Friday, June 6, 2014

What do You take to the BEACH?

Well, here at the NEST, our motto is #workhard,playhard.  After having 4 events in 4 weeks, Grant Ave. Market, Lucketts Spring Market, Chartreuse&co May Tag Sale, and Josie's on Main Vintage Jubilee, hubby and the birdies are ready for a serious rest.  Quick frankly, so am I!! In addition to all the work events we've had 2 major birthdays, a graduation and you guessed it....a stomach bug.  Birdie #3 is groaning on the sofa as I type.  But come hell  h**l  or high water I AM going to the BEACH on Saturday morning. I don't care if I have to strap a bucket to someone's head....I need to get away for a couple of weeks!  I'm sure there are many of you out there that know what I'm talking about.

We are heading to the best beach on Earth (my opinion, only, so I'm allowed to say it, no hate mail..hehehe)
Pawleys Island, SC.  I have been going every year for the last 35 years.  It's a family reunion of sorts...90 - 125 family members.  All in ONE house....psych!  Usually, 7-10 houses.  We do have a few group meals, though.  Our contribution is breakfast for the whole crew!  Which brings us the subject of this post.  What do you take to the beach?


Here's some of the items on our packing list:

2--Portable Electric Griddles
1--Electric Skillet
1--10 lb. Gluten Free flour (for the Gluten Free contingent)
1-Charcoal Grill w/ Smoker (**hubby list)
1-16 oz. Vanilla extract
4--Cans Baking Powder
20 lbs--Natural Organic Sausage
10--Beach Towels
10--Home Decor magazines

You get the idea!  It's not the typical packing list for sure! When you are cooking breakfast for that many people you have to bring most of the equipment/ingredients with you.  Imagine making 6 breakfast casseroles in huge foil pans (having to drop off 4 of them to 4 houses since you can't bake them in your own oven), cooking 35 pounds of bacon/sausage in an electric skillet/stove top method, and making about 175+ pancakes.  What a feat!  We've been doing it for almost 20 years!!!  It started out with about 30 pancakes, 2 quiches, and a coffee cake with 15 people.  Oh how times have changed!  We use disposable everything, (I know, I know), and have done the unthinkable!  Last year we brought all the meat and had a local diner cook it for us!  It's better than staying up until 1am the night before cooking bacon, the whole house reeking of meat, dogs howling because of the smell, and having to shower just to get the stink off!

Is all this work worth it??? ABSOLUTELY!!  It's so nice to be able to spend time with family over a yummy meal!  To see the delight on their faces with they indulge in all your fattening delights.  Remember this cardiac arrest meal is only once a year.  So cheers to the chicken, pig and cow!  We will be partaking of your bounty soon.

So my question to you.....what do you take along on your vacation??

Have a good one,

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