hustle and bustle, a trip to Barnsley Gardens in Adairsville may be just what you need. From their beautiful pre Civil War manor house ruins to their championship golf course to their gorgeous new Inn, it’s the perfect weekend or day trip from Atlanta! The Woodland’s Grill and Beer Garden are perfect to enjoy the nice weather and they have several walking trails if a picnic is more your style.

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Homemade Croque Madame

Having tried Croque Madame sandwiches in both France and the Be Our Guest restaurant at Disney World, we know that this is one of our favorite savory sandwiches! Awhile back, we decided to see how difficult it would be to make them at home. The recipe turned out to be surprisingly easy, with tracking down Gruyere cheese being the most challenging part! A few weeks ago, we were trying to figure out what to make for breakfast and realized we were inching closer and closer to lunch – the perfect opportunity to whip up some Croque Madames!

Most of the ingredients are ones you probably already have on hand in your kitchen: butter, flour, milk, salt, and eggs. The only other ingredients are Parmesan and Gruyere cheese, thick cut sourdough bread, and sliced ham.

You start off by making the bechamel sauce with the flour, milk, butter, and Parmesan cheese.

While that is finishing, you can start grating your Gruyere cheese and begin prepping your bread on a cookie sheet with ham.

Spread half of the bechamel sauce on top of the ham with half of the Gruyere before adding another slice of bread.

Next step is to toast the bread on a skillet until it is toasted on each side before topping the sandwiches with the remaining bechamel and Gruyere.

The sandwiches go into the oven on broil to melt the cheese and give it a golden brown toast while you finish off the sandwich by frying eggs. We were extra hungry so we did two per sandwich, but one is what the traditional recipe calls for.

Once you pull the sandwiches out of the oven and top them with the fried eggs, it’s time to dig in! One of our favorite brunch items that looks and sounds way more impressive than anyone would guess! Bon Appetit!

To see the full recipe we use, check out: https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alexandra-guarnaschelli/croque-madame-sandwich-recipe-1922870

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