Scenes from the 4th

4th of July breakfast

West Dennis Beach

West Dennis Beach

West Dennis Beach

West Dennis Beach

West Dennis Beach

West Dennis Beach

West Dennis Beach

West Dennis Beach

West Dennis Beach

Red White and Blue Salsa

4th of July BBQPatriotic Trifle

Cornhole4th of July Me & Tim

4th of July Me & Mom

4th of July - Beanbags

Summer Shanty

Summer Shanty - Me & Uncle Chris

Summer Shanty Steamers

Summer Shanty - Ann & Dan

Summer Shanty - Mom & Dad

Summer Shanty - Dad & Uncle Chris

Summer Shanty - Tony & Greg

Summer Shanty - Me & Tony

Summer Shanty

I’ve said it countless times on the blog before, but the 4th of July really is my favorite holiday.  This year did not disappoint, as we had a wonderful time at my uncle’s Cape house.  We did hit some bridge traffic despite leaving late on Wednesday night, but it didn’t matter once we got to the house and started catching up over drinks on the porch.  We had two great beach days, tons of food, great company, my favorite Cape Cod bar, and lots of laughs.

One of the funniest moments of the entire weekend was when my dad was playing corn hole and got one of the bean bags stuck in a tree.  He then proceeded to try to throw other bean bags at it to get it down, and somehow managed to get THREE bean bags in total stuck up there.  The next thing you knew, there were a LOT of Greeks just throwing random things up in the air, including bouncy balls, more bean bags, tennis balls, and even brooms.  And yes, the broom got stuck in the tree at one point too.  It’s one of those things that I wish had been video taped because it honestly could have been submitted to America’s Funniest Home Videos.  Luckily, I date someone over 6 feet.  Tim was able to save the day by standing on a 6 foot ladder and using a pole to knock the bean bags down!

Anyways, even though it’s not that far away, there’s something about being at the Cape house that makes you feel like you are escaping.  Even for just a night or two, it’s the perfect getaway.  Especially for July 4th.

What is your idea of the perfect getaway, whether somewhere close or far away?

Hope to see some of you at Two A Day tonight to burn off any weekend indulgences!  I’m teaching both Kickboxing for Liz and my Interval class.  Also, another F&F birthday shout-out today… happy birthday, BRIDGET! 🙂

No Carb Left Behind

Often times my friends and family ask me how I can eat so healthy all the time.  My answer is simple:  “I don’t.”

See?

I do think I make healthier food choices than most.  And I try to make that the rule instead of the exception.  But I don’t deprive.  I don’t do fad diets.  I actually loathe the word diet.  I rarely weigh myself.  I focus on how I feel instead of the numbers on the scale.  And if I want to have something, I eat it!  Like that delicious double stuffed Halloween Oreo above.  The key is moderation. 

EXCEPT.

No Carb Left Behind Weekend

Then I indulge for three days straight and love every freaking second of it.  🙂

This weekend marked the fifth year anniversary of the annual “No Carb Left Behind” Cape weekend with my college girlfriends (and Katrina since ’09).  Ever since college graduation week, we’ve picked a weekend to stay at my uncle’s Cape house and eat, drink, and go to the beach.  And somehow, it’s become funnier with each year to bring as MUCH food as humanly possible and try to eat all of it.  So I guess I should have said we stay at my uncle’s Cape house and eat, drink, eat, tan, eat, hang out, eat some more, drink some more, and eat again.

Just the non-perishables

Booze

It all started on that fateful night back in 2007 when we were all craving something fried and all the pizza shops were closed.  It was then we discovered our love for MOZZ STICKS since we found them in the back of my uncle’s freezer.  The rest is history – we have made them an essential part of pretty much every single event we have together.  Yuuuuuup.

This year we went all out and t-shirts were made (thanks Mastro!)

Yes, we’re that cool.

Aside from all the SNACKING we did all weekend, I don’t think our actual meals were all that bad compared to past years.  Each morning I ate a key lime yogurt and a wheat English muffin for breakfast, and for lunch I had turkey and swiss on a sandwich thin each afternoon.

For Friday night’s dinner we made kabobs!

We made them with chicken, steak, and lots of different veggies.  Slesh was our grill master!

Our finished feast also included corn on the cob and salad.  And lots of sangria!

Trina had her own ideas about how to make kabobs.

Licorice, Oreos, and a Zebra Cake

Pretty much the best idea ever

We decided on a Mexican themed dinner for Saturday night.  Tacos, margaritas, and Spanish music!

The rest of the weekend included pretty beach time…

West Dennis Beach

Mayflower Beach

Corporation Beach

…LOTS of beach antics…

…and silly game playing:

I think our workout of the weekend was playing Bite the Bag.  Our legs and butts were all sore the next day!

All in all, it was a successful five year anniversary!

And now, time to detox.

Questions of the Day!

  1. Do you have any annual summer traditions with your friends and family?
  2. What is your favorite type of kabob?
  3. Which crazy picture of me and my friends is your favorite?