We just got back from the beautiful Gulf Shores, AL last night. Vacations are always so sad when they come to an end, but I am SO excited to be back in my bed at home with no sand in it!! No matter how hard we tried it still seemed to creep in every day. Another bummer is getting back to reality and facing the mounds of dirty laundry to be done. I have done 5 loads today and have barely made a dent in the pile. 6 people and 7 days ads up folks! 🙂
Look at the beautiful Gulf of Mexico! Isn’t it pretty! I was raised in Corpus Christi, Tx which is also on the same gulf. Even though I am a few states away it still feels like home being on the water. In my last post I mentioned that there were 16 kids with us on the vacation and only 11 adults. We were crazy out numbered but boy did we have a great time watching them all play together. They dug holes and built sandcastles over and over together. Some went to a baseball game and others did go cart races. Below is a pic of all the grand kids with grandma.
One of the high lights of the vacation was seeing a HUGE shark in the surf. Some of the adults were in about 4 feet of water when a shark got curious and swam up close. My sister in law started running, with big eyes, back to the shore. We thought she was just having fun jumping the waves, but when she started screaming SHARK we knew she was running for her life! Ha! We are very lucky that nothing bad happened. It sure made for an interesting day. We also got to see lots of dolphins in the morning and evenings, caught some crabs, and even caught a catfish that was holding about 30 small catfish babies in its mouth! Crazy!! I didn’t know that male catfish held onto their babies until this trip. It was a classroom out on the beach this trip! We also learned that crabs still pinch you even if you grab them from behind… not a fun lesson for my hubby!
I got to spend a lot of time with Joe and our sweet babies each day which always makes the trip really special. Two of my favorite parts was spending time in the pool and watching as the kids gain confidence and courage swimming from us to the side of the pool in the “deep end” and having coffee with Joe first thing in the mornings on the balcony before it got too hot. I love that first cup of coffee.
Where have you vacationed this summer? What have been your favorite summer moments?
A delicious salad that we have had this summer a lot is this Potato and Corn salad. The key in making this salad is to make sure that you leave the skin on the potatoes. The skin absorbs the flavor of the olive oil, onion, and vinegar dressing. I mentioned before that this Wedge salad with a vinegar dressing that I made was the perfect salad to have while picnicking outdoors because you didn’t have to worry about any creamy dressing going bad. This salad would be another great potluck salad to a swim meet or labor day gathering outdoors. It’s light and compliments most dishes that you would serve with the salad. Plus you can add as much cilantro as you like and I love lots of cilantro! What has been one of your favorite salads this summer? Do you have a go to salad for parties?
- 3 cups of frozen corn
- 2 lbs small red bliss potatoes
- 1 medium red onion
- 3 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1/2 cup finely chopped cilantro
- a dash of basil flakes
- Microwave frozen corn for 8 minutes (or according to package instructions).
- Boil potatoes until tender.
- Finely chop red onion and combine with vinegar.
- Add corn to the onion and vinegar when corn is done.
- Once potatoes are tender drain in a colander and set aside until cool enough to handle.
- Dice potatoes into quarters or eighths depending on how large your potatoes are.
- Add the potatoes to the corn and vinegar mixture.
- Add the oil and stir to combine.
- Let the mixture come to room temperature and then add the cilantro and basil.
- Season with salt and pepper to taste.