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Vacation Recap

Today's post will be only semi-cooking related. I just returned from a vacation with my extended family (my mother and father, my mom's younger sister, her husband and their three kids), and wanted to share our experience. 

On Sunday, August 26th, The Mister, The Baby and I piled into the car for a 350-mile road trip to the Outer Banks in North Carolina. My mother had rented a house through Carolina Designs. We stayed in an 8-bedroom home called Cosmic Sands in the town of Duck, in a development called Sea Pines. 

Yes, 8 bedrooms. Six rooms with king-size beds, one with a queen bed, and two sets of bunk beds. Each bedroom has its own full bathroom, and there are an additional two half-bathrooms. The home also featured a Pack 'n Play and a high chair for the baby, which was fantastic because there was absolutely no way either of those items would have fit in my already-stuffed car with the rest of our luggage. 

The home has a fully-equipped kitchen with a five-burner electric cooktop, an oven, a double sink, two dishwashers, a 4-slot toaster, two coffee machines, a blender, cookware, and tableware. 

The home also features an elevator (handicap access for my cousin with cerebral palsy), a pool table, a foosball table, a TV in every bedroom, as well as a large TV in the living room, 4 DVD players, a wet bar, a private heated pool, a hot tub, a gas grill, indoor/outdoor stereo system, and central air conditioning. 

We were not bored, let me tell you! 

My cousins also brought their Wii system and we had some fierce Wii Bowling competitions. I scored a personal all-time high of 200. 

And that's just in/around the house! We were also a very short walk from the beach. 

I grew up going to New Jersey beaches, and while I still the hustle and bustle of Wildwood, NJ, I love the uncrowded, clean beaches of the Outer Banks. Liam was a bit hesitant, but I'm sure he'll grow to love the sand and the surf. 

So, what's food-related about this post? 

Each family (my parents, my aunt and uncle, and The Mister and I) brought one or two frozen dinner meals. (Sorry, I didn't photograph any of them!)
  • Sunday night, we called out for pizza, since we were all exhausted from traveling. 
  • Monday night, we ate my Mom's lasagna.
  • Tuesday night, we had a delicious crab casserole, which I will share with all of you once I get the recipe.
  • Wednesday night, The Mister and I went out to eat at The Blue Point (highly recommend it! The Mister's She-crab soup was amazing! His beef tenderloin melted in my mouth, and I loved my cider-brined pork chop).
  • Thursday night, we had steaks with the sauce I made back on Father's Day for the Mister's special steak-and-egg breakfast.
  • Friday night, we had my aunt's shrimp and wild rice casserole.
  • Saturday night, we had the baked ziti with bolognese that I made for a recent recipe swap. 

What did the baby eat? Check in tomorrow for an unofficial vacation-themed Munchkin Meals!

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Monday 10th of September 2012

Hi,My name is Sarah and I'm with Dwellable. I was looking for blog posts about the Outer Banks to share on our site and I came across your post...If you're open to it, drop me a line at Sarah(at)dwellable(dot)com.Hope to hear from you :)Sarah

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