Shark Attack

December 28, 2010

See any sharks?


We just finished a lengthy discussion of The Raw Shark Texts. After over an hour, we still can’t come to any conclusions on the plot. It was an interesting book for sure. I loved all parts about it – except the plot! I am a stickler for plot, so that was an unfortunate thing not to love ; )


This afternoon we went out to see the ocean – it’s about time!


I also am now the family photographer!! More headshots were requested – including the inn’s owner, Rod!


After a chilly golf cart ride, it was time to roast by the fire


Cocktail hour is received very well with the warmth and cozy flames


We had a figgy brie, sliced Creminelli salami and crackers


As well as some Hint Of Lime chips with leftover dippers


Matt served one his first homebrews – the Maple Nut Squirrale, a rich, sweet, high alcohol brown ale




I had a taste – yum! And then switched to a little bit of red wine


Dinner tonight has been in the making for weeks – Linguini in a Red Clam Sauce as inspired by this recipe I made a while back.



Served with a side salad with bell peppers, walnuts, cranberries, blue cheese and a homemade balsamic and herby Great Harvest Warrenton bread!



During book club we all dug into the bottomless tin of Christmas cookies! Pumpkin cups, GH chocolate babka, gingerbread squares.

I also meant to post this photo after lunch – a Christmas M&M handful eaten E.T. style!


We depart early tomorrow morning. I had hoped to get in a run, but I’m thinking sleeping in sounds more fun at the moment!

See you for sunrise…


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1 Liz @ Tip Top Shape December 28, 2010 at 11:54 pm

All that food looks delicious! Particularly the figgie brie!!


2 Jil @ Big, City, Lil Kitchen December 28, 2010 at 11:55 pm

Oh that brie looks fantastic, and that brew sounds awesome.


3 Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) December 28, 2010 at 11:57 pm

Enjoy your last evening!

Oh the shots of the beach with the sandgrass and those style of beach houses…that is SO N.C. Brings me back to my former life. It looks so quaint and beautiful…and I am sure you’ve loved every second.

I love the M & M’s shot :)


4 Molly December 28, 2010 at 11:58 pm

haha if only my handful of M&M’s were that small… that is like a handful on a diet not a handful!
Beautiful pictures!


5 Alaina December 28, 2010 at 11:58 pm

Beautiful ocean pictures! I had brie, figs and french bread as a snack on Sunday. Your presentation is much nicer :-)


6 Camille December 28, 2010 at 11:59 pm

Oh man, that brie looks incredible!


7 Kristi @ Hiding in Honduras December 28, 2010 at 11:59 pm

I love how your family does book club! Great activity idea for family vacations!


8 Hannah December 29, 2010 at 12:02 am

FIggy brie, yum! You seem to have had a wonderful holiday!


9 Allie (Live Laugh Eat) December 29, 2010 at 12:03 am

Leaving so soon?!

Beautiful photos of the sunset and fam members


10 Gina December 29, 2010 at 12:03 am

Oh man, I love brie. That one looks delectable.
& that bottomless tin of dessert sounds right up my alley!


11 Justeen @ Blissful Baking December 29, 2010 at 12:05 am

not a fan of salami, but that fig brie looks delicious!! maybe i will stick it on the menu for new years :)


12 Kate (What Kate is Cooking) December 29, 2010 at 12:09 am

Can I join your family?


13 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table December 29, 2010 at 12:30 am

i am a firm believer that there’s nothing better than pasta and tomato sauce it cold weather – YUM! :)


14 Carla @ Will Run for Health December 29, 2010 at 1:01 am

The pictures from your vacation make me want to go to the beach ASAP! It looks like you guys are having a blast! I love that you are doing a book club! That is the most fun part of reading, being able to discuss it with others! Have a safe trip back tomorrow!


15 Leanna @ December 29, 2010 at 1:02 am

Hint of lime chips are actually my favourite!! They’re great without any dip as well!


16 Michelle (The Runner's Plate) December 29, 2010 at 1:12 am

Your pictures always blow me away! Such vivid colors!


17 [email protected] December 29, 2010 at 1:23 am

Major laughs at the ET reference!!


18 lynn (The Actors Diet) December 29, 2010 at 2:06 am

cocktail hour looks fun. brie = whee!


19 carlee December 29, 2010 at 2:27 am

No wonder they want you to take there pictures! You take gorgeous pictures!!!
and are you on vacation?? Where do u live?
I swear you always go to the prettiest places! Maybe you just have an extra exciting life!;)


20 Katherine December 29, 2010 at 2:47 am

I was showing some of your vacation pictures to my little niece and when she saw the headshots of your mom, she asked if she was your sister. She said she looks so young and pretty :)


21 Mom December 29, 2010 at 7:58 am

Thanks! Buy that child a present!


22 megan December 29, 2010 at 6:28 am

hahaa i love the comment “can i join your family?”

I second that. love the picsss. you guys are all adorable; the ocean and the food looks yummy too! :)


23 megan December 29, 2010 at 6:30 am

ohhh and andrew’s lookin super studly in his individual shot..just sayinn


24 Lauren December 29, 2010 at 6:36 am

Haha, I’d say your new role as the family photographer fits you well. Just add this to your list of skills. 😉


25 stacey-healthylife December 29, 2010 at 6:51 am

Wow love the appetizers, so pretty.


26 Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine December 29, 2010 at 7:22 am

The ocean pictures have been so consistently gorgeous…makes me wish for spring NOW so I can go to the beach!


27 Heather December 29, 2010 at 7:35 am

Love the M&M bit! Beautiful sunset pic!


28 rebecca December 29, 2010 at 7:42 am

Forgive me is this a silly question but how can you like all the parts of the book but not the plot? It has been a while since I have done a book report or joined a book club but it seems like all the “parts” of the book (the characters, the setting, the language) make up the plot.


29 Kath December 29, 2010 at 8:45 am

I disagree! I think you can like the writing style, characters, concept, themes but dislike the direction the author takes with the series of events that occur


30 Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday December 29, 2010 at 11:16 am

So true. I’ve found myself in love with a book’s characters before only to be disappointed by the story about them.
I much prefer to read a book that has well developed characters and/or setting but a sub-par plot than the other way around. If I don’t connect with the characters in a book then I’m not going to love it.


31 Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) December 29, 2010 at 7:42 am

Book clubs are such a fun idea for family vacations! I need to get my family on board to do the same next year. 😀

LOVE the pics of the ocean! 😀


32 Laura December 29, 2010 at 7:47 am

I love the idea of family book club, but I don’t think I could ever get my family to agree on a book (except maybe for Harry Potter!)


33 Lauren at KeepItSweet December 29, 2010 at 7:49 am

what a fun day of family and a delicious looking dinner!


34 Cara Craves... December 29, 2010 at 8:23 am

I just checked out the recipe for the pasta dish…it looks like a goodie!


35 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) December 29, 2010 at 8:33 am

Everything is just beautiful. I am with you on books, ya gotta have a good plot or I am disappointed and probably won’t continue to read it. That brie…oh how I miss thee!


36 Stacy @ Every Little Thing December 29, 2010 at 8:41 am

I don’t know why but that salad jumped right out at me. I love that lettuce! haha it looks so good. Beautiful ocean!


37 Amalfi Girl (EatRunHaveFun.blogspot) December 29, 2010 at 8:49 am



38 Meagan December 29, 2010 at 9:12 am

Is that white pancake looking thing CHEESE? HOLY COW! haha


39 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey December 29, 2010 at 10:06 am

I’m in love with that dinner – it looks so good!


40 Laurab @ foodsnobstl December 29, 2010 at 12:48 pm

Love the ET m&m pics! So funny!


41 Kenley December 29, 2010 at 1:37 pm

I have never commented before until now, because the ET-style of placing M&Ms made me laugh out loud. Movie references rock. :)


42 Kat December 29, 2010 at 2:19 pm

That dinner looks delicious and those pictures look beautiful. Looks like you’re having an awesome time


43 Heidi - apples under my bed December 29, 2010 at 6:23 pm

oooh your linguini looks really yummy! What a lovely escape you have all had :)
Heidi x


44 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin December 29, 2010 at 8:00 pm

Hahaha loved that bit about the M&Ms! ET always freaked me out though!


45 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) December 29, 2010 at 8:17 pm

That dinner looks absolutely perfect! YUMMY :)


46 Jenny December 29, 2010 at 9:06 pm


You’re photos have really evolved, they are beautiful. Can you tell me the details of your camera/lens. After seeing the headshots you took I’m convinced that, that is the camera for me!

Happy Holidays


47 Kath December 29, 2010 at 10:11 pm


I have the Canon DSLR XSI and shoot with the Canon 35mm f/2.0, which I LOVE.


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