Good morning, boys and girls! I hope your holiday weekends were relaxing and fun (if those two things go together in your life :-).  My week is going wonderfully so far… with the small exception that the mesquitoes are out of control this year!  I have bug bites in places that never see the sun, bug bites on my ear, in my hair… it stinks!  But, it’s a small price to pay for a week on the beach.

The last two days have been a lot of fun: we’ve been catching up with people (there are between 40 and 60 here each day) we haven’t seen in a year, lounging, cooking… The way we do things here is each night, one “cooking crew” makes dinner for the rest of us.  It takes a lot of work, obviously, to plan, cook, and feed for so many people, but we always have delicious, restaurant-quality food.

The first night is more of a pot-luck, so we had a Middle Eastern platter with hummus, pita, tabouleh, baba ganoush, pita, etc.


I also had a mixed greens salad and an orzo salad with cheese, tomatoes and olives.  This is so good!


Desserts abounded, including my Aunt Mary’s famous chocolate chip cookies:


Brownies, chocolate chip blondies, and lemon squares:


There are also some 7-layer / Magic bars floating around here, but if they didn’t get caught on camera…

We found bottom-shelf vodka to make cocktails to bring to the beach to watch the fireworks:


Jenny + Marina:


We sat on the beach watching the fireworks for hours… unfortunately my camera isn’t sophisticated enough to show you how beautiful it was.


For breakfast yesterday, I had a bowl of Wheaties + Honey Nut Cheerios with 1/2 a banana and skim milk.


We went upstairs to have lunch and cool off: leftover orzo (this will be the death of me, I swear!) and tuna salad.  I ate them “wrap style” by rolling the salads up in tomato slices and lettuce weaves.


I had fresh grapes and blubes from the farmers market for dessert.


My dad got quite the haul at the Market… he brought this Super Charge Me-style oatmeal cookie for our cabin.  I only had a nibble, but it was pretty delicious! I see its future as “oatmeal future” in the near future…


In the afternoon, Judy and I went for a nice run to look at the houses.  We did about 2.5 miles (my HRM was out of it’s mind, AGAIN… Polar, expect a call from me today), and although it was pretty hot outside we ran in the shade and it was just perfect.  I cranked out some 8 minute abs when I came back, then had a nice Red, White & Blue Parfait with Oikos nonfat Greek  yogurt, blueberries, raspberries and a touch of brown sugar.


After showering and making myself presentable, I stumbled upon Bere, my 12 year old cousin, cleaning a Corona bottle.  Bere took over Jenny and my job of saving all the bottles and cans and collecting them for deposit (we go through quite a few of these over the week…), but I might have to convince him that we need the money more than he does!


During the cocktail hour, I had a cheese plate with Manchego (my favorite!), Havarti, Blue, and Brie. I also had a piece of bread, a couple crackers and olives.


I also had a Shiner beer, which was very yeasty.  It’s partly my fault for not following the directions and pouring half the beer out into a glass, swirling the rest in the bottle, and pouring it into the glass… but who wants to do that when they’re just trying to chillax with a brew? Hmpf.


George was the cooking crew leader last night and prepared a Mexican meal of Roasted Chicken, Red & Black Beans, Rice, and Tomato Salad.  He was nice enough to make me a pot of vegetarian black beans, so I ate them with rice and about 20 tomatoes.


For dessert, we had vanilla ice cream and blueberries.


As I’ve said, I’m not going to be documenting everything here… I want to be able to enjoy my vacation, obviously, but I’ll also be finding a healthy balance by continuing to blog and maintain my exercise regime.


Today, July 6, is Mama Veggie Patch (MVP)’s birthday, so some festivities will ensue.

Enjoy your weeks!


13 responses to “Bloodsuckers

  1. Happy birthday Mama Veggie Patch!

    Looks like a lot of fun- glad you are enjoying yourself! Your cousin is too cute cleaning the beer bottle (you sure he wasn’t drinking it and pretended to clean when you walked in? 😉 )

  2. Happy Birthday, Susan!!!

  3. Happy birthday to your mom!

    Sounds like you’re having a good time; minus the mosquitoes! Those things LOVE me. Obviously, the feeling isn’t mutual. But in case you were wondering, expired Benadryl cream is remarkably effective. 😉

    I love the red-white-and-blue parfait — so pretty! 🙂

    ❤ ❤

  4. makingmymove

    what an awesome vacation so far! looks like you’re taking it all in and eating it all up, i love it! and ew i feel ya on the mosquitos, i’m scratching like mad right now too.

    happy birthday to your momma and enjoy the rest of your time there! 🙂 and YES to a shopping date in the city upon your return!

  5. I hope you had a great time with your Popov’s and plenty of red, white, and blue eats!

    Enjoy your vacation and don’t stress about blogging. Have fun – you deserve it!

  6. Katie! I’m drooooling over that middle eastern-themed plate!! Tabouli is probably my favorite thing, ever!! Luckily, my dad always has some stocked from Whole Food’s!

    It looks like you’re having a great time, and I hope you can relax and just enjoy the company! Don’t worry about blogging, just give us a primeeee hummus or peanut butter shot and we’ll be happy! 😉

  7. Oh God, Popov….that stuff is tough!! I’m having flashbacks to high school 😉 Shiner reminds me of Shock Top – I grabbed a bottle of it and when I saw it had directions on how to drink it, I was like ‘eff this!

    If my camping foods looked like that, I think I’d go camping all the time! YUM!! You guys have to have some MI sweet corn – it’s great right now 🙂


  8. That sounds like a pretty great weekend!

    Thanks for sharing the eats and pics!

  9. That vacation looks like a blast so far! Happy birthday to your Madre:)

  10. happy birthday 🙂

    sounds like a great vacation so far! love the eats!

  11. Ohhhhhh funnnnn. It looks like you all are having a great time! Will they let you be leader of the cooking crew? I can’t wait to see what LVP stirs up!

    Happy Birthday, Mama! Really–say hi for me!

  12. Looks/sounds like such a fun vacation so far!

    Happy birthday MVP 🙂

  13. happy bday momz.

    is that really what youre supposed to do with that beer?! hmph indeed!

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