In the past, when we’ve gone to the beach I have made a full week of menus about a month before, and then figured up how many pounds of cheese, hamburger, potatoes, rice, pasta, etc. we needed to make all the food for a week. Each of the main cooks would sign up what they were bringing, and then once we got there we posted the menu plan on the refrigerator and just cranked through the meals.
This time, I just never found the time sit down and figure out menus. At some point Andrew’s mom e-mailed me what she was bringing–some chicken and fish, and lost of ancillary stuff, and I decided we’d bring some spaghetti sauce and steak, and Andrew decided we’d bring even more fish. I figured that was quite a few meal backbones, and we’d have cereal for breakfasts and sandwiches for our lunches. As we were packing, I threw in plenty of ancillary items such as rice, vegetables, frozen pizzas, hot dogs, hamburger, snacks, and so on. Oh, and I did manage to make some pies and freeze them (unbaked) ahead of time, and some cupcakes. Somehow it seemed like we couldn’t go to the beach without pies (my favorite) and cupcakes (my kids’ favorite). And you know what? Even without extensive meal planning, we had tons of food, and even brought some back home.
On Tuesday evening we had our biggest and most complicated meal, the fish. I was so out of the kitchen gear if it had been up to me, we would have had all the regular fish fixed one way (either baked or fried) and all the shrimp steamed. Andrew was quick to volunteer to do the whole meal, and I just took a vacation! :)
Andrew’s mom stepped right in and helped out, and together they turned out a fabulous fish supper. Andrew made breaded, fried catfish, and Andrew’s mom made baked tilapia (I think that’s what kind it was) that she seasoned with all kinds of fresh herbs from her growing supply back home. Then we had a generous amount of fried shrimp and steamed shrimp. On top of all that, Andrew used the Bisquick I brought to make some biscuits that were supposed to be like Red Lobster’s biscuits (I wouldn’t know, since I don’t think I’ve ever had Red Lobster biscuits). They were really good.
Here is a plate of the fruit of their labors. (I did pitch in and work the frying pan for a while when Andrew was making the biscuits. So I wasn’t a total moocher.) We also had broccoli, and then freshly-baked pie for dessert.
Not only was this meal supremely delicious, there were plenty of leftovers and we had all this delicious food again the next day! Does it get any better than that?
We have gone to Jockey’s Ridge every time we’ve gone to the beach, and this time was no exception. It must have been a wetter season this year, because for the first time there was a big puddle of water at the bottom of the dunes.
All the kids wanted to walk through it.
Andrew helped the kids pick out a kite before our vacation so they could fly it on Jockey’s Ridge. No one was disappointed!
I think all the kids (except Rachel) took turns flying the kite. It did take a dive once in a while, but it wasn’t hard to get it back in the air with the stout breeze blowing.
The sand is endless on those dunes. It is a dream-come-true sandbox.
Not only did we enjoy the kite-flying, playing in the sand, and wading in the water, but we also got to see people hang-gliding from the dunes. I assume they were learning since there is a hang-gliding school there.
That’s the end of our Jockey’s Ridge trip. More ocean pictures in the next post.