Hello from the Outer Banks!
Matt and I are here with his family and their family friends the Hays (and their kids, who are our age and our friends as well). I would like to stay here forever, thanks.
Plus more that I didn’t get a chance to photograph yet!
We arrived on Saturday and so far we’ve had our share of delicious food, relaxing beach time, and pretty sunsets. It’s nice renting a house instead of being in a hotel because we can cook most of our meals! On Saturday night, Matt’s parents grilled kabobs for everyone.
The Hay contingent (they are staying in a house down the block) brought over a potato/green bean salad:
And we also had corn on the cob, of course. What would the beach be without corn on the cob? 🙂
Matt also found one of our favorite NC beers, the Copperline Amber Ale, in one of the little stores here; it’s made at Carolina Brewery in Chapel Hill — a place we frequented when we lived there! How fun to enjoy it again. 🙂
We got a lazy start on Sunday and then Matt and I headed out for a short run around 10:30. It was hot but with views like this, we couldn’t complain.
We ran 1.5 miles out, then stopped for a mini boot camp. Here’s what we did:
- 10 push ups
- 20 sit ups (any kind)
Repeat above 3 times.
- 10 jumping lunges
- 5 burpees
Repeat above 2 times.
- 30 sit ups (any kind)
Then we ran back! 3 miles, done.
The rest of the day was spent like this:
And playing in the water — my favorite part of the ocean. 🙂
Around 6, the Hays brought down provisions for happy hour on the beach! Best idea ever.
We enjoyed a delicious crab dip on a table created using boogie boards:
We even had fresh oysters to shuck and eat!
Last night, we had dinner at the Hay’s place — Mrs. Hay made an amazing quinoa salad:
They also made some sautÃ©ed zucchini for everyone to share, and we made some grilled asparagus.
For our main dishes, the Hays grilled some swordfish for their house, and Matt and I made my Almond Encrusted Tilapia (click for recipe) for our house! I love this recipe — SO delicious and super easy, too. It was a big hit! They key is the extra toasted almonds that you add on top. 🙂
I went back for seconds on the quinoa and tilapia. Delish!
I’m heading out for another run shortly and then we have another day of relaxing on the beach ahead! 🙂