My husband surprised me by asking if Elena and I wanted to go to the beach for a day over the weekend. I said sure and before we knew it we were staying a night there too. We had a great time. Our first day we cheerfully went even though we knew the weather wasn’t going to be great and we had a great time browsing in shops, walking with umbrellas (It was Elena’s first time using one and she thought she was very grown-up), and spending a cold half an hour digging in the sand with Elena. But the second day we woke up to amazing weather (the above picture was taken that afternoon).
We spent a good portion of our day on the beach and Elena had a blast and was very busy the entire time! She could hardly stand still. As for me, there is nothing quite as relaxing as sitting on a beach, thinking and watching the waves. Though even here a little work crept in as I helped quiz Joel for an upcoming test. A needed and appreciated break from the daily grind of life for all of us. And today it’s back into our routine! Joel’s off to school and I have a long “to do” list ahead of me.
Meanwhile, here’s what we ate on our trip. On Saturday, I brought Egg Salad Sandwiches for our lunch (which Elena turned her nose up at, but we enjoyed). For snacks we brought along popped popcorn (doctored up with brewer’s yeast and butter), Irish Soda Bread, and Maple Cinnamon Pumpkin Seed Butter with apple slices). For dinner I put together a simple black bean and butternut squash salad (which Elena also turned her nose up at) served with a baguette spread with herbed kerrygold butter.
On Sunday we had the leftover baguette made into french toast- absolutely delicious-and then for lunch we had a special treat. We had heard of a cafe in Cannon Beach that used organic, local and wild ingredients and we knew we had to try it. Sweet Basil’s Cafe was a cute little place and we enjoyed their food.
My favorite item we got off the menu was the chicken salad sandwich. It had flavorful chicken, dried cranberries, green apple, celery and pumpkin and sunflower seeds. It had so much texture and a nice sweetness too. Delicious.
The crab wrap I had was also very flavorful and the crab was obviously quite fresh.
And their vegetarian melt was yummy too. (It had a pesto spread on it that was fabulous!).
Overall, a success!
How was everyone else’s weekend?