potluck

Summer BBQ

Saturday we had a BBQ at our house. We wanted to throw a BBQ last year to get some real use out of our new deck but our summer kind of got away from us. So this year I decided to put it on the calendar to make sure it happened. 🙂

I got a travel-sized cornhole game for the yard.

Michael got a bunch of bratwurst sausages and I got some veggie dogs, cheddar dogs and hot dogs for the kids. He decided to use the smoker. He cooked the sausages in beer and sauerkraut. (The veggie dogs were kept separate.) And he caramelized some onions.

We had chips, pita chips, hummus and nuts. And everyone brought a dish to share. There was so much food! Mac n’ cheese, a veggie salad, three bean salad, fruit salad, cheddar and bacon biscuits, and a dip.

The dip was SO good! It was a tomato and bacon dip that I could very easily eat way too much of. This is the recipe she used:

Bacon Tomato Dip

Ingredients

  • 1 container (8 oz) reduced-fat sour cream
  • 1/4 cup reduced-fat mayonnaise or salad dressing
  • 2 tablespoons cooked real bacon pieces (from 2.8-oz package)
  • 1 medium tomato, seeded, diced (3/4 cup) SAVE $
  • 2 medium green onions, sliced (2 tablespoons)
  • Assorted fresh vegetables (bell pepper strips, broccoli, cauliflower florets, cucumber slices, radishes)

Instructions

  1. In medium bowl, mix sour cream and mayonnaise. Stir in bacon, tomato and onions.
  2. Serve with vegetables for dipping.
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The dip was delicious and there wasn’t much left at the end of the night. I will definitely be making this recipe for the next potluck I go to.

Also, someone made peach/nectarine/bourbon empanadas! So yummy!

It was a fun night. I was so glad everyone was able to come over and hang out. There was music and then later Michael and his friend brought out their guitars and goofed around. We also had some kids, too, so Logan got to play with his buddies!

Logan had SO much fun! He was filthy, too. Covered in dirt and ketchup and all sorts of stuff. 😉

Happy summer!

Christmas at the Beach

Over the weekend our family had a nice little getaway. My family is pretty big (on my mom’s side) and we used to do a summer camp out party and then a Christmas party every year. This year my cousin Di organized and coordinated a fantastic new Christmas party!

She found a giant house on the beach in Rockaway, OR. It was a giant house, big enough for the majority of people to stay there. I think there was something like 4 or 5 bedrooms (several rooms had bunk beds) so tons of people could sleep there.

We decided to rent a house in Rockaway with my parents. Our house that we rented was on the north side of town, the other house was south but it was literally 7 minutes to drive to the party, so no big deal.

You can see pictures of the vacation house we rented on my Instagram. It was really cute! It was big with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, the garage was converted to another bedroom/playroom. There was a fenced yard for Bella (fabulous) with a fire pit and picnic bench. The decor was super cute and kind of modern/retro. Check out the photos I took.

Plus, there was a GIANT closet stuffed full of toys for kids of any ages! Logan had SO much fun playing with the toys. What a great surprise!

Our house was one block from the beach, too! We had easy access to the beach. The weather was perfect this week–sunny and not windy and fairly warm. It was in the 30’s in the mornings, though!

We all arrived at the house Friday afternoon and then went for a walk on the beach. It was gorgeous and we basically had the beach all to ourselves.

After Logan went to bed, my Dad and Michael went to pick up pizza and Caesar salad for dinner and the four of us had pizza (Michael and I had beer from Buoy) and we played card games. It was so much fun!

Saturday morning my parents played with Logan and Michael and I went for a run. It was a very cool, cold morning but the sun was out and we warmed up pretty quickly. The sun felt nice! We ran around the neighborhood and by the beach. I ended up running around 2.75 miles. Then while Michael was making his famous mac n’ cheese for the potluck, my dad and I went for a long walk on the beach while Logan napped.

Bella was LOVING the beach! I have some cute videos on my Instagram if you want to see.

After lunch on Saturday we packed up the stuff we needed for the party and went down to the party house.

Here is a video of the BIG house everyone else was staying in! It was huge and right on the beach! It had a hot tub and a fabulous view. Lots of room for a big group.

How nice is that deck?! What a cool place to stay in the summer time. The party was fun. My cousin brought her 14 month old twins so Logan had a BLAST playing with his little cousins! It was so cute!

Logan is all about giving high-5’s and fist bumps. 😀

Logan did so good. There were a LOT of people (30? ish?) and he was a bit shy and unsure at first but he warmed up and had so much fun. It was so cool to see him spending time with family we don’t get to see often.

How cute (and hilarious) is the below photo?! HAHA

There was a potluck dinner. After dinner my dad and I took Logan back to the house we rented because he was fading fast. My dad stayed with the baby and I went back to the party for the white elephant gift exchange.

This is the gift I brought for the gift exchange. 😀

Have to say, the sweater might be the best gift!

Then a bunch of us went down to the beach for a bonfire. Nothing better than that!

The next morning we had breakfast and packed and then went for one last walk on the empty beach.

I didn’t want to leave. I love the beach. We checked out of the house and headed home. Rockaway is about 2 hours from Portland. Logan slept for a good chunk of it, which was nice.

Home to unpack and I went swimming. It was a great weekend!