Finally! Yesterday was our first full day of glorious sunshine!
We started our morning with our usual 5 mile run with the dogs – they were so pooped when we got back. That sun was HOT!
I had my water bottle at my side all day long – it’s amazing how dehydrated you can get in the sun, even when you are surrounded by water all day long! :)
We acted like a bunch of beach bums all day long – alternating between applying more sunscreen, reading our books, and jumping in the big waves.
Mid-afternoon, I needed a break from the sun, so I headed inside for a snack of delicious quinoa cereal.
Leftover red quinoa with Almond Breeze on top, mixed with raisins, cinnamon, almonds, and a little bit of stevia for sweetness.
The sun was insanely hot and intense, and I figured I’d had my share for the day, so we headed up and enjoyed the shade of our oceanfront porch.
With beautiful Topsail views…
And great friends! Lindsey, Cookie, me, and Blake. Cookie was one of our good friends from the summer that we lived here on the island – so fun to see her again!
While we hung out inside making dinner and catching up, we were treated to another amazing Topsail sunset over the sound side…
For dinner, Casey and I had planned a meal of healthy vegan burgers and fries. I decided to do sweet potatoes and Idaho potatoes for two batches of fries, so that we could have a little variety. Unfortunately the beach house oven had other plans, and was creating all sorts of crazy temperature variations and hot spots. The sweet potato fries ended up a little mushy…
And the regular potato fries ended up a little burnt…
But they all tasted good, and that’s all that matters, right? I set out the condiment spread so that everyone could customize their burgers. Cookie is vegan too, so she provided the veganaise and delicious pickles – yum!
Casey made our signature vegan black bean burgers, which were a big hit – YUM!
One of our tricks for keeping meals like this lower calorie is using English muffins instead of buns – only 100 calories and just as satisfying!
Dinner was delicious, and after we cleaned up we all hung out in the living room playing a wild round of my favorite board game – Scattergories! I LOVE playing board games on holidays and family vacations.
I think I need to invest in more board games – what are your favorites??