Labor Day Weekend Recap [And a Recipe]

We spent Labor Day weekend with my in-laws at their new place down by the Jersey Shore and what a glorious, relaxing and restful weekend it was.

I had a hectic install Friday morning that I dragged P along to help with, and then we hit the road, exhausted and ready for a long weekend. We ordered pizza for dinner from a local pizza place that had a gluten-free crust made from scratch that was so delicious!

Saturday we went crabbing (caught 3 blue claw crabs!) and made up a little appetizer on the fly–3 crabs isn’t really enough meat for more than an appetizer for 4 people to share. Then Saturday night, we went over to Seaside, played mini golf, rode the sky-lift ride with great views of the coast and the boardwalk, enjoyed my favorite summertime treat (Kohr’s Brothers frozen custard–the only flavor worth getting is the vanilla-orange swirl), we even rode some of the rides!

Sunday, we drove around Beach Haven on Long Beach Island, walked around shopping, took in a few views of the coast, explored a trail with Brantley and enjoyed the sunny weather. That evening we drove out through the marshlands to West Creek for a dinner at sunset that, between the views and the food, did not disappoint.

Monday we took it easy in the morning, stopped at the local fish market and picked up some fresh ingredients for dinner and had a quick lunch of grilled burgers and hot dogs before we went over to the pool. The pool was beautiful and so refreshing, I was so relaxed that I even fell asleep at the pool! We capped off the weekend with a Kitchen Clambake courtesy of Ina Garten’s recipe, that was probably among the top 10 best home cooked meals I’ve ever had in my life!

Hope you all had a wonderful holiday weekend!

Recipe: Spicy Cheesy Crab Balls

-Meat from 3 crabs (Boil fresh caught crabs with Oid Bay for 10 minutes and refrigerated until cool enough to handle, before meat is removed.)

-1/3 cup cheddar cheese

-Jalapeños (seeds removed)

-2 Corn Tortillas

Rough chop the jalapenos, corn tortillas and cheese and combine ingredients into a food process. Chop until all elements are well blended and a dough is created.

Using a tablespoon, scoop out the mixture and roll into balls. Heat vegetable oil in a cast iron skillet until it bubbles. Drop balls into oil and let them cook, rotate them so that all areas cook, keep them in for a good few minutes until they brown and then remove and place them onto a paper towel to absorb the excess oil. Repeat until all of the crabby cheesy goodness has been cooked, insert toothpicks and serve. Make sure to eat one for yourself as you bring them out to the masses or else you might not get any of these tasty morsels!! Enjoy!

Greek Island Dreaming

As I’m sure everyone is well aware, Greece is having a major financial crash right now. Which means property is quickly becoming more and more affordable. P & I spent a week of our honeymoon on a Greek Island cruise, hopping from island to island, each stop more breathtaking than the last. It was one of the best weeks of my life.

That said, my bestie and I are trying to decide if it would be worth the investment to buy an adorable Greek Island home. Maybe rent it out to tourists for the bulk of the time to cover the mortgage when we aren’t at the house (and then cleaning and upkeep between visitors) and then have the most picturesque vacation home when we are there. The only question is, which house do we buy?!

Found in Santorini: (House 1|House 2)

Found in Mykonos: (House 1|House 2)

Found in the lesser known Cyclades: (Naxos House|Paros House)

Doesn’t look like it would be such a bad life, and certainly not a vacation to be frowned upon. That said, we would only have to each sell off all of our investments, cash out our retirement plans and drain our savings to make it happen in the ideal house and setting if we go in on it together. Totally doable, right??

So in all seriousness though, it’s not going to happen. But hey… a gal can dream. And just looking at all of these stunners, I can’t help but reminisce about our honeymoon… I really should go through all of our pictures from the trip and categorize them and do a little recap post to share on the whole trip. I cannot wait to go back.

Most images are watermarked with original source information, and the links next to the island location will link you back to the sale listing for each place, just in case you can’t live without a Greek Island getaway in your lifetime. Send me a postcard!

MDW2015

It’s official! We made it through all the snow and the indecisive weather of the spring to the unofficial start of summer-and I for one couldn’t be happier! This early summer period is better than the peak of summer if you ask me. The temperatures are perfect Goldilocks temps and people are excited for the season.

Beach Cottage

What are your holiday weekend plans? We are hitting the beach! P is turning the big 3-0 next weekend so I rented us a little beach cottage on the Jersey Shore for this weekend as a little surprise for him, I already told him we are going, but I don’t think it has hit him that we are going to be 1 blocks from sand between our toes and wading in the waves.

Our plans are that simple… drive to the shore, unload the car and commence relaxing.

Seafood Inspo from Bon Appetit!

For our meals, I have worked out a simple menu and packed only fruits, veggies, burgers, dogs and snacks. We will be hitting up the local seafood market to pick up the fresh catch for our daily dinners and I’m salivating just thinking about it. There is a grill at the cottage that will be heavily utilized.

Boardwalk

For our fun, there will be walks on the boardwalk, lounging in the sand, possible lawn games and potentially even some bike riding if I can convince P.

MDW2015 Wardrobe

Our bags are packed, the car is loaded and I just have to make it through 5 more hours of work before we hit the road! I’m not excited for the traffic, but I am excited for what awaits us on the end!

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