I suppose it is no secret now that I love striped dresses! (Not that this was ever secret-worthy information.) A lightweight, loose fitting dress made of tee shirt fabric is just the most comfortable attire for a hot sweltering day. I wore this dress on Friday for an afternoon date with my husband. We put the boys in day care for the entire day and we headed out to Sackets Harbor for lunch. (It is no secret either that I love food!) We walked around the battlefield and had some fun taking outfit photos.
The Sackets Harbor Battlefield, which is located on Lake Ontario, was the center of American naval and military activity during the War of 1812 between the United States and Great Britain. On May 29, 1813, a British-Canadian force launched an attack in Sackets Harbor in an attempt to destroy the naval shipyard. The few Americans stationed here (as the majority of the American forces were attacking Fort George on the other side of Lake Ontario) managed to narrowly drive off the enemy. It wasn’t until December of 1814 that the War of 1812 was declared officially over. The battlefield as Sackets Harbor is wrought with military history and blessed with extraordinary scenery. The town itself is a beautiful tourist location with adorable shops and amazing restaurants.
We enjoyed the gourmet masterpieces created by the culinary genius behind Tin Pan Galley. Sometimes the wait for your food is a little long because all dishes are prepared fresh and not in advance of an order. But it is well worth the wait. We dined outside in their courtyard and enjoyed the scenery and watching the passers-by while sipping on fabulous beverages from the bar. I had a Bloody Mary, which I only recently started drinking, but it was by far the best Bloody Mary I’ve had.
My husband and I started with an order of Panko Crusted Goat Cheese which is served with spicy tomato oil and grilled rosemary bread. It was like heaven for my taste buds. We were actually eating the sauce off the plate with spoons after the bread and cheese had been devoured! Then we ordered two different sandwiches to share because neither of us could decide which one we wanted. We ordered the Grilled Chicken Ciabatta which stacked the chicken with bacon, apple slices, Brie cheese, lettuce, and honey mustard between two fresh slices of ciabatta bread made fresh by the local bakery Chrissy Beanz Bakery. We also ordered the Totally Smoked Grilled Cheese sandwich. The price for this sandwich is $14. My husband wanted to know why a grilled cheese cost $14…and then the sandwich arrived and after one bite, his question was answered! Layered between two buttered slices of grilled Brioche was an overflowing amount of smoked mozzarella, ham, bacon, tomato slices, and house smoked tomato aioli. All I can say is it was worth every last cent of that $14. Both sandwiches were accompanied by super delicious, crisp, fried to perfection French fries. And the very best part of this phenomenal lunch was that we had no kids demanding more ketchup, dropping food and insisting we wipe their hands immediately, and crying to use the bathroom! We simply sat and enjoyed each other’s company while feasting on amazing food! It was the perfect afternoon date!
A Striped Dress
I recently picked up this adorable Old Navy Sleeveless Knit Swing Dress in Blue Stripe on sale for $15! It is so comfortable! And I felt fun and flirty in it, too! I grabbed this blue and white printed scarf with pom-pom details because I wanted to have something for shoulder coverage in case we chose to eat inside an air-conditioned restaurant…my shoulders always get cold! Even though we didn’t eat inside, I was glad I had the scarf to protect my shoulders from the intense sun! It also provided protection from the grass when I decided to sit on the battlefield for some photos.
Dress: Old Navy Sleeveless Knit Swing Dress in Blue Stripe (currently on sale for $15)
Scarf: Old Navy (from last year)
Necklace: Cato Fashions (from last year)
Shoes: Burlington Coat Factory (Brand: Rampage) (from last year)
If you ever make it to St. Lawrence River Valley, be sure to visit Sackets Harbor for some great history, great views, and great food!
One final note: I need to send out a giant thank you to Ann Krembs of Kremb de la Kremb! She saw my featured image on my Instagram account and privately sneaked it away and did some amazing color editing to it. It was a good photo but she elevated to it brilliant with fantastic color saturation, etc.! (Although now it looks a little grainy once the size was changed for the featured image. Here is a little secret about me: I have no idea how to edit or improve the colors and lighting or quality on photos! All of my photos are completely unedited…something I do need to work on to provide clearer, brighter, more aesthetically pleasing images for you all! I’ll get there someday…) So, THANK YOU, Ann! You are amazing, kind, and oh so generous! You should all go check out her blog!
Have an amazing Memorial Day!
Sitting on the edge,
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