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Feasting Poolside

Ahhhh holiday weekends.  These are the times to eat too much, drink too much and relax!

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Well that’s pretty much what my day consisted of yesterday.  B and I came down to NJ to visit my Dad and Stepmom and basically do a whole lot of nothing.  B’s parents, my uncle and two of my cousins also joined us to partake in the relaxation.  It was 95 degrees out so when we weren’t eating, we spent our time in pool cooling off and enjoying some refreshing beverages!

Crabbie's!

Crabbie’s!

While this was fun, my favorite time is always meal time 🙂  I made a lot of the sides with my Stepmom while B and my Dad manned the grill.  We definitely got the better side of the deal because we were in the air conditioning.  B’s Mom set up the tables in a wonderfully shady spot and we were good to go.

The family supervising B's grilling techniques..

The family supervising B’s grilling techniques..

Dining Al Fresco

Dining Al Fresco

So here’s what we gorged ourselves dined on!

B’s family is from Albania and his mom makes some delicious Mediterranean dishes!  She brought a cheese pie and a spinach pie.  Sadly since I found out about my egg sensitivity, I haven’t been able to eat either of these, but everyone else enjoyed them.

Cheese Pie (top) Spinach Pie (bottom)

Cheese Pie (top)
Spinach Pie (bottom)

They also brought B’s favorite feta cheese from a Greek specialty store, Titan Foods, in Astoria.  It’s a sad day in our house when it runs out, so I put a bunch out for him along with some Wave Hill Bread we brought from home.

Wave Hill Bread & Feta

Best Bread & Feta Ever!

For sides, we grilled up some eggplant, onions and peppers.  I also roasted some local CT asparagus and tossed it with a lemon vinaigrette.  My stepmom had roasted some beets from her garden the night before, so I tossed those with some feta and parsley, and also made a Greek salad with tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers and feta.

Salads & Veggies

Eat ALL the Veggies!

And finally the proteins…burgers, dogs and shrimp all cooked perfectly on the grill.  Simple and delicious!

Shrimp Burgers & Dogs

FOOD!

FOOD!

We even had a visitor join us for our meal!

Baby Bunny!!!

Baby Bunny!!!

After lunch/dinner/our only meal of the day, it was back in the pool along with a lot of lying around to digest before diving into the decadent desserts B’s mom brought.  Baklava, galaktoboureko and kataifi…whoa!  I can usually only have one bite of these because they are SO sweet, but they are still delicious 🙂

Greek Desserts

What a great day…just what I needed.  Quality time with family, floating around in a pool and stuffing my face.  In the craziness of our everyday life, it’s important to remember to take some time for ourselves and spend it with the people who matter.  Enjoy the beauty that surrounds us and fill your belly with good food.

Look closely...

Look closely…

My skin is sun-kissed and my heart is full….I LOVE days like this!  Makes all the bad ones melt away…

Sarah Pool

How did you spend your holiday weekend?? 

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4 Responses to Feasting Poolside

  1. umm….I want ALL of that food! It looks AMAZING! And Crabbies might be one of my new favorite beers!
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  2. I literally squealed out loud “katifi!” when I saw that picture! All that food looks awesome!
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