Discovering Cities: Richmond

Hey ya’ll! I can say that now because I officially live in the south. Not the pseudo south (i.e. Virginia) where all the locals want to call themselves southern, but really aren’t. Now I’m deep into southern North Carolina and I’m loving it. These warm temps just don’t quit. Sunshine and 60’s in the middle of January? I’ll take it! While Luke is in Fleet Marine Force training at Camp Johnson, I’ve been exploring all the local treasures. More on those great places to come! Right now I wanted to touch on a sweet little town I visited with my family recently that I just loved, Carytown, Richmond, Virginia. First on our agenda this trip was to get some food to fuel up. What better way to fill up than on doughnuts? Guy you have to check out Sugar Shack on N Lombardy St. They have a couple different locations, but this is the original and the one we visited that day. They have so many different amazing flavors so we got a whole dozen. Gotta try as many as possible, right? I had the cinnamon roll doughnut the size of my hand. I highly recommend it. As my sister Sadie is modeling, they are thoroughly enjoyed by all ages. IMG_0609

After we quickly devoured all the doughnuts we decided to do a little shopping. There’s plenty of cute stores to buy all different types of things. By far my favorite that we came across though was Creme de la Creme. I’m huge into french country decor right now, and that is what this store is all about. They have fresh made soap and lotions, beautiful dishes, linens, and quaint games and books for kids. Plus all of their Christmas stuff was on clearance. Steal! Although they are a tad on the pricier side, I’d still recommend giving it a go. Especially if you want a neat little souvenir from Carytown to take home with you. They are located on W Cary Street if you plan to take a visit.

Finally we made it to the last leg of our trip, The American Civil War Museum. Unfortunately the museum was just about to close so only had a moment to look through the first part of the museum but it was definitely worth it. If history fascinates you, this is the place to be. I could have spent hours in there reading and browsing all the artifacts. Right outside the museum is a bridge called High Bridge. When Richmond was being invaded by Union soldiers, the Confederates in Carytown had to flee and they crossed High Bridge to do so. Although there is only remains of the original bridge, there is a replica with a timeline and testimonies from people who fled from that area during the time of the civil war. Below is an example of one of the quotes.

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I hope you guys choose to visit Carytown if you get the chance. Please leave comments below about what more you guys would like to see and feed back on what you thought of my recommendation should you choose to visit. More cities to come! Thanks guys,

The Navy Wife xoxo

Review of “How to Make Burger Buns”

Summer time for me is burgers, pool time, burgers, lying in the sun, burgers, and maybe eating some watermelon. That’s why I was so excited to try these burger buns! I have been working on trying more bread recipes to perfect my technique, and these were relatively easy to make. Alright, on to some of the pros and cons I found making these burger buns.

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The thing I love the most about these buns is the smell! They’re all yeast-y and delicious smelling. My favorite! They’re also very fluffy and soft, but hold up well when eating your grilled masterpieces. As I said before they are also, relatively easy to make. If you’ve never made homemade bread products before this might be a bit of a challenge for you. However, if you have a moderate amount of experience these will be basic for you.

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The downside of these buns I found though is that they don’t seem to turn out quite like the blogger’s picture says they will. Her’s seem to be very tall and fluffy, while mine flattened out to be wide and thin. Both times I’ve tried the recipe they have always expanded out instead of up. How did she get hers so tall? Sorcery? A fairy Godmother? It’s a mystery to me. Second, you need bread flour for this recipe. I’m generally against fussy recipes, and I don’t keep bread flour around all the time. I did try them with regular white flour. To my dismay, they turned out rather hard and crumbly. The bread flour is definitely necessary for the consistency of the roll.

The only other thing I have to add is that I did not use the egg wash on the top of the rolls so they weren’t as dark as they could have been. I didn’t want any sesame seeds on mine so the egg wash wasn’t important to me. Try them for yourself though and tell me about your results! Sincerely,

The Navy Wife xoxo

Link to try out this recipe! (www.handletheheat.com/how-to-make-burger-buns/)