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Feasting Poolside

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


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!



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



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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Introducing RAD Living!

Thanks for stopping by!  RAD Living was born out of my love for life and my desire to share what it has to offer with the world.  There are some pretty amazing things out there, but I never realized it until I actually started opening my eyes to it all.

You may know me from Running at Disney, which I started in January 2012 as I was training for my first half marathon.  runDisney was the catalyst that sent me on my current journey of living a balanced, healthy life and gave me the courage to put myself out there.  I have had so many amazing opportunities, met a ton of inspiring people and have since run 5 half marathons and 1 full marathon.  All things that I never thought I would do.  But there is so much more to me and my life than simply running and Disney.

I'm a Marathoner!

I’m a Marathoner!

My newest love is CrossFit.  I started almost a year ago as a way to improve my running, but I have found a passion for the sport that was surprising to me.  I had always hated weightlifting and toning exercises because I found them so repetitive and boring.  Well CrossFit is just the opposite and it is extremely rewarding…who knew I could lift over 200 pounds?!?  I want to share more about my experience in this crazy and exciting sport!

Chalk Monster!

Chalk Monster!

If you follow me on Instagram (which you totally should be if you’re not!), you know I’m a huge foodie.  I love to eat food, I love to cook food, I love to dine out…you name it!  I have my Friday Feast series on Running at Disney, but I want to dive more into the world of food and drink locally here in Connecticut.



There are so many more things that I want to share and experience that don’t quite fit under the Running at Disney umbrella.  I live in Connecticut and this area is full of hidden treasures.  Since I spend 95% of my time in the Northeast, it makes sense to highlight all the wonderful things this area has to offer.  I’m getting excited just thinking about it!

No worries, Running at Disney is still alive and well!  I don’t think I will ever lose my obsession love for Disney or runDisney events and I will continue to cover all of that over there.  RAD Living is just an expansion, a growth, a quest…and I hope you will follow along and join me on this RAD journey!  Make sure to follow me on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram to get all the latest updates!

Oh and cats…there will obviously be cats!


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