Beachin’ It

Last week Betsy and I (and T) made our annual pilgrimage to the beach to hang out with her family and relax.

It turns out relaxing isn’t quite as easy when you have a six month old kiddo who:

  • Will not sit still… no matter what.
  • Is eating everything. Specifically: sand.
  • Has his parents’ bone-white skin and will sunburn with the slightest exposure to the actual sun.

But, it was still mostly relaxing and T travelled great. We caught up on sleep, I read an actual novel for the first time in months (The Water Knife – Scary in a supposed-to-be-apocalyptic-but-is-actually-happening way), and I got to build my annual big sand castle.

Plus, we ate seafood everyday which is always a focus for us since we live in a landlocked state!

The Links

Here’s some fun ideas to use all the fresh produce coming your way these days.

Watermelon Wedge with Toppers – I love a good slice of watermelon this time of year, but I’ve never thought to use it as a base for a salad. This is a simple way to jazz up a thick slice of watermelon into something special. (@ Joy the Baker)

Pork Stuffed Zucchini Flowers – Generally zucchini or squash flowers are stuffed with cheese, but I like this twist. It basically turns them into a dumpling! (@ White on Rice Couple)

Zucchini Fridge Pickles – Okay. More zucchini love. I love quick pickles like this. You can make them almost on a whim and they look so perfect. (@ Brown Eyed Baker)

Tomato Cucumber Salad – This is barely a recipe, but more of a reminder of how easy a simple summer salad can be. Don’t overthink it this time of year, people. (@ Creme de la Crumb)

Have a great August weekend everybody!

 

4 comments on “Beachin’ It

  1. I know this all too well. I have a almost 1 year old and gone are the days of bringing nothing but a towel and a bottle of water. Going to the beach now is an expedition, involving too much planning and car packing. What’s worse is I live super close to the beach and it still takes forever. I wouldn’t change it though, I love watching her play in the water and sand.
    Your little guy is adorable in that pic and those zucchini pickles are being made this weekend, thanks for the link.

  2. I have to laugh at this picture–we have the same giraffe (who we refer to as “Sophietheoverpricedgiraffe”), and it often ends up in the pictures. Have a great trip!

  3. We just went to the beach with our not quite 4 month old. My husband and I were so concerned with keeping her out of the sun that we did a pretty shoddy job applying sunscreen to ourselves and ended up major burned with funny handprints and she was so not impressed with the sand, the sun, or the water. But we are definitely looking forward to next summer when she might like it a bit more and we will be able to enjoy it as well. For now, she loves the swimming pools and indoor ones mean no worries about sun exposure.

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