The early bird gets the worm freshest salad bar fixins’!


Ben and I are apparently 70 years old, because tonight we sat down to dinner at precisely 5:00pm. Hy-vee all you can eat salad bar style!


I didn’t show you around last time, so let me give you a little tour. :) You’ve got zee very nice drink and condiment station.



An airy, bright seating area.


And the finest, vinyl covered seating. ;) Just kidding! Hy-vee’s dining area is actually quite nice and homey. And when you eat as early as we do, you get the whoooole place to yourself.


Once again, I tackled the $6.99 all you can eat salad bar. Tonight’s mission = no dessert!


For me, tonight, all you can eat = a giant salad and fruit plate.


And a ladle of Hy-vee’s killer soup – Chicken and Sausage Gumbo. I couldn’t resist! This was smoky, chewy and SO flavorful. Best gumbo (besides my Dad’s) I’ve had in years!


I just love finding good soups.


My salad was as delish as it was diverse. In the mix:

  • Mixed greens
  • Spinach
  • Cucumbers
  • Turkey (as if I didn’t get enough last week)
  • Crab
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Sunflower seeds

All dipped in Balsamic Vinaigrette, thank you very much!


You know I jam packed my plate with fruit & berries, too. Holla!


Raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, strawberries, pineapple and cantaloupe. My Dad has sung a song about cantaloupe and honeydew melon for as long as I remember and I sing it to myself every single time I eat it. “I know we can’t elope, but ohhhh honey dooo…” I don’t know what it means, but it’s just one of those things… :)  


Now, it’s a fact that I am not a “fruit for dessert” kind of gal. I just don’t find an apple for dessert as satisfying as say, a piece of apple pie. However, per my revelation from this morning, tonight I made do with fruit as my dinner’s grand finale. You know what? It was enough. I was 100% satisfied after eating this dinner.


Ben even got in the salad action this time!





Tonight = getting ready for a very special start to a very special month! Make sure to tune in tomorrow morning!

‘Night all!


What time do you usually eat dinner?