I had some time on my hands while being back in New Jersey. I came out to visit my family about 10 days before Jonathan joined me. So while my mom and dad were entertaining Oliver, I got to cook and bake. Some were treats for the beach house, and others just dinner for my folks.
My parents decided to get a beach house this summer in Ocean City, New Jersey. Of course we were excited. I was really excited to share this with Oliver and Jonathan. My dad wants to do this every year now, so Oliver will have something to look forward to every summer as he gets older!!
You can smell the ocean as you get closer the beach. It’s about a 45 minute drive from my parents house. I hadn’t spent anytime at the beach in NJ probably since I moved to LA. This past May was my sixteenth year living here. So needless to say it’s been a long time. You smell salt in the air, and you can feel it on your skin. It all comes back, the family drive to the beach when I was kid. My dad would load us all in his MG, with the top down. Normally my best friend Jayme was with us. My sister would sit on my moms lap in the front, and Jayme, my brother and I in the back. Can you imagine that today…..crazy right. They would pop in a Genesis tape, and by the time it was done we were there. My mom would always make fried chicken, and we would eat it cold on the beach after swimming for hours. And by the time the sun was setting we were back in the MG on our way back to Wenonah. Sometimes we would stay the weekend sometimes it was just for the day.
Being able to spend this trip with my now family was even more special. To create my own memories with them. And to relive some of my old memories is just priceless.
The beach was great. I’ve taken Oliver to the beach a few times, to Santa Monica. While he loves the beach he was not always fond of the water. This kid loves the pool, the hot tub, and of course the tub, but not the ocean. So I was worried about spending everyday day at the beach. But to my surprise the first day we were there he wasn’t really afraid of it. By the third day he was in the ocean and laughing. It was priceless. So see him giggle at the water, just awesome!!! I’m not sure what it was, maybe watching his cousin play in the ocean, or maybe just being with both of us. Who knows but it’s was so nice to see him enjoy it. I know we will be spending a lot more time at the beach here as the summer moves on. Going on rides with Oliver was so sweet. My mom was telling me she rode the same Dumbo ride with me when I was 7 months old. How cool is that, I got to do the same with Ollie!!
We spent time at the boardwalk. Went on rides. Ate ice cream. Homemade family dinners. Walks on the beach. Watched fireworks. Made delicious beer cocktails (thanks for that Jen). Ahhhhhh seafood, delicious seafood. Cape May brewing company. Beautiful sunsets. Played cards against humanity….so funny with your parents. Some how my mom was winning. Who knew she had such a warped sense of humor. It was a great trip. I’m so happy I got to introduce a little bit of my childhood to my sweet sweet boy.
Okay here’s the yummy granola recipe I promised. I made this for the house. It was perfect in the mornings with yogurt!!! This recipes based on Marge granola.
6 cups rolled oats
2 cups nuts of choice chopped if you want
1 cup grade b maple syrup
2/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
These are optional
1 cup dried fruit
1 1/2 cups coconut shavings
1 cup dark chocolate chopped
Preheat oven to 300. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Put all dry ingredients in a bowl. Next pore in wet ingredients. Add salt. Mix together. Bake for about 40 minutes checking every 15 minutes. Take once it’s golden brown. You can add basically anything you want to granola, if you want to add dried fruit or dark chocolate to it, add after baking. But if want to add coconut definitely add to ingredients to bake.