Ocean Views

July 5, 2010

Right near the beach!!

Mom bought Larbs and I (with Larbs’s expertise) matching beach coverups from H&M :) Photo of all three of us to come soon!

And yes, our bathing suits were coincidentally very similar! And yes, we’re both wearing visors! And went to the same college and have very similar mannerisms!

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Matt and his sister, Chelsea, are twins too!!! Check out their matching noses 😉

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Perhaps my favorite part of beach vacations is spending all day dirty in the sand and then showering and putting on comfy clothes and enjoying the sunset.

Exhibit A

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But I do not enjoy getting a burned torso on Day I. Must find an umbrella and shade!!

Exhibit B

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After showers we played a few rounds of Gin

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Matt poured me a Moose Drool Clone – and it made me tispy after just a few sips!! This girl cannot handle much alcohol!

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My mom made her famous Sherry Cheese Dip for the trip. I dove into it head first!!

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Ate my weight in delicious Wheat Thins. Must have been the beer :)

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Before dinner Kanz did a Mead tasting of a mead he scored well on in a beer competition recently

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It was good, but I only made it through a sip. It was mighty strong!

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Dinner tonight was nothin’ but perfect

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We carried the table onto the upper deck and feasted on the most amazing views of the Atlantic

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On the menu was a childhood favorite: Mom’s Herb + Garlic Chicken. Thanks to mom and dad for their night of cooking! (We each have a night…although I think Kanz and I have more nights assigned than any other couple!)

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Just chicken baked with herbs, garlic and lots of buttah

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The gravy is pretty much all butter and herbs!

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Plus simple Garlic Gold roasted broc

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Some rice

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Plus a couple of bottles of red

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I had most of a thigh, rice and broc

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Had a little of wine with dinner. It went so well!

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After dinner we all went on our third beach walk of the day. I love nothing more than walking on the beach!! Exercise today was 2 miles x 3. Walking at dusk is the best!!

Once home, we pulled out the desserts. I think we have a problem with too many desserts on one table!


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And those silly Breyer’s ice creams that were on sale. They were soupy (my fav!) and SO GOOD!

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Matt’s birthday cake and I had a quick one night stand – my spoon attacked some bites of this last piece –

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And I ended up eating some of this watermelmon and some ice cream (shhhh – straight from the carton!!)

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Thus is beach behavior.

Now if you’ll excuse me, Edgar Sawtelle and the dogs are calling me!!

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{ 54 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Camille July 5, 2010 at 9:53 pm

Oh man, this all looks like so much fun!
East Coast beaches are so much prettier than West Coast, in my opinion.


2 Mary Frances July 5, 2010 at 9:54 pm

Sunsets are fun, but being up so late you are going to miss the spectacular ‘over the ocean’ serene morning sunrises with changing your internal time clock on vacation. Sleeping in is fun and deserved, but you might want to pick one morning to get up to see it. Maybe a day that is forecast to be a bit cloudy for the best show! Enjoy your vacation-you deserve it!!!


3 Lisa @bakebikeblog July 5, 2010 at 10:01 pm

Oh my – that ‘dining room’ overlooking the beach is just wonderful :)


4 Estela @ Weekly Bite July 5, 2010 at 10:03 pm

What a great vacation! Enjoy :)


5 Kelsey @ CleanTeenKelsey July 5, 2010 at 10:03 pm

Aw, the pictures of you and your sister are so cute. I always wished I had a sister. 😛

Your dinner/dessert sounds like it was a lot of fun, and that backdrop, wow! So beautiful.


6 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) July 5, 2010 at 10:05 pm

Perfect memories Kath! Thanks for sharing. I can’t wait for the day that I enjoy vacations with my kids as adults! You should feel so fortunate to have a family like that! Enjoy your evening with them…oh and the ice cream from the carton…your secret is safe with me!


7 Samantha July 5, 2010 at 10:12 pm

Thanks K! I appreciate you every day:)


8 Dorry July 5, 2010 at 10:16 pm

What a fun time! There’s nothing better than a mid-summer beach vacation. Can’t wait to see what’s in store when it’s your turn to cook dinner!


9 Hannah July 5, 2010 at 10:22 pm

I’ve never seen anythign like that sherry dip! Cream cheese-based dips are pretty uncommon in Australia. Would your mum mind sharing the recipe, do you think?


10 andrea July 5, 2010 at 10:26 pm

wow you are in amazing shape esp for eating all that nut butter and big breakfasts!!!lucky!!


11 Kath July 6, 2010 at 8:57 am

Hey now, don’t act so surprised! That’s just how I choose to play my cards. I may indulge in peanut butter, but I turn down other things in exchange.


12 Christena July 6, 2010 at 5:42 pm

With all of the veggies + exercise, I am definitely not surprised!!! You are my healthy lifestyle role model!


13 Danielle July 5, 2010 at 10:38 pm

What a wonderful day! Your dinner (and views) look amazing!


14 Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] July 5, 2010 at 11:00 pm

I loveee your beach coverups!! What does your sis do nowadays?


15 Kath July 6, 2010 at 8:58 am

She’s in her final year of a specialist degree in school psychology at Northeastern


16 Baking Serendipity July 5, 2010 at 11:08 pm

I love beach vacations! Looks like you’re having a great time…minus the sunburn :) I’m jealous! But glad I stumbled upon your blog :)


17 Jenn July 5, 2010 at 11:18 pm

Your vacation is killing me. Seriously. Looks like SO. MUCH. FUN. Not too mention relaxing. I’m glad I’m reading this before bed maybe I’ll dream I’m on vacation. 😀


18 Mama Pea July 5, 2010 at 11:23 pm

I would totally rig the dinner plan so that you’d have to cook every night, with Matt’s home brewed pairings of course…


19 sassy molassy July 5, 2010 at 11:43 pm

Beach vacations are the best! Looks like an amazing time.


20 Chelsey July 5, 2010 at 11:46 pm

I love the dinner table! I think presentation is everything, and it was beautiful out on the deck! Awesome idea!!


21 Sami July 5, 2010 at 11:54 pm

Fessing up to those ice cream samples from the carton via blogging makes me feel better too. 😉 The butter chicken sounds good. :)


22 Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter July 6, 2010 at 12:24 am

What a perfect night!


23 lynn (The Actors Diet) July 6, 2010 at 1:27 am

i love that the table was brought up to the deck. and you’re right – matt and his sister have identical noses!


24 Wei-Wei July 6, 2010 at 1:39 am

Beach behaviour = AWESOME! Ice cream straight from the carton, watermelon, beautiful beach views, man you are living the life! I am jealous. 😀



25 Kaz July 6, 2010 at 1:40 am

Vacations are the best! Your matching cover-ups are so cute! 😀


26 Freya @ Brit Chick Runs July 6, 2010 at 1:45 am

ahah if you can’t eat ice cream straight from the box when you’re on holiday at the beach, when can you!?
Btw, are you a twin, or am I confused!?


27 Cassie July 6, 2010 at 8:43 am

No, she is not a twin. And yes, you are confused (as usual).


28 Kath July 6, 2010 at 8:58 am

No, I’m 3 years older


29 Jessica @ How Sweet It Is July 6, 2010 at 5:30 am

The sunset in the background just looks gorgeous!


30 Katherine July 6, 2010 at 5:55 am

I love the family things you all engage in! Esp the matching haha


31 [email protected]://stacey-healthylife.blogspot.com/ July 6, 2010 at 6:06 am

Looks like another amazing day.


32 Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) July 6, 2010 at 6:10 am

I love days spent on the beach and getting full of sand too. Mmm..summer at its finest. 😀

And the meal up on the deck? Stunning. That must have been so fun. 😀


33 Simply Life July 6, 2010 at 6:51 am

that looks perfect to be eating along the water!


34 The Healthy Hostess July 6, 2010 at 7:00 am

Such a perfect dinner! I love the setting! Family vacations are the best!!


35 Sarah July 6, 2010 at 7:07 am

Haha I love that “comfy clothes” for you are still preppy :) You’re seriously so cute!! So is your sister-you should frame that photo of you girls in your coverups!!! And my, oh my–what a BEAUTIFUL dinner setting…thanks for sharing the photos!


36 Kristin (Salty Tooth) July 6, 2010 at 7:16 am

Your vacation makes me jealous. Looks like so much fun!


37 Robyn @ Frugal 'n' Fit! July 6, 2010 at 7:36 am

I continue to live vicariously through you! Hope you’re able to find an umbrella for the beach tomorrow :)


38 Rhea July 6, 2010 at 7:37 am

I can’t believe how much you and your sister look alike! And I’m jealous of your beach vacay 😉 I had some nice time with my family this weekend, too (albeit a tad more landlocked).


39 Cara July 6, 2010 at 7:47 am

Looks so great!
People always say my sis and I look like twins..yet she is 5 years older than me…so I am not sure if I should take offense or not :)


40 Jil @ Peace, Love & Munchies July 6, 2010 at 7:52 am

Love the cover ups!


41 Nienke at Revel July 6, 2010 at 8:03 am

Wow – so much to love in the post: your cute cover ups, the beautiful dinner outside! I’m glad you have a whole week to relax after the hectic time you guys have just had!


42 Brittany @ A Healthy Slice of Life July 6, 2010 at 8:31 am

Your dinner table view looks magical! What a wonderful beach vacation… :)


43 The Wife of a Dairyman July 6, 2010 at 8:43 am

What a great dinner setting and view:) Glad you’re enjoying your vacation!


44 Michelle @ Turning Over a New Leaf July 6, 2010 at 8:45 am

Ooh! I’ve always wanted to try meade!

The dinner on the deck looks amazing!


45 Jessie (Bites and Pieces) July 6, 2010 at 10:13 am

Aww, I love the matching cover-ups, you guys are too cute! I am so jealous of your beach vacation, it looks perfect in every way. Enjoy it! :)


46 Sarah (Enjoying One Meal at a Time) July 6, 2010 at 12:14 pm

Looks like a great dinner and the perfect place for it! It’s what summer is all about. Gotta love that view :)


47 Emily Eats and Exercises July 6, 2010 at 1:19 pm

Glad you’re enjoying vacation. This may be totally unscientific, but I have found that my alcohol tolerance is even more skimpy than usual when I have a sunburn…
Hope you find an umbrella and slather on the sunscreen for the next beach installment.


48 ari July 6, 2010 at 1:31 pm

that’s so funny, their noses are seriously identical.

also kath i have a question. when you make oats with chia seeds, do you add them to the pot with the oats and water at the beginning or stir them in at the end? thanks!


49 Kath July 6, 2010 at 1:39 pm

I answered this in another post :)



50 ari July 7, 2010 at 7:08 am

oh, i’m sorry! i must have missed it. thanks for answering it again!


51 Paloma July 6, 2010 at 2:17 pm

Wow! This looks incredibly delicious and still healthy. This goes great with my new workout plan.


52 Stacey @ Tipping the (Kitchen!) Scales July 6, 2010 at 3:37 pm

Looks like you’re having a gret family vacation – enjoy! I admire your devotion to blogging, even whilst you are on holiday.


53 Clarice July 6, 2010 at 10:35 pm

Beautiful views. Thanks for the pictures.


54 Jen July 7, 2010 at 7:22 pm

I’m so very behind on my Google Reader but had to comment on this post. Your vacation looks amazing and I am totally jealous. We have also been known to carry tables out onto the porch during family beach vacations to enjoy beautiful views and outdoor dining! :) Enjoy the rest of your trip!


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